This round I chose the second option:
In this category, take any existing Lego castle set and revamp it. The revamp should be a complete rebuild, of course, not just mods. Like in the other category, we recommend that you consider the main features of the set and subtheme to ensure that those characteristics are clearly recognizable in your revamp.
This is the first revamp I have ever done. I enjoyed the challenge, again fun to be pushed to try new things.
Originally I was going to pick a forest men or black knight set from my youth for this round and I began looking through the list of castle sets on Brickset. When I came upon Skeleton Ship Attack I immediately changed my mind.
For starters I really liked the set up of the fort with the dock and side building. Additionally, I had not made a ship in about half a year, so that was a draw as well. Finally the skeletons as the baddies was a cool bonus :)
Pic of original set (sorry for poor quality):
Copyright Lego group :)
I tried to make this cleaner than previous builds, and used a "new to me"style on the rock base. I also made smoother, less "gappy" walls than I normally do.
There were 3 "features" in this set that I could tell from the blurry pics I was referencing: the catapult, the portion of the dock that swings down and the "cannon-thing" on the ship. I decided early on to skip the catapult as the space where it should sit would not fit an actual scale version (most of the ones in the Lego sets are a we bit smaller than they should be...). The cannon was a natural fit for under the horned skull. The dock I chose to modify. I did not like the idea of it collapsing, so I made it interchangeable to have some of the skeletons bust through from below! Scary, right?
Skeletons bursting through the dock:
The fortress figless:
The rock work and oddly placed chest. Had to add the frog (and therefore the green plant and planter on the right).
Pics of the boat. Wish I had more time to make this more finished. Did not have a sail that would go with the color scheme, so had to improvise, think it came out okay :I
Lovely work here, especially with the ship; I really like what you did with the layout. I'm not sure how much I like the rockwork and stone texturing though; I really like the stonework technique, but I think its execution here could have been smoother.
I remember this set when it was released, though I never owned it! Nice personalization of the model! The creation is still instantly recognizable, but your distinctive building style really does well to improve the look of the model immensely!