Pizza to Go
Hungry upon entering Batuhan, Rhaylf began looking for a tavern and a warm meal. Before he could get to the center of town, his nose lead him off the main road.
“Traveler! Try some pizza.” Noè the proprietor shouted from a counter window.
“Pizza?” Rhalyf replied, “I have not heard of such pastry, but its smell is agreeable."
“Ay, it is recipe from my homeland, Varlyrio,” Noè explained. “My wife, Melitina, makes the dough and bakes it in the oven, fresh. My son, Federico, even makes deliveries - mostly to the on-duty guards who cannot leave their post over the noon hour. We have made a good life in the three years since we left Illaryian; as Batuhan as grown, so has our business."
Rhalyf laid down some coin and enjoyed some pizza before heading on his way.
I found two other MOCs where the Pizza To Go set was restyled in a medieval theme:
- Ye Olde Pizzaria by Casey McCoy in 2010
- The Pizza Queen by koffiemoc in 2015 - see this set in other style too
The following images are from the construction of this MOC.
I first played around with the size of the building. It is a bit larger than the original so that I could use the Tudor style wood frames without making the walls feel too small or cramped.
The original set used a light gray plate as the base. I used Jonas Kramm’s cobblestone technique to give it a bit of flair without being too distracting from the build or minifigures. I found Issac’s tutorial very helpful.
The Tudor walls were the bigger challenge. My goal was to have studs up walls half a stud offset from the wooden pillars. I liked the studs up look better than tiles-out for larger walls since the spacing between tiles is much more pronounced than between bricks and plates.
The difficulty came with the came with the corners, especially on the tower, as half-stud offsets collide in the corners. I used sideways panel pieces to get around this, as you can see in the image above. I am pleased with the results.
I wanted a slightly sloped roof, but did not want to use normal corner slope pieces as in the original set. I used 45° wedges both to get around the chimney and for the outer edge. The roof pieces are barely attached using 1x1 round plates.
I created the donkey based on floriangraderbeck’s design. That one is too large for a minifigure scale MOC (middle donkey in the image above) so I reduced the size of body and length of the legs. I kept the head design - it looks terrific. Overall the donkey is still a bit large, but turned out well.
Classic Castle Background
For the box art comparison picture above, I wanted a background similar to the LEGOLAND Castle sets from the 80s. Click on a link below to use them in your creations.
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