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"It Wasn't Me"
Quoth Horatio...
About this creation
This is Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in a single dio. Horatio alone stands with the bodies of all of the other main characters strewn about him. Rather awkward, that.
One of the more gruesome builds I've done, this diorama is something I've wanted to build for quite some time. The play needs some serious levity.


The shape of the throne room was the most difficult part to build. Trapezoids are not friendly to Lego, and there is some undue stress on some of the walls. The shape, though, does suggest more of a "stage-like" presentation. It was a rectangle originally, but it was terribly ugly, so I spent a few more hours opening up the front. The result is far more aesthetically pleasing.





Horatio, a bit perturbed.


HAMLET:
So tell him, with th' occurrents, more and less,
Which have solicited - the rest is silence.
[Dies]


LAERTES:
Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet.
Mine and my father's death come not upon thee,
Nor thine on me!
[Dies]


CLAUDIUS:
O, yet defend me, friends. I am but hurt.
[Dies]


QUEEN:
No, no, the drink, the drink! O my dear Hamlet!
The drink, the drink! I am poisoned!
[Dies]


HAMLET [draws]:
How now? a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead!
[Makes a pass through the arras and kills Polonius]
POLONIUS [behind]:
O, I am slain!


QUEEN: One woe doth tread upon another's heel,
So fast they follow. Your sister's drowned, Laertes.
LAERTES: Drowned! O, where?


AMBASSADOR:
To tell him his commandment is fulfilled,
That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead.
Where should we have our thanks?

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's characters in this build are largely influenced by Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead." It's a brilliant parody of "Hamlet," and I highly recommend reading it.


Artistic shot!

Thanks for stopping by this rather bloody diorama! I hope you found it somewhat enjoyable if not morbidly comedic.






Comments

Paul Vermeesch
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Emerald Knight
  January 22, 2013
Gruesome !!>.....well done, some nice lego
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  December 6, 2012
Great work!
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  December 1, 2012
A very cleverly designed dio; the inclusion of Rosecrantz and Guildenstern is a great touch. Exquisitely done!
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  November 29, 2012
The shape of the dio resembles a stage; was that what you were going for? Fantastic if gruesome scene!
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  November 22, 2012
There's always a place for Shakespeare in my heart. Brilliant idea to avoid the rectangular room, this looks just perfect. I also like the dark green/white colour combination very much.
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  November 21, 2012
Excellent details! the trapezaoid shape brings the best out of this scene! that artistic shot was something special!
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  November 21, 2012
Trapezoid?! Impressive...most impressive...
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  November 21, 2012
The trapezoid design was definitely worth it!
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  November 21, 2012
Stunning display Paul! Love the angles and the figs are great!
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  November 21, 2012
nice vignette!!!
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  November 21, 2012
Oh excellent job! Hamlet is definitely a favorite of mine.
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  November 21, 2012
Very nicely done!
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  November 21, 2012
neat vig!
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  November 21, 2012
Awesome! I love the minifigs!
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  November 21, 2012
Looks like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern died happy. XD
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  November 21, 2012
I seriously like the main title.....hehe... and i know that play. Thats why i like it this much, But even thought, it might is obivious, Could you then write what did happend to each charactor???? Bravo, Encore, Encore
  November 20, 2012
Trapezoids with Lego? Aye, that's the rub! Well done. I was thinking that Stoppard might enjoy this a moment before I read your comment about R&G. Hamlet and Lego, Denmark rules!!!
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  November 20, 2012
Lots of people getting stabbed in the crotch, none the less this is a very graceful build!
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  November 20, 2012
Absolutely fantastic. The curved wall, excellent arches, and other brilliant details combine to perfectly create that "Vermeeschian" style of architecture I've come to enjoy so much. Keep up the stunning work!
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  November 20, 2012
Wonderful representation of a Shakespeare classic!
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  November 20, 2012
Excellent!
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  November 20, 2012
Brilliant setup! I love the thrones!
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  November 20, 2012
awesome Paul; you have really out done yourself with the stage!!! congrats!! (why are the two guys getting hanged smiling?)
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  November 20, 2012
Murder most foul, as in the best it is. Great build!
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  November 20, 2012
Fantastically elegant design, awesome work.
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  November 20, 2012
The extra effort to make the dio a different shape was well worth it. It looks great!
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  November 20, 2012
Some really nice techniques, and excellent detailing. I especially like the design of the minifigures.
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  November 20, 2012
[swinging] ROSENCRANTZ: WHEEEEE! GUILDENSTERN: WHAAAAHHHOOO! ROSENCRANTZ: Ejaculation! One love! GUILDENSTERN: Statement! One all!
  November 20, 2012
Quoting Paul Vermeesch ROSENCRANTZ: Rhetoric! Game and match! (Pause.) Where's it going to end? GUILDENSTERN: That's the question.
ROSENCRANTZ: It's all questions.
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  November 20, 2012
Quoting Max Pointner [swinging] ROSENCRANTZ: WHEEEEE! GUILDENSTERN: WHAAAAHHHOOO! ROSENCRANTZ: Ejaculation! One love! GUILDENSTERN: Statement! One all!
ROSENCRANTZ: Rhetoric! Game and match! (Pause.) Where's it going to end? GUILDENSTERN: That's the question.
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  November 20, 2012
The shaping of the build is most excellent and to top it off you've put in a lovely colorscheme. Nice work, Paul!
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  November 20, 2012
Great work on that trapezoid, and the expressions on the faces of the men hanging are just hilarious to me XD
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  November 20, 2012
Lovely Paul! Love the angles!
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  November 20, 2012
Whoa. Great Hamlet dio.
 
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