The thing about the BGW article I wrote was that IMO it is a good thing to have some variation to break up the surface - a little mottling here or an arrow slit there. In that picture of Trim there is some texture, variation in shading with darker parts near the top and bottom, and just some subtle mottling throughout. But the key is subtlety. But some people took this way way way overboard, going from just a wall of all the exact same color light gray 2x4 bricks in an overlapping pattern to something more ornate than a Gothic cathedral.
Bluesecrets wrote:But it is more than just walls and decorating. Look at the land around that castle. It's flat, and green. There are no trees, no waterfalls, etc. But now a days, the castles are getting lost in landscaping that doesn't make sense. Some builds I wonder if the person really just wanted to build landscape and just added the castle as an after thought, because that is how they look.
Bluesecrets wrote:I have been to many of the great Gothic cathedrals (long story, but yeah I have), I have seen the insane creativity and detail work on them. They are very busy with carvings and arches and...well the whole point is, they were built that way for a reason...worship.
Castles were built for an entirely different reason...protection. They were built to be strong, withstand battle, to keep invaders out, and to most importantly keep people safe and alive.
Bluesecrets wrote:Now I know there is a debate between historical castles and fantasy castles. And currently fantasy castles seem to be the norm.
But...how about we all take a step back, look at the creation for what it is? Does it make sense? Does it have strength? Does it protect? Could it be easily invaded upon? Is it surrounded by a bunch of landscaping that would make it easier to invade? Can you actually see the castle? Or are you looking at something that was made just to impress (filled with a ton of techniques), even though it might not make a lot of sense?
You have a rather narrow view on how and why someone would build a 'castle' ... so what if a person want's to build a castle and ends up building a landscape, it is supposed to be fun, not work.
AK_Brickster wrote: Lego is art, and art is whatever you want it to be.
richardanthonyc wrote:But I think the point of this thread (i may be wrong) is that the simpler build and more realistic is somewhat discouraged as people who post these kind of MOCS often get feedback that X Y And Z need a little more detail, the terrain is too flat or the wall is too boring.
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