Named for its distinctive roof, this floating rock is home to a wizard couple. Their love for the stars has the wizard village wondering what secrets they keep...
About this creation
My first castle-ish moc. That in itself is cause for a few head-turnings.
Something else to note: this is my biggest moc to date.
When the disreputable Jonesy introduced the world to floating rocks at Brickfest 2004, I knew I had to build one for myself.
My early attempt soon after was so hideously wretched that I didn't even take pictures of it (and for a shutterbug like me, that's saying something.) Disenchanted with the project, I abandoned my plans and stuck to building spaceships.
Months passed. I left for Oklahoma and returned a few months later. I decided that another attempt at a floating rock was due. I put it in the moc queue following a couple of space mocs.
It started with a simple floating rock. Or so it appeared. The only burps I had at the time were 3 bley ones from a clearanced Alpha Team set, so I decided to make a core out of them and build around them in old light grey. I quickly discovered an advantage to this hollow inner shell: I could make a cave, something not seen on any floating island previous.
The drawbridge is something I wanted to do from the start, just because I thought it would be cool. It started off small and after several variations ended up as you see it in the final photos thanks to a suggestion from Kevin.
The mushroom top was a headache. It was one of two major hassles during construction (the second being the landscaping, which I'll get to in a minute.) I spent at least 3 weeks working on the roof and nothing else, and I think it finally came out pretty nice. And it's removable! There was a point where I actually attmpted to make it look spotty like a mushroom, but I considered it a failure.
I also decided at one point to spice up the roof with something besides the the chimbley and telescope. My favorite was a crooked spout pipe jutting out from the roof, but in the end it just seemed awkward and redundant next to the chimney. Several other ideas for roof details can be found in the construction folder, and credit for those bits goes to Keith and several other spacers.
Then there was the landscaping. I never expected it to turn out the way it did. There just came a point where a simple flat surface for the house to sit on just seemed wrong. I ended up spending a few weeks on the sloping of the grass and the various plants and vines all over the moc. Right before photographing I added colorful berries to some of the plants, because the monotonous green had suddenly seemed to be too pervasive.
Playability: I like to play with my mocs. I admit to being a big kid. I made a revolving earth and moon sculpture, spinny thing on the roof, removable roof and floors in the house, working drawbridge, and more. And the wizard just had to have a flying craft, which can be seen in detail on it's own Mocpage.
All in all, I'm extremely happy with this moc, and there's not much I would change. After two months of work, I've grown pretty attached to it.
Insiders will soon figure out that I have in fact projected myself and my girlfriend as the characters for this moc. I probably should have given Rywald two peglegs and Kathryn a wheelchair for realism.
Rywald is a name crafted by Gil Shaw. Kathryn was named by her parents. (I have to call her Katie or I face her wrath.)
I thought up a nice backstory for Rywald involving a fleebnork and a mangled temporal drive on his Galaxy Explorer, and crash-landing in Earth's fantasy past, and falling in love with a girl who loved him for who he was on the inside, and living happily ever after while waiting for a rescue that would never come...
...but it turns out someone already has the movie rights and I'd be in legal trouble if I ever publish the story. Sorry.
Wow Ryan, I like it. I personally like the idea of melding the fantasy and the space worlds. It looks like something straight out of Super Mario. I think my favorite part is the shroom top. Its as near perfect as you can get with lego bricks. I actually liked the speckled top, but I think it would have looked better with white or tan instead of green. The basement cave was a cool idea. I just might have to try my hand at floating rocks.