The Erikson's have got to look out, another team is on the loose. Brothers Robert4168/Garmadon, Gid617, and Josdu have teamed up on a collaboration called Attack of the Old Keep, built over a marthon 8 day span. Garmadon starts us off with the landscaping. Here is his portion, Through the Pass. You can see all of Robert4168/Garmadon's MOCs on Flickr and then discuss this collaboration in our forum.
The Colossal Battle Contest, hosted on Flickr by CC member and Master Builder Mark of Falworth, ends on August 31. You still have time to build something, so pull out your bricks and get busy! If you're submitting something to the contest, also be sure to share it in our forum.
John Stephens shows that you don't have to build big to build awesome. He's made a number of plate-built figs in both castle/fantasy and sci-fi themes that he calls Pocket Heroes. Here are two of my favorites, his Grogald the Unclean and his Grail Knight. You can check these out, along with his other MOCs, on Flickr, and then discuss them in our forum.
Forum member SergeantChipmunk44 illustrated the classic scene from the Lord of the Rings where the Fellowship finds that the Westgate of Moria is guarded by the Watcher in the Water. Check this out, along with SC's other MOCs, on Flickr, and then discuss it in our forum.
Here's some inspiration for your next MOC: the main gatehouse for the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. After the Knights Hospitaller occupied several Greek islands off the coast of modern-day Turkey, they made their base in Rhodes and largely re-built this castle in 1309 on the site of an older citadel. The castle was greatly damaged by an explosion in 1856 and was restored in the 1930's. You can see more photos of the castle, along with other scenes from around Rhodes, in thesetwo galleries. This photo is by Allan Ogg. You can see lots of great building inspiration in this forum thread.
Those who went to BrickFair Virginia were lucky enough to see Joseph Zawada's amazing Hyrule Castle in person. Unfortunately he has not yet posted pictures on his own Flickr stream, but you can see lots of photos from various BrickFair attendees, such as in this gallery by EDWW day_dae. If you look at some of the close-up shots you can see really interesting parts usage, like Technic pieces in the battlements and Power Miners drills as turrets (who knew those came in blue?). Also interesting to see how he used hinge-plates to make the tower shapes. Check it out, and then discuss it in our forum.
I've always said that Takeshi Itou is my favorite fantasy castle builder. His creations really emphasize the vertical dimension, and as such get a lot more detail into a smaller area than many builders would achieve on a much larger footprint. I hadn't noticed anything new from him in a while, so I was excited to see his newest MOC, the Bridge to the Elves' Country. You can check out this MOC along with all of Takeshi's other creations on Brickshelf or on his personal page Castle Element (it's largely in Japanese, but the pictures speak for themselves), and then discuss it in our forum.
Rotheran Tower by Deviet has been a WIP for the past year, but it was definitely worth the wait. "Rotheran Tower, once the proud home of the Rotheran family, has fallen in the hands of a feared outlaw clan. The tower is located in Wolfpack territory wich led to a bloody clan war. In their efforts of taking over the surrounding land, they have captured a Wolfpack Clan leader." Check this out, along with all of Deviet's MOCs, on Flickr and then discuss it in our forum.
I know this hit the internet a couple of days ago, but today is the official unveiling of 70751 Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu. We usually focus on more traditional castle themes here at CC, and Ninjago staggers in and out of being directly on point for castle builders (great buildings, alternating with motorcyles and mecha). As long as you ignore a couple of anachronistic figs, though, this set would fit perfectly in an Asian-themed castle layout. The set will run US$200, which is a lot, but it's a large set, with 2028 pieces, 12 minifigs (including, as far as I know, every non-villain main character in the Ninjago world), some elements in new colors, and some very advanced building techniques. Brickset has the full press release and more pictures, and you can see two LEGO representatives show off details of the set in the announcement video. If you are at Comic-Con this weekend, I assume this set is on prominent display in the LEGO booth. Check out the details and discuss this set in our forum.
Those of you in New Zealand should check out the Christchurch Brick Show this weekend. Forum member Legonardo (David Hensel) will be there, and he's bringing this MOC, the Stargazer. Here's his description:
"The Mystic Isles of Avalonia house many diverse persons, creatures and landscapes. Wonderful Wallace, Brother of Senneck and Harry the Hallucinating Healer, is one of them. He lives in solitude in the middle of a small cluster of islands in the center of the isles. Unlike his elder and younger siblings, Wallace has deviated from potions and other magic, and found his love in astronomy. He spends his days charting the skies, bartering with the local fishermen, and smoking pipe-weed. Also like his brothers, he has an incredibly awesome beard, which he takes great pride in. potentially more pride than what he has in his astronomical discoveries."
Stephle59 made this great Sleeping Beauty Castle. It is part of a Disney-themed collaborative display called Once Upon a Time built with fellow French AFOLs Kloou, Sweetsha and N3rik68 recently on display at Fana'briques 2015. You can see all of Stephle59's MOCs (be sure to also check out the Archenval collaboration from 2012) on Flickr and then discuss it in our forum.
Forum member AardWolf is also active in the Lands of Roawia role-play over on Merlin's Beard. As part of that he built this beautiful ship, the Spirit of Lenfald, with a story to accompany it. You can see this along with all of AardWolf's MOCs on Flickr and then discuss it in our forum.
Ulm Minster is the tallest church in the world, begun in Ulm Germany in 1377 but completed only 125 years ago. As part of the anniversary celebration, two Legoland model designers, Vera Feldmann and Anastasia Trautwein, built a 2.3 meter tall LEGO rendition. It was originally displayed at Legoland Germany, but is now installed in the church itself for the rest of 2015. Check this out and then discuss it in our forum.
A couple of weeks ago (sorry for the delayed front-page announcement) Maedhros announced the results of the Byzantium Contest. The honor goes to Mark of Falworth for his Battle of Nineveh 627-AD. Maedhros notes "the fact that we got a glimpse of an actual historical battle and its main players here and the build was excellently executed, with an inspiring and dynamic posing of figs which makes me long for the old Battle Contest that Josh used to host. The choice of figs and accessories was also well done, highlighting the Roman continuity of the Byzantine Empire." You can see the runners up and congratulate Mark on his win in our forum.
One cool collaboration at BrickWorld was Brick Time Stories. Eight different builders each made books with illustrations popping out of the pages. Books included things like Harry Potter, Where the Wild Things Are, and Paul Vermeesh's Robin Hood and Little John. You can check this out along with all of Paul's MOCs on Flickr and then discuss it in our forum.
If you Didn't get a chance to see Bob Carney's latest, Caernarfon Castle, at BrickWorld, you must watch the video linked above. You can check out all of Dr. Carney's work on his site, CarneyCastle.com and then discuss it in our forum.
Happy Father's Day from Classic-Castle! Go spend some time with your dad. Or, if you are a dad, go build a MOC with your kids. Pere et fils druide by Nat 94 (btw, that kid has a pretty impressive beard):
Inspirational picture of the week - build a castle based on Bodiam. This impressive castle was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge in East Sussex, England. Photo by Steve Fitch. This castle has been the inspiration for LEGO versions, including these by Bob Carney and Aquariusfuzz. You can find lots of inspiration for your building in this forum thread.
The Portuguese AFOL group Comunidade 0937 holds an annual show, Arte em Pecas, that always brings together some amazing MOCs. This year was no exception. CC member Cesbrick (aka César Soares) brought together a lot of his castle MOCs, along with a church by Hugo Santos and help in the assembly by other Comunidade 0937 members, to make this Enchanted Forest layout. Check this out, along with all of Cesbrick's work, on Flickr, and then discuss it in our forum.
Erik Jones crowdfunded this Cinderella Castle with an Indiegogo campaign. The final castle used over 50,000 bricks and is going to be donated to Give Kids the World, an Olando charity that brings seriously ill children to Disney.