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Bandon's Retreat
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For the record, I started on this before Halhi's Black Hammer Inn. :P
About this creation
This is my best moc yet. I started it half a year ago (maybe more) and it's been on and off for a while now, mainly due to part issues. But it's finally done! I'm super proud of it; I don't think anyone else has made a house of this design before, the idea for which I got from my actual house.

This moc features some groundbreaking techniques of mine, including using a net as a roof (which I know others have done, but I think my connection method is different) and a corner beam technique (which I invented before Halhi and Prof B). I really like the irregular base and I really tried to pay attention to detail. So, enjoy!

BR Artistic1

BR Front

BR Angle3

BR Side

BR Side2
I really like the vines creeping up the side of the house, destroying it as they go. This was a really difficult part to put together.

BR UpperLevel2
The upper levels here were very challenging and underwent several revisions and revamps before this.

BR UpperLevel1

BR Roof1
The roof. I'm really proud of the dilapidation displayed here. Unfortunately, this shot also displays the house's other side...or lack, thereof. Yes, it is a facade. :P

BR Chimney
The chimney Not my best stonework, but I do like it and I think it fits here.

BR Corner Beam
Here's that corner beam technique I was talking about. it's not too prominent here, but expect it to appear in many future builds!

BR Masonry
The masonry, which I quite like.

BR Door1
My crooked door with its crooked black bar.

BR Door2
For the record, that bar was not bent by me. So it's purist. And it looks awesome here. :P

BR Entrance
The entranceway.

BR Path2
The path has angled plates to give it an ancient, choppy, uneven look. I admit Halhi was the first to use this technique in landscaping, as far as I know.

BR Rock2
The rockwork on the right; some my favorite rockwork ever, actually. It really shows my distinct style.

BR Rock3
The rockwork on the other side, covered with growth.

BR Fence
The fence and "backyard".

BR Foliage
Another shot of the vines creeping up the house.

BR Artistic3
I'm quite fond of this shot particularly.

BR Angle1

Bandon's Retreat
And some parting shots!




And there you go! Please rate and comment; feedback of any kind is appreciated!



Comments

 I like it 
  August 14, 2017
nice details indeed, not easy to do it, I can say!
Kai Bernstein
John Smith
  February 25, 2015
Fantastic. Simply fantastic. From the whitewash and landscaping to the rockwork and masonry this build has it all. This really shows what you can do when you have plenty of time. Fantastic job, Kai!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2015
Amazing details! I love the organic feel and purposefully weathered look!
 I made it 
  February 2, 2015
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus Halhi was definetely not the first to use angled plates on a path, but he may have been the first to use them on a path in that way. And that technique is subtly awesome.
Yeah, that's more what I meant. And thank you!
  February 2, 2015
Halhi was definetely not the first to use angled plates on a path, but he may have been the first to use them on a path in that way. And that technique is subtly awesome.
Kai Bernstein
 I like it 
Benjamin Corey
  February 1, 2015
Wow! Very nicely done!
 I made it 
  February 1, 2015
Quoting Mate Paton He is partially color blind, so he ends up with pink and green studs in water, and stuff like that ;)
Ah. Yeah, I'm slightly colorblind too: blue sometimes looks like purple and the lego colors reddish brown and dark red sometimes blend as well.
  February 1, 2015
He is partially color blind, so he ends up with pink and green studs in water, and stuff like that ;)
 I made it 
  January 31, 2015
Quoting Mate Paton @Kai: You are just like Mr. Unknown ;)
What do you mean?
  January 31, 2015
@Kai: You are just like Mr. Unknown ;)
 I like it 
  January 30, 2015
The landscape is perfecto!
 I made it 
  January 29, 2015
Quoting Halhi 141 It's directly in front of the little wall to the right of the door
Oh, whoops. Well, imagine it's brown. :P
  January 29, 2015
It's directly in front of the little wall to the right of the door
 I made it 
  January 29, 2015
Quoting Infernum Mythron-Bane Why the one random dark red cheese slope in the landscaping?
What do you mean? Where?
 I like it 
  January 28, 2015
Why the one random dark red cheese slope in the landscaping?
 I like it 
  January 28, 2015
Great work! The leaning, decaying feeling is awesome!
 I like it 
  January 28, 2015
Wow! Highly impressive work, especially on the walls and the landscaping! Not sure about the blue, though.
Kai Bernstein
 I like it 
Black Smith
  January 26, 2015
lovely looking model, well done !
 I made it 
  January 26, 2015
Quoting Halhi 141 Oh, I remember Bandon too, even though I've never fully read your story
Ah, good. On a slightly different note, it's really annoying how almost everyone thinks it's Brandon, with an R. Thanks for not being one of those. :P
  January 26, 2015
Oh, I remember Bandon too, even though I've never fully read your story
 I made it 
  January 26, 2015
Quoting Armon Russ Man, the bad guy has it made with that fancy house(yes I remember who Bandon is). :P This is just amazing. The colors are really vivid and make it totally stand out. And that roof . . . wow. Honestly, Halhi's execution of it didn't look that good to me. It just seemed out of place somehow. But this roof is extremely well done. And the vegetation growing up the side is pretty realistic. Plus you didn't slack off on your landscaping, either. Love those rocks! Now the only things that stick out to me as weird would be all those circles in the stonework and the door hanging out a bit too far. But that's pretty much it. And my only disappointment is that there isn't an epic story to go along with it. :P Oh well, I'm sure you didn't have time, as usual. Fantastic work, Kai!
Yay! Someone remembers. :P The circles in the stonework is masonry that's been so worn down over time that the square and rectangular shapes have become round. And I love the door. And I agree that a story would have been nice, but you're right about the time. Thank you for the comment. :P
 I made it 
  January 26, 2015
Quoting Kermunklin the Giant Evil House Head Whoa, rickety! These types of builds are always impressive, but they make me feel a little squeamish as well, like if I look at it the wrong way I'd cause it collapse or something. The rockwork and the subtle angles of the path really add to the overall wobbly feeling, very nice! The house looks quite haunted, but the door sevens too small to me too. Maybe even eights too small.
Haha, thanks!
 I made it 
  January 26, 2015
Quoting ~ Brick
Quoting Landscape The groundwork here really shines! The blending of dark green, brown, dark brown, and sand green work extremely well here. I wish I could say the same for the path, though. Something looks off about it, it's a little too tilted. Not a subtle enough change to really look natural, but maybe that's just me. The rest of the 'scape flows nicely, especially the rocks. They blend in so very well, and I have to say they are a highlight of the build.
Quoting Stonework The stonework, for the most part, is good. I myself never liked the way 1x1 or 2x2 rounds looks in stonework, but that alone is not off-putting to me. What really, really bothers me about the build is the door. It's so completely unrealistic. There is no way that the door could be posed a such a way, unless the wood was snapped. The hinges just wouldn't bend like that without falling off the frame of the door. Another ugli aspect to the stonework is the windows, They very poorly streamline with the stonework and feel very tacked-on.
Quoting Plaster/the area that's usually white The blue looks incredible here, and the color blending is phenomenal! Not much is wrong with this, the only negative is the inconsistency in the dilatation of the wood. Some sections it almost looks shipshape, while in others it looks like it's going to fall off. Still, that's being quite nitpick-y.
You happy now Kai? :P
I guess so. :P
 I made it 
  January 26, 2015
Quoting Professor B. That's my corner beam technique.
It's mine too. We each thought of it individually. :P
 I like it 
  January 26, 2015
Lovely colors for the house and the landscape! Superb stonework as well, awesome job!
 I like it 
  January 26, 2015
Holy turd monkeys.
 I like it 
  January 26, 2015
Brilliant colors and frames! ~Phoenix Rose
 I like it 
  January 26, 2015
That's my corner beam technique.
 I like it 
  January 26, 2015
This is fantastic!
 I like it 
  January 26, 2015
Your best build yet! Beautiful rockwork, stonework, and (plaster-work?)buildings!
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
Builds like this make me realize how much I haven't improved.
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
Quoting Landscape The groundwork here really shines! The blending of dark green, brown, dark brown, and sand green work extremely well here. I wish I could say the same for the path, though. Something looks off about it, it's a little too tilted. Not a subtle enough change to really look natural, but maybe that's just me. The rest of the 'scape flows nicely, especially the rocks. They blend in so very well, and I have to say they are a highlight of the build.
Quoting Stonework The stonework, for the most part, is good. I myself never liked the way 1x1 or 2x2 rounds looks in stonework, but that alone is not off-putting to me. What really, really bothers me about the build is the door. It's so completely unrealistic. There is no way that the door could be posed a such a way, unless the wood was snapped. The hinges just wouldn't bend like that without falling off the frame of the door. Another ugli aspect to the stonework is the windows, They very poorly streamline with the stonework and feel very tacked-on.
Quoting Plaster/the area that's usually white The blue looks incredible here, and the color blending is phenomenal! Not much is wrong with this, the only negative is the inconsistency in the dilatation of the wood. Some sections it almost looks shipshape, while in others it looks like it's going to fall off. Still, that's being quite nitpick-y.
You happy now Kai? :P
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
You knocked this one out of the park! Just fantastic work all around, nothing seems to have been forgotten. The coloring and detail work, textures, landscaping... all top-notch. Probably your best build yet--keep up the stellar work!
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
Man, the bad guy has it made with that fancy house(yes I remember who Bandon is). :P This is just amazing. The colors are really vivid and make it totally stand out. And that roof . . . wow. Honestly, Halhi's execution of it didn't look that good to me. It just seemed out of place somehow. But this roof is extremely well done. And the vegetation growing up the side is pretty realistic. Plus you didn't slack off on your landscaping, either. Love those rocks! Now the only things that stick out to me as weird would be all those circles in the stonework and the door hanging out a bit too far. But that's pretty much it. And my only disappointment is that there isn't an epic story to go along with it. :P Oh well, I'm sure you didn't have time, as usual. Fantastic work, Kai!
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
Whoa, rickety! These types of builds are always impressive, but they make me feel a little squeamish as well, like if I look at it the wrong way I'd cause it collapse or something. The rockwork and the subtle angles of the path really add to the overall wobbly feeling, very nice! The house looks quite haunted, but the door sevens too small to me too. Maybe even eights too small.
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
Wow!
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
This is another level. Awesome job, the dilapidated look is so good!
 I made it 
  January 25, 2015
Quoting Halhi 141 I don't think the door eights too small, it looks fine for this moc
XD Right.
  January 25, 2015
I don't think the door eights too small, it looks fine for this moc
 I made it 
  January 25, 2015
Quoting BrickBuilder7622 . This is phenomenal. The unique angles and total triumph over balance in this MOC are pretty much unmatched in most builders when attempting to build a decrepit structure. This however is the most beautiful and welcoming decrepit and dilapidated structure I have ever seen. I would recommend a little touch up to the photos though as they look a tad bit bleached; maybe sharpen them and accentuate the light in some parts of the pictures. Other than that, you really really nailed it, Kai. I mean really, this is just astronomically-out-of-this-world excellent. In other words, nice work. 5/5! :-)
Thank you so much! And I totally agree about the photos.
 I made it 
  January 25, 2015
Quoting Asad . Great work, the blue looks great. The door sevens too small though.
I assume you meant "seems". Well, perhaps. I'm fine with it, though. :P
 I made it 
  January 25, 2015
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga This is in the top three of my favorite medieval builds I have ever seen. The house looks like Cesbrick, only you have way better techniques than he does. You are boss.
Wow, thanks Thomas! What are the other two? I agree about that second part. :P
 I made it 
  January 25, 2015
Quoting Grant Davis Pretty sure the first use of sloped landscape was a while ago :P https://www.flickr.com/photos/27444109@N04/3127298393/
I guess that was rather naive of me to assume that. But regardless, how's the build?
 I made it 
  January 25, 2015
Quoting Halhi 141 This is a truly fantastic build. Already left most of my thoughts in the 13 comments on Flickr, so I'll just point out that depending on when you started the stonework, I might have started BHI before this. Anyway, great build, and going off your rating system, I'll give this a 4/5 :P
Thank you! I just remember posting WIP pics of the masonry and thenyou did the same with yours a few days later. :P 4/5, yeah, ha. Well, that would be correct - I only give 5/5s to builds that are either completely, absolutely flawless or whose detractors are cancelled out by the rest of the build. :P
 I made it 
  January 25, 2015
Quoting ~ Brick Expect a critique from a totally, legitimate, über-qualified source by tomorrow. :P
The same "tomorrow" as with Griffin Claw Keep, right? :P
 I made it 
  January 25, 2015
Quoting Mr. Cab Who's the weird person in one of the pictures? In any case, I am very impressed by this. My favorite part us the angled corner beam and the vine on the side of the house.
That would be Bandon. Not a typo - not Brandon - Bandon.
 I made it 
  January 25, 2015
Quoting Julia LeeP The rockwork is amazing, but the house is the definition of epic. Obviously Hal's blue house was built in less time, but this tops it in so many ways. I mean, the stonework is pretty good, but that top, especially with the detailing around the windows, the roof, and the general layout are all just perfect.
Thanks man! :D (Just imagine that line works here - "woman" somehow doesn't sound the same when used that way. :P)
 I made it 
  January 25, 2015
Quoting Graeme Straughn Very cool build man! I really like your use of different blue colors in the house, however, I think the bright blue doesn't really go with the incredibly detailed rest of the build... The small dark green vines, for instance, look a bit...idk. Poppy? That doesn't sound right, well... they don't seem to really stick to the fence. The leaf-vines are legit amazing though. I do, really like the build though! Great work and deferentially one of your best! PS - I must admit I'm surprised to see a finished, not last minute build from you. :P
Thank you, Graeme! I agree that the blues contrast a little sharply with the colors of the surrounding landscape, but I don't think the effect is too bad. And, I know! Don't worry, though, I'm still me - expect a last minute build tonight. :P
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
The architecture is stunning.
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
Wow! That looks Awesome! Great stonework! I like the blue! Great build!
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
Every aspect blend together so perfectly!
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
Awesome build!
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
Great work, the blue looks great. The door sevens too small though.
Kai Bernstein
 I like it 
Graeme Straughn
  January 24, 2015
Very cool build man! I really like your use of different blue colors in the house, however, I think the bright blue doesn't really go with the incredibly detailed rest of the build... The small dark green vines, for instance, look a bit...idk. Poppy? That doesn't sound right, well... they don't seem to really stick to the fence. The leaf-vines are legit amazing though. I do, really like the build though! Great work and deferentially one of your best! PS - I must admit I'm surprised to see a finished, not last minute build from you. :P
 I like it 
  January 24, 2015
This is phenomenal. The unique angles and total triumph over balance in this MOC are pretty much unmatched in most builders when attempting to build a decrepit structure. This however is the most beautiful and welcoming decrepit and dilapidated structure I have ever seen. I would recommend a little touch up to the photos though as they look a tad bit bleached; maybe sharpen them and accentuate the light in some parts of the pictures. Other than that, you really really nailed it, Kai. I mean really, this is just astronomically-out-of-this-world excellent. In other words, nice work. 5/5! :-)
 I like it 
  January 24, 2015
This is in the top three of my favorite medieval builds I have ever seen. The house looks like Cesbrick, only you have way better techniques than he does. You are boss.
 I like it 
  January 24, 2015
Fantastic work! It's wonderfully ramshackle and dilapidated. Very hard to pull that look off well, but you did a great job!
  January 24, 2015
Pretty sure the first use of sloped landscape was a while ago :P https://www.flickr.com/photos/27444109@N04/3127298393/
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  January 24, 2015
I can see the time put into it like a calender. Ok, not the best analogy (:P) but man, this is awesome! I agree with Graeme on the colors but beyond that I think this deserves all the likes it gets and more!
 I like it 
  January 24, 2015
This is a truly fantastic build. Already left most of my thoughts in the 13 comments on Flickr, so I'll just point out that depending on when you started the stonework, I might have started BHI before this. Anyway, great build, and going off your rating system, I'll give this a 4/5 :P
  January 24, 2015
Expect a critique from a totally, legitimate, über-qualified source by tomorrow. :P
 I like it 
  January 24, 2015
Wow, this is awesome! Well done!
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  January 24, 2015
Whoa, this is ace! :)
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  January 24, 2015
Wow, awesome!
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  January 24, 2015
Ehmagehrd. <3 <3 <3
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  January 24, 2015
Wow, this is extremely impressive. It kind of shows you what you can do with the proper time... Love the blues! Excellent work.
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  January 24, 2015
Who's the weird person in one of the pictures? In any case, I am very impressed by this. My favorite part us the angled corner beam and the vine on the side of the house.
 I like it 
  January 24, 2015
The rockwork is amazing, but the house is the definition of epic. Obviously Hal's blue house was built in less time, but this tops it in so many ways. I mean, the stonework is pretty good, but that top, especially with the detailing around the windows, the roof, and the general layout are all just perfect.
 I like it 
  January 24, 2015
Very impressive! Quite good. I would say one of your best ones, but that's just me. Well done!
 
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