Anfloc City – Medieval / Castle Collab

Welcome to the city of 'Anfloc' (it's an anagram of Falcon as I couldn't think of anything better and the latest knight minifigures are based on the Black Falcons from the 1980s sets). This medieval city is in an important trading area and is surrounded by a wall for protection in case of attack. Within the walls are various homes, shops and other buildings with visitors from many places in the land. Outside, on the road to the city are travellers, bandits and other people of the forest.

Inspired by the various castle themed sets that were available in the 1980s and 1990s, along with the return of the Back Falcon knight figures in more recent Creator and LEGO Ideas sets, we intend to create a large display featuring part of a medieval walled city with some forestmen and other characters amongst the trees outside.

Each builder will have the opportunity to build something that fits within the medieval / LEGO Castle theme along with some ground cover and landscaping to make an epic display. To assist with model stability, landscaping options and continuity, the ground surface will be built using a standardised system as a base. On top of this, we will need castle style city walls, roads and pathways, trees and bushes, and various buildings and market stalls. Some forestmen builds can be included alongside the roads outside the city with some travellers with horses and carts making their way to and from the city gates.

Instructions for any standardised sections, for example the ground surface and wall sections, will be provided to GertLUG members to ensure a cohesive display and will be released to the public after the Bristol Brick Show 2023. In the example display layout below, light grey sections represents cobblestone roads, brown represents dirt tracks, dark grey represents the city walls and castle towers, and the dark blue represents city buildings and market stalls.

Rough Medieval Castle Build Suggested Layout

Throughout the building process, we plan to provide participants with ideas and inspiration and encourage ongoing discussion between contributors as the build evolves. Due to the nature of construction for the base/supporting structure, we encourage all contributors to supply details of what they intend to build and bring to each event that the display will appear at so that the Committee can plan how the display may fit together in a cohesive manner.

Links to Supporting Documents

Anfloc City - GertLUG Medieval / Castle Collaborative Build 2023 Briefing Document - This pdf file contains all the basic information required to take part in this collaborative build. The main points are summarised on the last page.

Base Section Instructions and Road and Path Standards
Small Tree Instructions
16 x 16 Castle Wall section Instructions

Photos from Completed Displays

As with previous GertLUG collaborative builds, the main display was intended to be on show at the Bristol Brick Show in November, but with smaller displays appearing at other shows beforehand. The first of these was Bristol Comic Con And Gaming Festival, held on the 18th of March 2023 and featured sections built by 6 contributors.

The next outing for Anfloc came at the Friends of Waycroft Brick Show on the 22nd of April 2023. This display brought with it a few different contributors, while some who had been at the previous show were unavailable. In total for this show there were 8 contributors.

A slightly smaller display of the medieval / castle collab made an appearance at the Brick Express event held at the Avon Valley Railway on the 3rd and 4th of June 2023. Space was limited at this show and 5 contributors were able to bring along their builds.

Each show saw different developments regarding the models contributed and a larger space available for this collaborative project during the Supersonic Brick Day held at Aerospace Bristol on the 15th of July 2023 included completed and work in progress models from 13 different builders.

The final show for Anfloc City in 2023, and also the largest display, was Bristol Brick Show on the 18th and 19th of November. Just one person who had contributed a model at a previous show was unable to attend this time around and with the addition of more contributors from further afield, the total display included models from 32 people.