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  1. Very cool, looks like a photo rather than a model. Was thinking of something similar and have seen images of the square tower at Castle Foix. Was this the inspiration?
  2. Progressing the Cloisters and enjoying the mix of materials and getting more confident in using card. Trying to weave the bricks of this whole building together rather than build in sections as don’t trust my accuracy in terms of aligning the bricks of the various pieces
  3. My knowledge of French history in this period is pretty much limited to reading Maurice Druon’s works post the fall of the Templar’s but the more I read around this and the establishment of the various bastides make me hope that this Covid 19 situation clears up as would love to spend some time exploring. One of the reasons I may go earlier is my understanding of Bastides were they were well planned and had straighter lines in terms of streets and walls. None of this is my strong point so will hide behind this as an excuse for a more muddled construction.
  4. Was thinking of that period but not sure what level of accuracy and realism I can achieve balancing with the enjoyment of building. Intend to have a mix of styles and want to replace the missing gate house with what is basically a Roman structure. Understand that wouldn’t be totally out of place as these tended to survive and be in use in this period. What period are you looking at your build?
  5. Thanks, given how much I loved the church roof temped to leave it off but sure the good brothers would complain. I think there will be some tweaking here and there but need to research a bit more around these types of buildings and what period I am aiming for. My initial thinking was a Cathar fortified village but the heavy presence of Franciscans may mean it is post the Albigensian crusade
  6. Ekis very jealous with what you are achieving, take it you have weathered the stones? What did you use as loving the effect?
  7. Planned out the cloisters and monk’s accommodation and think I will it out like this. None of these a “bolted” down and many are tacked together loosely. Planning is a bit of a first for me but hoping will see the benefits. Now onto laying the bricks along the back wall after a work table tidy up.
  8. St Jude’s open for worship, other than adding a cross to the tower think I will not be making anymore details. Good learning experience now on to the cloisters
  9. Yes, lots of learnings - read mistakes. Need to do a bit of tidying up on some parts of the church and then will look at the cloisters. I am not a great one for planning or doing prep work but will try with this as a lot of the challenges I faced were due to earlier mistakes or things I didn’t fully think through
  10. Finally finished the tiles, so many ended up seeing them in my dreams. The kit suggested laying a tile where the roof joins but didn’t like the look of it so try to mould something with clay. While not going for accuracy looks a bit chunky so will let it dry and clean up with some light sanding but not sure if I will keep it like this.
  11. Finally finished the tiles, so many ended up seeing them in my dreams. The kit suggested laying a tile where the roof joins but didn’t like the look of it so try to mould something with clay. While not going for accuracy looks a bit chunky so will let it dry and clean up with some light sanding but not sure if I will keep it like this.
  12. Thanks, just need to keep going on the roof as seeing Ekis’ build is giving me many new ideas for modifications on other buildings and not sure the Admiral is convinced I will finish this building let alone the other 7-8 I want to add to the village
  13. Very cool, your build gets better and better and is giving me inspiration when my motivation is flagging
  14. So close but so far, didn’t want to risk the wrath of the Admiral so spent the weekend getting ready for a holiday rather than finishing the roof. The good brothers must be praying for sunshine while I am away.
  15. Opps, busted must be my rebellious nature, yes even my 11 year old son caught me out on that colour along with the orange carrots and potatoes. May have to do some touch ups.
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