The DSN is digging for Iron ore in this Lego Mine created by General Hughes. The Iron Mine is also known as the Jean Douglas Memorial Base inside the DSN. This build is a part of the Decisive Action 4, a collection of Lego MOCs that are creating a fictional world. The whole scene fits in a 20×20 stud base, but expands way up, 3 feet up! In the lower most level is the Ore Transport system responsible for transporting the minerals from tunnel to tunnel. The green LED lighting looks really great here, and helps to highlight the stone/cave design. On the second level is the main mining operation. The green lights being used again to highlight the giant drilling system. The third level reveals that the iron ore is being transported via rockets. The red LEDs help to differentiate this man made level from the lower green lit caves. Finally on the surface you can find the rocket being loaded up with ore from below. A perspective built micro city can be found on the hills, and a brick built background reveals other rockets blasting off.
The Pirate’s Cove is one of those legendary locations. A skull shaped rock or fortress hidden on a deserted island. This Lego “Pirate’s Cove” is created by CheeseyStudios. Built as an entry into Vignweek 2020. The challenge was to create a Lego vignette with a Pirate them. The end result has some really interesting ideas. The ocean water is floated two studs above the base, achieved by a a layer of transparent plates. The effect works well, and the blue light that shines through the plates onto the ocean floor looks great. The mini pirate ship has all the expected details, cannons, sails, crows nests, captains cabin, etc. A lot of of stuff to pack into such a small build. The island features a few tropical trees. And, the 1×1 round brown pieces work surprisingly well as palm tree trunks. The rocky skull design is instantly recognizable, if maybe a little too attention grabbing for pirate work.
In Star Wars, the Rebels always seem to build their bases underground. The nature of having to hide from the Empire / First Order. They have all sorts of neat underground hideouts, from icy caves to salty caves. This underground Rebel Base Lego MOC is created by Graham Gidman and Gareth Gidman. It features a desert / beech cave landscape with two main doors leading inside. There are a variety of speeder bikes outside, and even a lookout post. As with most Star Wars locations there are a large amount of giant laser cannons. Inside there are three rooms built. A logistics / cargo bay / meeting room, a short hallway, and the command center. This Lego build is a great example of building landscape. A variety of stacked plates, slopes, and small bricks create a great terrain. The rocks change the building direction, usually a technique used for SNOT style builds, but here the studs are showing off. They give a great impression of rough dirt.
This Lego MOC is the creation of Ben Cossy, and titled “Fighting the Beholder.” It looks like these five friends have an uninvited guest on their quest. The Beholder is one of the more famous baddies from the Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. A giant floating eyeball with tentacles caped with even more eyeballs (eleven eyes total!). Adventurers need too beware the petrifying eyebeams, sharp teeth, and over sized jaw. Not only that, but they are telepathic and psychokinetic so make sure your brain and intellect are up to the challenge.
This quest through the Underdark is an excellently built scene. The D&D theme captures the spirit and danger of the game. Check out the slightly uneven Lego tile flooring, and the cavernous walls. This is another example of great lighting, making the Lego look as best as it can. The special effects added in later are also well done, and help to animate the magic effects. Lego does similar effects for their marketing too. Now lets just hope this Lego Beholder is the last boss…
The recent Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, is one of the most memorable. The dark themes and design make this one of the most gritty versions of Batman. Completely skipping the overt campiness (and imagination) of the Tim Burton films. The Batcave is one of the most popular themes for a MOC. It is really difficult to stand out from the crowd, but Brent Waller has created something special with his Lego Dark Knight Rises Batcave.
In order to make a more awesome display, some liberties were taken with the layout. The waterfall and a few platforms have been moved in order to make the display more viewable. Most of the most popular Rogues Gallery villains have been hidden around the Batcave. Bane, Catwoman, Joker, Ras Al Ghul, Scarecrow, Talia Al Ghul, and Two-Face have all found their way in. Maybe Batman should install a security system.