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MIT R4 Raphael Heusser vs. Medieval Guy: Siege in the Holy Land . Boy, I had to think for this one! My catagory is 'theme mash-up.' . 2011 MIT Raphael Heusser's Entry Well, you may be wondering "Why would he have to think hard about this category? It's easy!" Let me tell you, it's NOT easy when every Lego set you have is Castle or Castle related. So I got to brainstorming about what I could do. I considered what my choices were as to what I could mash together. I have Pirates, Kingdoms, 'Fantasy Era' Castle, Prince of Persia, one POTC set, and some custom Greeks, so not much to work with. At first I thought of borrowing some of my brother's Space stuff, but he doesn't have a whole lot. Anyway, here's what I came up with: The Mash-up I picked is one that really happened. The themes I chose to mix are Kingdoms and Prince of Persia. These two themes represent two different cultures, the East and the West. These cultures met in reality, and they didn't mash together real well- as a matter of fact, it resulted in a series of wars (the Crusades) and ended the lives of thousands of people (men, women and children alike). I'm kinda proud of myself for coming up with something this deep. Here is a shot of the whole diorama. For some reason, in this picture the ground looks flat, even though it is actually quite rough terrain. The attackers are hiding behind this wooden, wheeled piece of cover. This allowed them to get close enough for their archers to engage the enemies that are up on the wall. Without the cover, these Crusaders would have been shot full of arrows before they could get close enough. Here is the standard-bearer. Pretty cool posing innit? A crossbowman is firing on the Muslims through an arrow loop in the wood. This guy is a soldier. Not everyone who went on a Crusade was a professional soldier, by any means. Many commoners went in the hopes of wealth and adventure. The Pope even told all of Europe that any man who went to fight against the Muslims would have all his sins erased and be guaranteed a place in heaven. This resulted in wave upon wave of thieves, killers, and adulterers, among other sinners, heading out on a Crusade. Even with these great defenses around him, this fella still wasn't smart enough to keep from getting shot. What a bloody mess! This is just a shot of the group of Christian soldiers. Here is the besieged catle. It's not modeled after any castle in particular, I just looked at pictures of catles from that era and in the general area of the Holy land. This is the tower with arrow loops. There is an archer behind each of the slits. This is my latest and greatest round roof design, and I'm quite proud of it. I went to sleep one night wondering about how to roof the tower and I literally dreamed this up (well, the basic design of it anyway. My dream, unfortunately didn't give very complete instructions). My first round roof attempt can be found here. A look along the parapets. This man is looking contemptously out at the Christians. The distaste is obvious in his face. Another guard. This captured Christian is about to be executed. He doesn't look overly happy about the prospect of dying. Here is the executioner. I am very pleased with the way he looks. To the chopping block! This is a view from the parapets. A shot of the cobbled path and the door. A closer look at the roof. The inner workings. Lots of hinges! There are also some jumper plates that you can't see. The roof is 11.5 studs wide. This is the standard bearer again. I didn't even need rubber bands to secure the arms! I worked quite hard on this and I had to get it done a day early due to Thanksgiving family gatherings and such. So if I don't advance I think I'll look like this dude above!

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