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MIT R4 Raphael Heusser vs. Medieval Guy: Siege in the Holy Land
Boy, I had to think for this one! My catagory is 'theme mash-up.'
About this creation
2011 MIT Raphael Heusser's Entry


Well, you may be wondering "Why would he have to think hard about this category? It's easy!" Let me tell you, it's NOT easy when every Lego set you have is Castle or Castle related. So I got to brainstorming about what I could do. I considered what my choices were as to what I could mash together. I have Pirates, Kingdoms, 'Fantasy Era' Castle, Prince of Persia, one POTC set, and some custom Greeks, so not much to work with. At first I thought of borrowing some of my brother's Space stuff, but he doesn't have a whole lot. Anyway, here's what I came up with:

The Mash-up I picked is one that really happened. The themes I chose to mix are Kingdoms and Prince of Persia. These two themes represent two different cultures, the East and the West. These cultures met in reality, and they didn't mash together real well- as a matter of fact, it resulted in a series of wars (the Crusades) and ended the lives of thousands of people (men, women and children alike). I'm kinda proud of myself for coming up with something this deep.



Here is a shot of the whole diorama. For some reason, in this picture the ground looks flat, even though it is actually quite rough terrain.



The attackers are hiding behind this wooden, wheeled piece of cover. This allowed them to get close enough for their archers to engage the enemies that are up on the wall. Without the cover, these Crusaders would have been shot full of arrows before they could get close enough.



Here is the standard-bearer. Pretty cool posing innit?



A crossbowman is firing on the Muslims through an arrow loop in the wood.



This guy is a soldier. Not everyone who went on a Crusade was a professional soldier, by any means. Many commoners went in the hopes of wealth and adventure. The Pope even told all of Europe that any man who went to fight against the Muslims would have all his sins erased and be guaranteed a place in heaven. This resulted in wave upon wave of thieves, killers, and adulterers, among other sinners, heading out on a Crusade.




Even with these great defenses around him, this fella still wasn't smart enough to keep from getting shot. What a bloody mess!



This is just a shot of the group of Christian soldiers.



Here is the besieged catle. It's not modeled after any castle in particular, I just looked at pictures of catles from that era and in the general area of the Holy land.



This is the tower with arrow loops. There is an archer behind each of the slits.







This is my latest and greatest round roof design, and I'm quite proud of it. I went to sleep one night wondering about how to roof the tower and I literally dreamed this up (well, the basic design of it anyway. My dream, unfortunately didn't give very complete instructions). My first round roof attempt can be found here.



A look along the parapets.



This man is looking contemptously out at the Christians. The distaste is obvious in his face.



Another guard.



This captured Christian is about to be executed.



He doesn't look overly happy about the prospect of dying.



Here is the executioner. I am very pleased with the way he looks.



To the chopping block!



This is a view from the parapets.



A shot of the cobbled path and the door.



A closer look at the roof.



The inner workings. Lots of hinges! There are also some jumper plates that you can't see. The roof is 11.5 studs wide.



This is the standard bearer again. I didn't even need rubber bands to secure the arms!



I worked quite hard on this and I had to get it done a day early due to Thanksgiving family gatherings and such. So if I don't advance I think I'll look like this dude above!




Comments

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  April 28, 2012
Good job with the roof.
Medieval Guy
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Büürli Burri
  March 26, 2012
Awsome Creation! The crossbowmans pose is absolutely great!
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  February 1, 2012
Quoting Ian Spacek Whoa! I missed this...awesome build man! The only thing that bugs me a little is the mix of yellow and fleshy mini-figs. The individual figs look great though, nice work! And I guess you had to combined because of the mash-up rule.
I had to mix the yellow and fleshie because all of the PoP stuff had flesh on it.
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  February 1, 2012
Whoa! I missed this...awesome build man! The only thing that bugs me a little is the mix of yellow and fleshy mini-figs. The individual figs look great though, nice work! And I guess you had to combined because of the mash-up rule.
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  February 1, 2012
Yay for lucid dreams!
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  January 9, 2012
Awesome! This is just great! Good work! can you come see my u-boat?
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  December 10, 2011
Wow! Somehow I missed this great build. That curved wall looks great. Nice work!
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  November 30, 2011
Quoting Builder Allan Kind of sad it had to compete with heussers build.
True that. Oh well, I have other stuff that needs doing, namely sorting. I didn't have time between my MIT entries so I have a very messy corner to clean up!
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  November 29, 2011
This is very well done! There are lots of really cool details, i like the idea you have for making blood under the dead guy - the execution scene - the structure - those wooden walls - and the flag bearer. The whole build, really :-) Oh, and your idea for this build was deep thinking indeed - kind of sad it had to compete with heussers build.
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  November 27, 2011
Very nice! The scene reminds me a lot of the movie Robin Hood with Russel Crowe. Great job! I love the tower! The large wooden shields are really cool too. =D
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  November 27, 2011
Haha I love it when different themes clash instead of mash! Clever trick with the standard bearer! Applause! I had to try it out immediately... The spire looks a little leaky though, but its hard to close up - I know... Thanks for your last comment, and apologies for it being lost; I had troubles uploading photos to MOC and replaced the page... thx
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  November 27, 2011
This is a really solid entry, regardless of the outcome. You've had some great creations in the contest and should be proud of making it as far as you did. Thank you for playing and better luck next time!~H
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  November 25, 2011
The build looks fantastic! I'm sorry, I'm going to have to go with Raphael's build, though. However, good job in the competition, you did well!
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  November 25, 2011
Stacey summed it up best, my vote goes to Heusser. You did great in these games, making it to the Elite 8 is something to be proud of!
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  November 25, 2011
Overall a very nice build, I really like the roofing on the tower, an excellent technique. However your opponent really captured the category with his build, my vote goes to Raphael.
Medieval Guy
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White Knight
  November 23, 2011
very special !>....well done
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  November 23, 2011
An excellent battle scene and a formidable fortress!
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  November 23, 2011
Amazing work! Every corner has detail!
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  November 23, 2011
fantastic entry!
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  November 22, 2011
Very good build! I love it!
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  November 22, 2011
Amazing!
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  November 22, 2011
Quoting the bourbonbrick Your walls need a variation in colour (why do people always only use light bley for walls and dark for landscape?).Good luck.
As I mentioned below, I would have varied wall color but the castles I used for reference were just one color.
  November 22, 2011
Brilliant idea but your up against another one (it's on the brothers brick).Your walls need a variation in colour (why do people always only use light bley for walls and dark for landscape?).Good luck.
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  November 22, 2011
Really good work on positioning the minifigs. That tower came out extremely good too. Nice job!
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  November 22, 2011
Wow, neat castle. I love the details! I wish I had that many round pieces...
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  November 22, 2011
Awesome, I love the datails here, and great job on those minifig poses
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  November 22, 2011
Incredible! I should really bricklink some of those cylinders someday. Great work on the castle, and the rolling shields look awesome! Also, nice work on the roof and the standard bearer!
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  November 22, 2011
Quoting E.K.O . I liked your older roof better. Your new roof has a few more gaps.
They both have gaps, but since my first roof was black you can't see them as much in the pictures. Besides, this roof is sturdier, and it can be easily modified to make it the steepness that you want. I like them both.
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  November 22, 2011
Great job Medievel Guy;D Good luck!!!
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  November 22, 2011
I absolutely love it man! You are spot on with your history! The figs look great (especially the executioner)! I think there could be a little more detail in the interior of the castle but other than that I think this is perfect! Very good choice in themes. Good luck :)
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  November 22, 2011
Great Work and Great Commentary.
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  November 22, 2011
Very nice work, the castle is impressive! The idea is not the best, but I understand that you didn't have the right sets. However, in my opinion, I liked your older roof better. Your new roof has a few more gaps.
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  November 22, 2011
very cool! I really like the towers roof! good luck :-)
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  November 22, 2011
Love it!
Medieval Guy
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Michael Wilson
  November 21, 2011
AWESOME, I want to build stuff like this!!!
Medieval Guy
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Michael Wilson
  November 21, 2011
AWESOME, I want to build stuff like this!!!
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  November 21, 2011
VERY nice! :D I was just learning bout this stuff in school last week so I know what this is about. XD Great job, here you got the details perfect. I think more soldiers on the wall (maybe with bows?) would be good, but if you're like me, it's cause you don't have too many similar figs. :P Good luck in the contest! :)
  November 21, 2011
Great Job!! And i really like the path!!
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  November 21, 2011
Great castle! Good luck. :)
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  November 21, 2011
Wow amazing!!!
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  November 21, 2011
Wow! Excellent work on this. One of your best for sure. I also love the diferent angle you took with the category. Well done!
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  November 21, 2011
Great creation, love the executioner
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  November 21, 2011
This is a really cool interpretation of the category. I especially like the arrow slits in the curved tower. Nice work!
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  November 21, 2011
Simply stunning! The brickwork on the castle walls is great! The cover for the soldiers/barricades are very well made! I even learned something form this (I already knew it! :P). Great job, and keep it up man! - KP
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  November 21, 2011
Quoting Seargent Torch Oh, and one more thing - instead of only using gray in the castle, use a few few more tan or sand red bricks.
Usually I do, but the castles I based this on were only one color. I agree that it seems a bit bland, but I tried to keep it realistic for that era and region. Thanks for the input!
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  November 21, 2011
Oh, and one more thing - instead of only using gray in the castle, use a few few more tan or sand red bricks. This will make the castle match more to the culture, and it will also make it less bland. I apologize for these two lengthy comments. ;)
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  November 21, 2011
Quoting Seargent Torch I love the trail, the tower, and the roof, but the whole MOC doesn't seem "complete," if you know what I mean. I would recommend adding a little more foliage, as well as changing the formation of the Christian soldiers. I would position them forward by about five-seven more studs, then add a commander on a horse with a few personal bodyguards. Add a few more dark tan bricks, like maybe tumbleweed, add more detail to the Christian side, and you will have yourself a winning entry. Best of luck to you! You have made an excellent creation.
I don't think I have time for that...it'll probably be entered as is.
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  November 21, 2011
I love the trail, the tower, and the roof, but the whole MOC doesn't seem "complete," if you know what I mean. I would recommend adding a little more foliage, as well as changing the formation of the Christian soldiers. I would position them forward by about five-seven more studs, then add a commander on a horse with a few personal bodyguards. Add a few more dark tan bricks, like maybe tumbleweed, add more detail to the Christian side, and you will have yourself a winning entry. Best of luck to you! You have made an excellent creation.
  November 21, 2011
10/10 great job!!!
 
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