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LEGO Ideas: Castle of Lord Afol and the Black Knights Q&A

Castle of Lord Afol and the Black Knights by SleeplessNight

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I had a chance to catch up with LEGO Ideas user SleeplessNight—whose project Castle of Lord Afol and the Black Knights we featured on the site a few weeks ago—and ask a few questions about his background, influences and also cover some of the unique techniques that were used in this build. Read their answers below, and check out the imagery shared pertaining to their unique building technique!

Q & A with SleeplessNight, Project Creator


Tell us a little about yourself.


I'm an AFOL from Poland and unlike most people, I'm looking forward to my 40th birthday, as it will coincide with my boy's 5th—and I'll bring out all my hidden LEGO stuff!

What inspired you to try and bring back the Classic Castle Theme? And were you inspired by any specific sets from the original themes?

As a kid I sighed a lot for castles, mostly Black Knights' Castle (6086). I really wanted to get it at the time. But I didn't. So despite most of my sets were City (and I loved them), I was building castle MOCs as big as I could. As I grew up, I admired some castle SECs more than any other amazing LEGO stuff. It was a big disappointment when I learned that LEGO had quit the theme. On the other hand the official castles were aimed at the younger audience and didn't bring that much value for AFOLs. So I thought it would be a great idea to make a castle for people who are still nostalgic for the castles of old but expect a better building experience and aesthetics.

Tell us a little about some of the building techniques you used and which ones you're most proud of.

The build is not too complex. There are some SNOT (stud-not-on-top) techniques used for embrasures, rocks and the rounded tower. Textures on the walls are somewhat modest and I even used wall panels. This was forced by the 3000-parts limit for LEGO Ideas. It was a huge challenge but I'm quite happy with the final result. The castle is modular to give access to internal spaces. The interesting part is the usage of Pythagorean triangles for angled sections that are still firmly fixed to the regular base.

Are you currently working on another project, and can you give us a hint about what it is? 

I have a few projects in queue but the progress is slow. I want to build a few medieval town houses and another castle - and this time I'm going to share the instructions. I also have some concepts for Modular Building MOCs.

What's your favorite LEGO Set?

At the moment I'm in love with Pirates of Barracuda Bay (21322) but my favourite LEGO set is usually just the one that I have most recently gotten. That's because I don't display LEGO sets or MOCs, I just build them, take photos and tear them down so they wait for their next incarnation.


Thanks to SleeplessNight for their candid responses! If you haven't gone over to the ideas site to show support, do so now and help resurrect the Classic Castle Theme with this excellent user submission!

What do you think?


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