Mistborn: Kredik Shaw

Mistborn Kredik Shaw fan artThis page contains my lego fan art of Kredik Shaw, the Lord Ruler's palace, from Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. The Mistborn series currently contains six novels and three shorter stories, and it is part of Sanderson's Cosmere universe. Brandon Sanderson's official introduction to the first book in the series can be found here, along with sample chapters, annotations, deleted scenes, and some official artwork.

Spoiler warning: this album has major spoilers for the entirety of the first Mistborn Trilogy, consisting of Mistborn: The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages.  Proceed at your own risk.

You can view the files either through the gallery below or the individual image links just below the gallery. Below that, I have included a discussion of the build and some of the customization involved, followed by copyright and use information. If you're on mobile, the menus are at the bottom of the page.


Individual image links

From Mistborn: The Final Empire:

From The Hero of Ages:

About this build

Since the first Mistborn trilogy takes place in a world with a red sun, I used red poster board for the photo backdrop. Since lego is terribly reflective, the color of the backdrop matters a lot, even if you intend to edit out the backdrop itself. In this case, many of the black elements show a red reflection from the backdrop, and it would be incorrect to have these reflections be blue or green. I think I went overboard with the red, though -- one commenter on Facebook suggested that the swirling clouds in some of the final shots looked like meat.

The custom elements in this build include the allomancy tiles used in the throne room and street signs, and the scars on the backs of Kelsier's hands. Those were all done using Waterslide decals. I also had to make custom heads for the Steel Inquisitors; I describe that on the page for my Mistborn Chess Set. The mistcloaks on Vin and Kelsier are standard lego capes that I cut into strips.

The floor plan for Kredik Shaw and the street layout for the surrounding area of Luthadel come straight from the Luthadel maps in the various Mistborn novels. Since those maps show an outline of Keep Venture that matches the floor plan of the Washington National Cathedral (which Brandon said was the inspiration), I assumed that the outline of Kredik Shaw on the map was intended to be a floor plan as well. The two overhead shots in the gallery are attempting to show how the build matches that floor plan, though it is kind of hard to tell with so much black. The angles of the streets made for some complicated side structures, but I think they mostly turned out ok.

The Lord Ruler's throne room perplexed me at first, as it is supposed to have a single, continuous, curved stained glass window running around the entire perimeter. The technique I wound up using is commonly used for creating simple round towers for castles, and I was pleased when I realized it would work just as well with transparent bricks. I had to order quite a few of them specifically for this build, though.

Legal stuff

The artwork on this page is copyright 2017 by Richard Martin. The source material is copyright by Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC.

Feel free to download the images in this gallery and to use them for non-commercial purposes. If you wish to re-post them online, you may do so as long as you give me credit by either citing me (Rick Martin) as the artist, linking to this site, and/or linking to my Facebook page.

I am not affiliated with Brandon Sanderson or Dragonsteel Entertainment in any way. This page is in compliance with Brandon Sanderson's official policy on fan art.