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Building Techniques: Brick Walls

Updated: Sep 14

In this series we're going to discuss the various types of building techniques that are used to create stunning three-dimensional structures with detailed layers and accents. This is a weekly upload series, so sign-up for notifications if you'd like to follow along every week with new solutions for enhancing your building techniques!

Decayed Brick Walls

This technique can be used to create decaying structures, whether it be just a regular stone wall that runs along a pasture, or if it's the base of a run-down farmhouse—either situation calls for layers of misaligned bricks that will help illustrate decay caused by time.

Parts: What You'll Need

  • Tile 1 x 1 with Groove (3070)

  • Tile 1 x 2 with Groove (3069b)

  • Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with 1 Stud with Groove and Bottom Stud Holder (Jumper)

  • Plate 1 x 2 (3023)

  • Hinge Plate 1 x 4 Swivel Base with Same Color Hinge Plate 1 x 4 Swivel Top (2429 / 2430)

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First, you want to start with a solid base, so it's best to pick a starting point with your hinge plate, and a few 1 x 2 plates to create a solid base. Then you'll stack with a jumper plate on the hinge and continue that pattern throughout.

Next, you layer the jumper plates, offset on one another, which will create a nice bricklaid pattern, like you'd see with real walls built using bricks. It also creates a nice thin layer with each set of plates, allowing for a lot of variety and tweaks throughout your build.

After that, you can keep varying your layered technique, adding yet more variety to the wall. The protruding hinge plate will also add a rounded layer effect, which looks varied when combined with the other techniques. Try offsetting a few jumper plates as well to have them sticking out, emulating a protruding brick from the wall.

Next, in order to hold the loose juxtaposed jumper in place, use a hinge plate. This will help create a solid connection, while still allowing you to continue the pattern.