LEGO fan Simon NH is known for some stunning LEGO creations, like the Island of Catan diorama pictured below. As you see, Simon is a master of blending colors and using some very advanced building techniques to achieve a lifelike result. Simon also shares many of his techniques, so you can experiment with them on your own. Below, I will show you some examples, and also include links to where you can find his tutorials. 🙂

LEGO WALL TECHNIQUE WITH CHEESE-SLOPES: The small LEGO 1×1 slopes (also referred to as “cheese-slopes” because of their shape), are very popular for adding delicate details to LEGO creations. They are tiny, smooth with only one hole to receive studs, and come in a huge variety of colors. The most obvious way to use them is to attach the hole to a stud, but this can quickly get too repetitious and boring. LEGO fans discovered however that these small slopes can also be treated as mosaic pieces, and even if they are not attached to studs, if they are framed properly, they will fit in place snugly. Katie Walker, the “Queen of LEGO Mosaics” is the revered inventor of this method.

In the picture above, you can see Simon using the mosaic technique with cheese-slopes, but for building intricate weathered walls. The cheese-slopes sit in groves created by 1×2 panels attached to bricks with studs on their sides. The key to this technique is the framing on the two sides, which keeps the otherwise loose cheese-slopes in place. To add some additional variety, Simon also added some standard 1×1 LEGO plates and tiles. I have tried this technique myself as I wasn’t sure how sturdy it would be, but it actually works very well, with all the cheese-slopes tightly remaining in place.

LEGO WALL TECHNIQUE WITH PANELS: While this technique is very parts-intensive, the end result is a very realistic bricklaying pattern. The key here is the placement of 1×2 panels back to back, with a complicated framework behind it to space them and connect them together.

The technique is used in the stone walkway that leads up to this gorgeous little church, also built by Simon. Make sure you check out all the other different techniques used here, as there are many wonderful details.

LEGO WALL TECHNIQUE WITH PLATES: The two techniques below are simple and subtle, but quite handy. They appear the same from both sides, which is great when you want to have a finished look from both front and back. The technique on the left uses 2×2 plates and 2×2 jumper-plates, and it can also be done with 1×2 plates and jumpers. The technique on the right is done with 1×2 and 2×2 jumper-plates and provides a little bit more texture.

LEGO WALL TECHNIQUE WITH JUMPER-PLATES: A quite simple, but very decent looking wall technique using 1×2 jumpers (the newer ones with grooves at the bottom) and 1×2 door rail pieces. As you can see on the first picture below, you can achieve quite a bit of texture with just these two elements. A variation of this technique adds some other interesting pieces to create even more detail (second picture).

The techniques are demonstrated in this excellent castle wall, which also includes a curved section to create a tower. The wider you make the round section, the more subtle the stonework will appear.

LEGO WALL TECHNIQUE WITH TILES: The technique below stacks different size 1 stud width tiles. While they may look loose, they are actually strategically connected at the back to support pieces. The end result is a very nice and sturdy brick wall that looks quite realistic.

LEGO WALL TECHNIQUE FOR THIN WALLS: If you have little space to work with, but you still want to create some detailed weathered walls for your castle or other older building, the three examples below will give you some good ideas. The first method simply uses a larger plate that you stack with different color small pieces (plates, tiles, jumper-plates, plants) then attach the entire section sideways to the main structure, using bricks with studs on the side. The second method stacks pieces in the traditional way, but incorporates some pieces with interesting textures to break up the surface. Notice that there is even a minifig leg in there! The third method takes advantage of some bricks with studs on the side to add even more detail to the otherwise traditionally built wall.

There are many other very interesting wall building techniques Simon shares, which you can find in his LEGO Techniques and LEGO Wall Techniques albums. Also, you can visit his main album here, with more beautiful creations. They will give you more ideas and examples of what can be achieved with these methods. If you like to experiment with advanced building techniques, I highly recommend checking them out.

What do you think? How do you like these LEGO wall building techniques? Have you tried any of them already? Which one is your favorite? Are there any other wall building techniques that you really like? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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LEGO Ninjago City available now & more!

by admin on August 16, 2017

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As we discussed at the beginning of the month (see: August 2017 – New LEGO Sets & Promotions), the much talked about and very exciting #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City set is now available for LEGO VIP members. Regular release of the set will be on September 1st, but if you are a LEGO VIP member, you can get it a couple of weeks early. 🙂

We will review the set as soon as I can get my hands on it, but in the meantime, I have included some interesting info that should help you decide if you would like to add this set to your collection. It is definitely one of the most interesting and unusual large LEGO set ever released, and could be an excellent addition to any LEGO City setting that could use a bit of Asian flair or Chinatown section.

First of all, here is the official description of the set: Enjoy endless role-play fun in Ninjago City, a hugely-detailed 3-level model connected by a sliding elevator. Level 1 features a traditional fish market, house, a bridge over a stream, and a fishing boat. The second level has a modern fashion store, comic book store, crab restaurant with ‘crab-grilling’ function and cash-dispensing ATM. The vertical city is topped off with Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment, a rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt, and a radio tower. This action-packed set from The LEGO Ninjago Movie also includes 16 minifigures: Jay, Kai and Lloyd Garmadon (each with new-for-August-2017 high school outfit decoration), Green Ninja Suit, Misako, Jamanakai Villager, Sally, Ivy Walker, Konrad, Severin Black, Tommy, Guy, Juno, Mother Doomsday, Shark Army Gunner and Officer Noonan, plus Sweep the maintenance robot. Ninjago City measures over 24” (63cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 16” (42cm) deep. 4,867 pieces. Price: $299.99 – BUY HERE

Features a 3-level model (each level lifts off for easy play) connected by a sliding elevator, plus a traditional fishing boat. Level 1 features a bridge, sewer outlet, stream with translucent-blue and translucent-green water elements, sliding elevator with room for a minifigure, traditional fish market with fish and crab elements, house with dining room and bedroom with sliding screen doors and foldout ‘solar panels’, Sweep the maintenance robot’s service station with assorted tool elements, and a taxi stand with telephone element.

Level 2 features a modern fashion store with 2 mannequins and assorted Ninjago product elements, a construction site with a bonsai tree, a comic book store with brick-built sign, cashier desk, comic book stand with assorted elements including collectible Ninjago training cards, a crab restaurant with brick-built crab entrance sign and oven with ‘crab-grilling’ function, a cash-dispensing ATM, 15 bank note elements (ATM can dispense up to 13), and a movie poster display stand with 4 interchangeable movie poster elements.

Level 3 features a radio tower, modern rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt function and brick-built food, bathroom with sliding door, and brick-built puffer fish and squid sculptures, Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment with an opening window, bunk bed, kitchen unit and attic space for the Green Ninja Suit minifigure.

LEGO also set up a special page for LEGO VIP members, where they are going to release exclusive content related to The LEGO Ninjago Movie. So far, they have published one video which includes an interview that took place at the San Diego Comic-Con last month with LEGO Ninjago model designers Nicolaas Vas and Christopher Leslie Stamp, as they walk you through #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City set. You can watch the video below.

There is also a second interview with Charlie Bean from the Directing Team of The LEGO Ninjago Movie, with some very interesting details about how Ninjago City was developed. For example, he shares that one of his first ideas about The LEGO Ninjago Movie from the stylistic point of view was to bring the toys outside into a natural environment, as if playing with LEGO bricks in the back yard. Thus, there are plants, other organic elements, and even water throughout the movie. Another idea was that Ninjago City is a place that is constantly rebuilding itself because of the continued attacks from Garmadon, so there is a lot of building and rebuilding going on with new structures built on the ruins of old ones. In addition, Ninjago City is quite old with a long history, which is another reason we will find old and new buildings mixed together. As I said, it’s a very interesting interview, and you can read the whole thing here.

Also, I should mention that while this is not advertised widely, LEGO is offering Double VIP Points on a number of sets related to The LEGO Ninjago Movie. The LEGO Ninjago Movie sets already have an unusually low price, so adding Double VIP Points to that is just icing on the cake!

And, right now you also get the promotional #5004936 LEGO Caveman & Cavewoman set with purchases of $50 or more. This is a very nice little set with two re-colored minifigs from the LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series, and a small cardboard cave. The offer is valid on all purchases until the end of the month at official LEGO stores and the Online LEGO Shop.

So what do you think? Are you excited about the #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City? And are you planning to get it? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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