Lego Tag

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I love my LEGO images‚ÄĒhow I made them better with Mecabricks
Yep, I did it. I purchased a template to render LEGO bricks. Given the many years spent developing my own, I never thought Iíd say that. To be fair, it was about time. Mecabricks creator Nicolas Jarraud (aka Scrubs) developed a great product…
Posted Mar 19, 2017 by Steven 3 min read

How To Render Beautiful LEGO Pictures In 5 Easy Steps
Infographics are a popular, and fun, tool to share information. I thought Iíd give it a try using Canvaís infographic template, but I needed to choose something to talk about. Sticking to my current passion, the topic I chose was rendering LEGO images using Mecabricks and Blender. How to Render Bea…
Posted Feb 26, 2017 by Steven 1 min read

Progressive Change, How I Made My Snowspeeder Better
Although I enjoy seeing the finished product of my LEGO renders, it is the process that engergizes me. The acts of learning, refining, and failing each add to my body of knowledge. Let’s explore some of that using my 8029 Mini Snowspeeder. Without continual growth and progress, such words as i…
Posted Feb 05, 2017 by Steven 3 min read

Start the Year with LEGO Emoji, How I Lost and Gained Motivation
It feels like 2017 is just kicking off, yet here we are at the end of January. Time sure seems to be getting away from me lately. I blame the the heater skelter of the holidays and uncomfortable weather. Well, and taking a not so great vacation didnít improve my mood any…
Posted Jan 28, 2017 by Steven 5 min read

How To Make And Break Big Bricks Using Little Ones
At the end of November, during some time off from work, I dabbled rendering a series of LEGO models I call Big Bricks. Starting out as a “can I do this?” effort, led to me building variations on that theme…
Posted Dec 30, 2016 by Steven 6 min read

Lost on the Moon
Inspiration flows from various sources. For some time Iíve wanted to create a messy model, one with greebles and imperfections. A space article about a moonóI donít remember whichóprovided the push I needed…
Posted Oct 30, 2016 by Steven 4 min read

Funny LEGO Faces using Brick-moji
When I ran across Iain Heath's Brick-moji, there was this instant need to build them myself. My wife thought they were cute, which was enough for me. Not long afterwards, I had my first render of the face with its tongue sticking out and tears of joy. Brick-moji by Steven Reid, on Flickr Seriously…
Posted Oct 13, 2016 by Steven 3 min read

Like My Milk Truck? 5 Quick Ways to Find Inspiration
Inspiration and Milk Trucks. It was sheer luck that I found my latest build. Searching for a LEGO sticker set, I happened across this Milk Truck. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to render it. As Iíve mentioned before, Iím a sucker for old LEGO sets, although I like modern ones too…
Posted Sep 06, 2016 by Steven 5 min read

Floating House in LEGO
Meandering around Flickr, I ran across a picture of Floating cube houses Havneby RÝmÝ island Denmark by Arkitema Architects. With black walls and expansive glass windows, the design was striking. Inspired by the modern lines, I pictured how they might look in LEGO bricks…
Posted Aug 28, 2016 by Steven 4 min read

Rendering a Hidden Gem: Yavin IV Rebel Base
I continue to grow my skills in Mecabricks and, to a smaller extend, Blender. When I ran across What's missing? A New Hope on BrickSet, the Yavin IV model depicted intrigued me. Doing some research into the unreleased set, it ultimately led me to render my own version of it. Yavin IV Rebel Base by …
Posted Aug 21, 2016 by Steven 6 min read

Can I get a LEGO Moo? Ė Cows and Barn
I follow a number of LEGO sites through RSS feeds, looking for inspiration on what to render next. A long time back, I booked marked this article, Build the Big E Cow. It was small, had instructions, and was kind of cute. Something my wife would like…
Posted Aug 10, 2016 by Steven 2 min read

Blast From the Past Ė 373 Offshore Rig
Hard to believe, but 20 years ago I started dabbling with POV-Ray to render models with virtual LEGO bricks. Set 373, my second rendered model, is over 20 years old now. Started in April of 1996, itís seen many iterations over the years…
Posted Aug 09, 2016 by Steven 3 min read

Panda Puzzle Redux
This is the LEGO bricks puzzle panda from the ďWhat is it?Ē section of ďBricks and Pieces,Ē Spring 1975. I solved the puzzle in LDD years ago, originally rendering it in POV-Ray. For this remake, I thought itíd be fun to import into Mecabricks and render again in Blender. Panda Puzzle Redux by Stev…
Posted Jul 11, 2016 by Steven 1 min read

Rendering The Enterprise D Only In Basic Bricks
Iíve been a long time Star Trek fan, predating Star Wars by a few years. I have fond memories of watching the original series in re-runs, but it was TNG that rekindled my fandom. I even went to a convention while living in Indy…
Posted Jul 02, 2016 by Steven 4 min read

Mini LEGO ZX81, TS1000 with 16K RAM Pack
When I first created my Mini ZX81, I had modeled a Timex Sinclair 1000 (TS1000) as well. My intent was always to render them together, but other projects kept getting in the way. Finally getting back to it last week, the results came out better than I expected. ZX81, TS1000 and 16K RAM Pack by Stev…
Posted Jun 27, 2016 by Steven 2 min read

LEGO 352 Windmill and Lorry Ė My First Mecabricks Model
Up until now, all my Mecabricks work has been from me importing models. Sure, Iíd tweaked a few pieces here and there, as I noted in my last post. Yet, I was still designing them in LDD and exporting them to render in Blender…
Posted Jun 21, 2016 by Steven 4 min read

40065 Blue Jay / Kingfisher Ė New Blender Render
Iím still messing around with Mecabricks. Originally modeled in LDD and rendered in POV-Ray, this is the Blender version. Itís shiny! I like the lighting, but would have preferred to put a nice sky like I did in the first version…
Posted Jun 18, 2016 by Steven 2 min read

Something New: Rendering LEGOís With Mecabricks & Blender
Since 1995, Iíve been rendering LEGO models using POV-Ray. For most of that time, Iíve used scripting to place and build those models. Itís been fun and Iíve learned a lot over the years, each model looking a bit better than the first…
Posted Jun 05, 2016 by Steven 5 min read

Experimenting with Mecabricksí Online LEGO Modeling
Iíve been trying to get back into my LEGO ray tracing the last few weeks, but find myself distracted. Not with other activities, but with research and all the cool things others are doing. My journey led me to Mecabricks, where it provided the image you see to the right…
Posted May 28, 2016 by Steven 4 min read

POV-Ray Render of LEGO Model 353 Terrace House
Trying to get back into my LEGO ray tracing yesterday, I begin looking for old instructions on the internet again. Itís been awhile since Iíd done that. Like coming home after being gone awhile, I enjoyed browsing through the old and new scans that are out there…
Posted May 15, 2016 by Steven 3 min read

Subtle Updates and Other Historical Back Steps
I spent the last two days watching football and fixing up a few odds & ins around my sites. Probably the biggest change is the top menu. Iíve tried to match the style across each major site, including font and minor format changes. I also added my 360voice Dynamic Usersbars as a top-level site …
Posted Sep 30, 2013 by Steven 2 min read

40065 Blue Jay
LEGOís May mini build was a Blue Jay. I thought heíd look better in a tree which I modeled in LDD. I rendered the scene with POV-Ray 3.7RC7. 40065 Blue Jay by Steven Reid, on Flickr
Posted May 15, 2013 by Steven 1 min read

6364 Paramedic Unit (Updated) and 40041 Moose
Iím a little behind in sharing some of my recent LEGO renders. One is an updated model, and one is a new one. Letít take a look. I have an updated version of 6364 that includes the flowers out front and tilted windows. There were a few few misplaced pieces that I had to fix…
Posted May 04, 2013 by Steven 2 min read

693 Fire Engine
LEGO released this set in 1975 in Europe, and in 1976 as 485 Fire Truck in the US. Having grown up with these old sets, I have a special place in my heart for these short-lived LEGO mini-figs. Although I enjoy the great designs of today, I miss how simple these models are. I rendered this model wit…
Posted Jan 11, 2013 by Steven 1 min read

Happy Thanksgiving! This is the November Mini Build from LEGO rendered with POV-Ray. I love the Mini Builds as they are quick to render and fun to build. Turkey by Steven Reid, on Flickr
Posted Nov 18, 2012 by Steven 1 min read