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^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.
Prime real estate, just round the corner from Santa's place but only a five minute walk to the station. :)
May have to think about some fencing now the little one's out of the oven but should be okay for a bit.
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!
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. :)
I really like this set and it makes a great addition to the whole thing.
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...
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!
Nice set up! I am struggling a bit to figure out the Tardis Ostrich connection— I know Lady Cassandra had an Ostrich egg, but...
now with added Gingerbread House
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...
First pictures for my board this year. Took me awhile to get to this stage. The rest should come together fairly quick.
The base dimensions are 6' long by 40" wide (less the corner cut of course). As I don't have the budget or the will to build all of my mountains out of Lego as well this year, the elevation is plywood platforms (OSB for those who may be bothered by me calling it plywood). The back and left platforms are 6" off the base to allow room for the train (I had to keep checking for clearance, hence the engine on the table). The far back left corner platform is 10" raised and the lowest one in front of it is at 3". I've found my brain tends to like a multi-tiered village.
The base is covered with two layers of "snow blanket" purchased from Target. The two layers seems to obscure the surface below it. I've since added it to the platforms, but will need to mess with it a bit more until I'm happy with the look.
I'll hopefully be able to construct two Lego-built tunnels at either end of the platforms. I also have plans of adding a "Wampa Cave" on the back in the larger supports gap to allow a small peak-a-boo for the passing train and the Wampa. Hopefully Luke won't mind hanging out for a month or two...
The highest platform will host Santa's Workshop and Motorized Sleigh, along with a few small builds/elves/etc.... The left-most platform will house the Cottage and either a modified Lakeside Lodge or the Friends Chalet set. The lowest platform will be the new Gingerbread House and the previous Winter Promo Gingerbread house. The back platform will be a mix of other modified houses I've put together. The main baseboard will hold all of the remaining office WV sets and a large city square. I have five 48x48 baseplates that will fit under nearly all of the town/square.
Lots and lots to do still, but so much fun ahead!
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
Cheaper and more colours available since I bought them a couple of years ago.
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
Always interested in what people can think up!
My 23 month old is preventing me from setting up a village this year.
(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.)
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.
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.
Pleased to say it’s all my own work with a bit of input from the wife and daughter as to what to include!!