This predates even the posing tool, so this was all done by hand. This version was rendered on October 26, 1994, and the minifig model has quite a number of errors that have been corrected since. The development of the model was moving rapidly at this point, and several of early images in the Anarchy March series feature minifigs with spheres instead of hands, no "crotch" piece and no holes in the legs.
The odd aspect ratio (17x11) comes from the size of the paper I wanted to print the finished image on. With the printing process in mind, this was rendered at 150 dpi, or 2494x1613. Don't worry -- the JPEG shown here is only 1/3 that size.
Update! I just realized that I had converted this image
to POV format! This is a much better looking version, except for the sky
and ground textures, which I painstakingly recreated from the Rayshade
version. Notice the improved color, more accurate dimensions and improved detail.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that topic for the January 1995 Internet Raytracing Competition was Toys! And imagine my surprise when January 25th rolled around and I still hadn't done anything for it! With only minifigs and their tools to work with, I was pretty limited in what I could do. Initially I was going to have the 6314 City People standing in front of their box, but when I realized I didn't have the necessary imagemaps and objects for all of them, I decided to show them opening the box.
From left to right, on the ground, you see the truck driver who delivered the box, a policemen chatting with him, three workers with pickaxes and a fourth worker taking a break leaning against the front of the box. On top there's a worker with a hammer, and a red worker (the foreman) surveying the situation. The box is composed of panels scanned from an actual box, which I disassembled carefully and scanned. The background is just a clump of LEGO trees which were placed randomly by a program I wrote that was supposed to generate crowds. I like the parallel between the picture on the box and the image itself.
The image you see here was re-rendered from the same source recently in order
to take advantage of the corrections and enhancements that had been made to
the library of POV-Ray objects and imagemaps. The
was entered in the competition and place second, behind an image of a
crane build out of erector set pieces
by Mark Vernon.
For a while I planned to enter LEGO
scenes in every competition, but then I got a job and was distracted for
several months. Look for an entry in the October competition, though.
After using the January contest image as my backdrop at work for several months, I created this image specifically to be a workstation background. I just fired up the poser and started trying to make minifigs that looked like they were falling through the air, and mostly by chance decided to put the butler in the center of the image carrying a wine glass. From there I placed the minifigs around him at various distances, and filled in the gaps with assorted junk. I'm not really happy with the lighting, and I may return to this image and try to eliminate the more obnoxious shadows. Mostly they're hidden by my xterms anyway.
From left to right, there's an Octan worker, a minifig that looks suspiciously like me, a policeman, a butler with a wineglass and a striped shirt guy. The last three minifigs on the right are (from top to bottom), a worker, a trucker and a chef. The junk consists of a tree, some flowers a suitcase, a hammer and a pickaxe.
This probably counts as my "LEGO displayed at work," even though in the
two months that it served as the backdrop on my workstation, no one said
anything about it, except my manager, who noted that her sons had "some
of those." I guess I need to make a mobile with the same figures and
suspend it from the ceiling if I want to get people's attention.
This is the 6514 Trail Ranger. I don't really have anything to do with the car now that it's done, so it sits waiting for a big Town project involving lots of roadplates and Town buildings.
This is the small car that is part of the three-pack 1720 Cactus Canyon.
There's not much special to this vehicle, though I hope to finish the other
parts of the set (a tiny boat and a larger truck) since they're all nifty
additions to the Town vehicle pool.
This small house is the secondary model for the 1708 Blue Ribbon Bucket. It's not much to look at, really, but it did get me to model that style of front door.
The house on the right is the main model for the 1879 Basic 5+ Bucket.
Once again, it's biggest feature is that it was motivation to do that
particular style of door. Should come in handy on the 6286 Skull's
One of the scenes I started was a city park, which I abandoned when I decided that LEGO trees were so much shorter than the lampposts that it just ended up looking goofy. This one is going to be shelved until I write a program which can generate trees out of the various tree components that LEGO has created for newer outdoorsy sets. Meanwhile it does show off some roadplates, and it demonstrates that actually lighting a scene by placing a light source inside a streetlight gives decent nighttime-like results.
The roadplates on the right are layed out in the arrangement used in the
catalog to demonstrate the usefullness of the
6311 Curved Road Plates, 6312 Straight Road Plates,
6313 Cross Road Plates and 6310 T-Road Plates. I wrote a
program to simply the process of creating large road layouts which uses
QWE, ASD and
ZXC to represent the
various plates in different orientations, and
for straight plates. The description of this layout is only 15 bytes
long. With train track and road plates, I guess all that's left now
is monorail track. ;-)
The 575 Coast Guard Station was my very first LEGO set. My original
LEGO collection is long gone, but
Galen Tatsuo Komatsu was kind
enough to loan me the instructions so I could photocopy them. Ahh for
a modern set with so many 6x15 black plates. This building is still
waiting for me to model some objects that I no longer have, like the antenna,
flag, and propeller mount.