Llydelian Trading Company – Summer Joust Guild Category

Hello everyone, and welcome!

Last time, I posted about my entry into the vignette category of the Summer Joust, a castle competition which just closed for entries over on flickr:

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Today I’m going to share with you another build that I created for the Summer Joust – this one for the Guild category of the competition:

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Here was the prompt:

Assemble a team of builders, and create your own faction and develop the buildings, landscape, and lifestyle of this group through multiple creations. Realistic, or fantasy factions are acceptable.

I teamed up with none other than Dave Zambito, who some of you may recall was my opponent in the second round of the Tourney this year!

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Dave imagined a successful and powerful charter company which spans the seven seas and utilizes to the fullest extent the fantastical resources that the world provides. Here is his description of the Company:

Spreading civilization and prosperity throughout the region, The Llydelian Trading Company has become as large and influential as any kingdom in the land. Led by The Council of Magi, the Company uses the arcane forces to monopolize trade throughout the lands. Transporting everything from mail to food to building supplies there isn’t a corner of the known world that they don’t have a foot hold in. As times become harder, the Company has had to arm their cargo against renegades and peasants. This has caused groups of outlaws to band in time of terrible famine, creating an arms race of sorts, and leading to the enlistment of the largest military in current existence under the employ of The Llydelian Trading Co.

And so, with this idea in mind, we got to work! Or rather… Dave did. I initially had difficulty coming up with a workable design, but after a lot of hard thinking, my first stretch of strong progress brought a watchtower and spire to completion:

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I imagined a rickety but homely shelter, perhaps a structure that the first traders would have erected quickly to protect themselves from the elements, and details like exposed nails and a ramshackle asymmetry serve to tell that story.

As the charter company became more successful, a dock would need to be build to accept ships and resources:

 

Furthermore, with valuable resources being hauled in daily, the port would require protection from thieves and bandits. A piked wall would keep the port secure:

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As fast as I constructed any particular section, I had to move on immediately due to the impending deadline (I beat it literally by only minutes), but despite the rush, I’m pretty satisfied with the build overall.

Of course, this is the guild category, so what about my fellow guild member’s builds? Here they are (click the images to be directed to the builds’ respective albums):

Trade Company Postal Service

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Serpent Towed Trade Barge

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Elemental Drawn Supply Wagon

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Dave’s skill with landscaping shines through bright and clear in all three of these builds, and I love the way in which he integrates and utilizes the fantasy setting to create some extremely imaginative models.

Thanks for being such an awesome (and patient) team member Dave!

Also, a big thanks to the organizers of the event, my friends Isaac and John S as well as the other judges and coordinators! It’s been a blast and I hope to see the competition next year!

Thanks so much for reading, and have an extraordinary day!

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The Alchemaster’s Laboratory

 

Welcome, everyone, to the Laboratory! Today I’ll be telling you how I brewed up my latest creation!

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My friends from over at Brickbuilt.org are co-hosting a competition on Flickr – The Summer Joust! The contests is bringing together some of the finest builders in the community, and the range of categories available build in is very wide. Fantastic models are already rolling in, but the contest runs till the end of June, so anyone interested still has time to contribute. Just follow the above link and get building!

For today’s build, I’ve chosen the vignette category: “Create any medieval scene you can imagine, only one catch, it has to fit on an 8×8 base.” Here’s what I cooked up; The Alchemaster’s Laboratory:

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This is where the Alchemaster brews potions, endows items with magical powers, peers into the future, and conducts mysterious experiments.

Incidentally, this build was an experiment for me, as I departed from the use of only street legal techniques to slightly more – shall we say – questionable ones. Quite a few of the details in this build, from the stand that the crystal ball rests on, to the cobblestones across the floor, are held on with nothing more than gravity and a bit of luck:

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My goal with this build was to pack as many fun details as I could into the small space, to give the scene some life. I used a palm tree trunk segment for the crystal ball stand and an inverted wine glass to create a large wine bottle. Inverted dish tiles make for fantastic cobblestones, and plates and tiles resting partway out from the wall compose loose bricks:

That’s all for today – I hope you enjoyed!

The Royal Brick Blog Year 2 Roundup!

Hello readers, and welcome to the party!

What are we celebrating? The 2nd birthday of the blog, of course! That’s right, 731 days ago I started this blog, and I’ve had a blast ever since!

 

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Over this blogging year I’ve added 35 more posts to the blog, which ranged in subjects from MOCs, to reviews, to events, to guest posts – all things I plan to continue sharing with all of you in future!

This year has been full of good times, so just like last year, I’m going to ask you which post was your favorite from this blogging year. Let me know in the comments section!

My personal favorite was Wafarer’s Refuge. Though it’s not one of my prettiest models, designing it and then writing about the process was one of the best times I’ve ever had over my years in the LEGO hobby!

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Whenever I get the chance, I like to mention some blogs and personal sites that (I think) deserve more attention than they are getting (most of these are not related to LEGO):

  • The Doodling Dino (which is currently on a short hiatus) is always making me smile. Thanks for the laughs, Nate!
  • Clockworksparrow over on Instagram is always posting fantastic and artful pictures.
  • I love reading about the artist’s creative adventures over on Jumping Monkey Art
  • The portfolio of the amazing Kosbricks who has been posting almost constantly during his run in the infamous Iron Builder Challenge.
  • The inspiring ramblings of Joeri Ridder which can be found over on his blog.

I would encourage you to check all of these things out! I find inspiration for my work in them, even the ones whose focus is not on LEGO.

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Now, last year I neglected to thank some people who certainly deserve my gratitude. I’ll take the opportunity to thank them now:

I need to give a huge thank you to my family! They are my blog (and life) support team, and the blog would not exist without their help!

My thanks also goes out to my friends, both from online and off, who support the blog by commenting and letting me know what I’m doing well, and where I can improve – you guys are the best!

And of course I must express my gratitude to you the reader! Thank you for reading! Thank you for sharing! Thank you mostly for enjoying – that means a whole lot to me!

Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You!

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Now, I would like to mention that things may slow down around here for about a month as I’ve got some big tests coming up in May, but nobody panic! You can expect a whole lot of activity from me in the summer – 17 posts a day, event coverage every weekend, guest posters posting around the clock, and maybe even a contest with a prize for a bazillion dollars (You heard it here first folks)! It’ll be crazy… just like this guy is:

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So… there goes the end of two years! Another year of blogging is on the way, piping hot and ready to eat!

Thank you sincerely!

The Royal Brick – Blog Administrator

Doodle Week Day 7 – Black Flower

This week I’m posting a series of small table scrap MOCs, 1 for each day of the week.

When building with LEGO, one of my favorite things to do is experiment with pieces, finding unintended uses for them. In the build below, I used Bionicle and Technic parts to create a simple flower:

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I’m pretty happy with this little MOC, and it only took me a couple minutes to put together!

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Today’s post concludes doodle week. Did you enjoy it? Should I post a doodle week next year? Let me know in the comments!