Most of the builds we see posted by LEGO Castle builders are, well, LEGO castles, and those that aren’t are often half-timber medieval taverns and houses. Aaron Gomez delves into the Iron Age with a Druid working magic in a stone circle — frankly much more interesting to me than yet another post-Roman, pre-Renaissance something or other (yawn).
While I don’t necessarily disagree with Aaron himself in thinking that the edges under the dark green leaves could have used some smoothing, the megaliths in the circle are wonderfully built — particularly the dolmen near the top of the photo.
Castleheads born in the 80s are very likely to have drooled over the conflict between the Black Knights and the Wolfpack. I was an avid supporter of the Black Knights as they occupied large castles and had massive firepower including a ship. Wolfpack renegades were just the icing on the cake.
But every faction requires a challenge so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I rebuilt the poor old 6075 Wolfpack Tower into a stronghold and added a little bit of a fantasy twist. I hope you enjoy the result!
In the frozen lands of Ebar Stream, warg riders of Mitgardia have found a way to heat the Frost Spear. This snowy landscape created by established builder Tirrel Brown has amazing terrain work including a small spring which pipes hot steam into the old stable and tower. The creation also comes with an impressive background story, which you can check out for yourself on his Flickr account!
Markus Rollbühler opens up a new page on LEGO building by presenting Grimm’s Fairy Tales in book form. We’ve seen literature depicted in LEGO through an artistic representation of a book before, but I here I particularly love Markus’ use of the pages forming gnarled tree silhouettes to add depth to the scenes. Markus says that there are references to six of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales depicted here: see if you can spot them all.
TBB’s very own Simon Liu was celebrating yesterday… No, not a queue of ladies at his door on Valentine’s Day, but the 5-year anniversary of his first “big boy build” and explosion into the LEGO community. To celebrate all that is LEGO (fun, friendship, contests, community spirit, etc), Simon is running a celebratory Mockaversary competition, best described in Simon’s own words:
Give me an idea that you want.
I’ll choose stuff only from this page.
If I build it.
The third Mockaversary gift is a microscale build called Micro Katoren that fulfilled two requests, build a castle and build in the Kaliphlin style as part of the larger Guilds of Historica (GoH) community. GoH was one of the first Build-RPGs hosted on Eurobricks and Simon was heavily involved in the initial concept. This is an anniversary moment in itself as the community is still thriving. Micro Katoren is a microscale replica of The City of Katoren, a collaboration between jsnyder002 and soccersnyderi.
What a lovely guy Simon is. I’m just a bit concerned about how he is going to ship my life-sized LEGO Canadian Mountie all the way from Canada to the UK… Maybe I should have asked for a LEGO beaver instead.
Inspired by the new Nexo Knights theme, Milan Sekiz has created a scene that, like the Nexo Knights theme itself, is half castle, half space, and complete awesomeness. The swirling portal door is beautifully designed and the premise of the build, the Nexo Knights’ firsts steps into a fantastical new world, is inspired.
Check out more photos on Flickr.
At first glance, this diorama by Austrian builder sanellukovic might appear to be a scene from Lord of the Rings, but it’s actually an original scene built for a LEGO Castle roleplaying game called Die Neun Reiche (the Nine Kingdoms) on the German-language site Imperium der Steine. One’s eye is certainly drawn to the excellent statues in the back, along with the brick-built pair of ravens, but my favorite details are the stone walkway leading to the paved area, with its missing paving stones.
How do you fight a foe with ice in his veins and the ability to call down a winter blizzard on top of your head? With this fire-spewing, bellows-powered war wagon by Jacob Nion of course! Though I’m slightly horrified that Jacob folded pleats into that fabric (Seriously, will it ever be flat again?), it resulted in completely adorable (and presumably, powerful) accordion-style bellows. Also, the dragon-shaped potbelly stove and Jacob’s iconic rat warriors round this build out into sheer awesomeness.
Wochender, one of the team members over at The Brick Time, has built a couple of wonderful medieval buildings that would look beautiful in any setting, with their carved timber construction and stonework, but the trees and roads surrounding are what caught my eye.
Both buildings also have full interiors.
Click through to see the interiors
Last year’s Colossal Castle Contest has been over for a month now, so naturally I was surprised to see a large castle Moc with the distinctive “CCC” in the title. The builder, Maciek (“Toltomeja” on Flickr), says that it is a re-build of his earlier CCC entry. I don’t know what the previous incarnation looked like but this one is a beauty!
Speaking as a castle builder, it’s very exciting to see the old but superb techniques of tubular gothic windows and minifig flipper roofs. The builder also included an excellently detailed interior, something you don’t always see in a creation this scale.
Maciek has uploaded lots of pictures so be sure to check them out in the Flickr album.
This castle by markus19840420 has seen better days, but the crumbling, mossy appearance of the structure is precisely what makes this build so appealing. Castle walls can be created quickly with LEGO. So quickly, that it becomes almost second nature to assemble bland, plain walls of grey. (I’ve taken apart more castle works-in-progress than I care to admit simply because they were too bland.) Markus’s battle-scared walls, on the other hand, have character. My favorite detail is the jagged hole in the tower revealing the set of spiral stairs inside. The figures huddled around the table under the awning also breathe life, and a little mystery, into this build.
Ever since Tyler and Nannan built their masterful floating island collaboration called Aurora, other builders have taken up this beautiful and unique genre both individually and in groups. One of the regulars in the new unexplored theme is Brother Steven. His latest build is a sight to behold!
Built as part of the Isles of Aura, the combination of a quaint well-balanced creation and an excellent edit job makes this quite a stunning picture. I hope we see more floating islands in future!