LEGO Renders


Articles on how I build and render virtual LEGO bricksóplus pretty pictures.
More May Fun With Blender And Lego Bricks

I’ve been having a lot of fun in May, rendering images and trying out some new techniques when I can. I’ve also been trying to learn Blender, work on decorations for old models, and try out new sites. Although still learning, here are four of the renders I made during the middle of the month.

Posted May 25 by Steven 4 min read

Planes, LEGO and Motion, What Could Be More Fun?

As May kicked off, I got to work finishing the decorations for set 6444 Outback Airstrip. Because I had a few different decorations to finish, I got distracted. That distraction was with a much older LEGO Airplane. Both renders gave me a chance to revisit motion blur in Blender.

Posted May 17 by Steven 4 min read

Cheers To April and a Month of Great LEGOs

Shifting from POV-Ray back to Blender, I'm playing around with Mecabricks again. Taking a break from blogging about images, I decided to shift my focus. During the last week of April, I decided to clean up models and make new decorations. The journey weaved a bit, starting with an old model, but ending with something new. Below are the results of that virtual trip.

Posted May 02 by Steven 9 min read

A Flash to the Past, Here Is the Latest Render of My 588 Police Station

Following my Blender renders for 588, I started work on rendering the POV-Ray versions. Not quite the original versions, these renders use radiosity with an updated environment. Besides being a larger render, I turned on some of the features I usually donít. The images came out pretty good, even if Iím always looking to improve them.

Posted Apr 23 by Steven 8 min read

Here Is the Refresh of My Favorite LEGO Fire Station

Last week, I shared my POV-Ray version of LEGO 590. Now, it seemed like a good time to build a Blender version. Starting in Mecabricks, I was fortunate to find that awesomo had recently built the model. Although missing a few parts, it gave me a shortcut into building a realistic render of the box art. Starting as a simple idea, my journey towards the final image wouldn’t be a straight one.

Posted Apr 20 by Steven 8 min read

Here Are the Results of My LDraw and Blender Experiments

Not quite done trying things out, I spent time the futzing around with Blender the other night. Looking around for LEGO materials, I ran across a Blender importer for LDraw files. I didn’t know such a thing existed. Intrigued, it resulted in a night of experimentation and the results look pretty good.

Posted Apr 16 by Steven 4 min read

Learning New Tricks With LeoCAD and Blender

On Monday, I decided to hack around with Blender a bit. I’d been playing with POV-Ray and looking for a way to convert my LEGO scenes to Blender. I was unable to export SDL to a mesh. Loading up LeoCad, I discovered that I could export my models and import them into Blender. Before I knew it, I’d spent the night futzing around with shaders and modifies. The results weren’t half bad.

Posted Apr 16 by Steven 6 min read

Here Is a Police Set to Delight Your Inner Nine Year Old

Ah, canít you smell sweet nostalgia of this LEGO set from 1979? One of my larger town sets as a child, 588 Police Headquarters was also one of the first ones I built in POV-Ray. Looking for something else, I ended decided to check if 588 was in Mecabricks. To my surprise, it wasnít. This gave me two opportunities. The first to build the set again, and the second was to render it with Blender.

Posted Apr 10 by Steven 5 min read

Featured Lego of the Day: 590 Engine Company No. 9

When I saw that the featured set of the day on Brickset was Engine Company No. 9, I was excited. LEGO set 590 is one of two large city sets I owned as a child, the other being the 588 Police Headquarters. Even better, I had built the set in POV-Ray some years back. Realizing Iíd never published it, I decided it was time to right that wrong.

Posted Apr 08 by Steven 7 min read

Now It Is the Time to Give My LEGO Renders Some Love

I canít believe how many LEGO sets I built and rendered using POV-Ray. Over the years, starting in 1996, Iíve built 125 different modelsóyes I counted them. To note, that doesnít include the variations or alternate scenes within each set. Around the same time, I started to share my models online. To my surprise, many of my models were never shared! Itís time for me to fix that!

Posted Apr 05 by Steven 6 min read

Struck by Random Inspiration, Here Are the LEGO Renders From Last Month

Sometimes inspiration arrives from odd places. For years, I have subscribed to BrinkSet’s newsfeed which serves up a random set of the day. A recent airplane set got me interested in playing with Mecabricks again. Plus Scrubs had released an update for his Advanced Blender Script. How exciting is it to flip through your feeds and end the day creating something. Even better, it sparked more renders that allowed me to escape pandemic news, if only for a bit.

Posted Apr 03 by Steven 6 min read

A New Pair of Images to Test out Mecabricks

Over the weekend, Mecabricks released an overhaul of its parts system. As noted in his announcement, it culminates over six months of research and development. Not wanting to lose the opportunity, I took the time to model and render a couple of images using the new system. So far, Iím enjoying the changes.

Posted Jan 22 by Steven 2 min read

A New Year Dragon for the New Decade

Iíd taken a bit of hiatus from my LEGO rendering in the later half of last year. Life sometimes kick you in the teeth and some pleasures fall to the way side. Rendering was one of them. To my benefit, other interests flourished. But my heart was still yearning. Trying to kick off the new decade, I grabbed a model of the latest LEGO mini-build and set to work.

Posted Jan 14 by Steven 4 min read

Spring Is the Time for Fun with LEGO Bricks

Spring is in full swing and Iíve taken time away from running to complete a few LEGO renders. The topics range from movie blockbusters, old BASIC sets, to random sets from Pinterest. I even did some experimenting with Mecabricks rendering to see how it compared with mine. Here are four images to show off this Spring.

Posted Jun 02, 2019 by Steven 4 min read

Have a Super Happy Blocky Easter!

With the arrival of Spring and warmer weather, I found myself inspired by the cheerful colors. Looking through my pins for ideas, a rainbow sparked my creativity. Thoughts of an Easter hunt with eggs and grass completed the theme. The blocky nature of the LEGO bricks invoke adolescence and whimsy.

Posted Apr 19, 2019 by Steven 4 min read

Here Are the Two Faces of Moai on Rapa Nui

After posting my artistic image of Custombricksí Moai, I decided to share the models on Mecabricks. I probably should have checked first, as I found others had already shared. Oops. Nevertheless it was also an opportunity to download and render the models for a more realistic image.

Posted Mar 29, 2019 by Steven 1 min read

Moai on Easter Island

Although I posted this on Flickr awhile back, Iím getting around to sharing on my blog. I was looking for something quick to render and had this Moai of Rapa Nui from custombrick in my Pinterest. Not thinking twice, I was off to Mecabricks to build the scene.

Posted Mar 27, 2019 by Steven 2 min read

February Fun with a Sleeping Lego Caterpillar and More

As February closes, I thought it fitting to recap my renders this month. Four in total, although not quite one a week. Added to last monthís render, Iíve almost shared as many as last year. Hopefully this means a lot more LEGO fun is in store for the rest of year. Letís walk back through them and see what Iíve been up to.

Posted Feb 25, 2019 by Steven 4 min read

Time to Kick off 2019 with a Render

Itís been awhile since I rendered a LEGO model. Checking into Mecabricks, I noticed a comment that the name plate for my Sydney model had been added. Although someone had been kind enough to add it to the model, the render was now out of date. So, I got to work updating it!

Posted Jan 30, 2019 by Steven 2 min read

Time for More Ocean Fun in Blender and Mecabricks

I generated water in a previous model, but I wasn’t overly happy with it. It was a bit too smooth—more like bath water. So, I tried again with a different LEGO model. And, this time I’m pleased with the results.

Posted Feb 18, 2018 by Steven 3 min read

How to Add Stickers to Complete My Renders

Taking some time to unwind before my workout, I traced out the last few stickers needed to finish this set. Although I had the images from previous POV-Renders, they weren’t of a high enough quality. I’m not done with this set yet. But, it is close to what is sitting in my storage cases.

Posted Feb 04, 2018 by Steven 8 min read

Donít Just Fix a Mistake, Try Something New

While uploading my last render, I noticed that something was wrong with my Windmill. It didnít take long to figure out what. When Iíd rotated the top part, I must have grabbed the wrong rotation point. Easy fix, but I needed to do more then render it again. Time to play in Blender.

Posted Jan 14, 2018 by Steven 2 min read

Enjoy the New Year with a Pair of Renders

Starting the year off with new renders of old LEGO sets. Both of these are from 1976 and are great examples of the styles from that era. Trying out some different lighting techniques, I enjoyed rendering these as much as building them.

Posted Jan 06, 2018 by Steven 2 min read

2017 Was A Fantastic Year For Renders

Last year is over, but it was one of my more prolific years for LEGO renders. I ended up sharing 67 renders on Flickr, plus a few other renders I did only for Mecabricks. I even have a few test images squirreled away I wonít be sharing. As we close out 2017, here are the last of the images from December.

Posted Jan 02, 2018 by Steven 6 min read

Here Are a Few Renders to Kick of December

Trying to keep with my promise, here are my latest LEGO renders. Each is an experiment. Iím trying different techniques, or testing new ideas. Some work, and some donít. But, thatís okay. Life is about learning and trying. Why shouldnít my hobbies be the same? Letís dig in.

Posted Dec 06, 2017 by Steven 6 min read