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.

The bar where I met your mother

One of the things I like about TV show How I Met Your Mother is how central McLaren’s Bar is to the action. Having run pubs for years, I love to see a good bar depicted well in LEGO. speedyhead doesn’t disappoint here with some excellent attention to detail.

McLaren's Pub

The booths are nicely-built, as are the bar stools, but I particularly like the wonderful clutter on the back bar and the use of printed tiles to represent all the posters and sports memorabilia that bedeck the walls. When you wrap all the detail up with a smart color scheme and smooth tiled look, this would be a great little pub model even it wasn’t so faithful to the TV show.

Come warm yourself by the LEGO fire

It’s a bit to early for roasting chestnuts, though I suppose you could go for roasting pumpkin seeds near the fire. Heikki Mattila has given us this glorious little fireplace, complete with a stand for wood and kindling. The fireplace itself is lit with LEDs, which adds a very nice touch to the presentation. I particularly like the spindly tree off to the left, though I daresay it looks like it should be a bit further away from the heat source.

This castle stands out from the bunch

Castles are a popular type of creation in the LEGO fan world so it takes something special to really stand out from the crowd.  Christope has certainly managed this in his latest build, Laslan Castle. I’m used to the muted tones of medieval life but orange, yellow, lime?? The use of such bright colours is very refreshing and actually works incredibly well for a this castle scene. As well as the great use of colour, there is also some lovely LEGO stonework to admire with the castle walls and the angled stone steps to the front entrance.

Laslan Castle

Don’t miss the details around the dock and the little merchant stall in the right-hand corner. This closer view also reveals the amount of work that has gone into creating the lovely textured stonework.

Laslan Castle

Toltobury Wharf

I am a sucker for medieval dioramas and this one, by Polish builder Toltomeja, is particularly good. The variations in the buildings while maintaining the color scheme really makes this little town pop and I especially like the structure of the cranes that tower over the hustle and bustle of the wharf.

Toltobury Wharf

There is so much story-telling and minute detail going on in the build, I could sit and stare at the pictures all day. You really have to check out the brilliant fretwork this builder has created using hand-cuffs over the archway.

Toltobury Wharf

A fine day out with the family on Troth Prime

It’s not often we get to see the family life of the explorers and scientists who populate the world of Neo-Classic Space. This little scene by Sad Brick makes me very happy, though, with a couple and their little blue and green children. There’s even a robot dog, who’s managed to uncover an alien bone of some sort. As enamored as I am with the scene overall, the speeder in the background is excellent — particularly the steps on the side that make it easier for those space-tots to clamber aboard. And with a truly massive bank of engines, I expect the vehicle to blast across the alien landscape at quite a quick clip.

Family Day

Not all of Sad Brick’s NCS scenes are as peaceful. A tragic friendly fire incident is about to occur in this scene featuring some excellent vehicles.

Friendly Fire

Neglected farm makes for a smart LEGO model

This autumnal ranch scene will cause conflicting emotions. On one hand, you should love it because it’s beautifully built — Heikki Mattila has done a great job on the battered homestead, the tree, and the outlying structures like the well and pigsty. However, the muted color scheme and air of neglect and decay create a real sense of foreboding. LEGO creations are generally bright and cheery, the gloominess of this one makes for a strangely refreshing change.


Although the builder makes no mention of any zombie apocalypse, I can’t shake the feeling that the shambling undead are about to appear and chase the poor old dude off his porch.


TBB cover photo: October 2016

Our cover photo for the month is this slick Stargate SG-1 scene from Bavarian builder nameless_member. This little tribute to the classic sci-fi show hits all the bases with its brick-built forced perspective background, cleverly constructed set of transportation rings, and instantly recognizable set of custom minifigs.

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Ye olde days of medieval yore

This medieval village by robbadopdop is alive with details and action. Each building features different construction techniques and some are placed diagonally to achieve a natural layout to the village. The windmill on the hill create staple landmark to top off this medieval LEGO masterpiece.

LEGO medieval diorama

The large diorama features lots of excellent details, including some great yellow hay bales under the awning on this green-roofed hut.

Medieval LEGO scene

Fee Fi Fo Fum! I smell the blood of a LEGO man

Jacob Nion‘s latest creation is an impressive fantasy diorama depicting a fearsome giant coming down from the mountains — no doubt to bring chaos and terror to a peaceful Crownie settlement.

The Giant

Whilst the scenery is well done, the giant himself is the obvious star of this show. The figure is packed full of nice parts usage — wrapped sails for trousers, minifig hair for his luxurious beard, and then there’s the use of “bigfig” troll arms as, err… arms. My favourite bit of the model? His packed lunch — a live cow. Nothing like a bit of fresh meat.

The Giant

Home sweet LEGO home

Every LEGO builder has surely considered taking on the project of building an accurate model of their own home. terez trz is rising to the challenge with some lovely model-making and excellent photography. The images remind me of an IKEA catalog — in a good way.


To give you an idea of how good the model is, check out these comparison shots of the LEGO version and the original room…

Mon petit atelier...

Mon petit atelier...

I’ve often considered giving this idea a go myself. Terez’s great work might just be the inspiration I need to push me into action.

Train station diorama has everything a railway enthusiast dreams of

Polish builder Maciej Drwięga has spent more than 3 years meticulously planning and building this mind-blowing railway diorama. This is one of those LEGO masterpieces which, once noticed, will make you fill a cup with your favorite drink, lean forward, and spend a good half-hour eyeing every little detail.

The Train Station A.D. 2016

The highlight of the scene for me is an unremarkable but appealing model of an ST43 locomotive. I love that Maciej has put no logos or symbols on it. The result is a nifty train, featuring a winning combination of sand green, dark green, and yellow.

ST43 standing on the train station

However, it’s not just the trains and track that make the diorama, but also the surroundings. A couple of platforms, the train station building, goods storage with ramp, diesel fueling facility, a workshop, an engine shed — you name it, it’s there. Some stunning retro trucks? Here you go!

Coal area with bunkers

Truly magical things happen when night falls on the town. The longer you look at these pictures, the more clearly you can hear night shift staff servicing locomotives in the engine shed.

PKP Bhp with PKP ST43 - Brickstuffing the diorama

And, of course, go and check the builder’s full album featuring more than a hundred pictures!

Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in Microscale

The Globe Theater is iconic, with a long rich history. Artisan Bricks has recreated the theater in microscale, complete with removable roof for easy stage access.

This tiny theater features the iconic round shape, with the open arena for the audience. There are balconies all around, with the elevated stage.