Post by AK_Brickster on Apr 11, 2017 9:35:55 GMT -8
I'm looking for some suggestions on expanding my current winter layout for this year's BrickCon in Seattle (PS, you should come).
Here's my current layout:
I don't have enough white plates to do all three options, so I'm looking at either:
A) Expanding the front by adding a strip the whole length, 32 studs deep. B) Expanding to one side, the other, or both, by 64 total studs (64 on one side or 32 studs on both) C) Expanding toward the back by 32 studs deep.
Of the three options, B would be the easiest, since I wouldn't have to build more rocks or extend the river, followed in difficulty by A and C.
Benefits of each:
A) Provides a lot more open area for me to stage a massive minifig battle. B) Easy to work on from my smaller build area, and would be a good way to add room for more buildings. C) Most difficult but also probably the coolest, since I could expand the terraced rocks and create a larger space for the manor, probably enough room to do a more traditional castle.
In all three cases, I'll be rebuilding the manor/keep/castle, since the current one was just thrown together right before the convention.
I would say (time permitting) C, that way you can build a larger castle, or a castle with a more peaceful scene unfolding on the "back" side of the castle (only viewable if display is positioned on a corner)
Post by AK_Brickster on May 1, 2017 9:47:57 GMT -8
Thanks guys! Since I have a LUG collaborative build that I'm committed to do also, I think I'll probably go with option B, adding some additional open area to one side or the other. Right now I'm trending toward adding to the right side, maybe with a wall and gatehouse guarding the road toward the manor, which I also plan to revamp.
As a convention attendee, I think ease of viewability is something builders often overlook. The crowds are usual stood behind a barrier set back from the table, and possibly even people stood in front of them, so wide MOCs make a lot more sense than deep MOCs where there might be cool details, but in reality no-one other than the builder stood at the table is going to be able to see it.
This is partly why I almost prefer viewing convention MOCs online, as you get close-up and can actually appreciate the builds and details without feeling the need to step out the way or strain your eyes.
Remember, too, that I still have the winter terrain I built before, and will likely build some more, so if you wanted to extend in front just enough to stage some minifigs, we could go 16 deep or 32 deep.