Tag Archives: Vignette

Vignettes are like the haiku of the LEGO world. Usually built on a base 8 studs wide by 8 studs deep, vignettes show a little scene or a moment in time. But like written poetry, there’s plenty of variation on the basic theme.

Tribute to a sunrise

There are few joys in life quite like a sunrise. I find them especially beautiful – though admittedly that may be partially due to the fact I’m a life-long night-owl. I find the colors and serenity quite beautiful.

ForlornEmpire has done their best to capture the beauty of a sunrise in LEGO. While they call it a “sorry” attempt, I’d respectfully disagree. The colors are lovely and striking, like a true sunrise. I like the forced perspective on the road, leading you to where the sun is starting to peak above the horizon.

Sun Rise

The lazy days of summer

Often it’s the small things in life that are the sweetest. Sometimes that means the mundane activities of a peaceful life, and sometimes it means the small but brilliant work of a creative mind. Or best yet, combine them both, as in this lovely vignette by Grantmasters entitled “Weekend Chores.” The lawnmower made of rebreathers, a 1×1 round plate, and a twisted rubber band is ingenious, but my favorite detail is the tire swing made of a simple minifig wrench.

Weekend Chores

The Faerie Dragon all made of crystal

At a recent LEGO convention, Ivan Angeli and Mihai Marius Mihu were watching their displays, and happened to have some brick on hand, so they set to building. Talented builders both, together they produced this breathtaking Faerie Dragon in a single afternoon. I love creations built almost entirely of transparent elements. Many of the intricate elements builders grow to rely upon for complex techniques are unavailable in transparent hues, and many unusual pieces are.

Faerie Dragon

Faerie Dragon

A medieval triptych: from affluence to affliction

Sometimes, life may be different than it appears, and comfort and fear may arise from the same space. Jonas depicts such a contradiction in the Middle Ages. His small but effective build is filled with many details and master craftmanship. The top level is occupied by a Medieval beauty enjoying her hot tub. She possesses some luxury items such as a mirror, perfumes and books which were rare for her time. She seems completely unaware of the horrifying truth happening far below. The middle floor seems to be furnished to brew homemade beers, and the arched ceiling makes the room dark and cramped. Even with the presence of mice, the room may be enjoyable for a certain type of person who wishes to craft a beverage in silence. But the big barrel hides a secret trap door which leads to misery in the lowest level. A poor man is tied to a big wheel and his screams only echo in his spinning head, which is filled with the laughter of this masochistic band. Considering the torture tools scattered around, he will suffer a lot.

Secret Door

Giant problems for LEGO knights

There’s always a pesky ogre, dragon or giant hanging around waiting for intrepid knights to ply their trade. In this magical scene by Paddy Bricksplitter, it’s not going so well for the armor-clad heroes though as they fight to defend a suddenly very short castle against an enormous giant. Even the wizard for extra firepower may not be enough.

Big Trouble

Space speeders speeding through space

This great little scene by Sad Brick depicts two speeders racing amongst unusual terrain and alien life-forms. The builder nods to a Neo Classic space theme with the choice of classic space minifigures and the classic space colouring on the lead speeder.  These speeders are lovely vehicles, but the parts that I really love are the worm-like animals in the bottom right of the scene.

Neo Classic Speeder

The builder has created a great unique terrain for his speeders with the peaked structures and the occasional eerie looking tendrils to keep you on edge. This is alien terrain so keep your eyes peeled for the unexpected.

An Elder Scrolls wonder

I consider some computer games to be pieces of art, and Elder Scrolls has always been one of those. You may find many great details in the stories, dialogues, characters, geography and locations, and Tava’s Beak is among those inspiring landmarks in The Elder Scrolls Online. Thorsten Bonsch is apparently very impressed with this ancient statue from an unknown civilization and decided to recreate it with LEGO parts. The result is magnificent! Almost every curve of the big rock is perfectly represented. Here’s a screenshot from the original game to compare with the LEGO version.

Tava's Beak

A scene of Hotline Miami, recreated in LEGO

Hotline Miami LEGO are two things which shouldn’t mix. One is an ultra-violent top down murder fest of a game, and the other is a made-for-kids interlocking bricks system. Luckily, Nannan Zhang does both properties justice with this little scene from the games.

Hotline Miami

Aside from the great colours used to imitate the game and the textured brick pieces being used as carpet details, what I really love is the fact that (as far as I can tell) only LEGO pieces were used. The Chima headpiece acting as a Tony Mask works particularly well. It all comes together so well and makes me want to play the games again.

Citroën 2CV involved in croissant call with patisserie chef

As this unfortunate little French chef has discovered, a female behind the wheel can be a scary experience especially when she is after your croissant! Gabriele Zannotti is skilled at bringing virtual LEGO creations to life and this time he has worked his digital rendering magic on a Citroën 2CV Mecabricks project by actioncharles. This Citroën 2CV is a lovely little build, but the rendering really raises it up a level with lights, action, movement and… glass refraction!

Citroën 2CV

Gabriele has been featured here before for his rendering work. We covered his excellent M.C. Escher’s “Hand with Reflecting Sphere” last year. How do you feel about TBB featuring rendered work as well as ‘in the brick’ creations?

Queen’s chamber

Considering how action-packed a theme like LEGO Castle can get, it’s often surprising that some of the most interesting medieval creations are ones where there’s no sword fighting or sieges at all. Enter Marcel V and his tranquil build, the queen’s chamber. Featuring all the necessary royal amenities such as luxurious garments, enticing perfumes, and under-appreciated handmaidens, this is one bedroom to make any queen the envy of all other monarchs.

The queen's chamber by Marcel V.