LEGO Renders

Articles on how I build and render virtual LEGO bricks—plus pretty pictures., Page 2
10 Lego Renders to Enjoy Your Day By

Although it’s been a month since my last LEGO® post, I haven’t been idle. With my current workflow, it only takes about 15 minutes to kick off a render, but I often don’t have the time to blog them. Correcting that with a few spare minutes, here are my last ten Blender renders.

Posted May 07, 2017 by Steven 6 min read

What do ugly april showers bring? Why, pretty lego renders!

Okay, the weather hasn’t been that bad, but we did get a few showers. In either case, I found time to render a few more images: A remake, a new build, and someone else’s. Here are three pictures to round out your week.

Posted Apr 09, 2017 by Steven 2 min read

After Years, These Are My Latest Lego Brick Parts

I haven’t built a new LEGO part for a number of years now. POV-Ray offered a very descriptive language, but the bricks were getting too complex. With the growth of the virtual LEGO community, I haven’t needed to render new parts. Until now.

Posted Apr 05, 2017 by Steven 2 min read

An Itty Bitty Songbird, a Delightful and Fun Build

I’ve been a long time fan of BioShock, with the first game still holding a special place in my collection. Without hesititation, I pinned Imagine Rigney’s Itty Bitty Songbird when I found it. Taking a break from writing, I got around to doing a virtual build of it.

Posted Apr 03, 2017 by Steven 3 min read

Adventures in Lighting and Improving My Lego Waterfall

With my Advanced Blender script buy, I decided to revisit my Waterfall model. Created using various LEGO CAD software, it is a study in tools as much as rendering. As such, I thought it would be fun to compare its evolution to date, and review how it has improved over time.

Posted Mar 24, 2017 by Steven 3 min read

I love my LEGO images—how 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 I’d say that. To be fair, it was about time. Mecabricks creator Nicolas Jarraud (aka Scrubs) developed a great product. Below are my first two renders and the results, as expected, are fantastic.

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 I’d give it a try using Canva’s 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.

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.

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 didn’t improve my mood any. I got sick and all else fell to the side. Today is my opportunity to change that. Today is for LEGO!

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. To my surprise, the journey culminated with the blogging of Crime Scene on the Brothers Brick.

Posted Dec 30, 2016 by Steven 6 min read

Lost on the Moon

Inspiration flows from various sources. For some time I’ve wanted to create a messy model, one with greebles and imperfections. A space article about a moon—I don’t remember which—provided the push I needed. With Frank Sinatra’s In Other Words playing in my head, I headed over to Mecabricks and started building.

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.

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 I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for old LEGO sets, although I like modern ones too. Lucky or otherwise, there is a method to my madness. Join me for a few minutes and learn the fives ways I discover new models to render.

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 Rømø 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. Below is the result of me acting on that inspiration.

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.

Posted Aug 21, 2016 by Steven 6 min read

Can I get a LEGO Moo? – 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. I booked marked the site, thinking someday I’d get back to it. I finally did.

Posted Aug 10, 2016 by Steven 2 min read

Blast From the Past – 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, it’s seen many iterations over the years. This month I decided to build it once more—this time using Mecabricks and Blender.

Posted Aug 09, 2016 by Steven 3 min read

Panda Puzzle Redux

This is the LEGO bricks puzzle panda from the “What is it?” section of “Bricks and Pieces,” Spring 1975. I solved the puzzle in LDD years ago, originally rendering it in POV-Ray. For this remake, I thought it’d be fun to import into Mecabricks and render again in Blender.

Posted Jul 11, 2016 by Steven 1 min read

Sea Swallow Redux

“Beware what lurks beneath the sea. Sharks, you say? No, not sharks. Something much, much worse. It comes from below and you’ll never see it until you find its maw enveloping you. What’s that? You don’t believe me? Sonny, I’ve seen it. I barely escaped myself when it took a liking to our boat.” Cheesy story aside, this is anotherof my older LDD models from 2010, converted and tweaked to use Mecabricks.

Posted Jul 03, 2016 by Steven 2 min read

Rendering The Enterprise D Only In Basic Bricks

I’ve 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. So, it should be no surprise that I built a version of the Enterprise D using only basic LEGO bricks. This is the story of my attempts at rendering it.

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.

Posted Jun 27, 2016 by Steven 2 min read

LEGO 352 Windmill and Lorry – My First Mecabricks Model

Up until now, all my Mecabricks work has been from me importing models. Sure, I’d 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. LEGO model 352 is my first attempt at building something only in Mecabricks.

Posted Jun 21, 2016 by Steven 4 min read

40065 Blue Jay / Kingfisher – New Blender Render

I’m still messing around with Mecabricks. Originally modeled in LDD and rendered in POV-Ray, this is the Blender version. It’s shiny! I like the lighting, but would have preferred to put a nice sky like I did in the first version. Perhaps I should go hunt down some Blender tutorials and figure out how to do that. Maybe later. For now, the model looks great with its realistic bricks.

Posted Jun 18, 2016 by Steven 2 min read

Something New: Rendering LEGO’s With Mecabricks & Blender

Since 1995, I’ve been rendering LEGO models using POV-Ray. For most of that time, I’ve used scripting to place and build those models. It’s been fun and I’ve learned a lot over the years, each model looking a bit better than the first. That said, I’m never quite happy and always looking for new ways to render my models and, below, are my recent attempts using Blender.

Posted Jun 05, 2016 by Steven 5 min read

Experimenting with Mecabricks’ Online LEGO Modeling

I’ve 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. Not yet at my destination, I thought I’d share this stop along the way.

Posted May 28, 2016 by Steven 4 min read