Hello! This is my build of Sandyman's Watermill from the Lord of the Rings! By Roanoke Handybuck!
About this creation
Hello! Over the past two and a half months, I have been building this scene from LOTR in Hobbiton showing Sandyman's Watermill, the river and the bridge seen in the movie.
It is irregular on one of the sides, it ends up to roughly be around 70 x 70 studs, and is my third largest build! As I have said before, this took me two and a half months of on and off building. Overall, I think I worked on it for around 75 hours... I estimate it used around 10000 pieces...
Anyways, now for the exciting part:
And, here are all 15 WIP pictures during the process:
The main pic again:
The bridge definitely took the longest to complete, and it was what I started the build doing. The arches took me a couple tries to find, but I ended up doing the illegal technique with headlight bricks connecting front to back to create a gentle curve that worked great here IMO. After figuring out the arches, I began looking at a couple different stonework techniques by great builders all over, I still couldn't find one that fit the look of the inspiration picture I was looking at, so I decided I would make up my own technique, as you can see it is just simple SNOTed tiles with gaps to give it a little dimension. Next I started to build the watermill itself and continued the same stonework style with it. I used the generic tudor style for the build, and put a straw roof on top, which proved quite difficult because of the angles. Next it was on to landscape, where I did your average landscaping, and then covered it with plant leaves like my previous Hobbiton build. Then on to the water, which is trans. clear over different shades of blue.
I will be competing in the CCC this year, so expect some builds coming in a little quicker than usual. :)
Wow, great build! Clever techniques with beautiful results! The bridge is stunning, but the watermill has a quiet charm to it as well that really breathes with life, especially because of the great naturalistic look of the thatched roof, despite only using plate pieces.
Roanoke, you... wow. My apologies that I cannot take an hour to go over the detail of why this is one of the greatest Lego builds that I've seen in a good while, but just know that I am wonderfully inspired and awed. Here's a big salute, friend: 07 God bless, ~Promar~
This is beautiful Roanoke! Before I saw the title I was like, "Sandyman's Watermill"? I don't often see a build based off of that, which is a shame because it's such a cool scene. Marvelous work! The bridge is definitely my favorite, but I actually really like the water too! It is a little flat, but I still like the look of it.
Thanks guys! Yes, the water is a little too flat, but I needed the pieces for in the future in February for a Lego convention... It will be more active there, but I don't need trans. blue tiles until laketown, which will be later... Again, thanks guys! :D
Lovely scene you've recreated here. I especially enjoy the texturing in the walls/masonry, along with the dirt and leaf-foliage. The water might be a bit too "studdy", but other than that: excellent Moc!
The layout of the build is eye-catching. And that bridge is beautifully constructed. The only things I'm not crazy about are the grass made with branch pieces, which looks a little weird to me; and the water, I think would look better without the clear pieces on top, but rather blue tiles and clear pieces where ripples would be made. Great job in the end, though.
Really nice work! I love the water and the textures. The cross section of soil is especially nice. My only criticism would be covering the landscape with leaves. I think it looked better in the WIP pictures.
Oh, this is incredible! The amount of detail and lifelikeness (is that a word?) is stunning, as is your norm, and I must say I think this is one of your best creations yet! And as already mentioned, the wake trails from the fish are a very nice touch of realism.
@Joshua, my bad, thanks for catching my goof-up, I knew the fact, just put down the wrong thing. Thanks for catching my mistake! :)
Also, for all viewers, at some point in time, I will post a timelapse of the build process! Be watching out for the link to that! :)
Great build! The shaping on the bridge is particularly good, and the wake from the fish is just the touch to break up an otherwise-monotonous waterscape.
One tiny point of correction: that's not the Brandywine River. Sandyman's mill is in Hobbiton, so the bridge is crossing The Water, which is a tributary of the Brandywine. I've probably spent far too much time looking over maps of Middle-earth in my day, but I may as well put that knowledge to good use!
Dude... This is really cool, I'm impressed. This could very well be my favorite build from you. Everything seems to belong in this build. The bridge is very impressive and the mill is quite good too. The only thing I'm not enthralled by is the water, it doesn't look bad, but I've never been very fond of large quantities of trans clear. It still serves it purpose (and goes with the style pretty well). Good job! I'll be looking forward to your CCC builds, I'm hoping I can get some in too. As a parting note, Get Flickr