Hello, readers! After an accidental vacation from posting, I’m back in action with my latest creation, Ninja Castle:
Long time readers of the blog may recognize this as a redesign of the creation The Elven Outpost, that I posted a year ago:
Today I present a new format for redesign posts. The post will have three sections; Goals, Redesign, and Additions.
My goals during the redesign were to heighten the tower, hide the workings of the portcullis, and to put both defense levels at the same height:
I began the redesign by completely deconstructing the top of the tower, and then heightening the whole thing. This allowed me to place the workings of the portcullis inside the tower…
and it allowed me to achieve my goal of placing both of the defense levels at the same height:
Heightening the tower meant that it was necessary to lengthen the drawbridge to fill the gap:
The real fun of the construction came after the redesign phase. I wanted the build to give a sense of where this tower is, so I used clear slopes, plates, and bricks to create the effect of water:
This is a technique that I learned at Brickfair NJ from the creation Pirate Island by Miles Longstreth, and I think it works very well:
In addition to the tower, I built stairs that lead to the drawbridge:
I’m very satisfied with the simplistic design for the shrine gate that I came up with:
I also enjoyed placing all the extra details, like the ninjas in action poses:
That’s all for today’s creation. I hope you enjoyed and feel free to share your comments!