Introduction: Baradost - Fortress of Ivrendon
The fortress of Baradost was built by King Michael Ironstone of Ivrendon in the Fifth Age of Middle-earth. It withstood many sieges and attacks by the Dark Lord Sauron the Deceiver. When the King's brother, Joseph, was slain in battle, the King rallied all the men left alive of his army and gave a fierce counter attack. Still, the men of Ivrendon were near defeat. Then, unexpected help came. The horn of Tulkas was heard in the mountains. The army of Valinor swept away the orcs like straw in a fire. Victory was won that day, even though sadness and death accompanied it.
Now let's see how it's built!
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Step 1: Step 1: Making the Basic Walls
This is the most fundamental step in building this castle. With out the walls... well let's just say the orcs, trolls, goblins and creatures of the worst description would be able to overrun you without any effort. With out further ado, let's get to it.
First start by taking a basic cube and stretching it to the shape of the first image.
Second, take the stone wall generator and cover the stretched cube completely. Make the stretched cube light grey and the bricks dark grey.
Third, combine a cylinder and a cube together to make a doorway cutout and place it in the middle of the other shapes. Group them all together.
Fourth, take another cube and flatten it to the length and double the width of the first parts of the wall. Place this on the top of the wall. Then make a duplicate of the flattened cube, thicken it, rotate it 90º, and align it as seen in image 9.
Fifth, create a prism shape labeled "Roof" in the shape menu, rotate it, duplicate it and make it a hole, and group the two together as shown in image 10. Duplicate this piece and put both of them on either side of the doorway.
Sixth, create three small cubes and place them on the top of the wall above the two shapes in the fifth step and one directly in the center. Cover all of these with stone wall pieces.
Finally group everything together.
Step 2: Step 2: Make More Buildings Using the Same Style!
Using these steps, you can create all different kinds of towers, walls, and buildings.
Step 3: Step 3: Create Trees
This is a fairly simple step. Using the scribble tool, draw the rough shape of a tree branch. Then turn it on its side 90º to the work-plane. Using keyboard shortcuts, strike Command(control)+D, rotate the shape 30º and align the tips, and then strike Command-D several times until the shape is duplicated over and over each time 30 degrees further and the pieces are fully covering the needed area. More about that Here.
Take a cube and cut off the ends slightly, using the same command-d trick, rotate about 6 of these around a tall cube. Group everything together and the tree is finished.
Compile all of these elements into a castle plan of your choice and your impenetrable castle is finished.
- Michael Ironstone
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