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Marmoreal: The White Queen's Castle
About this creation
Hey there everyone, and welcome to my little contribution to our collaborative build for BrickWorld 2012. This year, VirtuaLUG decided to do "Alice in Wonderland" as our theme. While this castle isn't meant to mirror the one from the movie exactly, it was, like all the builds in our collaborative, heavily inspired by it.

I'll be doing a full recap of Brickworld and the entire group layout so I won't waste a lot of time describing the whole thing here. For this post, I'm going to step back and let the pics do the talking (shocking, I know). Don't worry, your 'Ol Phippy isn't slipping in his old age, just that there's going to be SO much talking in the next BW post...

Anyway, on with the show!


I present to you "Marmoreal, the White Queen's Castle." Enjoy the pics and I'll see you at the end of the post.























































































Fourth Wall Commentary: Well there ya go kids. There's been a lot of "Why doesn't Chris post?" for a while now and well... this is why. I originally started this build last October, give or take. Then, a few short months later in February... I was standing there looking at it in my garage and didn't like it one little bit. So, I tore the entire thing down and started from square(brick)one. What you see here represents February till early June in terms of build time. I had a great time working on this and can't wait to get started on next year's collaborative (as soon as VirtuaLUG decides what we're doing)!

Before I go, I'd like to thank Dennis Price, Dave Xandeger and most of all Dr. Lee Jones. Without their help this castle wouldn't have been able to be completed. Dave and Dennis provided a LOT of white tiles and Lee... well Lee provided maybe a good 1/2 of the specialty parts for the build (including the white tree parts and pink flowers just to name a couple of the contributions from him). Thank you SO much!

In the mean time, I'll see you really soon (in the next couple of days or so) for the BrickWorld 2012 recap!
Till next time true believers!
~Chris.



Comments

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  March 13, 2013
I must have seen the cartoon when very yougn, as the pic in front of the gate feels deja-vu, I like this castle for many reasons, a white castle is quite rare and does look good, as opposed to the norm, there are no knights, horses, it s not even really medieval, lots of green spaces, the white trees makes the sum eerie, bravo!
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  August 2, 2012
Please, people, take note: this guy can build!!! I know, right? Well, it's true. This massive thing (and Tyler's Red Castle) made my chessboard look like someone spilled some bricks between the two and forgot to clean them up! =) AWESOME job on this, Chris, absolutely top notch!~H
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  August 2, 2012
Quoting Achintya Prasad It must have really used up your white parts! Just how many parts did you use on this one MOC?
Not a clue... If I had to hazard a guess I'd say more than 7,000 but probably less than 10,000. But that's just an uneducated guess... and no, I didn't mispeak there. TOTALLY UNeducated. haha Thanks! ~ Chris.
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  August 2, 2012
It must have really used up your white parts! Just how many parts did you use on this one MOC?
Chris Phipson
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Chris Melby
  July 19, 2012
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. Congratulations on your success. Chris
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  July 18, 2012
That's a gorgeous castle. Awesome job.
Chris Phipson
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Mark E
  July 2, 2012
"My little contribution for the BW collaboration" What did you say?? Little!!! Yikes if this is a just a little part of the collaboration that I am really interested in seeing a large contribution. Nice work man, it is good to see that you are uesing some of the white pieces that you got for the minis tirith MOC last year. I really liked how you made the tower round, I have seen it done before but the scale that you made it was pretty cool. Keep up the building, I really hope to get to the Brick World convention someday to see all of you guys works of art.
  July 1, 2012
I always forget how beautiful lego castles can look.
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  July 1, 2012
wow!! nice building!!!
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  June 30, 2012
I LOVE IT that is a fantastic build. i mean its very good design and archutecture its a good build man. great job
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  June 30, 2012
Awesome!!!! 5/5
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  June 30, 2012
Wow! Stunning castle! Beautiful trees :)
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  June 29, 2012
Quoting Büürli Burri This castle is really cool =D I especially like the red flowers and the white tree leaves with pink flowers on them. This gives an amazing effect, but it doesn't work that well with the castle, which is plain white. With some red/pink mosaics or details this could look much more cooler. =) But maybe, that's just me. ;) (I've never built a castle in such a scale, so I don't have any experience with it.)
Thanks for your input and you're probably right about adding in colors. But since this castle was inspired by the movie version, which is juuust about all white with some highlight colors, this particular castle had to stick with the basic white scheme... but I'll take your advice for other projects in the future! Thanks! And thanks to everyone else for the awesome comments! ~ Chris.
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  June 29, 2012
Fantastic! Nice to see a really elaborated MOC by you!
Chris Phipson
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Büürli Burri
  June 28, 2012
This castle is really cool =D I especially like the red flowers and the white tree leaves with pink flowers on them. This gives an amazing effect, but it doesn't work that well with the castle, which is plain white. With some red/pink mosaics or details this could look much more cooler. =) But maybe, that's just me. ;) (I've never built a castle in such a scale, so I don't have any experience with it.)
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  June 28, 2012
AWESOME!
  June 28, 2012
This is just awesome. I haven't been very active here since the 2011 MOCathalon, I need to get back into the swing of things. Freakin' amazing work Chris.
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  June 28, 2012
Chris, I'm speech-less! Absolutely amazing!
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  June 26, 2012
Amazing! I saw you at Brickworld, although I did not know that it was you at first! I saw this creation there too! I love the trees! I never new that they made white ones of those tree pieces! The castle in itself is Superb! A spectacular creation! I am totally, uncontrollably, AWED! Great job! Keep up the STUPENDOUS work!
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  June 26, 2012
Extremely well done.
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  June 26, 2012
Great work.
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  June 26, 2012
Love it!
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  June 25, 2012
Wonderful, i love the trees, the details en the princess. Just outstanding! 5/5
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  June 24, 2012
I've had the great pleasure of seeing different states of this MOC and sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is the case here. Breathtakingly beautiful.
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  June 23, 2012
I'm just speechless, right now. This is AMAZING. I think it just became my all-time favorite creation. :O
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  June 22, 2012
Wow. I saw this on Nannan's video and had to come look. Really pretty. Sometimes starting over is the key. see ya. garth
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  June 22, 2012
Wow Chris! It's truly out of this world!
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  June 22, 2012
Phiptastic! Absolutely stunning. I love the patterns the cherry blossom trees make from above. Even though there wasn't running commentary while I absorbed this build's beauty, your little blonde tour guide did fine in your place. Lol superb build. ~cheers
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  June 21, 2012
Awesome build! Great work on the circular towers and arches. And the foliage is good too.
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  June 21, 2012
Wow! The building is amazing! But the grass is bare. I don't think this is a good rate but, 4/5.
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  June 21, 2012
Wow, suberb creation.
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  June 20, 2012
freaky awesome! a little bit different to the "normal" castles here - but i think that's it! anusual builts are mostley the best! and they need time to built... incredible work! and the white trees are spectacular!
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  June 20, 2012
Lovely work. It totally makes up for your inactivity over the past few months and it was so awesome to see it in person. I'll check back in another six months to see if that tub is sorted...
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  June 20, 2012
Superb work Chris. Now I see what was keeping you so busy the last few months. Just be careful, once you build in white, you never go back. Or maybe that was just me.
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  June 20, 2012
Me likey.
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  June 20, 2012
masterfully... i like such unusal builts very well! in fact of the result; the time you've spent on this is invested really well! awesome work! the curves, the textures, the white trees!!! love it !
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  June 20, 2012
Epic Chris! I so want to come up for Brickworld, but don't think it's possible with our budget. Post lots of pics.
  June 20, 2012
Quality over quantity, huh? (In terms of # of mocs) Gorgeous castle! (p.s. I asked a question in your Mocpages Advice thing, could you please answer it? Thanks)
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  June 20, 2012
Gee, you don't seem to build much, but when you do build, you really build! Awesome job Chris, can't wait for your recap post :)
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  June 20, 2012
Very nice, I'm not a fan of alice in wonderland (more like a hater actually) but that castle looks cool, I like those trees and the chess patern all over.
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  June 20, 2012
Chris, this was a phenomenal build, and I hope some folks start understanding that you have a great talent hidden underneath your playful exterior. Oh by the way.....don't forget to check the e-brake! :P
Chris Phipson
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White Knight
  June 19, 2012
Stunning Job ! Such a lovely lego scene, so surreal !>.....well done
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  June 19, 2012
Just add a chess army and you're all set. :)
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  June 19, 2012
Great job Phipson!
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  June 19, 2012
You have a real talent for doll houses don't you Phipsy?...seriously tho, this is a brilliant build man, the structure is very regal looking and the layout gives a great sense of power and presence. Awesome stuff mate!
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  June 19, 2012
Wow Chris again this is a Masterpiece!!! I can only say this, it was a pleasure to see it in person at BrickWorld. Wow, Wow, Wow!!! One of my favorite displays by far. Keep it up and hope to see you next year at the convention. Could I ask a favor of you? I am really trying to get my project as a real lego set on CUUSOO, its the TRON LIGHT CYCLE. You might have seen it at Brickworld this past weekend. Here is a link to my page if your interested http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/15895 . If you can't I understand. It's always a pleasure Chris and again keep up the good work.
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  June 19, 2012
Wow this is sooooo beautiful amazing wonderful and all those other words!!!
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  June 19, 2012
Not bad, not bad - I kid: this is fabulous! So many great techniques in this baby. The back-drop isn't too shabby either :) Well done!
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  June 19, 2012
wow amazing work i like it so much
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  June 19, 2012
Dear Lord... Chris this is a masterpiece. The fact you scrapped a false start suggests it, the end product punctuates it. Stunning. The amount of twists and turns in the towers, roofs and corridors tells of high skill and rare patience and endeavor. I was wondering when you were going to post next, and wow was this worth the wait. The trees are glorious, and I just loved that shot of the princess through the arch window. White gold!
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  June 19, 2012
Extraordinary work
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  June 19, 2012
i am not a castle guy but this is cool in both architecture and foliage - great overall build!
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  June 19, 2012
All the little nooks and alcoves with flowers and ivy, vines and beauty -- yep, has to be the White Queen! Gorgeous!
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  June 19, 2012
Epic!
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  June 19, 2012
Very nice! Quite basic but very cleanly done. I like the trees and the angled roofs especially. --Blast--
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  June 19, 2012
I didn't think you had it in you to build something this big. I simpliy wouldn't have the patience for it. Great castle, I won't easily forget it.
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  June 19, 2012
Lovely and amazing! I especially like the scalloped effect that can be seen created by the precise placement of the white trees! :)
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  June 19, 2012
A beautiful job brother! Thank you for allowing me to contribute some small design ideas through parts suggestions. I would agree with Mark - your best build to date. Lee.
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  June 19, 2012
Beautiful gardens.
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  June 19, 2012
We've talked about this a lot already, but just to go public with it here...Your best castle build yet! The design on this is exquisite. I can't wait to hear about this year's BW in all it's glory. Talk to ya soon, my friend. Meanwhile - BEAUTIFUL work!
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  June 19, 2012
Superb! The mix of white leaves with pink flowers creates a beautiful cohesive shade at this scale, brilliant idea! I'm in awe of the size of this thing, and the architecture is masterful. Great work!
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  June 19, 2012
This is awesome Chris! I saw it and Tyler's castle in some of Nannan's photos on Flickr and loved both builds. You had been hinting for months about round towers and a big build, this was definitely worth the wait!
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  June 19, 2012
Hey Chris! It was awesome to see this in person at Brickworld, and it was great meeting you too! As for the build, top notch stuff. I especially like the "in-build"/close up pics. It gives even more insight on all the detail you put into this creation; small stuff the average person would have missed at Brickworld. (Yes, I'm average). Well done!
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  June 19, 2012
Intense build here, Boss! Some great pics, too, they really highlight the detailing. And shinny: Did you polish the whole thing or what? Awesome job!
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  June 19, 2012
Looks magical. -LB Senior
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  June 19, 2012
All white looks great. It is very charming! An excellent castle indeed. Well done!
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  June 19, 2012
Fantastic! Lots of cool techniques and shapes! I've got to get some of those tree parts! Awesome work!
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  June 19, 2012
Gorgeous! love the vines and trees.
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  June 19, 2012
Brilliant stuff Chris! Its always great to see a creation from the Mods. Glad you had fun at BW!
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  June 19, 2012
Great job! Who's following you around in all the pictures? :P
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  June 19, 2012
This castle is cool, but for some reason I thought that the red and white one was cooler. Missed the name of that builder though. In all seriousness, great build. I can't wait until next year.
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  June 19, 2012
Quoting Toa Infernum Where did you get that white hair piece shown in the picture that's 7th from the bottom? I would really like to know, I can't find it anywhere in white!
No, you can't find it. It's custom.
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  June 19, 2012
Nice! I love all the plants and the sheer size! Where did you get that white hair piece shown in the picture that's 7th from the bottom? I would really like to know, I can't find it anywhere in white!
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  June 19, 2012
Really nice work here Chris! It pained me to see you flip it onto the ground on Sunday though!
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  June 19, 2012
Chris, This is a wonderful asymmetric build. But I'd like to highlight your presentation and photography. Great job keeping the minifig in all the shots for a sense of scale and the pictures you took are fantastic. ~Dave
 
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