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Manaor Castle

Postby soccerkid6 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:11 pm

My latest castle, built on only 32x32 studs. Inspiration from: Karrde, 2 Much Caffeine, de Gothia, LL, and vdubguy67. There is a full interior in every building and all the doors/trapdoors work. Also the castle hinges open adding playability.
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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby Forestboy » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:22 pm

Really sleek castle wall textures paired with functionality and play features! Nice! Very well done here.

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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby soccerkid6 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:35 pm

Forestboy wrote:Really sleek castle wall textures paired with functionality and play features! Nice! Very well done here.

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Thanks FB, I really enjoy adding play features to my builds :)
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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby LettuceBrick » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:40 pm

Very nice. The roofs are great.
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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby soccerkid6 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:43 pm

LettuceBrick wrote:Very nice. The roofs are great.

Thanks LB :)
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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby Forestboy » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:40 am

soccerkid6 wrote:
Forestboy wrote:Really sleek castle wall textures paired with functionality and play features! Nice! Very well done here.

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Thanks FB, I really enjoy adding play features to my builds :)

Yeah, I feel like most builders (including myself) tend to only do the outside of something or keep the functionality to a minimum. It makes a MOC so much more engaging and impressive when people do the opposite.

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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby Griffon » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:49 am

Very nice looking castle!
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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby soccerkid6 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:13 am

@Forestboy: There are some techniques that look amazing, but make interiors pretty much impossible to do. I tend to go for slightly simpler designs that allow for interiors :)

@Griffon: Thanks!
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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby Formendacil » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:20 pm

This is a really beautiful MOC--enough to draw me out of my Huorn-like (always watching, never speaking) slumber. I think that this is, more or less, exactly what most of us would love to see as the flagship of a Castle line: it's about the right size--and, really, what you've packed into a 32x32 footprint is amazing--and its functional opening is not only great play value, but it's much more attractively executed than any official set since the 1980s.

Admittedly, if this were an official set I expect it would have more panels and fewer bricks, so this cake still has the AFOL-icing we know and love around here--but it's a really well-done cake regardless and a recipe that I wish the "restaurant" would start offering.
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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby soccerkid6 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:28 pm

@Formendacil: Thanks! If built with panels/less elaborate walls, I think this could be within the price range/piece count of an official set. Another person said pretty much the same thing on Eurobricks :)
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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby Faingal » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:44 pm

I love the way it folds out.
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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby soccerkid6 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:03 pm

Faingal wrote:I love the way it folds out.

Thanks :)
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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby Ronin Dragonslayer » Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:52 pm

Beautiful MOC and I'm really digging the fold-out option and playability features - a lot of the new HOBBIT sets have similar features and I've been planning to work some into my next few MOCs. Great job! This really is a lot for a 32x32 plate base.
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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby soccerkid6 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:06 pm

Ronin Dragonslayer wrote:Beautiful MOC and I'm really digging the fold-out option and playability features - a lot of the new HOBBIT sets have similar features and I've been planning to work some into my next few MOCs. Great job! This really is a lot for a 32x32 plate base.

Thanks, I was somewhat surprised how easy it was to build a nice castle on 32x32, there used to be 32x32 castle challenges here and I used those builds for inspiration :)
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Re: Manaor Castle

Postby Medieval Guy » Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:30 pm

All of the realistic details are awesome! I like that you included so many different kinds of rooms. I really like the whole overall look of this.
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