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#1 NiceMarmot

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:39 AM

Greetings fellow travelers of Historica!  Thought I'd show you all some scenes from market in my local town of Marja-Rhytaville.  It's a small town on the south coast of the Siccus Badlands, across the straits from the Spice Islands.  Nowhere near as big as the city of Messahmuk across the bay, but if you can afford it, no one would rather live in the 'Muk.  MRV just a nice little place on the shore with some good fishing, excellent banana plantations, and great view across the straits to the Spice Islands and the island of Gorr. We do have an exceptionally fine market however, built back under the Yaf-Daryoush Dynasty, when this was a major port on the South Coast, and the 'Muk was just a small village in a swamp.

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Here's a view of the front. Someone's got their camels parked there. Better move them quickly before the town watch comes along and tickets them. Oops, looks like one kicked over a crate of gems!

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Here's another view from the front. Let's go in.

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Here's Abdel the fishmonger. Looks like a fine catch today, and he's got some fruit too.  A cheerful chap, isn't he?  Better watch out, he'll cheat you on your change if you're not careful.

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On the other side, we've got Rafi the fruit seller, and Mansour the gemcutter. Mansour always keeps a cutlass handy in case someone tries to get a bit greedy with the gems.  

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Here's a closeup of Rafi. He has an enormous stock of bananas today. Bananas really flourish here in our tropical climate, and are a delicacy prized as far away as Cedrica. You might think those are green apples, but they don't grow down here; those are green papayas.  Up to the left, that's an onyx statue of Anuphelis, our local god of fruit and wine.

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Back next to Abdel, here's Maliki the armorer. He's a bit of a curmudgeon, but they say his blades can slice a whisper in half.  There's the town watch on the right, probably discussing donuts or something.

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Maliki's customer is a mummy. We get quite a lot of them coming into town to get weapons and bandages replaced. They tend to swing their swords kind of wildly and hit the walls of the temple passages; really dulls up the blades quickly. They live in the old tombs in the hills outside town, and there's a lot of them up by Mt Erezhi. They're a bit wrapped up in their own world  :wink:, but they pay promptly and in gold.

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You know, one problem with living in a place named Marja-Rhytaville is that everyone is always asking for directions to it. People always ask me "where the hell is Marja-Ryhtaville?", and I just tell them, "it's anywhere you want it to be!"   (:tongue:, apologies to JB)

Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour.  That's what you get when you buy four PoP Fight for the Daggers and a couple of Banana Balances on 50% clearance.  Hey, if you're ever in the area, look me up and drop by; we'll go down to the market and get some banana liqueur.  I'm going down to the harbor to check on a delivery of sandstone I'm expecting for some watchtowers I'm building.  See y'all around!

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#2 Captain BeerBeard

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 10:55 AM

That's awesome. I really like your market. I think some chickens would make it look a little bit better.  :thumbup:
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 01:27 PM

View PostCaptain BeerBeard, on 28 November 2011 - 10:55 AM, said:

That's awesome. I really like your market. I think some chickens would make it look a little bit better.  :thumbup:

Chickens or maybe some goats :D! I like the way it's a recognisable set but super-sized! And it I ever need some Banana's, I now know what market to head to.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 04:22 PM

For some reason, I don't have any chickens!  I'll have to order some next time I do a BrickLink order.  I've bought Mill Village Raid for my son  for Xmas, so we'll have some in a month or so at least.

And that's not even all the bananas we have. I held back on some.
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:47 PM

Looks great NiceMarmot! The colours and architecture is just perfect for what I imagined our guild to look like. Great minifigs too, they fit right in well. Nice use of fruit and vegetables to add to the market vibe.

I loved the story too, that helped to present the MOC.

Look forward to your future builds.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:17 AM

Ah! The old market shop!
Fantastic place to get my produce for the week! Though those Mountain Mummies sure drive a hard bargin!  :laugh:

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:19 AM

This is a great build! Looks like a really busy market!!  :thumbup:

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:22 AM

That is a lot of bananas. My favorite guys have to be the two soldiers standing there with the sands of time dagger... "Oh yeah Phil, I picked this up last week off some princess chick." "Oh really Henry? That looks like a spiffy piece of craftsmanship."

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 09:51 AM

View PostSkaForHire, on 29 November 2011 - 07:22 AM, said:

That is a lot of bananas. My favorite guys have to be the two soldiers standing there with the sands of time dagger... "Oh yeah Phil, I picked this up last week off some princess chick." "Oh really Henry? That looks like a spiffy piece of craftsmanship."

"Yeah, it's nice and all, but, boy, today is really going slow. Life is dragging so much it's like time is practically frozen... Anyway, this dagger sure is great for opening tins of donuts!"
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