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Cliffside Monastery
A study in simple colors, unique architecture, and curving rockwork, this 32x32 diorama was inspired solely by Bombur's hair and the white-and-medium dark flesh color scheme. Enjoy!
About this creation



The back of the diorama.


Bird's eye look at the curving wall and layout.


I've had the itch for some good old fashioned rockwork lately, so I brought it to the next level by building the rocks in a curve and SNOTing a larger outcropping on top. I spent a few late nights on the engineering here.


In which I try and fail to be as awesome as Mark Erickson.


The diorama is quite literally built from the top down. I started with the Lowell Sphere dome to the chapel and worked my way down from there. The building itself is inspired by an Aegean architectural style and a Spanish color scheme.


I honestly have no idea what this is supposed to be other than a continuation of the dome motif and an excuse to use pillar bricks and medium dark flesh masonry elements.


Lowell half-sphere!


The tree was a last minute addition.


Purists be warned. A significant amount of exacto work was required to sever bomber's hair from his beard and fat.


The cross motif appears on each of the three peaks of the chapel.


Originally these bricks were going to be "under" a plaster layer, but things started to get a bit too complicated.




One of the few builds I actually sketched out on paper before building.

Thanks for stopping by, and as always, Soli Deo Gloria!

EDIT: Blogged by the Brother's Brick!



Comments

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  April 5, 2013
I can't even expalin how awesome this is, Paul! Crazy good job. Keep up the great builds :)
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  March 15, 2013
I love the architecture of the dome. The curved retaining wall stood out to me too, and of course Bombur's hair looks great here.
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  March 15, 2013
Aw, man! You had me going! For a second I thought that Bombur's hair was removable! Lol, great work, I really like the color scheme, and the rockwork is impeccable! Not to mention the great architecture!
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  March 12, 2013
Superb work all around. A+!
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  March 11, 2013
Love the tree. Great build Paul! -LB Senior
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  March 11, 2013
An exceptionally nice-looking build. The clean colors are wonderful. Great techniques on the base of the dome and the roofs (rooves?). And the rockwork is fantastic.
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  March 10, 2013
Awesome Paul! This is AMAZING! I really Bombur's hair!
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  March 10, 2013
Bombur? What Happened?
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  March 5, 2013
Wow! These question-marks almost don't look Lego!
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  March 4, 2013
Love that rockwork and the color scheme. Clever with Bomburs hair.
Paul Vermeesch
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Emerald Knight
  March 3, 2013
a lovely creation !>.....well done
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  March 3, 2013
Awesome looking rock detail! Great work.
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  March 3, 2013
I like all three domes... hee, hee... and the tree roots! :)
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  March 3, 2013
Amazing work Paul! I love the snotted rockwork! Actually, there is so many amazing techniques in here, it would take a while to name them all! The water, rockwork, curving rockwork, curving wall, etc. :D
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  March 3, 2013
Wow Paul, the texture and color usage here is simply stunning! Love the use of the medium dark flesh and the minifig. Cheers~
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  March 3, 2013
Mission accomplished. The curved rock work really shines and the monastery is has a great blend of simplicity and details. Great job!
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  March 3, 2013
Nice job Paul, the rock work is excellent and the monastery is well built. Heh, clever mini-fig too, though I can't say I'm impressed with the modifying aspect...I also think photographing it on a different colored background would've been a nice touch, as the whites tend to blend. But aside from those little critiques (mostly based on my preferences), this is a beautiful build. Well done pal!
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  March 3, 2013
Being a landscaper, my eyes are immediately drawn to the stunning rockwork and beautiful tree (even if it was a last-minute thing). But the monastery itself is almost perfect in it's simplicity--just the other day I was contemplating uses of the medium dark flesh color. You have pulled this one off masterfully!
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  March 3, 2013
Beautiful! The color scheme makes everything feel so tranquil! Bombur's hair makes perfect monk hair :D
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  March 3, 2013
Terrific work Paul! Love the rockwork, the architectural style of the monastery and the little details, such as the tree, growing in the rock! - K.
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  March 3, 2013
Nicely done! That curved rock bit turned out great!
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  March 3, 2013
Wow, Paul - nice work! Something about the balance of texture, color, and form in this that just sings. Can't quite put my finger on it other than to say that it's a beautifully clean aesthetic. But, whatever the case...well done!
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  March 3, 2013
Beautiful work on this, great one.
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  March 3, 2013
excellent rockwork, that monastry is fantastic!
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  March 3, 2013
Crazy work! Lots of great part usages and unique colors and shapes. Love it all! I must try to sketch some of my bigger projects and see the results I get. Nicely done once again!
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  March 3, 2013
Incredible....
 
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