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Estuary Stronghold: Build Journal #2
About this creation
This project is now one month underway. Started on December 31st: Journal #1

After spending some time reviewing the Stronghold, my conclusion is that the orginal was 112x112 studs. Unfortunately, my table is only big enough to support 96x112 studs. I've decided to build the original structure to scale, and skimp on the perimeter activities.



For the side towers, I'm working on a spikey kind of tower to give it a medievil look. I've ordered about 1,000 new old grey pieces from bricklink, so hopefully that is enough for the mottled walls.



The build is pretty complicated. It involves a ramp starting at the entrance and winding its way around the perimeter until an upper level. The middle base, where all the buildings sit is going to be flat and about 4 burps high.



Under the rocks, I'm working on a hidden waterfall area. The challenge here is going to be allowing natural light from above into the cave so that the photography will look decent. We'll see how that works out.

The base plates are the new dark tan color (thank you indiana jones sets. Erik Brok used a lot of color changes in photoshop to make the main photo look great. Most of these nice colors weren't available back then. The new medievil market has 40x of 2x1 dark tans, which were really helpful in filling in the slots.



From the top, you can see my new light trans blue tiles. Ordered from the UK. This worked out pretty nice on the beach front. I think next time I make a waterfall, I'll try using these as transition pieces (thanks to Mark for the idea)




I didn't make as much progress as I was hoping in January. Perhaps February I'll have more time to build. I'm planning on another update in a month.



Comments

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  February 13, 2009
you never stop to amaze me with your skillz in lego building.
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  February 4, 2009
Quoting Clan Father Tom Olivieri: S.C. Professor, when you build, do you just build as you go along, or is there some sort of awesome technique to building beasties like this?
Yes, in fact there is awesome technique that I follow when building. It is kind of the Karate Chop of lego. I detailed this in a previous moc: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/69032
  February 4, 2009
Professor, when you build, do you just build as you go along, or is there some sort of awesome technique to building beasties like this?
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  February 4, 2009
Quoting Makuta Bane . why is your fig smoking?
Let me try this again: He's getting ready to swim and wants to be like Michael Phelps.
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  February 4, 2009
I am officially STOKED to see this completed. And the journal entries just wet the appitite even more. The trees are a real standout to me. February is a short month so get building! ~ Chris.
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  February 4, 2009
its really comin together now :)
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  February 4, 2009
Quoting Makuta Bane . why is your fig smoking?
He is supposed to be intellectual. Why does sherlock holmes smoke a pipe?
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  February 4, 2009
Great, as ever, Professor. As previously mentioned, great water, and the transitions are great all around! The castle is looking great, too! I'm wondering, though, why is your fig smoking?
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  February 3, 2009
It looks like we have a splendid castle on its way. Of course, I love little Eggplant Figgy; he reminds me of a little professor of my own . . . keep up the excellent progress!
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  February 3, 2009
Oh my goodness! So great! Awesome layout to your design. Very detailed! Wow!
Eggy Pop
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Legion of Doom
  February 2, 2009
Always love a build journal.
  February 2, 2009
Wow! This is quite the build you have going on here! Can't wait to see February's edition!-Tom
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  February 2, 2009
Amazing, and to think that this one part will turn into that! Incrediable! Now only if you taught lego building, that would be a class I'd enjoy. anyways great work so far your one of your fans, ~CTF
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  February 2, 2009
Quoting Sebeus I btw, great use of the rock raiders windshield as a balcony (on the main pic)
I think that part is neat as well. However, I'm probably going to go a different direction than Eric did... something more sturdy?
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  February 2, 2009
Incredible.
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  February 2, 2009
Lookin' awesome! ~LL
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  February 2, 2009
btw, great use of the rock raiders windshield as a balcony (on the main pic)
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  February 2, 2009
Mad and beautiful WIP !
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  February 2, 2009
WOW, that body of water looks really nice, this creation is really shaping up!
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  February 2, 2009
Very good! Keep it up. You did very well building the beach front.
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  February 2, 2009
Lookin' good, lookin' good... Good day
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  February 2, 2009
This sort of stuff is why you are one of my favourite builders, can't wait to see the finished product.
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  February 2, 2009
The water looks zo realistic, haha, I like that power miner working on the scene, I can't wait for the final journal
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  February 2, 2009
Cool! I really like how you use the trans-blue plates for the water. This is turning out really nice. I wish I had enough bricks for that sort of project. Great job!!
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  February 1, 2009
going great!!! love the water and the trees on the outside!!!
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  February 1, 2009
Coming along fine. I to do like many of the new colors. Not that I use them much. I just like hording them in plastic buckets. I'm curious to see what you do for internal bracing. I have a tentancy to pack lots of bricks in and it's heavy but solid. see ya in a month. garth
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  February 1, 2009
Great start! I love the water, especially at the shore. Can't wait to see it finished!
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  February 1, 2009
Looking great, Brian. The trans. lght. blue tiles are making for a really nice transition from the look of deeper water to the shallows. And now we've got variations in tans and greens as well for earth and foliage work. (Three cheers to LEGO for giving us more organic color variations!). Anyway, looking terrific. I'm enjoying the journal entries immensely. Keep em coming!
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  February 1, 2009
Man, I was just thinking about this today!! I'm already loving what you've done so far. Those light trans-blue tiles are working great and as always, your trees rock. =)
 
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