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#1 kabel

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 12:40 PM

This is the second part of this MOC and I've been building on it since August. However, I'd still like to dedicate this to the Mitdgardian cause, as it simply fits the story and the whole Guild action too well. So here it is, the second part of my city evolution series:
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the entrance to the city:
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mitgardian recruits passing through town:
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the mayor's house
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a peasant build his house just outside the city walls
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secret cave entrance:
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more pics on brickshelf when public

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#2 Christoph

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:52 PM

Is this the first complete town of any guild? Very nicely done! I like this (time-)version of Stoneroda even better than the first one. Although I pity the poor mini minifigures who have to carry a house.  :laugh:  (good idea!)
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 09:46 PM

Fantastic work kabel! Love the buildings and scale of this MOC. Great mixing of light and dark grey (bley?) for the walls.

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#4 Etzel

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 10:14 PM

I love how you did the wall! Must be eating plates like crazy but it makes a really nice texture and pattern. :thumbup:
Interesting houses as well, and the landscaping outside the wall is very good. Looks just so natural with that rocky hill and trees on it.

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 02:57 PM

well, thanks for at least you three commenting on this, I know the pics sucked somewhat, but I didn't think the build itself was that boring, but anyway, I retook some of the images, as I realized my camera messed up the colors
@christop: timbers turned into figures is a feature found on some of the houses in my hometown, so when I saw the microfigs I immediatly knew what they were good for:
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@etzel: while I had the grey bricks store, I didn't know it would take that many red and dark red plates to make the peasant house, I think there are some 150 1*1s and 2*1s or so in this building
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 04:55 PM

What a quirky use for your microfigures!  A city that's fairly local to me has figure carvings in the wood (although most people don't look up and notice them) so that made a nice detail that I'm familiar with in real life.

I like the greys used in your castle wall and the rock part of your landscaping is nicely done.  I like the cobbled street too; I know it's an effect used in lots of MOCs, but it really works.  I think the red/white building is probably my favourite; I quite like the blue and yellow but the roof throws me a little with that one.  I like the fruit hanging from the trees, and also the detailing on the stonework on the brown/yellow building.

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 05:10 PM

What a great use of those microfigures! I would've never have thought of using them like that. Now that you pointed it out, though, it seems almost obvious to use to 'figs like that. It really makes that building stand out and look more medieval, even though I don't really like the blue you used on that house. Nice job :thumbup: . The building I love the most though, is the dark red one. The mixture of red, dark red, orange and (reddish) brown plates works wonders. Making a red brick building is difficult, because often it just ends up looking like some weird red building. Mixing different colors makes it look more real, though and gives a great effect. I'm looking forward to the next installment :sweet: .

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:21 AM

Great roof design, the little gold digger on the last pic made me laugh! :laugh: :thumbup:
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Posted 12 December 2011 - 08:10 PM

thanks for the positive feedback so far. More criticism would help too though.
I actually do admit that some things look rather odd, for instance some of the color scemes. However, I actually researched the topic, and asked a friend of mine who is a master carpenter specialized in reconstructing half timbered houses. He says that houses in medieval times were indeed colorful. The problem is of course, that Lego colors itself are really extreme and therefore it will always look a little exeggareted. Although I do admit, that I should have used dark blue/dark green instead of blue and a different kind of yellow too. They are really expensive to come by though. Another thing that may look odd are the roof color scemes. They are to represent the mix of slate and clay roof tiles found in my city, clay tiles and bricks coming up there around the 14th/15th century. And clay roof tiles come in all kinds of colors. As can be seen in this picture:
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What may also be unsual is that the houses face the street wiht the roof and not the gable. Houses with their gable towards the street are more of a south German thing though. North German houses were also much more humble.
My largest flaw however, are my mediocre digital photography skills, I know that.
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Posted 12 December 2011 - 09:27 PM

Great build! Full of color and interesting details. Great work on the houses and a very interesting use for those micro figs! This is a nice example that you don't have to build with lots of snow to make a mitgardia moc.
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