Looking at these LEGO steampunk models, you can almost hear the hiss of steam, the clank of gears, and the whirr of clockwork. The steampunk aesthetic isn’t all wood and brass, so be sure to check out all the colorful models alongside classic steampunk creations from around the world.
While it will probably evoke fond memories of a certain musical movie extravaganza that turns 15 this month, this spectacular recreation of Paris’ famous Moulin Rouge music hall by domino39 brickpirate is pretty faithful to the original building — except for a few deliberately placed incongruities! Check out the close-up shots below to see if you can spot such anomalies as a Nineteenth century Ghostbuster and hoverboard rider, to name but a few. Then marvel at all of the fine details in this diorama, from the worn down street cobbles to the many examples of brick-built signage (including some rather cleverly put-together neon lights). C’est incroyable!
This collection of stylish personal conveyances are Norwegian builder Lego Fjotten‘s first (and apparently accidental) foray into the work of LEGO Steampunk, but I think it’s fair to say he’s off to a good start. While each vehicle sports a very unique design, note the way the builder re-uses certain design elements to make them feel like they are part of a set. Also the coloring and detail on the display bases nicely accentuates the models, and even hints at some kind of desert setting. My favorite of the bunch has to be the “high wheeler” with it’s very cleverly constructed mono-wheel.
Letranger Absurde is no stranger to the pages of The Brothers Brick. We regularly feature his models (including this recent LEGO Exorcist creation). Here he is again, with a brilliant steampunk Dalek…
This has some lovely angles and detailing, immediately recognisable as a Dalek, but with just enough steamy retro-scifi goodness to mark it out as something different. I also like the raked-back angle it’s got — like some sort of Victorian/Alien hotrod. Nice work.
(Post title stolen shamelessly from Karf Oohlu’s comment on the photo on Flickr)
Sometimes you just want to sit back, enjoy a delicious meal, and watch animatronic robots gyrate and pivot in place to cheesy music. Well, I guess some people like that kind of thing. Those of you who do are in luck because Charis Stella has built a stunningly detailed, steam-powered display! This build is chock-full of interesting details and best of all, it actually moves! Can’t you just hear the music?
Charis built her steampunk contraption and her Buhar spider walker for the Bricks & Boilers Exposition contest over on Flickr. The contest has some amazing prizes, including Ninjago sets, Crazy Bricks accessories, and signed copies of the Empire of Steam trilogy written by TBB’s own Rod Gillies! The contest runs through midnight on May 1st so there’s still a little time left to join the mayhem.
Steampunk is usually associated with Western civilization. But what about other regions, with countries that where once part of an ancient empire? The Buhar Walker by Indonesian builder Charis Stella may provide the answer:
This build mixes the impeccable attention to detail required for any steampunk creation, and an exotic design inspired by foreign lands, with a touch of luxury and royalty. Not only a great build, but maybe the start of a new steampunk sub-theme?
Jason Allemann presents a brilliant model built by his partner Kristal — a stunning piece of kinetic sculpture designed to represent what goes on inside the mind of a LEGO engineer.
As a fully-fledged steampunk geek, you can imagine what the video of this creation in action did to me. This is absolute genius — expanding platforms, rising towers, crank-powered electric lighting. Check it out, it’s genuinely brilliant…
Here we go with a couple more brilliant vehicles inspired by the concept art of Ian McQue. I think there are two great reasons builders seem to love McQue’s work. First, it looks “dirty,” like something you could find in the industrial zones of any city — near the water or not. Industrial spaces are functionally the opposite of luxury spaces. And second, McQue’s hovering boats represent a kind of palpable halfway point between now and later. It’s obviously the future in his paintings, but it doesn’t look too much different than now. It’s easy to get a feel for what belongs in that world and what doesn’t.
British builder redfern1950s has captured the airship feel very well with his two latest models. The orange one fits the industrial style very well, featuring plenty of lights, sirens, and other safety devices protecting simple hooks and pulleys. The red one is more of a throwback to a previous generation, more steampunk than dieselpunk. But both have the flaps and chains and lamps that make the skies seem a little more weird than they used to.
Beau Donnan is a master of dieselpunk – which is like steampunk but oilier, dirtier, and more 1940s than 1840s. One of his latest creations is this tracked artillery vehicle, and it’s a beast…
This crazy contraption features Beau’s hallmark realistic color scheme and fantastic greebling, but what makes this model really shine is the motorized features. Check out the artillery functions in action in this video.
Moko is an amazing builder – that is a fact. His mechas and character creations are among the best out there, so it was a huge and pleasant surprise when I saw this amazing steampunk car created by him:
I’ve rarely seen him build vehicles, so seeing this build filled me with joy. Just check out the chromed details, the gear placement, and wood elements mixing perfectly with the build. The characters are also a great addition. They just look like they could be part of a great story.
If by any chance the colors look familiar, well, that is because this car is part of a set:
We blogged the steampunk mecha not so long ago, but they look so good together, I just drooled when I saw them next to each other. They’re a match made in heaven – a heaven sustained in the air by steam-powered propellers.
Taipei-based French builder JPascal was inspired by the work of illustrator and concept artist Ian McQue to produce this trio of functional-looking sky boats. The clutter, small details, and non-uniformity of these aerial craft convey a real sense of authenticity, while the bright color schemes are a refreshing departure from the more traditional Steampunk LEGO palette.
League of Legends is populated by multitudes of fascinating and unusual characters, both in real life and in the game. One of the game’s more steampunky characters to be found in the game is Blitzcrank, the Great Steam Golem, and Eric Tsai’s LEGO version looks positively smashing and ready to crash your lane.
Matthew Hocker drew the “Steampunk-ify any Fiat 500 or VW Microbus” category in the LUGNuts 100th Challenge that we’re sponsoring, and the results are spectacular. I first clicked on the photo because I was intrigued by the VW bus, with a certain time traveling mad scientist building new toys, but what ultimately impressed me most is the desert landscaping, with cactuses in full bloom.
The van itself falls into the classic steampunk color scheme of mostly brown and metallic, but is delightfully executed, with ornate gold smokestacks.