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#1 TeufelHund

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:40 AM

"Cool Castles"

Looks relatively up to date given he is utilising Kingdoms figures and seems to have some nice ideas from the preview pages.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:12 AM

Interesting. The preview looked quite good.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:20 AM

Interesting find, some nice looking techniques!

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:48 PM

Not out in the UK until October. I may pick this up when it is released. Some of the builds look quite substantial. The farm and village models are quite nice. The first page claims that all the models were built with pieces from existing lego sets including those from Castle, creator and Harry Potter themes.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:15 PM

I really like the village and farm builds. They are simple and bold and not childish, and could make good starting points for more complex builds.

Heck, I might even stop armybuilding and start using the extra cash to build a peasant village.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:17 PM

Sean Kenney is easily one of my heros - if you haven't checked out his website yet, you most definitely should: www.seankenney.com
Normally when I add a book to my long list of "Books I Want for the Library I Plan on Having Someday" I use a "pushback" function, but I may have to use a normal "push" here - this book is awesome.
(Sorry, I had to add the nod to programmers in there  :tongue: )

Hope everyone's day is going swimmingly,

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#7 Deathleech

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 04:01 AM

Definitely cool.  It looks like it is aimed more at younger children though, as the book as listed under the "children's book" section on his website and some of the designs are pretty simple.  Still, it looks like it has some great ideas and would be an excellent start for someone new to doing Lego MOCs.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 12:24 PM

Not too bad. The stable looks like a nice simple build.
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Posted 14 July 2012 - 11:42 PM

Nice.  I like the fact that it's a hardcover, but it's only 32 pages long....

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 10:37 PM

just ordered it so hopefully its cool
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:29 PM

My copy of Cool Cars and Trucks arrived a few weeks back, hopefully this is as good.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 02:59 AM

have the "Cool Cities" book from this series and am looking forward to this one.  simple and short but packed with good ideas.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:46 AM

Thanks for posting this!  I have his other books and I look at them as much as my kids do.  While the books aren't long, they pack a lot of detail in their few pages.  Just a few days ago I was wondering where he could go for his next book, now I know, and this could become my favorite book if it is as good as his others.
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:54 AM

View PostMikeyB, on 10 August 2012 - 02:59 AM, said:

have one of the books in the series and am looking forward to this one.  simple and short but packed with good ideas.

have one of the cool cities book from this series and am looking forward to this one.  simple and short but packed with good ideas.

have one of the cool cities book from this series and am looking forward to this one.  simple and short but packed with good ideas.

I didn't quite get what you said, could you please repeat it?  :tongue:

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 09:10 PM

View PostHive, on 10 August 2012 - 10:54 AM, said:

I didn't quite get what you said, could you please repeat it?  :tongue:


stupid edit function was acting up!  Sorry!

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 03:50 PM

I didn't know these sorts of books existed, but this will be extremely helpful for me. I've always had a tendency to make rather bland castles, but this book could really give me some great ideas and techniques.
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#17 TeufelHund

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:12 AM

I just got this yesterday and I have to say it's quite good for what it is. It packs a fair bit in for only 32 pages and with virtually no explanatory text it's all about observing and copying. I didn't see too many new technqies with regards to constructing buildings and castles but it is jam-packed with interesting little mini-builds for everyday medieval items, animals etc I would have liked to see some Medieval warfare stuff like some siege engine builds or maybe a torture chamber but as this is clearly aimed at kids most of the stuff is more about everyday medieval life, farming, the fair, jousting, feasting etc. There are some step-by-step instructions but they are a bit on the small side which would be my main criticism of the book - it's just hard to make out sometimes what pieces/techniques are used for some models.

All up though, and given I only paid $10 for this, it's a good buy for any castle fan.



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