Ishii Castle: Building Instructions in HD . . First a disclaimer, this is not a new MOC, but building instructions and a showcase for a few updated HD photos. Please take a look at the original build and feel free to rate and comment on both posts!
Background photo is from here.
The following are the instructions for the cherry tree which received a lot of attention.
The trunk is a pretty standard custom tree shape, but then each available surface is cover by 1x1 flat round bricks with a hole in the top. A randomized group of flexible rods of varying lengths are then inserted into the holes on top and bowed downward. Then 1x1 grippy bricks are used attached upside down onto the flexible rods, alternating angles and colors to add to the organic feel of the construct.
There are actually a few different versions of the roofing technique in this build, the next few photos showcase a few examples of their use. I won't be giving detailed instructions on all of the different adaptations, but I'm sure that it shouldn't be too hard to figure out once you know the basics. Besides, I don't want to take all the mystery out of the build! The top roof on the temple and the keep use a similar technique to the one used on the corners. The walls use the basic technique, and the keep also has certain advanced techniques used on the eves and the wider corners. The wide corner design is also used in the large diagonal section of the wall.
The beauty of this technique, like all of the ones that you will see featured in here, is that it is incredibly modular and supports any size of roof that you may wish to make.
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The diagonal sections of roof required me to place a platform on 1x1 round bricks. I've used this technique a lot with physical bricks in the past, but it was a real pain to use with LDD. Eventually I got pretty good at it, but it isn't my favorite thing to do. The same general design feature is used in the large diagonal section of roof behind the garden.
This is a peek at the inside of the eves.
The skirting was an interesting challenge. The fact that Japanese castles are built on an inclined stack of stones is common knowledge, but not common among lego creations. It is a remarkably tricky thing to achieve in a satisfying way. In the end I just built the whole thing on stilts and then used angled platforms covered in 1x1 smooth bricks with a randomized pattern of 5 colors to simulate stacked stones.
Now that I know about the hide feature, I've used it to show off some of the interior sections. They were never finished, but I like what I had managed to build before the crashes started.
Since the garden also got some aclaim from other builders I added a few more HD pictures.
One of the parts that I had the most fun with, but which was not well portrayed in the original build, was the detail that went into individualizing each samurai warrior.