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  1. The_Cook

    [Retro MOC] Market By The Wall

    I've just downloaded the LXF of The Wharf from MocPages and it loaded up in LDD without a problem. Perhaps some issue with the StudIO import functionality? You might want to ask in the LEGO Digital Designer and other digital tools forum; they might know more.
  2. The_Cook

    [Retro MOC] Market By The Wall

    The wharf is here (it's probably somewhere on Eurobricks as well); essentially it's a Castle-fication of the 6277 Imperial Trading Post Unfortunately the raised baseplates aren't available in LDD so the digital model uses a brick built substitute.
  3. The_Cook

    [Retro MOC] Market By The Wall

    I still lurk around here ;-) I've no plans to recreate this in StudIO as I don't have that particular application installed; however if you head to the MOCPages page which covers this build the LXF file (for LDD) is available to download from the very bottom of the page. StudIO might be able to import LXF's
  4. The_Cook

    Castle - Fantasy Era (2007-2009)

    It's a slow burning project but my homage to Fantasty Era castle is Troll Town.
  5. The_Cook

    Troll Town [update 19/04/2018]

    The lack of male/female balance isn't my preference but is driven by the lack of suitable female parts from which to assemble minifgures; unfortunately it's not a 1:1 ratio out there. City has become more balanced over the years, but the modern torso's are not transferable into the city setting. Ninjago often provides the best pickings. I do have one or two extra female head designs that I might still print in the future; a winking variant. In my mind theTrollesses are the equiavlent of 18th century working class women in a costal fishing town; independent whilst the men are at sea, tough as nails from hard physical work and likley to give as good as they get. I am still tinkering with Troll Town, all of the sets are still assembled and carefully stored, but work patterns means I'm regularly away from home and a young son means that time at home is spent with Duplo Trains. Progress is excrutiatingly slow but; I've been tinkering with designs for a Sawbones based upon the pattern of the most recent city hospital. However I've not yet had a design that convinces me to invest time in locating the parts so it's still all in LDD.
  6. The_Cook

    Wolfpack MOCs?

    The LDD files are available on my MOCPages site.
  7. The_Cook

    Wolfpack MOCs?

    There are very few 1980's style builds on the forums; most builders tend towards the highly detailed and ornate. Try doing a search on "Retro MOC" which will get some interseting builds that I've done over the years are closer to the original 1980's style; or my MOCPages.
  8. Could you reconfigure the "platform" so that the scissor beams are attached/run along the side rails of the platform and have the floor of the platform "slung" below. It might not look as nice aesthetically as the yellow rails but allowing the beams to attach higher up means they don't have to lie as flat when it's in the down position. Potential problems are that it can no longer reach as high.
  9. The_Cook

    How to build a medieval priest minifg?

    It's a Nute Gunrary with alternative head and hands.
  10. The_Cook

    How to build a medieval priest minifg?

    Ewald from China has a light blue / white robe. Saruman would also make a good priest; but he’s in silly money territory{"iconly":0}
  11. I finished this little build a few months back and just as I got it photographed Mark Of Falworth posted his Black Falcon's Fortress Re-Imagined;mine somewhat pales when placed alongside that creations scale and ambition but then mine was designed to fulfil a certain specific set of criteria. My goals were to produce an updated 6074 Black Falcon's Fortress with an identical floorplan but using the modern building techniques from 10223 Kingdons Joust. The floor plan of the castle remains the same; two towers flank a large gateway and a half timbered building with peaked roofs perches upon the back wall. The large panels making up the towers in the original have been replaced by a mix of facet bricks and cheese wedges attached to 1x1 brick with stud on the side. Arches have been retained in the correct places which necessitated some head scratching to ensure the facet detailing accomodated the arches. The drawbridge has been updated to use chains and lifting beams; the lifting beams themselves are attached using technic friction pins so that the drawbridge can remain up. Articulation of the structure has been retained; the two sides are hinged and can be folded outwards from a split in the back wall. This versatility in the early castles (375, 6080 and 6085) allowed them to be played with as either an enclosure or as wall. The half timbered detailing of the building has been retained but recreated using techniques lifted from 10193 Medieval Market Village. I was surprised to find that 62361 Vehicle, Mudguard 1 1/2 x 6 x 1 with Arch is still quite rare and I ended up having to source one through bricklink. The rear wall of the building used a staggered pattern of light bluish grey 1x3 bricks with dark bluish grey 1x1 rounds. Whilst this provides pleasant detail and texture the pattern itself forms 4 wide panels with no interlocking unlike the original 4444 Panel 2 x 5 x 6 Wall. Once the parapets were added the construction gained sufficient strength but it's nowhere near as robust as the original. I'm very happy with what I acheived;the ambitions were deliberately modest. The structure alone (excluding minifigs, weapons, etc...) is 660 bricks which is significantly more that the 430 (including minifigs, weapons, etc..) of the original. Most of the additional bricks come from the large panels being replaced by brick built solutions. The LDD file is available from my MOC-Pages posting.
  12. The_Cook

    Future Castle Sets?

    The raised baseplates were typically used by the flagship set in the line; not just Castle but Pirates, Space and Adventurers as well. Packaging cost may well be the driving factor here you need a large enough set with a big enough box to be able to accomodate a raised baseplate. I'm not sure that I agree with your conclusions on the similarities between Ragana's or Goblin King's and the earlier River Fortress or Black Knights castle. Whilst all four given examples are "unitary" builds rather than "modular" the principle differentiating feature for me is that the modern sets are designed as a "wall", there is a front and a back with easy equal access for play on both sides. The older sets; both the ones cited and the modular sets are designed as "enclosures" that contain a space. I wouldn't be surprise if TLG has done extensive research with focus groups and they've found that the "wall" plays better than the "enclosure" because it's more accessible. The nice thing about the original 6080 King's Castle and 6074 Black Falcon's Fortress were that whilst they were "enclosures" they could be opened out via their hinges to become a "wall"; I miss that from the more recent 7946 King's Castle and 70404 King's Castle where the lack of articulation in the modular pieces within the large set constrains the set as a whole.
  13. The_Cook

    Troll Town [update 19/04/2018]

    It's been a good few (say 18) months since the last posting but Troll Town moves slowly forwards... I was staring at my Troll Harbour and thinking of other options. A Mine is still a possibility as is a Prison; the latter stuck, there is potential merit turning the current 60130 Prison Island into a Troll set. To start with it's based around a rocky island which is a good candidate for conversion. Whilst the architecture is more modern the actual shape of the structures could easily become Troll-like. My initial attempts tried to insert the prison into the wall of Troll town but after downloading a pre-built Prison into LDD and starting to delete all of the boats it occured to me that actually keeping the Prison as an island is a valid concept. Replacing the helicopter pad with walkways lifted from [url="">Trolls' Landing</a> allowes it to be stand-alone in the middle of the sea or part of the walkways abnd piers attached to Trolls' Landing. The frame and bar structures were reaplaced with a stack of 3 fences, door controls replaced with Troll style angular archways and floodlights with burning torches. The remaining piece of work is to rebuild the look-out tower, either as wooden structure similar to the siege towers, or as a stone structure similar to the towers in the fortress. The building of the prison in ABS was spurred on by the original set going on offer at . That gets me most of the plates, burps and larger structural pieces but there's still a lot of "Troll" pieces needed to complete the conversion. A number of Bricklink orders were necessary to obtain enough black spindle fences and I realised that I have no 2x3 reddish-brown wedge plates as they're still fairly rare. My final burst of Bricklink activity deals with 1x1 dark bluish-grey plates. I'm always loathe to order 1x1 plates as they're often expensive in relation to the weight of ABS obtained but the upshot of this ordering policy is that I have a very limit stock of 1x1 plates in any colour. The 20 or so that I've ordered in Dark Blusih-Grey won't last long; it's something that I'll have to keep adding to orders as they get placed. The Dark Bluish Grey 1x1 plates duly arrived. Fitting the plates to the columns on the tower; just need to build the very top now. Might even get as far as photography tomorrow... Having said the above with great gusto; weeks pass, weeks become months, empires rise, empries fall... There are a few little details to fix and I need to select minifigures. The minifigure decision is harder than it looks. I even end up building most of another (non-Troll) model in the intervening period. Finally I spot a 75198 Tatooine Battle Pack in my local supermarket. Replacement legs and heads and some Pearl Dark Grey spears turn the Jawas into Guards and a new head, cape and helmet turns the Tusken Raider into an Overseer. The 4th minifig is drawn from existing stock. Need to find 4 minifigures from the human side as inmates. I grab a couple of Vikings for their rough and ready appearance and then use Crown Soldiers to man the balloon and boat. The balloon gets a makeover; Red-White fits the Crown colour scheme. The Trolls need their equivalent of a helicopter; cue a dragon! After many bitty Bricklink orders to get parts, the final result in ABS. All of the trapdoor functionality from the original Prison Island has been maintained; the rear view shows access to the cells and all of the play possibilities. A Side by side comparisson with the original Prison Island. Conclusions, it's good. The original had lots of play features which have been retained. The trap doors, sewers and breakaway bars allow lots of play opportunities; more than any other set I've seen in a long, long time. Structurally it's very robust; I've regularly picked it up from the corner opposite the landing pad and the whole thing stays together. The weakest part is probably the top of the main tower; with hindsight I'd use two black 1x4x6 door frames to support the dark brown slopes that hold the top octagon. It's not immediately obvious but there are some technic bricks to allow it to be joined into the Troll Town city wall. This post can also be found on MOCPages and the LDD files are located there.
  14. The_Cook

    Future Castle Sets?

    Looking at the Brickset review for 75933 T.Rex Transport your wish has come true. Looks like just 4 in the set; a MOC castle from these might be an expensive proposition.
  15. The_Cook

    Future Castle Sets?

    It's also ease of buidling. The target market for Castle has always been the younger demographic and the use of the large panels makes it easier for them. It's also creates bulk, volume, without and extraordinarily high brick-content. Castles are supposed to be impressive, big things, but Lego need to do that in as few bricks as possible to make them cost effective hence the use of panels and in the early day's raised baseplates.