As a child I was always very fond of school. I don’t recall ever getting in trouble with my teachers, nor do I have any memory of ever failing to achieve less than a pass for any school work that I was tasked with completing. However, while I can remember sitting at my desk with my classmates and the teacher standing at the board, I can’t recall any of the actual lessons that I was taught. That is of course with the exception of any lesson that focused on the ancient or medieval times in mankind’s history. From the Egyptians, Mayans or Aztecs with their pyramids and temples to the royal families of Europe or the Vikings of Scandinavia with their epic battles and brave conquests. Even though my young mind couldn’t comprehend exactly where these great civilizations sat on history’s timeline, I always found myself drawn to learn more about what life might have been like for someone living within these times.
Because of this love of the old world it would have been quite common to find a young me looking at pictures of old castles, temples or homes and trying to picture what they might have looked like for someone standing within them. This fascination was further pushed with different brands of lego allowing me to try and create these buildings in 3D to better help me picture what it might have looked like for people standing within these ancient structures. Even though I have since grown up, married and had 4 children, trying to recreate these buildings with lego has not only stuck with me, but has also been handed over to my children. This meant that when the chance was given to me to build a MOC (My Own Creation) model of “The Vikings House” created by “bricks_fan_uy” and made available by MedievalBrick, I not only had to give it a try, but I also felt that I would need to build this model with one of my children and see what they thought of the model too.
After opening the package that the build comes in, I found one large bag, containing five smaller bags, and a sturdy USB drive. The instructions will be found on the USB, so a computer or tablet will be needed to access them in order to start putting the pieces together. Looking at the five small bags of building bricks, it first seemed like they were sorted in a manner that would allow me to work my way through each subsequent bag as I followed the instructions.
However, this was not the case, and it seems like they are sorted roughly by the size of the pieces. I found that this meant it would be easier to empty all the bags supplied, and then use a system of knolling to sort all the pieces to make finding each part easier as I moved through the build. This however was not something that was able to be done for my attempt at building this model, as I allowed my 8yo son the chance to take the reins of this project and he enjoys hunting for each piece as it is needed.
The first stage in piecing together “The Vikings House” requires the building of a large flat platform for which the house will be placed on top of. This is achieved in the form of one large flat square panel, surrounded by eight smaller rectangles and four rounded corners. Once these are connected together, it gives the impression of the house being built on a small mound of soil. While this is a small detail, it really allows the house to stand proud of the ground and gives the impression that the occupants of the home would have taken the time to plan the location of the building.
Having put the thirteen panels together, and creating the base plate for the house to go onto, I felt a slight level of concern for the dimensions of the building, and was worried that the size wouldn’t allow for the level of detail that would be needed to allow someone to be able to properly interact with the final product. This concern would later prove to be unfounded, which I was pleasantly surprised with.
Moving on from the construction of the base plate it is time to start the frame of the building. This is just one of many steps used to build up the walls of the house, and at this point is just used as a marker to start adding the internal details of the property within the walls. Something that automatically starts to be shown of the design of bricks_fan_uy is the use of both smooth brown bricks along with the ridged “log” brick implying that each wall has been put together utilizing all adequate materials that the vikings may have been able to find at the time while also breaking up the texture of the wall panels, giving each wall a little bit of story in how it was constructed all while giving the entire kit a level of realism.
Once the foundation for the house has been established, the first piece of decoration is built and added to the house, this being the viking bed. As shown in the pictures above, along with the completed picture below, the level of detail that has been created for the bed is incredibly impressive, especially if taking into consideration that this bed only uses 18 bricks in total.
Within those 18 bricks, it is clear to see that the implied detail is showing a well built and sturdy frame, coupled with thick warm skins across the surface of the bed. This is true to form, as the vikings were a people who took great pride in the craftsmanship of their furniture.
Once the bed is complete, it is placed within the house and another layer is added to the exterior wall. This step is completed quickly and there is not much to it, however it did allow me a chance to better understand the scale at which the house is to be built as it shows how much space is used within the house for such a prominent piece of furniture.
It is at this stage of the construction that the majority of the remaining details will be built and added into the house. I found this to be a very enjoyable moment, and I liked how the details of a sheepskin rug, dinner table and chest for valuables were able to be added with what is quite a small number of bricks. It was at this point that I started to get a clear insight into what the final build would look like, and also had had my concerns of the size of the building laid to rest, as it can be seen that all the details were able to be added with plenty of room to spare.
Moving on from the internals of the building, it is time to finish up the exterior walls and add on the door. The walls themselves are very simple to construct, especially considering it is only the front and back that is to be completed. This is achieved by building them up using both the smooth and ridged brown pieces to give the texture and detail of a wooden wall with each subsequent layer slightly shorter than the last. This gives the walls the pitch required for the roof after having capped the tops of the walls with smooth angled pieces.
The door is quite possibly my favorite part of the build, given the detail of the final look and taking into consideration the simple design employed to create it. This is done by taking 3 thin flat pieces, the centre one having the clips that allow for the hinge of the door to be attached to the doorframe of the house, and then layering the three pieces with flat panels that differ in size and colour. Looking at the door, it is easy to picture something with this aesthetic to have been used on a real house.
After clicking the door into place, and hanging a shield over the table, the next stage of the house is to add some details to the outside of the building. Adding the extra details around the building in the form of barrels, snow and grasses gives the impression that, even though it is standing alone at this point, it is in fact part of a larger scene, and if more buildings within the series were owned that it would take very little to incorporate them all together.
Once the exterior details are complete, the only thing left to do for the frame of the building is to add the cross beam along the tops of the walls to hold them square and to add the support for the roof panels to sit on.
The roof panels themselves are made from three flat plates that are joined together which then have bricks added to them along the sides that allow for further details to be added later. Another detail added at this moment is the mounting bricks for the roof panel to be locked into the side walls of the building.
Once these have been joined together, the roof panels can then be flipped over and the decorative details can be added across the roof to add realism. These details include brown wooden bars that extend along the sides of the panels that allow the tops of the panels to lock together once added to the house, white tiles to add snow, and different straw coloured pieces that break up the large roof panels and give the impression of different textured straw thatching. While looking at the panels individually it may look like there isn’t enough detail added to the roof; however, once they have been added onto the house they all tie into each other very well and do so without feeling like the tiles have become too crowded.
Once I had the details added to the roof panels, it was finally time to add them to the building. The way that @bricks_fan_uy has designed the roof allows for the panels to be taken off and re-added with ease, and opening up the interior of the house is quick to allow for viewing or play. It is also worth noting that due to the way the roof panels have been designed, it is possible to reverse them when putting them onto the house. Doing so will actually change the look of the building that much that two viking houses can be sat side-by-side if used in a larger scene without looking like they are exactly the same.
With that, the only thing that was left for me to do was to attach the little crow to the top of the building and then find somewhere to display what I felt was a very tidy model build. I feel that the cost of the model compared to how big the model is makes this a reasonably priced purchase to make and I look forward to adding more to this collection.
. Just finished the “ MOC-93063 The Viking’s House Longhouse Medieval Theme Set ” This model was reviewed by @Russell Adam Hoad .
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