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#1 de Gothia

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:04 PM

The music from the bagpipe filled the court yard. de Gothia and Lena entered Gothia Castle and the people from the surrounding villages cheered! Along was aslo Elon, his wife and their two sons. Soon they would all go to Albion, the Pearl City for the wedding!


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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:31 PM

Awesome! :classic:  I think this is one of my favorite builds of yours! The design of the towers is really great as is the woodwork on the tower. Also the staircases are placed nicely so it doesn't look too grey. The amount of minifigs to give the guest a welcome is also nice even more with the flowers :thumbup: And I think this dress fits Lena much better than the red one. And ofcourse great seeing Lady Chorian also :wink:

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:10 PM

Great job.  Love the backside.  The tower with the wooden top reminds me of Ecclisiastes' builds.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:17 PM

That is one impressive gate you've build there. Thick walls and strong towers. You've incorporated the stone-bricks in the walls quite nicely. I should give that a shot soon. The wooden structure on top looks great as well. :thumbup:
I expected a bit more detail at the back of the gate, especially the ground looks a little bit bare if you compare it with the richly detailed gatehouse.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:21 PM

The bley/grey mix is absolutely wonderful. It shows a certain wear to castrate that makes it look as if it has stood for generations. I also can't wait for your wedding. If our sig- figs are invited to this wonderful occasion, I wil make sure you have a sig- fig of mine present (to take reference of course :wink: ) . Again a wonderful build and I can't wait to see Gothia castle in all of its glory!
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:11 PM

Excellent build! The decoration on the towers of the gatehouse is top-notch  :thumbup: The wooden section on top of the left tower and the stairs add a nice color contrast, not to mention a way to get on the walls  :wink:
Looking forward to the next section of your castle  :classic:
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:30 PM

another awesome de Gothia Product!  

Great use of figures and Love the wall and gate house!  

If I were to critic anything it would be the inside the gate house base plate.  It just looks like a base plate.  no cobble stone or tiles left?  But don't get me wrong, this looks fantastic!

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:46 PM

Excellent as always, dG! I'm assuming this wedding will be more expensive than a Kardashian's? :tongue:
Are you planning on building all of the city, or just a few select bits? Either way, it's already an impressive build!

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:03 AM

Awesome! I love the crowd. The gate is really nice. The wooden bits have a nice style. I can't see anything that needs improvement. Looking forward to the rest of it! :thumbup:
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:51 AM

Damn you have a lot of figs! very nice build, looks very "you".
I have to agree with Mikey though, the baseplate looks plain and the back of the wall, not any stonework?
your wooden tower is superb!
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:49 AM

Great work!  That's an awesome castle and the figures on the wall look great!  :thumbup:

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:48 PM

Wow, so many kind words and replies! Glad to hear you like it!

Ecc: Thanks, this is my fav as well! Had a lot of fun while building it! You are of course an inspiration with your Ondylion mocs!

Z: Thanks, yes I got inspiration from him with one tower as wood.

Cpt Blackmoor: Thanks, yes I know, the ground is a bit plain. To be honest I started to set out the cheering crwod and then I just forgot the ground until I read about it! :blush:

Penkid: Thanks, I hope to assemble as much of the sigfigs around Historica as possible!  :classic:

Soccerkid: Thanks, I tried first with stone stairs but they just melted toghteter with the wall so wood was much better!

Mikey: Thanks, yes the ground is far to plain and cobblestone will be included in my next Gothia Castle part!

Jason: Thanks! Well I´m not buidling a city like Ecc is doing. Gothia Castle is just a castle.  :classic: Benoic don´t have any cities just villages. Outside the walls of Gothia Castle lies one of the villages. And yes, I´m planning on building the whole castle layout including the Keep. So four more mocs of Gothia castle should be built!

CptBB: Glad to hear you like it! Thanks!

LD: Thanks. Well this is not all of my civilians figs... :blush: Have a lot more!

Kai: Thanks, happy to hear you like it!

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:09 PM

I really like everything about this moc. Techniques, photography, minifig action ... all this is just really cool. However, one thing, that I've just noticed myself, is that using this arch
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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:05 AM

This is a great build!  I love the patterning above the gate - the modified 2x1 plates work really well above the 2x1 bricks, and cheese slopes.  I also love the solidness of the build, and the stairs and towers.  I can't wait to see the rest of the castle!

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:19 AM

Usually I am not a big fan of mixing the bley/grey, but it looks fantastic on this MOC. You did a good job of mixing the two evenly, so that one color doesn't jump out too much.  It really gives it a sense that the structure has been standing for ages.

The front of the gate is my very favorite part, the mixing of the cheese slopes, modified plates and jumper plates gives it so much detail without being overpowering.  

While I agree that I think the ground in the back needs a little decoration, it is a very easily fixed. The only thing that sorta bothered me was the one printed tile on the front of the wood tower. To me it stands out a little too much, maybe adding one or two dark brown tiles would break it up more.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 10:38 AM

Great job on the stairs :thumbup:

And I love the statues and the atmosphere created with all those cheering people :D


I hope to finish my gate before Friday :classic:

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:45 PM

Revisiting this-

Did you intend to submit this for the "King of the Castle" title?  Or is more of Gothia castle still to come?

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#18 de Gothia

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:19 PM

Thanks again!

Kabel: Maybe you are right about the gate and arches. But how do we solve bigger gates like this one? I want to have a rounded opening and not the ones with inverted slopses... Hm have to think about that and I appriciate your thoughts!

Erynlasgalen: Now when the moc have been on the shelf a few days I have to agree with you regarding the printed tiles. They looked so good in CptBB moc when he used it as floor but here it doesn´t have the same effet! Have to think about that in my coming mocs!

Z: No, no titles for this one. This is just a ordinary freebuild for Benoic and Avalonia. I will build de Gothias keep soon and hope to earn the title then!

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 02:14 AM

Lovely build deGothia, looks a treat!  :thumbup: Very solid and the tops of the towers with the wooden shelter are very nice - i don't mind the printed tiles at all, i think they fit right in. The procession and the welcoming crowd really set the scene, and the flowers scattered on the path add to the festive atmosphere.

I do agree with what has been said about the main arch though - i think a more rounded arch would look better. (The interior side actually reminds me a little of a clown face, like the entrance to an amusement park) Have you thought perhaps of snotting in built up plates or slopes to achieve the curve you want? Or you could use bricks or plates attached to flex tubes, or even just plates half-stacked (attached more one side than the other) to bend the structure. Just a few ideas!  :classic:
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:43 AM

Fantastic build. If this is only the gates, I can't wait to see the actual castle!
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 01:31 PM

How did I miss this? Awesome job!

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 01:37 PM

Fantastic model.  And great photography!  I LOVE the use of old & new grays.  Perfect effect.
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