Thanks for your interest, it makes it all the more worth while.
Now, before I start, i will go over a few things that we will be looking into with this guide. If i were to ask you to go and build a medieval house, its more than likely that you would build a ground floor out of light and dark grey bricks and an upper floor using tan and reddish brown woodwork. Its the tried and trusted formular and we all do it. The main probable reason is that these are the colours that we have lots of, as they a cheap and easy to get hold of and Lego likes to use a lot in their sets. Lets be honest, if we could all do are woodwork in dark brown we would. Dark brown is king! Unfortunatly dark brown is not a common colour and its not availible in many elements, which makes things difficult. However, dark brown 1x4 and 1x2 tiles are availible, and they are now not to expensive and easy to pick up. That is all you need. During this guide I can show you how you can do all those woodwork sections using just those two types of tiles. For a more realistic medieval village, we need to look more at dark earth tones, so bright medium blue houses are out! Of course, don't worry if you dont have a lot of certain colours, as you can always use what you have and update any of your buildings in the future. We can also look at using what rare colours you have got in subtle ways that will really make an impact.
For example, here is a small moc I made the other day, its not medieval as such, but its a good example of how to bring a small area and building to life.
As you can see, I have used mainly darker tones here, and of course, i've used the infamous 1x1 round plate attack! This is the kind of look we are aiming for. Now, if I were to build this same scene using normal bricks, bright greens and reddish brown, then we would get a completely different feel. Ive used sand green for grass here, and if could build a whole landscape with that colour I would, but its expensive and would take an age to get hold of. Most of us will have standard green, so we can use that as a starting point and from there I will show how and where we can mix in dark green, sand green, browns etc, to form a realistic landscape. Paying attention to the fact that the grass and mud will be darker under trees and by the banks of the stream and other circumstances. I will explain more during the main guide.
Now, if we look at a more close up pick of that moc, you will notice how i've used dark green only for the doors and gables of the roof. I would usually also use it on window shutters, but this house has none. Using just a subtle bit of that colour this way, gives a much better effect than over doing it, plus it allows us to use a nice rarer colour in a good way without having to use many parts.
The 1x1 round technique is very easy and they are cheap to buy, and give a great effect. You don't have to build using them during this guide, its clearly up to you. I will show you the construction latter on in the guide. I have also made 2 little sacks, these where made from a piece of cotton dyed with tea to give it a tan colour. I then wrapped it round a minifig head and used a bit of brown string to tie the top. Simple yet effective, a great detail thats easy to make yourself. Other things to note are that medieval villages were not clean and perfect, so we have to come up with a way of portraying this realisticly. Also, they did not have garden centers to buy pretty arrays of flowers for their front lawns, so we will be looking at creating small subtle wild flowers which can be be made with 1x1 rounds like in the picture. Riverbanks and the village would have a lot of overgrown areas.
Right, thats all that needs to be said for now. I will begin working on the first step, which will be starting the base and building the stream. From there we will go onto our first building, which will be the water mill and how to build one. I Will hopefully post the first step tomorro or friday.
Thanks for reading