The Last of Us

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The Last of Us is a game that is truly a work of art. It combines scenes of beauty and brutality all while exploring the nature of humanity. With The Last of Us: Part II just recently announced, I thought that it was fitting to build a tribute to the masterpiece of the original.

This build was a long time in coming. It’s certainly the largest creation that I have worked on to date, measuring over 3.5 by 2 feet. I had a lot of fun experimenting with various techniques to recreate the atmosphere present in the game, and I think that they turned out well. It also features my most significant foray into 3D-printing, with one of the building facades being composed almost entirely of bricks that were made in my own basement.

Along with the exterior shown in this photo, each building also features a full interior, as I wanted the build to be view-able from every angle. I’ll be posting many more photos in the coming days, but for now, I hope that you enjoy this one.

A big shout-out to my friend John Moffat, who helped me get started on the project.

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  1. hsdj 21 months ago | reply

    There are lots of great Lego builders I've seen in my life and then there are some builders that build at a whole other level. Tim you are in the second group. Great job.

  2. Boba-1980 21 months ago | reply

    Holy shit!! Absolutely brilliant.

  3. Xenomurphy 21 months ago | reply

    What the ...? Tim, I don't know what to say (or better, write). It's not just the sheer size that is breathtaking, it is the tone.
    I must confess that I've never played 'The Last of Us', but I've seen screenshots and trailers. You nailed it.
    Could be the motivation that I need to build something larger again, so thank you.

  4. terryfay1983 21 months ago | reply

    this is truly a work of art. so much detail. super game aswell

  5. ♕ Spencer 21 months ago | reply

    Oh man. The brickwork is wonderful!

  6. Casey M. 21 months ago | reply

    So much gorgeousness all in one picture! Impeccable job, Tim!

  7. Connor Querin 21 months ago | reply

    Well done Tim - you never cease to amaze!

  8. ReconBrixCustoms 21 months ago | reply

    Holy shit this is incredible

  9. Brick Rebel 21 months ago | reply

    This is crazy good! Incredible details and atmosphere!

  10. Tim Schwalfenberg 20 months ago | reply

    Thanks again for the comment everyone!

    Julien Andries Thanks Julian! I tried to add it as my banner picture, but it wouldn't let me move it to the right position, it just cropped out the top of the buildings grrrr... flickr. Sigh.

    Marcel V. Thanks Marcel! The long angle shot was certainly inspired by that gas station :) Those fence pieces are certainly useful as well!

    Simon NH I'm sure that it would work great for stonework as well! Saw your comment on the previous technique as well - it certainly would be easy to adapt to a round structure

    Harding Fallohide It was a lot of fun coming up with cool textures, I'm glad that you like how they turned out!

    hsdj That is a compliment of the highest order. Thank you very much!

    Thorsten Bonsch Thanks Thorsten! I worked very hard to control the color palette and lighting so that it gave of the solitary, lonely tone of the game. I know that your MOCs have certainly been an inspiration to me in the past, so I certainly hope that I can return the favor.

  11. Benjamin Calvetti 20 months ago | reply

    I know it's the beginning of the year, and so to say that this is the best creation of the year is not incredibly complementary, so I'll just say that this is the best creation I've seen in awhile, and definitely my favorite from you. I keep coming back to it, and each time I find new and amazing details to look at. Truly a work of art Tim.

  12. jamesuniverse 20 months ago | reply

    holy cow.

    Dude. I miss the APOC themed builds from years ago. I want to build one, but I suck at that style. This makes me so happy to see. I wanna build something like this now...

  13. #1 Nomad 20 months ago | reply

    I do agree, The Last of Us is one of the best fully story-driven games to date (I don't want to even mention the crappy multiplayer addition :P...), with fantastic animation and some darn good voice acting. Also, Clickers are probably the most terrifying zombie/infected. This build here is phenomenal, one of the best I've ever seen on Flickr. The detail surpasses what I could ever do, and it will definitely serve as a gigantic inspiration for my future creations.

  14. grand Yann 20 months ago | reply

    Awesome work !
    And not only this one, all of them...
    Wow !

  15. LegoKol 20 months ago | reply

    Coming back to this repeatedly is necessary to take in more detail. Again, this is amazing work Tim!

  16. Armon Russ 20 months ago | reply

    I'd say I didn't comment earlier because I was at a loss for words, but I was just lazy. :P I think my favorite building is the dark red one. And that swampy area with the submerged car is just super good. Really a work of art.

  17. frantic produce [deleted] 19 months ago | reply

    Coming back to this incredibly late, wow, just wow. I stumbled across the builder's log and what a project this is. I've never sat down and played The Last Of Us but your build makes me want to. The dull colors really make this build pop, ironically. What would really, though moving away from the Last Of Us theme, complete this build would be a horde of zombies or post-apoc SWAT team or something. As a huge fan of minifigs and posing, I think that's what this lacks. But that's such a small detail from a much less accomplished builder. :) This really is a work of art, Tim.

  18. JacksonWeber 17 months ago | reply

    Beautifully Designed! Well done!

  19. The Brothers Brick 9 months ago | reply

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