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.

Retro LEGO workspace makes us nostalgic for floppy disks

Chris McVeigh proves once again that he’s the master of technology nostalgia with this perfect recreation of an 80s/early-90s workspace.

My Old Desktop: Byte Edition

The desk and chair are nice work, but it’s the details on the desktop which make this brilliant — the phone, the lamp, the stapler, the computer itself, all good. But best of all? The floppy disk storage box — a long-departed office fixture which remains immediately identifiable.

And of course, everyone who works with technology deserves to get the occasional upgrade…

My Old Desktop: DOS Edition

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.

This first class lounge is so luxurious, you won’t regret missing your flight

Airport has been one of the coolest subthemes of LEGO Town sets since the 90s. But while planes have become bigger and better, airport buildings have become more crowded and basic. Andrew Tate rectifies the situation with an outstanding luxury lounge right from the 1950s.

First class lounge - Terminal One - Idlebrick Airport

Sharp lines and plain colors are the most memorable features of architecture from that golden age of flight, and Andrew recreates that style perfectly with basic and curved lines. Even the minifigures in this scene fit right in: notice two charming flight attendants in their chic uniforms, taking a break before their next flight.

First class lounge - Terminal One - Idlebrick Airport

Massive LEGO Mos Eisley diorama is a most adorable hive of scum and villainy

The Star Wars saga is an epic tale set in an expansive universe. So when it comes to Star Wars LEGO builds, bigger is almost always better. Which is why we love this 6′ x 4′ Mos Eisley diorama by Australian builder Joshua Morris. The scene includes a variety of buildings that perfectly capture that Tattooine architectural style without ever feeling repetitive, and includes many small details that recreate the chaos of this obscure-but-not-so-obscure Outer Rim outpost. And the best part? This is just one third of the full diorama that Joshua and two other SydLUG builders have been working on! We’ll be sure to keep you posted as the rest of this amazing collaboration is revealed.

Click here to see close-up pictures of the entire diorama

Massive LEGO Avatar diorama imagines Pandora’s future

Jon & Catherine Stead have built an enormous Avatar-themed diorama depicting a future for Pandora where low-impact ore extraction has become a reality, with humans and Na’avi working together in harmony.

Pandora Diorama MOC - 2

The layout is 3m x 1.5m — a huge undertaking, which the builders have managed to stuff full of detailed plant life and mining machinery. Jon says the model took 6 weeks to complete — you can see why!

Sadly there are no separate close-up images, but I’d heartily recommend clicking through to the image here and zooming in to see some of the details.

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

TBB cover photo: May 2016

This month’s cover photo comes to us from TBB regular Letranger Absurde and is entitled Ella “Tall Tide” Kneebone’s Cabin. In this creation he augments his signature style of character building with a beautiful diorama featuring a wealth of gorgeously detailed objects.

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Superheroes settle their differences with a game of H.O.R.S.‌‌E

Sure, the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel nearly leveled the Kent family barn, but Supe’s mom Martha stepped between them with her trusty rolling pin and put an end to the destruction. Now, these two superheroes are settling their differences like men. Builder Thorsten Bonsch said he wanted to create a lighthearted scene. He achieved that and more! In addition to the playful atmosphere, this scene packs some incredible details. I love the heat vision damage on the corner of the barn, the wheat field, and the terrific texture on the sidings. Check out close-up photos of this build on Flickr.

Batman vs. Superman

Desert dwelling puts other houses in the shade

Marcel V. has built a wonderful little desert scene. The house walls show lovely texturing and color choice, and there’s some nice parts usage on display — particular props go out for the white snake as a curl of smoke.

Kaliphlin Outpost

I’m also impressed with the rock and plant details on the base. Sometimes “tanscaping” like this can feel a bit plain and formulaic, but the curved rocks, minifig-hand scrub plants, and the paving around the door make the base of this model as visually-interesting as the house itself. Good stuff.

Let’s hoedown to High Noon City

Monostrophic has built a real Western themed treat for LEGO fans with this large scale diorama called High Noon City. There are many fantastic details to be found in this huge creation from water towers, Indian lookouts, covered wagons, gold-diggers working in the gold-mine, a water mill and a busy railway platform. Of course, everything takes place around the railway line that encircles the entire build complete with steam train chugging along.

High Noon City

The water tower and railway platform are particular favourites of mine with the typical high roofed station building that also houses the sheriff. To the left, it seems that some naughty boys are being brought to the sheriff for some Wild West style justice. Don’t worry about too many wild activities though, the cavalry are just around the next corner.

Flatform

You can see all the details in close-up views on Flickr in the builder’s High Noon City album.

Yee-haw!