First LEGO castle.
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Having bought a couple of Hogwarts castles, I figured maybe I should build a castle. Initial outlay of pieces, with a 'prototype' in the centre.

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Another shot of initial layout. Prototype turns out to be a bit on the small side.

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Hogwarts, as created by LEGO and assembled by me.

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Some of my other LEGO castle bits that I've bought and assembled. Took these pictures because these castles were about to be assimilated.

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Opened up abunch of the Hogwarts LEGO, and dumped them in a pile. Then got busy sorting to see what I had to work with.

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Pieces from a Yoda set, ready to turn into a castle.

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The state of the floor before I got serious :)

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Another view of the floor, just getting warmed up.

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About time to bring in the tub of 'generic' LEGO bricks.

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Couple pictures of the little castle.. just in case I need some ideas from it.

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Last picture before this castle starts to lose pieces.

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And some many hours later, the Two Towers are created. I figured these might make reasonable towers for the main entrance.

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These towers open up to reveal the insides. Nothing in there yet.

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Remember that big box of LEGO bricks? Well, it takes a while to sort all those pieces, but that's what I did! Normally I don't sort my LEGO bricks before building, but for a project of this scale, I needed to know what I had, and because I'd be working with a lot of 'single colour components', I didn't want to have to spend most of my time hunting for a piece of the right colour.

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Two more 'baby' towers join the big towers. (you can just see the little towers in the mid-upper-right-hand side.)

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Another shot of the new towers. You can see remnants of the various castle sets in the forground.

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Detail of the.. um.. well, you'll see in a few more pictures :)

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Another shot of the detail. Yes, boys and girls, this 'outer structure' is build quite solid, and takes a lot of pieces.

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The prototype for the castle walls, done to scale.

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One wall, with one corner, being test-fitted.

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reverse angle of the previous.

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Houston, we have a corner.

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And then we had both sides up, with a bit of the front complete.

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I think this was shot late (11:30pm?) at night after finishing the side walls and the front walls.

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Back view of previous.

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Top view of my little army :)

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Guy on the right didn't have time to get his shield up before my flash got him.

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Army marching.

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Testing out some ideas for the front gate.

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First of a few shots at a rather neat keep. Was convinced by a colleague that I really needed those pieces to finish off the back turrets of the castle.

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Another shot of the keep.

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Another.

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And still another. At this point I knew I was going to take it apart, so I wanted a bunch of pictures of it, in case I ever have to build it again.

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Last one of the keep. It gets destroyed after this.

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What a mess! All this to build a proper gate.

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Front gate starting to take shape.

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Drawbridge assembled. Still needs major reconstructive work.

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Main gate complete. Shot from back.

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Main gate complete -- front shot.

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Same shot, taken slightly lower.

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Back wall added! Running desparately short on regular bricks at this point. Note the lack of grey bricks to complete the top of the walls.

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Different angle.

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And another angle.

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From the back again.

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Another shot from the back.

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foo

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Another shot of the 'finished' castle.

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One last view. Now I need to complete the insides. To this point, it's taken one week, 'working' about 8-10 hours per day to get the castle to what is seen in this picture.

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Bulk bricks by the busload! 2000 piece buckets, at a mere $28.45 each after taxes! Yes, I was good, and left lots of buckets for other kids to buy.

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another view of the buckets.

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Top view of contents of one bucket.

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another view of contents of one bucket.

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contents of 14 buckets.

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and again.

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top shot. Yes, that's a few feet deep.

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After a quick consultation with the inventory specialists, the king orders the removal of the red brick from the castle. Here we see the deconstruction of the walls, and starting to rebuild.

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Closeup of starting to re-do the red bits of the castle. Care was taken to not wreck any more of the upper walls than was necessary.

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Tada! Freshly constructed castle, looking much more like a castle.

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Yes, it took some time to un-bag all that LEGO. Still more to go.

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the new-look castle.

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and a side view. Looking much better than the 'red' version.

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new castle, from the front.

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another front shot.

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a view from the top (duh).

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starting to build the dungeon/catacomb layer.

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another shot of the dungeon. This part was over-built. No problem for a full-sized adult to stand on the pillars. Since this was a bit of overkill, the dungeon has been weakened somewhat now, but it still strong enough to support an adult standing on it.

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Ah yes, the kings castle, complete with a couple of small towers and a larger wizard's tower.

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If you look closely, you can see the wizard standing in his doorway. (More on him later)

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another shot from the side. Things seem to be a bit cramped in the courtyard.

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A view from the back. In this shot, you can see the pieces used to support the canti-levering of the wizard's tower. Without the extra support, the tower would simply fall over under its own weight.

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A better view of the inside of the wizard's tower, of the kings quarters, and of the canti-lever support.

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The wizard in his tower.

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Finally getting some height to this castle.

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top of the flagpole on the wizard's castle is about 1 metre high.

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Countryside around the castle looks like a construction zone.

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More raw materials.

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First shot of the castle with the new, expanded courtyard.

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Still hard to see the expansion here, but it's there... The expansion adds an extra 30cm or so to the depth of the castle.

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A bit easier to see the expansion piece. Yes, the expansion can be removed.

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Wizard's tower is now closed in with a hinged door. Canti-lever bits are now hidden inside the castle making the outside appear more normal.

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Wizard's tower with the door open.

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Front view of the main doors.

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What you'd see were you mini-fig sized, and just walking into the castle.

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a better shot showing the expansion of the castle.

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expansion, from the other side.

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First kick at a peasant's hut. While it is mini-fig sized, it's still a bit big for a peasant!

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Peasant hut, rear view.

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Peasant hut, opened up.

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Castle with things tidied up a bit along the outside. Note a little captain's quarters or keep-type building in the courtyard.

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Slightly better view of the keep in the courtyard. At this point, most of the courtyard has 'grass'.

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Interior of the castle, including roadway to the main

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doors, and a little well.

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top view of courtyard

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rear view of castle

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Better view of the keep structure.

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and from the other side.

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top-down from the other side. Stairs to the dungeon can be seen in each corner. Almost all of the green bits can be removed to reveal the dungeon contents below.

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another top-view.

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courtyard, without the 'top structures'. Dungeon is viewable.

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another view of the duneon.

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up-close with the keep

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opening up the keep to reveal the insides.

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back view of the keep

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Peasant hut number two. A two-story model this time. Again, to mini-fig scale, but far too big to look realistic next to the castle.

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back view of hut number two.

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Inside view of hut number two.

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A tavern. Or, at least, what I think would have the right layout for a little tavern.

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back view of the tavern.

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side view of tavern.

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Inside the tavern. (Yes, I really need to add some details to everything!)

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Another shot inside the tavern.

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Back to the original peasant hut.

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back view of peasant hut

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and inside view again.

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village buildings, as they currently exist.