I've just completed the first set idea for my Space Marines Cuusoo project
. Called "Space Marines Battle Squad," I envision it as somewhat analagous to the Star Wars battle packs, although with a single, substantial vehicle instead of a little turd of a vehicle and/or little boxes with guns stuck on. It has 168 pieces, including the Space Marines, and includes a single Gunnery Sergeant and three ordinary Space Marines. The vehicle is a chunky and very stable four-wheeler, with three seats and a moving turret complete with flick missiles. (Where would we be without them?)
In an effort to prove that it's not just smoke and mirrors, that there's some actual building skill involved, I created complete set instructions for the vehicle depicted in the above image. Click on the picture below to find out exactly how to build your own Space Marines battle buggy.
For all you technically-oriented folks out there, here's a runthrough of the creation process.
- The model was prototyped by hand, using my own stash of bricks.
- I made the model in MLCad, using LDraw parts. I added some bricks that I didn't have in real life to make the shape a little bit better.
- The model was exported to two different versions:
- A submodel-heavy version with arrows and helper parts, for use in creating the instructions.
- A streamlined, single-file model for later export to Blender.
The fancy-pants model was then used to create an LPub instructions file, using a Blender-rendered background I had created earlier.<li>The simple model was imported in LeoCad, exported to .3ds format, then imported into Blender.<li>I did a huge amount of optimization on the model, cutting the model from several million polys to a few thousand.<li>Final textures and materials were applied, and Space Marines were added into the scene.<li>The final scene was rendered in Blender's Cycles renderer, with about 3000 samples. The whole render took about two and a half minutes.<li>The image was post-processed in the GIMP, with muzzle flares and laser blasts, as well as color correction and lens flare, being added prodigiously.<li>The complete image, along with a Space Marines logo and Lego logo, was added onto the cover of the instructions in Inkscape. Whew! That was complicated. That's all for now. Don't forget, you can always download the Space Marines for free on Blendswap
, and don't forget to support the Space Marines Cuusoo project
to make these little dudes real!
Edited by hjmediastudios, 06 January 2012 - 10:26 PM.