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W.I.P Guide To Building A Medieval Village
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For those who don't venture out from Mocpages to often, I have been recently doing a guide over at Eurobricks.com. I have been building a medieval village and photographing and writting up every step of the progress, basically a instruction to build this village. I have been covering many techniques and covering all the aspects of building medieval scenes from water, landscaping, trees, different buildings and techniques. The do's and don'ts, what to avoid and how to make everything blend. I also cover the infamous 'Derfel Technique' as it has become known, the use of 1x1 round plates. I show how to do it properly, when and where it is best used. Yes I am bored with 1x1 round plate, having used the technique for the last 4 or more years, but it came in handy for a textured look and helped me develop my own style for which I am known. It did make me laugh to hear Lego Designers refer to me as 'that 1x1 round guy'! Unfortunatly, using 1x1 round plates has its problems. If overdone, it can look terrible, which is why I have never built a full castle with them, it just doesn't work. Its all about finding the right balance with them, blending them with tiles, half timbered sections and foliage pieces. I have amassed close to 30,000 1x1 round plates since I started buying 1000 every month for the past 3 years, and so yeah..I am bored as hell with the technique so Im now working on something that looks better! For those interested in the guide, here is the link: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=60907 I Hope people find it helpful and remember I am still adding to it as the village still has quite a bit to go yet. Here are a few pics taken from various stages of the build.
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  March 8, 2014
The buildings and landscaping on this are just incredible. This is one of my favourite creations of all time. It's hard to believe its lego, it's so realistic. Absolutely superb!
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  July 3, 2013
That is some really nice work! Incredible landscaping!
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  February 14, 2013
Meep. Wow. That's a lot of 1x1s. It's amazing.
Luke Watkins
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Perry .A
  April 1, 2012
It looks fantastic! How old are you?
Luke Watkins
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White Knight
  February 1, 2012
Beautiful !.....
Luke Watkins
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aleks oslapas
  January 4, 2012
amazing this really inspired me
Luke Watkins
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aleks oslapas
  January 4, 2012
amazing this really inspired me
Luke Watkins
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aleks oslapas
  January 4, 2012
amazing this really inspired me
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  January 4, 2012
WOW!!! This is totally awesome and totally amazing!!! I'm so impressed that I can't find the words to express it. I'm definately adding you to my favorite builders and I can't wait to see more from you.
Luke Watkins
Mark E
  December 14, 2011
Wow you must have taken a life time to build this!
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  December 14, 2011
ME+THIS AWESOME MOC=ME VERY JEALOUS this is awesome just awesome how many bricks did this take up
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  December 12, 2011
so cool i used to like medieval time but now i like star wars
  December 12, 2011
this is literally amazing...i'm always looking for better ways to upgrade my medieval castle village but i don't have near enough pieces to achieve this...
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  December 12, 2011
I couldn't help but think of Riften from skyrim when I saw the first pic... excellent work
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  December 12, 2011
you are a favorite builder in my book your in the favoite builders of lego guy AWESOME village btw
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  December 11, 2011
Amazing work. I've been avidly following your excellent tutorials on Eurobricks - it's great to get an insight into your building techniques. Can't wait for the next installment! :D
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  December 11, 2011
Gobsmacked! If I could rate this better than Excellent than I would!!!
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  December 10, 2011
Wow! This is amazingly detailed!
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  December 10, 2011
Wow! This is amazingly detailed!
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  December 10, 2011
Fantastic!
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  December 10, 2011
Wow! that is amazing!!!
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  December 9, 2011
:0 Spectacular!!!
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  December 9, 2011
Thank you so much for making this guide! I think we all appreciate it very much! You did a wonderful job! I don't know about anyone else, but I personally am a big fan of you and your models and check eurobricks and your guide every day to see if there are any new updates! You also inspired many people, including me, to make one. I have big plans! I just have to finally get around to ordering a bricklink order. I do have a question, if you use bricklink, which stores do you use? How do you get so many pieces? Thanks again! Keep up the good work!
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  December 9, 2011
Wow amazing!!!
  December 9, 2011
So what types of buildings, grass lands, shops, etc.. Would be present in a typical medieval village. Also the kind of inhabitants and the houses they live in etc. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111205005304AA7Rlcg
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  December 9, 2011
Derfel, I really want to express my thanks to you for making your guide on Eurobricks. After reading all of it today you've inspired me to make my own Medievel Diorama, and now I know how to do it properly! Thank you so much! I know I probably just sound like some young adoring fan but I really am so happy that you've done this! It's always a amazing to have talented builders like yourself, show less experienced builders how to build right, Thank you.
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  December 8, 2011
WOW amazing, its so lush and rustic, pure awesome work.
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  December 8, 2011
Goodness! Your MOCs are almost indescribably awesome and brilliant! Well done as always!
Luke Watkins
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White Knight
  December 7, 2011
Absolutely beautiful !>.....well done
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  December 7, 2011
This is amazing just amazing:P I'm sitting in aw right now. Excellent job...5/5!!
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  December 6, 2011
great work! I especially like the way that you did the pond. 5/5
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  December 6, 2011
Awesome, that is a work of art. ;]
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  December 4, 2011
Truly an amazing piece of work!
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  December 4, 2011
This is absoloutely incredible
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  December 3, 2011
amazing details! I must try these...
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  December 3, 2011
True beauty.
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  December 3, 2011
AMAZING!!!!!
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  December 3, 2011
Wow! This is the most realistic MOC I've ever seen! The trees are great! Can't imagine how long I'd need to copy that. It's... WOW
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  December 3, 2011
Amazing scenery. I can't imagine why you'd get tired of making buildings one stud at a time! =P
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  December 3, 2011
Fantastic, each part is made with so much attention for detail, I particulary love the big tree
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  December 3, 2011
Love it! So idyllic and beautiful village...
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  December 3, 2011
Ohh you need a lot of pieces for this..! Beautifully done!
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  December 3, 2011
This is almost too good to be true. Thank you for the pictures and the impressive tutorial.
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  December 3, 2011
I've started reading the tutorial, and I have to say, it's extremely helpful. Your builds are really inspiring, thanks heaps!
Luke Watkins
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~~ Patrick~~ .
  December 2, 2011
Luke, this is truly amazing; I have been following the guide and it is brilliant! I think you are one of the best builders on mocpages. The attention to detail is superb and the stones on the buildings look brilliant. I don't think I will be able to make anything as amazing as this as I do not have enough bricks. Looking forward to the next update ~~Patrick~~
Luke Watkins
Sado Dieono
  December 2, 2011
epic moc
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  December 2, 2011
A gorgeous village chock full of details. The textures throughout looks very nice. Thanks for the guide as well I often wish that there was more of that kind of thing online. Excellent work.
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  December 2, 2011
Amazing! I can imagine it took a lot of time and an intelligent mind!
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  December 2, 2011
Wow, beautiful! The amount of detail put into this on such a large scale is breathtaking!
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  December 2, 2011
Beautifully made with amazing Technical details. I followed your link to EB and have read how you constructed this scene, my jaw now aches from being open for so long. Of course, like many others I will be taking some ideas away with me. Thanks for sharing and happy building.
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  December 2, 2011
Been keeping an eye on this elsewhere, but great to see it here on the pages as well. Beautiful work, and a wonderful example for others!
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  December 2, 2011
I've been following this on Flickr and love it there. I'm glad to see it here for others to admire and grow from as well. Thank you for this!
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  December 2, 2011
Outstanding, I love the way that the buildings and trees work together to make this look lush, worn and overall wonderful.
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  December 2, 2011
Man! I've got the tears in my eyes! This is really unique and fantastic! I wish I could build something like that... It was really kind from you to put that amazing tutorial! I learned a lot from that! Thank you!
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  December 2, 2011
This, is just simply amazing!!! I've just spent the last several hours reading through the whole of your blog and am now truly inspired... Unfortunately I don't have nearly enough bricks, or rather, nearly enough of the right sort of bricks to build even anything small like this. Such a shame because I really want to try it now. Amazing stuff as always, you're still my favourite builder. --Blast--
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  December 2, 2011
Hey Luke, I have had the supreme pleasure of following this on the EB forums for the past couple weeks/month. It is quite a gift to be able to look into your mind and see your magic happening. Ever since I joined the community about 2 years ago, you have really sprouted and grown into a towering AFOL with some of the best castle creations on the community. You have been a major influence and inspiration in my creations, as I am sure you have been for many others. Your creations are a true gift to the community. I have come recently to use your techniques more and more, especially in foliage and your incredible 1x1 round plate buildings. In my latest creation, I literally browsed through half of your creations trying to gain ideas for the undergrowth. I can't say enough praise about you for how you have impacted my building styles and skills. Blessings, Blake
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  December 2, 2011
Incredible work with this WIP dio. The willow tree, for me though, is what really stands out. I can't wait to see it finished!
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  December 2, 2011
Consider those ideas stolen good sir! If... I ever get around to building again (hehe). Really great stuff and thanks so much for sharing your techniques with our "pages" crowd! ~ Chris.
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  December 2, 2011
The drooping branches of tree are absolutely stunning! The overall texture and detail work is beautiful as well. Amazing work!
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  December 2, 2011
Incredible. You really set the standard for work in this genre and style.
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  December 2, 2011
This is one of the many reasons why your my favorite builders. It's on the brink of mind-blowing!
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  December 2, 2011
5 stars just for that willow tree - it's astonishing! Your work is amongst the best out there, really beautiful stuff.
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  December 2, 2011
This is really nice! I love all the textures in the scenery and i admire you for creating a guide. I notice you have a lot of really useful boxes, they are really useful, i love them along with B&Q's organisers! Keep up this beautiful scenery and you can stop buying 1x1 round tiles now ;-)
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  December 2, 2011
That is some of the finest landscaping I've seen in ages. Specially the tree techniques are really eye-catching. Keep going!
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  December 2, 2011
Very very beautiful and idilic. It feels warm to the heart when I see this MOC. I'd like to live there instantly. Bravo!
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  December 2, 2011
The level of detail is stuning! That's totally epic and so beautiful!
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  December 2, 2011
WOW, you are so good at this, you make some of the finest villages on MOCpages!
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  December 2, 2011
Im really glad you have made this toturial, it really gives me alot of new ides on how i can make medieval houses! And i will deffently start make the first floor of my own using the 1x1 studs. Thanks for the inspiration! //Viktor
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  December 1, 2011
Pretty good... for an Avalonian! I jest, this is amazing!
  December 1, 2011
...... IM fREaKIng amaZed!!!!! Great job it's amaZing
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  December 1, 2011
Thanks for putting on that tutorial! it is very helpful. I am working on a moc that uses a sort of Derfel technique on the walls so this was really inspiring and gave me some great ideas.
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  December 1, 2011
B-E-A-Utiful.
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  December 1, 2011
Fantastic! Truly a work of art.
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  December 1, 2011
You are definitely king of medieval villages! Incredible!
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  December 1, 2011
Oh My God Luke! This is going to my favorites, I'll keep the link close man! Outstanding, it has to be one of the most beautiful things I've seen in Lego, ever. Bravo! (clap clap clap clap)
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  December 1, 2011
Though I'm not a member there, I did get to see your guide on Eurobricks and I must say, it is very helpful and inspiring. Your scenes are always spectacular and it's great that you are sharing some of the genius techniques with us. Thanks for posting this here for those that, like you said, don't get out of MOCpages often :)
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  December 1, 2011
Quoting Thoy Bradley Hey Luke, Great to see another amazing build from you, and I like scale of your compilation this time, I hope this was the size build my 'Return of the Ancients' helped inspire you to build again. I agree with most of your points - for me the 1x1 round plates are brilliant when in balance with everything else, I find that they should never be used alone as you lose the deffinition of vertices and edges (reference my latest build). Using the deffinition technique I would like to one day build a full castle with the 1x1's making 80-90% of the walls - of course adding minor details to allow some stand-out. I guess the trick is making the 1x1's more of a background texture rather than the stand-out detail. I also enjoy adding the odd 1x2 plates in to give some variation to the walls rock work. This looks great and I should probably sign back into EB to see the full dio when its complete :) Great work as always! ~Thoy
Thanks Thoy, yes its been a while since a made anything largish and I have seen a lot of great large builds this past year including yours, which made me want to build something bigger for a change. Its odd, as when I first started out building all I wanted to do was make large epic mocs, but as the years go on, you realise that it can actually be a lot more fun making smaller sized mocs as you can really focus on one thing and you don't have the tiresome job of taking apart a huge moc and sorting the pieces, plus you can get a lot more builds done. Some of the best builders i've seen are all ones who usually do smaller builds and focus on techniques like Legohaulic and Slyowl. In that respect, I think smaller mocs help your building skills much more, because you are pushed to cram as much greatness as you can into a smaller space rather than rely on size to give the 'wow' factor. Like you said, if 1x1 round plates are used on their own they are just too much, so breaking them up is essential. I look forward to seeing your castle one day, but do not envy you the task of stacking that many 1x1 rounds, that will be one long never ending crazy task, but the end result will look amazing!
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  December 1, 2011
Hey Luke, Great to see another amazing build from you, and I like scale of your compilation this time, I hope this was the size build my 'Return of the Ancients' helped inspire you to build again. I agree with most of your points - for me the 1x1 round plates are brilliant when in balance with everything else, I find that they should never be used alone as you lose the deffinition of vertices and edges (reference my latest build). Using the deffinition technique I would like to one day build a full castle with the 1x1's making 80-90% of the walls - of course adding minor details to allow some stand-out. I guess the trick is making the 1x1's more of a background texture rather than the stand-out detail. I also enjoy adding the odd 1x2 plates in to give some variation to the walls rock work. This looks great and I should probably sign back into EB to see the full dio when its complete :) Great work as always! ~Thoy
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  December 1, 2011
you are the best on the pages and everywhere else to make good old houses and villages, as usualy, fantasticly amasingly JOB!!!!
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  December 1, 2011
I love these Medieval villages, and your's, while unfinished, is certainly shaping up to be very nice.
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  December 1, 2011
Wow thats just so amazing. This is going to be awesome moc!
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  December 1, 2011
I must agree with El Farto....I mean Barto. Those trees really POP!
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  December 1, 2011
Utterly speechless.....
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  December 1, 2011
Among all the awesomeness, those trees really stand out--Excellent!
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  December 1, 2011
Without words. It is amazing!
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  December 1, 2011
You've just blown my mind. Outstanding! I really need to check your guide out.
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  December 1, 2011
Speechless....
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  December 1, 2011
SOOOOO many details! :0
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  December 1, 2011
I've been following this on EB, though I don't have an account there. I doubt that I'll be purchasing that many 1x1s any time soon, but your landscaping tips have been informative and interesting to watch.
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  December 1, 2011
Double Wow.
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  December 1, 2011
Well I was about to ask if you ever got bored of using that stud technique constantly. Now I know the answer. Anyways this is just jaw-dropping AMAZING! All the details are just well phenomenal! BTW you link doesn't work. Great job! I cannot wait to see the final product!
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  December 1, 2011
WOW!!!
  December 1, 2011
This is going to be epic
 
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