Oh, castles. Though the LEGO Group did pretty well with the classic yellow brick, fans of LEGO have taken it to new levels. Textured castle walls with ornate and abstract embellishments stand as works of art that emulate life in medieval times through a fantastical lens. Builder Kevin Peeters is one such detailed builder whose models grab the eye and immerse you in a level of realism often sought after. Here he brings us his dream castle, a towering keep with fine carpentry perched on rocks and surrounded by water. Let’s check out this dollhouse-style model that Kevin calls Krylhan Castle.
The outer portions of the model show off various techniques from the masonry of the walls to the angles and insets of the wooden residential sections, Kevin shows us that he knows the system well. Tank treads are used in the main windows, with wheels used in the chimney above. Offset and layered plates help achieve a textured and curved look for the rooves. The display base makes for a great anchor into the world around the castle while still allowing the focus to be on its tall, slim, ornate construction.
The back of the display is cut out like a dollhouse, allowing us to appreciate the interior design of the various rooms of the keep. Though this stands alone, modular bases and cut-outs like this can help open up a model without having to really take it apart.
The entrance features some furniture and a hanging candelabra with weapons and a barrel of…something perched on top of some lug wrenches.
The next room over, potions are being brewed. Jars and a lamp are sitting on the wall, waiting to be filled or used for a magical brew.
The second floor is a kitchen with logs next to the fireplace and a lovely door made with plates and wands. A microscope sits on the cabinet hinting at this obscure crew’s mystic interests.
Next to the kitchen is a washroom with a coat rack. I’ll admit that I’ve never seen chocolate frogs and the One Ring used like that.
A small room is tucked away in the upper portion of the castle. The bed sits at the base of bay windows with a beautiful cabinet against the wall with a clock insert. This view also gives you a closer look at the masonry technique that Kevin used for the walls.
And at the top of the tower is an observatory with a telescope built around an astrolabe. There might not be a close-up of the final section but really, this model is a sight to behold all as one. Great work, Kevin Peeters.