Ever since I saw Dan Church's The Outer Wall, I've been wanting to try out the SNOT wall technique. I really love the fact that the tiles' edges are more rounded off than those of bricks, so you get more definition between pieces and a more 'stony' look. Once I had the wall, I just had to try out a corner - with no spaces between the tiles on the corner. A lot of times builders use a brick studs-up with studs on its sides to attach tiles for this, but then you end up with half-plate gaps.
And I decided to make it an outpost because I wanted to fit everything into an 8x8 vig. That and I was running out of spare 1 x 1 tiles in light bley.
So here's a view of the back, a cutaway view of the tower. One of the things I really wanted was a wooden roof for this remote fortification, and since I was going for a non-violent scene, I added a couple animals. You can see a yellow bird in the rafters here. Originally, he was supposed to be outside, but I can't seem to find the right pieces in my collection to make him in any other color, and as a yellow bird on the grass he would have stood out too much and stolen attention from the Crusader.
Another pneumatic tubing pose. Really didn't think the brown went well with the Crusader uniform, but I only own the tubing in that color. This was actually one of the tougher poses I've done. The tubing wants to spring upward and outward of this position, so I had to wedge the 'string' of the crossbow under the helmet's chin guard.
There's a frog hiding in the grass here. Totally out of place, I know. Pretend there's a pond a few studs out of sight.
I struggled with this area, because the sci-fi greeblist in me wanted to cover it in weapons and gear. In the end, I settled for a simple torch, ladder, and barrel; and I'm quite happy with it.
Hopefully the MOCpages staff won't mind, but I deeplinked my pictures (other than the main one) from flickr. Check out that quality!
Thanks for looking, C&C welcome.