I am a sucker for medieval dioramas and this one, by Polish builder Toltomeja, is particularly good. The variations in the buildings while maintaining the color scheme really makes this little town pop and I especially like the structure of the cranes that tower over the hustle and bustle of the wharf.
There is so much story-telling and minute detail going on in the build, I could sit and stare at the pictures all day. You really have to check out the brilliant fretwork this builder has created using hand-cuffs over the archway.
The Game of Thrones universe is full of amazing structures, including a ginormous wall of ice, pyramids, and even a castle half-melted by dragonfire. But my personal favorite has always been Pyke, an ancient castle built upon the cliffs of the Iron Islands of Westeros. Anu Pehrson‘s LEGO version of the Greyjoy stronghold is breathtaking. Anu, who won an award for this creation at BrickCon recently in Seattle, perfectly captured the rickety towers connected by rope bridges and the eroded, mossy cliff faces. There’s even salty brine covering the lower rocks!
The landscaping in this large LEGO creation are worth a closer look, with blocks of green breaking up the gray cliffs.
As I sit here, patiently waiting for the first bit autumn storms to arrive, I see the leaves changing color and the rain falling. I absolutely love the changing of the seasons. They’re all wonderful for different reasons. I adore autumn because it means that winter is almost here.
Galaktek has illustrated the changing of the seasons beautifully in this little vignette. It features a microscale central keep, surrounded by four valleys, each featuring a season. There is more, though, than you see initially to the build.
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I am fascinated by how buildings change through time. It’s so interesting to see how they are built, rebuilt, and modified as the needs of a community change. Lasse Vestergård has built this evolution of Roskilde Cathedral, a beautiful cathredral in Denmark. It serves as the final resting place for Danish royalty, and has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list since 1995.
Lasse has provided a ton of history and backstory for each iteration of the Catherdral, starting with the Danish King Harald Bluetooth in 980 CE all the way up to 2016. I invite you to view each build and read its history!
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Sometimes an adventurer just has to go where nobody else wants to go. Why? For glory and honor of course! Also, treasure. I can only imagine that great treasures and equally great horrors lie behind this ancient LEGO door built by Marcin Guzicki. I hope Marcin’s lone adventure is up to the task ahead.
This medieval village by robbadopdop is alive with details and action. Each building features different construction techniques and some are placed diagonally to achieve a natural layout to the village. The windmill on the hill create staple landmark to top off this medieval LEGO masterpiece.
The large diorama features lots of excellent details, including some great yellow hay bales under the awning on this green-roofed hut.
Jacob Nion‘s latest creation is an impressive fantasy diorama depicting a fearsome giant coming down from the mountains — no doubt to bring chaos and terror to a peaceful Crownie settlement.
Whilst the scenery is well done, the giant himself is the obvious star of this show. The figure is packed full of nice parts usage — wrapped sails for trousers, minifig hair for his luxurious beard, and then there’s the use of “bigfig” troll arms as, err… arms. My favourite bit of the model? His packed lunch — a live cow. Nothing like a bit of fresh meat.
This LEGO castle by Patrick Massey is both lovely and somewhat terrifying. The spiky crenellations and hard textures of the castle make it look like the home of an evil wizard or an otherwise sourly-dispositioned inhabitant. However, at the same time, the lush autumn foliage and the soft round curves of the tower would make this keep the likely home of a princess. Which is it?
In addition to the great colors and diverse textures of Patrick’s fantastic castle build, I also love how the rock formations and the nearby stream seem to pour over the sides of the build’s frame.
This lovely Viking stave church by John Tooker has some great textures and details. Just look at that cobblestone wall, the wood planks that make up the walls of the church, and of course the round 2×2 tiles that make up the roof. Except for the grassy areas (which look a little bit like the astroturf on a putt-putt golf course) there is not a single untextured area of this build. Very well done.
The Globe Theater is iconic, with a long rich history. Artisan Bricks has recreated the theater in microscale, complete with removable roof for easy stage access.
This tiny theater features the iconic round shape, with the open arena for the audience. There are balconies all around, with the elevated stage.
It’s one thing to say that a plague of locusts, cicadas, or grasshoppers has gone after your crops. It’s another thing entirely when they destroy the entire farm. sanellukovic has posted what can only be a thing of nightmares with elephant-sized grasshoppers destroying the remains of what I imagine was once a farm, full of life. Not so much anymore.
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Built for BrickFair Virginia, this lovely diorama was displayed in full for the first time. Gary^The^Procrastinator has been working on it for some time and I must say the finished product is wonderful. Each time I look at it, I find a different detail.
Each of the buildings themselves are excellent examples of castle buildings. Seeing them all together, with minfigs throughout, brings the whole display to life.