The LEGO Castle Book by Jeff Friesen is another excellent LEGO title that's just been published by No Starch Press.
If you have Jeff's earlier work, LEGO Micro Cities, you'll know what to expect: sumptuous photos of stunning micro-scale models intermixed with building tips, techniques and instructions.
The 200-page hardback is divided into six chapters. Early chapters cover the history of castles, how they were built and their architectural features, all explained with the help of plenty of photos.
The middle part of the book explains how to build the various features of castles with LEGO -- walls, towers, the gate, drawbridge and so on -- which you can put into practice in your own mini-models.
The last half of the book provides instructions for six microscale castle scenes, complete with bases. Unlike the instructions in most No Starch books which are generated by a CAD program, in this one they are photographs so look just as stunning as the rest of the book.
This may just be the most beautiful LEGO book ever published. It really is stunning. The photography is probably the best I've seen in a LEGO book: complementary backgrounds, soft shadows and not a reflection in sight on the shiny plastic bricks. Many of the pages are good enough to hang on the wall of an art gallery.
Not only does it look superb, it's also packed full of building techniques and ideas that will be useful and inspirational to anyone who builds in microscale. Having flicked through this book, I might just start doing so...
This is a book that will appeal to microscale builders and also those who are looking for a sumptuous coffee-table book to flick through from time to time.
Thanks to No Starch Press for providing the book for us to review. All opinions expressed are my own.