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Grey or Brick Yellow?
Having started my latest project, a small medieval town. My wife was watching me and suddenly said "medieval houses were not built out of grey stones, they were coloured stones." After a little bit of laughing on my part, of course medieval houses are grey stone, I googled to show her and was shocked to see that yes she was right. Most of the houses and even castles are lets say a slightish yellow, this brought me some slight confusion. So I built the two walls to see how they looked and this is where I'm stuck. Which of the two walls looks the best?
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The classic LEGO grey medieval wall. This was what I started with. In my minds eye still looks the better of the two but cannot quite decide.


The more realistic coloured building, but does it really work in LEGO?




HELP..... please comment, as one is starting to loose ones hair trying to decide. Or if you are really cruel, you could suggest another colour scheme and really mess with my head. All comments are appreciated and will considerable help to me.



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  November 22, 2011
I'm a fan of the tan/yellow, the only issue being I would assume you have more gray. Still, I think yellow looks pretty cool.
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  June 8, 2011
I would say it first lack of wooden pieces! That would maybe give your walls the "old look" you're looking for...
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  June 7, 2011
parr has done a few medieval pieces in yellow, and they all looked very nice to me! i was used to yellow as a castle color, since lego brought them to the market like that! i might also be tempted by tan! witchever choice you ll make lee, i m sure it will look very good!...and good luck!
  April 5, 2011
Something else you may want to consider if you are on a budget like I am, is whether you are going to reuse the parts. Buy a majority of the color that you could reuse on another project down the road if you are not keeping it together. Just a thought...
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  November 14, 2010
Cheers for all the comments, its been helpful. I live in London so I am not short of stone buildings to look at, and after much studying have come up with new ideas and that most buildings are in fact a mixture of both colours, including whites,blacks and browns. So it's back to the drawing board and play around with my bricks. Happy building.
  November 13, 2010
So, in some sense the story is easier and more accomodating. Between various stones and plaster, you can justify and color combo you want. Stones can be a wide range of color depending on their chemistry, while plaster, which is a very ancient technology, can inherit color from its components or added pigment. To be fair, some of these options might not be equally applied to a monument building vs. a peasant house, if you want to be realistic. So you might be free to consider other things, such as the visual appeal of your composition.
  November 12, 2010
mix grey with sand blue or sand purple
  October 24, 2010
I'd go with colored walls (if You're still undecided).
  September 20, 2010
Well, if you ask me, it depends on the origin of the castle. If you look at castles from the southern UK and easthern Ardennes, they seem to be made out of yellowish lime stone. But more in southern Germany and France, castles seem to be made out of grey stones. More modern castles - 19th century - are made of red-brown bricks, instead of natural stones. So, take a pick I'd say... or let it depend on the style you're building. It's hard to compare Leeds Castle (yellowish) to Kasteel Haarzuilens (red brick).
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  September 7, 2010
hi lee this is cool i much prefer the yellow wall cos it makes things a bit different
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  September 2, 2010
Not many buildings are done in the pale yellow. It would be a nice change of pace. Regards, Eric.
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  September 1, 2010
I agree with several of the others. A nice mix of the two would look best. If you only go for one, I'd pick yellow.
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  September 1, 2010
I think that both colors look good when seen in a group of buildings that vary. Some gray and some tan. But for the record, I am more impressed with the simple yet highly demonstrative way you have chosen to display the two colors. The comparison itself is a very good idea. Useful to many of us. Good thinking. Attack!
Lee Hardwick
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  August 31, 2010
The gray walls are nice, but the tan is accurate, go with what you want though, also those walls need a bit of work, look kind of modernish, well beyond the time period of what you plan on doing~Nick
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  August 31, 2010
Grey walls are just hollywood, Liek the -SHIIIIINNG- Noise when the pull the sword, things liek that, just hollywood, I would go with tan. For accuracy.
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  August 30, 2010
try alternating, use some varitey, build some grey, some yellow, heck you could throw some brown in it if you care! (i believe BROWN is the more realistic of the three (wood))
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  August 30, 2010
I like them both, so, try both.
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  August 30, 2010
To me, personally the gray looks too droll, and the color scheme of only gray makes it look like the picture was taken in black and white. I like the sand color better for both the accuracy and the fact that EVERYONE builds castles as gray, so it would be nice to see a change of color.
  August 30, 2010
I think that grey is too sterile. Sand works a little better. Experiment with different roof colors and textures to spice things up.
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  August 30, 2010
Hmmm... RED DO RED! JK i like the yellowish one but the gray one seems more back then, i would go with gray
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  August 30, 2010
I like the second as it looks more like the real color of the mid-EVIL towns.
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  August 30, 2010
neither I think, well, tan and grey both look good on a lego medieval house but to be accurate I would suggest using both and add some brown and/or (dark)red accents.
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  August 30, 2010
Hmm, for me, I'd say grey looks a little too post-apocolyptic, and the sand looks more like what you are going for. But I like Heath's and Han's comments, so you might want to do a mix of them. ~Waff
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  August 30, 2010
I'm with Heath, roll with both. As Yuri pointed out, to achieve full accuracy, you may also want to mix in some dark greys, browns and different shades of the three as well, as no town is monochrome and many buildings vary in age.~H
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  August 30, 2010
Actually the tan does look pretty good. Surely you can use both through out your village to help keep it lively. I think all tan is great for an italian village though for sure....the plaster gets very faded through out the years.
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  August 30, 2010
why not conbind the two?
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  August 30, 2010
The grey looks best but it depends how realistic you want the scene to be.
  August 30, 2010
Yeah, and I agree with Flare. The grey does look nice and very much like an original... what is it... castle? Even thought they come in a lot of colors, grey is the most realistic.
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  August 30, 2010
Quoting Joe P. I'd say whatever one you have the most bricks of. :)
The problem there, is that I don't have alot of either, so I will be buying the pieces as I need them.
  August 30, 2010
OK now, jokes aside, honestly I agree with Joe, whichever one you have more of, you should do :) I prefer grey though.
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  August 30, 2010
I'd say whatever one you have the most bricks of. :)
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  August 30, 2010
Quoting Yuri Fassio Well, the stones' color really depends on the stones' quality of the place... still, I'd say thet while the second might be more accurate (for some countries: here in Italy there are walls of grey, yellow, brown, orange and whatnot) I think gry is way cooler. Of course town were very seldom built entirely in stone. You could try a grey stone 1st floor and a wood and/or brick 2nd floor on the taller buildings and just a wooden 1st floor for the others. Unless it's a citadel inside csatle walls.
Firstly thanks for the comments. Secondly I am building the ground floor in stone and the first floor in Tudor style. Then as my town begins to grow I will surround it with a castle wall. Oh and yes I think grey does look the better.
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  August 30, 2010
Quoting Flare . I would choose sand blue with dark pink detailing.
LOL I'll let you build that one. Cheers.
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  August 30, 2010
Well, the stones' color really depends on the stones' quality of the place... still, I'd say thet while the second might be more accurate (for some countries: here in Italy there are walls of grey, yellow, brown, orange and whatnot) I think gry is way cooler. Of course town were very seldom built entirely in stone. You could try a grey stone 1st floor and a wood and/or brick 2nd floor on the taller buildings and just a wooden 1st floor for the others. Unless it's a citadel inside csatle walls.
  August 30, 2010
I would choose sand blue with dark pink detailing.
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  August 30, 2010
Well, in fact castles could be any colour. So it really doesn't matter. But if I chose, I'd probably choose the Brick Yellow, it looks better.
 
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