Ardvreck Castle, seat of the MacLeods of Assynt: a reconstruction in LEGO.
About this creation
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Ardvreck Castle was home of the MacLeods, the clan made famous by the slicing and dicing of Connor MacLeod in The Highlander movies. As a kid I thoroughly enjoyed the capers of Connor, so when I happened by the ruins of 'his' castle I had to pay a visit! You young'uns may not know the movie as it is from 1986, but a remake is to be released this year! But this MOC has nothing to do with The Highlander, neither do the movies have anything to do with the castle... So without further ado I present to you
Please enter! But leave the beggar outside...
The MacLeods are expecting important guests
No, not the Castle-series king and queen... Over there, in the boat
... in the other boat...
The retired Eggy Pop comes a visiting and brought his blushing daughter!
Thanks for the wonderful creations over the last two years, Eggy, I will miss them.
Take the drunken sky tour of Ardvreck Castle. Be the first to guess the number of frogs around Loch Assynt and win a prize!!!
Allow me to guide you up through the castle. Let's start in the cellars, where a supply of Scotch is stocked to last a siege!
Climbing up the spiral staircase we reach the great hall.
Up another level on the spiral staircase we find the Lady's chamber.
"Aagh! Dirty diaper! Burn it, burn it!"
That staircase keeps on spiralling higher! Are you dizzy yet? It maybe the Eggwhelp's diaper...
On the third floor we enter the Lord's chamber and the Lord's study in the tower.
Under the rafters we find some bedding for the guards.
It is a long way down from up here!
Inside the walled-off promontory, behind the castle is a small yard.
The larger of the two buildings is the smokehouse. The fisherman's equipment can be stored here and his wife prepares the deliciously smoked salmon for the Lord and Lady.
The smallest building is also the fullest! It is the smithy, and the blacksmith's house. Here all shapes and sizes of claymores, swords, rapiers and other butching utensils are made, stored and sold.
When I visited the site of Ardvreck Castle, I picked up this sheet with an artist's impression of the castle looked before it fell to ruins
Not much remains of the castle, which gave me the chance to be liberal in creating my artist's impression. This is how the castle looks nowadays:
It took me a long time to build, and depleted all my bley bricks. It took me even longer to make this post, as life got in the way once again. But now it's here! I hope you enjoyed watching these photos!
This looks so nice and respectably oldschool, but boy does it look outdated as well! It uses all the old castle building tricks that have mostly been replaced in the past five years... But it gives a good insight into what castle building actually IS.
Quoting Ryan Durant
...There could stand to be a bit more of the castle wall... ~Ryan
Hey Ryan! I think you're right... Truth of the matter is that it is made without using a single regular brick. I was clean out of bley bricks once the castle was erected! (To be honest just before that - observe the interior pics of the rafters closely; the two non-smooth 1x4 bricks...) What annoys me about the wall is that it has windows but no interior or entrance to the non-existent interior...
Quoting Hans Dendauw
...I have never seen that technique for the spiral stairs...
...and is that one of the new LEGO game micro figs as Eggy's daughter?...
Hi Hans! the bottom part of those spiral stairs started as short-for-bricks-throw-together in a past MOC. I expanded on the idea by bricking it up in Ardvreck. The top part was the easiest way of shrinking down the other.
And yes, yes it is! Eggplants spawn Greek soldiers apparantly!
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