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.

In the verdant gardens

In recent years, “Castle” building has begun to encompass more and more non-military scenes, which is a pleasant change of pace. Well-tended gardens, so prevalent on the estates of the wealthy during the middle-ages, however, are still relatively rare. That’s why it was a nice surprise to see this lovely garden diorama by Joshua.

State Gardens of Lenfald, LC 16 Entry, overview

Ruins, Manors, and things that eventually decay

I particularly enjoy when a build just grows organically, after you sit down, and start putting things together. The idea just flows and in the end, you have something pretty amazing.

This particular idea started out just with the broken wall at the very back of this old, decayed manor. It grew from there, and eventually worked it’s way into what you see now.

The remains

This was a fun project for me to figure how to take something so fragile and get it safely from one corner of the country to another. So the base is entirely modular and comes apart, and the rockery can be moved around.

Through the door

To see more of the decayed manor, see my flickr gallery!

Heir to the Empire

This lovely scene from the Star Wars Expanded Universe is very well put together. From the angled walls to the meticulously laid out tiles on the driveway, from the expanded plates on the archways to just the right amount of mottling and texture on the walls, this build is packed with subtle detail and technique. Plus he used one of the gold C3-P0s that everyone is afraid to take out of their packaging, you have to give Markus credit for that! Take closer looks at the pictures on this one. You will be surprised at the level of hidden detail.

Thrawn Trilogy - Heir of the Empire - Myrkr - Hyllyard City

The fiery world of Mustafar sculpted from 60,000 Lego bricks

Michał Kaźmierczak has built several large dioramas, and they all keep getting bigger and better. His epic rendition of the volcanic world of Mustafar from Star Wars captures the fiery landscape and the realistic texture of the lava. The diorama rests on a footprint of 35 large gray baseplates. Here is a photo with the builder for perspective.

mustafar08

The microscale imperial shuttle in this photo really shows off the scale of this massive display.

mustafar02

Doctor Who’s TARDIS, it’s bigger on the inside.

Transdimensional engineering allows the TARDIS to have a deceptively large inside. Letranger Absurde (vitreolum) has cleverly used forced perspective to build what appears to be an impossibly big TARDIS interior:

Allons-y Alonzo!

Though the rest of the build is equally clever as the camera angle, including the great Doctor Who figure, the TARDIS itself, the doors and I really like the simple but effective sewer gate.

Grand designs

Patrick Massey builds great fantasy environments, then stocks them with entire armies of figures. But like the landscape we featured previously, much of his scenery is so gorgeous that it demands to be enjoyed unpopulated as well, to appreciate all the little details. Fortunately Patrick seems to feel the same way. The result: pure LEGO scene-porn!



What Once Was

Of his latest creation, Gabe Umland says “For some reason post-apoc has fallen out of style, but it doesn’t mean it’s not still cool”. So true! Inspired by this drawing from DeviantArt member Dumitrescu Ioan, Gabe’s diorama captures the ramshackle world of repurposed ship parts on the bed of a long dried-up ocean:

But it’s all the little details that make a scene like this more interesting – and warrant a closer look – right down to the very comfortable-looking interior of an old shipping container: