Post by Lord Silver on Jul 14, 2016 13:45:36 GMT -8
So after BFVA16, I'm deciding to redo my character's castle, Silverstone Keep (shown below).
LoR Silverstone Keep by Zane Reichley, on Flickr It's going to be 1x2 LBG 48x48 baseplates, instead of one. I'll have a picture up in a few days of my new design (hand-drawn). Any suggestions on landscaping and castle walls/towers/gatehouses/other castle stuff? I appreciate all the help I can get, and once I start "renovations" (character storyline ) after Brickfair, I'll have weekly updates. So although this will be after Brickfair, I'd love all the tips you guys give and suggestions for parts to get. Thanks everyone!!!
I'm certainly no advanced builder but here are my 2 cents!
I'd recommend you stock up on light bley everything. It's amazing how many bricks go into bigger creations. What type depends a lot on whether you are going to build in the same 'clean' style as above or try something more 'greebled' Good examples of both styles in a Garheim type setting are Clean: AK_Brickster 's Mikithdar Stronghold (great WIP thread here) and Greebled: crazycrownieguy's The Night Cometh.
The light bley 'brick' bricks are useful for both styles, so a couple of hundred of these are probably a good order. If attempting the greebled look, I find 32028 Plate, modified with door rail invaluable. WARNING however, if going down this slippery path you will also need hundreds, if not thousands of 1x1 and 1x2 plates in light bley (and probably dark bley for highlights.) The other piece I find works well is the good old headlight brick (old style) and 1x1 round plate. The headlight brick can be stood on it's side to give a 2 plate high brick with a stud on the surface facing out. This is useful for both texture and attaching SNOT work. I highly recommend a careful study of CCG's work in this style, he is where I got my influence from.
If you haven't already try searching 'Garheim' or 'Mitgardia' in flickr or on google for inspiration.
Which ever way you go consider lots of white/trans-clear plates etc for snow and ice, and I think olive or sand and dark green mixed with dark bley works quite well for northern style landscaping.
Post by AK_Brickster on Jul 14, 2016 17:08:06 GMT -8
Ayrlego is spot-on. Light bley EVERYTHING! Haha. I literally used all but the last few of my light bley bricks building my last castle, and I didn't even finish it! Lots of white is good for landscaping, and you'll run out of dark bley slopes faster than you think, if you're planning on any rock work.
Post by crazycrownieguy on Jul 14, 2016 20:07:28 GMT -8
Hey man. So I am going to address this a bit differently then Ayrlego and Jordan. First, here is a flickr album containing all of my own, personal builds using the textured, messy technique, and some links to two of the best castle builders (in my opinion) David Hensel, Luke Watkin, Album.
Second, here is a list of colours I think are extremely useful.
Both old greys are great if you can get them, they work well for old, disused buildings.
Light bley (as others have said, extremely important for castle builds.)
Dark bley (for rocks mostly, could also be used for buildings.)
Reddish brown (good for paths, landscape, trees.)
Dark brown (very good for, landscape, trees, parts of buildings (tudor for example).)
Old brown (if you can find any for a reasonable price, works for trees, landscape, etc.)
White (snow, not much other use.)
Tan (paths, desert lanscape, insides of trees, lighter coloured trees.)
Dark tan (paths, landscape, any sort of muck, (pig pen, etc,) thatched roofs.)
Green (plants, so trees, underbrush, bushes, etc, maybe roofs or tudor.)
Dark green (same as green, can also be used in landscapeing.)
Sand green (same as the other two, will not work for trees though (no sand green leaves.)
Olive green (same as the above three.)
Trans-clear, lt blue, md blue, dk blue, and green (water, swampy water, stained glass, ice.)
Any sort of blue (for water)
Sand blue (rare, if you can get it, awesome. Use sparingly in buildings.)
Yellow (not very castle-ish, but could be used for hay roofs.)
Dark red (works well for buildings, landscape, or as dried blood.)
Sand red (if you can obtain it, use in buildings sparingly, and maybe landscape.)
This is all for now, if you would like, I could also put together a list of pieces I find useful in building fantasy/castle. Enjoy CCG
"Without fire proof gloves, flaming swords are only fun for about 30 seconds"-Any flaming swordsman ever For the glory of Garheim!!! Captain Rufus Song
Post by Sir Caedric Moore on Sept 7, 2016 13:11:13 GMT -8
A few other great parts to have are "cheese slopes" (1x1 triangle pieces, fairly new), "jumper plates" (1x2 plates with a stud in the center; great for offsets, greebling, footprints in snow, etc. I love 'em), and - no idea what to call them - flexible corner pieces i.e. two 1x2 bricks that are connected via a pivot point. I'm long overdo for a parts overhaul but I've yet to figure out how to use bricklink or the like and I just plain haven't gone to a Lego store. I've made do the best I can up until now, but my latest build really let me know how thinly I can stretch my collection and I need more. Looking forward to seeing the new keep
Post by Lord Silver on Sept 7, 2016 13:30:52 GMT -8
Thanks Caedric! Yeah, I have some of those kinds of pieces, and as LUGBULK just came in for my LUG (ColonialLUG, the only teen LUG in North America www.coloniallug.com/), I have more gray bricks for walls and such. School just started, so I have less time to build, but I'll have a starting update out in the next few weeks.
Post by Lord Silver on Sept 18, 2016 13:58:09 GMT -8
First Update: Week 1
A shot of the full landscape. It is 2 48x48 baseplates, connected by Technic (modular). I finished this a few days ago, took the picture yesterday, and finally around to posting it. I finished the "hilly" landscape, complete with a small lake, and I am planning to add mountains in the background. As you can probably guess, the main castle area will be in the flat area in the right half of the castle. I finished part of the wall today, and I am planning to post tomorrow or Tuesday, along with three different wall sections I want add in but not sure which 2 to use. Also, a drawing will be out soon of the full castle. The Technic connections of the WIP
Comments, criticism, and suggestions of anything are welcome! Enjoy!
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2016 13:59:27 GMT -8 by Lord Silver