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Final Stronghold
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Fortress Treantle, once home to thousands of Dwarves and Elves. The castle now contains the Hall of Mages where the council makes decisions to affect all of Bardavve. The massive complex is nearly empty at this time, though should war fall upon Bardavve the walls shall shelter every refugee and serve as the final stronghold against invasion.
This is my second micro-scale castle, and I really enjoy the genre. I tried to focus on the rockwork with this one, something that I usually don't spend much time on.



The front. The MOC is about 28x44 studs, making it somewhat large compared to most microcastles I've seen. I inadvertently followed the old Eggy Pop-ism "Castle, on a rock, with a waterfall."



A dragon turtle attacks a large trading vessel. The beasts are a nuisance, but they deter invading fleets.



A smaller ship is unsure whether to aid his comrade or flee. It has already been unloaded at the wharf.



Here's some of that rockwork that I had been talking about.



Thanks to using a variety of SNOT techniques I ended up with a few 1/4 plate offsets that were fun to deal with...



A sandy beach and dunes.



Bird's eye view, it shows the water nicely.



The stronghold.



The door to Fortress Treantle is far too large for any human, and people enter through smaller doors built into the bottom. However, the decorative door is easily visible by sea and a truly imposing site. The two massive statues are equally as imposing, and each stair leading to the door is actually a small flight of stairs.



The council hall is an ancient and colossal edifice that has withstood many centuries. Dozens of powerful mages call it their home.



I tried making the towers from technic elements to add a bit more detail; I rather like how they turned out.



The castle's interior. The black bit is a podium so that one mage can present a speech to many onlookers at once. The large fountain to the right is large enough to be a swimming pool, and built from a Blake Baer technique. There are four doors leading into the mountain, although they are not visible in any of my photos due to their awkward placement.



A terrace overlooks the complex from high in the mountain side, and the symbol of the Bardavve Council is shown above it.



A large evergreen forest lines the coast, its tall trees home to many rangers and druids.



A small village with a blacksmith, inn/tavern, general store, and a few homesteads.



The final photo of the final stronghold. Thanks for stopping by, and kudos if you actually read though all that.



Comments

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  August 13, 2013
exelent :-)
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  April 29, 2013
Incredible work all around... There are so many details I love. The dragon-turtle is inspired and the rockwork is intricate and wonderful (I can share your pain as to those tricky SNOT offsets). The sideways headlight bricks are genius as well; a very clever technique for the houses! Fine, fine build!
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  December 5, 2012
nice piece, plenty of cool tricks and techniques all around!
  November 23, 2012
Exhilarating! What you wrenched out of bricks is great! Most i like the complex appearance of the stronghold as well as the whole landscape.
LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
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Lucas .
  September 2, 2012
Magnificent work! I am a really big fan of the way you made the water, it looks very cool. And the stronghold itself is also a magnificent sight!
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  August 30, 2012
What an inspiring, well laid out stronghold, great micro scaling and detailing. Well done
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  August 27, 2012
Great job in microscale
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  August 26, 2012
this is awesome! the amount of detail is truly amazing and i love how the micro stuff looks!
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  August 25, 2012
Quoting Yuri Fassio This will go straight in the 2013 MOCies for Best Nanoscale.
Thanks, I can only hope! ;)
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  August 25, 2012
Quoting Cody G Wow, truly amazing work! The stronghold itself is brilliant, and the rockwork is great too. My favorite is the dragon turtle though, just because it's a very atypical sea monster. I wonder how one would taste...
Thanks! And it tastes like broccoli. ;)
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  August 24, 2012
Really laid out nicely. Lots of great details like the dock and fortress.
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  August 24, 2012
Beautiful work. I agree with Yuri.
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  August 23, 2012
This will go straight in the 2013 MOCies for Best Nanoscale.
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  August 23, 2012
Wow, truly amazing work! The stronghold itself is brilliant, and the rockwork is great too. My favorite is the dragon turtle though, just because it's a very atypical sea monster. I wonder how one would taste...
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  August 23, 2012
T'rific scale on this!
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  August 23, 2012
Very impressive castle indeed. :D
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  August 23, 2012
Very impressive and outstanding work!
LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
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General Asher S.
  August 22, 2012
This is one of the best Micro-Castles I've seen in a long time!
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  August 22, 2012
Stunningly Super SNOT! (And I admit to awesome alliteration) ;) Sensational!
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  August 22, 2012
Lovin' the dragon turtle, but the parts usage all around is impeccable. Great work!
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  August 22, 2012
Tons of cool stuff here, Chief! Great micro!
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  August 22, 2012
Incredible work!!!!
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  August 22, 2012
Wow! I really like the rock work and the forest! Not to mention the castle is way cool.
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  August 22, 2012
Nice one, I love the rock work and the dragon turtle.
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  August 22, 2012
Awesome! I especially like the technic towers and the micro ships. :)
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  August 22, 2012
This is a fantastic micro build! I love it, so much to feast the eyes on in such a cool scale!
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  August 22, 2012
Yup, an outstanding work. Love that architecture.
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  August 22, 2012
Brilliant!!
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  August 22, 2012
Very nice! Lots of excellent details in here! I like the idea of using one of the 1x1 round tiles as the wheel for the water mill. Overall, it's another fantastic creation! Aside from the "Beast" of course :P
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  August 22, 2012
Truly awesome! Congrats!
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  August 22, 2012
Excellent part usuage! I Especially like the rocks and the use of the clips for the crenalations.
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  August 22, 2012
No kudos is needed for reading to the end of the description, there are so many fascinating details packed into this MOC. It needs the creator to point them all out. The technic towers, the battlement details, the little huts, the colours in the sea... A clever and very creative bit of building.
LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
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Thoy Bradley
  August 21, 2012
This is excellent. My fav detail has to be the water wheel, so simple and yet so effective. The overall quality of this build only multiplies how far I think you have come as a builder in the last year. A huge well done! Keep going like this and your builds will be remembered for a very long time. ~Thoy
LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
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Chris Melby
  August 21, 2012
THe combat situation between the ship and the beast is really "Micro" cool!" Z
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  August 21, 2012
That is some excellent microscale work!
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  August 21, 2012
I absolutely adore this! I love micro scale and this is sooo detailed! I say this a lot but, I want one!
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  August 21, 2012
Oh my, this is wonderful! Spectacular job on all of the micro-details, it turned out great.
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  August 21, 2012
Quoting Everyone Else
Thanks, your comments are much appreciated!
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  August 21, 2012
Quoting Thoy Bradley This is excellent. My fav detail has to be the water wheel, so simple and yet so effective. The overall quality of this build only multiplies how far I think you have come as a builder in the last year. A huge well done! Keep going like this and your builds will be remembered for a very long time. ~Thoy
Thanks, that means a lot. I'm also glad that you like the waterwheel, it's pretty much the only piece that would work at this scale.
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  August 21, 2012
Quoting Medieval Guy Great job on the water! The stronghold itself is excellent, and the rocks are good too (I know what you mean about the 1/4 plate offsets - no fun!). Also, I really like the look of the forest, probably because of the unevenness of it.
Thanks, I used up all of my green jumpers trying to make the forest irregular.
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  August 21, 2012
Quoting Tim C More beauty, Luke. The rock work looks great, and I like the water. It had to have been difficult to get this much detail into a micro build. The sea monster is so effective for such a simple design. I'll tell you, though, what dropped my jaw on this one was the architectural work. Especially all the ornamentation you were able to do. It was put together so masterfully that it took a second look before I realized that I recognized every piece that you used.
Thanks Tim, great to hear from you.
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  August 21, 2012
Quoting Ben King Wow! Lots of NPUs in here! I especially like how you included the waterwheel on the mill and the stairs technique. Also the snoted rockwork is quite impressive. I hope to see more like this!
Thanks, chances are that I'll be returning to the genre in the future, so stay tuned!
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  August 21, 2012
Quoting George Marshall This is outstanding! All of the small detail, the water, the rock work, the castle ( especially the castle), and every thing else just astounds me! Kudos to you, and to me because I read all of that!
Thanks, and kudos! ;)
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  August 21, 2012
Quoting Lego Builders Ah...I've been expecting this. Nice job. I really like the merging between land and sea. The water seems a bit to symmetrical though with the squarish look. Dragon turtle? Nice micro ships! -LB Senior
Thanks! I agree about the water, I'll try to figure something else out next time. And Dragon Turtles are from Dungeons & Dragons. ;)
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  August 21, 2012
Great work!
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  August 21, 2012
I like turtles, and I like dragons, therefore I like your dragon turtle. =P The rest of the microscale is good, especially the stairs and the rocky bits. The forest is also nice, what with its various shades of greenery. Proper stuff.
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  August 21, 2012
Wow, this is just breathtaking! For a micro-scale creation this is stunning! The water looks excellent, I really like how you made the color tone of it change as it got further and further away from land! Brilliant use of parts! Well done, Luke:)
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  August 21, 2012
Wow, this is pretty sweet! That rockwork must have been a bear to get right, but it looks fantastic now. Great work with all of the aspects of this: the ships, turtle, and, of course, the castle. You've really got a thing for microscale!
 I like it 
  August 21, 2012
Great job on the water! The stronghold itself is excellent, and the rocks are good too (I know what you mean about the 1/4 plate offsets - no fun!). Also, I really like the look of the forest, probably because of the unevenness of it.
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  August 21, 2012
Suuuuuper cool! Love every part of it, these mini scenes always look great. :)
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  August 21, 2012
Lovely build as always, LCV!
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  August 21, 2012
Um, not really sure what to say about this moc. Every single aspect is simply outstanding.
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  August 21, 2012
More beauty, Luke. The rock work looks great, and I like the water. It had to have been difficult to get this much detail into a micro build. The sea monster is so effective for such a simple design. I'll tell you, though, what dropped my jaw on this one was the architectural work. Especially all the ornamentation you were able to do. It was put together so masterfully that it took a second look before I realized that I recognized every piece that you used.
 I like it 
  August 21, 2012
Wow! Lots of NPUs in here! I especially like how you included the waterwheel on the mill and the stairs technique. Also the snoted rockwork is quite impressive. I hope to see more like this!
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  August 21, 2012
Wow! Very nice! Very well built at such a small scale. The little details are fantastic. Overall, a very good moc. --Blast--
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  August 21, 2012
Fantastic work! :D
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  August 21, 2012
WOW! great PU! loving the rockwork- great miniscale designs!
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  August 21, 2012
This is outstanding! All of the small detail, the water, the rock work, the castle ( especially the castle), and every thing else just astounds me! Kudos to you, and to me because I read all of that!
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  August 21, 2012
Your best micro-build yet! Lovely work Luke! using the claw for the dragon head was a great idea.
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  August 21, 2012
Quoting Eric 'Hawk' Mickle Microscale is definitely a strong point for you. >Eric
A year ago I never would have thought that, I didn't even like Micro. But now, whole different story. Thanks!
 I like it 
  August 21, 2012
Ah...I've been expecting this. Nice job. I really like the merging between land and sea. The water seems a bit to symmetrical though with the squarish look. Dragon turtle? Nice micro ships! -LB Senior
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  August 21, 2012
Microscale is definitely a strong point for you. >Eric
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  August 21, 2012
Excellent pieces usage! :D
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  August 21, 2012
Awesome build! The rock-work is stunning!
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  August 21, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith Is the water made of ice scorpion hide? Love the buildings and the turtle.
Yes, he melted. ;( Thanks!
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  August 21, 2012
Thanks everyone!
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  August 21, 2012
That is simply amazing, great detail in a micro scale, and i love the water technique that you used
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  August 21, 2012
Dragon turtle.... There's something I've not heard before haha. Great build
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  August 21, 2012
Is the water made of ice scorpion hide? Love the buildings and the turtle.
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  August 21, 2012
Stunning, simply stunning... I absolutely love how you added detail under the water, (That was my favorite part of the build.) And that sea turtle!! And the castle, the waterfall, the village...
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  August 21, 2012
Looks great! I love the wharf!
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  August 21, 2012
Awesome! Great water technique! The giant turtle is great too!
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  August 21, 2012
Cool! I especially like that water!
 
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