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Since the release of the official Blacksmith Set 21325, an explosion of medieval building MOCs has occurred in the community as the desire to build a collection of unique but stylistically similar models that together function as a larger village dominates the imagination of those who love the medieval theme. The set – an “ideas” set which originated from the mind of a MOC creator – harks back to old medieval and castle themes, reinvigorating much of the childhood wonder much of the AFOL community remembers from early sets.

One of the most striking features of the 21325 set is the roof – an unmistakably unique use of colour and shape in the blue and sand green tiled technique which makes the build stand out. Not only this, but the use of white and tan alongside brown tiles creating the half-timbered + daub effect atop a grey brick and masonry foundation gives a striking – and easily adaptable – set of features MOC builders can manipulate.

MOCs inspired by 21325

The use of the pentagonal moulded 2×3 tile has become a staple in the medieval MOC since the release of this set, and is able to display the kind of tiled roof that a modest medieval home would sport.

The brown tile curved pieces give shape and character to what would be plain white walls, and the blue and greens of the roof make the whole build feel like it is resting on the fence between a medieval and fantasy model.

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The use of the pentagonal moulded 2×3 tile has become a staple in the medieval MOC since the release of this set, and is able to display the kind of tiled roof that a modest medieval home would sport.

The brown tile curved pieces give shape and character to what would be plain white walls, and the blue and greens of the roof make the whole build feel like it is resting on the fence between a medieval and fantasy model.

The model to the right, MOC-79655 uses the techniques and colour schemes and extends them into new shapes, heights, and techniques. The build has a much more rustic and lower-income feel to it as the tiles hang off the edge of the roof, with some damage repaired with brown grill-plates. The exterior uses a similar colour and build palette, with tans and olive greens combined with lime leaves for foliage, and even includes a very similar looking tree. The addition of a stone bridge allows for the invention of paths and walkways between the houses, making it feel like each house in ones’ collection is connected.

MOC-79655 Medieval Village
MOC-79655 Medieval Village

The next model, MOC-83786   captures a similar height and scale of the original model, with enough unique features to set it apart. The multiple layers and angles of the roof gives the build gorgeous shape and character, and the use of 2×1 tiles on the corners of the stone base make for a wonderful brick-built design. The interior of the build even includes a tavern bar and lodgings, continuing the theme of interiors from the 21325 set.

The moss trailing up the side of the stone is a wonderful touch, and only adds to the features carried over from the original ideas set. The colour scheme is perfectly consistent, and all these sets together would start to feel like a proper village.

The model MOC-83786  is a unique take on the styles, with a new shape and design used to set itself apart from the others. A balcony, an overhead corridor and increased depth to the walls carries over the theme and colour palette, but with a unique set of features.

The inclusion of a dragon and trebuchet also sets it apart and falls deeply into the fantasy side of the theme, and one could imagine two or three of these buildings placed around the village.

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The model to the left, MOC-75365  is a unique take on the styles, with a new shape and design used to set itself apart from the others. A balcony, an overhead corridor and increased depth to the walls carries over the theme and colour palette, but with a unique set of features.

The inclusion of a dragon and trebuchet also sets it apart and falls deeply into the fantasy side of the theme, and one could imagine two or three of these buildings placed around the village.

A Unique Take on the Design

Carrying over much of the build techniques and shape, the next build has a fresh take on the medieval set design. Using the same pentagonal roof tiles, sloped and curves tiles on the walls, and golden window shutters, the build retains the look and feel of the 21325 set but has a vastly distinct atmosphere.

The Crusaders Inn MOC (https://www.medievalbrick.com/product/moc-the-crusaders-inn-by-tile_n_dye/) has a striking black and red theme that sits upon the similar foundations of tan, olive green and grey that the original build designs are recognisable for. The build comes with white birch trees to contrast the black bricks, alternate to the deep brown apple trees found in the other MOCs we have covered.

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Alternate Medieval Building Techniques

Whilst the medieval design standard has shifted since the release of the 21325 set, alternate building techniques do exist to design the structure of medieval houses. The use of small bricks, tiles, plates and modified bricks allow for small intricate details as the walls of the house are built up. This is exemplified in MOC-35444 .

As can be seen, the grey borders of the walls are built with small studs, tiles and plates allowing for intricate details and depth to be included in the build design. Furthermore, the smaller piece usage allows for different angles and rotations, leaving behind the typical square orientation of the bricks.This build also has various other unique designs, such as using minifigure heads for pumpkins, small cones for blooming flowers and a snake piece for the smoke out of a chimney

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Similarly, the windmill set MOC-58912 uses the same techniques for the entire wall, with individual bricks placed in different orientations (on their side, at a 90 degree angle) to create depth and variation in the wall, making it look as if made of cobblestone. The cylindrical nature of the windmill itself Is incredible, with the sloped pieces individual forming a slope at the top of the building.

The build itself is beautiful, built on a black base raising the build from the ground, and contains so many unique techniques. The windmill itself is made of minifigure capes – a genius way of using brick-compatible pieces while making the windmill look like it can wave in the wind. Moreover, the use of heads as plants carries over from the previous build, and the use of non-plant pieces to create plants is a genius and original technique, setting it apart from the typical design.

Conclusion

Today we have covered two prominent design techniques found in the MOC community in modern medieval builds – those inspired by the 21325 design and brick palette, and those which use smaller pieces to build up a house made of varied brick palettes and texture. One provides a highly fantastical and creative design, and the other creates a gritty and grounded design to build a more dark rustic feel.

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