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Waterford Point - A Medieval Arena and Fortress
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Waterford Point - A Medieval Arena and Fortress
About this creation
BASIC FACTS
This creation is about 3 feet tall, 5 feet long, and 3.5 feet wide (4 x 5 base plates.). It took me 6 months to build and an awful lot of money. It is entirely modular so the interiors of all buildings and all levels can be viewed. The MOC rests on a 4x8 piece of reinforced plywood. When I need to transport it all, I simply remove a few flags and tree limbs, stick the whole thing in the back of my truck, and drive very slowly! I’m a 5th grade teacher, so I currently have it on display in my elementary school. The students seem to enjoy it. ☺

QUICK SYNOPSIS
The king of a budding territory wanted a castle on par with rival states – one that would depict his rising power and status. But as a fledgling territory the financial means for such a building was not readily available. So he designed a structure that would pay for itself over time.
He started with a state of the art prison. Other realms pay a fee to house their most vicious criminals there. Then he has these prisoners fight in the arena so he can generate revenue from admission prices and food and drink sales. His prime location along popular road routes and a major estuary, combined with a large, open space on the top floor of the main building, makes possible further income from the warehousing of goods.

THE PRISON SECTION:
In its 3 stories, there are 23 two-man cells for severe criminals and 2 large holding areas for lesser criminals. Each story has a guard’s quarters and a primitive bathroom. The main floor guard station also serves as the check in area with all the paperwork. Intermittently, there are solitary confinement cells and storage closets for firewood, cleaning supplies, etc. There is also a treatment area for prisoners injured in the arena, a massive food pantry, a kitchen, and storage areas in the cellar. 10 guards staff it at all times.

THE ARENA SECTION
The arena floor is sand to absorb blood and make clean up easy. Here, prisoners fight each other or various creatures for a chance at freedom, are tortured, or are executed – all to the delight of the crowd. The bleachers on either side seat the general public. These seats are accessed via the blue or yellow staircases in the prison building or the red and white staircases located in the main building. (Stairways are color coded to facilitate the finding of seats.) Atop the bleachers on one side is the referee stand. Atop the other is the bell tower that announces start times, end times, deaths, etc. Beneath the general seating area are the bathrooms and food and drink vendors.

THE MAIN BUILDING
The bottom floor is wide open to allow the storage of all death and torture devices (explained later). It also houses a holding cell for arena creatures, a morgue for arena casualties, and the executioners’ office.
On the second floor there is a cozy tavern and box seating for wealthier clientele. The 2-story entrance/foyer is also located on this level, creating a grand entrance and allowing guests to avoid the ugliness of the first floor storage area. There are coat closets and a bathroom nearby. Finally, the kitchen facilities and food pantry are located on this level.
The third floor has additional box seating, including the king’s box, which is the nicest of them all. There is also a bathroom, a small library, a lounge, and the dining hall.
Above this there is the warehouse. It has a general storage area and more secure area for precious items. For this purpose, the latter section has safes, locked chests, etc. (Pics of these areas are not included because I have too many pics as it is!) There are cranes on both ends of the building to bring up supplies from the road and water routes. These cranes actually operate through use of some fancy gearing concealed within.
The next level in the central tower is a cocktail area that over looks the arena. And above that are the king’s quarters with his bed. (Not pictured for the same reason as before.) The two white towers also open up (not pictured) to expose stained glass windows, maps, and a globe.

INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH AND TORTURE
- Guillotine –Fold down the board and strap the body to it. Turn the crank and the blade actually drops.
- Impaler – fold down the board to lay the victim upon it. Turn the crank and the wheel of blades actually spins into the person.
- Rack – Victim is strapped in, chains are attached to legs and hands,. Cranks are turned and the victim is stretched unmercifully.
- Gladiator Racks – Racks are set at each end of the arena – one for each gladiator. Each has a variety of weapons ranging from defensive shields, bludgeoning weapons, swords, and longer ranged axes and spears. There are also 2 barricades set out for gladiators to use to their advantage.
- Gallows – They are unfolded after exiting the storage area. 4 victims can be hung at once. Victims stand on the barrels, executioners kick out the barrels from beneath them, and death commences.
- Wall of Spikes – The victim is strapped in and the spikes are pressed against them. Again, this actually works by turning the crank.
- Gutting station – Consists of a gurney and cart full of painful implements. As in Brave Heart, the victim is strapped down and the executioners torture him before ultimately decapitating him.
- Clean up Cart – All this carnage is messy! To clean it up this cart is equipped with barrels of water, a basin to put severed limbs, buckets, brooms, shovels, etc.
- Arena Creature - This week it’s a cave troll. Next week it could be a warg, a dragon, a bear…. You never know what the executioner has picked for you until you enter the arena.

THINGS THAT MIGHT GO UNNOTICED
A prisoner has dug a hole through the floor of his cell and tunneled his way to freedom.
There may actually be more red bricks used on this MOC than any other color. I used them for the foundation for everything. Most sections are raised at least 4 bricks off the base plates.
I built the entire structure first, and then built the landscaping around it. I’m still contemplating whether or not this is the best approach. Suggestions, anyone?
Using plates instead of sloped bricks for roofs and the bleacher floor was VERY difficult. And it required a complex technic skeleton. But I did this because I felt it gave me more slope angles, allowed for more complex rooflines, and because I simply didn’t have enough slopes!
The crown molding (or whatever its called) used throughout the structure is perhaps my favorite part. It took a lot of experimenting and hundreds of white jumper plates and cheese wedge slopes!


CLOSING COMMENTS
The building of interiors impacted the appearance of the exteriors. And it consumed lots of pieces! Perhaps next time I will focus on one or the other, instead of both.
That being said, I love building interiors! They are what require most thought and planning. I took great time and pride in making sure all stairways connected, every chimney carried through levels as they should, all bathroom vents line up amongst multiple floors, etc. I made floor plans that I thought were logical. For example, in the prison I spent a lot of time making the structure secure and easy to guard. In the arena, I toiled to make egress and exit feasible for large crowds through the stands, in and out of vendor areas, etc. For the main building, I worked hard to make things fancy for the richer guests.
I cant resist the temptation to build big! I just have too many ideas. Sometimes my detail and overall quality suffers as a result. One day I plan to go smaller and put the emphasis on detail and realism, as done masterfully by my favorite mocpages builder, Luke Watkins.
Building is fun. Photographing is boring. Photoshopping around individual studs, tree foliage, and flags is excruciating! Never again! Next time I will photograph with a white background and powerful lights, hoping to eliminate the need to photoshop.

NOTE: Sorry no captions on the pix and for not breaking up this writing to go with the pix. I tried and tried but wasn't able to.








































































Comments

 I like it 
  November 4, 2013
Awesome! I like the cave troll and entrance. Great job!
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  November 3, 2013
Quoting Anthony De Wynter Hey Anthony, Thanks for your kind comments on both my MOC and my daughter! I have good news regarding both. My daughter completed her 2.5 years of treatment just last month, and I'm in the process of creating another massive MOC.
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  November 2, 2013
Hello mate! Many thanks for your comments... And welcome back from the dark ages, lol. Also don't worry as there are plenty of blokes nearing 40 who have rediscovered the plastic brick! Me being one of them. I hope your daughter is doing okay too? The build is amazing by the way and huge! Loads of detail and very well designed. Impressive mate! Well done...
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  November 2, 2013
Wonderful job with this. Lovely.
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  September 15, 2013
I love the feasting hall
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  August 17, 2013
Excellent design, I like it.
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  July 11, 2013
Quoting Subix V. So many details even in interior. I like round corners on many locations. Roofs are nice too. White 'truss' is interesting choice of color.
Thanks so much! Truly appreciate it.
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  July 11, 2013
So many details even in interior. I like round corners on many locations. Roofs are nice too. White 'truss' is interesting choice of color.
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  May 18, 2013
great effort
  May 13, 2013
Awesome build mate! Great detail on the torture weapons.
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  May 13, 2013
Quoting Isaac The Nobody.... Sorry, we try to ask... We will next time! Ok, I'll put your name on! (In the next day or 2!)
Thanks so much. I truly appreciate everything and am excited to be in your group.
Matt G-ria
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Emerald Knight
  May 12, 2013
Exciting lego !>.....well done
  May 12, 2013
Sorry, we try to ask... We will next time! Ok, I'll put your name on! (In the next day or 2!)
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  May 12, 2013
This is just massive! I love all the details you have; the guillotine and circular fountains stand out the most. Epic work!
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  May 9, 2013
You got MOC of the week at i Brick! Yay! for you! http://i-brick.weebly.com/mocs.html
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  May 9, 2013
Wow!
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  May 8, 2013
Wow...uh...impressive! I especially liked the *working* torture implements. >:D
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  May 6, 2013
I'm speechless. Incredible work.
  May 6, 2013
This is a great build! I love all the exterior and interior detail! I definitely agree with Ru's comment; it would certainly be hard to concentrate with this in the room. :D
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  May 6, 2013
Quoting Ru Corder So nice! The architecture has a wonderful 17th century French feel to it. The details are also spot on, and the torture devices are great. In fifth grade I would have adored this so much, I think you'd have had trouble getting me me to do any schoolwork with this in the classroom :-P
Thanks so much. Comments like yours and the others make the hundreds of hours and dollars worthwhile! 99% of the students love and respect the exhibit. But I noticed today that someone has stolen 12 minifigures. Very disappointing But I suppose the temptation of 100 minifigf was too great for 1st-5th grade boys to resist for that long lol.
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  May 6, 2013
So nice! The architecture has a wonderful 17th century French feel to it. The details are also spot on, and the torture devices are great. In fifth grade I would have adored this so much, I think you'd have had trouble getting me me to do any schoolwork with this in the classroom :-P
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  May 6, 2013
Amazing castle! Fantastic job!
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  May 6, 2013
Phenomenal work, that's one massive fortress!
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  May 6, 2013
really excellent build! great details!
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  May 4, 2013
Wow. Excellent design - I appreciate the thought you've put into your interior layout, and the detailing on the exterior of the structure is fantastic. Well made (if grisly!) implements of torture too. I thought it must have been a CAD at first but I'm really impressed that you've actually built this behemoth!
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  May 3, 2013
Sweet details! Great job :)
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  May 3, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree I AM ENTERTAINED!!! This is wonderous in detail and texture AND subject. The architecture is stunning and logical. I even like the cave troll ready to munch on a prisoner and the clean-up cart with the arms (I'll assume that goes directly to the troll.) Spectacular scale and style. A real work of art, hope your students think so, as well. BTW a genious form of revenue, I don't see how it could ever fail! ;)
Thanks for the kind words and for taking the time!
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  May 3, 2013
I AM ENTERTAINED!!! This is wonderous in detail and texture AND subject. The architecture is stunning and logical. I even like the cave troll ready to munch on a prisoner and the clean-up cart with the arms (I'll assume that goes directly to the troll.) Spectacular scale and style. A real work of art, hope your students think so, as well. BTW a genious form of revenue, I don't see how it could ever fail! ;)
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  April 30, 2013
Quoting Chris Bramley the bar i really like. and the details in the outer walls i like as well because i think they have elements of fantasy and realism. and the scale is very impressive as well. i do agree with the previous comments about getting more foliage to improve it, but i know myself how expensive it is when you have an idea of a buiold in your head, and you run out of pieces!! all in all though, very impressed!
Thanks for commenting. I will be adding more foliage to the next moc as a result. I wish I had added more to this one. I have tons of foliage still sitting in bins! I was afraid to overdo it
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  April 30, 2013
Quoting Duncan L You've got some really good ideas here. I really enjoyed your incorporation of the large curved wall elements into the castle's walls. Although, the green is a little bright. It just doesn't feel very "medieval" to me. Maybe some darker greens next time and a little more ground foliage. But anyway, still a really awesome build! -Duncan
Good advice - thanks! And thanks for taking the time to comment!
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  April 30, 2013
Impressive layout and size! -LB Senior
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  April 30, 2013
the bar i really like. and the details in the outer walls i like as well because i think they have elements of fantasy and realism. and the scale is very impressive as well. i do agree with the previous comments about getting more foliage to improve it, but i know myself how expensive it is when you have an idea of a buiold in your head, and you run out of pieces!! all in all though, very impressed!
 I like it 
  April 30, 2013
You've got some really good ideas here. I really enjoyed your incorporation of the large curved wall elements into the castle's walls. Although, the green is a little bright. It just doesn't feel very "medieval" to me. Maybe some darker greens next time and a little more ground foliage. But anyway, still a really awesome build! -Duncan
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  April 30, 2013
.... Very nice! I really like the bar. Very simple, but really cool. And the overall look of it is great! Greetings, Elio
 
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