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Hows the captain doing?
Fine!
Qinon and I had just moved from the south wall of Larpang to the west wall, where Captain Kentars second in command, Airee Hurt, was in charge.
Whats going on? Qinon asked.
The dwarves have set up a wooden barrier and we cant see whats going on behind it. This ladders wedged into the ground with spikes, so we cant tip it backwards or sideways. And theres a crossbowman under cover down there whos got some of our troops pinned down. The archers have been trying to get an angle on him, but dwarves are just too darn short!
Are you Hurt? Qinon asked.
Airee blocked a blow from a dwarven battle ax with her shield and attempted to push the dwarf off the ladder. I know that Hurt is my last name, but this is really not the time! she said.

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How Qinon was still capable of humor was beyond me. It was the fifth attack by the dwarves in as many days, and the Larpang Militia was exhausted. And yet Qinon seemed more alive than ever. Sometimes I wondered whether battle actually made him stronger.
Qinon had created several war-time laws to aid in repelling the invaders. The first and most crucial was that as many people as possible should live in the few stone houses that Larpang had as well as the largest wooden houses, so that as many small wooden houses as possible would be deserted. Deserted houses would then be salvaged for their wood. Good wood was used for arrows and shields, and bad wood was simply lit on fire and tossed over the wall to damage dwarven machinery and hurt as many dwarves as possible. The people of Larpang had complained about this at first, not wanting to live in such close quarters, but several times since then burning arrows had landed where wooden houses had been until a few days earlier. Now, the people were not grateful, but at least they were happy that they hadnt lost their lives along with their houses.
Qinon had also made sure that the first houses to go were the outermost ones, so that if the dwarves were to get through the wall, they would not find themselves in the city but rather in a flattened area where they would be completely vulnerable. He had also ordered that the area where houses had been removed be outfitted with numerous traps, ranging from spring-loaded knife shooters to containers of acid that popped when anyone stepped on them. There were safe routes through this new part of town, but they were not on the major roads or the spaces where houses had been, but rather on the small alleyways that criss crossed the now barren landscape. These safe routes were known to all the inhabitants of Larpang, but with luck, it would take the dwarves a long time to find them, adding several days to Larpangs lifespan should the wall be breached.
The last order was that everybody thirteen or older learn how to use a weapon. Since many of the inhabitants already knew how to use weapons and many also had spare weapons lying around, there was no shortage of weapons or teachers. If and when the dwarves breached the wall and passed the minefield, they would have to fight for every inch of territory against Outlaws who would defend their city to their last breath.

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So you dont know what theyre doing behind that wooden barrier? Qinon asked.
Not a clue, Airee replied.
Any guesses?
They might be assembling or preparing a weapon of some sort. They might be using it to get some rest before storming onto the wall. They might be
Digging, I said. Theyre digging to get under the wall. But they probably dont have shields, or even armor, so if we can remove their cover, theyll scatter like sheep.
Alright then, it is time to put your newly learned skills to the test, Qinon said. At first I thought he wanted me to shoot somebody again, but then I realized he meant my skills in another area of expertise.
Magic? I asked.
Fire spell, said Qinon. Ready?
Ready, I said.

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In a practiced synchronized movement, we threw out our hands. Qinon performed the spell silently; I had to mumble an incantation under my breath, having not yet learned silent manipulation. Two streams of fire shot out of our hands and joined together into one large column. The column of fire struck the wooden barrier, engulfed it, and within seconds had entirely eradicated it.

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The other archers on the wall had been ready. Both diggers were shot immediately. I had hoped that the diggers would simply run and leave the hole, but of course that wasnt going to happen. In battle, you dont let your opponents run.
All I could do was look away.

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Suddenly, a shout spread along the wall. It was our way of communicating: If someone on one end of the wall had a message for someone on the other end, they would simply shout it, and the nearest person would shout it again, until the person at the other end of the wall who it was meant for heard it.
We could tell it wasnt a good thing before the shouts became intelligible.
Dwarves on the south wall!
Then closer.
Dwarves on the south wall!
Then even closer.
Airee repeated the call.
Well deal with this, Qinon told her. Keep the dwarves off the west wall.
Then he turned to me and shouted, Go, go go!
We took off at a sprint to join the skirmish that could be the beginning of Larpangs downfall.

More commentary coming soon!

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Front.

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Right side.

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Figless.

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Digging! I took care to make the layering reflect the layering on the sides.

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Wall! This is my second attempt at this style of stonework. It turned out way better than my first attempt. Still not quite satisfied with the results though. The technique is pretty complicated and piece-intensive.

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Snow and plants. I tried to make the plants look like they were covered in snow, which worked out reasonably well. The plants are actually there to hold in some loose pieces in the wall though.

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Mouse tunnel!

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Bones!

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Figless from the other side.

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And the main picture again.


This was essentially a remake of this build. I tried to include lots of accurate details. The wall wasn't too difficult, but it was painstaking. Tell me what you think of the wall technique!

I hope you liked it!



Comments

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  May 31, 2016
Good work!
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  April 4, 2016
That stone wall is crazy cool! It has a neat fantasy feel to it.
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  April 3, 2016
To answer your question, I'm not a huge fan of some of the colors - I'm not sure if it's just the lighting, but it seems much too warm for my liking. The amount of color beneath the snow is also a bit distracting. Snow is good, though it has a few too many studs in places. Wall is great, but the plate undersides look weird. Overall it's a technically good build, but aesthetically it's a bit bland. Part of it might be the way that the snow slopes down, but it doesn't seem all that visually interesting, even though it has a lot of good techniques.
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  April 2, 2016
That commentary is the best. :P This version is definitely better than the last but I'm still not sure about the technique in general. Anyways, great job!
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  April 2, 2016
Wow, Quinon's joke fell flat there. No wonder he has a reputation for being serious. ; )
  March 30, 2016
Nice work. The stonework is very interesting.
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  March 28, 2016
This is pretty much exactly what mine was going to look like... not even joking. On that note this is awesome! :D ;P
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  March 28, 2016
Whoa, awesome! That stonework technique is definitely better than that first attempt. :P Snowscape is nice, too. Love this!
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  March 28, 2016
Cool! I like the stone work! :)
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  March 28, 2016
Such a great amount of detail and texture! Great build!
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  March 28, 2016
Wow, the outlaws have lots of entries into this UC! Great build, awesome job!
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  March 28, 2016
Great build! Especially the way the wall is put together!
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  March 28, 2016
Great work, Cab! I like the wall a lot! The border/underground part looks nice as well!
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  March 28, 2016
And AGAIN! Excellent work! :D The wall is my favorite, Im curious about your story! ;)
  March 28, 2016
Wait, does that dwarf have a working crossbow? *faints*
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  March 28, 2016
Brillaint build! But...um... QUINON (np idea why that was in Capitols, my ipa being stup!d probably) their digging! :O One thing: surely their already small enoguh to get under and through the cracks In the castle, right? Anyhow, Great Wall! Landscaping is awsome, and I love the soil underneath, too! :D ~ jd the Lego owl
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  March 27, 2016
That wall is awesome!
 
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