This is my finished layout for Brickvention 2014, a lego convention that took place in Melbourne, Australia in the middle of Jan. Fabuland figures were a big fixture of my childhood (my sister had them), as was The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Mashing up the two themes was a huge nostalgia trip for me. You could tell all the children of the 70ís at the convention open days, cause they seemed enchanted by the distinctive anthropomorphic figures as well!
I had a full interior for the upper burrow and a partial cutaway interior for the lower right hand one as well. In addition, this was my first power functions moc, with a switch at the back making the sails on the windmill turn. There is a short video showing the windmill turning on my Flickr, for those who are interested. :)
Some of the figures were hand painted to fit the Hobbit theme better, wheras i made others little vests and dresses out of fabric. The difference in treatment was because half of the Fabuland figs came from my partner's old childhood lego box - i wasn't going to paint on them! Gandalf also had his own robe/cloak made of leather and was topped by the official Gandalf hat, stuck on by a piece of Blu-tack.
The ineriors seen from the back right-hand corner, (removing that module for better light) I've already been taken to task about how Tolkein specifically said that hobbit burrows were all build on one level; but then hobbits didn't have animal heads in the text either so whatevs. ;) (Plus i ran out of brown bricks for the sides and i really wanted to add a larder!)
Bottom burrow - this cutaway was added late in the build, a great idea by Flickr user E.B. so thanks for that mate! It was quite hard to see the detail inside unless i pull the front wall away as i've done here. The button is for a light brick in the fireplace, but sadly it didn't turn out as bright as i would have liked. :P
Some photos from my table at Brickvention. You might notice the lack of the small tree on top of the hill - that was a post-convention addition. (As was the swan and ducks)
I was lucky enough at Brickvention to win a commendation from the judges, which was pretty cool! (The prize was the Mini-modulars set, which is a super sweet build btw - now i want to complete it by building the 4 most recent models... :D )
Thanks for looking peeps! I hope you have enjoyed my build - c&c welcome of course!
That is freaky awesome! Combining the two themes is a wonderful idea, my own sick and twisted minds wants them to take the place of the Orcs instead. Hmmm. This is a stellar achievement in landscaping and rockwork. All the foliage blends everything together for a beautifully realistic look. Fantastic!
Quoting Tim S
Absolutely fantastic. There are so many details everywhere that bring this build to life. I saw this on flickr a while back, but I must praise this beautiful piece of artistry again. Well done!
Aw thanks, glad you like it! :) Yeah, sorry about the necro-post, sometimes it takes me a while to catch up with posting my stuff to all the various places i have a presence on.
Quoting Rylie French
First comment! And wow just wow. How long did it take you to build this?
Thanks for commenting! :) This took me approx 6-7 weeks in total, but i was pretty rushed at the end. About 10 weeks would have been a much saner build time!