These bricks and plates may look “Normal” but they are not. Standard Lego bricks have a fear of odd numbers. Sure, there’s plenty of 1x’s and a 2×3, but that’s the limit. There are plenty of times when you think … Continue reading →
Finished version. Still not entirely crazy about the front bits, but that giant awful bug head was a tough work around. I went with four legs (thought about even going with six) and no minifig. A variety of wings on … Continue reading →
…and dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark they fire bees at you!
I’ve realized that my attempts to change my design programs to render large builds is sort of a pointless exercise for my project. I’m not doing this to show off big builds, I’m here for custom parts. Here are some airplane fins that I’ve added jets to. Because adding jets to things are fun; just ask Buckaroo Banzai, inventor of the Jet Car. The gray blocks below the jets are printing supports; they are printed at the same time as the brick using the dissoluble plastic, and then disappear with the addition of water.
Found this GI Joe figure that had been included in a third-party building set. I forget the brand; I don’t think it was Mega Blok. It came with this terrible hover boat or plane or something, dont’ even remember. It’s standard Joe height, can stand on standard brick pegs and has eight pegs total on it’s arms and legs.
Below is a thumb of what I was working on tonight. I’ll post a few different pics tomorrow before I rebuild it in LeoCAD and mutate it in Blender.
Edit: For some reason this didn’t post last night. Oops.
Been screwing around with wings tonight, obsessed with making a Hawkman or Harvey Birdman or whatever. In the above image you see my main project, the “dragon” wing on the minifig’s right and a much larger wing on the left based on the same print. Needs work, but big wings are more fun than little ones.
Below you see another work in progress, minifigs wings based on traditional plates.
I had made very nice, very clean copies of both of these, and then screwed up on saving the render. When I redid them, what’s left was inferior. It’s okay, I’ll do them again and file them away and one day I’ll print off a thousand copies.
Posting tonight out of a personal obligation to post something new every day. Gotta keep up the joementum. I remember the used to be a Tetris board game. How would something so lame even work? Why would you even need a Tetris board game when there are Legos in the world? This post is dedicated to Tetris, whom I begged my parents for in 1989, only to watch them play it far more than I ever cared to.
My plan for the day was to work on some truly custom bricks; things more bizarre than you would ever find in a regular set. But life gets in the way. And today life was painting my dining room.
Dragged an old model from storage, “The Agony”. I built it in, oh, 1997? 1999? I’ve never been able to really dust any old models effectively, the pegs get in the way. I dream of smoother shapes and vaguely aerodynamic wings, but of course with smoother shapes the models wouldn’t be able to stick together. Unless you custom printed smooth wings with pegs in only in exactly the places you need it for the model to work.
I also have always wanted a model just like this but in gold with red glass, “The Ecstasy”. Again, I can have that if I print it. We can all have it if we print it. Let’s find a way to print it!
It also occurred to me that there’s no reason to print off five hundred individual blocks for a mostly monochrome model like this. I can combine multiple blocks in my editors and effectively reduce a model this size (it’s more than a foot wide!) into maybe 6 big pieces depending on the size of the printer I end up with (upside). 6 big pieces that are completely useless trying to assemble any other model (downside). Or is it six big pieces that a clever modeler can use to make other models, a la classic Blacktron? I love the future!
Drifting derelict a light-hour outside of Neptune’s orbit, lost thousands of years ago in the Solar War and nearly invisible to the human eye, the Agony waits. The Agony, and her A.I. crew. Near Mars, a second ship comes out of warpspace. The Agony’s engines fire up without so much as a verbal command; the crew knows the mission. Nothing enters Sol, nothing leaves.
In high school I took several years of design classes that included AutoCAD and 3D Studio Max, to the point that I became somewhat fluent in their old builds. It’s not something I really dabbled in since, so I downloaded Blender to see where I’m at. Everything is completely different than it was a dozen years ago, but I think I’m adapting well. I learned how to delete a cube!