In the year 2020 and ongoing, we are planning to build LEGO© models depicting as many aspects of Ancient Egyptian life as possible. Everyone who wants to join Public BRICKstory in this effort, feel free to participate by using #legoegypt2020. A wide range of different models, concepts and ideas are currently in progress.
Final "prototype" of the first phase is an complete temple study, using all the previous prototypes (see below). It is heavily inspired by the great temple of Karnak in Thebes!
The intention was to get a feeling for the upcoming builds in terms of color-blocking, scale, size and details.
You can see for example the striking differences between the columns on the left and right, without and with stickers.
These prototypes used stickers and printed parts - mainly from the 1998 Adventurers sets, partly stickers from newer sets. The first one (left) could be easily
used in models of tombs, like seen in the Valley of the Kings. Second prototype (middle) is for facades of temples or parts the often accompanying pylons. This one is particularly interesting to create, since the printed parts are big slopes, urging to figure out how to get them into a 90 degree angle. Third and last one (right) could find good use in some temple or palace interior.
After first steps of the LEGO© Egypt project with the prototypes of a Sphinx, the focus switched to the various styles of columns and capitals.
Main goal on the columns was to achieve an historical accurate, or better said authentic, ancient Egyptian look. Featuring of course hieroglyphs, it depicts as well the typical greenish tones at the bottom and Lotus & reed applications at the top (see pictures above).
The other characteristic of a Egyptian column is the capital on top. Various prototypes were created, like the elaborate Lotus (above left) capital, prominently featured in the big columns of the Karnak temple.
Or the Hathor-capital, mainly featured in temple of Hathor in Dendera (above right),
consisting of the face of the godess and sistrum on top. This above shown capital was digitally redesigned and recolored. One of these (see below) will be used in a "Dendera-Style"
The LEGO© Egypt project started with some Sphinx prototypes (digital render), which will be used later for a processional way, leading to temple complexes and similar buildings.
The initial concept came from the paw part (ID: 15090), but the Sphinx (right) got way too big to use the planned purposes. Starting all over the concept again the result came out pretty nice (left). This prototype is mainly inspired by the Sphinx of Hatshepsut (exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art / NY)
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