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Fans Build LEGO Battle of Waterloo With 2,134 Minifigs

The Battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon was defeated by an Anglo-allied force and the Prussian army, was fought 200 years ago. To commemorate the anniversary of one of the most famous battles in history, a group of LEGO enthusiasts decided to make a blocky version of the battle, as big and accurate as possible.

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It’s a huge build, with 2,134 minifigs, but it’s not just soldiers piled up on a bunch of green base plates. Their build is well-researched and historically accurate. It features proper formations, uniforms, mini-events and even certain famous soldiers, as it all allegedly happened 200 years ago.

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Since none of the official LEGO sets are really about the Napoleonic wars, they had to use hundreds of custom and rare minifigs to properly represent the uniforms of all the various infantries and cavalries. Here are some closeups where you can see them:

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[Images via Beyond the Brick]

And here’s the full build:

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[Photo by Joshua Brooks / Flickr]

Beyond the Brick did a really funny interview with Gary Brooks, one of the creators, where he talks about the battle and its heroes, and how this impressive diorama came to life:

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DISCUSSION

Ah lucky Brits, being surrounded and protected by the sea; allied with at least three different countries to bring back the royal family in France... That’s what it took to defeat the most powerful army of the time, La Grande Armée. Napo’ saw too big and too crazy with his marching on the Russian lands, but call him a hero or a tyrant, his contributions to the world have been enormous and still relevant (metric system, civil code, Basis for the European Union etc...)... Only the Brits, the Spaniards and Abba would celebrate Waterloo ;-)

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