This was built for the CCC IX contest, category wooden castle. It's supposed to be a motte and bailey castle from France, around 840 a.d. This type of dwelling where built starting after the death of Charles the Great and the disintegration of his empire. The motte and the other earthworks are built smoothly on purpose. They are meant to be newly constructed, overgrown with nothing but grass like the flat land on the forground, leaving a good view to the surrounding area. Actually the trees are too nearby for a realistic situation.
This is my first largescale moc (9 baseplates 32x32). I wanted to try something big for a long time, and it tastes after more. Planning and constructing the earthworks took quite more time than I imagined at start, while the buildings were done relatively quick. I can take the moc apart in separate buildings and trees, and 9 modules the size of a baseplate, in order to transport it. But to take it outside (to a lug meeting e.g.) it needs definitely a stronger built beech and birch. The pine is ok.