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.

Goings-on at the tavern

Patrick B has created a traditional wooden tavern that lies in the fictional kingdom of Brandküste, one of nine kingdoms from an online role-playing game on the German-language LEGO fansite Imperium der Steine. The tavern has some lovely architectural details and a sloped roof with a mix of tiles and studs on show to add texture.  The character details are fun and engaging: an archer aims his arrow at the apple on top of his friends head, there’s a basin of water being used to wash some of the dishes and a comedy moment as some poor soul falls down the stairs.

The Nine Kingdoms: Challenge 2

Does anyone else agree that the two statues on the staircase are wild boars?  I may have to check with the builder as I am not an expert in zoology.

Don’t look down!

A train crashing over a collapsed wooden bridge is a classic Hollywood peril that we now get to see built in bricks thanks to W. Navarre. Many aspects of the model are built without using prefabricated parts such as the train tracks, train wheel chassis, and even the cow catcher on the front of the train. Check out more photos of this detailed creation on MOCpages.

Kid’s room lovingly recreated in LEGO

Kelvin Low takes a break from his usual fun mecha models to bring us a beautiful rendition of a kid’s playroom.

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The recreation of the painted wall is obviously charming, but I love the sense of clutter and the feeling that this room is genuinely lived-in. Too often LEGO scenes like this can be a bit stark, lacking life, and looking like showhouse photos. This room feels “real” and I can just imagine kids having a great time playing in it.

Inside a Dalek is a cooler place than you’d imagine

Xenomurphy has been no stranger to the pages of The Brothers Brick in the last few months. We’ve been loving his LEGO versions of scenes from the Elder Scrolls Online. However, he also built this cracker of a diorama, based on an episode from Dr Who where the Doctor and Clara are miniaturized and end up inside a Dalek.

Doctor Who – Into the Dalek

There’s some good greebling here, immediately identifiable as Dalek-style tech if you’re a fan of the show, and there’s an impressive sense of a wider space beyond the limits of the photo’s framing. All-in-all, this is excellent sci-fi building, and it’s great to see a Dr Who build which doesn’t rely on including a TARDIS.

Long live the King!

Jonas Wide‘s latest creation is a detailed and realistic palatial residence, with crowds cheering a newly-crowned King and Queen. The model itself is excellent with intricate levels of texture provided by clever parts use — I’m particularly enjoying the textured columns, the use of ingots, and the croissants in the crest.

Vive le Roi!

However, aside from the obvious strengths of the model, this image really stands out because of the camerawork. The out-of-focus crowd creates a strong sense of depth and scale, making for a more striking and realistic scene.

Famous derailment recreated in LEGO bricks

One of the most famous crashes in rail history is captured in this build by monstrophonic. On 22nd October 1895 the Granville-Paris Express entered the Montparnasse station travelling too fast in an attempt to make up for lost time. It failed to stop and ploughed through the buffers, across the concourse, and out through the station wall. Amazingly only a single person was killed — a woman hit by falling masonry.

Montparnasse 1895 Trainwreck

This would have been a great model on its own merits, but the fact it’s a compelling recreation of such a famous image just makes it all the better. Check out the original photograph and more information about the crash here.

Star Wars podracing under the sea with Ariel

Fan site Imperium der Steine is running a contest to create a LEGO build blending Star Wars and Disney. Cecilie Fritzvold has brought podracing to the world of The Little Mermaid in this colourful podrace under the sea, comically called the Boonta Reef Classic (a parody of the Boonta Eve Classic podrace). Cecilie tells us that the pods are built to match the characters: a clamshell for Ariel, a gastropod shell for Sebastian, and a “dead carcass turned evil” pod for Ursula, pulled by Flotsam and Jetsam.

The Boonta Reef Classic

This unique creation is full of beautiful colours and some ingenious parts used to merge Star Wars podracing into the Little Mermaid’s world. For example, Ursula’s pod mimics Sebulba’s pod in shape, but has a color scheme more befitting the evil octopus witch. For a closer look at the colourful details, check out the close ups in Cecilie’s Boonta Reef Classic album on Flickr.

Slums of Mandalore

The Sydney Brick Show is coming up this weekend, and we get to see an amazing preview of a contribution by Joshua Morris. He has collaborated with Jade Wisniewski to build a large sci-fi diorama, and this is his half.

Mandalore is an an Outer Rim planet from the Star Wars Universe, which has an interesting and violent history. Of course, Mandalore’s greatest claim to fame is that fact that Boba Fett – everyone’s favorite bounty hunter – wears the iconic Mandalorian armor (though Boba Fett himself was neither a member of the Mandalorians nor born on the planet).

Slums of Mandalore

Click here for a closer look at this hive of scum and villany

13 Miller’s Court in tragic detail

The late summer and fall of 1888 was a rough time for women in the Whitechapel district in London. The ever evasive Jack the Ripper slowly but surely made his way into history and headlines, culminating in what is believed to be the last attack on Mary Kelly, who was discovered the morning of November 9, 1888.

Mark Hodgson has illustrated the room she rented with stunning detail of how it looked prior to the first week of November that year.

Mary Kelly at Miller's Court, in Lego

The alley way, building front, and room are full of detail of the cramped quarters where she lived. Her life, up until her tragic death, is illustrated in one tiny room. Her murderer was never found, and the legends surrounding Jack the Ripper endure to this day.

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An epic LEGO tale of death

This fantastic vingette by Thorsten Bonsch is a LEGO recreation of a scene from the Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). The ESO is an online multiplayer role playing game and this particular scene comes from the latest part of the saga, The Thieves Guild. The build is not an action scene but, as Thorsten calls it, a ‘still life’ that tells a story – can you imagine what happened by looking at the evidence left behind?


The builder uses a great building technique to curve the bricks and allow the ground to slope gently upwards to the right side. In addition, the rock formations are very nicely shaped and hints of colour are just enough to capture your attention. The more I look at this scene, the more intriguing I find it.

Personally, I think that a huge snake-like creature has eaten the first man and then reaches the second and kills him just as he mortally wounds the snake with a spear to the heart. All that remains are the bones and undigested evidence that tells the story of their deaths.

Previous ESO-based creations by Thorsten have been blogged by us and are worth a second look: the City of Orsinium, the Stonefalls in Morrowind, and an amazing 11,000 piece portal called The Dolmen.

Alien kills Predator with a LEGO flipper

The 2004 movie Alien vs Predator was a clash of two eponymous sci-fi creatures to bring the comic action to the big screen. Grantmasters has captured the penultimate moment from the movie in LEGO, when the Alien Queen has mortally wounded Predator with a thrust of her tail to his torso and his green blood drips spills.

Grantmasters has cleverly utilised a host of parts to create this scene in ‘small scale’. Black minifigure hands form the feet of Alien, while lime green depict Predator’s dripping life-blood. The minifigure diver’s flipper also makes a fantastically unusual appearance as a wound!

The Hunted

The characters are cleverly built and a few subtle landscape details add to the scene without distracting from the main event. I hope Grantmasters continues with Alien vs Predator Requiem next…

Corridor spaces are the best Space spaces

A beautifully-lit space corridor scene? Yes please. SweStar is the builder behind this great little model, and they’ve done an excellent job of creating a whole galaxy’s worth of atmosphere in a tight space. There’s a genuine sense of tension and impending trouble here. I want to know what’s going to happen next.

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