Patrick B has created a traditional wooden tavern that lies in the fictional kingdom of Brandküste, one of nine kingdoms from an online role-playing game on the German-language LEGO fansite Imperium der Steine. The tavern has some lovely architectural details and a sloped roof with a mix of tiles and studs on show to add texture. The character details are fun and engaging: an archer aims his arrow at the apple on top of his friends head, there’s a basin of water being used to wash some of the dishes and a comedy moment as some poor soul falls down the stairs.
Does anyone else agree that the two statues on the staircase are wild boars? I may have to check with the builder as I am not an expert in zoology.
Don’t mess with LEGO 7‘s latest creation — it doesn’t look like it’s in the mood for any of your nonsense. This little beastie has a brilliantly menacing expression, and I love the aggressive posing. It’s just waiting for you to try and make your move.
The model’s base is a great bit of work too — check out the skeleton half-buried in the sand. Great stuff.
In a Coat of Arms, everything has meaning: the symbols, colors and placement all tell a story about the family it’s representing. Robert4168 tells us the tale of the fictional Dratiphe Coat of Arms. He tells us the Gauntlet stands for strong and prepared, and the Scales for justice. The Anvil stands for honor, and the Arrows mean readiness for war.
I love the sculpting and scale on all of the items on the coat of arms, and the scroll work is just lovely. It says, “Omnia Praesignis Est” and adds another level of complexity to the build.
Considered to be one of the greatest strategy game franchises ever, as well as being an undisputed classic, the Age of Empires series has been entertaining players since its initial release back in 1997. While their gameplay is rightfully touted, the games’ graphics and architectural design style were equally memorable.
InnovaLug, a building group who describe themselves as “a bunch of friends who share the same fascination with the brick” brought together their love of LEGO and the Age of Empires to recreate in-game structures from Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings in spectacular fashion. Seven builders and seven buildings: nostalgia for the game has never been stronger.
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It’s not halloween season yet but Patrick Massey wants to scare us anyway. This spooky scene simply gives me the shivers! I love the eerie mushrooms, the thornbush, and those strange trees which seem to have grisly tentacles. Yikes! The lack of a friendly human, the abandoned boat and the partially collapsed roof add a lot to the ambience. Don’t let the fireplace welcome you into the shack! It’s just a trick of demons!
But we wouldn’t want to ruin your day with such darkness in lovely spring time so here’s a little bit of trivial info. Patrick utilized his fog machine to obtain this amazing mist effect but his neighbors thought his house was burning down. I really wonder how he explained the situation.
We’ve featured Patrick Massey with his amazing Al Amarj Island before, and once again he proves himself a master builder with this new addition to his portfolio. Considering the oriental folk and western troops, the Andus Tradehouse and Bazaar depicts a colonial period and perfectly manages to sum up all the little oriental details. Palm trees, the snake charmer, oil lamp posts, drunken lords and a silly jester makes a lively scene while different types of arches and columns turn the building into an impressive piece of architecture. Zoom in and take a peek at all the little details!
I do very much enjoy castle walls with character, and this gatehouse by David Zambito fits the bill. The wall is textured, and the landscaping has a great organic look to it. It gives a nice sense of time: this wall has been here a long time and seen things, and so many stories have passed through it.
David has some nice examples of landscaping (check out this cobblestone road!) in his flickr gallery, and I invite you to take a peek!
Building in microscale is difficult and I have full respect for those that can pull it off well. This little gate by Halhi141 captured the scale and subject quite well. I like the flats and details for the castle wall. That can be difficult enough on larger models, let alone models of this size. The trees and pathway are wonderful.
This month’s cover photo comes to us from teen builder K.Kreations, and is a depiction of Scottish hero William Wallace. This scene and more of his work were featured in the book Medieval LEGO, which we reviewed here last year.
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It doesn’t take much to keep out unwanted guests; just some steep walls with spikes on top, and a few cannon. Best to have lookout tower too, so you know when to man the guns. This wonderful stockade by Jonas Wide packs all that into a tiny package — just enough to keep a bit of border safe.
Set 64044 Ardun Observatory is part of the new wave called Mythic Machines in the Dragon Lands theme, and features a semi-circle three-tiered castle with astronomical equipment in the tower. Arrayed around it are the forces of evil, orc-like creatures with a battering ram, small catapult, and a fearsome red dragon. Play features include hidden passageways, spring-loaded catapults, a working drawbridge and portcullis, and breakaway walls.
Not familiar with LEGO set 64044? That’s because you can’t buy this set from the LEGO company, or anywhere else — it comes from the mind of Aaron Newman.
64044 Ardun Observatory by Aaron Newman
Aaron Newman doesn’t simply look at his LEGO collection and wonder what he can create; instead he looks at his bricks and asks, “What if LEGO sold different sets?” A 21-year-old UCLA theater student, Aaron’s got a knack for designing LEGO creations to fill his own alternate universe where LEGO produces the sets he’d like to see. And he’s got a fantastic sense of style. Aaron’s models center around a castle theme called Dragon Lands, which is a hybrid of LEGO’s official Vikings and Fantasy-Era Castle lines. He creates sub-themes to mimic LEGO’s habit of releasing sets in waves, and includes a set designed for each price point. His latest sub-theme, titled Dragon Lands: Mythic Machines, features crude orc siege machinery pitted against dwarven and elven strongholds. And, of course, there are lots of dragons, because no Castle theme is complete without them.
I recently had the opportunity speak with Aaron about his unique style and learn a bit about how he designs fan creations that look like sets.
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The great thing about art (of which LEGO is a medium) is the ability to put something together with the greatest of care and effort, sit back, and whisper to yourself… what the hell did I just make?.
Builder Brian Kescenovitz did that here. Despite the creation having the stately name “Guardian II”, it’s description reads: “Some sort of serpent mecha guardian thingy.” And, well, that’s just what it is.