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MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby Cesbrick » Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:06 pm

Hey everybody

I consider myself a castle builder, but I have never build a castle in the real sense of the word, so I thought it was about time I build one.

As I’m working on a big display to my LUGs expositions (comunidade 0937) and having access to a lot more parts I could go a little wild. :)

This MOC stands on a footprint of 4x3 (48x48) baseplates and is more than 3 feet high. I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do since the beginning, but of course some modifications and adjustments were made along the build, such as the positioning of the various towers on the main walls or the shape of the half-timbered sections.

A few facts and thoughts that I would like to share:
- Its viewable from the 4 sides and completely modular so it can easily be transported.
- Despite having access to more parts, I still had some limitations. So, for instance, I had to use more LBG 1x2 plates and 1x2 masonry dark tan bricks on the walls that I wanted but nevertheless I think it turned out Ok all the same.
- The colors used on the landscape terrain are not the ones that I would like to use, but again, due to its size, I had to use more common ones.
- I build this at home and took me about 250 hours in 50 or so days to build this MOC.
- I have no idea how many parts it’s made off! If someone as a rough idea, please let me now. But I can tell you that just on the landscape alone and on the castle interiors I used around 10000 2x4 bricks of various colors and on the walls I used at least 4000 round 1x1 bricks.
- The landscape was not my priority as it will sure suffer some changes and adding’s when integrated on the full display so I spend just 5 days on it and is not yet as I want him to look.
- Also, the trees are somewhat simple as I need them to be brickbuild (for easier transportation and also due to time restrictions) but I kind like them that way.

- Naturally, I’m a BIG noob in taking good pics and these are total crap (overexposed, poor lighting, poor focus). Taking reasonable ones was a huge #$#/&%$ pain and it looks so much better in person :)
Hope you all like it. It sure was an immense fun to build these one :)

I will try to upload more pics in a few days before I get this huge thing in card boxes :)

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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby AardWolf » Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:14 pm

Well, this is nothing short of astounding. Not that anyone would expect less than that from you :wink: . I think you did a splendid job combining angles, round towers, and height to create a very visually appealing castle. The fact that this is your first actual castle also makes me feel uncomfortably incompetent. I'm with you about the trees- I think they look really good here. My only complaint is the lack of thicker vegetation around the stream, but like you said there will be changes made and I tend to go a bit plant-crazy :tasty: .

As for your photography, it looks just fine to me here, and I don't think cameras will every fully capture the awesomeness of real-life Lego builds.

Anyways, exceptional work and you have raised your already-very-high bar another notch!
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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby LittleJohn » Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:43 pm

:shock: Breathtaking! :twitch: :shock: The layout and bridge are amazing, as well as the roofs! Superb rockwork too!
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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby RedBrick » Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:12 am

I only rarely see something where modesty is so misplaced than for this castle: its absolutely fantastic! :)
The detailling and composition are highly impressive, it looks perfectly balanced and is simply a beauty. Also I dont really mind that its not more vegetation. Having some clearance around a castle means a unobstructed line of sight.

Also the photos are really (really!) good, the only things I am missing are interior shots. Im looking forward to see this brilliant building from inside! :)
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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby Brickninja » Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:41 pm

Truly awesome!! I love all the details, levels, towers, and colors. As you already know, I blogged it :)
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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby David FNJ » Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:39 pm

This is nothing short of a masterpiece! The details are extremely well done, and the scale adds to the build's impressiveness. Magnificent!
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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby Justin M » Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:54 am

Definitely one of the most detailed, large-scale castle I've seen! :twitch:
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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby K3G » Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:03 am

Well, this is a truly great build, you are high talented in a lot of building techniques and you have a great sense of space and colors. By the way, as other great builders such as Deferl Cadarn or others, those castles sound to me more Walt Disney castles than real ones. You know guys, I'm a lot into architecture and story and a lot less into fantasy.
But this is still a masterpiece! Congratulations!
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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby Wilfred of Ivanhoe » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:05 pm

So very cool! I would love to play with... er... uh... admire the castle from a safe distance. You really did a great job. I love the realistic variety you put into the vegetation and landscape. You put a lot of cool detail into the castle itself too. I am impressed and inspired. ...and I still want to play with it. :)
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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby bobbir » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:45 pm

This is amazing. Your first castle build, too!

Seriously can't stop looking.
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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby richardanthonyc » Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:12 pm

Simply stunning.... the level of detail :twitch:

Reminds me of the castle in the sword in the stone
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Postby Graham Gidman » Wed May 13, 2015 8:27 pm

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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby Spherical » Fri May 29, 2015 4:29 am

This is one of the most beautiful lego castles I have ever seen, the amount of detail is incredible! I really like this wall building style. Using all these different bricks combined with a lot of SNOT gives a very nice ancient, weatherworn look. Also the detailed brick-built doors are impressive! Excellent work and thanks for sharing these pictures!
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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby Medieval Michael » Fri May 29, 2015 5:43 pm

Nice model! I love all of the shaping and texturing you got in that castle. :)
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Re: MOC - BlueWater Castle

Postby TheLordOfBricks » Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:47 am

Wow, I can't stop looking at this for inspiration, I love this a ton! The landscape is great, but the castle is amazing, especially the cool Dark Blue roofs, and the stonework is pretty good! Keep it up!
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