We know impressive Lego builds take time to finish, and they usually incorporate thousands of blocks positioned just right to complete a masterpiece. We’ve grown accustomed to this way of creating cool and lasting artwork. Some have even been displayed for a showcase in an art gallery or become viral campaigns on the Internet. There is no real way of describing what a winning concept is, but the more time put into a build, the more attention it will get it seems. However, there is a clear shift happening in the Lego community that I am very much into. It’s all about a new breed of builds that doesn’t entail months of building and planning, not to mention buying all the blocks necessary to get it all finished.
This new way of building is called “Microscale Builds,” and it is getting ever more popular among the builders. Basically what it entails is that instead of building something really extensive and time consuming, the builder assembles as few blocks as possible yet is able to create the form, shape or replica down to the last detail.
The master of this trade has to be Rod Gillies, at least so far. With just a few blocks, he managed to put together realistic replicas of a set of Steampunk Expeditionary vehicles forming a truly impressive microscale force. The force includes a Zeppelin, Tank and Walkers and when photographed just right, these small builds become as impressive as any extensive build you can think of. I truly enjoy this way of immersing yourself into the world of Lego. It doesn’t take up too much time, and it is ultimately inspirational and impressive. It’s perfect for my schedule and attention span. Brilliant!