Ok kids, who’s ready to learn about snot!?
Alright, a definition is in order. SNoT, which stands for Studs Not on Top, is a building technique that is employed to build in a different direction from the conventional studs-up connections that standard LEGO bricks allow. SNoT construction is usually achieved with the use bricks with studs on the side, but includes any constructions that are built in unconventional directions. I wrote a post entirely about some of my favorite SNoT techniques over a year ago, so feel free to check it out if you feel so inclined.
Today I’ll be sharing with you a series of builds that inadvertently became a study in SNoT, and I hope that the post is interesting and informative to some of you.
It began a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away (sorry, did I just write that?), when I picked up a few of the LEGO Gold Bauble kits at my local LEGO store. They were filled to the brim with beautiful 2×2 gold bricks, (and some other parts which we’ll get to later), and the sheer number of them got me thinking, what’s something interesting that I could use all these gold bricks for?
As a veteran LEGO Videogame player (I’m so hard core…) the idea that came to my mind was collecting gold bricks in-game, hence this first build, which has classic vignette dimensions with it’s 8×8 base:
This idea also meant that I could put some of my favorite minifigs to use, instead of just letting them collect dust on a shelf.
I created another, but to make it more interesting, I inverted the direction of the studs so that the wall section became the floor and vice versa:
This basically set the series in stone. A standard was created – each vignette scene would be built in a different stud orientation, or combination thereof.
In the next MOC, I employed a ground technique I have seen on MOCPages multiple times. I also playing around with using a large piece for much of the build, keeping the detail consistent while retaining a relatively low construction complexity:
From here, I decided to get really weird. Why not build an entire creation studs down? There are a few pieces that are built in the studs up orientation, but they are are held in with angle plates and even Emmit’s foot:
Some interesting brick math allowed me to use headlight bricks to create a tiled floor for the next build:
Do you remember all of those translucent yellow bricks from the first picture in the post? I used them to create a LEGO Dimensions Vignette. I decided to #BreakTheRules and build in a Wilder Style.
That’s it for this batch of vigs, and I hope you enjoyed today’s post!