The Modular Knight's Castle
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the days of old
many of us adult fans of LEGO, I really miss the good old days when
the LEGO knights proudly ruled over the land (or just the carpet)
guarding their mighty castles, fighting tournaments and setting out
on an endless number of adventures.
fond childhood memories and sheer sentiment are not the only reasons
for me to miss the old Castle series. It is also the fact that these
old sets included many features that made them really fun to play
with, provided good flexibility and extensibility and also (like most
of the LEGO sets back then) sparked our imagination by including
pictures on the boxes and in the instructions booklets showing
alternative things that you could build with the parts from your main
set. With all this you had a feeling that you can rebuild and
reconfigure your castles, make them bigger or smaller, or of a
different shape, and just create something new to play with every
build a castle! (And then let’s build a different one!)
this Modular Knight’s Castle project I attempt to bring the spirit
of the old Castle series back to life by creating a set that is
easily reconfigurable and can provide many play possibilities.
designing it, I was doing my best to follow these four simple
- It had to be modular, i.e. composed of fairly generic modules that
can be built once and then be easily rearranged to create different
shapes and looks of a knight’s castle without the need to
completely disassemble it and build it again from scratch.
- It had to provide flexibility to shape the castle quite freely, not
just by using straight lines and right angles. This implied designing
walls with hinges – similar to those that we all know well from
classic LEGO Castle sets.
- It had to be sturdy enough even for the younger children to play with
without damaging it (at least not too much…). The system used
to connect the modules together also had to meet this requirement.
- It had to be as playable as possible: include all the play features
that you can expect from a toy castle, such as a working drawbridge
and/or portcullis, and have enough space on the walls and inside the
towers to easily place all the knights who are defending it.
castle can be built using these six basic types of modules:
- Hinged walls that let you create different shapes of the castle. They
have enough space on top to easily place your guards. (Set includes
parts to build 3 of these)
- Tower bases with windows and plenty of room inside. (Set includes
parts to build 4 of these)
- Half battlements that can be placed directly on top of the tower
bases to create short towers. (Set includes parts to build 2 of
- Middle tower segments for creating tall towers. They also have lots
of room inside for the guards to hide. (Set includes parts to build 2
- Full battlements to crown the tall towers. Perfect for placing your
archers. (Set includes parts to build 2 of these)
- Main gate with a working portcullis and a drawbridge operated with a
windlass. (Set includes parts to build 1 of these)
chosen two of the most classic LEGO Castle factions of knights (at
least for me) to be included in this set – the Crusaders and the
Black Falcons. Each of these factions is represented by three
soldiers, two archers and a mounted knight to lead them.
main castle gate and the towers can be adorned with emblems (shields)
and flags used by either of the factions in order to define the
current castle owner. If the castle is captured by the opposing
faction, the flags and shields can easily be replaced. The set
includes all the spare parts to accomplish this: each faction is
given 4 additional shields and 8 flags (red for Crusaders and blue
for Black Falcons).
number of modules included in the set is actually enough to build two
small castles or outposts – one for each of the factions. Of course
only one of them will have a proper gate.
addition to all the modules, the set also contains all the parts to
build a single siege tower that can be used by the soldiers who
attack the castle. It is fitted with a folding bridge that reaches
the top of the castle walls and has enough space inside for the
soldiers to hide from the enemy archers.
me on my quest to breathe new life into the good old LEGO Castle
and bring all the fun back!
support is greatly appreciated!