While I was working on In The Hall Of The Mountain King, I kept thinking of the Hawkwind album title that is so similar. Hall Of the Mountain Grill was partially named after a resturant on Portobello Road, Notting Hill, West London, that the band used to frequent thirty five years ago, and that Grieg thing. I am sure that it's nothing like this place. I bet they didn't have a dragon's skull on their wall.
I thought about making the walls using brown bricks for wood first but I didn't like where that was going. Then I tried making the lower part of the wall brick and used brown for the wood on the top half. I finally kept going with the brick. I made the walls kind of tall thinking it was a way to keep the place cool in the summer. You see that in old buildings. I didn't put on a roof because it would have been a lot of work and it would make everything to dark to see very well. I have not had great success roofing things in as much as I would like.
I had figured I would put up several shields. For decoration and to represent the various tribes that meet at the Mountain Grill without fear of attack. It's a place to meet in truce. Kings and villians stop in for a turkey leg. It's the house special. After the shields went up the upper part of the wall looked pretty bare, so I figured they should put up some weapons and trophies. You still see resturants doing that. Now I had a use for the dragon's head and wings. I had picked up a second copy of set 7021 Viking Double Catapult versus the Armored Ofnir Dragon then they were on clearance at the LEGO Store.
I kept the dragon from one set intact. It's a nice dragon. I didn't care much for the catapult, there's some nice brown parts and a couple of guys. Two of them are in the scene.
That's one yelly viking. I guess you have to be to fight a dragon, or turn down a croissant. Back in the corner you can see a Severus Snape minifig pretending to be some caped guy of intrigue. He fits in with the Fantasy Era Castle stuff. There are three Star Wars Minifigs in the mix, the rest are mostly Castle types, and the manager with the ladle is a fireman. Our hostess is Miss Gail Storm in a dress. She's from the Adventure series. I'm trying one of the red hair pieces from those Exo-Force guys. I recently saw someone use that red hair as a plant, in a flower pot on a balcony. That was nice. Here it adds some color to the scene.