Altair of Assassin's Creed teaches a valuable life lesson: look before you leap off of tall minarets.
About this creation
EDIT: I decdied my comments about the game sounded a bit overly negative, so I have edited them.
A while back, I posted an Assassin's Creed parody comic, and since I did enjoy the game and a lot of people have been asking me to make some, I decided to build some Assassin's Creed LEGO creations. Where to start? With my comic, of course!
I admit the hay cart is the weakest part of the model. The stones are hard to see (somewhat spoiling the joke, but oh well), and the hay is sparse. That's because no Bricklink orders were placed in the creation of this model. You're looking at my entire collection of tan rods. Ack!
The "hero" of Assassin's Creed is Alta´r, a member of an order of assassins based out of the Byzantine fortress of Masyaf during the Crusades. His order, for some reason that couldn't possibly be historically-accurate, apparently wishes to bring peace to the land. They plan to do this by killing lots and lots of people. Because that makes sense. Among Alta´r's many abilities are the power to keep his hood perfectly in position even when riding a horse at rapid speeds or jumping off the top of a building, and the ability to blend in with a crowd of monks or scholars despite the fact that he's bristling with visible weaponry. Heheh.
NOTE: Yes, the white hood is painted.
A couple of Knights Templar and a monk (or at least a certain character of mine dressed like a monk). I actually had more fun with these guys than with Altair. I guess I just like armor. The helmets they're wearing are from BrickForge, while the swords are from LittleArmory (now out of business, sadly).
I always feel hesitant about a posting minifigs all on their own, so I decided to build a vignette. Since I usually build spaceships and video game stuff, I've very rarely tried my hand at detailed LEGO architecture. For some reason the idea of building the minaret of a mosque really inspired me, perhaps because it was different from my usual fare. I really got into building it.
Some design elements you may note include the striped arch made of 1x2 plates (yes, it's made entirely of bricks - no printed parts, stickers, or paint - except on the minifigs, of course) and the use of minifig legs on the wall. Since you already know I could never come up with anything as ingenious as the latter idea, I'll have to admit that I got it from Corran101. Originally I just had little wedges there like on the balconies farther up.
Alta´r ponders whether to kill or simply avoid this crusader. Personally I tend to avoid killing people, even armed soldiers. I guess I'm nicer than the real Alta´r probably would have been, judging from his actions early in the game. It's a different story with those naked madmen that get in your way, scream, and shove you around though. I can't resist punching their daylights out.
Did anyone here ever play any of the Thief games? I've only played Thief: Deadly Shadows. It was a pretty neat game. There is an interesting parallel (or rather opposite) between the two games: while Assassin's Creed takes place entirely during the day, Thief takes place entirely at night. I'm already considering making an alternate version of this vignette featuring Garrett the Master Thief as opposed to Altair, climbing up part of a Gothic catherdral-eque building as opposed to a Muslim-esque minaret... I'm still waiting for a Thief IV... maybe they could use the Assassin's Creed engine?
As Alta´r looks out over the city, or lack thereof, the eagle overhead threatens to ruin the pristine whiteness of his robes.
Does anyone ever wonder who builds those little wooden perches for the eagles/assassins, and always positions a hay cart conveniently beneath them? On the other hand, does anyone ever wonder if a human could really break a fall that big with a little pile of hay? Somebody call Mythbusters.
Since LEGO has never made any birds with actual outspread wings, I was forced to come up with this really wacky design for the eagle that always soars away when Alta´r approaches his perch. People seem to like it though. Random observation: those posts must be covered in bird crap. Makes you wonder why Alta´r never slips up on it. Didn't the game designers ever play Metal Gear Solid 2?
Another shot of the upper half of the minaret. I actually had some extra sections in there at first, but I had to remove them to photograph the thing properly. The total height is around 28 inches!
I was a bit disappointed that they decided to include so many sci-fi and conspiracy buff elements in the storyline of Assassin's Creed. When I first heard about it, I had really hoped it would simply be a reasonably historically-accurate medieval action game. Those are very rare in the gaming world. Most medieval games are strategy titles, and all the other genres feel the need to include fantasy elements with anything medieval. I would have preferred the game without the genetic memory story and the sequences as Desmond... Oh well.
Why do they call it a leap of faith anyway? What exactly does Alta´r have faith in? It's not God, because even though Al Mualim says "Go to God!" and the real Assassins were probably Muslims, both Altair and his master seem to be pure atheists. Is it fate? Heroes' luck, perhaps?
Hope you enjoyed the model as much as I enjoyed making it. More Assassin's Creed or just generic crusades creations may be coming in the future!
NOTE: The character minifigs shown on this page were made using custom decals (stickers / labels) that I designed myself.If you would like to make your own minifigs, I now provide a printing service for my decals. Just visit my website!
Jonathan Thomas: It's not clay; it's paint. :P Blame LEGO for not making a white hood piece yet. Heheh.
Very Cool! It looks like it is right out of the game. I really like the details you put in this, it looks very middle eastern. The only thing I don't like is the painted/stickered minifigs, but besides that it is very cool!
After I saw this I had to make one of my own. And so I did. And now that it's at least about 95% finished, I'm lookin' at yours again and it makes me think I need to add another section onto it to make it taller XD great work BTW
that is the best one i have seen in all my life ilove your decals they are the best but im trying to order and i live in frederick md do you think you could send the decals through printer fax please write back and if you could send it throug fax and you do i wil give 5.00 for the decals and plus i could give you something
Ok, i need to get this on the 360. I have all the AC iPod games, but you cant do this in any of them... well you can hop into hay carts in ACII but its lame when you do it, cause there are no poles to leap off of
Anyways, this is BEAUTIFUL! I would make an Altair that detailed, but i dont customize anymore. Im just waiting for the release of a white hood... oh well.
Wow, this is beautiful. I approve of this creation. it is amazing. Now i need to play AC some more...
I like it
Spaztastic the Diabolical
June 8, 2010
Heh. Assassin's Creed was fun. The swordfighting was too overly cinematic for me, and I really wanted to just grab a halberd or something to kick some serious tail. When Assassin's Creed 2 came out, I saw the spears used by the Brutes and thought "oh! nobody can touch me now!" but for some odd reason you always seem to swing with the spear. It kinda left me wishing that the designers knew how to fight, instead of relying on movies to give them their maneuvers. Pfft.
Edwardo: I have made an Ezio figure, actually. Check my website. I hope to finish an AC2 vignette at some point and post it here. Don't forget to check out my decals in the Historical section; I just posted some new ones! Also, to Aaron: The helmets are from Brickforge.
Very nice job. It definitely has the right feel. It really reminds me of Damascus, is it by any chance inspired by that? Anyways I love the color combinations of all levels, the bird was a fantastic touch!
Amazing! That is the best way to describe it. Even though you aren't one for architecture I can tell this thing is modeled amazingly. I can tell you took your time. I recently purchased some of your Decals and will be making my own assassin's Creed model. I am currently working on a small part of Damascus-Poor District. Keep up the Good Work Justin!
This does amazing justice to one of the best games ever made.
Good job, my friend.
my only problem is the hood. I love that you added the detail of the 'beak' to it, but I still cannot stand the Lego hood when used for the style of hood Altair wore. His was far more sleek, and overall way better looking.
But you didn't have a much of a choice in hoods, so I leave that out of my opinion of this.
The only reason I'm giving you five stars is because five the highest number. This deserve far greater. A ten -at least.
Hey nice. I've seen this and EVERYTHING else you have made on your website and it's all amazing. i still think they graded you too hard on your Balrog. :) I bought some decals awhile back, but you probly dont know what im talking about. anyway nice work and check out my stuff. I have tons more to post so don't worry about it.
Crud...I didn't even comment on the creation...I just went on with a bunch of nerd rambling. ANYWAY, Great tower! 28 inches is tall and the detailing along the walls is quite "KEEN"! The decals are great, as well! I did play a game on the PC that didn't have any fantasy elements in it. "Joan of Ark: Wars and Warriors", but you did use power attacks, and you had "Hidden inventory", and there were those amulets that gave you special bonuses, AND it did let you go into RTS mode...BAH, oh well sorry, I guess that didn't help...Nice creation! I like the hay cart!
Man, Thief OWNS! I played "Thief: The Dark Project" YEARS ago...just recently I pulled it out and have been working through it again, great game. That would be a neat concept with "The master Thief" in the shadows and "The 'I can't cary enough knives!' assasin" in the light...WAY TOO COOL! OH, by the way, "Looking Glass Studios" went out of buisness a while back, and with it any hopes of more Thief games...unless you know somthing I don't...DO YOU?
I like it
Elite Commando: RC - 1309
November 12, 2008
Hey very nice!! havn┤t played it yet... but cool! If you could give me some decal making tips that would be awsome( especially what paper or stuff) If you could get back to me that would be neat, if not, that is sad.
I hate people who scream: omFG THIS IS L1k3 TH3 B35t R3V13V MY MOCS! We review them if we want too, so don't go screaming like 3 year olds, because we're even less likely to then.
Like I said on the forums, I like it, and it seemed just right, but you should try and do another Vig set in Acre.
I like it
August 15, 2008
Oh FRAK ME! (sorry for the BSG reference). Wow, what a great build. The photography is spectacular, you really captured the size and detail of your model. I can't say that I know one lick about Assasin's Creed, but I know a superior MOC when I see it. Great work!
This has to be one of the best lego mocs i have ever seen! I havent got the game but i get a pretty good idea of what the game must be like from just looking at this creation! Well done! 5 stars! :-) Please check out my lego mocs.
this is amazing, the minifigs are accurate, Altiar looks just like he does in the game.the building is outstanding. try to make a scene from the game. The whole thing is great! 5/5. If I could I would make 6/5.
As everyone else has already said: simply amazing. Inspiring. Not mentioned yet, though, is how great the pics are. Did you splice multiple images together for the tall images? I'd love to hear a little about the photo-prep stuff... -N.
you never do that much architecture, but when you do it's incredible! I wish that lego would make stuff lke this, and halo, and lord of the rings, and quite a few others... they just don't understand that the people who are actually good at lego aren't five.
I absolutely love it. It is one of the amazing works of art on mocpages.You are the entire reason that I began doing mocpages.I have just bought your assassins decal from your site and many more so i hope that you could visit my site once i have them.I shouldn't ask much of you because I know your very busy between mocpages and saber scorpions lair. ONCE AGAIN YOU ARE THE BEST CREATOR MOCPAGES COULD EVER HAVE !
unbelievable, Assassin's Creed is my favourite (singelplayer) game, you made a beautiful creation, even if I didn't know assassins Creed I would give this a five, the templars are extremely accurate and the details on the minouret are amazing, great job
Sweet Muscular Mary, that vignette is good. Btw, i loved Thief: Deadly Shadows too. There's something very endearing about whacking somebody over the head with an iron rod. They definitely need to make a new version. And on Assassins Creed 2 and 3, they need to put in real time, so you could do missions at night too (cos that would be WAY more fun. It's hard enough trying to land jumps normally without the added hazard of pitch black surroundings). Again, lovely MOC that really brings out the beauty in a combination of Xbox 360 and LEGO.
I like it
April 20, 2008
scorp, this is as brilliant as always!!!
it looks perfectly like in the game!
i could write a whole roman about this, but ill spare you...;)
your loyal fan,
PS: please also rate my creations, you are a great inspiration!
WOAH!!! I GOTTA GET ON MORE OFTEN! I didn't know you played Assassin's Creed! It is my FAVORITE videogame of ALL TIME!!!!! This has inspired me! Well, you beat me to assassin's creed, but I call Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles!
Very nice, but this is not the reason i'm writing this reveiw. I have been on your site, and have seen you have posted more 'So you wanna be an adventurer?' comics. Unfortunetly, some of the pages don't load, so it would be great if you could post them on Moc pages.
Incredible! you've become quite the builder of vigs! so many world class mocs in so little time! though I have to say, when I saw it was only half a tower it totally spoiled it for me. I don't blame you at all, I should'nt have expected so much. I enjoyed the commentary greatly this time. the architecture and attention to detail was impressive!
Very good. I like the knights. I also LOVE how you used the legs. It looks very... mosk-like. Great job. We really should call Mythbusters on that one. Finally, the bird does need some work. I could not tell what it is until you told me. Sorry. The rest is good.
I don't have time for video games anymore (or LEGO even for that matter but some sacrifices must be made for the greater good... the greater good.) but I don't care, this MOC is great! I love when someone builds "outside" of conventional building. Your vertical masterpiece is truly inspirational. By the way, the "Chris P" below is not me. Later ~ Chris.
GAAIHH! I need to learn how to make buildings like that. If of course all my mini-figs convert to Islam. Either that or I could build a huge, highly decorated border patrol outpost...nahhh. Like always, your mini-fig makeovers are awesome (no matter what anybody says about anti clay/paint/stickers/etc) and I even like the eagle... Nice job! -- -- Michael
Dude! This is sweet! Best part for me are those crusaders. Too bad all I ever here about Assassins Creed is kids in my school running around pretending to stab each other with the dude's finger/knife. All in all a great vig!