The excellent photography and advanced building techniques may be what drew my attention to this creation by Patrick B., but they are not the most interesting part to me. What is so unique about this creation is the accompanying description, crediting a handful of builders who inspired Patrick’s Sandyman’s Mill, either by building their own versions prior or as Patrick’s sources for some techniques used. It is normal for builders to both reuse previously discovered techniques and credit their sources, but I rarely see it like this particular example. It almost reads like a scientific publication!
Built by the members of SwissLUG as a collaborative build, this amazing Victorian-age city has details everywhere you look. Unlike many LEGO cities, the properly scaled tall ship at the docks doesn’t dwarf the rest of the layout, fitting right in while also serving as a beautiful anchor in the center of the scene.
It takes a lot these days to impress with a LEGO castle creation, and while an interesting roof technique and deceptively simple rockwork can help, this floating island scene by ArzLan shows creativity a level higher. The build doesn’t just feature new ways to build something seen before, but adds another dimension with an open scroll from which the island emerges.
It is not a coincidence that I mentioned the roof technique and the rocks as examples of attractive traits of a build, because those are two of the highlights in this particular example. The dragon is important too – it is very well built and adds a lot of life to the scene. The scroll is great as well, and it should not be taken only as a unique subject, but also as a well-built scroll in its own right.
What better place to stand guard during the winter than by a hot spring? The scenery in this diorama by Jaap Bijl truly is something to look at — in fact, perhaps it’s “scenery” that the dwarves are protecting!
The builder has used his signature sagging roof style lined with a bit of snow, along with some nice wood construction on the building. While the building uses some new ideas, the star of the show is the hot spring. It uses window pane pieces as the water to make the surface extremely smooth, giving it a great reflection and allowing the deep colours underneath to be seen. These colours continue outwards on the shore in a gentle gradient to the sulfuric yellow that ends under the snow.
It says in this unique creation that every legend has a beginning, and I believe this is indeed the beginning of Malin Kylinger‘s legend. As a newcomer to the online LEGO fan community, her photostream on Flickr is hardly half a year old. Malin’s photostream has already accumulated a few, very cute builds, but this vibrant fantasy scene is a level higher than the rest.
Obviously what makes this build unique is the ornate open book with the words “Every legend has a beginning”, but the build is much more than that. The landscape seems to be spilling into the book, while a sea serpent emerges out of the latter with a very dynamic water splashing effect. The serpent is quite good too, most notably the shaping around its eye. I can not wait to see this legend continue… Both the Legend of Anendra and of Malin.
Medieval houses are a popular motif in LEGO fan creations, but that comes at a price – even though the quality is generally very high among these builds, there is less and less room for originality. Obviously, this build by César Soares is something more.
The Green Fish Inn does not look like a place where most people would want to spend their time in real life if presented with a choice, but it does look cool. The textures and exotic colours look great, most notably the recently returned legendary dark turquoise used as some strange mold all across the building. The roof is great, with a few patched holes and a nice mix of tiles and slopes that make for some subtle details. Both the island and trans-black lake add a great deal to the atmosphere of the scene.
Amongst all the LEGO Castle sets, 6074-1 Black Falcon’s Fortress is a firm fan favourite. Originally released in 1986, it saw a re-release in 2002. If you missed out on those versions, why not take inspiration from Mark of Falworth and build your own take on this classic fortification? Of course, Mark’s castle is significantly larger and more complex than the official set, featuring lots of sideways-building techniques to create arrow slits and wall texturing.
It will take more than a little snow to put the chill on this conflict between the red clan and the blue. Part of a larger collaborative project depicting a clash between two rival factions, the battle is heating up at this mountain fort by h2brick. Demonstrating some amazing rockwork, along with plenty of snow, and an icy stream, a precariously steep path, and some very nicely detailed walls.
The great thing about the Beholder from Dungeons & Dragons is how much it can vary from artist to artist despite its basic description of an eyeball with teeth and tentacles. alanboar’s LEGO interpretation of the monster is suitably creepy with dripping blood doubling as a stand for the floating menace.
This LEGO re-creation of the library from Disney’s Beauty & The Beast by Sarah von Innerebner isn’t just huge, it’s also stunning. From the soaring spiral stairs, the ornate fireplace, the tall windows and their curtains, through to shelf after shelf of books — the entire model is beautifully crafted, and (from what I remember of the short scene in the movie) wonderfully accurate.
At the heart of the scene, Belle and the Beast stand before the fireplace. The predominantly white and gold colour scheme provides a glittering backdrop yet doesn’t overwhelm the details on display. I love the red and green furniture, and the little touches like the writing desk and globe. The tiled floor offers a nice contrast to all the white.
You can tell a lot about a historic Lego diorama through its landscaping. This collaboration by Classical Bricks, Cole Blood, and Mountain Hobbit shows a majestic castle settled on a rocky and hilly landscape next to a flowing river. The construction of the castle on top of the highest point of the ground elevates its sense of grandeur. It’s no wonder this creation caught the attention of many and won “Best in Show” at Bricks Cascade.
Respect the Crown! And respect the LEGO building on display in this fabulous Castle diorama by LegoLord. There’s a cute little town nestled in amongst the forest, an impressive church and gatehouse, and towering over it all, an impressive fortress of a castle.
The castle walls are superbly detailed, with a great mix of textured parts, muted colours, and building techniques. Large-scale LEGO Castle creations can fall into the “big grey wall” trap, but not here — it’s excellent work all round, the eye rewarded with beautiful touches wherever it falls…