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!
Structural Brick Walls
This technique can be used to create the base for larger structures, whether it be the base of a Medieval Farmhouse or Inn, or a modern brick-style home—this simple build technique will help add some flavor to your MOC.
Parts: What You'll Need
Brick 1 x 1 (3005)
Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Headlight (4070)
Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Stud on 1 Side (87087)
Tile 1 x 2 with Groove (3069b)
Minifigure, Utensil Ingot / Bar (99563)
Tile 1 x 3 (63864)
Plate, Modified 1 x 4 with 2 Studs without Groove (92593)
Brick, Modified 1 x 2 with Masonry Profile (Brick Profile) (98283)
Brick, Modified 1 x 2 Log (30136)
Firstly, if you just have a bunch of Masonry Bricks on-hand, you can create a very simple iteration by just varying the color-palette while building your wall.
If you want to add a little variety and still want to keep it simple you can throw in some Modified 1 x 2 Log Bricks. Be sure to use some color-variation as well so you don't end up with a wholly monochromatic build.
In order to get some really cool patterns and varieties, you really want to use a variety of different techniques together. For this particular wall, we're going to use Headlight bricks, and Modified Bricks with Studs on the Side to add some texture to our wall.
First, begin with a base layer of Masonry Bricks, and you can even through a Modified Bricks with Stud on the side to the base layer as well so it's not completely flush (left side of build). Next, place two Headlight Bricks together, overlapping the layer of Masonry Bricks on the first level.
Next, take one of the Ingot pieces and attach it to the Headlight Bricks. This will create a nice uneven facade, while also keeping the build solid—think of its operation and clutch power as the same as placing another 1 x 2 Masonry Brick in the same spot! Space this combination out a bit to continue varying your build.
Also, sprinkle in a few Modified Bricks with Studs on the Side, for which we'll place some 1 x 2 Tiles in the next step to add another layer of texture.
Once you reach the desired height for your foundation, place a few Plate, Modified 1 x 4 with 2 Studs without Groove (92593) strategically across the top to allow for an offset plate to be placed for the base of the next layer. For the rest of the top, you can fill out the rest of the thin layer using a variety of smooth tile pieces. You may need to place and remove the Modified Plates a few times before settling on where they work best.
Fill in the exposed studs with some 1 x 2 Tiles and 1 x 2 Ingots, and you can even spice things up a bit with a variety of different plant pieces! Plant pieces can really help add a little organic styling to what would otherwise be a flat brick wall.
Depending on the type of structure you're building, you can continually vary and combine all these different techniques to build some really diverse and interesting structures! I'm building a Medieval Home, so the next thing I added was a plate and timber frame Medieval structure.
Next Week . . .
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Catch our next article in the series next week titled Building Techniques: Timber Framing, where we're going to look at another style of building techniques to create larger structures!
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