LEGO Renders

Articles on how I build and render virtual LEGO bricks—plus pretty pictures., Page 3
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

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 Ive 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

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. It’s been awhile since I’d done that. Like coming home after being gone awhile, I enjoyed browsing through the old and new scans that are out there. I remembered liking the old house sets and, when I landed on 353 Terrace House, I thought it would be nice to render it. Yet, something made me think I’d already done that.

Posted May 15, 2016 by Steven 3 min read

40065 Blue Jay

LEGO’s May mini build was a Blue Jay. I thought he’d look better in a tree which I modeled in LDD. I rendered the scene with POV-Ray 3.7RC7.

Posted May 15, 2013 by Steven 1 min read

6364 Paramedic Unit (Updated) and 40041 Moose

I’m a little behind in sharing some of my recent LEGO renders. One is an updated model, and one is a new one. Let’t take a look.

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.

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.

Posted Nov 18, 2012 by Steven 1 min read

6364 Paramedic Unit

Blast from the past. This set is one of mine from 1980. I believe one of the last I received while still in Norway. This was rendered with POV-Ray 3.7R6.

Posted Sep 24, 2012 by Steven 1 min read

MMMB016 Fireworks

Goofing around again with some simple LEGO fireworks. Still waiting on the larger render to finish. Fireworks was the LEGO Club Monthly Mini Model Build for November 2009. Flame part courtesy of LDRAW and LeoCAD. A simple, yet effective model. Rendered with POV-Ray 3.7RC6.

Posted Jul 29, 2012 by Steven 1 min read

40030 Duck and Ducklings

Happy Easter! This is a great little set. The ducks are well designed and I love the little ugly duckling. I wonder if he'll become a swan? This is rendered with POV-Ray 3.7RC5.

Posted Mar 31, 2012 by Steven 1 min read