This is, by far, the biggest, most detailed, prettiest castle I have made; but also the scariest one :) Four strong were needed just to lift it; As usual, all of my bricks were used, except the tires :) at the end, I've borrowed some plates, baseplates and arches for the lava flow ;)
Only the lava flow haw more then 10.000 pcs, most of them trans orange cheese slopes; somewhere between 15.000 and 17.000 of red 1x2 bricks and more then 200 minifigs. I must say, looking at the pictures, only 1/10 of them can bee seen at first glimpse, but if you search and look closely enough, you can find them lurking from secret places, dark corners and under the bridges. Also, a large number of them can be found in this topic, amongst the posts. Also try here , here and here . Also, there are some funny explanations of the new Drow forces here and Drow cavalry from this city found here; seen trough the prism of our new guilds.
Please note that ALL the pictures are much better when seen large (click on the picture to see it large).
There is much controversy about this "little" Drow city. If you ask someone from the surface, he will tell you that this is indeed a small city, never conquered by the Valsharress, but that is only the deception organized by the Drow - constructed to make surfacers relaxed and unthreatened by the might of this grand city that has thus been left to grow and amass its forces. But now, the secret is out, and now, paladins are infiltrating the city.
About the city:
One part of the city comes out at the underground sea, and we can see the docks (and some idle Drow that is taunting that starfish monster). Other part of the city ends up with the great temple, which goes strait to the Great fall, with 101 steps, and two guarding towers. Next to it is a watch tower - Twisted Tower of Ashaba, with big astral Beholder chained to the top. Magma has been streamed trough it, and flows out in the middle of the tower, covering all surrounding land with lava. Stone damn prevents lava from spilling uncontrollably, and directs it to the dark blacksmith. Lava flow falls to the Great fall, where we can see ancient pyramid, and few of smoldering trees. Between tower and the temple there is a Lloth shrine. On the other side of the tower we can see a great bridge, which connects city with the rest of the Underdark. A detail: under the great bridge there is a Balhannoth, lurking at the unwary travelers.
Lava flow:....................................................................................................................................... Balhannoth:
The city is complex union of many buildings, from whom most prominent are wizards tower, church of Lloth and hunters lodge.
The church of Lloth is famous for its gigantic stained-glass windows, and big spider on the top. At the bottom of the church there is sacrificial pit. On the left side there is a "city" tree", located in the middle of the pool. City tree is common for the Drow cities (remember city tree in Ched Nasad and in Menzoberranzan ?)
Church of Lloth:
At the bottom of the church there is a sacrificial pit, where we can see an unlucky adventurist being sacrificed at this moment to the Balhannoth monster, from which we can see only tentacles and long, sharp teethes. Do not worry, there is a rogue hidden on the top of one of the surrounding roofs, and she will save unlucky girl.
Water flows trough the whole city. Drow have a simple philosophy: who says that if you are evil, you can not live in beautiful buildings? Being elves in their origin, their architecture is elegant, tall, slim and fantasy-beautiful.
Hunters lodge can be recognized by its deer-head shaped balcony. Inside the Great fall there is a Drow blacksmith. Thurnwheel is powered by lava, and many of the magic armor that drow use are made in this place
The lava flow covers more then 10 32x16 baseplates alone. There are almost 100 stained glass windows, 15 diferent types of them.
The whole city covering more then 300x300 studs; it almost 3x3 sqr meters wide/long, and more then 2.5 m high.
At this moment, the city has been breached by the iron-sister, another girl-only paladin party, this time with the help of the solars, devas and angels. But, on the other hand, Drow have summoned a variety of devils and made new alliances with blood elves, and outcome of the battle is uncertain.
Few details; the rest you can find going trough the links below;
Main castle photographs can be found here here
Construction photographs can be found here
(Note: many of the details that can not be seen on the main pictures can be found in this album)
Minifigures photographs can be found here
And again, on a totally different note, images are SO much better when viewed large :)
Here you can see some other Drow cities from me:
Twisted Tower of Ashaba
Ruined temple of Shar
And everything is nicely indexed in the topic Drow , featuring hundreds of minifigs in one place.
Edited by Angeli, 28 December 2011 - 04:01 PM.