Cinderella’s castle is iconic. The tall spires and bright blue roof are highly recognizable to anyone who’s walked through the front gates of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Delayice‘s version is far, far smaller but just as beautiful in its size, scale, and excellent technique.
This small-world version makes excellent use of the brick-profile bricks, and the spires are tall and recognizable. The landscaping is simple and effective.
Brazilian builder Gilcelio Chagas wanted to find a use for those seemingly useless Mixel faces. And while torture is no laughing matter, he saw the funny side and came up with this entire scene featuring a group of Medieval torture chamber workers. But don’t find any comfort in their mischievous appearance, they are eager to break your bones, rip out your stomach, chop up your liver and feed you to the rats!
This magnificent palace of a sultan looks splendid in microscale, a size not often used for the inspiring architecture of the near east. Marcel V. puts those gold ice-cream swirls to great use atop the minarets, and tiny crowns adorn the other towers.
Check out this castle build by Mark of Siloam. In addition to the beautiful, two-toned stonework of the castle itself, Mark’s build features a functioning drawbridge to keep out baddies and some of the nicest-looking brick-built trees I’ve seen. Also, this build has excellent play-ability as the walls fold out and the upper levels are removable for easy access to the fully-furnished interior.
Mark built this sweet castle for the Summer Joust contest on Flickr. The contest consists of six castle-themed categories and is open to anyone with a Flickr account. It runs through June 30th, 2016 so there’s plenty of time to whip up an entry or two of your own.
Ukranian builder flambo14 brings us a lovely little fantasy cottage. I like the wonky towers and the haphazard roofs, and the minifig choice is simply perfect.
The rocky base could maybe do with a little more greenery to break up the gray and tan, but that’s nit-picking at an otherwise great little creation. I want to see more scenes from this fairytale.
Deus Otiosus imagines a cartoony LEGO fantasy in this dungeon scene. It shows an encounter between five heroes and two skeleton warriors – one a human and the other a dragon. The library has just the right amount of worn-down feel, and the heroes all have their own personality evoked through their construction and posing. The skeletons are my favorite part of the scene — I like the contrast between thin pieces like robot arms, horns, and technic rods, with relatively thicker pieces such as plates and bricks.
See the standalone setting and the characters on Deus’s Flickr stream.
Great landscaping and medieval style building skills are on display this latest model from Isaac S. There’s also a nice contrast between the stone texturing of the tower itself and the wooden hall, and the detailed organic looking base makes a pleasant change from the “square base framing” which has become something of a cliché in LEGO castle and fantasy building.
In his Flickr post, Isaac is happy to point out where he’s taken inspiration from other builders in this model. I enjoy when builders do this — it’s a little hat tip show of respect, and it doesn’t retract from this being a solid creation in its own right.
The People of Laaf is an exhibit in the Netherlands amusement park Efteling, which is older than Disneyland. It’s a fairytale land of animatronic puppets who have their own language and architectural style, and the whole thing is accessible by a small monorail. Koen‘s giant representation of the park captures the unique turrets and rooflines of the park quite nicely. But what I love about this model are the cobblestone paths and the towering trees. Make sure to click through the photostream for a full tour, including some side-by-side comparisons to the real park.
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.
Click here to see all seven buildings in detail