Post by Schmidt on Mar 19, 2014 12:30:28 GMT -8
It's quite funny actually. I have been involved in "castle" creations for over 2 years now, and have been involved in the LEGO online community for almost 2 years as well. My focus is always castle. And yet, I have never actually built a castle! So it is the current direction of my next project. I will post WIP pictures throughout, but I seek some serious input.
I do not want a massive castle. I do not want an elaborate, greebily castle. I just want a simple castle with 3 1/2 walls while the keep covers the last 1/2. I'm not looking for depth to the walls, just big flat simple walls. By looking at my WIP pictures, you'll see what I mean. I am not wanting to be a Derfel Cadarn, or a Mark of Falworth (although they are amazing), I am just wanting to be me. So I am going to start out small.
Here is a rough sketch of what I am going for.
Here is the WIP of the walls. I am building this castle in sections, as I want it to be easy to transport.
Yeah yeah, I'm a grown man playing with DUPLO
The area on the wall to walk for the soldiers will be at a height of 16 studs, where the current minifigure is standing. You can see a single row of bricks to his back. I will have a single row of bricks on top of the 16 studs at four additional studs high for protection, with gaps spaced throughout that 4 stud wall for archer holes. On top of the four stud wall I will have tiles and slopes for a better look. The entire wall will be tiled as well with a few exposed studs here and there.
If you notice the drawn map (I am a pathetic artist!), I have planned to include the following
-Basement with armory, food storage, and dungeon.
-1st floor with chapel and kitchen because the friars like to be near the food and wine (I jest)
-2nd floor with the lord of the keeps room
-Roof of keep with stationed archers
-Blacksmith attached to a 2 story apartment
-A large 2 story apartment
-2 merchant stalls
-castle well in the center with small bits of foliage surrounding
On the castle walls there will be a small wooden shelter above the main gate (it is not completely closed in, it only serves as minimal protection to pour out any boiling pitch upon attackers
On the two empty sides of the wall I am going to build two guardhouses with sleeping quarters as well.
I realize there are ways for me to add some possible much needed depth to the walls. I would actually rather keep the walls "depth-free" and have a more detailed surrounding environment as I do want the castle to be as "simple" as possible.
I would appreciate comments and criticism on the work in progress photos. Thanks!