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June 2010
Best ... Set ... Ever
Bruce 27 VI 10

Forum members recently responded to a poll hosted by Robin Hood to determine the greatest castle set of all time. A number of awesome sets were considered, ranging from the original Yellow Castle to sets released in the last few years. In the end, our choice was set 10193, the Medieval Market Village. Released last year, this set focused more on civilian life, with fully developed buildings, great figs, and a number of highly desired elements like the turkey and the new cow. So, what do you think? Were we right, or were we way off? Make your voice heard here.

Wash colors separately in cold water
Ben E. 22 V 10

CC member nanuck95 built a humorous moc featuring the latest castle part variation.

Check out the discussion topic here.

Anglo-Saxon Pit House
Bruce 8 VI 10

Harry Russel, known as Karrde in our forums, is an AFOL from Exeter in the United Kingdom. He's got an interest in the Anglo Saxon era of his homeland, and wanted to build a civilian MOC representing peasant life. The result was a pit house, a type of dugout structure built partly into the ground. He was inspired by historical reconstructions, such as the Anglo-Saxon Village in West Stow Country Park.

In addition to CC, Harry is a member of the Brickish Association. His MOCs can be found on Flickr and he blogs at My Tiny Meandering Mind.

Bruce 1 VI 10

Katie Walker, aka Eilonwy77, is a relatively new AFOL from southeast Washington. She played with Castle and Pirate LEGO as a child, and now as an adult has built up an extensive Duplo collection for her children. It's only within the last year, though, that she discovered the on-line LEGO community. She writes: "I never really knew much about what it was possible to create ... it's been quite the revelation. I had no clue how fantastic a LEGO creation could be." Since she is three hours from her closest LUG, her interaction has all been online, mostly via her Flickr stream.

Katie has always enjoyed playing with patterns, such as these geometric drawings. Just this past Mothers' Day she received a couple of PoP sets, and realized that she could make some interesting designs with the new elements. She was encouraged by positive feedback on Flickr and explored more. It occurred to her that these resembled a tiled floor. Playing around with ideas like trees and fountains to add some three-dimensionality ultimately led to this courtyard. She'd ultimately like to add a white palace inspired by some of the PoP designs, but says she needs to build up her collection first. She'd also like to find ways to break away from the inherently square LEGO shape to come up with hexagonal patterns.

As long as we're focused on patterns, I'd also like to point out that Brendan Powell Smith recently posted his headlight patterns to Flickr. Here's a brief tutorial on making these. He's used these extensively to make tiled floors in his Brick Testament stories.

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