Michał Kaźmierczak spent 7 months to create the iconic gates of Erebor as seen in The Hobbit. The scene shows the meeting between Bard the Bowman and Dwarfs. This colossal build is 5’3″ tall, and you have to see it with the builder to appreciate the scale.
I don’t know which I love more in this Guilds of Historica build by Jacob Nion – the very believable battle-worn siege tower, or the fantastical yet beautifully constructed rhino that’s pulling it. Let’s hope this practice doesn’t lead to rhino’s in GoH becoming as endangered as they are on our planet!
If you like big castles, we got another treat for you. This work by Marco den Besten (‘Ecclesiastes) and Tijger-San features a classical approach of using blocky gray wall and towers, but the patterns in the architecture makes an otherwise simple structure appear ornate. You can see more photos of the creation on Eurobricks.
It’s been a rough winter all around, though I am glad most of our snowy adventures do not involve storming a tall tower. Isaac S (soccersnyderi)’s little build is quite clever, and I do appreciate some of the techniques he used here. It definitely avoids being a boring tower, and I like the cold feel of the whole build.
It’s probably fair to say that the “higgledy-piggledy” castle style – featuring crumbly textured walls, sagging Tudor woodwork and an obligatory splash of color – has become a popular trope amongst castle builders over the past couple of years. So it’s always nice when one of the progenitors of this style produces something that lifts it to a higher level (literally)…
Behold, All Hallows Keep by Luke Watkins Hutchinson (aka Derfel Cadarn):
It’s been a bit since we featured a castle creation on here, and I think it’s high time!
This tower by Marco den Besten (ecclesiastes) is just full of great details to draw the eye and avoid the big-grey-wall syndrome. I love the decorative elements at the top of each tower, and the lines on the main door. I particularly like the off-angle of the tower in the far back right.
Open the tower to reveal the gold within:
Smaug! Using some pretty great techniques, Finn Tegotash has recreated the head of everyone’s favorite gold hoarder: Smaug the Magnificent.
I particularly love the use of seats for scales, the horse saddle for the nose and a window for the lower jaw. But what really impressed me was the the Dwarven runes he created using LEGO string:
Spoiler alert! The above translates to the first word in this post.
This build, by Tyler, depicts the sad end of a tragic story. We don’t know the details but we know it didn’t end well.
I love the construction here of the hand and chains, of course. But I think the unsung hero here is the backdrop. That is some lovely brickwork going on there!