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Roman Walls and Villa

RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Member Posts: 2,115
edited March 2012 in Building and Techniques
So I have started to build a section of the Aurelian Wall that surrounds Rome. And was hoping for some feed back on it about accuracy and just general views about it. I will replace those horrible castle walls with windows at some point as I plan to buy more grey 1x8 and 16's.

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  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,830
    edited March 2012
    hi mate,

    good start, I would do a couple of additional things.

    I would make sure that walls, arches, some windows etc, are either inset, or given some additional detail, like tan rendering. I think the Aurelian wall has inset arches, but also, check this attached picture of a typical roman fort.

    In addition, my last tower isn't anything special, but you can see on the attached work in progress pic, where I inset windows and doors to give some additional detail and feeling of depth.

    I would also be tempted to set the model a bit back on the baseplate to allow you to put some more scenic detail at the front.


    ps: I have sent you another Roman today. lol
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    Concerning accuracy - when built they were about 4x a man's height, and later remodelled to twice this. So heightwise, not too bad for the original walls. There were not many sharp 90 degree corners though. Colour - they were brick faced rather than concrete on the outside, so tan might be better if you have lots available.

    And you've got about 12 miles to go ... so get building.

    I like it. It would look better getting rid of those castle walls though. It will look more brick like with the bricks in place.

  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Member Posts: 2,115
    Cheers @Richo, Yeah I see what you mean it does give it alot more of depth and detail pulling your eye in. I will have a play especiually with your door design.

    @CCC ha ha! I am not doing all 12 miles its a small section with a villa placed behind it. I wondering although you suggest tan if i could get away with a red? Ah I didn't realise there were few right angles, there are some awful online pics and the books I have dont show the wall. I shall adjust that thank you.

    The height I am working with one 1x1 equals a meter so should give me just the right height.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    Lego red is too red for bricks in my opinion. I'd go with greys or tans, or a mixture of the all different shades within these two colour groups.
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Member Posts: 2,115
    Thats a good though to mix them in as it would give varied texture, and stone colouring is never the same. I have tons of lego red need to do something with them
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,830
    In one of the last castles I did, I added a load of tan one side as if the castle had been repaired with stone, and it looked great. If you can pick up the Ramses pyramid game cheap on ebay, it has a tan baseplate and quite a few tan bricks. Its a lot cheaper than buying on bricklink etc. I managed to get one for around £4.50, and got the tan baseplate and 200+ useful pieces for around £8 all in including postage.
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Member Posts: 2,115
    edited March 2012
    @richo thank you I shall do an ebay search for it. Do you have a link so I can see what you mean and how it would look?
  • prof1515prof1515 Member Posts: 1,550
    Just a note: the reconstructed gatehouse at Arbeia is typical of construction on Hadrian's Wall (though Arbeia is across the river in South Shields, it was a supply base for the Wall) while the walls of Rome were city walls and much different. While I took a lot of photographs of Hadrian's Wall, Roman forts in Britain and the old walls of Londinium, I unfortunately didn't photograph much of the walls of Rome aside from around one of the gates. If I remember later I'll upload a few of them though I'd imagine a little searching online could turn up a plethora of photographs.
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Member Posts: 2,115
    Thank you @prof1515. One question is did the towers have an internal door as medieval ones did or were they steps up to it as i found in one picture. I thought the Roman london walls (what little survives) were diffrent to rome in that they used the circle towers of the shore forts and diff designs?
  • Stu83Stu83 Member Posts: 9
    As a source I recommend the following book:

    The Walls Of Rome
    Nic Fields
    Osprey Publishing
    ISBN: 9781846031984

    Lots of nice pictures and reconstruction drawings and looks to be about half price from the publisher at the moment. A good general read on the subject and at 64 pages paperback, not a weighty tome.
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Member Posts: 2,115
    ^cheers i shall get it ordered :-). I like weighty tomes. Should see some of my history books lol
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