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.

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.

Dave, stop. Stop, will you?

…but we all know Dave won’t stop. RichardBoard conquered us with just a single picture of his recent build recreating the scene of probably the most tense confrontation between a human and artificial intelligence, from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Stop Dave. I'm afraid...my mind is going.

Although this vignette is much smaller than the original spaceship from the movie, Richard did an amazing job lighting it, making all the small transparent plates look awesome. HAL 9000’s red eye being blurred in the background gives the whole shot a truly cinematic look. But Dave’s spacesuit is the only thing that looks a little bit odd; that’s due to a tiny Classic Space logo on his forearm, which, in fact, is an amazing way of combining too universes — LEGO and Stanley Kubrick’s — in one picture.

Donald Duck is peking in his mailbox

The latest series of collectible minifigures from LEGO has released a wave of nostalgia as Disney characters find their way into LEGO scenes. This adorable scene by LegoJalex shows Donald Duck checking his mailbox while Neighbor Jones is in his garden taking care of his roses. The build has a great retro feel and merges LEGO bricks with cartoonish effects thanks to clever use of parts and colour choices, and some photo editing of course

Only bills in the mailbox for Donald...

Donald Duck’s car is worth a closer look, especially as it runs on ‘eco-friendly fuel’.

Donald Duck refuels his 313

Vignettes from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

For the past two months, Markus Rollbühler has been posting a series of elegantly crafted vignettes from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The project was inspired by his friend Marcel, who previously built vignettes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Below are just a few from a gallery of 20 so far, and I really like the presentation of the model by using a quote from the book to add both context and flavor to the builds.

020 - The Slytherin Common Room

Click to see more Harry Potter vignettes

The Machine from The Princess Bride

I watch a lot of movies. Hell, I even review them occasionally as part of my job. Unfortunately, I still miss a few important titles. The Princess Bride was one such movie, until a few days ago when I found myself with a copy of it and a couple of free hours. It seems serendipitous then, that W. Navarre has created a LEGO version of the infamous “Machine” from the torture scenes in the movie:

The Machine!

Be sure to check out the builder’s photostream for detailed shots as well as a full build of the Pit of Despair. And if you need more Princess Bride, I highly suggest a video by CineFix that studies the differences between the movie and the real life book.

May the force be with you, always, but especially at bed time

Taking the old notion of Star Wars themed bed sheets up a notch, tanKM has used LEGO to imagine every young boy’s dream – a completely Star Wars themed bedroom complete with X-Wing loft bed, X-Wing cockpit computer area, and a plethora of Star Wars toys and dress-up items. Check out the full album for a closer look.

Many will enter, few will leave

Brazilian builder Gilcelio Chagas wanted to find a use for those seemingly useless Mixel faces. And while torture is no laughing matter, he saw the funny side and came up with this entire scene featuring a group of Medieval torture chamber workers. But don’t find any comfort in their mischievous appearance, they are eager to break your bones, rip out your stomach, chop up your liver and feed you to the rats!

Torture Room