Probably the biggest hurdle when it comes to creating Maschinen Krieger (Ma.K) inspired builds with LEGO is the loss of the fine details. The amount of realism that real Ma.K modellers put in to their creations are second to none. But LEGO is a bit trickier medium to achieve gritty realism in. However, Andy Baumgart (D-Town Cracka) proves once again that going to a larger scale makes that much easier to achieve it.
Not only is this build incredibly detailed, the presentation and inclusion of the little girls just screams Ma.K. Much of the vibe of Maschinen Krieger dioramas is the juxtaposition of mechanical death machines and innocence.
Spanning two decades and achieving worldwide popularity, the Stargate franchise gave Star Trek a pretty good run for its money – and is now even up for a movie reboot. The final spin-off, named Stargate Universe, tried to lure fans by adopting the grittier realism of shows like Battlestar Galactica. Unfortunately that shift didn’t gel with audiences, and the show was cancelled after just 2 seasons.
I’m a huge SG-U fan and was sad to see it go. So when German builder nameless_member produced this beautiful model of the star ship Destiny, it was nice to be reminded I wasn’t the only one…
I really love the compactness of this build – it’s probably the smallest scale that you could build Destiny at and still do it justice. It has just the right level of greebling, and the ship’s distinctive curvature is perfectly captured, as you can see from this rear angle. Even the shuttle craft have been included!
Since very slightly before the dawn of the Internet, Scott Adams’ comic strip Dilbert has served as daily therapy for anyone trapped in the dysfunctional and illogical world of modern office life …but in particular, engineers in tech companies. And while it contains many in-jokes that only a bunch of worthless code monkeys would ever get, all of us can relate to the Pointy Haired Boss, the futility of PowerPoint presentations, or being punched into the middle of next week by an angry co-worker.
And now Cristiano Spiller has decided to continue his Cubedude renaissance with this comprehensive tribute to Dilbert, featuring all of your favorite heroes and anti-heroes:
It’s actually alarming how well they translate to LEGO! Cristiano has also recreated some memorable secondary characters, such as the Elbonians and Loud Howard, and topped off the collection with a very snappy interpretation of the Dilbert logo:
It’s enough to make me want to form a proactive synergy restructuring team to change the six-sigma paradigm! Nya, I’ll get some intern to do it…
Swestar has released a new mech into the wild. It answers to the name “Guardian” and it’s pretty dang cool. But I especially love the atmosphere he has going on in the base/hanger in which he introduces the Mech. The presentation is just about perfect.
I particularly enjoy when a build just grows organically, after you sit down, and start putting things together. The idea just flows and in the end, you have something pretty amazing.
This particular idea started out just with the broken wall at the very back of this old, decayed manor. It grew from there, and eventually worked it’s way into what you see now.
This was a fun project for me to figure how to take something so fragile and get it safely from one corner of the country to another. So the base is entirely modular and comes apart, and the rockery can be moved around.
To see more of the decayed manor, see my flickr gallery!
This lovely scene from the Star Wars Expanded Universe is very well put together. From the angled walls to the meticulously laid out tiles on the driveway, from the expanded plates on the archways to just the right amount of mottling and texture on the walls, this build is packed with subtle detail and technique. Plus he used one of the gold C3-P0s that everyone is afraid to take out of their packaging, you have to give Markus credit for that! Take closer looks at the pictures on this one. You will be surprised at the level of hidden detail.
This rover by the ever-popular Pete Reid is chock full of some nice, subtle detail. Often Neo-Classic Space creations are overloaded with those lovely details known as “greebles”. This beauty has them (between the wheels of the wagon, for example) but by keeping them to a minimum, it doesn’t look too busy and has a nice, clean feel to it. Lastly, you have to love the presentation! That slice of lunar landscape is the icing on the cake!
Moko delivers another sweet build with this adorable little Gundam. He’s just so cute, I couldn’t resist posting him. Plus he was pointing that big gun at my head.
This little build by Disco86 is a wonderful example of an expert use of space! Even though it has a very small footprint, the builder was able to really give a sense of the size and creepiness of Mirkwood Forest. Also, even though I personally am getting tired of every fantasy and medieval creation having a border, it really does work on this one. The border is simple, frames the scene nicely and gives you the feel that this is a section of a much larger whole. Beautifully played!
Alex Jones has done a beautiful job recreating this iconic character from the Ghostbuster franchise. Just look at that smile, he’s harmless!
See more pictures of Alex’s Ghostbusters creations and his other work at his website.