After bringing a fantasy build to BrickCon in 2017, somehow I couldn't let the theme go. This time I made it fully modular (see the modular standard) which allowed for working on a wide variety of rooms one at a time at evenings and weekends, starting from this initial outline.
While building I thought about all the hand-drawn backdrops I've enjoyed in classic isometric fantasy games like Baldur's Gate or Icewind Dale. I think of this MOC as a tribute to all the artists working behind the scenes to bring beauty and atmosphere to those games.
The assembled display of 23 modules is up to 31 inches tall and about five feet wide, but only eight studs deep throughout. It's doing more with less: my collection isn't huge, so for example this used almost every black and dark bley plate I have. It contains 71 minifigs plus a few brick-built creatures.
Brought this to BrickCon 2018 and was excited to win "Best Fantasy" in the Castle & Fantasy theme.