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My Winter Village Project

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  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    JasoMac said:
    @milamber I ordered that one, Changing Seasons, Lakeside Lodge and Modular Winter Vacation through Bricklink, along with a few collectible minifigures that seemed appropriate. I will definitely have to change some colors around on that one, I really dislike the Friends color scheme, at least as it interacts with the Winter Village one, but I've seen pictures of others doing the same thing on here. 

    This is my version, but there's lots of options


    KungFuKenny560HeliportbmwlegoSwitchfoot55tamamahmevantylerstluxFizyxLittleLori
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,954
    Yup. I also modified my snow chalet, and it is part of my winter scene (the after Christmas one) along with the mountain hut. 
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,322
    JasoMac said:

    I'm assuming most of these multi-level villages that I've seen aren't built up entirely out of Legos, what do people use under them to support the weight above without being super heavy itself?
    Dunno, but you could try cardboard, it's light and pretty sturdy. my ninjago city is just sitting on cardboard furniture.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648

    ^I've built my scene up (about 10 posts down on page 9) with some 2x2 stilts screwed into the wooden board on the bottom and them an elevated platform on the top. Then I cover the wood with a "snow blanket" (a white semi-fluffy decorative item from Target). I put my buildings on top of that.

    I've also seen full on Lego-built structures, tunnels, hills, etc... It's really up to you and your budget.

    Also, as with others, I've repurposed several non-winter sets into my village. Most I've redone the roofs in white (same photos referenced above). Nice way to fill out the village at a somewhat more affordable cost.

    KungFuKennyLittleLori
  • mtpelepelemtpelepele Virginia, USAMember Posts: 22
    I like white styrofoam insulation to build up a bit.  Comes in 16"x1"x4' sheets at your local home improvement store.  You can buy a hot wire cutter for a few dollars on Amazon, it cuts really easily.
    KungFuKennySwitchfoot55
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    Nearly got mine out last weekend when it was wet and windy, but managed to restrain myself. Decided it was a little early
    KungFuKenny
  • panchox1panchox1 ColoradoMember Posts: 107
    ^just a little. ;-). I'm shooting for having it up the night of the 30th. though mine will be very modest.
    KungFuKenny
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    My village got off to a fast start, but some recent family emergencies have put it on hold for now. I'm excited to get back into things shortly! I have all of my modified buildings built and ready, the small/older Gingerbread House, several additional shops and vendors for the market, and the Carousel. 

    I'll likely work on the Cottage and Post Office next. Both are fun builds and will help bring some calm to my mind right now!
    panchox1LittleLoriKungFuKennybandit778
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 587
    Thanks to @SumoLego my village will now include the WV Fire Station - here’s hoping that the firefighter’s services will not be required and that they can participate in the festivities!
    SumoLego
  • LittleLoriLittleLori CanadaMember Posts: 144
    I plan to modify #5766, #31025 and #31048 for my village this year. I have done the log cabin before but not the other two.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    ^I'd love a copy of both the Log Cabin and Mountain Hut to add to my village. I likely have most/all of the parts for them in my bulk bins. I'll have to do some sorting. I found it pleasing to my eye last year to have added more living spaces to a village with so many people wandering around. That Cottage can only sleep so many...
    LittleLori
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,175
    Thanks to @SumoLego my village will now include the WV Fire Station - here’s hoping that the firefighter’s services will not be required and that they can participate in the festivities!
    Somebody has to light the fire for smores!
    Switchfoot55KungFuKennyLittleLorisid3windr
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,970
    milamber said:
    Decided it was a little early
    Wifey loves the festive time of the year so it's never early enough for her.
    As she puts up with my hobbies for 10 months of the year, 2 months of tinsel and fairy lights is a small price to pay especially as I get to incorporate LEGO into it anyway. :)
    KungFuKenny560Heliport
  • evantylerevantyler Central OhioMember Posts: 70
    @mtpelepele I really like the look of the beveled edges on the Styrofoam pieces--nice touch! I may have to steal this idea...
    KungFuKenny
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 587
    ^ I had the same idea- already looking at styrofoam cutters on Amazon... 
  • mtpelepelemtpelepele Virginia, USAMember Posts: 22
    Also, if using the styrofoam, it's easy to anchor pieces if needed.  The carrousel, for example, tends to slide when the crank is turned.  I simply put a couple 2x2 bricks under the base plate, and cut corresponding holes in the foam.  This picture was pre-train, but to secure the track, I use the pins that hold the track pieces together when you buy them.  Just shoved one through the hole in the track into the Styrofoam every so often. Super easy to make hills, too.  If you want the bevels to line up, just cut through multiple sheets at once.
    FizyxSwitchfoot55evantylerLittleLoriWhiteDoveCymbeline
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,970
    Now fully integrated into my Christmas Lego display.
    I really like this set and it makes a great addition to the whole thing.

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  • panchox1panchox1 ColoradoMember Posts: 107
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    Everything is looking excellent already! @panchox1, thanks for sharing the photo. I'll definitely have to pick that set up and do the swap over with the roof pieces. It'll fit right in. 

    Due to some recent family emergencies, my WV has been on hold. However, last night things returned back to a more normal status, so I was able to build a few things. I should have my larger base board to build on by tonight and can start posting some pictures of my progress as well. 

    I still need to enlarge my train's engine, add another cargo car, and expand the dining car on top of everything else. 

    ...oh yeah, and start/finish my church...
    panchox1LittleLori
  • flightriskflightrisk USAMember Posts: 43
    @wardm     Very nice layout.   I had been wondering how the gingerbread house was going to look with the other sets.  Turns out - It looks great.  It adds some nice background colors.  Thanks for posting.  
    wardmLittleLori
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    @milamber, in the top picture, what is the brown building in the bottom right? A MOD? MOC? Is this the Friends Chalet doubled up/modified? 

    Looking forward to seeing it come together!


    I went out last night and bought a new piece of plywood to have a larger base than last year. I have about 60% of the sets built and ready to go. I'm hoping it will really take shape over the next couple of days!
    KungFuKenny
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    @milamber, in the top picture, what is the brown building in the bottom right? A MOD? MOC? Is this the Friends Chalet doubled up/modified? 

    Looking forward to seeing it come together!


    I went out last night and bought a new piece of plywood to have a larger base than last year. I have about 60% of the sets built and ready to go. I'm hoping it will really take shape over the next couple of days!
    Yes. Modified and slightly enlarged version of the Friends Chalet. I can send you some more pictures if you want?
    JasoMacLittleLori
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    ^Sure thing. I love seeing how people modify stuff. 
    LittleLoriDjblythe05
  • panchox1panchox1 ColoradoMember Posts: 107

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  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 587
    edited December 1
    @monkey_roo
    Nice set up!  I am struggling a bit to figure out the Tardis Ostrich connection— I know Lady Cassandra had an Ostrich egg, but...
  • monkey_roomonkey_roo Member Posts: 1,374
    No connection - it just struck me that an ostrich is the sort of animal the Dr would ride :)

    now with added Gingerbread House

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  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    @monkey_roo, great setup! I particularly like the church/town hall you've built (assuming that's what it is?). 

    I moved everything off my table briefly yesterday to shift some stuff around. Both of my daughters swarmed the sets within seconds and busted half the village to bits before I knew what had happened. Your layout on the floor makes my eye twitch a little from the memory of what I went through. Best of wishes...
  • monkey_roomonkey_roo Member Posts: 1,374
    yes it’s a church.

  • evantylerevantyler Central OhioMember Posts: 70
    @Switchfoot55 I love the shape of your various surfaces, and the sheer size of the entire footprint!
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 418
    This is fantastic, I can't wait to see it progress! Please post regular updates 😃
    Djblythe05Switchfoot55
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    edited December 3
    Started lighting mine. Not very ambitious this year as have had other things going on and going away before Christmas. Ideally I'd place a platform along the back with some of the sets on and have the lights shining up the wall a bit more in a Northern Lightish sort of way. 

    Always the same though. Don't want to start Christmas too early, then run out of time!

    Hopefully have more time to plan next year. Sorry about photo quality - rubbish old phone


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  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    @milamber, what are you using to light your village?

  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    edited December 3
    @Switchfoot55 These are the fairly lights, if you can get the same/similar in the USA. They are tiny LED bulbs, perfectly scaled for the a Lego Winter Village. Battery operated with very thin, but so far pretty strong, wires which bend and grip around bricks or which are thing enough to go under a 1x2 tile on the roof between the studs, for example. They aren't as bright and fuzzy as the camera makes them look.

    Cheaper and more colours available since I bought them a couple of years ago. 

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EV4I9VS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    In the church I simply have a couple of battery operated candle tea lights built into the rafters. I could probably do better for that, but didn't want anything to harsh and these are designed to simulate candles and are pretty atmospheric
    Djblythe05
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    Awesome! I did the same in my village last year. I had intended to swap them all over from batter powered to USB plugs as the batteries ran out fairly quickly. A project for next year hopefully. 

    Always interested in what people can think up!
  • vanvonfullvanvonfull washingtonMember Posts: 5
    I’ve been lurking this thread since you started it, looking forward to the progress. 

    My 23 month old is preventing me from setting up a village this year. 
    Switchfoot55KungFuKenny
  • SilverLoveSilverLove SwedenMember Posts: 31
    edited December 4
    Perhaps slightly off topic - I just noticed Lego will release white 32x32 baseplates next year. Will some of you use them for your winter villages in the future?

    (Curious about how people reason.
    I like baseplates, easier to get things to stay and possibility to pose figures without them toppling over causes by vibrations or such, while at the same time i sometimes dislike the more rigid/gridlike way (at least i) then tend to place stuff.)
  • panchox1panchox1 ColoradoMember Posts: 107

    I currently have some aftermarket ones. They are thicker than the Lego baseplates. I like that. but it's hard to attach some things too. I also dislike the gridlike look sometimes. I've placed 2x3 white plates to the feet of some minifigs to keep them from falling over and allowing them to be placed more organic looking.


    speaking of my village, my grandsons came over for the day on Tuesday, so I broke it down Monday night. having a chuck of it on plates made it easy. Took the opportunity to move some things around and add some embellishments and elements from the first few days of the advent calendars. Gonna put it back up tonight.

    The grandkids come every Tuesday so I'll be doing this again a few more times.

    Switchfoot55SilverLove
  • SilverLoveSilverLove SwedenMember Posts: 31
    edited December 5
    panchox1 said:

    I currently have some aftermarket ones. They are thicker than the Lego baseplates. I like that. but it's hard to attach some things too. I also dislike the gridlike look sometimes. I've placed 2x3 white plates to the feet of some minifigs to keep them from falling over and allowing them to be placed more organic looking.

    Thats a good idea! Reminds me of how miniature wargaming figures look like.

    Ive sometimes used 1x1 round plates (? studs?), just one per minifigure, under either foot in the same colour as the legs or as the ground plate in order to attach minifigures on the diagonal, especially the short legs that arent bendable.
    panchox1
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