Designing in microscale is often a challenge for many LEGO builders. It can be difficult to envision other uses of pieces. While there are many elements and techniques associated with microscale, some ideas are less known to others. Below are nine elements which use uncommon building techniques, perfect for your next microscale architecture model.
1) 1×2 Grille Tile
Grille Tiles are great for horizontal and vertical bands of windows. The thin slats are perfect for adding additional detail to any building. When pairing the ends of the tiles together, you also can create really small windows. While this technique can be a little tricky it’s worth the patience.
Headlight Bricks can also be used in multiple ways. One of the most common is stacking the bricks, facing backwards, to create square shaped windows. Used less often is the side view orientation, which creates a thin sliver between each of the elements. This technique is great for office or civic buildings.
Most builders use Jumper Plates for half stud offsets, but great builders have found several different ways of using this great element. One such usage is backs of the plates. The newer molds of the Jumper Plates have small notches, which are great for small window details. Another method is the side view position. Each plate has an extremely small lip creating some depth between each piece; a technique best used for the illusion of paneled walls.
As you probably already know Microfigs are commonly used as representations of statues. This idea has already appeared in official LEGO sets and old news to many builders. However did you know they can be used as building elements? The contours of the Microfigs provides great depth when positioned in a linear arrangement, great for palaces and other civic buildings.
Plates with Closed Handles are mostly used as attachments to vertical clips (see below) but they offer a variety of techniques when building in microscale. Some builders have discovered that these elements are great for constructing small columns. When turned on their side Plates with Closed Handles even create miniature bases and capitals for the columns.
Similar to Plates with Closed Handles, Plate with Vertical Clips have the ability (when stacked) to create columns. It’s a surprisingly easy solution to complete small details for historic churches, civic buildings and other structures. Additionally the curved portion of the clip works great as an arch, especially when positioned backwards.
A great micro landscape is not complete without some greenery! Flower Plates are small, detailed and come in several different colors to liven up your build. When combined with stems or bars these pieces can create trees, bushes and other types of greenery to fit neatly within in landscape.
Inversed bricks (1×1 or 1×2) are a cheaper alternative to tiles when creating windows. Backwards bricks instantly add more detail as it creates strong depth. Some speciality 1×2 bricks provide extra details with additional notches and slats.
Slot Slopes are often dismissed solely as roof elements. It’s a shame that many builders don’t recognize other great uses for this piece. Slot Slopes make great stairs and seats, especially for grand plazas, civic buildings and stadiums. They are also great for windows, and are actually one of the better elements for such techniques.
Now that you have discovered some great new techniques, go forth and build! Feel free to show off your creations on ArchBrick’s Facebook page, here.