This project is now one month underway. Started on December 31st: Journal #1
After spending some time reviewing the Stronghold, my conclusion is that the orginal was 112x112 studs. Unfortunately, my table is only big enough to support 96x112 studs. I've decided to build the original structure to scale, and skimp on the perimeter activities.
For the side towers, I'm working on a spikey kind of tower to give it a medievil look. I've ordered about 1,000 new old grey pieces from bricklink, so hopefully that is enough for the mottled walls.
The build is pretty complicated. It involves a ramp starting at the entrance and winding its way around the perimeter until an upper level. The middle base, where all the buildings sit is going to be flat and about 4 burps high.
Under the rocks, I'm working on a hidden waterfall area. The challenge here is going to be allowing natural light from above into the cave so that the photography will look decent. We'll see how that works out.
The base plates are the new dark tan color (thank you indiana jones sets. Erik Brok used a lot of color changes in photoshop to make the main photo look great. Most of these nice colors weren't available back then. The new medievil market has 40x of 2x1 dark tans, which were really helpful in filling in the slots.
From the top, you can see my new light trans blue tiles. Ordered from the UK. This worked out pretty nice on the beach front. I think next time I make a waterfall, I'll try using these as transition pieces (thanks to Mark for the idea)
I didn't make as much progress as I was hoping in January. Perhaps February I'll have more time to build. I'm planning on another update in a month.
Coming along fine. I to do like many of the new colors. Not that I use them much. I just like hording them in plastic buckets. I'm curious to see what you do for internal bracing. I have a tentancy to pack lots of bricks in and it's heavy but solid. see ya in a month. garth
Looking great, Brian. The trans. lght. blue tiles are making for a really nice transition from the look of deeper water to the shallows. And now we've got variations in tans and greens as well for earth and foliage work. (Three cheers to LEGO for giving us more organic color variations!). Anyway, looking terrific. I'm enjoying the journal entries immensely. Keep em coming!