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A small castle I built after my grandmother's maiden name. The build started because of a real physical Moc I've had for a few years. I wanted to create a digital version with some updated features. The main similarity is the windowed hallway running between two towers overlooking a cliff. After that, most everything is a brand new idea, or heavily influenced from other MOCs. I borrowed a fair amount of techniques from many different people, who I'll mention at the bottom, and if I miss one and you want credit, just let me know.
About this creation
So in the main photo you see the two towers, the great hall, and the round tower in back. I like how the rock work turned out. I'm finally getting my rock work to be a little faster in LDD. what you can do in five minutes with your hands might take fifteen on the computer, and till look odd. however, I think I did a good job.

this view shows that walkway a bit better, and exposes more cliffside.

this shot is from the back, and shows the entrances, and a better view of the round tower

an aerial view showing the overall layout. I did a rough sketch before building, which I didn't save, but it looked EXACTLY like this. I'm very pleased with the overall shape of it. I'm not a fan of how the grass/dirt/floors turned out, but I may be continuing this for a V2

this is the whole reason for the build. dual towers surrounding a window. my original had barred windows on the towers and slits for the middle, but I decided this looked better. I think that the structure is still very defensible despite the massive archways leading directly to the center hub of the home.

this shows the second floor balcony, as well as the ladder I designed last minute. I actually changed this out of the blue when I was working somewhere else on the build. I saw the parts and I thought,"that looks like a good foothold...". I was upset because otherwise the roofs of the towers had no access to them, and normal leggo ladders were too wide to fit there

the top of the round tower was a challenge. I personally prefer the 1x3 type of round tower, as the math works out easier. inside I integrated a spiral staircase. the roof/floor is handmade to fit the odd curve as best as possible. the bottow is really only a 3/4 round, which made it interesting to transition. one of my favorite things is the bell. I originally designed it for my elven city . I redid the connector piece to make it shorter, as I didn't like the parts showing. I also decided to make this one a duller metallic sand yellow.

this is a closer view of the front entrance. a simple farmer boy is coming to buy some other goods from Christoph Sommerfeld, the owner of the castle, and leader of their area. the guards recognize this boy as he comes often to trade goods.

a close up of the boy. I really like how the cart turned out. I'm sure I've seen the cart design somewhere before, but I can't remember where. also, he is carrying his pithfork even though he isn't working. but he wants to be safe just in case a mob breaks out. you don't want to be without a pitchfork or torch when that happens.

the side of the great hall. I liked the look of the thin windows when building it, but not so much when there was an interior. so I shot it to show the least amount possible. I particularly like how the cliffs turned out on this side although I don't have a good photo to show them

the inside of the hall. the front door is flanked by stautes, Gustav the Great, and Curtiss the Wise. the table is set for a feast to happen soon. I like how the candlesticks and the candelabra turned out. I borrowed the idea from one of my new favorite builders, Brian Gardner.

Christoph's sons, Karl and Edgar are practicing their swordfighting. I also like the view out the window, it makes it feel like you are floating in the ocean.

Christoph's daughter Inga is practicing her singing next to the piano. yes vikings had pianos. don't believe me? then ask Inga... if you can get her to stop singing. I borrwed the piano idea from the LEGO LotR game demo. they use a similar one to black the gates to Helm's Deep.

Grandmother Gretta. she looks disgusted, disgruntled, and unpleased. I wonder whether it is the boys fighting in the house, Inga's singing, or the smell of the food...

a cutout view of the hall, showing the cool table legs. not sure if I borrowed that or not... so if you came up with it first, let me know so I can give you credit and look at your creation again. also on the table we see pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, bread, ham, and other various foods

the interior of the round tower. I love how the stairs turned out. I had to re-do them to make them wider, and it was totally worth it. the original idea had one large round bookcase in the center of the room which could be accessed using the stairs. then I ran into a slew of problems, like how do you get to the books just beneath the step you are on? also I couldn't get one to be large enough to reach from the stairs but small enough to fit in the tower. we see some guards changing shifts, Christoph's wife Allison reading a book. I know I borrowed the book design, but I cant remember who from.

a close up of the library. I love how these turned out. I originally tried using hinge plates to create the curvature, but It was WAY to big. I eventually created these, which are perfect. they are held together with an axle in their center, and I have another picture which shows their interior.

Here is allison, sitting in a lazyboy reading... "one shade of pink"? those vikings had no literary ability.

Here is the Honorable Christoph Sommerfeld. yes he has a vanilla shake, don't hate.this shot also shows where the round tower meets the square building. the rounds are covering the only gap. Christoph's cabinet/office is the loft area behind him.

Here you see all of Sommerfeld's personal possesions. axes, swords, knives, his hunting bow and horn, and brightt red ruby in a glass case, and some paperwork on his desk. yes, it was made by IKEA. those sweeds have been making awesome furniture since 862 A.D.

more weapons, loot, and a memento mori.

this shows how the stairs are integrated into the wall, and the internal parts of the bookscase.

Christoph and Allison's Bedroom. a large bed, a dresser, and a bench.

this shot shows the passageway between the bedroom and the cabinet. also there is a storage nook there.

the main entrance hall. sticking with stereotypes, there is a firepit right in front of the door. in case you step into it there is a well right next to that. if that fails to put you out, take a dive out the window into the Baltic

the other bed chamber. plain and boring, but I figured everyone needed a place to sleep.

the cook in the kitchen. I borrowed the stove idea from Brian Gardner, but I threw in a pot for water to boil in. otherwise its fairly simple.

overview of the kitchen.

hahahaha. I had originally drawn a room here, and had forgotten to build it, so I turned it into a wine cellar. except its at ground level, so its not really a cellar, more of a closet. and that's not wine, but bottled water, so is this a water closet????

a hidden viking stash of gold. where could it be?

oh, stick out like a sore thumb in the middle of the cliff... atleast I had fun building it

these are the "wheels" I used to make the bookcase. as i said before the wheels don't connect together, or there will be a gap, use an axle to make a better fit.

I may be making a V2 of this, as I had a lot of fun with it. I may also be making a viking village down that ridiculous grass path, so stay tuned!

finally, a list of things I used, and who I may have been inspired by:
candle sticks- Brian Gardner
oven- Brian Gardner
horn- ???
Bed- ???
book- ???
Piano- LEGO LotR videogame (helm's deep demo)
farmer cart- ???

Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)


 I like it 
  April 8, 2013
Man, there are a lot of simply ingenious techniques being shown here, everything from the piano to the stairs to the curved tower are all quite impressive, and the rock work was pretty good too.
 I like it 
  March 31, 2013
This is sooooo AMAZING :D I especially love the bookcases. Outstanding work :)
 I like it 
  March 23, 2013
Great job, very few people can appreciate how difficult it is to make something like that round staircase in LDD, very impressive!
 I made it 
  March 22, 2013
Quoting Martin Geistefeldt Wow really nice Sean! Love all the details, especially the bookcases! Great job.
Thanks Martin! I can't wait to use them again!
 I like it 
  March 22, 2013
Great job!
 I like it 
  March 22, 2013
Wow really nice Sean! Love all the details, especially the bookcases! Great job.
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