August 21, 2010
- Lego How-To
Let’s first discuss the issue about the big, gray wall. You probably have built one already because 1.) you are building a fortress for your castle 2.) it looks imposing 3.) it protects your castle from invading troops.
We have to admit however that building such a Lego creation can be boring but hey, if you do not use the same brick color, you will be able to build a rather artistic and realistic wall.
Here are a few examples:
This is a fine example of a mottled brick wall. Yes this is a castle but take a look at the bricks, they do not have the same shade right?
You can mix a few bricks together to create this effect. If you want to have a gray wall however, you can still get different shades of gray. Here is one thing to remember, old bricks turn yellow as they age so you can put a few yellows in the mix as well. Sounds good? Now let’s move on to castle building.
Once you are done with your wall, you can now concentrate on the castle itself. What good is a wall if it is not protecting anything, right? While building your castle, you notice that corners look real odd if they do not have color variations. According to experts in Lego castle-making, a variation of colors at the corners of your castle can create a real cool effect. Take this castle from classic-castle.com as an example.
Another tip from the masters is shape variation. Try to give your castle a distinctive shape and do not stick to making a rectangular one because it would look pretty boring if you do so. Think Lego Coliseum.
A little inspiration will go a long way too. Take a look at the beautiful castles in Europe and pattern your creation to these castles.