Tag Archives: Diorama

There’s nothing like a massive LEGO diorama to prove that you’ve arrived as a LEGO builder. The LEGO dioramas we feature here span everything from realistic medieval castles to scenes from World War II, and more than a few post-apocalyptic wastelands.

Enter the marshy depths of Purity

This alien landscape of a cavernous marshland by Raoul Baldwin features many exotic elements. There are so many aspects of this creation I like, including the color texturing with olive green and dark tan, the vertical raised dark tan baseplate, the rocks in the foreground to add perspective and depth, and the integration of elements of technology and nature. Don’t forget to check out the details of the organic looking alien walker.

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So it goes.

Generally speaking, I don’t consider most Lego builds ‘art’. Most of the time, builders just want to make a cool castle or spaceship or whatever. When someone wants to convey a message through a build, it’s all too often done in a heavyhanded manner.

Not so with this scene by Brian Rinker (Âtin). The construction and technique is all top-notch, but it’s the understated framing here that transcends the medium.

The Note

Spring Time in Tuscany

You know those snapshots that just bring you to a time in your life? Where you remember the defining moments, those poignant memories that make you smile. For me, this particular MOC reminds me of the first time I saw fireflies, in Tuscany, amid the vineyards. They were the only light along the path.

Carson Hart‘s rendition of an Italian Tuscan villa captures the bright colors and classic look, while forced perspective in the background shows off the rolling hills of vineyards. I imagine the other part of this villa may or may not include a winery that filled that bottle on the table.

Spring Time in Tuscany

Sometimes Less is More, Others More is More

For an example of the first, check out this photo by frame*. A few rocks, a custom minifig, and that’s it. The composition, however, is very nicely put together. The minifig pose looks well thought out, while the white space and depth of field of the image make for something interesting to view.

mickey mouse and his friends

As a counterpoint, please check out this creation by Pippo Zane. I spotted this weeks ago, when it was first posted, and never managed to find time to post it. It should not be overlooked, though, as every crevice of this large diorama is crammed with interesting detail. My favorite detail is the twisted column (both of them, really), but that’s just one of many spots of detail that draw the eye. The display is large enough to draw the eye into detail and make the viewer forget the scale of the entire piece.

The Gun Club

Elysium Data Heist Diorama

I’m pretty sure that this diorama by Daniel Garcia Rodado (AlterEvo) and (AL13N163NA) is the first I’ve seen inspired by the movie Elysium. Regardless of what you think of the plot or script of the movie, it had some stunning visuals, and some really cool tech. I like how this display is made up of a series of vignettes, disconnected but bound together. I also think that the builders did a great job of representing the exo-skeleton worn by Matt Damon’s character, at minifig scale.

Target: John Carlyle