I've always liked Gothic Cathedrals, and after seeing some absolutely awesome LEGO ones on the Internet, I decided to finally make one of my own. It does not nearly do the architectural style justice, but I like it anyway.
While this model certainly would have been more impressive on a much larger scale, I wanted it to be a suitable size to fit in the medieval town that I'm working on. So I tried to keep it relatively small and simple. The stained-glass window was an obstacle to me. At first I thought about using some kind of translucent decals on a clear LEGO window, but finally I came up with this simple solution.
I'm afraid when I took a few of these pictures that it was dark and I was tired. Oh well. Hopefully you will get better pictures in the medieval comic that I plan to make. Anyway, here is the rear of the cathedral, made in a Hagrid's Hut style. It actually took me quite some time to get these to do right.
As clearly visible here and clearly indicated in the aforementioned art history textbook, all Gothic cathedrals (as well as many churches in general) feature an overall cross-shaped design. Kind of like all Xarkon fighters are shaped like the Crown of Xarkon. Only not like that at all.
You can lie to yourself and your minions... You can claim that you haven't a qualm... But you never can run from, nor hide what you've done from, the EYES! The very eyes of Notre Dame!
That song keeps running through my head.
Although it should have some imbedded statues of Christian religious figures, the only sculptures featured on this cathedral are two gargoyles, one on either side. These gargoyles stand out because they are the only parts of the model (except for a few hinges hidden under the roof) that are made of BLEY! Aaaaahhh!!! Bley is quite effective at frightening away those evil spirits.
I probably should have made a Catholic priest in elaborate robes and everything, but I got lazy (and I was trying to avoid using decals for this model). So here is Brother Peter, a visiting monk. Even though he's a monk, he is known for his stirring sermons featuring terrifying descriptions of Hell. One such description is: "Imagine being forced to sit, for all the rest of eternity, in the chairs on which you are now seated." The congregation is instantly cowed.
Although the back of the two spires on the front is somewhat hollow and the rear under the curved half-dome is somewhat garbled, I still think it looks great from behind. You've got to remember this was pretty much the first time I'd ever tried to make a realistic building. I'm used to building spaceships and mechs.
Note the flying buttresses. Once a pilgrim came to this cathedral and asked the priest a strange question: "If I transgress, will I grind between the gears?" The priest frankly had no idea what he was talking about.
The side. I have never seen a Gothic church in real life, but someday I want to. I know they'll be much more impressive than this blocky little LEGO. For a really impressive Gothic cathedral (albeit never completed) see Johannes "Jojo" Koehler on MOCpages.com. For a unique twist on the idea, see the Cathedral of the Gear by Keith Goldman. But after seeing these two masterpieces, come back and have pity on my sad little model. Please?
Entering the cathedral, from a minifig's perspective. I would make a funny comment about the Islamic-looking fellow off to one side, his suspicious-looking chest, and the fact that LEGO is a product of Denmark... but some people might get offended. So anyway, that's all for now, folks.
In reply to Gavin: I don't know what that guy down there is talking about. I always try to give encouraging reviews to models that were clearly made by inexperienced kids. My guess is there was no such offending review, and this "...'s dad" is just some random flamer.
In reply to Dude: Oh yeah, that's definitely proof alright. Some comment anyone could have put at the top of a page. Someone else just happened to take over the page and just happened to delete the MOC that supposedly contained my review, right?
As someone who does projects year after year... I have to say I liked the roof details. I never would have thought to use wing plates to create that kind of effect. I might have to try that when I work on my next project in May.
Very cool. Smart way to build the round roof. I love the steeples. Also, the window is great, too. On a side note, did you notice that, from the top, it sort of looks like the Slave II? Is that just me, or do you see it too? Anyways, great job.
Well done Scorp...I think '...'s dad' was thanking you, I know my dad would if I quit LEGO because of someone. He would probably (Try) cartwheel down the hall and someother kind of crazy stuff Adults do when there happy. Anyway, Nice MOC.
Not really that gothic. It's a nice church and a good building overall, but for it to be gothic it needs to have some big flying buttresses stickin out of the side, and have a lot more glass. Also, your review made some kid cry? you gotta at least know that if it's that bad they're probably young. -SLugz
Well, it's alright but could use some work. As some have said, it does seem awfully small to be a cathedral, but if most of your other grey pieces are being used in one of your many space MOCs then I guess you have to use what you've got on hand. Also, the front of the building falls a little flat, literally. I'd like to see some more ornate detailing put into it. I have no problems with the roof though and am impressed with how you achieved the curve toward the back of the building. Maybe you can try and make another one some time?
nice! your skills seem suited for mideval-ness. cant wait for the town.
ps. am i the only one who has noticed the sheer rainbow warrior to awsome ratio on the main page? i mean, almost everything is awful
Well done justin. My onely prob is with the top of the roof, the 2x8-10 or whatever bars across the top kinda detract, but I'm not gonna deduct points for that, cause the interior is great. Congrats on making a medieval building. Keep it up. this isn't showing is it?
This is totaly different from the normal things you make but great job. p.s. when I first saw your Halo warthog moc in the official xbox magazine I was amazed i thought that they where coming out with halo legos but any way you got me started keep up the good work. P.S.S. did you also make this from your addiction to "Oblivion."
omfg justin whats your problem something not Fantasy/sci-fi!!!!!
lol i like it but just like everyone else im gunna say its kinda small for your level of..............lego.......building *pauses to think over what i just said* but anyways you should continue i like them alot too just maybe a little more detail like more gargoyals er sumtin. 4 OUT OF 5!