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July 2009
MOC the Admins 2.0
CC 28 VII 09

Plums_Deify has announced a new contest, MOC the Admins 2.0. You are challenged to build a vig featuring at least one of the CC admins. If you want some inspiration, check out our previous MOC the Admins contest, won by Nelson's Holy Grail. See Plums' announcements for complete details of this contest. Good luck, and be gentle. :)

Dutch Castle
Bruce 24 VII 09

Johan van den Heuvel, known as Teddy on our forum and elsewhere around the Legoverse, is an AFOL from Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, in the Netherlands. He's enjoyed LEGO since he was a kid, but a few years ago emerged from a six-year dark age. For quite a while he's been working on a Dutch Castle. This is a WIP, as he has some interiors still to finish, but it's extremely impressive nonetheless. All of the towers and walls are modular, connected by technic pins, so this can be moved around for display, or expanded in the future. Roofs lift off for interior access, and he's included mechanisms for raising and lowering the drawbridge and portcullisses. He says the style is typical of Dutch castles such as het Muiderslot, Ammersoyen and slot Loevestein, plus he drew some inspiration from Bodiam in England. His initial inspiration to build a large castle came from seeing Blueandwhite's Brickmoor. As he's been adding to his build, he's been updating this thread in our forum, so watch that space for further additions.

In addition to CC, Teddy is active on Lowlug and Eurobricks. His MOCs can be found in his Flickr, Brickshelf and MOCpages galleries.

Dragon Tower
Bruce 21 VII 09

Crises is an AFOL from Gdansk, Poland, a town on the Baltic Sea. He's been building with LEGO for the last 25 years, with some dark age years thrown in there, and has always loved Castle and Town for the sake of the architecture. He feels most at home with smaller MOCs, such as vigs or microscale, including this Dragon Tower. He tries to draw inspiration from all over the community, and this was, in part, inspired by our recent how-to article on landscaping.

In addition to CC, Crises is a member of LUGPol. His MOCs can be found on Brickshelf and Flickr.

Weekly Set Re-Review: King's Mountain Fortress
Ben E. 19 VII 09

Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 6081 King's Mountain Fortress.

King's Mountain Fortress, released in 1990, was the first Crusader castle on a raised baseplate. It has a gate tower with a drawbridge and two doors. The main tower has a jail, trap door, and duel crossbow firing station on the top battlements. Two mounted knights, an axeman, a spearman, two crossbowmen, a lady, a ghost, and many accessories are included.

Estuary Stronghold Redux
Bruce 17 VII 09

If you know anything about the early history of the online AFOL community, you know of Erik Brok, who sadly passed away two years ago. His Estuary Stronghold still sets the bar for castle MOCs, almost ten years since it was first revealed. This was one of the first castle MOCs that Eggy (aka Eggplant Wizard, aka Professor Eggplant, aka Eggy Pop - are you seeing a theme here?) found when he came back to the hobby, and it helped bring him out of his Dark Age. Earlier this year he decided he had accumulated a large enough collection to try to make something along these lines. Well, 35 Bricklink purchases and five months later, he completed his Estuary Stronghold Tribute, faithfully reproducing Erik's beautiful design but also incorporating modern techniques and detailing. I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to Erik, one of the pioneers of our community.

Over the past year or so Eggy has created a number of very impressive castle MOCs. Be sure to check them all out on MOCpages and Flickr.

Castle Belisaere
Bruce 13 VII 09

MasterChief 1 is an AFOL from Britain. Even though he's only started posting his creations online relatively recently, the skill shown in his MOCs may tip you off that he's actually been building for the last twelve years. His first ever castle MOC is Castle Belisaere, that uses a lot of innovative techniques, such the octagonal tower, SNOT stonework, arrow slits and that beautiful roof. Also be sure to check out his earlier version for a nice crennelation design.

MasterChief 1 is interested in a variety of different themes. His LEGO creations can be found on MOCpages and Flickr, where he is a member of a number of different LEGO-themed groups. He's also one of our newest members right here at CC.

Bruce N H 8 VII 09

In the last couple of days, two related MOCs have graced our forums: Garbageman13's Tower in the Forest and RebelRock's Waterfall House. Perhaps the most striking feature of these is the stunning landscaping, including those waterfalls built using two different techniques. For more about different techniques, check out the how-to article Building a Landscape, first written by DNL but now updated with additional material by SlyOwl, and Eggy's Waterfalls 101, which has now been linked on our how-to page along with other tutorials by Eggy.
Weekly Set Re-Review: 5184 Castle Accessories
Ben E. 5 VII 09

Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 5184 Castle Accessories.

Castle Accessories was released in 1989. It contained a variety of weapons, shields, headgear, flags, and plumes for the Black Falcon, Black Monarch, and Forestmen themes.

Vlčí hrádek
Bruce 2 VII 09

Daniel, aka Legacek, is an AFOL from Jihlava in the Czech Republic. He built with LEGO when he was a kid up until his teen years, and then went into a ten year Dark Age. Last year he started building again and has come up with two really nice castles. His most recent is Vlčí hrádek, or Wolf Castle.

Daniel is a member of the Czech LEGO forum Brickdome and his MOCs can be found on Brickshelf.

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