Monday, July 14, 2014

Cave

This is a cave with stalactites and stalagmites.







 looking in the mouth of the cave:



















in the dark








a dwarf miner













 rock formations:







Sunday, May 25, 2014

Castle Whitespire from The Magician King by Lev Grossman


I really enjoyed the books The Magicians and The Magician King by Lev Grossman. So when I decided to build a castle out of Legos for my son and his cousins to play with, I modeled it on the description of castle Whitespire. The coolest thing about the castle is that it is built with ancient dwarven clockwork, so the towers of the keep all rotate independently about once per day, powered by windmills. I only built one windmill (ridiculously inside the walls) and one rotating tower, but it's still fun to play with. Here's a video of it working:


There's a few houses inside the walls. I visited the Tower of London and guards are still living in the houses like this inside those walls. You can click on all these photos for a larger version.


This is a clock tree made by the Watcherwoman.


This is Penny. I told Daniel I needed a punk with no shirt and no hands, so he built this guy.


One of the kings standing on the wall.

A king and queen waving from the tower. The only good girl's crown I had was for Galadriel, so she has pointed ears.


I tried to make a ram's head for the chapel. I used little dinosaurs for the horns, it was the best I could think of.


Inside the chapel.


Some stained glass windows.


This is the square room in the square tower with four thrones. There used to be a map on the table, I don't know what happened to it. The kids have been playing with it. When I went to take these pictures, Batman was looming off one of the gargoyles on the tower.



A shot of the main gate and the overall layout. You can also see a lamppost that seems to have been carried over from Narnia.


Some of the villagers.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Deep Forest

This one is all Daniel's build.





Batmobile

We did our own Batmobile design, based on several of the classic versions. 



The back part looks kind of like a bat symbol.







This upside-down orc shield is the inspiration for the project.
 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Dinotopia

We attempted to recreate the cover of Dinotopia. Daniel mainly worked on minifigures, while I did the dinosaurs and architecture. You should be able to click these to see more detail.

This is what we were attempting to more or less reproduce:

This is shot from a similar angle. I like the tambourine and other details Daniel gave the figures. The Parasaurolophus is just a tauntaun. 



This one shows the visual joke that our sauropod is much too large to fit through our triumphal arch. Gurney's original is based on the arch of triumph outside the Louvre. The dinosaur is looking back wondering how he managed to squeeze through that.

These are supposed to be like the Elgin marbles, I guess, except dinosaur themed.

A top view just so you can see how it is laid out. The green circle piece is the door to Bag End.

You can see here how we attached the little arms on our Struthiomimus. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Flash Gordon

I watched Flash Gordon as a five-year-old. It was the first science fiction movie I remember watching, except the first few minutes of Star Wars. 
From Upper left to right: Barin, Prince of Arboria. Played by Timothy Dalton, with a mustache.
Arborian soldier.
Prince Vultan. Note the beard.
Hawkman soldier.
Lower left to right: Flash Gordon.
Dale Arden. Her quote is a little off; it should be 14 hours.
Dr. Hans Zarkov. He is wearing a Russian uniform shirt to emphasize his nationality.

From upper left: Ming the Merciless.
cyborg from battle control room
General Klytus.
From lower left to right: Ming's daughter
Soldier from Ming's Throne Room
lady who says "what do you mean, Flash Gordon approaching?"


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Plan of St. Gall

Daniel and I built this monastery based on the plan of St. Gall, a very famous plan from the middle ages for a monastery that would be self-sufficient.  We have a beautiful book about it that gives suggested reconstructions.  We had to make some modifications to the plan because we only have so many baseplates, etc..., but we tried to capture the important parts.  I've only included a few of the details below.  For example, the school / hospital (center top) contains medicines, anatomical charts, maps, books and a globe, and so forth. Other details you don't see are the sheep, the goose house, the monks' dormitory, the guest house, the bakery from the outside, and two other buildings. 
If you want to see the images full size, right-click an image and choose "open link in new tab."




 This is the bakery / brewery.  You can see the oven, a piece of bread, and a keg of beer. To the right is part of the monks eating hall.
 Here is a fountain Daniel designed.
 The mill, along with a cart to haul the grain and flour.  You can see a well in the background, and the front of the dormitory.
 This is where the chickens are kept.
 A cemetary Daniel designed and built.
 The herb garden Daniel built.  There is a pumpkin and a frog.  On the right is the abbot going into his house. At this point we had run out of right-side-up slopes so his roof is built inverted.  It's removable so you can see the abbot's bedroom.
 Daniel designed the old stained glass window.  The bald monk is putting up a new one (with visible leading) but he's not finished yet.
 The cathedral. We took some liberties from the plan (it suggested wooden arches, and an earlier overall design) but it does incorporate the towers in the front and several other features.

These pictures below are very big, if you click to see full size.