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Dragon Tooth Keep
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A castle created from a converted cathedral foundation. Now with more pictures (2017).
About this creation
Dragon Tooth was designed as a playable three dimensional MOC, standing 31" tall and 22" x 23" around the base. The entire castle is designed to split in half, and the central tower opens both at the roof and the front facing. Every room is accessible for play. The secret feature includes a moving wall with a hidden shield lock (turn 90 degrees to unlike) and hidden button to open. Total build time and bricks? I lost track. I started the construction in August 2014, but it was sporadic, mostly on the weekends, and I finished in February 2015, with most of January and October being washes while I waited on parts to ship in. It is one of my last builds using non-lego parts (I've purged most of my collection of the offending mega-blocks, tyco, etc. products from my youth).

Conceptually this castle was designed with the idea that older stonework is reusable. The base, a small barrow hill is the oldest feature, atop which a cathedral was started. After the abandonment of the cathedral build, it was converted into a castle construction. The different colors were used to represent the different eras of building, and sources of the stone for the building.

So apologies are in order as it only took three years for me to get around to posting the promised pictures...and hence why I'm just now adding it to groups. I never did get the pictures taken by one of our better cameramen in the group, so these weren't my originally intended upload pictures. The quality suffers a bit as the lighting isn't great even after some adjustments. Still, I did promise more pictures. So, without further ado... here is Dragon Tooth Keep, my 2015 entry into the Nashville Public Library Lego Contest, winner of the Best Hidden Feature superlative award.



A garden side view. The side tower is actually the venting tower for the forge. The small tower with the wizard atop is a jailor's tower.



My stable side tower, which I was very happy with. It's made using a mix of profile masonry bricks, cheese slopes, hinges, and snot. The base supporting it in black is actually the lower jaw from an old shark build from the Atlantis theme. The dowager queen and duke are atop the upper battlements.



My Stable, holds three horses and has a removable roof.



Fun with figurines. Two of the stable boys have left their friend to do all the work while they play at being knights.



The princess in the garden is hoping to find her prince by kissing a frog from the well. The well has been preserved and upgraded.



The interior side view of the rooms in rear of the castle. The lower level has space for guards and two dungeon cells. The middle floor has the armory and the great hall, while the upper floor has another hall and a balcony over the top of the great hall. The left side has connected stairs that wind upward to the top, coming out at the roof where it accesses the upper towers. The upper tower consists of five rooms including the king's chamber and the privy.



The interior side view of the rooms in the front of the castle. The lower level has a mosaic chamber which houses my secret door hiding the crypt under the barrow. The middle is the entrance hall, above which is the throne room and treasury (behind the door in the throne room). The top is a small guard tower.



The queen entertains a visiting nobleman in the throne room. He is offering tribute to the kingdom.



The great hall with the artesian fountain. The battle goddess are supposed to be statues in this scene, not actual warriors. This is where the Dragon Window really shows.



A nobleman grabs a bite to eat.



The armorer hard at work in the forge. His completed goods waiting for the knights.



Mosaic room with secret door left side.



Mosaic room with secret door right side.



A look at the secret door mostly closed. The mechanism is a two part design. The shield turns the gear at the back which locks and unlocks the door, and the button on the bottom left pushes a lever mechanism to make the door pop open.



The crypt behind the door, taken during tear down in 2016. Denizens were a skeleton (under the spider's web), three ghosts, and a vampire using, oddly, a katana blade.

Displayed at:
Nashville Public Library Contest 2015 - Nashville, TN
Brickblast 2016 - Nashville, TN



Comments

 I made it 
  August 4, 2017
Quoting Zac Rosamond This is incredible! And would make a brilliant set, I know so many kids who would adore this! (side note - the link to this [as your contest entry] on your homepage, is broken, just letting you know)
Thank you, and thank you for pointing out the link. It should be fixed now.
  August 4, 2017
This is incredible! And would make a brilliant set, I know so many kids who would adore this! (side note - the link to this [as your contest entry] on your homepage, is broken, just letting you know)
 I made it 
  March 26, 2017
Quoting Jonathan Demers Sweet! I love the whole playability aspect of it. Neat features like the hidden door and dragon window too!
Thank you. I like my LEGO stuff to be playable even if I don't tend to play with it myself, though I often create stories about how things come to be the way they are. I don't post my stories often, but every once in a while I'll share one. ("The Pharos of the Sun" is one such example.)
 I like it 
  March 26, 2017
Sweet! I love the whole playability aspect of it. Neat features like the hidden door and dragon window too!
 I made it 
  March 26, 2017
Quoting Parrington Levens Some gnarly features in here! That stained glass dragon window rocks!
Thank you. I liked it well enough to give it a separate post and have kept it even after the castle was torn down.
 I like it 
  March 25, 2017
Some gnarly features in here! That stained glass dragon window rocks!
 I made it 
  March 23, 2017
Quoting Doug Hughes Great build! This thing is a beast! I love some of the great details including the secret door with working mechanism, and the great hall, or whatever you called the room with the stained glass window!
Thank you, and beast is a good word for it. By mass it's probably my biggest single build, though my temple now has a larger base. The piece count was pretty high because of all the stained glass and tiled floors too. I'm glad you like the great hall, I was very pleased with it myself.
 I like it 
  March 23, 2017
Great build! This thing is a beast! I love some of the great details including the secret door with working mechanism, and the great hall, or whatever you called the room with the stained glass window!
James Y.
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Black Smith
  March 15, 2015
An Exciting lego creation, some more photos would be best, well done !
 I made it 
  March 15, 2015
Quoting Black Smith An Exciting lego creation, some more photos would be best, well done !
Thank you, I plan to add more. One of the other contestants at the NPL Lego Contest, is a much better photographer than I am. He took quite a few images of it, inside and out, and I am hoping that he'll get the link to me in the near future so that you'll not be stuck with my phone camera work. For the time being my old postimage account has my "process" pictures which show a lot of the interior.
 
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