Waterford Point - A Medieval Arena and Fortress . Waterford Point - A Medieval Arena and Fortress . BASIC FACTS
This creation is about 3 feet tall, 5 feet long, and 3.5 feet wide (4 x 5 base plates.). It took me 6 months to build and an awful lot of money. It is entirely modular so the interiors of all buildings and all levels can be viewed. The MOC rests on a 4x8 piece of reinforced plywood. When I need to transport it all, I simply remove a few flags and tree limbs, stick the whole thing in the back of my truck, and drive very slowly! I’m a 5th grade teacher, so I currently have it on display in my elementary school. The students seem to enjoy it. ☺
The king of a budding territory wanted a castle on par with rival states – one that would depict his rising power and status. But as a fledgling territory the financial means for such a building was not readily available. So he designed a structure that would pay for itself over time.
He started with a state of the art prison. Other realms pay a fee to house their most vicious criminals there. Then he has these prisoners fight in the arena so he can generate revenue from admission prices and food and drink sales. His prime location along popular road routes and a major estuary, combined with a large, open space on the top floor of the main building, makes possible further income from the warehousing of goods.
THE PRISON SECTION:
In its 3 stories, there are 23 two-man cells for severe criminals and 2 large holding areas for lesser criminals. Each story has a guard’s quarters and a primitive bathroom. The main floor guard station also serves as the check in area with all the paperwork. Intermittently, there are solitary confinement cells and storage closets for firewood, cleaning supplies, etc. There is also a treatment area for prisoners injured in the arena, a massive food pantry, a kitchen, and storage areas in the cellar. 10 guards staff it at all times.
THE ARENA SECTION
The arena floor is sand to absorb blood and make clean up easy. Here, prisoners fight each other or various creatures for a chance at freedom, are tortured, or are executed – all to the delight of the crowd. The bleachers on either side seat the general public. These seats are accessed via the blue or yellow staircases in the prison building or the red and white staircases located in the main building. (Stairways are color coded to facilitate the finding of seats.) Atop the bleachers on one side is the referee stand. Atop the other is the bell tower that announces start times, end times, deaths, etc. Beneath the general seating area are the bathrooms and food and drink vendors.
THE MAIN BUILDING
The bottom floor is wide open to allow the storage of all death and torture devices (explained later). It also houses a holding cell for arena creatures, a morgue for arena casualties, and the executioners’ office.
On the second floor there is a cozy tavern and box seating for wealthier clientele. The 2-story entrance/foyer is also located on this level, creating a grand entrance and allowing guests to avoid the ugliness of the first floor storage area. There are coat closets and a bathroom nearby. Finally, the kitchen facilities and food pantry are located on this level.
The third floor has additional box seating, including the king’s box, which is the nicest of them all. There is also a bathroom, a small library, a lounge, and the dining hall.
Above this there is the warehouse. It has a general storage area and more secure area for precious items. For this purpose, the latter section has safes, locked chests, etc. (Pics of these areas are not included because I have too many pics as it is!) There are cranes on both ends of the building to bring up supplies from the road and water routes. These cranes actually operate through use of some fancy gearing concealed within.
The next level in the central tower is a cocktail area that over looks the arena. And above that are the king’s quarters with his bed. (Not pictured for the same reason as before.) The two white towers also open up (not pictured) to expose stained glass windows, maps, and a globe.
INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH AND TORTURE
- Guillotine –Fold down the board and strap the body to it. Turn the crank and the blade actually drops.
- Impaler – fold down the board to lay the victim upon it. Turn the crank and the wheel of blades actually spins into the person.
- Rack – Victim is strapped in, chains are attached to legs and hands,. Cranks are turned and the victim is stretched unmercifully.
- Gladiator Racks – Racks are set at each end of the arena – one for each gladiator. Each has a variety of weapons ranging from defensive shields, bludgeoning weapons, swords, and longer ranged axes and spears. There are also 2 barricades set out for gladiators to use to their advantage.
- Gallows – They are unfolded after exiting the storage area. 4 victims can be hung at once. Victims stand on the barrels, executioners kick out the barrels from beneath them, and death commences.
- Wall of Spikes – The victim is strapped in and the spikes are pressed against them. Again, this actually works by turning the crank.
- Gutting station – Consists of a gurney and cart full of painful implements. As in Brave Heart, the victim is strapped down and the executioners torture him before ultimately decapitating him.
- Clean up Cart – All this carnage is messy! To clean it up this cart is equipped with barrels of water, a basin to put severed limbs, buckets, brooms, shovels, etc.
- Arena Creature - This week it’s a cave troll. Next week it could be a warg, a dragon, a bear…. You never know what the executioner has picked for you until you enter the arena.
THINGS THAT MIGHT GO UNNOTICED
A prisoner has dug a hole through the floor of his cell and tunneled his way to freedom.
There may actually be more red bricks used on this MOC than any other color. I used them for the foundation for everything. Most sections are raised at least 4 bricks off the base plates.
I built the entire structure first, and then built the landscaping around it. I’m still contemplating whether or not this is the best approach. Suggestions, anyone?
Using plates instead of sloped bricks for roofs and the bleacher floor was VERY difficult. And it required a complex technic skeleton. But I did this because I felt it gave me more slope angles, allowed for more complex rooflines, and because I simply didn’t have enough slopes!
The crown molding (or whatever its called) used throughout the structure is perhaps my favorite part. It took a lot of experimenting and hundreds of white jumper plates and cheese wedge slopes!
The building of interiors impacted the appearance of the exteriors. And it consumed lots of pieces! Perhaps next time I will focus on one or the other, instead of both.
That being said, I love building interiors! They are what require most thought and planning. I took great time and pride in making sure all stairways connected, every chimney carried through levels as they should, all bathroom vents line up amongst multiple floors, etc. I made floor plans that I thought were logical. For example, in the prison I spent a lot of time making the structure secure and easy to guard. In the arena, I toiled to make egress and exit feasible for large crowds through the stands, in and out of vendor areas, etc. For the main building, I worked hard to make things fancy for the richer guests.
I cant resist the temptation to build big! I just have too many ideas. Sometimes my detail and overall quality suffers as a result. One day I plan to go smaller and put the emphasis on detail and realism, as done masterfully by my favorite mocpages builder, Luke Watkins.
Building is fun. Photographing is boring. Photoshopping around individual studs, tree foliage, and flags is excruciating! Never again! Next time I will photograph with a white background and powerful lights, hoping to eliminate the need to photoshop.
NOTE: Sorry no captions on the pix and for not breaking up this writing to go with the pix. I tried and tried but wasn't able to.