Category Archives: Building Techniques

Not sure what SNOT is? Want to learn innovative new ways to create awesome LEGO models of your own? Peruse our posts about LEGO building techniques to pick up tricks & tips from the best.

Runaway train

Caleb Randolph has taken train dioramas to the next level with “Anastasia”: Runaway Train. The detailed, raised mountain platform and use of classic train tracks to give a continuous edge is especially masterful. And that’s ignoring the excellent snow, steam, and, of course, the locomotive itself. Brilliant work.

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Tribull, The Mystic Shaman of Awesome

Nick V. (AKA Brickthing) has brought forth a tribal creation of such spectacular coolness that words fail me. Nick’s masterful use of color really makes this creation “pop”, not to mention that the combination of Duplo, Bionicle, Bellville, Hero Factory, rubber bands, Technic and System all come together to form something that is much greater than the sum of its parts.

Tribull

Here be serpents

Since both brickshelf and flickr seem to be down right now, I went outside my comfort zone and had a look at MOCpages. And after discussing the excellent “Guardian of the Emerald” creation by LukeClarenceVan I’m very glad I did. The sea serpent uses a great set of multiple textural techniques, including some nice water effect, and the diorama itself is well set up. Great work all around.

Sea Serpent LEGO Model

A traveler in a strange land

This purple scene by A Plastic Infinity depicts a traveling alien as he meets another race for the first time. It is full of simple techniques that play off of each other perfectly. I’m really into those aliens. Just four fairly common pieces, yet they look totally new. The landscape is basic terracing, but the color and tiling gives it that alien flair. I think anything more would have distracted the eye from the story that the builder was trying to tell. This is a great example of how a good grasp of fundamental technique works to convey a story or feeling. I love it and I want to see more!

Sci-Fe: The Traveler

LEGO Macaw takes flight in a burst of iridescent plumage

Sean and Steph Mayo (AKA Siercon and Coral) have gained lots of altitude with their latest creation. The Macaw itself is incredible but the studio setting they have created highlights it very nicely. I also really love the signature in the bottom left corner of the “painting” and you have to admit that the Pick-a-Brick cup full of water is nice touch. My only questions is whether or not the cup is filled with official LEGO water…

Iridescent Flight