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Building Techniques: Brick Walls

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

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)


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.

After you continue following that pattern, you can then begin using 1 x 2 Tiles (3069b) throughout in the place of jumper plates to allow more flexibility, and for a looser fit. What you can then do towards the end of the build is twist the connection points where 1 x 2 Tiles (3069b) were used, to create a more decayed, looser-fitting effect. You can also use this technique to create gaps in the pattern as well. I would recommend doing this more toward the top of your wall to allow for more solidity throughout.

Lastly, once you've reached the top of your wall you can cap it off with a few jumpers and 1 x 2 tiles, which will allow you to rotate the tile and further illustrate the overall decay of the structure. Sprinkle in some added plant components and your wall is ready to go on display in your MOC!

Next Week . . .

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Catch our next article in the series next week titled Building Techniques: Brick Walls II, where we're going to look at another style of masonry building techniques to create larger structures!

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