A slice of Castle life - my Brickvention display for 2012 . . A week ago i attended Brickvention, a LEGO con held in my home town of Melbourne. I'd been last year as well, but this was my first time exhibting, so i was pretty nervous. Anyway, i took some pics of my display at BV so here they are. I was working on it pretty much right down to the night before, and broke it up to bring home, so these are the only pics i have of it - sorry in advance for the busy backgrounds!
I called my display “A slice of castle life”. I called it that because i only had enough pieces for a long, thin display, 4.5 by 1 32x32 baseplates to be exact. I wanted to have as many different castle factions in the display as possible, so i had a Lion knight gatehouse, the start of a town with tavern, stables and festival, a underground Wolfpack den (which you can only see from one end) Crown and Dragon knights arriving for a tournament, a viking brewer come to sell his wares, an elf outpost in the forest, a dwarf mine, and a forestman, centaur and werewolf. Phew!
Btw, just in case it isn’t absoloutly clear, i mean “castle life” as in the actual LEGO castle theme and not medieval life in general. So yes, it’s my happy peaceful fantasy world where the worst that happens is that the wolfpack plot to steal someone’s cupcakes or something. (That’s pretty bad, actually. Totes needs a gatehouse and elf outpost to defend against those darstardly cupcake thieves!)
I won a Judge’s choice award for my display, which was a lovely surprise - yay! :D
More pics of the elf outpost. This was my favourite part of the display, i really enjoyed making it, especially the spiral staircase around the tree. I'd love to have a go at making a larger, more intricate elf village someday. :)
Here you can see how the roof from the main "house" in the elf outpost has been adopted (with some modifications!) from the barn roof in the Mill Village Raid. ;) I quite like the interior, although not many ppl noticed it.
The Viking brewer arrives with his bodygaurd/escort.
The visiting knights approach the gatehouse, as village life goes on all around them - fishing, boating, herding goats etc.
A festival is taking place inside the town, to celebrate the upcoming tournament. Here we can see a fortune teller having her palm crossed with silver and a jester performing to the crowd. The tavern in the background is well patronised by locals and visitors alike...
But the town does have it's underworld figures - here is the secret Wolfpack den in the forgotton catacombs beneath the town. What dasterdly deeds are they planning? Are no-one's cupcakes safe from these rascals?? D:
ps. In the distance you can see Jennie Sasson's huuuge Quiddich pitch!
The back side of the display. I didn't count on this side being visible to the public, so the base was originally a riot of rainbow bricks... some quick n' dirty patching work was nessecary to make it presentable! If you look in the tavern you can also see a gatecrasher... who invited him?? ;)
More backside pics.
~~~~~ finis! ~~~~~
And just for fun, this is my display all nicely packed, ready to go to Brickvention...
And this is how i brought it all home! All broken up, ready for a mammoth sort. (Which i'm nearly though now, i'm glad to report) What can i say... BV 2012 was a huge, exhausting but amazingly fun three days, with so many brilliant MOC's to look at and admire, i can't even begin to start. (If you want to check out some of the other BV creations, go to Brickvention - Australia’s premier LEGO convention on Flickr) Can't wait until next year already!
Thanks for looking everyone! :)