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Fort Washburn . Looking around MOCpages, I wanted to make something fairly original, and it seemed that this particular type of fort is not well represented among lego builders. I found out why after starting this project, the angles can be very tricky to manage. . Edit: After posting this creation I decided that it needed more. I went back and added three more towers, which makes it more defensible, expands the interior space, and makes it look cooler. The extra space allows for more accommodations and a larger garrison. The following six pictures are for the newly expanded version. Looking at the fort using compass directions, the north tower guards the entrance, the northwest tower holds the powder stores, the west, south west, and the south towers contain bunks and adjoin the barracks, the southeast tower is attached to the commander's quarters, the east tower holds the food stores and other supplies, and the north east tower holds livestock and is attached to the animal pens. Edit: The remaining photos are of the original build, but most of the contents are still relevant. Starforts are a truly ingenious invention. The angles are are carefully planned to prevent anyone from getting a straight on shot at a wall without getting them too close to a defending cannon for comfort. This allowed the occupants a better chance at winning in the cannon age. Such forts are not as romanticized as castles, mostly because they were never quite as useful in their day as castles were in the middle ages. At most a star fort would help you hold out a little longer. Such forts did play a critical roll in combat during the 1700's, but they were never the centers of economic activity like castles were. Let me just tell you, I'm discovering that using LDD to make something like this can be a real challenge. Stuff that would be so simple with real bricks can take a lot of trial and error with LDD. "Welcome back, Commander!"

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