10K Club Interview: Introducing Clemens Fiedler, Creator of the Medieval Blacksmith
This week's 10K Club member Clemens Fiedler (aka Namirob) built a real creator's workshop in his model the Medieval Blacksmith in idyllic settings! Learn some more about him and his creation here and be sure to say congratulations to him in the comments section down below!
- Where are you from?
I live in the near of Hannover, Germany.
- How old are you?
I’m 22 years old.
- What do you study or do for a living?
I study geography on the University of Hannover.
- What hobbies do you have?
I like traveling and hiking in the mountains, photography, video editing, tennis, badminton, skiing and of course, to create and design models.
- How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
Since I can remember I have played with Lego and until today it is great fun to design and create models.
- What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?`
This is really difficult to say, because there are so many impressive models, but one of my favorite sets is the Cafe Corner (10182), because it was the starting point of a brilliant townhouse series.
- What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
I am glad that there are so many different parts, because then there are no limits, but if I have to choose an element, then it is the brick 1x1 W, 1 KNOB or 1x1 W, 4 KNOBs, because then you have the opportunity to build in new ways and directions. For example, it is very good to get a better 3D effect on house walls.
- Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
Yes, I am very impressed by the models of Jamie Berard. His building techniques are awesome and he has a great look for architecture, design and details.
About Your Project
- Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
Since I was already allowed to forge metal as a child, I came up with the idea to design a charming old Medieval Blacksmith, because there is still no Medieval Blacksmith as an official LEGO set.
Furthermore, I especially like the medieval style of architecture, colors and design. In addition, I prefer the old design, which can be implemented with great attention to detail in LEGO.
- What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
There were many challenges with this model. The individual colors should fit well together and give a harmonious color scheme. I experimented with different colors for a long time. In addition, the special own architectural style should go through the whole set. The most difficult part was the roof, because it has so many different elements and inclinations.
- How long did it take to complete the model? Did you finish it fairly quickly, or did it take a long time?
All in all, I needed over a month to finish it.
- How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes – again- and how long did it take?
It was amazing, because this is my first project that reached the 10.000 supporters. (My “Modular Old Winter Villa” had already 8734 supporters and this was close to 10.000). It was a long way up to this final point (19 months). I am very grateful to all who supported this set.
- Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
My model has about 3000 bricks.
About LEGO Ideas
- Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
It is difficult to say if a model will succeed. Sometimes it just takes a bit of luck, for example, that your set was chosen as a ”Staff Pick”. In general, it is helpful to create what is fun and what you can identify with. Think about what you would like to have as a new LEGO set.
- What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
My favorite project is the Medieval Market Street by AlexP!
- What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea
On the platform, I like the many possibilities, ideas and inspirations that are built with LEGO. LEGO Ideas is in a great location to show each other projects. I especially like the positive atmosphere, community and the exchange with each other.
If you decide to upload an idea, you should read the rules carefully, because it is annoying to recreate or upload the idea again. A good selection of high-resolution images of your set from different perspectives is also very helpful in presenting your model well.