Thanks for the comments, everyone. Since I first posted, I received a bricklink shipment which allowed me to build some more pieces. I'm working on a large corner piece right now, but last night I was pondering the question that was brought up in the "ideas for future castle sets" thread... that is, should the walls connect with technic pins, or hinges to allow the walls to go arbitrary angles?
I figured I'd do most with pins, and a few with hinges... but then it occurred to me that I could stick with technic pins on all the main sections (walls/towers/gates) and just have a bridge-element (a piece that joins two other modular pieces) and put the hinge there. That way the modular system remains really generic, and you don't need to plan pieces that have the hinges... you just put the hinged piece in-between anywhere you want.
I'm sure that's clear as mud, so pictures are worth a thousand words, right?
The first picture shows three wall sections separated by two "bridges." I only have gray hinge bricks. I have white hinge plates, but this was easier and honestly, I like the gray breaking up the white every so often. I also have a lot more round 1x1 gray bricks... I think I have two white ones. The round grays obviously cover up the gap left by the way the hinges work...
If you're going to have that large of an angle, you could probably use 2x2 round bricks to hide it instead, but it doesn't make much sense to go near or more than 90 degrees.
I'm waiting on more jumper plates and white cheeses. I find I'm running out of a lot of pieces, as usual... seems to always happen. Anyhow, I'm happy so far... I'll post the large tower when I'm done with it. The large tower will be square, since (as far as I know) there are no 3x3 macaroni curves. I've tried towers that alternated 2x2 macaroni and 1x2 bricks, but then it just looks weird... just a square with rounded corners.
Edited by fred67, 10 April 2010 - 06:00 AM.