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  1. Henjin_Quilones

    Prelude: The Queen's Council

    The Queen's Council A prelude to Challenge II High Queen Ylspeth sits on the throne of her father in Cedrica, the unlikely victor in the war against the forces of Lord Raavage. The combined might of the battered guilds was enough to secure her rule, but now the young and inexperienced monarch must find a way to keep the guilds united in relative peace. She has assembled a council to help her in her duties, to advise in difficult matters, and to guide her through the complexities of politics. Each of the four guilds has two representatives on the council; they are second sons, old uncles, pensioned war heroes, and strong-willed daughters passed over in the inheritance in favor of younger sons, chosen by guild leadership to represent their interests and secure the future prosperity of each realm. Also on the council are a few ministers, of war, of finance, and of state, drawn from ancient political houses of Cedrica itself or else having arrived with Ylspeth when she came to seek the throne. Today, HIgh Queen Ylspeth and her council have convened to discuss the rumors of discontent that are circling throughout the lands... Ylspeth surveyed the room, meeting the eyes of the members of her council cordially. Some of them she enjoyed tremendously, and some, well, not so tremendously. They all meant well and were devoted to serving the realm. She took a deep breath, uneasy with the topic she knew they must discuss, ever since the reports began coming back that her people were not completely happy with their new ruler. Where to begin? "My lords and ladies," she began, "I called today's council session to discuss the negative reports that we have been hearing. Why are the people upset with the crown?" Amar was the first to speak up; she was a decorated soldier from Kaliphlin, the veteran of many battles in the civil wars despite her relative youth, and the third daughter of one of the more powerful lords from the High Council in the south; rather than marry her off to some man against her will, her father had petitioned to have her sent as a representative to Cedrica. Her advice was always action-based and typically fiery. "Your Majesty, if I may be so bold, perhaps it is because they are feeling oppressed by the Desert King's tyranny, who is no subject of yours, I might add, and military action to relieve them of his cruel rod would bestir them to think kindly of you." Khufu of Sultan's Gate, beside her and the other representative of Kaliphlin, glared at Amar; he was the Desert King's personal appointment to the council, and thus he was always quick to contradict anything said by his guildmate. "His Divine Majesty is not a tyrant, and does not rule under a cruel rod. Perhaps the people of Kaliphlin need to be liberated from the lies of the High Council's treasonous supporters, and an army should be sent to crush their last remaining strongholds!" "No one is sending an army anywhere!" interrupted Faluiel, an elf princess from the Enchanted Forest of Avalonia. "After the civil wars, the last thing the people want is another army being raised from their menfolk and sent off to die on some foreign plain. What they long for is something to mend the wounds done already and build the land up again. The elves have been doing as much work as they can to renew the deep magics, but these things will take time to come back to a semblance of the balance they had before Revolword and Raavage upended them." "My people need food, not magic," growled Thurl, an old dwarf from Mitgardia, the uncle of one of the kings of one of the mountain clans in the north. "The tundra came down farther than ever when the Algus attacked, and our fields have not thawed properly yet for growing; the reserves of many Mitgardian keeps are dangerously low, and there is little hope of filling them from this season's harvest." Faluiel nodded. "But restoring the deep magics' balance would push the tundra back and restore your croplands, and thus give you more food next year." "But the North is hungry now!" yelled Thurl. "I hear every day about families leaving their farms, gaunt with hunger, desperate for a crust of bread from their local jarl or thain." Eckbert, a grey and balding old general from Avalonia, cleared his throat. "If I may interrupt, my good Dwarf," he said, his old voice still strong and always polite, "the eastern plains of Avalonia have reported a bumper crop of grain this year, more than they have room to store, even. I know many of the lords there, such as my old messmate de Gothia of Sionnach, have been selling it to Varlyrio at a hefty profit, but surely with they would be willing to sell to their northern neighbors, for slightly less, even, due to reduced shipping costs; though the extra coin from the Varlyrian market has been much needed to repair the ruined cities and pay the pensions of soldiers and their widows." Cortucius Amancio, one of the Varlyrian councilors, agreed. "That grain has been cutting into the profits of our own farmers on Varlyrio. I know much of the discontent on my island guild is about how Her Majesty has opened up trade, threatening many of the leading families' lucrative monopolies. They would certainly be amenable to those goods being diverted elsewhere. And anything else from the mainland, too." Ylspeth nodded to each of her councilors' thoughts, mulling a way to try to meet each of their needs without upsetting the always precarious balance that was the Guilds of Historica. She could not seem to favor one over the others, lest the others be jealous and hurt. Surely there was a way to make everyone happy. While she was still pondering, N'ri, one of her closest advisors, second only to Kars, the commander of her bodyguard and Minister of Defense, stood up. N'ri was one of the warrior monks who had taken her in at their monastery on the far-western island, just a bit to the north of Mwamba, where she had taken refuge after the death of her father. He was wise in many ways, and his approach to matters was always fresh, not clouded with the self-seeking agendas that the rest of the councilors held. "My fellow councilors, this is a difficult moment, and perhaps it will be impossible to make everyone happy;" he paused and looked at the bickering Kaliphlinian representatives before going on, "but I think we can do something. Back in my home, long before I left for a new life at a monastery, the king used to throw public games, free to all comers, whenever discontent and unrest fell upon his people. He also made liberal use of handouts of food, particularly that lifeblood of civilization, bread. His philosophy, it seemed, was to fill the belly and soothe the soul with those two tools. My advice is that we use the funds of the crown to purchase the surplus grain from the Avalonians at a fair price -- perhaps not what they could get at open market, but we would not swindle them -- and then distribute that grain to the hungry in Mitgardia and Kaliphlin, especially our northern brethren. If we need more, perhaps the farmers of Varlyrio could supply a bit extra, too. At the same time, we should encourage, perhaps with a promise of lower taxes for those who agree, the wealthier nobles of the different realms to put on spectacles for the enjoyment of their peoples, in the name of our High Queen. Every lord knows what his people would enjoy most, and so he could provide that, encouraging the common citizens to be grateful for such beneficence from Cedrica." Ylspeth thought the advice sounded good, though she was concerned about the price and the state of the treasury. A murmur of displeasure swept the room, though, which surprised her. She walked around a bit trying to hear snippets of conversation as her councilors talked amongst themselves. Thurl was upset, grumbling about how the Mitgardians were being given charity, treated like the destitute, while the tights-wearers were only getting richer. Eckbert was certain that the Avalonian lords would in fact be swindled on the grain price, for bearded women, no less, in addition to balking at being expected to pay for lavish entertainments from their own pockets. Amar and Khufu were still arguing about the best way to fix Kaliphlin, though both were certain that their nobles would refuse any handouts from the tree-huggers at a minimum. Cortucius was silent, looking over the whole affair with smug superiority. Finally, Thurl pounded on the table and said, "This is a terrible plan!" N'ri held out a hand to pacify the old dwarf. "May your beard grow ever longer, my good Dwarf," he said in a conciliatory tone, "but I think it is important to think of matters beyond just the pride and pockets of the nobles. They are very few, but the common people are many; if there is no bread in the bellies of the peasants, how much longer with the lord sit on his throne? Will not the people revolt? Or whom will he rule if they all die of hunger, being good and obedient subjects? Yes, everyone will need to sacrifice a bit to make it work, but is it not worthwhile to secure the happiness and contentment of the people as a whole? This is about the poor child starving in the street, the veteran whose life is nothing but a hollow shell; what is a pile of gold in a locked room compared to those? Let's bring them bread and circuses, to improve their lives!" High Queen Ylspeth nodded in agreement with N'ri. She stood next to Thurl and said to the whole council, "This is what I decree: grain shall be purchased from the Avalonians to be distributed to the hungry in the north and south, as needed. My own treasury will handle that expense. Nobles of the different realms shall also, to the extent that they are able, contribute to the morale of the commoners by hosting some sort of grand entertainment. Those who do shall see a reduction of their tax burdens of ten per cent, and those who do not will see their tax burden rise by five per cent. Each guild shall provide a list of those lords and ladies who have put on a spectacle, enumerating the type and price, in order to qualify for the tax easement. Any further details will be worked out by the Treasury Minister and his aides. Am I understood?" "Yes, Your Majesty," came the words from each mouth, though not all of the faces showed agreement. Such is the life of a monarch, thought Ylspeth as she swept out of the room. _____________________________________ ...........................................................................
  2. LegoModularFan

    Inspirational Modular and Castle MOCs

    Hey guys, I decided to create this topic and the main idea came from this and this post (so special thanks to @danth and @Digger of Bricks!). I would like to highlight three things before I start to post inspirational MOCs: I’ll post three staff picks everyday! Please feel free to post your favorite MOCs! Have fun admiring and taking inspiration from those great MOCs Top three MOC’s IMO in Baroque architecture: 1. This incredible Baroque Church by @Jellyeater! 2. This amazingly detailed MOC by @pj_bosman! 3. This greatly shaped modular by @cimddwc! Here are the three best Baroque MOC’s IMO! What do you think about them? Would you buy modulars like those if TLG made? Here are the Steampunk ones: 1. This incredible layout made together by @castor-troy and @domino39 (they also made one MOD of the PR and the MS and two MOD’s of the CC included in this layout. But they look so different that they are more MOC then MOD). EB topic here and Flickr albums with more photos here, here, here and here. 2. These great Steampunk modulars by @adde51! 3. These very interesting modulars by @Zilmrud who as well made great MOD’s of the PC and the BB! Here are the three most gorgeous Steampunk MOC’s IMO! What do you think of them? Would you buy modulars like those if TLG ever made?
  3. Well, since there is no "real" castle (spare me the discussion about Nexo please) in the next months, castle-loving AFOLS will increasingly have to resort to other themes for their historic needs. Since there is a thread for the impact of CMF on historic, I figured it might make sense to have a wider thread for parts from all the other themes. Up to now, it has been common use to post this in the respective threads, now I suggest to collect that here, too. CMF can remain in the thread already existing. So let us see how this works out: Let me begin... New tall skeleton in Minecraft There is a new, quite tall black skeleton in the upcoming minecraft sets. A worthy addition to the abundance of skeletons already available. It is particularly the legs which are longer. New shield in Elves New shields can make new characters, regiments or even factions. This one is beige and gold with a red gem on it. New shield in DC licenced Wonderwoman has a new shield as well, it looks somewhat white and metallic.
  4. THE CLOCK TOWER Hi guys, finally here we have this MOC that I have been working on during months. This Diorama represents from the left to de right; The Whomping Willow, the Stone Circle entrance that connects to the Wooden Bridge that I have omitted for space reasons in this MOC, and Hagrid’s Hut. In the Back we have the section of Hogwarts that represents the Gryffindor Tower, the Clock Tower and also the North Tower, where the Divination classroom is located. After the completion of my last MOC, I decided that from then on each MOC that made the Hogwarts Castle would be based only on one or two films in order to recreate them as completely as possible. Because the clock tower is a new section in the Azkaban prisoner film, I decided to focus on this film, but when LEGO released the new Harry Potter sets I finally dedicated the castle to the first three Harry Potter films, thus recreating the final scenes of the philosopher's stone and the secret chamber. Hope you enjoy it! HOGWARTS CASTLE LEGO Moc by Etel Enzos, en Flickr HOGWARTS CASTLE LEGO Moc Interior by Etel Enzos, en Flickr LEGO Clock Tower Interior by Etel Enzos, en Flickr LEGO Hogwarts Clock Tower by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Harry and Dumbeldlore at Headmaster's Office by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Gryffindor Common Room by Etel Enzos, en Flickr North Tower by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Hagrid's Hut by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Rotating Hagrid's Hut Interior by Etel Enzos, en Flickr The Magical Chess challenge and in the back, the Flying Keys challenge by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Mirror of Erised room by Etel Enzos, en Flickr North Tower Section by Etel Enzos, en Flickr The Chamber of Secrets by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Potions Classroom by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Gryffindor Common Room by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Mad Eye Moody at Defense Against Dark Arts Classroom by Etel Enzos, en Flickr The Dungeons and Slytherin Common Room located in the back of the Main Stairs of the Entrace Hall by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Slytherin Common Room by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Dumbeldlore's Office by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Happy Halloween! by Etel Enzos, en Flickr
  5. BrickWarriors just released two new sets of custom accessories to bring your elves and dwarves to life! Elves - Helmet, Armor, Shield, Spear, Sword Dwarves - Helmet, Armor, Hammer Happy holidays everyone!
  6. A_Goodman

    (MOC) Hagrid's Hut

    Hagrid's Hut 1 by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Hagrid's Hut 2 by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Hagrid's Hut 3 by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Hagrid's Hut 4 by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Hagrid's Hut 5 by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr This is my custom Lego Harry Potter Hagrid's Hut. This was my submission to the Lego Wizarding World build competition. These are the photos I submitted and as one of the requirements of the contest no minifigures were permitted but I plan on taking a few with Hagrid and Fang and potentially Harry Ron and Hermione.
  7. Elfendaemmerung: Wardancer’s Custom Wood Elf Army Current Status: Initial release 9. August 2016: 137 Elves, 69 pictures - 11 infantry regiments - 4 cavallery regiments - 3 war machines - 8 magical creatures - 9 individual characters This army has grown over the last 3 years. It includes many custom products and many customization techniques I invented myself. Here you can find detailled pictures of every unit. Elfendaemmerung - Wardancer's Custom Elf Army by MWardancer, auf Flickr Table of Contents Daylight Clans: Deepwood: A noble and sophisticated clan clad in dark green and silver. - Silver Lords - Archers - Swordmen - Iron Watch - Silver Guards - Sisters of Ex Orcis - DESTRO - Deadly Spear Thrower - ELVEREST - Elven Repeating Spear Thrower - MEADS - Modular Elven All-round Defense System - Prince Maerendil on Findelhuv - Prince Baerenn on Snaefellsness the Bear - Lord Maeven on Felsentritt, carrying the Goddess Banner - The Nameless Assassin - Nemesis the Archdruid - Tree Demon (summoned) - Dryad Fiérce and the Sylvaneth Sisters (summoned) Maidens of the Golden Glade: A proud and wild sisterhood wearing brown and gold. - Maidens of the Thorn - Riders of the Fast Bark - Golden Guards - Avengers of Oak - Veorra the Huntress Greenfield: An high-spirited kin in olive green. - Swordmasters of Gieven - Greenwood Rangers - Lords of the Harvest Twilight Clans: Elvnoi Dozor – Sinister folk also known as Gray Elves. - Princess Evadia on Swivt the Hippogriff - Protectors of the Inner Sanctum - Blades of Gray Everlight Clans: Arcane Royalty – Magical individuals in colorful robes. - The Everqueen - The Archmage Couple: Filin and Esan - The Uneven Brothers: Archmage Neapel and General Nepal ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Daylight - Deepwood Clan - Deepwood by MWardancer, auf Flickr Silver Lords Riding Elven all-terrain steeds, these heavily armored noblemen break enemy lines when force is necessary. Silver Lords by MWardancer, auf Flickr Silver Lords (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Silver Lord by MWardancer, auf Flickr Archers These versatile archers are the backbone of the Elven army. If they cannot reach you, their arrows surely can. Archers by MWardancer, auf Flickr Archers (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Archer by MWardancer, auf Flickr Archer by MWardancer, auf Flickr Swordmen When the arrows cannot fly, swords will find their place. Swordmen by MWardancer, auf Flickr Iron Watch These heavy foot soldiers patrol the borders of the Elven kingdom, prepared to challenge man and beast with their versatile long spears. Iron Watch by MWardancer, auf Flickr Iron Watch by MWardancer, auf Flickr Iron Watch Commander by MWardancer, auf Flickr Silver Guard Trained for the defense of the realm, these elite guards carry long halberds to keep the enemy at bay. They protect valuable assets or points of strategic value. Silver Guards by MWardancer, auf Flickr Silver Guard by MWardancer, auf Flickr Silver Guard (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Sisters of Ex Orcis Even the hardest steel cannot harm intruders that partly exist in higher – or in most cases: lower – plains of reality. For this reason, the Sisters of Ex Orcis have specialized in making arrows from the famous Dragon Glass. Piercing through every thinkable and unthinkable form of ethereal or demonic protection, these elite archers banish supernatural creatures when conventional measures fail. Sisters of Ex Orcis by MWardancer, auf Flickr Sister of Ex Orcis by MWardancer, auf Flickr DESTRO – Deadly Spear Thrower “Griffin” Even though Elves have become one of the world’s leaders in exporting weapons, their own needs should not be forgotten. DESTRO is their tool of choice when normal bows reach their limits. Unlike the MEADS, which wreaks widespread havoc at a very long distance, DESTRO is deployed for medium-ranged precision shots. DESTRO "Griffin" - Deadly Spear Thrower by MWardancer, auf Flickr ELVEREST - Elven Repeating Spear Thrower When the firing rate is of the utmost importance, Elves use the ELVEREST system. Its primary functions include Crowd Control, Infantry Stop and Anti Siege. ELVEREST - Elven Repeating Spear Thrower by MWardancer, auf Flickr ELVEREST - Elven Repeating Spear Thrower (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr ELVEREST - Elven Repeating Spear Thrower (3) by MWardancer, auf Flickr MEADS - Modular Elven All-round Defense System Initially designed as an answer to the proliferation of evil airborne creatures, the MEADS has quickly become a true all-round Elven weapon. It is known as a long-range cavalry killer and effective troll deterrent. The prospect of encountering a sudden rain of bolts reinforced with Elven steel is something even medium-sized dragons frown upon. Due to its modular nature, versions with up to 10 launchers can be built if mobility is not of primary importance. MEADS - Modular Elven Allround Defense System by MWardancer, auf Flickr MEADS - Modular Elven Allround Defense System (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr MEADS - Modular Elven Allround Defense System (3) by MWardancer, auf Flickr MEADS - Modular Elven Allround Defense System (4) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Prince Maerendil on Findelhuv In a traditional Elven anthem it says: “These hooves are made for walking and that’s just what they’ll do, yes one day these hooves are gonna walk all over you.” It is horses like Findelhuv they sing about. Some say he crushed his first orcish skull when he was still a foal. Some say he bathed in the Everqueen’s blessed springs. The truth is only known to Prince Maerendil, who has guided his four-legged comrade into countless victorious battles. Prince Marendil on Findelhuv by MWardancer, auf Flickr Prince Maerendil on Findelhuv (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Prince Baerenn on Snaefellsness the Bear Only few have ever mounted a white bear and lived. Snaefellsness was the only exception known among Elves and Baerenn was the only rider he accepted. After the battle of the northern plains, he became the first bear ever to be honored with the protective rune of Griss-Ly. Prince Bearenn on Snaefellsness by MWardancer, auf Flickr Prince Baerenn on Snaefellsness (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr General Maeven on Felsentritt, carrying the Goddess Banner Carrying the Goddess Banner is an honor only few can ever hope to achieve. When general Maeven, battle-tried since the ambush on Viéd Nahm, and his steed Felsentritt enter the battlefield, lesser beings tremble before the sacred aura the banner exudes. Fellow elves, on the other hand, are said to feel in increase in courage and morale whenever her symbol is present. aven on Felsentritt by MWardancer, auf Flickr Lord Maven on Felsentritt (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Lord Maeven on Felsentritt (3) by MWardancer, auf Flickr The nameless Assassin To many, the mere idea of an Elven assassin seems absurd, even obscene, in regard to the high standards of elven ethics. However, for some... delicate matters, nameless assassins are needed. This silent warrior answers directly to the Everqueen and to her only. The Nameless Assassin by MWardancer, auf Flickr Archdruid Nemesis Many conclude that Elves embody qualities of a forest on a friendly summer's day, such as hospitality, ageless wisdom, peacefulness and dignity. However, most who were unfortunate enough to travel a forest in a stormy night will agree that forests also have a threatening, archaic side. In times of war, Wood Elves tap the forests primal rage and direct them. The Archdruid is the key to the forest's dark powers. After opening the gates for earthly creatures, he restores the mobilized energy by sacrificing enemies in the swamp Nemesis the Archdruid by MWardancer, auf Flickr Dryad Fiérce and the Sylvaneth Sisters (summoned) With the orc problem becoming more and more pressing, the druids had to resort to calling the dryads. These vile creatures usually slumber in the harsh, barren parts of the forest. Once summoned, cold hatred makes them rise and move towards the enemy. A shell of wood hardened by the ages makes them virtually impenetrable to most of the weapons used by mortals. With claws as hard as steel they stab their enemies without mercy. Dryads move faster than their big brothers, the Tree Demons and they usually travel in groups. Fiérce was the first to be called, and she will be in a particularly bad mood until her younger sisters show up. So if something whispers and crackles in the woods tonight, better not suppose it is the forest fairy... Dryads - The Sylvaneth Sisters by MWardancer, auf Flickr Dryad Fiérce by MWardancer, auf Flickr Dryad Fiérce (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Sylvaneth Sisters by MWardancer, auf Flickr Sylvaneth Sister by MWardancer, auf Flickr Tree Demon (summoned) Please don't step on the trees, they might step on you. Often referred to as Forest Balrog, these Tree Demons are not to be messed with. Never ever approach them with an axe. If a tree has a circle of mushrooms around it, it is most likely a tree demon. They enjoy entangling their enemies in their branches and ripping them apart. Many tree demons befriend owls who serve as their air reconnaissance. Tree Demon by MWardancer, auf Flickr Tree Demon (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Tree Demon (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Daylight: Maidens of the Golden Glade Clan - Maidens of the Golden Glade by MWardancer, auf Flickr Sisters of the Thorn Riding into a thorny hedge is an endeavor most will never forget. Carrying the longest spears in the kingdom, Maidens of the Thorn block valuable passages for good. Even mounted enemies think twice before they risk running into the pointy end of this array. Sisters of Thorn by MWardancer, auf Flickr Sisters of Thorn (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Sister of Thorn by MWardancer, auf Flickr Sister of Thorn (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Riders of the Fast Bark In the vast lands of the Goddess’ kingdom, fast riders are essential. When trouble is brewing, the Riders of the Fast Bark are the first ones to arrive. Riders of the Fast Bark by MWardancer, auf Flickr Rider of the Fast Bark by MWardancer, auf Flickr Mothers of Pearl With sturdy horses armored in gold, these experienced warrior beauties break into enemy lines when defensive measures are no option. Mothers of Pearl by MWardancer, auf Flickr Mother of Pearl by MWardancer, auf Flickr Avengers of Oak After the cowardly attack on Oakenfold, an order of fighters was founded to keep nature’s righteous rage alive. These determined warriors are the backbone of the Golden Glade clan. Avengers of Oak by MWardancer, auf Flickr Avenger of Oak by MWardancer, auf Flickr Veorra the Huntress A sight as pleasant warm autumn forest, Veorra the Huntress leads the fierce Maidens into battle. But do not be misled, her arrows will sting you right into your heart. Veorra the Huntress by MWardancer, auf Flickr Veorra the Huntress by MWardancer, auf Flickr Daylight: Greenfield Clan - Greenfield by MWardancer, auf Flickr Swordmasters of Gieven These skilled swordsmen run into battle wielding their giant two-handed swords. Without shield or heavy armor they swiftly move across the battlefield when hitting things hard is essential. Swordmasters of Gieven by MWardancer, auf Flickr Swordmaster of Gieven by MWardancer, auf Flickr Greenwood Rangers The all-terrain, fast-moving Greenwood Rangers know their way through the fields like no one else. Greenwood Rangers by MWardancer, auf Flickr Greenwood Ranger by MWardancer, auf Flickr Lords of the Harvest These noblemen have sworn to protect the fields’ rich fruit. Protected by the Rune of Elvesgiving, these agile swordsmen are notoriously hard to hit. Lords of the Harvest by MWardancer, auf Flickr Lord of the Harvest by MWardancer, auf Flickr Twilight: Elvnoi Dozor Clan - Elvnoi Dozor by MWardancer, auf Flickr Princess Evadia on Swivt the Hippogriff No one understands how this partnership ever came to pass. Sublime, untamed, even tremendous – maybe it was these attributes that unified beast and mistress. Today, everyone who sets foot on Elven land should remember that it is not only a place for a princess to conquer the skies, but also a hippogriff’s territory. Princess Evadia on Swivt the Hippogriff by MWardancer, auf Flickr Princess Evadia on Swivt the Hippogriff (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Princess Evadia on Swivt the Hippogriff(3) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Princess Evadia on Swivt the Hippogriff (4) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Protectors of the Inner Sanctum Darker times, after all, called for darker elves. No, not for evil ones, but for the toughest of them all. Protectors who walk in the moonlight as swift as in the sunshine, who have sworn by the Golden Stag to protect the Everqueen’s inner sanctum. The recent encounter with the undead demands their presence at the border and so they march against an unknown enemy. Protectors of the Inner Sanctum regiment by MWardancer, auf Flickr Protector of the Inner Sanctum by MWardancer, auf Flickr Protector of the Inner Sanctum (2) by MWardancer, auf Flickr Iron Watch Commander by MWardancer, auf Flickr Blades of Gray In the gray hours between night and day, when perception fades to gray and senses tire, these riders do their work. Their blades strike while their targets still wonder if the masked horse is one of a thousand shadows in the sleepy forest. Blades of Gray by MWardancer, auf Flickr Blade of Gray by MWardancer, auf Flickr Everlight: Arcane Royalty The Everqueen Some say her wings are real. Some say they are of magical nature, like the flowers she allows to blossom wherever she is present. Some think the wings are simply part of her artful attire. Others claim they are merely an allegory on her majesty's arcane powers and timeless beauty. Be as it may, most who have the honor to come before her throne, the broken heart of the forest, do not question the Queen’s ability to banish demons with a gesture of her tender hands. The Everqueen by MWardancer, auf Flickr The Archmage Couple: Filin and Fenian As an expression of the self-complementing polarity of nature, the archmage couple’s power is only surpassed by the Everqueen herself. With direct access to the elements, these two give light whenever darkness tries to spread. The Archmage Couple: Filin and Fenian by MWardancer, auf Flickr The Uneven Twins: Archmage Neapel and General Nepal If their stories were unknown and their names not famous, no one would guess that Neapel and Nepal were born as twins. Whereas the former is said to have summoned his beloved spirit wolf at the age of four, the latter ins known to have wrestled forest lions as an infant. Be as it may, to most defeated enemies it seems irrelevant which part of the inseparable couple has dealt the fateful blow. The Uneven Twins: Archmage Neapel and General Nepal by MWardancer, auf Flickr
  8. The Samurai Code represents an ancient Japanese village in Feudal Japan. The courtyard on top of the grand stair case has a samurai dojo, shinto shrine, and Japanese bell. Stunning waterfalls, ponds, rivers, caves, rice fields, volcano, and Japanese characters throughout. Play features like power functions and zip line. Illuminates with LED lights. Please support my Idea project! Thanks for viewing! :-) Lego Samurai Code by Ben Pitchford, on Flickr Lego Samurai Code by Ben Pitchford, on Flickr Lego Samurai Code by Ben Pitchford, on Flickr More High Res Pics: https://www.flickr.c...57668066439040/ Time Lapse Video:
  9. I don't know if this has been done before here or somewhere else, but I thought it could be fun! Just post some pics of your Castle army. You can include old skellies in there too! The best way to do this is always in some kind of diorama! So, let's see some armies! :skull: I might post mine soon as well!
  10. soccerkid6

    Calbridge Castle

    This is my fifth entry for the Colossal Castle Contest XVI. I always enjoy building microscale castle scenes, so I certainly wasn’t going to pass up the Micro Medieval Mountain category, even if the prize wasn’t very desirable for me… The micro ship design was inspired by @Henjin_Quilones, though I did modify it slightly for us here. The fortress of Calbridge is built right into the Fjall mountains and its mighty walls protect the harbor and village along the coast. Looking for a better pictures of a specific detail? More images available on Brickbuilt. I had a lot of fun with this build, hope you all enjoy
  11. Built on top of an old mine, this castley structure hides a dark dungeon beneath and behind the steps over flowing waters. Combo/ReBuild: Built using only parts from Goblin King's Fortress #41188 and Crystal Mine #41177. Water flows from the old mine cave under the Keep's steps -- with remnants of its past crystal days. From his throne room, Cronan activates the dark portal below to capture an arch enemy into his Dungeon. Who was sucked into the Dungeon through the portal? It's Farran - the earth Elf! The portal's power also pulled the baby earth dragon Floria into this dark underground hole. Farran is strapped onto a stretching rack -- all Cronan has to do is turn the crank with the grey knob and ... "aarrrghh!" He had a secret passage behind the fireplace built-in, so he could escape with coin and jewels. His faithful Shadow bird can use magic to see objects moving on the map near the Keep ... nothing gets by without notice. We can see the baby dragon is chained too!! Poor Farran has been stretched and still doesn't know what secrets Cronan wants! The entrance gate is kept locked. Can anyone help free Farran before the crazy knob cranks the chains even more?
  12. Also some pirate themed shots put into a kem burned slideshow.
  13. My first medieval house and it won't be my last one.
  14. Peppermint_M

    MOC: The Yellow Castle

    2018 is something of a landmark year. The LEGO Brick as we know it is 60 years old. The Minifigure has celebrated its 40th. Something that may have been missed in all the excitement is the fact that set 375, Yellow Castle was launched 40 years ago. @Rufus has shared his project to restore the classic set, and I had a chance to discuss my plans with him at the Eurobricks Event this year. For it's anniversary year I decided to create a tribute to that great, classic, set. Oh, and I took it to an actual castle near me for a photo-shoot. I live and grew up in the ancient Kingdom of Gwent, or a more recently, the Historic County of Monmouthshire. An area much fought over by Welsh Princes and English Kings. Thus, there are a lot of castles around me and they featured just as much as LEGO in my childhood. I displayed this build at a local event and created flyers for people to look at. Chepstow, Goodrich, Raglan and Yellow Castle Now some stats! The whole build is 82 Studs in length and 40 Bricks high from baseplate to flagpole tip on the tallest tower. The whole build took me several months, on average I would build for about four hours a week. Digging out the bricks I wanted (just so much yellow!) and building with a few sketches and a lot of ideas. I have spent years building MOCs and visiting castles; Last year I visited a fair number of Edward I's Ring of Iron, so I had a good mental picture of my end result. The printed flag was my only project specific purchase, everything else was already in my collection (Twenty Five years and counting). I used pretty much all of the yellow 1x2, 1x1 and 1x3 bricks I own. Not to mention a lot of light-bley arches. I chose the Black Knight's flag as I love the design and the colours complemented the build and custom created the second flag using two LEGO logo stickers from the many unused sticker sheets I have accumulated (from set 3221). The printed flag decided what colours I would use for the waving flags, Red and Blue are good classic colours. This is the best view to pick out detailing on the Keep of the castle and the styles of window built in to the structure. While only the grandest details and glazing will do for the Keep, home of the Lord and his family, the other towers have more practical and defensive considerations. Now it is time to visit the castle. The rise in the land made a perfect vantage point to build a fortress, but an approach has been worn in over the years. After the castle's founding, a defensively minded caretaker decided that a Barbican would be useful to keep the main castle secure. The large doors can open wide to let welcome guests in, but the guards maintain a watch just in case. You can spot a treasure under the castle, secreted long ago. The moat splits the castle and the barbican, the drawbridge allows people to cross but can be raised in an attack. An axle can be turned to pull the chain in through the arches and raise the drawbridge. The tall castle gate sits within the strong gatehouse, guarded from above by stalwart men. You can also see the Lord of the Castle through the gates. A closer look, you can see the Lord, his daughter and son and a member of staff. The well supplies the castle with fresh water all the time, saving it during siege. Opposite the well is the door into the Keep and behind the lord is an archway that leads to the wall walk and either towers. This vantage point lets you see the Great Window for the castle Hall, the Lord's quarters also have a detailed set of windows and there is special stonework atop the keep. The staff and guards go about their business as the young lord plays with a dog. The Kitchen Tower is closest to the well and has a great chimney for the large cooking range. It can provide meals for the whole castle. The tower room is part home, part office for the Steward of the castle. He ensure day to day life runs smoothly at the castle and is second only to the Lord and his family. Of course, there are plenty of staff and residents of the castle. This smily chap is one of them. He is quite at home here! This Build has honestly been my largest project to date, both in scale and volume of bricks. Not only did I want to celebrate the milestones of LEGO this year, the landmarks of my home and the possibilities available with the most basic of LEGO bricks. But I also wanted to mark my 10th year of EB membership with something big to share with everyone.
  15. 2018 Note: Unsurprisingly, there have been a few minor changes since 2014 - RA 2014 Note: Since it has been mentioned various times that Guilds of Historica is "hard to understand as a new builder" I thought I would revamp this a little. I originally wrote it before I was one of the guild leaders, and it is still unfinished, but any comments on things to add would be appreciated. 2013 Note: Since this has been mentioned countless times in the last two weeks, I started it. It is not finished, I just wanted to get the basics up. Please feel free to comment critique, and to add to it. I will try to keep it regularly updated. Guilds of Historica New Member Guide Hello fellow adventurer, it looks like you have decided to move to the land of Historica to join us in our quest to flesh out one of the greatest Lego stories ever told. I have prepared this guide to help “ease” you into the guilds project. Perhaps the first question we should answer is “What is the Guilds of Historica?” The simple answer is that it is a building community on Eurobricks that is open to all who wish to join. We tell stories about a land called Historica which currently has five guilds. Each member joins a guild, and builds to win points (Gold Darics) for their guild and to better their building skills. At any given time of the year there may be one or more building challenges that a builder may win recognition and sometimes prizes for themselves. The current official description by ZCerberus is: “The Guilds are a Castle MOCers paradise where builders can connect with other castle fans to build in a connected world of five distinct Guilds, each with their own territory, history, and geography. The world grows as builders compete in challenges to win prizes, enhance their building skills and progress the official lore of Historica. Guilds score gold by competing in challenges and by "free building" in their own guild to grow their world.” Table of Contents 1.0 Choosing a faction 1.1 Choosing a Signature Figure 1.2 Common starting questions 2.0 General Guilds of Historica Guidelines 2.1 Where are we now? 3.0 Some links to important Guilds of Historica information. 1.0 Choosing a Faction The first thing a new builder needs to do is choose a faction. Currently four of the five guilds are open to members. Avalonia – A land of that reminds us of Arthurian legend and classic European medieval style. Kaliphlin – A land where desert culture has become king, but also one of the more diverse styled guilds ranging from Mediterranean to Middle Eastern, and from the Far East to pre-Columbian American. Mitgardia – The northern guild, which is more akin to Norse tradition along with some of the other northeastern European styles. Varlyrio - the western island guild, similar to the Mediterranean on the east, dry wasteland in the west, the Venetian capital is closer to Renaissance in feel then the rest of the Guilds. CLOSED GUILDS - While members can still build here, new members can no longer join this Guild, and it is no longer included in challenge participation. Nocturnus – A guild of pure and dark fantasy for the most part, but elements of each of the guilds in its own twisted style. As a new builder you should decide to join the guild which you feel the most akin to. Are you looking to step outside of your building comfort zone? Are you looking to stay within the bounds of your own collection? These are all questions you might want to ask yourself. For example, conventionally, you may need a lot of tan pieces to build in Kaliphlin, you may need a lot of white pieces to build in Mitgardia, or a lot foliage to build in Avalonia. (There is no rule that says you need any of this, but there is a common consensus that these elements make it easier). If you think your lack of a certain type of piece will slow you down, maybe another guild is right for you. I personally would suggest joining the guild that most interests you and to start building your collection in that direction. Others will suggest the opposite. Varlyrio is the newest Guild, first opened to members in mid-2018 1.1 Choosing a Signature Figure After choosing a guild, it is time to choose your signature figure. This figure represents you in the builds that you will be making and in the builds of others (with your permission, of course). You will need to introduce your signature figure in a post in the homepage thread of your chosen guild. Most members post a backstory to their “sig fig” in their initial post. This can really be anything, that is the beauty of the Guilds of Historica – although there is some “cannon” history, it is open enough that whatever you make can stand. IF you want to be an ex-slave looking for a new life, you can. If you want to be a high lord of Avalonia, you can! If you want to be a peaceful farmer, you can! Please remember that your signature figure doesn’t have to appear in your builds, but you do need to have one for scoring purposes. (It is also good to have an “In Character” voice to speak with.) 1.2 Common starting questions: Can I have more than one character? Yes! Although one should be your sig fig, and your main character, you can have as many other characters as you wish. The world needs populated after all! Can I join Nocturnus? No, Nocturnus is no longer available to new builders. That guild is available for anyone to build in, but it does not have an open membership. This Guild is no longer included in the active Challenge and Build system of Book III. Can I be a wizard, mage, witch, omnipotent death god? Well, errr…. Yes? You have to remember since this is a community, it might be hard to get everyone on board with a superhuman being that could “consume the Avalonians with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his bum.” ~ Victor Revolword. Which guild is the best to join? They are all the best! Pick whichever you have the most interest in. What kind of challenges are there? 1) Overarching story line challenges are: civil war in all the guilds in turn which give you a couple of months to build. 2) "Mini challenges" set as a contest within your guild in between the civil war challenges, with lower stakes (?) And typically shorter deadlines, such as the Sultan's Gate community build. 3) Ongoing skills development challenges like the ages of Mitgardia or the Albion community build. These are basically open ended and which are measured by your own progress rather than in competition with other builders. Participation in any of these is entirely optional and up to you. Some people do all of them, some do one only, some do one and skip a few and then do another. I am lost, there is so much history to learn! There is already a lot of history, but the Wiki along with our very helpful membership base is willing to help you out along the way. Also, as I said before, there is so much Historica, if you just start creating, it is unlikely you will come into conflict with other storylines. Lastly, there is always some good bedtime reading buried in the many threads of the forum. Wow, I want to get into GoH, but I would like to learn more, where can I go? I am glad you asked, here are some helpful links: Some people here have a shield tag with the colors of their guild. What do you have to do to get such a tag? Those builders participated in Book I challenges. We are currently in Book II, but those who participate in these challenges should also have a chance to earn a special shield. The Historica City Guide The GoH Wiki(not a Eurobricks link) Nice Marmot's map-making guide A good post by Gabe on how to get your small collection to a more useful collection when just starting off with GOH Some fun, ongoing projects that you can join right away! The University of Petraea's Doctorate of Historica Program University Tracking Thread Age of Mitgardia List of Historican Settlements
  16. Perterz

    Calyva’s Hide-Out

    ‘Calyva, a legendary mystical figure is said to rule the swamps. Nobody is brave enough to search for his secret fortress. Situated on a lonely rock, only accesible by boat. One has to climb the trees and cross a bridge to even get close to the structure. It’s location makes it very hard to intrude; it’s almost suïcide trying to.’ This MOC actually started with the idea to use tires as tree bases, very soon the ‘swampy’ feel grew on me. So the start was set. At first I didn’t have a clue on what building I wanted on top of the rock. Restricted by the size of the rock, it had to become a tower. I wanted to use darker colors to add to the atmosphere of the MOC but still wanted some contrasting color, Dark Orange complimented by Dark Red does the trick I think. It was a challenge but fun to build, I hope you like my newest MOC too! Credit to Barthezz Brick for the flag on top As always, Thanks for looking/reading. Any input, comments are very appreciated 😉 More on Flickr
  17. ETELENZOS92

    [MOC] Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom

    Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween! by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington by Etel Enzos, en Flickr
  18. Hello, I'm still alive ;-) My actual MOC... still in progress 20180302_124718 by Fabian Kraus, auf Flickr 20180302_124810_001 by Fabian Kraus, auf Flickr 20180215_170317 by Fabian Kraus, auf Flickr 20180206_203210 by Fabian Kraus, auf Flickr
  19. So I want to share my latest creation that I took up to Brickfair Virginia a week ago. It is my first real castle/fantasy build and will probably be divisive with some for the use of the Elves mini dolls, but I am okay with that :) Every time I build I try to do something that involves my kids and with a 9 year old daughter, her fascination with the Elves line led to building this. The idea is that this is a sea port where Elves from different kingdoms come and trade goods for Dragon eggs, which they return home with. we have the floating islands which serve as a nesting ground and other rooms, a main castle that has been reclaimed and is in the process of being remodeled and then an island that has a few buildings in it. Some of the figures themselves have been merged with Lego mini figure pieces and capes and hair to soften the cartoon look of the mini dolls. I hope you enjoy, it was a one and done at the show and I am in the process of disassembling most of the build so I can finally work on sorting my lego room...so that I can build a big castle next :) The Elvan Seaport of Elvadion by Martin Harris, on Flickr The Elvan sea port of Elvadion by Martin Harris, on Flickr The Elvan sea port of Elvadion by Martin Harris, on Flickr
  20. Hey guys, Some of you may remember the time a few years ago when the first rumours about the Lego Nexo Knights theme began to surface. Some sources claimed to know, that the theme would be Castle combined with Steampunk elements. Some said, the set that we today know as 70317 The Fortrex was actually going to be a giant walking Steampunk fortress. I was really fascinated by those descriptions. Of course, as we all know today, the actually Nexo Knights theme had nothing to do with Steampunk, which really disappointed me. But the picture of a big Steampunk Castle still was floating in my head and so I decided to just build one. What you can see here is the result of that decision: A Steampunk version of the "Fortrex" indeed. It has got everything a proper Lego Castle needs: Drawbridge, Cranes, 2 towers at the front, 1 in the back... and it can walk on four feet powered by a steam engine with giant smokestack! It's pretty cool, isn't it? It took me a long time to build this model but I'm really satisfied with the overall outcome. The biggest challenge for me was designing the legs because I wanted them to be kind of posable but still had to allow them to hold the high weight of the castle above. I also had a lot of fun finding ways to use interesting looking parts and colours in strange "steampunky" ways. For more pictures and information you can visit the Lego Ideas page of this model: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/9bd75f34-22e7-4146-8e02-089cfb9314e4 And if you're already there I of course would be very thankful if you could support the project. ;-) I'm also interested in your opinion regarding Nexo Knights: Would you have had preferred a Steampunk version of the theme or were you happy with what it turned out to be? I'm looking forward to reading you're comments!
  21. sander1992

    Fright Knights

    Hi everyone, I have build a landscape of 1 by 1 meter based on the Fright Knights. The landscape will be shown at Lego World in the Netherlands in October. In the landscape is a ruin on the right back corner, which is based on set 6087. The Castle is based on set 6097 (of course) and I wanted the rocks be similar to those in the catalogs from 1997. In the left part of the rocks is a dragon head that can move forward and back. If it moves forward the mouth will open. It is powered by PF. On the top are a few small houses, which are based on the houses in the Lego Game: Lego Racers. In the front is a forest which is the territory of the Dark Forest. The Royal Knights are attacking the Fright Knights. For more pictures, go to my Flickr album. Feedback and questions are welcome. Sander
  22. DwalinF

    [MOC] Karak Kadrin

    The universe of Warhammer Fantasy not so popular among the LEGO comunity, like, for example, Middle-Earth, but it gives a lot of inspiration for me. Everyone knows Erebor, and I want to show you my vision of equally famous Dwarf fortress. You may think that this MOC is formulaic, and maybe you will be right, but I think such type of fortress fits the best for the Dwarves. Once I've built Dwarvish Gates And since that times I got a little more parts, but still not enough. When I was on the half of the way, I realized that I have no parts at all to finish it. So I borrowed parts all over the country. Anyway, the result is not the same, I've had in my mind. I know about weaknesses of this MOC and maybe in future I can show better version. May be it will be Karaz-a-Karak, who knows? I just want to make an accent on one moment of this work: the red top of central tower made like a mohawk of a Dwarf Slayer. Hope you like it.
  23. ETELENZOS92

    Welcome back to Hogwarts Harry!

    Today is September 1st and its time to returning to Hogwarts! I want to show this little vignette from my new moc in the Dumbledore office, Hope you like it! Welcome back to Hogwarts Harry! by Etel Enzos, en Flickr
  24. Happy 40th anniversary Minifigures! Shrieking Shack microscale This model will be featured in mi next Hogwarts Castle MOC that will be revelated soon. I hope you like it! Happy 40th anniversary Minifigures! by Etel Enzos, en Flickr
  25. Hi everybody! Together with my son we built our version of Vader's castle on Mustafar from R1. We tried to make it UCS style complete with a micro build, UCS style sticker and a booklet. The base (the lava field) is 96x96 studs; the total height is approx 125cm. It includes six minifigs: two imperial guards, Vaane - Vader's servant, Krennic, and two versions of Vader - one in armor, and one in the bacta tank. For the bacta tank version we used the torso from the collectible minifig gargoyle. We built it last autumn, but worked on it since; and now got around to take some decentish photos. Hope you'll like it. Here's the link to the flickr album https://www.flickr.com/photos/152265303@N06/albums/72157700068239294