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.
Despite their competitors’ frequent attempts, Nintendo remains the undisputed king of handheld gaming. After the mandatory cell phone, my teenage daughter’s 3DS is almost never out of her hands, and the sounds of Tomodachi Life frequently ring through our household. Of course all this began a quarter century ago with Nintendo’s Game Boy. The Game Boy was popular through most of the 90’s, and even remains a popular “retro” gaming item today, even among members of the smart phone generation. And judging by this crisp life-size LEGO facsimile, Strasbourg-based builder Kloou has fond memories of this iconic system:
If you like this one, be sure to check out the other brick-built Game Boys we’ve blogged:
Joris Block’s Game Boy and Amiga controller
The Arvo brothers’ Nintendo Game Boy
I admit it; I’m a little late to the Fallout party, having started with Fallout 4. It didn’t take much progress through the game until I realized I’ve been missing out on a series worthy of its hype.
Builder Dead Frog Inc. constructed an elusive stat-augmenting Vault Boy bobblehead from the game. His character as the symbol of Vault-Tec is captured rather well with LEGO elements. Speaking of Vault-Tec, don’t miss the great use of the LEGO shuriken sprue piece as Vault-Tec’s logo on the bobblehead base.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I believe Preston needs me to help yet another settlement.
Koen has managed to capture the cute shape and colours of a Wiggler in its calm state in his latest LEGO creation. There are many Mario Bros fans out there who will not need an explanation of what a Wiggler is but, for the uninitiated, Wigglers are caterpillar-like creatures in the Mario Bros games. In their usual state, Wigglers are yellow in colour and happy, relaxed little creatures, but when jumped on they turn red and become dangerous and unpredictably angry.
Koen has cleverly used a mudguard part to depict the gentle curve of the Wiggler’s smiling mouth and utilised Bionicle joints to allow those caterpillar legs to get into position. With the cute daisy to top things off, this is an instantly recognisable build.
Mario Bros have been featured numerous times here at TBB, so fans might enjoy taking a look at these previously blogged creations:
Super Mario Bros Bricks
Brick-built Mario bounces toward LEGO Bowser
LEGO Super Mario Blocks are ready for punching
How much would you pay for a 6 ft tall Mario?
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.
The first wave of Angry Bird sets have already been released here in the UK, and consists of six sets ranging from Set 75821 Piggy Car Escape (Price UK £11.99/US $12.99) to Set 75826 King Pig’s Castle (Price UK £74.99/US $89.99). You can see the full lineup in our initial news coverage of the Angry Birds sets, and we also got a first-hand look at them at Toy Fair New York last month. The Angry Birds sets are due for release in the US in April and are not available online or within the US LEGO Stores at present. The Angry Birds sets are all colourful and enticing for the ‘recommended’ age range, between 6-12 or 8-14 as the set size increases. For those of us who are perhaps slightly older than this range, fear not…there are a host of new moulds, re-colours and great new printed tiles that will also bring great joy.
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Last year at BrickWorld, a group of builders created a 14-foot-long LEGO StarCraft II display. One of the builders, Cecilie Fritzvold has just now posted detailed photos of her own sections, expanded and updated so she can display them separately at other events — and they’re definitely worth a closer look, especially if you missed the huge display last year.
Cecilie’s Terran Dominion base includes everything you need to survive a Zealot rush, from the Command Center to Barracks and a Factory, bunkers for perimeter defense, and plenty of resources.
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Mike Dung has built an excellent naval office scene to showcase some of his delightful chibi-style sailor figures. The cute faces on the figures grab the attention, but check out that picture, and the tablecloth draped over the desk. Great stuff.
The characters are taken from the Kantai Collection videogame, popular in Japan, which has players controlling fleets of hybrid battleship/sailor girls. I haven’t played the game myself, but that doesn’t stop me appreciating the wonderful level of cheeky character Mike has captured in his figures…
I’m not really into video games unless they have the name Zelda in the title. But the kids seem to dig some sci-fi game called Destiny, and there are a lot of great LEGO models based on its concept art. This FOTC Hawk from Jake Mundy is the latest example, and there are a heap of nifty techniques in this angular contraption. Check out the full gallery for some inspirational detail and cutaway pictures.
The great Orc stronghold of Orsinium is a key location in the sprawling world of The Elder Scrolls Online, and there are few to do it more justice as a model than Thorsten Bonsch. Thorsten has previously brought us into Tamriel through his stunning depictions of a Dolmen and Stonefalls (and he’s also shown his diorama-building mastery by creating possibly the coolest Tardis model we’ve seen).
The technique Thorsten employs for cobblestone here — accomplished by using white tiles turned on edge, then filling all the gaps with grey tiles and slopes — has been around for awhile. But rarely is it so expertly done, with minimal gaps and perfect integration into the landscape. Be sure to take a close look at the stonework on the structures, too; it’s a great example of skillfully combining flat planes with textured details.
There are many, many monsters in the extremely popular game Witcher 3 — but perhaps no monster sticks in your mind quite like your first monster, the majestic and dangerous Royal Griffin. Builder Charis Stella managed to pull himself free from Witcher’s grasp long enough to design this gorgeous griffin — one that utilizes swords, tails, teeth, and tiles to give this beast both character and a sense of motion. It wouldn’t be too bad a way to go if this beautiful flying Royal Griffin were the one to do you in.
Still though, pretty bad way to go.
Fans of the video game Destiny will immediately recognise this creation by Paul Jeong. For the uninitiated, Destiny is a first-person shooter that incorporates role-playing and multiplayer online styles. Jumpships, such as the Arcadia-class model, are a means of transportation in the game and help you in your quest to save the last safe city of Earth from naughty aliens.
The ship has some lovely shaping thanks to some clever Technic use and plenty of curved slopes. The design is very accurate to the game, as you can see from Paul’s comparison shot.
I love the colors; orange and blue are opposing colors and work so well in this model due to the varied LEGO palatte. There are more images of Paul’s ship in his Flickr album, and it’s worth taking the time to check out the close-up views.