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.

Magma City: A town with a lava problem

South Korean professional LEGO building quartet Olive Seon are known for their massive city dioramas. This latest city is having the disturbing problem of being built above a river of lava. The airtanker in the middle of dumping water is a terrific image, and adds a huge amount of dynamism to this diorama, and I always appreciate that the builders include a lot of below-ground details.

Magma City

Mining: Your Own Business in Space

Check out this cool microscale space mining operation by Outer Rim Emperor. He says it’s his first model in the Classic Space theme, and I think he’s nailed it. The big Octan tank is a nice, touch, too, though I’m not quite sure where Octan fits into LEGO’s chronology in relation to Classic Space.

Classic Space: Mining Station Calypso Theta 9

Terror Inkognita

Flickr user kumpel kante presents a gorgeous build featuring ruins (a personal favorite) of ancient civilizations, re-purposed for more nefarious uses.

There are tons of great details hidden amongst the ruins. I invite you to spend some time looking at the great architecture and sculpting he used to create this!

Aurora, a Lego fantasy world

It has been over 3 years since Tyler (Legohaulic) and I collaborated on a large display. In our newest work, we present a theme inspired by the colorful and imaginative video game Bastion. This is a 7’x7′ display of a floating world shattered into fragments, whose citizens are now rebuilding their lost home. Check out the detail shots on Tyler‘s and my Flickr photostream.

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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