Travel into Greek Myth and Legend where heroes and Gods walk the earth, and legends are all around you.
About this creation
This is my promised update of The Temple of Hephaestus that I did last year for the 2016 Nashville Public Library Contest. A lot of changes have been made, some more obvious than others.
I'm no longer constrained by the 2'x2' limitations of the NPL Lego Contest so the whole build is now six base plates in size, up from four. I've added the new Shrine of Nike to the build. From left to right you're looking at the Shrine of Nike, Goddess of Victory; the Temple of Hephaestus, God of the Forge; and Shrine of Asclepius, the God of Healing.
A view from the west showing the small craggy hill behind Nike. I've tried to incorporate a variety of trees and shrubs that are native to Greece and the surrounding islands. You'll find olive trees, basil, and cypress trees in my design, along with a few small pine and oak. The scrub brush is common throughout the Mediterranean region.
My roadway is designed to appear somewhat cobbled, though smooth enough to be considered a good road. The chariot is an ancient vehicle found throughout Europe in the ancient world. Here my charioteer is the representation of Ares, one of my many references to the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Greece in this build. If you look carefully you'll find:
Flowers for Persephone, Cypress Trees for Hades, Apples for Aphrodite, Pegasuses for Zeus, a Charioteer for Ares, Drinking Goblets for Dionysus*, Olive Trees and the Owl for Athena, Hammers and Fire for Hephaestus, Battle Goddesses for Nike, a Staff for Asclepius, Farmers for Demeter, a Satyr for Pan.
*not visible as they're on the backside of the temple and it doesn't turn easily.
The western side with the hillock and shrine is new. This is just a more focused picture of the section I added. There is a cave in the hill that hides my Cyclops, the assistant to Hephaestus.
Nike's shrine is rather spartan, not for creature comforts. I've included little save an offering plate and an alter to burn incense. Two battle goddesses guard it.
I've got a fondness for fountains and here I expanded the fountains with another variation on my artesian fountain designs. You can see my older version here.
The Temple of Hephaestus. Though it doesn't look a whole lot different than before at a glance, but I did a lot of changes including completely rebuilding the top of the temple including the roof. Gone are the cheese yellow and dark red parts, and more white and dark gray were added. The figures for the pediment were changed from dark red and medium gray to white and gold. I also inserted some technic rods into the columns for better support, while removing two of each round and replacing the top and bottom with squares to give it a more polished look. The statues around the building got a finishing touch as I finally got enough teeth to do all the face plates. If you're interested in how I did the temple roof, instructions are here. Similarly my statue designs are here.
Another change was the floor, which was previously just plates. I've tiled the floor and used some crystal red in pattern to create a nicer floor. The priest is unchanged, but two battle goddesses are now in the temple with him.
I modified the central pillars as well, in addition to the new supports, they're better connected, and I moved the little dragons inside, albeit in the hidden rafters, to keep my theme of having them in all my big builds. It's a thing my wife loves.
As before the entire temple hall slides back, though I've strengthened the floor supports to make it less prone to breaking. This frees up the visitors to see...
Hephaestus at his forge. Hephaestus got a hammer upgrade from last time. He's still working though in his forge in Mount Mosychlos on Limnos. His trusty assistant is now in the hills and is late for work.
A view down the road over the bridge. The bridge is actually built using a mix of clip hinges and two-to-one jumpers to create that little arch without looking too boxy.
The chariot runs by the farmers, while the Satyr sneaks around behind them and taunts them with his flute. I use the Satyr a lot in the "can you find" games with the kids at our events. I used black pips (1x1 rounds) to represent the ripe olives on the trees.
Inside the Shrine of Asclepius showing his twin snake staff, a staff we still see today in the medical profession.
In total there are 12 minifigures scattered throughout this build. They are Hephaestus, a priest and priestess of Hephaestus, four battle goddesses, a cyclops, a charioteer, two olive farmers, and a satyr. You'll also find 8 animal figurines: a cat, two hedgehogs, two snakes, an owl, and of course the two horses. I don't count the two dragons.
Quoting killswitch95 (Last Name is Dank AF)
Do us a favor and redo your page's pictures by selecting the "Large" setting by using the simple uploader, your pics are way to small for the amount of detail you put in...
Thank you for the feedback, I didn't think about it because I tend to click pictures and that brings them up in size. I've gone back and redone all the pictures so it should be easier to view now.