LEGO Renders

Articles on how I build and render virtual LEGO bricks—plus pretty pictures., Page 5
Fly Me To The Moon

Playing around with POV-Ray animation. This is LEGO model 367 Lunar Lander. I’m trying to be a bit more ambitious with camera sweeps, using easing functions and launching the lander into space!

Posted Jan 21, 2010 by Steven 1 min read

Promotional Windmill 1976

I finally got around to trying my hand again at animating some of my virtual LEGO creations. I decided to go simple and animate the vanes and a simple camera pan for the promotional Windmill circa 1976. And, to really get my geek on, I uploaded it to YouTube.

Posted Jan 04, 2010 by Steven 1 min read

5865 Mini Dumper

This is LEGO® model 5865 MiniDumper, part of the 2009 Creator series. I thought it looked really cool and was curious how close I could get to the original by building a virtual one.

Posted Jan 01, 2010 by Steven 1 min read

Power Station

I was playing around with World Machine and thought I’d add the height field to my Power Station image. I think it really conveys the overall scale of the scene. I also added a better star field that shows up under anti-aliasing (best seen in large version). Note that the image has been color corrected and converted to JPEG using Picasa.

Posted Oct 04, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

21005 Fallingwater

I’ve finished rendering 21005 Fallingwater in POV-Ray. Only 3 new bricks needed to be modeled so most of the time was spent inputing brick positions. I like this angle as it really shows off the waterfall.

Posted Aug 04, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

21005 WIP

I don’t normally post “work in progress” but this one is pretty large and I wanted to show off what I had so far. It may not look like much yet, but I’ve finished my favorite part of the 21005 Fallingwater model: the waterfall.

Posted Aug 01, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

21004 Guggenheim Museum

LEGO has launched a new Architecture line and I have to note that they are pretty impressive. So impressive, that I spent some time on vacation modeling the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in POV-ray.

Posted Jul 30, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

Structure Synth Fun

Ran across some interesting images built using Structure Synth and rendered in POV-Ray. Thought it’d be cool to try some myself. I was playing some of the demo scenes, exporting them to POV-Ray for a high quality render. The image looked like hair and made me think LEGO minifig! I’ll definitely need to try some other stuff.

Posted Jul 09, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

Ivy Lizard

Seems my lizard has been covered by some minor growth. I ran across this great ivy macro by hobBIT while hanging around the forums and had to give it a try.

Posted Jul 06, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

LEGO Moon Plates at Last

I’m still playing around with recreating old LEGO models. I spent time today modeling more road plates with the intention of creating a large town image. Unfortunately, after finishing the road plates, I got side tracked on completing the old space crater plate that for me, at the time, was a gray baseplate.

Posted Jun 06, 2009 by Steven 2 min read

More POV-Ray and LEGO Fun

I have radiosity fever of late, converting or creating a number of new LEGO images utilizing POV-Ray 3.7 beta. Below are two new renders.

Posted May 17, 2009 by Steven 1 min read


This is a “sort-of” recreation of the original cow image with the “Moo!” bubble. Unlike the original, this is a true brick cow and I’ve tried to make it more “realistic” then the original “flat” and shiny version. I had added the bubble with Paint Shop Pro on the first version. This time, I’m using CSG to do the same thing all in POV-Ray. Enjoy!

Posted May 12, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

Iterative Imaging Code

I ran across some interesting Iterative Imaging Code that creates interesting fractal like graphics using POV-Ray. Basically, it creates the image and then uses that image to create the next one.

Posted Apr 26, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

LEGO 7804 Lizard

Ran across this really interesting LEGO set and I just “had” to render it. I needed to model a few parts I didn’t have in my library. I also threw it into the same background I used on one of my Fire Truck renders. I might change the scene a bit to better show the texture on the front slope. In all not bad for a first render.

Posted Apr 13, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

More Fun With Radiosity

Spent some time last weekend doing some additional renders using the latest 3.7 beta.

Posted Apr 12, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

602 Fire Truck and Radiosity

I ran across this wonderful little macro by Jaime Vives Piquere to do Pseudo-HDRI lighting. I ran the macro with both POV-Ray 3.6 and 3.7 beta 31. I actually liked the 3.7 better. However, the image map I used is a bit lower resolution then I would like causing the pixilation in the background.

Posted Apr 03, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

LEGO Horse

I’ve been updating my LEGO Renders in POV-Ray and one of the ones I recently “fixed” is Horses.

Posted Feb 07, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

More Lego Fun - 318 Windmill

Well, it’s been over a year since I last played around with my Lego ray tracing and even longer since the last time I traced a new model. Well, ’tis the season to build new models! I did some searching around and found a model from 1969: 318 Windmill.

Posted Dec 23, 2007 by Steven 2 min read