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In August, I planned an epic five-build sequence to satisfactorily cap my LOM story before I went away. After completing the first build, I ran out of time. When I returned, I had the dilemma of finding out how to finish the project in the six I had before I have to go away again. The solution? One four-hour build and a little bit of rule-bending.
About this creation
I would like to thank the Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History, New Falmor, Austrelion for hosting this exhibit. The directors may or may not have known what was happening in their east conference room, but the staff was very pleasant during the course of the project. Thanks!
- Professor Gilbert Despathens


Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

"Well-done, class! The Castle of Villengard looks just like it did in real life - only smaller and made of plastic. It all looks to be at the correct 1:20 scale, too, except... Why are all of the cranes so big?"

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

"The cranes have to be that big to hide the motors. We thought that it would be better if they actually worked, sir."

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

"Really? In that case, full marks. Now, I suppose you've been wondering why I had you reconstruct this particular castle, when there were so many better-known and better-built ones in the Period of Unbinding. Gather around."

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

"Until 4 AU when it attracted the attention of a warlord named Cedric the Bull, Villengard was a scenic ruin on a coastal cliff in northwest Rainos. The Bull, seeking to cut his army's dependence on imported weapons, refurbished the castle as a production center. Its isolated location, far from the raiding paths of rival clans, gave it a great deal of security and privacy. By the time the foundry was operational in the November of 5 AU, the slope leading up to the castle had been shorn away by Cedric's diggers as an extra defensive measure and several tons of iron ore were processed each month, with the goods and workers ascending to the castle by means of these ox-driven cranes."

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

"A secret workshop hidden in the wilderness wrapped in a ruin sitting atop a hundred-foot tower of stone - it doesn't sound like something that anyone would want to capture. Nonetheless - and this is where it gets interesting - one man thought it would be worth the effort. That's his likeness, slouching in the corner: Lord Ducan d'Colore, general of Mythron. No one is quite sure how, but he managed to land undetected in Rainos with a troop of about two hundred soldiers. From there, he ambushed a train of supply carts bound for Villengard, passed his men off as the drivers and their guards, and managed to deceive the unwary defenders into hauling his men up the cliffs, whereupon the troop promptly took the cranes and slaughtered the garrison."

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

"What did he have to gain from this? Unless there was going to be an invasion force to back him up, surely he couldn't have held out?"
"That's an excellent question, and one of the most intriguing mysteries of the attack. It's possible that Mythron had planned a larger attack that was interrupted by the civil war that broke out in Rainos that same fall, but my personal theory is that the general wanted revenge on the Bull for a previous raid on his town of Colore. That's certainly what the written evidence of the general's surviving letters points toward. If it was a goad, then the Bull played right into it, sending a small army to retake Villengard by storm rather than using safer starvation tactics. The commander of the siege set up camp here, right behind the tree line."

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

"The only way to recapture a fortress on a cliff is to get to the top of the cliff, so that's what the Bulls did, and in spectacular fashion. Stationary siege towers were erected for archers in front of the Bull camp as a diversion while a team of climbers navigated a mostly-covered passage at the back - since you built this display, you can guess which one. Near the top, they lowered several ropes which their aides on the ground affixed to huge nets. The nets, when stretched back to the top, provided an easy climb for dozens of soldiers at a time, and three troop ships signaled by the net teams provided the soldiers. Ducan d'Colore, even if he had suspected part of the plot, could not have prepared for such a move.

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

"As the alarm in the castle went up, the Bulls rushed the third crane and used it to haul up a ram from below, which they used to breach the sally-port at the base of the great tower. It would have been a nightmare for a lesser commander, but d'Colore was ready."

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

"Fighting erupted within the walls. The Bulls were held off by what one survivor described as 'hellish devices which wrought mayhem unto our company' - in other words, traps and defensive devices set inside the castle. They must have lost hundreds of people, despite the advantage of surprise, and all the while d'Colore was withdrawing with his soldiers into the heart of the complex, the great tower filled with forges on each level."

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

"At the last moment, when the tower had been breached and the last of his followers were dying atop the tower beset by scores upon scores of Rainosians, d'Colore sprung his last trap: he triggered some fault at the base of the structure, causing the forge tower and all within it to plummet into the sea!"

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

"Oh, I'm sorry about that, Mike. Don't worry about the tower, though; I designed it to do that."
"No problem."
"I don't understand something, professor. Surely d'Colore must have taken the castle in advance of an invasion - otherwise, how did he expect to survive? With the Bulls at every side, escape must have been impossible."
"Ah, but it wasn't. There is no mention of the general for about a year or so, but we have plenty of records that show that this same d'Colore returned to Mythron and lived to the ripe old age of seventy-one. How he escaped the carnage, passed through the encircling army and made it out of enemy territory, we will never know, but he did it all the same. The moral of this story, my students, is that Lord d'Colore was one of the most bad-mule figures of the Unbinding period. We will discuss more about d'Colore and the reasons for the capture of Villengard the next time we meet, but we have time for one other question before class ends. Anyone?"

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

"Yes, why did you add a banana to the model?"
"There's a long story there, but mostly I'm hoping that someone will get the reference. Anyone? No? Well, then, class dismissed. Have a great weekend, and I will see you on Tuesday."

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

Banana

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

View of the curtain wall

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

(Mostly) Figless

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

Arthur C. Rowan Museum of Natural History

Some of you will be able to tell that I didn't spend long on this one, especially with regard to the museum section - like I said, I wanted it over with. Besides, microscale isn't my favorite. It was still fun in some ways, though, since it was a fresh challenge and a re-introduction to the fiendish sorcery that is rockwork. Ugh - my next model is going to be a nice, safe interior. Thanks for viewing and... dare I ask... do you understand the banana?

Edit:
Before I forget, I would like this to count as my iron mine holding located in Rainos (which I also planned to make back in August - yay me). The LOM Landholding system seems a bit... well... dead... but maybe I can defibrillate it. Anyone want to do a quick landholding MOC-off?



Comments

 I like it 
  December 11, 2014
An interesting display. ~Phoenix Rose
 I made it 
  December 11, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga That's right, yell at Gilbert! How dare he disregard our sacredly inactive rank system!
Who was yelling? Did I miss something? Oh, wait, is this about the Seer Rank? Whoops...
  December 11, 2014
The rank system isn't that inactive, at least the non-landholdings part... I sorta agree, but I guess it's somewhat okay since the main part of the MOC is something that could fit in LOM even without the rank...
 I like it 
  December 11, 2014
That's right, yell at Gilbert! How dare he disregard our sacredly inactive rank system!
 I like it 
  December 11, 2014
Nice! Even though technically you need the Seer rank to make futuristic LOM Mocs... :P Interesting move with the falling tower.
 I like it 
  December 10, 2014
Great work, Gilbert! I like those windows!
 I like it 
  December 9, 2014
Outstanding! I might want to add you to favorites quickly so I can catch the rest of your Christmas break episodes! As you say, the room is quite simple yet still well done! Overall very outstanding!
 I like it 
  December 9, 2014
Well done. Good build. Can't wait for the next one!
 I made it 
  December 9, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga He-hey, it's my museum! The micro is rather nice, especially the cranes as Halhi mentioned and the curtain walls. Also, the history class is a very clever way to wrap this up. I love how excited Professor Gil gets as he climbs up the diorama. If only you could have finished the minifigure version of the forge collapsing, though... And I'm assuming you want something more specific than slapstick comedians slipping on the banana peel?
Thanks, Thomas! I did plan to build at least one scene from the battle in minifig scale after this, so your wishes will come true eventually. Unfortunately, you weren't so lucky with the banana, but I would be very impressed if someone did catch it.
 I like it 
  December 9, 2014
Great to see you back! And very nice build!
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  December 8, 2014
He-hey, it's my museum! The micro is rather nice, especially the cranes as Halhi mentioned and the curtain walls. Also, the history class is a very clever way to wrap this up. I love how excited Professor Gil gets as he climbs up the diorama. If only you could have finished the minifigure version of the forge collapsing, though... And I'm assuming you want something more specific than slapstick comedians slipping on the banana peel?
 I like it 
  December 8, 2014
I like the use of those brown flower things. Nice to see you building again!
 
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