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Ishii Castle
This project is dedicated to my new sister-in-law and my brother who live in Japan. I wanted to make something original with a Japanese theme. I started building and I think I got a bit carried away. The build is currently at about 30,000 bricks and I had to stop adding details because LDD kept crashing whenever I would try to save. That is why some parts (like the pathways and some of the landscaping) lack the same level of detail that I put into the buildings.
About this creation


The keep was inspired by Azuma castle, which had a more dynamic look than most of the castles that I have seen.





Here you can see one of my favorite parts about this build, the roofing technique. It is very brick intensive, but I think it looks really nice.









With this top down view I will explain each building. The top left building is a Buddhist temple, the bottom left is the barracks, the top right is the garden, bottom right is the keep and the top center is the blacksmith.



In the drill yard the daimyo and the abbot of the warrior monks of the monastery are directing a practice skirmish between members of the daimyo's body guard.







The daimyo's daughter, lady Yuko, enjoys spending time in the garden beneath the cherry tree. It doesn't hurt that from that bench she has a good view of the blacksmith.



This is the blacksmith. He enjoys making models of wagons so that he can make them more aerodynamic.



I hadn't finished the detailing on the inside of the keep when the system started crashing. This is the second level where the kitchen and dining area for the daimyo is located. This level also has the food storage and the murder hole over the entrance.



This is the third level where the daiymo's family lives. The top two levels would be for the daimyo's personal quarters and the bottom level never got detailed.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  February 6, 2014
I really like it! To me personally, LDD is really hard to use, even though it should technically be easy, so respect to you. This is absolutely awesome.
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  February 5, 2014
this is impressive, not only for the beaty and detail, but because you made it in LDD! of couse some rendering would make it excellent, but this way is already amazing. Great job!
 I like it 
  February 5, 2014
Wow! That's amazing! I wasn't too good at LDD.
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  February 3, 2014
amazing job!:D
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  February 3, 2014
That is such a wonderful castle. There is so much intricacy in the colors and careful detail put forward here. Great job man.
 I made it 
  December 5, 2013
Sorry, Sean, I have no good advice for you. LDD just can't handle anything close to 30k bricks. You might try turning down the graphics settings but that may not help. I've done three really big builds that pushed that limit and been beaten back by it every time. I had grander plans for this castle too, but never got to realize them. You could try making it in a different program, most of which don't have such a low brick limit. Otherwise you have to find ways to save on bricks. In Circus Maximus, the one I made right after this one, I saved on bricks by using large block pieces where I could hide them in order to make room for the mosaic tiles. I hope you have an older save version to fall back on, that was all that saved me when this build crashed too.
Quoting Sean Krake I am currently working on a build of this scale and was wondering if you had any tricks for getting such a large file to load. My model currently has about 28k bricks, but it needs a good 6k more before it is done. I have no trouble working on it when it is open, and saving will be difficult no matter what, but I haven't been able to get the model to even load.
 I like it 
  December 4, 2013
Wow! It's so beautiful&very cool. I want to give the title of "SAMURAI" to you!!
 I like it 
  February 25, 2013
I am currently working on a build of this scale and was wondering if you had any tricks for getting such a large file to load. My model currently has about 28k bricks, but it needs a good 6k more before it is done. I have no trouble working on it when it is open, and saving will be difficult no matter what, but I haven't been able to get the model to even load.
 I like it 
  December 12, 2012
speechless
 I like it 
  October 18, 2012
Something of this epic proportion deserves my all-time favorite word. Awesomesauce.
 I like it 
  July 1, 2012
Wonderful design! LDD seems like a counter-intuitive way of building to me, so i applaude your thoughtfulness and perserverence in bringing this huge project to fruition. It goes without saying that this would look amazing in bricks, but that kind of misses the point as it is an achievement in itself. :)
 I like it 
  June 20, 2012
I wish your MOCs got a lot more views. I've been scanning MOcpages for over a year, and just last night I found all of your creations. i too am a huge fan of LDD, because of the unlimited brick possibilities, and you always have bricks in the colors you want. cool idea with the cherry tree. it may not be perfect, but it is better than most anything I've seen. I didn't see any comments on them, but I love your roof style, and the technique used to make the stone wall bases. its something most Japanese styled castles lack in lego, but you made it just right. I find medieval Japanese history and architecture rather boring, but this model is totally an exception.
 I like it 
  May 25, 2012
This is amazing!
 I like it 
  May 24, 2012
awesome! i am at a loss for words. 5/5
  May 10, 2012
I can't believe I hadn't already commented on this. I know I looked at it. I think I just went directly to making you a favorite and skipped the comment part. Anyway, this is outstanding. The hours you must have spent on this blows my mind. LDD or not I look at them as the same because having used both I know the details going into a build are equal. This is a masterpiece and it should have over 100 likes.....I totally agree with you about likes. I try not to get caught up in it but sometimes my ego takes over. Same with MOTD sometimes I think it is just random and wonder why some truly deserving MOCS aren't highlighted.
 I made it 
  May 7, 2012
Quoting Brody Allen I can't believe I hadn't already commented on this. I know I looked at it. I think I just went directly to making you a favorite and skipped the comment part. Anyway, this is outstanding. The hours you must have spent on this blows my mind. LDD or not I look at them as the same because having used both I know the details going into a build are equal. This is a masterpiece and it should have over 100 likes.
Thank you so much for your comment. Your appreciation of the digital building means a lot to me. As for the likes, I know they aren't the most important thing, but sometimes stuff gets so many more that is cool, but just not all that cool and it makes me scratch my head. By rights this should have 23 additional likes, however, but they were lost to the blackout. 100 would be cool, but it is not likely to happen any time soon.
 I like it 
  May 3, 2012
"We are building a fighting force of extraordinary magnitude!" A sprawling fortress of exceptional details. Well done!
 I like it 
  May 3, 2012
Wow what a build. The roofs are fantastic and I love the blossom on the trees. Beautiful build
 I like it 
  May 2, 2012
Woah! This thing is possibly the best thing I have ever seen!
 I made it 
  May 2, 2012
Quoting Eragon Bromson Many people think lego is just for Kids, but truly Adults build things children could not even imagine is possible. This castle reminds me of a Roman "Villa" if you know what i mean
I can see that, in the sense that it is a sort of mini-town enclosed by a perimeter wall. Indeed, that is how European castles evolved, out of the guarded roman villas that survived the dark ages. I would like to make a European style castle too, but there sure are a lot of them out there on MOCpages. I feel like I should wait to do one until I have an absolutely amazing one to make, something really original.
 I like it 
  May 2, 2012
Many people think lego is just for Kids, but truly Adults build things children could not even imagine is possible. This castle reminds me of a Roman "Villa" if you know what i mean
 I like it 
  April 9, 2012
I know i already commented on the update but this still deserves more likes :-) Epic work!
 I like it 
  April 8, 2012
Wow no wonder LDD keeps crashing! It obviously canīt cope with the splendour and beauty of this creation :) I wouldnīt dare calculating the cost of all those bricks! Great work Daniel :)
 I made it 
  April 7, 2012
Quoting Fred Given i absolutely love this, if you could take the time could you send the whole thing to me, i want to try to build this in real life, dont worry ill credit you, my email is mainman879@yahoo.com i dont know if the instructions you posted on this page are the whole thing or just one building and my comp with LDD is at a friends currently thank you in advance if you send it, and thanks anyways if you dont
I've finished the building guide page, you can view it here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/317847
 I made it 
  April 6, 2012
Quoting Pedro Resendes This is art. Will you ever consider building it in real life? Anyway, so many great details and a very nice atmosphere, so much effort and talent here, I'm amazed
Thank you for your comment. I would love to build this out of real bricks if it wouldn't require me to sell most of my assets to do it. I also have little kids at home that prevent me from building with plastic. If I do build it, it would likely be in stages. The temple and keep and garden would come first and then the retaining wall followed by the barracks and the rest of the landscaping.
 I like it 
  April 6, 2012
This is art. Will you ever consider building it in real life? Anyway, so many great details and a very nice atmosphere, so much effort and talent here, I'm amazed
 I like it 
  April 6, 2012
Really cool! If you actually had the bricks....you would be one of the best MOCcers of all time!
 I made it 
  April 5, 2012
Quoting Legobob ~ Sorry about my mean comment before. I did not realise that you were joking the MOCpages Help forum. Anyway, this is truly a beautiful MOC. The angles and the details are just right. I'm a huge fan of Samurai-era Japan so this is a perfect MOC for me. The garden and the trees are very nicely done. The roofing is just perfection for such a MOC. What would truly make this MOC more historically accurate is maybe adding a shrine for praying and things, since it would be likely in samurai-era Japan for a shrine to be in a castle such a this. Like I said, a truly beautiful and magnificent MOC. Well done and keep up the good work.
That is ok. We'll just chalk it up to misunderstanding and put it all behind us. That was my first, and probably last, venture into the forums. I think I'll just let my creations do the talking from now on. As for the build, thank you for your comment. It would be better to have a proper shrine. I don't think I know enough about medieval Japanese religion in order to do it justice. I did put a tao gate and a Buddha statue in the garden, and the temple in the courtyard in order to portray the religious aspect of such a castle. I was going to add monks, but then the program started crashing and it wouldn't let me add them. If you have any suggestions for possible additions, however, I would be glad to see them. I may revisit this theme again in the future and it would be nice to add more such details.
 I like it 
  April 5, 2012
Sorry about my mean comment before. I did not realise that you were joking the MOCpages Help forum. Anyway, this is truly a beautiful MOC. The angles and the details are just right. I'm a huge fan of Samurai-era Japan so this is a perfect MOC for me. The garden and the trees are very nicely done. The roofing is just perfection for such a MOC. What would truly make this MOC more historically accurate is maybe adding a shrine for praying and things, since it would be likely in samurai-era Japan for a shrine to be in a castle such a this. Like I said, a truly beautiful and magnificent MOC. Well done and keep up the good work.
 I like it 
  March 27, 2012
Amazing design, it looks like a lot of effort went into this ;) the roof came out great also ;)
 I like it 
  March 22, 2012
Reminds me of the one in Shogun!
 I like it 
  March 21, 2012
Superb build! More likes people:D
 I like it 
  March 21, 2012
Wow thats amazing its just amazing!!!!
 I like it 
  March 21, 2012
It is really nice, like the Cherry trees lol (Could you check out my stuff, seeing as I looked at yours?
 I like it 
  March 21, 2012
Looks great!I love all the details and the cherry tree.Great job!:-)) Thanks for a comment on my VW!
 I like it 
  March 20, 2012
I love the atmosphere, a very good castle. It's different, and I like that. I really like the work you did on the flowering trees. 5/5
 I like it 
  March 20, 2012
Wow, stunning work! Amazing tree designs! Absolutely fantastic!
 I made it 
  March 13, 2012
Quoting Fred Given i absolutely love this, if you could take the time could you send the whole thing to me, i want to try to build this in real life, dont worry ill credit you, my email is mainman879@yahoo.com i dont know if the instructions you posted on this page are the whole thing or just one building and my comp with LDD is at a friends currently thank you in advance if you send it, and thanks anyways if you dont
The file I have loaded on here is the complete LDD file. I haven't bothered trying to compile the building instructions because it would take a REALLY long time to do. You are more than welcome to reverse engineer the construction using the LDD file, but given the recent interest I'll probably start posting a series on my building technique for this creation. You are more than welcome to follow that if you would like.
 I like it 
  March 13, 2012
i absolutely love this, if you could take the time could you send the whole thing to me, i want to try to build this in real life, dont worry ill credit you, my email is mainman879@yahoo.com i dont know if the instructions you posted on this page are the whole thing or just one building and my comp with LDD is at a friends currently thank you in advance if you send it, and thanks anyways if you dont
 I made it 
  March 13, 2012
Quoting Keven Paquette Hi my name is Keven, you said if we want the construction plane of your temple, you can give us!! I want it. I can buy it please contact me at my email (ninjabuild@hotmail.com) sorry my english is not very well
I've uploaded the LDD file to this build if you would like to see how it was made. No need to pay, this is a hobby and I wouldn't charge for anything. I would just like you to credit me if you end up using my design. If you have any trouble loading the file (because it is a huge file) just let me know and I'll upload a file with just the temple in it.
 I like it 
  March 12, 2012
Hi my name is Keven, you said if we want the construction plane of your temple, you can give us!! I want it. I can buy it please contact me at my email (ninjabuild@hotmail.com) sorry my english is not very well
 I like it 
  February 29, 2012
Amazing work! I like how you made the tree
 I made it 
  February 29, 2012
Thank you so much for all of your positive feedback. My sister-in-law and brother both liked it as well. I don't plan on making this out of real brick, I just don't have the money to buy them or the physical space in which to do it. Building one of the buildings, however, might be possible. If anyone is interested I could put together a "how to" page for some of the more interesting techniques, such as the roofing, so that others can create similar objects. If this is something you would like to see leave me a comment, otherwise I will just let you figure it out on your own.
 I like it 
  February 29, 2012
This is an extremely impressive creation. Amazing job!
 I like it 
  February 28, 2012
Absolutely amazing LDD work, man! Keep it up!
 I like it 
  February 28, 2012
Very nice! One of the best LDD builds I've ever seen! The roofs look fantastic.
 I like it 
  February 28, 2012
wow, that is amazing. I particularly like how you did the cherry trees.
Daniel Brilliant
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Chris Melby
  February 27, 2012
I agree with Jay, this is EPIC, no need to pressure yourself going for the real build here, just relax and enjoy the scenery!. 5/5, Chris
 I like it 
  February 27, 2012
Extremely beautiful. You have really nailed the mood of the classic Japanese castles. My favourite parts is the roof(s) and the trees. Magnificent!
  February 27, 2012
Are you planning on building this in real bricks?
 I like it 
  February 27, 2012
Very nice nice to see another builder doing this style, most do European castles, but this is both excellent and unusual.
 I like it 
  February 27, 2012
Epic build! What a wonderfull work! I've had the same type of crashes with my big Poseidon project and its 26000 parts, but I eventually managed to finish the design! The problem is now that I did not manage to compute the mounting instructions yet. Regards - Jay
 I like it 
  February 26, 2012
Fabulous build and a gift with a lot of heart and effort in it. Great job!
 
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