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#1 blue banana

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 05:55 PM

Here it is: My first Avalonia MOC! Built on a 48x48 baseplate it's my largest castle-themed build so far. I got inspired by the greatest guide on castle buildings ever written. The idea came from the beautiful farms and breweries in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The layout is pretty simple but I pretty messed things up when choosing the size of the house. I should have made it one stud wider but as I realized I didn't want to start from the beginning since I had also begun to do the landscape around too. Initially I wanted to do some huge barrels or cauldrons in the barn, but I didn't had the parts and the motivation to do it. I was very unsure what to do with the two green spaces in the front (where cows and crops are now), but then I remembered this crop technique I had seen before and thought it might fit. The cows were the very last thing I added. I couldn't think for something more creative and so I thought they would do the job.

Please excuse the extremely poor photo quality. My camera is very old and it was a cloudy and rainy day, no good light.

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#2 MikeyB

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 06:22 PM

Nice start blue banana

You have a lot of nice details and the main house looks good and can definatley see the influence from the guide.  .

the field looks good too but I think the barn could use some work.  the end gables could use soemthing (perhaps extend the roof out one stud and add a 1x brick on the end.  another suggest would be to give your landscape some elevation.  it looks a bit flat.  maybe put hte house or the barn on a small hill (really only need to one brick or so high)  it will give your guild another dimention.

One final suggestion on the photos is to give us a few more overviews from different angles

Details really make a MOC and you have a lot of nice ones (the wheel, barrels, good figure selection)

Overall a good job cant wait to see what you have up next

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#3 soccerkid6

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:06 PM

Excellent way to start  :thumbup: The house is excellent and I like your crops, I think a fence around it would fit nicely (and be realistic).
The little lantern works very well too  :classic:
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:28 PM

Great Job, your photo quality seems fine to me, and that corn field is magnificent!  I would sugest you consider adding a few bricks to the top of the left building (barn) so it doesn't look like the roof runs straigt off the edge (hopefully you understand what I mean).  Overall though, you've got a lot of great-looking little details!  :thumbup:

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#5 blue banana

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 09:50 PM

Thanks guys!
While brushing my teeth (bathroom is still the place of the best ideas :D) an idea came to my mind that could really improve the MOC. I think I will remove the barn. Instead I will put a smaller hut or just a roof and some pillars as a storage place with a workbench. I think I will replace the cows with a well. Fence and gate are great ideas, I have to see if I have the parts for it. I will also improve the landscape and raise the left part of the MOC about a brick's height. Behind the new, smaller warehouse ground will raise even more and a BIG tree will set a clearly defined background. Maybe the weeping willow from the guide...
Tell me what you think and if you have more ideas. I had put a lot of effort in this about two months ago. Did the house and the paths. During summer I wasn't home a lot and today I finished the MOC, I wanted to get it online, but maybe I was a little bit too fast..

#6 MikeyB

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:04 PM

Well I have learned that if i don't take photos of something and put them on line I will tinker with it for days, in one case to the point of where I was so tired of looking at the MOC, I just pulled it apart!

I think the workshop idea is a good one.  you could add a workbench maybe some firewood stacked up.

I don't mind the cows, but adding the fence would be good.  I like DC fences, I've done a version of a stone fence in a couple of my builds something like that might work if you have some more 1x1 round plates.

another tree will definitely add to the Availonian vibe

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#7 Legonardo

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 01:27 AM

Nice MOC!
keep it up
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#8 Jason Cicchini

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 05:36 PM

For your first build for Avalonia, this is quite impressive!
I love your corn, simple yet original. Overall, a very charming scene.
Good job, and keep it up!

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:05 PM

Very good! As Jason says, if this is your first moc for us I canĀ“t wait to see your next ones! :thumbup:

A lot to like here! My only nitpick is the roof on the barn, but as you are planning to remove it it want be any problem! :wink:

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 03:05 AM

Your photo quality looks really good. Nice build too. :thumbup: Keep'em coming!
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#11 blue banana

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:00 PM

I am proud to announce that the barn is completely gone. Instead I have filled the MOC with more cute details (as I hope) to show you everyday's life on the farm. Anyway I was thinking of a special surprise (new baseplates are laid out :D), but I have just started it.

#12 mephistopheles

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 08:51 PM

Cool farm! Real avalonian flavor!
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#13 Mike S

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 09:52 PM

Nice little farm! This MOC has a lot of details going for it... keep it up!:thumbup:

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