Thank you, Everybody, for your support and your comments! Sorry for not responding for so long but I took a few days break from the internet (mostly ).
Well, as they have actual horses, they don't need coconuts!
Thanks a lot! Note that it is not uncluded in the original "product idea", it's only a mod, like the winter version or the siege scene. Having said that, why not add it to the final set if it ever becomes reality?
Unfortunately! Of course I thought of one, I even wanted it operated by moving a branch of a tree, etc., but as this build already took 3000 pieces and countless hours, I had to give up on this one, as well as a few other important details. I was especially afraid of exceeding the 3000 pieces limit - maybe needlessly!
No problem, I appreciate that you care!
Well, I was thinking about many of those issues quite a lot. But we need to bear in mind, that TLG modifies the "Ideas" really dramatically. Compare the Barracuda Bay idea with the final product - if someone didn't know the connections, they would never guess it's "the same thing". Especially the Barracuda set (final) has around 2500 pieces, but it seems more likely that the original entry had around 3500. So if my model counts 3000 pieces (with minifigs each counted as 10 or so separate pieces), it doesn't mean the final product cannot be slightly smaller. At the same time there are sets like Modular Assembly Square, that is 4000+, Ninjago City of nearly 5000, not to mention UCS series. So I don't think it's a blocker. Actually it seems equally possible that the final product will have more and not less bricks. As for 5 colors for each brick, I think this is really a tiny detail, that is very easy to change without breaking the overall looks of the build and it really won't matter much in the selection process. I also believe that single color of bricks
As for playability, I hope this picture answers most questions:
So, as well as taking floors apart (like in modulars) you can also take each quarter apart and you can just put them next to each other, to have an open layout, which is obviously more playable. This is actually reminiscent of the old castles, only there hinges were used instead of technic joints. I just found that hinges would be troublesome in such a large (and heavy) structure - but it also can be changed in the final design.
As for attaching studs to technic holes, while I do this at home, I can't recall doing it in this model. I really believe that this model has less "illegitimate" techniques and is sturdier than some official Lego sets. Particularly the new Barracuda, which really falls apart very easily - and still everybody loves it, including me!
14 minifigs - again, it's not a final design. If TLG says "12 is max", we'll get rid of one knight and one soldier and that's it. On the other hand, if there could be 11/12 minifigs (and 4 horses) in a set #6086 in 1992, and all sets generally grew in size and part count, then why couldn't we have 14 minifigs? And by the way, there is an opposing faction in person of a Forestman.
All in all:
I consider this design quite practical
The final design may differ greatly (as we've seen before)
TLG may accept or (more likely) reject this project for completely different reasons
My main worry now is to get 10,000 supperters, as we are still really far from that feat...
Thanks again for all the above comments and of course for supporting this project!
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