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The Citadel
Another practice model castle. The Citadel took me one week to build.
About this creation
Ta-dah!

Before you read on, here is some quick info. This build is actually a practice build. I built it to see just how fast I could build a MOC, but still keep the detail I usually put into each piece. It took me 7 days to build this with a total of about 15 hours. So come on and take a look.


Anyway this is my latest and newest creation. It now has taken record in my book for reaching the most pieces used, beating the previous record of the set of Dawn Conquest II. Although both measure 96x48 studs, but The Citadel contains approx. 8,000 lego pieces. The twin towers guarding each side of the Citadel measure exactly 1 foot in height, thats 32 bricks tall in lego geek talk. I noticed a lot of you saying in my WIP post that you would wish to see what that build would have looked like had I completed it. This is similar to what is would of looked like. Pretty much I took everything I really like about the WIP post and changed the overgrown idea into a lakeside property and "BAM!" The Citadel was born!


I found this technique of stained glass to work rather well. I placed one of those stained glass door "turn-table" pieces usually found in Knights Kingdom sets in the building to simulate the stained glass look.


One of the other guard towers.


The citadel is a lakeside fortress so here is part of the lake. I wanted to simulate a current to blend with the rocks as if the water is pushing to shore.


The fountain is my favorite part of this build. None of the pieces inside the fountain are connected in anyway. By this I mean the water, the fountain, and the running water. They are all laid on top of each other. I piled up 1x1 trans-clear bricks to simulate the flow of water in the fountain.


A shot of the courtyard.


The tavern.


In the tree you can see a mother bird guarding her nest. The nest is really a cowboy hat turned upside down with a white 1x1 piece in it.


A small park.



Now lets see what's going on with some of the city folks.


The king watches over the lake.


An archer practices his aim at the archery range.


" Hey Billy, that grey thing coming toward me is a rock, right?"


Pirate vs Knight


Pirate wins.


The whole set. Consider this my final big post of the summer, with my birthday coming up on the 19th and the MocOlympics just around the corner, I'll be pretty tied-up.


This is a practice build for the MocOlympics. One week, the game gives 10 days. Thanks for looking and lets hear some opinions!



Comments

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  August 22, 2010
Hi Dylan, Amazing! Incredible that you can build such a large MOC in only 15 hours. I especially like the funny details that you put into your MOC's.
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  October 7, 2009
I really really really really x100 like this. So many details and cool building ideas, I just have to say thank you for building this and sharing with us.
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  September 12, 2009
Holy geez. This is epic. Great job on everything.
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  September 11, 2009
Amazing man,you have done a great job over here.
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  September 11, 2009
this is beutiful!!!!! you have amazing talent! i wish someday i will be like you! =D
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  August 20, 2009
Nice job! Your sure to be a force to be reckoned with and I wouldn't want to be the one facing you in castle.
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  August 10, 2009
Thanks Ghostman.
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  August 10, 2009
Wow, the details are just stunning! This is just amazing. I like the way you made the mother birds nest and with a egg in it. Also, the stained glass looks great and the fountain with the flowing water. I notice you used SNOT in the water (I think). I really love this creation because of that amount of details. Just amazing. Awesome work. ~ Ghostman :)
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  August 7, 2009
Quoting Master of LegoPuppets Excellent work! Usually I'm against so many studs, but in your Citadel it doesn't bother me. The birds nest is really creative. Btw, have you thought about putting a red rubber band around a sword to act as blood? ~M
I usually don't like studs too much, but when you are trying to make a landscape the studs bring a rough and textured terrain that you can't get with SNOT. That rubberband idea is awesome too, I'll be sure to remember that in the future. Thanks! -Dylan
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  August 7, 2009
Excellent work! Usually I'm against so many studs, but in your Citadel it doesn't bother me. The birds nest is really creative. Btw, have you thought about putting a red rubber band around a sword to act as blood? ~M
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  August 7, 2009
pretty good, Needs more accuracy. I like the faetures and the scenes. Great Job man, very creative.
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  August 7, 2009
This is great! You should probably get a better camera though, because your pictures are pretty grainy.
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  August 7, 2009
Thanks everyone for all the nice comments!
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  August 7, 2009
Well done Dylan, your builds are getting bigger and better! Lovely details and clean style. Good luck in those MOColympics.
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  August 7, 2009
This is really awesome, Dylan! Just a high quality creation, I like the water effects all around, and the little garden looks sweet as well, you're doing very well, keep on that pal >>> peace.. Firas :)
Dylan B
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Thomas N
  August 6, 2009
This is very nice, I really like the landscaping, with the paths and the plants and the rocks in the water are cool too. The buildings look great, you should really follow this particular project more, it looks great so far. Come see the new updated version of Blocktropolis, there's one building I'm sure you'll like! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/141795 ~T
Dylan B
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Tristan Amaya
  August 6, 2009
WOW your little practice has become even not just a practice but a awesome little creation you got here..... Keep up the good work my friend!
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  August 6, 2009
Quoting Garth Danielson You're a living example, I'm assuming you aren't a zombie or something,
Trust me, you have no idea...
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  August 6, 2009
You're a living example, I'm assuming you aren't a zombie or something, of practice makes perfect. A nice scene, stabbing aside, with lots of good details. Some of the other guys around here should follow your lead and get to work. Good luck in the contest and here's a bit of practicle advice. Learn how to cook. see ya. garth
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  August 6, 2009
Wow. Amazing detail and some brilliant part use :)
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  August 6, 2009
The greebling is extremely well done! can you check out my felucia like place?
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  August 6, 2009
wow, I'm toast if I come up against you in the castle category. but nice build!
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  August 6, 2009
WOW!... just WOW! Your attention to detail is phenominal here. Every little thing from the arrow in the target to the nest with the egg... I am VERY impressed with this. Good luck in the Olympics and I feel sorry for your opponents! ~ Chris.
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  August 6, 2009
Very detailed, excellent build. Love the rocks and water spray in the lake.
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  August 6, 2009
Nice job! I want to do stuff like this, but I need to buy more bley pieces.
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  August 6, 2009
Holy flippin' cow, Dylan! Your practice builds are making my projects look bad. Fantastic towers you got there.
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  August 6, 2009
Whaatt?!?! This is just a practice build? *gasps* ... thank goodness I'm not in the same group as you, hehe ... Anyway, fantastic build!
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  August 6, 2009
If the pirate beats the knight, then the ninja will inevitably win over the pirate, either that or the robot will win over him. Anyway, nice quick work there on your MOC.
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  August 6, 2009
The courtyard is great and the fountain looks good. Actually, everything looks good. Ha Ha the poor guy in the lake...
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  August 6, 2009
Wow THIS IS amazin! All the details and Towers are perfect and and well im speechless! Birthday on the 19th huh? I miss the sweet smell of Vanilla Cake just dont invite Kelso He`ll eat the whole cake. -Aaron
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  August 6, 2009
Wow. Congrats on your most pieces used to date. From what I read, this is still very detailed even in with the speed. Great job!
 
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