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Eska En Calen Mir Ruins: A Castle Creation
My first castle build in a long time. This was also the build used in both part one and part two of my LOM intro. It was meant to be just for fun, but when I joined LOM, I thought it would be perfect for my intro. Eska En Calen Mir means "Home of the Green Jewel" in elvish. I gave it this name because of the green jewel hidden in the secret chamber. This build contains an underground chamber (entrance through the tree trunk), castle courtyard ruins, my best landscaping, and a tree with a very deeply hidden secret. There is also a very special feature in the hidden chamber... I got <font color= red> SECOND PLACE </font> with this build, while another build I entered received<font color= blue> FIRST PLACE </font> in my County Fair! It was very exciting, as was all the positive comments i received. Onto the build!
About this creation

An overall view of the MOC, although you mainly see the front.



Front view. You can also see the lettering along the border.



Mid-right side view.



A view from the lower right corner. I made a patch of overgrown plants in both corners of the lower half. It seemed that it was just the right amount of vegetation and created just the right overgrown yet still nice landscaping.



A picture of the vegetation and tree trunk. This is by far my best tree, although I wish I had more tree pieces.



An overall lower left view. I really like the landscaping in this creation. You'll be hearing me say that a lot.



The pathway leading up to the ruins. I think the path turned out really nice. I had light tan in the path at one point, but it was just too light. It didn't look right.


Left side of the ruins. I really like how the vegetation turned out here, especially the plants along the wall.



The entrance to the ruins on the ruins side.



The ruins wall next to the entrance. I was going to put statues in the little overgrown areas you see, but i realized I didn't have the right grey pieces, so I changed them to overgrown plant beds, along with a decaying skull and axe. They are good for fertilizing the soil you know...



A view of most of the complete ruins. Oddly enough, the fountain still seems to be in working condition.



The rock cliff and ruins on this side of the build.



This where the false part of the tree trunk breaks away to get to the spiral staircase.



The hallway leading to the chamber.



A full overview of the hidden chamber. Ok, that picture looks upside down. I don't know why. Yes, the torches light up. And they flicker. Thank you Brickstuff!



The bookshelf and small table.



Treasure chest, table with scrolls and maps, and weapons. You can also see the decorative floor.



A close up view of the light up torches.



A final parting picture.
"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path." -Buddha
Sorry. I couldn't just have my last picture be of a path and not put a quote with it.


~Builder's notes~
This has been my first worthy castle build in a while and I must say there wasn't a better time for me to make it.
My biggest deal with this build was to figure out some good landscaping techniques. And I think I have enough ideas and techniques to last me for a while now.i was also working on my castle architecture. Although there isn't much in the build, I wanted to get my creative juices flowing and see if castle is good for me. I think it is definitely something I am going to do more often. Especially now that I am in LOM. Next step, work on rock work and village type buildings... Yeah, that is going to be bit harder.

I want to put up a silent video tour of the build up on the page, but the uploader has been slow. I will keep trying. In the introduction, I said that this, along with another build, would be entered in my county fair. If I get anywhere, I will add a picture of the place I received. So, thanks for viewing, I hope you liked it, comments and criticism are always appreciated, and Happy Building!

EDIT: I got SECOND PLACE In my County Fair! Yeah!! And another build I entered got FIRST PLACE!



Comments

 I made it 
  January 2, 2015
Quoting LegoPredator ! Excellent build! I love that room, it´s very detailed worked out.
Thanks LegoPredator!
 I like it 
  January 2, 2015
Excellent build! I love that room, it´s very detailed worked out.
 I made it 
  November 11, 2014
Quoting Julia LeeP Nice build, bombin ben! While the pictures are a bit blurry, from what I can see the entire scene is aesthetically pleasing, and you did an excellent job mixing the ruins/landscaping.
Thanks Julia!
 I like it 
  November 11, 2014
Nice build, bombin ben! While the pictures are a bit blurry, from what I can see the entire scene is aesthetically pleasing, and you did an excellent job mixing the ruins/landscaping.
 I made it 
  November 6, 2014
Quoting Noel Peterson Wow! I like the huge tree trunk!
Thanks Noel!
 I like it 
  August 21, 2014
Wow! I like the huge tree trunk!
 I made it 
  August 19, 2014
Quoting Tirrell Brown Good job on the landscapping and the ruin building look.
Thanks Tirrel! Your builds are amazing by the way, especially Glen Orduin!
 I made it 
  August 19, 2014
Quoting Andrew JN The pictures obscure the really nice moc. The foliage, ruins, and hidden room are all nicely done!
Hmm... Perhaps if I get the chance I will redo the pictures... Thank you!
 I made it 
  August 19, 2014
Quoting David . This is a really awesome build, and I think they'll only get better. :)
Thanks for all of your positive comments, David!
 I like it 
  August 19, 2014
This is a really awesome build, and I think they'll only get better. :)
 I like it 
  August 7, 2014
The pictures obscure the really nice moc. The foliage, ruins, and hidden room are all nicely done!
 I like it 
  July 31, 2014
I wanna see inside of the chamber!
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
I agree with Freeling, the pics are a bit dark. But the overall quality of the creation is awesome! Love the rockwork and foliage, makes it look so much better!
 I made it 
  July 27, 2014
Quoting Freeling ++ Awesome build. The pics are a bit dark though. A bit too dark.
Thanks. Huh. Hadn't really noticed that but you're right. I'm gonna have to fix my lighting then. Thanks for the input!
 I like it 
  July 27, 2014
Awesome build. The pics are a bit dark though. A bit too dark.
Ben Ehre
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Graeme Straughn
  July 26, 2014
Great work man!! LOVE the tiling and flooring! Nice tree too! I'm a big fan! :)
 I made it 
  July 26, 2014
Thanks everyone!
 I like it 
  July 25, 2014
Amazing!This build has lots of nice features,love the underground chamber!
Ben Ehre
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Tirrell Brown
  July 23, 2014
Good job on the landscapping and the ruin building look.
Ben Ehre
Crown Knight
  July 23, 2014
some great lego !....well done
 I like it 
  July 22, 2014
Fantastic! The rocks and architecture looks great! Nice interior as well!
 
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