BrickCon 2013 Review, part 2

October 15, 2013 by

In the previous post about BrickCon 2013, we mentioned that some of the best history-related MOCs have little or nothing to do with warfare.

One of my personal favorites was this gorgeous display of the Paro Taktsang (aka “Tiger’s Nest Monastery”):

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Another fantastically detailed series, this set of MOCs displays “old” Anaheim, California.

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 I don’t recall the official title of this MOC, but the scene reminds me of stories about Port Royal, Jamaica during the 16th and 17th Centuries.

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And, for the heck of it, here’s a gratuitous shot of the humongous Rivendell MOC:
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Collaborative Medieval diorama

October 14, 2013 by

Jimmy Clynche published a photo of this incredible medieval diorama, collaboratively built by eight people and presented for one weekend only at STEAM 2013. The main castle was presented here at HistoryBricks a few days ago.

The diorama captures most of the main daily activities of those medieval times. The outer walls divide the castle area from the villager’s area. The village has some houses under construction, the street market, the dirty ground, wagons, farming activities, and a lot of other delightful details :)

Medieval diorama

Sintra’s tram

October 12, 2013 by

Sérgio Batista is a great train builder, which I had the pleasure to meet in person a few years ago. His latest (virtual) MOC is a representation of the old Sintra’s trams that took people from the town’s historical center to the Praia das Maçãs (Apple Beach).

Sintra's tram

BrickCon 2013 Review

October 7, 2013 by

Fantastic Lego creations abounded at BrickCon 2013 in Seattle, WA. Amongst the mini-fig scale recreations of Hogwart’s Castle and Rivendell, between the micro scale Battle of Hoth and the homage to Red. vs. blue, an attending history fan could find much to delight.

I’ll start by one of the collaborative builds produced by BattleLUG, titled “Battle through the Ages.” The sequence of displays follows the evolution of warfare from ancient history to the modern period. Here are a couple segments of the display.

The Pelopsonnesian War

The Crusades

Several different battles from World War II were displayed, all collaboratively created between several AFOL and TFOL builders. Behold Operation Brickarossa :

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The Allied advance through Normandy. Note the hedge rows!

In the next post, we’ll review some of the other, non-warfare related history entries at BrickCon.

Granovian Seaport

October 2, 2013 by

Granovian Seaport it’s a nice building MOC built by Sir Edwyn. Loved the medieval architecture of the building and the fine details on the walls.

Granovian Seaport

Herakles on his quest to save Prometheus

September 22, 2013 by

According to the greek myth, Heracles saves Prometheus that was chained by Zeus after he has stolen the fire and gave it to humans. This diorama reflects the imagination of Mihai Marius Mihu about the story of Heracles confronting some myth creatures who guarded the temple on the foot of the mountain where Prometheus was chained.

Heracles confronting minotaurs

 

Quoting the author:

 (I wanted to include the chained Prometheus in the diorama but the lack of pieces forced me to make them separated www.flickr.com/photos/mihaimariusmihu/9515653462/). The emblem on the minotaur shields and the decorative bird statues on the architecture are to relate to the eagle that torments Prometheus.

Tigelfah Castle

September 18, 2013 by

James Pegrum is building this massive medieval castle. The amount of details is stunning! In his gallery you may find the farmers working, the soldiers inside the towers rooms in their activities, the castle Lord with his personal guard leaving the castle and many more!

 

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Treasure Island

September 17, 2013 by

Recent featured on TBB

Treasure Island

Incredible finding from TBB of this street inspired on the Treasure Island romance and built by Matthew Hurt. Every house has its peculiarities and fine details, with close historical allusions with pirates and the age of discovery.

The Battle of Little Round Top

September 16, 2013 by

 

 

Defense of Little Round Top, Overview

As mentioned previously, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. This sizeable diorama depicts the defense of the hill known as “Little Round Top” on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 2nd, 1863). Here The 20th Maine commanded by  Col. Joshua Chamberlain, defend the height of the hill against the onslaught of the 4th, 15th, and 47th Alabama under Confederate Brig. Gen. Evander Law. The Union troops successfully repulsed the attack, setting the stage for the next, and last, day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Hats off to Gary the Procrastinator who built this!

 

Aztec Ball Game

September 14, 2013 by

The Aztec civilization is an uncommon topic seen in LEGO historical MOCs. I would like to send my congrats to IamKritch for reusing the subject of this ancient Mesoamerican ballgame through this simple, yet well done, vignette.

Aztec Ball Game


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