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.

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

Corinthium is a man-made, self-sustaining planet

Now that we are all on the same page as to what you’re seeing, enjoy Tyler’s (Legohaulic) latest creation of a planet in the shape of an icosidodecahedron. Building polyhedrons in Lego can be surprisingly simple and sturdy once you have the basic structure figured out. The applications are also numerous, ranging from castle to city to sci-fi.

Corinthium 01

An Unfortunate Encounter

Here is one of my own creations. I have wanted to illuminate a build entirely from below ever since transparent baseplates became readily available. So now I’ve finally got around to it. This scene depicts a lone wizard as he deals with the attack from a rather unwise assassin. The entire “landscape” is built on transparent baseplates. The white tree leaves are built onto black tree trucks so that the trucks would be harder to see and the foliage would appear to float above the scene. Lastly the whole scene is built up above the light-source, which has a sheet of transparent blue plastic covering it, for the diffused blue glow. If you want a challenge, give something like this a try. It definitely required a different approach!

Forest Encounter

Incredible Lego Pokemon Arcanine

I saw this creation by Mike Nieves (retinence) at BrickFair, and was blown away. The first thing that caught my eye was the paw smashing into the base, it really adds motion to the sculpture. Then I realized that the entire Pokemon (tiger?) was balanced on one paw! Incredibly, this creation was overlooked for nomination for Best Bionicle, but celebrity judge Ed Diment made sure this was recognized in the mecha category.

Pokemon Arcanine 3