We sent a varied selection of new LEGO® parts from 2018 to some fan builders, and in an occasional ‘parts festival’ series we are showing you the techniques and models they came up with.
For some four years I've been plugging away on a certain history-themed project, a key feature being the size of each build which I've restricted to a 16x16-module base. There's a large number of builds in the series and ideas have sometimes been hard to come by. So when the guys at New Elementary asked if I would like to play around with some new parts it spurred me on to build some new ideas and in the end the final model included each of the parts they gave me.
The final model comprises includes various separate builds and there are three I want to focus on: a base, some flowers and a stained glass window.
The base is a good place to start and was an interesting challenge. The triangular tile (Design ID 35787) was an instant source of inspiration, albeit not overly technical but did open up the possibilities of creating numerous patterns. I suppose the one I've used is an obvious one; making squares at 45° angles.
As it happens I had some spares left over and was able to make a second base. With patterns the world is your oyster and some great effects can be achieved. Being a medieval history enthusiast I can see this part coming in really useful.
The next feature was some flowers, inspired again by the new leaf part provided to me in Medium Lavender (Element ID 6210460 | Design ID 32607) – an interesting colour and I actually found it worked really well.
One of my aims in building, where it complements a model, is to take things off the LEGO grid. With the other parts given – the Black neck bracket with four bars (Element ID 6215458 | Design ID 36452) – I was able to achieve this by adding on some bars and clips.
The last feature was the stained glass window. The part that led to this detail was the kite-shaped tile with a pin, in Transparent Red (6213349|36710) and Transparent Green (6213354|36713). Looking at it, it initially seems like a nice window can be made, however, it proved a challenge as the distance between the connection points wasn't easily connectable. My first attempt was to use transparent headlight bricks however these didn't quite line up and in the end, the new rounded 1x2 plate (6210270|35480) provided a solution.
As for other parts used in the model, I made some columns.
The columns use Silver Metallic Nexo Knights spiders (6208782|35039) stacked together. I love the texture this gives and with a good number of them, it works well.
The capital of the column made use of some other nice new parts including the 5-petal flower in White (6206149|24866), which I can see will be really useful for architectural detailing.
At this stage of the build, the floor felt a tad bare and I was left with an interesting array of parts including the mini shooter in Transparent Yellow (6200064|27393). I thought the scene could be finished off with some kind of gravestone.
All that was left was to add the new Glow in the Dark spider, finishing off the scene of the undisturbed tomb...
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