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This is why 21325 Medieval Blacksmith’s roof uses NEXO KNIGHTS shields

Wondering why the roof design for LEGO Ideas 21325 Medieval Blacksmith is so different to the one submitted by the fan designer? We have the answer.

LEGO designer Wes Talbott has revealed the reason behind using dozens of pentagonal tiles – which first appeared in 2016’s NEXO KNIGHTS theme – for the building’s roof, diverging from the complicated mix of plates and tiles used in Clemens Fiedler’s original design.

“I noticed that it was one of several elements that Clemens had used in his roof design,” Wes told Brick Fanatics. “It was underneath some other 1×2 tiles and whatnot. I knew in my mind that it would help to just use that shape across the roof for the building instructions, so it was pretty much immediate that I was going to try that.

“And then when we showed it to him, he liked it. I think I had also seen in some of his other [product] ideas, I think there’s like a harbour set or something like that, where he pretty much used just a NEXO shield roof. So I kind of figured he’d be okay to go in that direction.”

If you’re curious, this is the Medieval Harbor project that Wes is referring to. It does indeed use the same layering of NEXO KNIGHTS shield tiles that the designer deployed in 21325 Medieval Blacksmith – so should that project reach 10K (it currently has 7,240 supporters) and pass review, that style could well become a staple of Clemens’ sets.

It’s unlikely that that would happen, of course, given the Ideas theme tends to avoid repeating the same subject matter or style in its models. If anything else comes of 21325 Medieval Blacksmith, it will more likely be through the in-house design team, who say they’d love to do more ‘medieval modulars’.

To find out more about the design process behind 21325 Medieval Blacksmith, read how the Ideas team transformed Clemens’ design from concept to reality, why they plucked the Black Falcons from Classic Castle history, and why resurrecting the LEGO goat is beyond even their capabilities. Plus, don’t forget to check out our review of the set, and – most importantly – order your own copy of this fantastic tribute to LEGO Castle.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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