I intended to post my year two creations for the modular castle system this
week, but after some thinking I decided not to head in that direction as it
seems to be a bit of a time waste.*
I mentioned that the modular system was not something new that I would build
if I worked for lego, but rather something In the style Lego has produced
that I would buy.
Here is what I myself would build:
A late 16th, early 17 century Provincial Village.
There is a Butcher
Guy and his wife Constance operate the butcher shop. Townsfolk stop in for a
visit and to purchase his delicious sausage links.
Yvette makes bread and pastries for the villagers in her bakery. In her
home above the bakery she enjoys a peaceful life.
Phillipe is an expert at crafting chairs and benches for the locals. He
earns a handsome salary for his finest work.
A bustling common room and bar are serviced by Karla the feisty barmaid and
Inga the intrepid brewmistress. The rounded turret holds the living
quarters, whilethe upper loft is a great place to sing and dance. Down the
stairs, the finest root beer in the province is being brewed.
Basically the time period is the age of piracy, but the location is
continental Europe not on the high seas. (Think 3 Musketeers, The Count of
Monte Cristo for literary inspiration)
Time period wise, it's more closely related to the Pirate line than the
Castle line, but uses parts from both.
I understand For this to have aggressive play value as a theme there will
need to be an invading enemy and some type of Governmental fortification for
the defending soldiers to issue from.
I didn't build one yet because I don't think a castle type structure does a
good job selling the nuances of a community. Also, there are so many
occupations for a villager, I think I'd prefer to build those first.
A Silversmith, a Cooper, a Seamstress, etc.
For the invaders, I think the kettle helms and body armor are a great fit,
color schemes could be determined.
Imagine a battle scene with cannons, crossbows, pikes, muskets, cutlasses,
etc. You could begin to understand the frustration of a castle defender who
sees a cannon breach his walls for the first time.
As always, PLMKWYT
*I think the point has been well made that lego could do more with what
they've got, but that going back to what they had isn't a feasible long term
My point being that publishing year two would be publishing for sequel's
sake, and sequels should rarely be made for everyone's sake.
Message has 15 Replies:
| ||Re: Provincial Village|| Richie Dulin|
|(...) <snip> Excellent work Jon. The sets look great together. Pirate era continental europe certainly looks a happier place than the medieval equivalent. And your sausage machine is very clever! Cheers Richie (10 years ago, 5-Feb-03, to lugnet.castle, lugnet.pirates) |
| ||Re: Provincial Village|| Johannes Koehler|
|Hi jon! (...) Now, THAT's what a late medieval town should look like! I think you met the style of this time periode very well with those small and narrow houses. If I aimed to find a fault I'd say that the blue soldiers in front of the Public House (...) (10 years ago, 5-Feb-03, to lugnet.castle, lugnet.pirates) |
| ||Re: Provincial Village|| Richard Noeckel|
|(...) Hi Jon, Following that train-of-thought, yknow what would be kinda kewl? A battle field scenario
a small stand-off upon a brick terrain. There could be three sets or so, and each terrain piece could be modular. Has this been done? I know (...) (10 years ago, 5-Feb-03, to lugnet.castle, lugnet.pirates) |
| ||Re: Provincial Village|| Bruce Hietbrink|
|Jon, I saw this when it went up but wanted to wait for your announcement to avoid thunder-theft. It was hard, though, because this MOC is so cool I could hardly contain myself. Outstanding design all around. If this was a theme from TLC I would buy (...) (10 years ago, 5-Feb-03, to lugnet.castle, lugnet.pirates) |
| ||Re: Provincial Village|| Jason Cicchini|
|John, First, lemme just say that these are some of the finest structured MOCs I've seen in a long time. The architecture and overall "feel" of each piece is just splendid. Second, if Lego ever produced such models I'd probably devote my life savings (...) (10 years ago, 5-Feb-03, to lugnet.castle, lugnet.pirates) |
| ||Re: Provincial Village|| Benjamin Ellermann|
|Jon, I love your sets. The small details are great and you have captured this time period well. It would be really cool to see a street full of musketeers dueling with the cardinals men. On the opening roof of the butcher's shop you could use two (...) (10 years ago, 5-Feb-03, to lugnet.castle, lugnet.pirates) |
| ||Re: Provincial Village|| George Haberberger|
|(...) into a small set that could almost be sold by TLC. I looked at most of the pictures, and wished I had the time to go through every picture and tell you what I liked. I can remember a lot of cool things, like the fire in the baker's oven, the (...) (10 years ago, 5-Feb-03, to lugnet.castle, lugnet.pirates) |
| ||Re: Provincial Village|| Brendan Powell Smith|
|Excellent constructions all around, Jon! Impressive and inspiring in the details. That sausage machine had me laughing out loud. -The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith (10 years ago, 5-Feb-03, to lugnet.castle, lugnet.pirates) |
| ||Re: Provincial Village|| Manfred Moolhuysen|
|In lugnet.announce.moc, Jon Furman writes: [snip] (...) [snip] Oh my, oh my, oh my! Those are very pretty. I wish I could buy those as sets, would it not be from TLC, then at least as customs. With friendly (and respectfull) greetings, M. (...) (10 years ago, 5-Feb-03, to lugnet.castle, lugnet.pirates) |
| ||Re: Provincial Village|| Larry Pieniazek|
|(...) Stunningly beautiful. These are great complements for the Blacksmith Shop. These work in that era and also can be used in more modern settings as well (town center buildings, or mixed in with others) Very nice work Jon! Spotlighted (like it (...) (10 years ago, 5-Feb-03, to lugnet.castle, lugnet.pirates, lugnet.town, lugnet.trains) |
| ||Re: Provincial Village|| Eric Sophie|
|Wow these are great, I like these so much! The look and feel, the dark and light, The roofs are teriffic. I'm still ogleing over the pictures, so my thoughts are incomplete. I just had to come over here right away and say how much I like them. I (...) (10 years ago, 5-Feb-03, to lugnet.castle, lugnet.pirates) |
| ||Re: Provincial Village|| Daan Bargerbos|
|Jon Furman, very very v e r y impressive work you've made. I didn't had the change to see it earlier this week. But I have to join all the aubades: it's VERY inspiring work! Hope you will share more of this art with us. Thanks! Daan Bargerbos (...) (10 years ago, 6-Feb-03, to lugnet.castle, lugnet.pirates) |
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