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  1. Russel

    [LEGO IDEAS] Fort Leeward

    Welcome to Fort Leeward, designed to fend off the toughest of pirates, like fierce Captain Breakwater and her motley crew. Thank you for reading and please share and support, and offer any suggestions. SUPPORT NOW!
  2. EDIT: I have turned this topic into a place where we, as Historical fans, can efficiently gather and support projects in these themes in Lego Ideas; so please feel free to add any that you find and I will amend this original post. If you like any of the projects listed, please consider supporting them over on Lego Ideas. Have you all seen these? Thoughts? Last Update: 18th June 2020. MADE IT! Medieval Blacksmith by Namirob. We made it! Namirob's Medieval Blacksmith is going to be made into a set. The Castle in the Forest by @povoq. - This has achieved support and fingers crossed, will be made into a set! Historically Accurate Rome by daevead. - This has achieved support needed. Brickwest Studios by Bricky_Brick @paokus. - Another 10k achievement from Bricky_Brick. That's 4 now, including the recent Pirate Bay set. Ending Soon (URGENT VOTES NEEDED): The Medieval Blacksmith by Cholmberg1. Medieval House (2999 Pieces) by llllllllll. (sic. I have not made a mistake here with the username lol). Medieval Farm by cubeous. The Grand Colosseum by jofra-imperial. Nearly There (Needs more votes): The Bakery by Bricky_Brick. @paokus Medieval Blacksmith Shop by LEGO ScapeSculptureDesign @Ben Pitchford. Classic Castle by DERBOOR. Aging Entries (Needs a boost): Viking longship by Beñat. Black Falcon Stronghold by Xman. Modular Wild West Saloon by joefreak2003. Siege the castle ! by @povoq. Trolls's Siege Brachiosaurus by @Destrier. Medieval Knight House by Namirob. The Fortress by Gandalf54. Colosseum (Architecture Style) by SkyWalter. Medieval Harbor by Namirob. - I love this. It's beautful. Medieval market by lennert476. Greek Temple by Imperator49. Kinetic Saloon Simple by brickster0404. Desert Palace by SirMiniLasha. The King’s Castle Chess Set (2 in 1) by FormidableSouthernTiger. Lego HeroQuest by KingGloriousSquirrel. Enchanted Haven by GondorSoldier. Rysendor's Island by Lego Landon. Medieval Castle by Lego fan 99. Viking longship by Beñat. Medieval Woodcutter's Cottage by Banana_Guy03. Adventures of Robin Hood by siuliano. The King's Castle Gatehouse by @Jcreations912. The Old Watchtower by HP_Brixxter. Archers Tower by RyszardBosiak. Cliffside Villa by OrientExpress26. Medieval Cottage by Lego User. Medieval Town Hall by HP_Brixxter. Studwalder Castle (Modular Castle) by HP_Brixxter. Secret of the Castle by Alpine Builder. Sage's Library by SMARLIN. The Argo, Legendary Greek Ship by Kropotin_vl. Medieval Tower by 1965MGTFB. Western Saloon by lachie1023. Forest Fortress by Blocker007. Princess June's Castle by legolux1973 @legolux1973. House of the Samurai by hischen. Fantasy Era Medieval House - Here Comes Trouble by l_hendriksen. Viking Longship with Working Catapult by legomountainfanatic. Classic Fairytale Castle by Maxence. Roman Chariot Racing Stadium by brickster0404. Medieval Dice Tower by El_Skutto (a bit unconventional, but it fits!). Mini LEGO Kit - The Mighty Castle by Dcomprime76 (a miniature scale entry). The Modular Knight's Castle by @klockizbroda. Harbrick Castle by kylav. Royal Knight Harbor Outpost by BrickJohnny. Viking Hall by Heimdallsen. Coyote Canyon by BrickJohnny. Windmill Defense by Banana_Guy03. Forgotten Fantasy Castle by DutchLegoMan. Medieval Stable by Banana_Guy03. Chromed Classics by MinifigInSpace. The Medieval Village by Danthelegoman. A Truly Wild Western Town by MinifigInSpace. Tolkien by BrickGallery. Medieval Watermill by Witz Bricks. Mini "Emerald Dream" by Lionard. Ancient Temple by Blocker007. Brickville Tavern by momirsarac. Medieval Dock House by LEGO ScapeSculptureDesign @Ben Pitchford. Fantasy Castle (micro-scale) by Timiny Cricket. Lava Castle (Microscale) by BrickDesignerNet. LEGO Robin Hood by @Jcreations912. The Mountain Windmill by Hanwasyellowfirst. Hidden Greek Temple by DutchLegoMan. Soutou Tenshu, Japan's Forgotten Past by Horlack @Horlack Bricks. Lord of the Rings Trilogy - Modular by BooCrackers12. Fairy Tale House by farmfarm. Castle Bridge Stone by @Master0889. Lego Medieval Farmer Village by Luuknijman. Tower of Three Wizards by MaverickBrick. Minas Tirith by @GJC15344. Medieval Guard House by Micro_Model_Maker, aka @legoMoccer. Roman temple by ROMVLVS. Wizards Keep by Woligan. Castle Mellori by Magiclaw. Four Swords Inn by Magiclaw. Medieval Windmill by Neon5. Medieval Windmill and Barn by BooCrackers12. Redbrick Outpost by GondorSoldier. Sheriff's Office by Angryclone. Druid Gathering in the Forest by Cromone. Monrepos by Orbiter88. Lion Knight's River Outpost by HP_Brixxter. The Wizard Tower by AdrienClochere. The Legend of Zelda BotW: Hyrule Castle by BrickGallery. Castle Outpost by xXgGhostXx. Mighty Fortress by hischen. Medieval Outpost by LEGO ScapeSculptureDesign @Ben Pitchford. Miner's Mountain by BeatBlocks. English Fort by Klarinik. Merlin's house by Davy_92. Olivia’s Get-Away by PeetersKevin @Perterz. Lighthouse of Alexandria by MA_bricks. Red Badger Border control by Neon5. Wizard’s forest house by Ranger03. Merlin's Tower by George Brickman. Wizard Tower by DominikQN. Plundering the Ancient Fortress by Bricks_Of_Tomorrow. Medieval House in the Forest by BooCrackers12. Medieval Puppet Show by Ben.Daly. The Wizard’s House by Michele16. Lion's Mountain Gate by ErockBrick. The Mill by J-Bricks1. Viking Longship (Knarr) Overseas Raider by jbmakemson. Castle Waterrock by Egol Okkas. The Conquest of the Outpost by Davy_92. Jason and the Argonauts - Triton by Justspb. The Great Kingdoms Gate by KAJAKSZATANA. The Black Knight's Castle by Alessandro 28. Old West General Store by J-Bricks1. Tribute to the King by frederic.q99. The Fortress by Crossway_Studios. Nobleman's House by DominikQN. The Dragon Attack by Jcreations912. Heailenregarr Outpost by @DanDelie. Medieval Inn by DominikQN. S.P.Q.R. Castrum - Microscale Roman Fortress by BriKKone. The Witches' Lair by Alessandro 28. The Satyr's House by Silver42. Medieval Siege Tower - Belfry by VamosYimmy. The Prancing Pony Inn by BriKKone. The Dragon and the Knight by Proteasome. Mediterranean Coastal Fort of the Knights by VamosYimmy. Ancient Roman Warship by VamosYimmy. The Parthenon by Mattix creations. Castle Chess Set by BricKatai. Medieval Cottage by BrickyHead. Medieval Marketplace by DominikQN. The Water Mill by ricbuilder225. The Mythical Camelot Castle by BrickHammer. Wolfpack Hideout - Old King's Castle! by @tomaaki. Wizard's Room by Andrew Bricksen. Raven Knight’s Castle by MrPotatoHead. Outpost Defence by SirSurprisedPoodle. Lord of the Rings Balrog and Gandalf by Alexmorsilla_8413. Wolfpack Fortress by Mefju. Attack On The Village by Crossway_Studios. Roman Warship by Iyan Ha. Medieval Observatory by SMARLIN. Old Castle. by MasterOGEL. Ninja Outpost by Greenflame24. King's Crown Carriage by VamosYimmy. Rock Diamond Sea Castle by Trixi van Park. Ironbeard Dwarf House by ErockBrick. Medieval Market Village by Commander Brick. Siege of Troy by Haluk Skywalker. Viking Warrior Temple by HammerofHenfryn. Temple of Horus by daevead. In the Hall of the Mountain King by RatAHatHat. Medieval Restaurant by tm.bricks. Viking Dwelling by beforekilling. Fort Iron Cactus by JaminStar. The Golden Hall of Edoras by BrickHammer. Fantasy Castle by @Jcreations912. Ancient Indian Fort Watchtower by TheDude98. Waytt McLego Rescue by Brick_come92. Medieval Farm House by @Jcreations912. Gargamel's House by ArchiZ. The Shire, the Hobbithole of Frodo and Bilbo Baggin's by TB Brickcreator. Tower Outpost by Iain McCarthy. Lord of the Rings: Edoras by theLOTRbuilder. White Stallion Tavern and Inn by Andrew Bricksen. The Tower of Barad-dúr by theLOTRbuilder. Lion Castle by Hsiao1. Wolfpack Castle by enowicki_AFOL. @enowickiafol Dinomads by brickster0404. Mountain Monastery by BrickHammer. Whistling Past the Old Orc Watch Tower Through the Ancient Bog by Captain Key. The Medieval Cottage by theLOTRbuilder. The Acropolis of Athens by AlphaBricks. Medieval Bakery by Dorino Dorino. Black Dragon Knights' Castle by yuptype. Ye Olde Dragon’s Inn by Bubis. LEGO Construct & Command: Forest Outpost Siege by LEGOConstruct_and_Command. WolfPack Hideout by @DanDelie. The Mushroom House by JohnyKov. Fantasy Dragon by Crossway_Studios. Castle of White Lord Afol and the Black Knights by SleeplessNight. New Entries: The Castle Of The Black Falcons by thkindcrusader. Minas Tirith by Dar-nat-phné. Medieval Homestead by MegaPeskyPineapple. Smaug by Brick-A-Brac. Creator Windmill 3 x 1 by FranzPlus. Asterix the Gaul by Ganpat the Celt. Bone Wing by HerboRyanSeth_6561. Royal Residence by SomethingOfAScientistMyse. Winter Castle by Lukas_84.
  3. DISCORD: https://discord.gg/N3ZVdMwJ 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 Current Gold Standings for the Guilds (As of Bk. III Ch. III FB Period 3 8-4-2019): Avalonia: 678 gold Mitgardia: 501 gold Varlyrio: 409 gold Kaliphlin: 331 gold
  4. pianosarang3288

    Castle Concept Starbucks

    I saw an interesting project in ideas This is made by my friend! Visit and saw his fresh idea. https://ideas.lego.com/projects/19cd1ba6-ca29-477c-ac85-813180ed67f6
  5. Sigolf Brimabane

    Japanese Castle

    Hi there! Long time, no see. I've been inactive for a couple of years, not posting or anything. I haven't stopped building LEGO though, so I present to you my latest MOC! It's a Japanese castle, as you can see, inspired by a certain real life castle (can you guess which one?). Sorry for the shitty pictures. I don't really have the tools or know-how to take good pictures. I might try to take some better pictures eventually, but for now I just want to share my MOC with you guys. :) It's not completely finished since I want to expand it by adding more baseplates, but this section is done. You can remove a couple of the floors but it's kind of a hassle.
  6. Henry Bricklider

    Black Falcon Outpost (WIP)

    After building 21325 I had a newfound surge of inspiration to begin a new Castle MOC. I started this a few weeks ago and I'm glad to say I have made significant progress on it. Here we have the Black Falcon outpost. It's a simple building for soldiers to lodge in. Ideally, there will be a larger landscape surrounding the building.
  7. Hello to this Forum! After more then 3 decades out of action, the donkey (thats me) decided to try a castle on its own. I am not quite sure if it is allowed to post WiP here, but I hope it will be no mistake if I do so. The following pictures - sorry for the bad quality - are the result of my yesterdays first building session after more than 30 years, so there is no question the results are bad. I would be grateful for every hint, idea and critics that may come along, so please feel free to add Your comments. Right at the moment i do not have a clear idea what the castle will look alike in the end, so I just got started with a pallas builing, which will be accompanied by a gatehouse in the near future. Lots of best regards Martin the donkey t
  8. Romanos

    Djakovo-medieval town

    After I started building the city for a couple of years, I also became interested in castles. I'm never happy with what I've done, but I'm progressing slowly. Unfortunately the money side still limits me to go into more detail. Because when I go to work I like to do everything big. To make 4 buildings, instead of 1 with all the details. I am preparing for the exhibition of my LUG club "KOCKICE" so I am in a hurry to do everything I plan. I started the castle with 1 tower, then a couple of buildings, so I added the walls. Now I’m working the village in front - and the plan is a port as well. The tower is now too small for such a big city so I tear it down after the exhibition and do something bigger. I borrowed a lot of ideas, so maybe someone will recognized they work - THANK YOU !!
  9. 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.
  10. "Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. The play the children of our elementary school have worked so hard for, is about to begin. And curtain!" [MOC] Tonight on Stage: Castle under Siege! by Bert Van Raemdonck, on Flickr "Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, there was a princess ruling over a beautiful country. She was so kind that everyone loved her. Everyone apart from the evil wizard nextdoor, that is. Ages of obsessing over magic had made him bitter and he couldn't take hearing the laughter coming from the castle anymore. So after brooding for only a moment, with his dark magic he summoned an enraged ancient dragon and set out to take over the castle and lock away the princess... Luckily, when the wizard and his dragon arrive at the castle gate, the princess' bravest knight is waiting there to - ... Uhm, it appears our brave knight is nowhere to be found... Excuse us for that, ladies and gentlemen, our children spent so much time working on the set that they didn't get to go through a full rehearsal. But - aha - I see that the princess is taking matters into her own hands! She seems to have realized that one thing is true about dragons that's true about all of us: they get in a much better mood once they have a filled stomach! So with one of her famous home-made cookies and her general kindness, she manages to appease the dragon. So everybody ended up living happily ever after after all! Including the wizard, because the next morning he found a box of fresh cookies on his doorstep, courtesy of the princess!" [MOC] Tonight on Stage: Castle under Siege! ... behind the scenes by Bert Van Raemdonck, on Flickr Thanks for indulging me in this build that's quite different from what I'm used to! I was pushed out of my comfort zone thanks to a contest on instagram where the assignment was to build a castle in a week's time. Knowing how I build, there was no way I would be able to finish a castle I was happy with in that amount of time, I got the idea of just building the facade of the castle, thinking I could get away with it if I framed it as a stage set build of cardboard, wood, crates and pallets with visible supports and ladders at the backside. Turns out it worked, as the jury selected my build as the winner! This really is the first time I did a castle build and I enjoyed it a lot. I love the fact that I can bring some architecture into it but that I can exaggerate the shapes, proportions and details to make it look fun. I started from the masonry pattern on the walls which you don't end up seeing much of in the end. The technique actually was pretty simple even though it requires puzzling some pieces together. Every row of bricks is basically a stack of 1x1 plates, 1x1 bricks with side stud(s) and 1x1 plates with clip light. A row of tiles is attached to the side studs of the SNOT bricks. At the back side, the 1x1 plates with clip light attach to each other in a column of 1x1 plates and 1x1 round tiles with pin. I meant it to give texture to the wall in the same way painting a stage set would and am glad I was able to pull it off. If you're interested in more details, feel free to check out the digital .io file. From there, it was playing around with the building blocks I had to create a fun castle. In the end, a friend suggested to add a dragon and that's when the story took shape. Considering the time I didn't go for an epic dragon build (maybe one day?) but instead for a cutesy dragon custom puppeteerd by two people. for how quickly it came together, I love how much character it has! Thanks for having a look! Maybe not the kind of castle you were expecting to see today, but I hope it makes you smile! ___________________ Find the digital file here
  11. Mark of Falworth

    Storst Castle

    Greetings Eurobricks Citizens! Long time no siege! I thought I would pop back in to share my latest big castle build: Storst Castle by Mark E., on Flickr You can find the whole album here.
  12. https://ideas.lego.com/projects/49ca9889-05fb-4887-ab3a-aad4add5237e Cultural link : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenshu https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onna-bugeisha https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yumi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomoe_Gozen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakano_Takeko https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ono_(weapon) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ōtsuchi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oyumi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torii I love Ninjago and Japan. Thus was born this idea with historical consonance of medieval Japan, while being incorporable with Ninjago. I have been looking for a long time: to have a strong iconic and cultural medieval Japanese architecture, and to have a Ninjago aspect. The Soutou Tenshu ! In Japanese, a "Tenshu" is a multi-floor castle tower. A "Tenshukaku" is a Japanese castle. A "Soutou Tenshu" designates a particular architectural form, which is a smaller version of a Tenshukaku. There is no word in English or in Western culture for this type of construction. It’s not just a tower of a castle. It is a scaled-down reproduction of a main keep in a Japanese castle. In the West, this notion does not exist. To date, there are 12 original surviving Japanese castles. So few remain… The Soutou Tenshu are a cultural treasure in Japan; they are emblematic of its architectural sophistication, beauty and functionality. They are classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Soutou Tenshu - LEGO IDEA by Horlack, sur Flickr With my creation, I have not reproduced an existing Soutou Tenshu. I wanted an authentic representation of a Soutou Tenshu, but I also wanted to pay tribute to all the Soutou Tenshu which have disappeared over history. That is to say, I preserved the architectural spirit of the Soutou Tenshu, while allowing myself the freedom of imagination to incorporate playability into its construction for a child. The toy aspect of this for a child is just as important to me as its cultural fidelity to Japan. I have devoted myself to researching and uncovering ancient and long-forgotten aspects of Japanese culture. Whether just forgotten by time or lost in the writings of European historians who “westernized” the Orient too much. Modern history books have erased certain historical facts about Japan which did not agree with their vision of the western (often masculine) world, sometimes so much so that we forget about the Japanese themselves ! For example, today we know that Samurai often had katanas, an iconic and mythical Japanese sword. But we forget that many samurai did not have the financial means to buy such a prestigious weapon, which might cost them years, or even a lifetime, of salary. Likewise, we overlook the fact that there were more modest samurai who fought with axes, spears and bows. More importantly, we are unaware that there were samurai women, called Onna Bugeisha, who could make up 30% of an army. But modern Western feminism ignores the fact that the Japanese, 5 to 6 centuries before the Westerners, already had their feminism. No, feminism is not credited as a gift of our modern world. Thus, I intentionally incorporated into my Soutou Tenshu five powerful elements of ancient Japanese culture, forgotten and passed over in silence by Western reports. Personnagesi-01 by Horlack, sur Flickr 1 / A female samurai figurine with a Japanese longbow, named Daïkyu. Like the famous Samourai woman Tomoe Gozen, whose life gave birth to beautiful poems and tales. Woman of legend, with an extraordinary destiny, who commanded men. (Kimono based on figurine Ivy Walker - set 70620) 2 / A female samurai figurine with a long spear, named Nagamaki or Naginata. Like the famous woman Samourai Nakano Takeko, of the Aizu clan, who ordered up to 30% of samurai women equipped with this weapon, in her army. The length of the handle of the Nagamaki and Naginata, allowed women to keep an enemy at a distance, even if the opponent was stronger. The advantages of this weapon are a bit like the Greek phalanxes under Alexander. (based on Kimono Girl, Series 4) 3 / A male samurai figurine, with a large axe named a Masakari, and a small axe named an Ono. Representative of some samurai from low social class, such as farmers or monks (also named "samurai monk" or "warrior monk"); many of these men rose to the rank of samurai by their courage and loyalty to their lord. They often fought with weapons from their social class (like axes), because the Katana was inaccessible to them financially. (based on figurine Kendo Fighter, Series 15 & Samurai Warrior, Series 3 & Samurai, Series 13) 4 / A male samurai figurine, with a large mallet made entirely of hard wood known as an Otsuchi. This weapon was used by samurai from low social class. It was also effective for breaking down castle doors. Despite its heavy and rudimentary appearance, it was a formidable weapon to crush the leather and metal armor of enemy samurai (based on figurine Kendo Fighter, Series 15 & Samurai Warrior, Series 3 & Samurai, Series 13) 5 / The ōyumi, a defensive ballista. The ōyumi was a complicated type of giant crossbow, although historians are unsure of its appearance, as there are no real examples or illustrations known. Only five medieval texts refer to it. Historians agree that this weapon did exist, but it is one of the forgotten weapons of Japan’s past, and its details have been lost in history. The construction of Soutou Tenshu, with a certain free interpretation to be compatible with the gameplay: Ground floor : -Door with stylized Oni face -Stylized portal (or Torii), with emblem of Japan (wink) -Forge / blacksmith -Well water -Water and sake reserve (wink) -Prison / warehouse room -Ōyumi ballist -Various weapons. -Sakura Cherry blossom tree (emblematic tree of Japan) First floor : -Kitchen -Dining room / refectory -Weapons room / training room Second floor : -Bedroom Base : Folding base with 3 basic hinges (pivots) on the outsides, and a triple system of internal hinges per pivot, to stabilize and strengthen the base, with part number 19954 Hinge plate 1x2. When the base is closed, the stability and structural integrity is increased by the triple internal hinge system, and also by the 4 train magnets hidden in the walls of the ground floor. . Play functions : Everything is playable and functional. You can open the Tenshu by the hinges of the base, or by lifting the building floors like the LEGO Modular sets. Everything is accessible both horizontally and vertically. Working : Make with LEGO Digital Designer and Studio (Bricklink). There are 2987 bricks without minifigurines. The project required around three weeks of working and 72 hours of 3D rendering (calculation). If you love Japan, or your kids love Lego Ninjago, then support me ! thanks you very much.
  13. 1. Hi everyone. I’m new here but I have been building with LEGO-bricks for quite a long time. Hence this short story about my LEGO past. The theme, as far as you can call it a theme, what I’m working on is building buildings on a scale of 1:25. Why on that scale? Because it is indeed quite different from the general scale that is now called minifig scale. That is mainly due to the time I got my first LEGO as a child. That pretty much coincided with the moment LEGO sets were on sale for the first time in The Netherlands. The box I got was one of those boxes in which the bricks were neatly laid together as chocolates in a chocolates box. As a child, I found those doors and windows far too small and soon I made these door openings twice as wide and eight bricks high. This made my buildings far more playable. Later on, I found out that the width to height ratio of this self-made door opening 1:2.4 was, which corresponded reasonable well with real doors in real buildings. The height of the door was eight layers or 76.8 mm. Compared to the usual door height of 2 meters, that gives a ratio of 1:26. I made it 1:25 because that calculated a bit easier. Due to the limitations that the LEGO-parts give you, you sometimes have to ‘give and take’ when it comes to the exact scale of your MOC. The second reason of not building in minifig scale is that in those days minifigs simply did not exist. They came into play much later on, in a time I was in my so-called ‘dark ages’. I am regularly asked why I am not going to build on minifig scale. The only explanation is that I simply can’t handle the length/with ratio of the minifig. Take the height and then the width is not right. Take the width and then de length is not good. Keep the aspect ratio of the minifig and you get a distorted picture of your MOC. Nevertheless, I have seen very great and beautiful buildings and layouts on a minifig scale. Those builders then roughly holds a scale of 1:40. The minifig would in reality be 160 cm high and 64 cm wide. And it is accepted that medieval cottages have a ceiling of 4 meters in height. So, forget the ‘scale’ of minifig scale and look at the creativity of it… Miniland scale would be another alternative. There are some builders who are active on this scale and archive very nice results. The disadvantage is that you quickly have to deal with very large dimensions with buildings other than houses. The costs then will rise very quickly and transport to events will be an insurmountable problem. By the way, Miniland scale is also taken broadly, and often varies between 1:22 and 1:13, depending on the size of the real building. Easy to calculate if you count the layers of the door height. In the meantime, I’m so used to my “own” scale of 1:25 that I almost automatically feel whether the proportions are right or not. So, I’m not going to change that scale. I think, it is a good average between minifig scale and miniland scale. Maybe, it is a pity that I cannot use figures on my buildings. Certainly no minifigs. Normally, I don’t think those figurines are that important. But they do bring more liveliness and viewing pleasure, especially for the kids. And it gives a feel for the ratio and size of a building. The only LEGO-figurines that fit in in terms of proportion are the little dolls from the Belville series. With their height of 75 mm, they correspond reasonably to the human size. So that explains the presence of those figurines on some of my buildings on LEGO-events. Although there are also many visitors who do not recognize the little dolls as LEGO-figurines and sometimes even think that it is Playmobil. Anyway, then there is something to explain…
  14. Hi all! I'd like to share my atempt of making an exact as possible rebuild of the historic castle of the city of Thun in Switzerland, made with LDD and stud.io. I tried to implent as much details as possible(i.e woodwork in the roof and ceilings, or the chimneys that are connected from the rooms up to the roof). My mainfocus was set on the castle, the surroundings I made just because it looked a little naked in the fotos, and the big trees are actually not mine, but some modified versions of other stud.io users, will replace them later on. I also want to keep building the old city wall, including towers and gates, and maybe the city church, so it's still a work in progress. I'm no pro at MOC-ing, it's actually one of my first buildings, and it was born because of a lot of sparetime in theese weird times. So let me know what you think, what you like and what I could or should improve. Thanks for reading. A big part of the beauty of this castle is its surroundings, so I photoshopped/gimped it into my brothers picture, which got the 3rd place in "Wiki loves monuments 2018 Switzerland", below is the original photo for comparison: When the pandemie is over, feel free to visit this beautiful place, which is considered by many one of the most beautiful on earth... Some more pictures: various outside views: (trees all on stud.io: sakura by timmeyh / Big Tree by bb1061366 / tree by SMS) exploded view: Some pictures of the interior, here the attic: circular stairs in the tower, and chimney shouldn't miss out: Knight's hall:
  15. Willow is a 1988 film with story and produced by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard. With Warwick Davis in the lead role. It will have a Disney TV series in 2022. The project has 513 as of this time on LEGO Ideas: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/55c36299-4a0a-48b8-9dfa-c623ad427260 If you like it, please support it's free! Tir Asleen: portcullis (raised by a winch on the battlements) Rolling barrel rolling down the walkway like in the film. On the left: tunnel (on a hinge piece. In the film Madmartigan hid with boxes/hay in the film and surprised attack Queen Bavmorda troops) Battle over the bridge with the troll: Also notice a person frozen in a crystal and the troll poo that Madmartigan unluckily steps in the film Another person trapped in a crystal. And a cage similar to the one Madmartigan was in earlier in the film. Catapult. In the film it's placed on the battlements between the two towers. The Eborsisk dragon that Willow accidentally transformed from a troll. Project Link again: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/55c36299-4a0a-48b8-9dfa-c623ad427260
  16. Hi everyone! Welcome my latest Castle creation - Kasteelberg. You can vote for it on LEGO Ideas here: https://ideas.lego.com/challenges/1f570af2-79dd-44f3-bba3-07978208f97b/application/fe9f6f32-38fc-455a-9222-2977b1feb891 Thanks so much! :D
  17. Hi guys BrickHammer here, as a part of my ongoing journey to build all the things I would have loved to build as a child, I have just created a Forestmen MOC on LEGO Ideas. I tried to capture all the classic elements of the old Forestmen sets while giving the whole thing a brand new look! I hope you like it! I would really appreciate your feedback (and your support)! If you have any question about the MOC, the design choices or the building process, feel free to ask! https://ideas.lego.com/projects/1dab75ef-a79a-4dbd-ad63-8c9433be0c5c/comments_tab#content_nav_tabs
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    [MOC] Battle of Drakenborg

    The siege of Drakenborg has just begun, while the main army has launched the attack, a brave warrior has begun to climb the tower, undisturbed and undetected to attack the guards from within the castle. Battle of Drakenborg by Ids, on Flickr Taking aim by Ids, on Flickr Thanks for watching.
  19. Hi everyone, On LOWLUG is a Castle contest from beginning of March till the end of April. There are 5 categories in this contest. Vignet Flora Battle/Duel Village life Headquarters I've build several MOC's for this contest. I'll share them in this topic. Vignet - Classic Castle This is the only Classic Castle minifig I have. It was suitable to use for a vignet. Vignet - Knights Kingdom II A young Vladek is at the small gate of the Black Fortress. Duel - Knights Kingdom This is the duel between Cedric the Bull and Princess Storm. Flora - Fantasy Just a small scene with more focus on plants and trees. For this build I used a Magenta baseplate. Inspiration for this build came from the album cover of a Melodic Death Metal band called Black Forest with the album Dream. Flora - Forestmen Of course I've had to build a Forestmen MOC for this contest. The Forestmen are in the forest for hunting. They have spotted a deer. Headquarters - Lion Knights Photo is a bit too bright. Sorry for that. Lion Knights are leaving the city. Some people are in the street getting the usual stuff. In the alley are a few spies of the Dragon Knights. For more pictures, please look into my Flickr Album. Feedback is appreciated.
  20. Hi! I wanted to present you my new project: Haunting in Brickwood Who of you has a Lego Ghost? I recently bought a new one and I thought that I need to build something for it. The choice was obvious - a rework of Black Monarch's Ghost 6034, my first Castle set! My "Haunting in Brickwood" project is a small chapel where the evil Ghost has inhabited, but the Black Falcons knights are about to drive him away! On my Youtube Edge of Bricks full presentation. And movie on my channel here:
  21. It's a rainy and cold evening in Scotland, and you are on the Hogwarts Express as a first year student. You have noted other students have changed from street-clothes into the black robes with the crest of your destination on the front: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You do the same, and then notice the train slowing down, and finally coming to a stop at a small station marked "HOGSMEADE" on a wooden platform sign. You don't want to get too wet in your nice new robes, and feel a bit lost in the hustle and bustle of older students departing and railway staff getting luggage off the train and onto the platform. You spot your trunk on the platform and detrain. It's raining less hard now, and a slightly portly-looking, very tall man in a beard and fur-lined coat comes down the platform shouting above the steam engine's noise; "First years with me!" He leads you and about dozen other 11-year old's away from the nice and neat (and warm!) station down to a series of boats on the water's edge of a huge lake not far from the train. He leads each student into the boat, and then boards the lead boat himself. He taps the oarlock of his boat with his umbrella, and all the boats move away in sync by themselves. You are then astounded to see a huge castle, perched on rocky cliffs on the other side of the lake, lit up by hundreds of candles under the moonlight of the clearing sky. The man then shouts out to everyone assembled in the tiny boats; "Welcome to Hogwarts!" (small note: This movie concept art was taken from the Harry Potter wiki sometime in 2015. It is NOT mine.) I have converted and combined this Hogsmeade Station from two different versions found on Rebrickable, and made it my own using pictures and guesswork. I added snow piles to the roof and sidewalk, and will add a clock face to the brown 2 x 2 round tiles on the track and street sides. The name "Hogsmeade" will be spelt out using printed 1 x 1 tiles on the left and right most walls of the station, above the lights. This design is also supposed to go well with set 76388, (Hogsmeade Visit) but of course, in the official Harry Potter canon it's on the other side of the lake from Hogsmeade proper. This side features a ramp for luggage trolleys, a staircase to the station proper, and the entrance to the employees-only ticket counter area on the side closest to the camera. The lanterns on the front / rear are my own idea as additions, so the transition to the archway looks better. Unfortunately, the arch halves are held on by one stud each on each arch. (No better solution could be found, sadly.) The model has two rooms under the removable roof, both featuring seating from the Disney train set. On one side is the ticket office, with two cash registers / ticket windows and a mail sorting desk. (I couldn't decide to put that in or not. I know owls are used in HP, but where are they dispatched from if the mail is coming from Hogsmeade, not Hogwarts?) The other is the waiting room with two bench seats w/ individual arms. I'm thinking about adding a steam heating unit from the Green Grocer modular building to the area by the window, between the two seats. The station is in the planning stages right now, and *should* be ordered by August. (I hope!) Thoughts, comments, suggestions, and complaints are always welcome!
  22. Looking out to Sea A woman looks longingly out to sea for the return of her beau. I created this 8x8 MOC for LowLUG’s Mega Medieval MOC Mania (MMMM) contest. I tried a new technique for the water. I initially wanted to avoid using the large clear panes and use a ‘pile’ of random transparent parts, but I was unable to stack or connect them at odd angles. So I went with just dumping various blues and clear pieces, but this almost completely obstructs the underwater vegetation and creatures. Website | Flickr | YouTube
  23. the Inventor

    [MOC] Rindle Tower

    An outpost and watchtower near the Black forest, keeping a look out over the forest border. Many eagles live in the forest and keep the guards company, circling the tower, on the lookout for a prey. Rindle Tower by Ids, on Flickr Some additional pictures: The tower is modular:
  24. Hey guys BrickHammer here, after my Forestmen MOC "Forestmen Outpost" was received with much kindness, I decided to also share my "Wolfpack Castle" with you guys. I was always a bit sad that the Wolfpack never had a proper castle set so I decided to design and build my own "Wolfpack Caslte" and submit it to LEGO Ideas. he "Wolfpack Castle" is located on a small coastal island, surrounded by the sea and is only connected to the main land by a small stone bridge. The island is almost fully covered by barren rock and has almost no vegetation. On top of the rocks there is the main castle, which consists of three sections: the lower gate, which is the castle's first line of defence and secures the pathway that leads up to the upper castle section the main gate, which secures the upper courtyard and displays the Wolfpack's iconic coat of arms the castle's keep, which contains the armoury and serves as the final line of defence in case of an attack. Below the main castle, there is a big cave which opens up to the sea and contains a small pier. The cave and the pier are connected to the castle's keep by a ladder and a small hatch which leads to the upper courtyard. This way, small boats can be used to supply the castle with food during a siege or as a way to escape in the unlikely scenario that the keep is taken by enemy forces. I would really appreciate your feedback (and your support)! If you have any question about the MOC, the design choices or the building process, feel free to ask! https://ideas.lego.com/projects/f23da1e5-312c-4f19-ab89-d0f253d2e6bf
  25. Hello to the forum, below a small (digital) project I designed in November 2020: Princess June's Medieval House. Similar to the carriage and the siege tower, I designed this MOC in the context of my Lego Ideas project Princess June's Castle. I also create some building instructions, you can download them (PDF File, 87 pages, for free, no registration) under the below URL: https://bit.ly/juneshouse Princess June's Medieval House by legolux1973, on Flickr Princess June's Medieval House by legolux1973, on Flickr Princess June's Medieval House by legolux1973, on Flickr If you like the MOC and/or the Instructions I would be really happy if you would vote for my LEGO Ideas Project Princess June's Castle at the LEGO Ideas Website: https://bit.ly/junescastle. I would really appreciate. Happy Building, stay safe and keep healthy. :-) #legolux1973 #junescastle