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Hi everyone, I'm here today to present you my latest creation : a theatre stage and is modular background. Inspired by the look of one of the most important public theatres in France during the seventeenth century - the Théâtre du Palais-Royal –, this MOC makes possible to represent all the comedies you want ! The main part of this MOC is the stage itself and, of course, the arc of stage with the curtain. The arc uses some Lego architecture building techniques to represent with the most accuracy the Palais-Royal's arc of stage as we know it from archive's documents. This is the very one place where Moliere has represented his most famous plays. Thanks to a few techniques pieces hidden inside the structure, the built is very strong and can be easily handled without breaking. At the back of the theater, there is a very simple mecanisme who makes possible the openning of a trappe on the stage. There also a little door who makes possible to stock extra pieces and minifigure's accessories under the stage. These pieces and minifigure's accessories come from the other part of this project. Indeed, beside the stage, this MOC come with a secondary kit of pieces. Inspired by the rebuilt's process "3 in 1" from the Creator's modeles, this set of pieces makes possible to build several stage background and accessories to represent multiple wealthy interiors : the « salon » who come with a sedan chair ; the scientist's cabinet with a telescope ; the diner's room with a table, an armchair and a carpet ; and the bedroom with, of course, the bed ! And finaly, this MOC uses five minifigures who represent actors and actresses. As real actor changing costume between differents plays, these minifigures can exchange heads, hairs and accessories to incarne different characters. This MOC make possible to represent at least six comedies of Molière, the most famous playwriter on french literature : Dom Juan, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, The Imaginary Invalid (Le Malade imaginaire), The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes savantes) and The Affected Young Ladies (Les Précieuses ridicules). But, of course, minifigures and pieces can be used to build any other play ! I have presented this MOC on Lego Ideas because I think it could be a really cool Lego set for everyone ! So, if you like it, you could support it and share it ! ;-) (you also can see other picture with more close up on Ideas) Thank you everyone, don't hesitate to leave a comment to tell me what do you think of this MOC !
A few years ago, I made a post in the Town forum about where LEGO City is located. Now, I would like to do something similar with the Castle themes. More accurately, show where in History and Literature the Castle Themes take place. Let us begin with the earliest theme: Castle (1978-1983) Possibly the most general theme in the whole Castle series, there are knights, soldiers and nobility. Judging by the clothing worn by the soldiers (all blue with castle-emblemed apron and helmet), it's safe enough to assume 1978 Castle takes place during the late Middle Ages, possibly near the end of the Hundred Years' War. The next themes in the Castle canon all share one thing in common: factions. So, they shall be grouped together. Faction Series (1984-1993, 2010-2014) -Black Falcons (1984-1992) -Lion Knights/Crusaders (1984-1992) -Forestmen (1987-1992) -Black Knights (1988-1994) -Wolfpack Renegades (1992-1993) -Kingdoms (2010-2012) -Castle 2013 (2013-2014) In the Middle Ages, Europe was rife with numbers of independent kingdoms, principalities and fiefdoms, each with their own dialect, currency, measurements, and ruling system. The Holy Roman Empire (modern-day Western-Central Europe) consisted of at least 100 such domains. Naturally, there would be some occasional warring between these domains over land rights, religion (especially in the 1600's), and annexations. Each domain was noted by its coat of arms, carried by soldiers into battle. As for examples of each faction, here are some parallels I've found in historical contexts: Black Falcons: Teutonic Knights Lion Knights/Crusaders: Holy Roman Empire, Knight's Templar Black Knights: Slavic kingdoms Lion Knights (Kingdoms): Kingdom of Léon/Castile Dragon Knights (Kingdoms): Kingdom of Aragon Royal Knights (Castle 2013): Kingdom of France Dragon Knights (Castle 2013): Kingdom of England The Forestmen faction is obviously a play off the legends of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, along with various Germanic folk heroes. The Wolfpack Renegades are more simply rogues that made these warring factions a necessary evil, a bunch of marauding villains pillaging and burning, forcing peasants to swear loyalty to one of the above warring factions. Our next section is a different category of factions that didn't truly belong with the above: Knights Series (2000-2006, 2015- ) -Knights Kingdom (2000) -Knights Kingdom II (2004-2006) -Nexo Knights (2015- ) The basis of these series isn't historical, but rather in literature. During the mid to late Middle Ages, a popular form of literature was the Arthurian Romance, involving knights, with fealty sworn to a King and a code of honor, fighting against all manner of adversaries to prove themselves. The most popular adaptation of the Arthurian Romance is Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur, but other versions exist, including Thomas of Britain's Tristan and Iseult, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, and Ulrich von Zatzikhoven's Lanzelet. The two Knights Kingdom series put this in context for a LEGO world, while Nexo Knights makes it into King Arthur with computer chips. And now for the final category: Fantasty (1993-2000, 2007-2009) Dragon Masters (1993-1995) Royal Knights (1995-1996) Fright Knights (1997-1998) Castle 2007 (2007-2009) Never in history were there live skeletons, wizards, trolls, dwarves, dragons, and ghosts mucking about with knights. However, all of the aforementioned did have a place in the stories of the medieval public. Trolls and dwarves were a large part of Germanic and Scandinavian folklore. Ghosts were also prevalent, like the banshee from Ireland or Hamlet's father from William Shakespeare's play of the same name. Dragons go with medieval folklore without even debating it (St. George and the Dragon, Siegfied). Likewise with wizards. Skeletons, though, are most likely a parallel to the danse macabre associated with the large number of deaths during the Black Death that swept Europe by storm. Of course, these skeletons did not have large battleships or towers. That's all I've got at the moment. Have any other ideas? Then feel free to post them below. Always entertaining, always inspiring, always:
ARg! Sorry I should have put [MOC] at the front of the Topic Title, but I cannot figure out how to change the title now that it is sumbitted. If someone can tell me how I would be very appreciative. I have been thinking of doing this project for years. But I was always too busy and could not quite figure out how it would work. Trying to cram a lot of curvy color into a Lego build can be pretty daunting. And then on top of that, making it as complex and "Modular style" on the inside as possible. I had a real blocker though. I wanted one of the figures to have a Lute...how do you build a Lute in Lego. Well, this kept just taking up brain space, kept distracting me. So I finally brought it up with my friend Alatariel. We turned it into a personal Iron Builder challenge. And that really just broke ope the dam. Even the Lute itself, just 3 elements was a collaboration that brought out the best of our styles. All in all this is probably one of my favorite personal builds. I keep working on the Cabinet though...cramming that much detail into such a tight space is a real challenge. The dimension of the bed worked out perfectly though and the dead space under it really allowed me to add a lot of detail on the back. Getting that ring in the middle of the "diamond" takes up a LOT of real-estate. This last piece is a "zoom in" on the Lute. If you are familiar with Patrick Rothfuss and his Kingkiller Chronicle series of books, well, this is where I got the idea for building a Vardo. They are real things. But reading the books is what got me wanting to build one. The guy on the Left is a "portrait" of the Author that I figure fans might get a kick out of. If you really like this you can vote for it on Cuusoo