Tag Archives: Castle

Dragons! Knights in shining armor! Trebuchets & ballistas! From enormous LEGO castles buttoned up for battle to peaceful village market scenes, we’ve got your LEGO Castle needs covered right here.

The Northern Bears’ new castle

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.

Northern Bears

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.

Cute cottage for an ugly witch

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.

Miss Mystery Cottage

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.

Encounter in the Library of the Undead

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.

Library of the Undead

See the standalone setting and the characters on Deus’s Flickr stream.

Who’s watching this watchtower?

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.

Benoic Watchtower

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.

It’s a Dutch world after all

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.

The People of Laaf

Goings-on at the tavern

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.

The Nine Kingdoms: Challenge 2

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.

LEGO cyclops has his eye on you

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.

Cyclop-6

The model’s base is a great bit of work too — check out the skeleton half-buried in the sand. Great stuff.

Coat of Arms in LEGO

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.

Uridius Dratiphe's Coat of Arms

Age of LEGO – a build fit for kings

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.

Age of Empires II by InnovaLug

Click here to see all seven buildings in detail

Spooky cottage by the river

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!

Misty Night on the Bayou

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.

A colonial bazaar

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!

Andus Tradehouse and Bazaar