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  1. LegoDog0126

    Original LEGO Stickers DPI?

    LEGO stickers are likely printed using an offset printer, which use an etched plate to transfer pigment to a substrate, similar to how pad printing works but without the pad as a middle step. Like with pad printing, this method is very economical when you want to print a run of thousands and thousands of the same image. When you just want a couple, it's super expensive. Because of the way the pigmnent is transfered to the substrate (sticker sheet in this case) by an etched plate, there really aren't any pixels in the image. Because of that, the answer to your question is, there are no pixels on original LEGO stickers. However, that doesn't really matter. Pixels are a pretty bad reference for the resolution of an image once it leaves the digital realm and becomes a print. I work with high end photo printers a lot, and as long as you have at least ~300 dpi image, the resolution depends almost completely on the printer being used. This is pretty easy to tell if you make a print of the same image with different printers. a 300dpi file printed on a laser printer might look ok at long distances, but look at it closer or with a loupe and you'll notice a bunch of little dots which make up the image, not a continuous tone. Then try it with a household inkjet printer, you'll likely see a continuous tone rather than dots, but it will be kinda muddy since the ink droplets can bleed into each other. Finally, go to a local print shop and see if they have a high end photo printer they can print it on. I like the Epson models, I think the current ones are the Surecolor P6000 and Surecolor P9000. These are very fancy printers which are designed for wide format printing, but can handle small prints just as fine. The thing which makes them high end is that they use 11 ink colors rather than the standard 4, which allows for better color accuracy and definition, and they have a much finer ink droplet size, just a few picoliters usually. The tiny droplet size means you won't get droplets blending together as much, which means prints will be sharper up close. I suppose I should say that the paper also matters. regular old printer paper will allow for a lot of bleed which makes for muddy images. Photo papers, or fancier decal papers I'm guessing, will have coatings to minimize bleed and make sharper prints. Most of the nicer papers won't work for laser printing, but if you want to test inkjet printers against each other, try to use similar if not the same paper. This is all to say, if your file is at least 300dpi, a nice printer will make good decals/stickers from it. If you have a file of that resolution but aren't getting sharp enough prints in your opinion, either try a fancier printer, a different paper, or accept the way it is. I've made decals with waterslide decal paper and a photo printer which look good at standard distances, but don't expect to look at them with a jewelers loupe and not see discrepencies. that being said, LEGO stickers aren't perfect either, so you'll probably be able to match their quality,
  2. Hey people... Here are some custom minifigures I recently finished some final touches on, they're based on the four main characters from the Witcher III game. I designed them in adobe illustrator, and used mecabricks to export them to blender where I rendered these images. As of now they only exist in the digital realm, but I found out that my college has a really nice UV flatbed printer I can get access to, so in september (or maybe earlier if I can) I'm hoping to use that to print a bunch of them. Geralt: Geralt Render 1_2 by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Geralt Render 2_2 by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Ciri: Ciri Render 1 by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Ciri Render 2 by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Yennefer: Yennefer Render 1 by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Yennefer Render 2 by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Triss: Triss Render 1 by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Triss Render 2 by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr
  3. Hmm, I’m trying to find something thinner that could be put on legs without getting damaged when the leg bends, I’m guessing because it’s thicker that wouldn’t work?
  4. LegoDog0126

    Witcher 3 Minifigures

    Finished the Geralt minifigure today, what are your thoughts? Geralt Render 1 by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Geralt Render 2 by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr
  5. Around a year ago I designed a set of minifigures of the main characters from The Witcher 3, which I made using waterslide decals. I haven't been totally satisfied with either my design, or the decals though, so this past week I decided to redesign the figures. Because the decals I've made in the past always end up looking a bit off even when they print well, I'm designing these new figures with printing in mind. I'm thinking I may to a small production run of them to sell, but as I don't have a UV flatbed printer, I'll need another company to do the printing. I've reached out to printing operations in my area with UV flatbed printers, but none who have responded are willing to help me yet. Do any of you know of printing companies you would recommend? I'm located in northeast United States, but they don't have to be local. Anyway, I've only redesigned one of the figures so far, which is Triss. I redesigned her first since she's the one which I anticipated would require the most re working. All three side character figures (Yennefer, Ciri, and Triss) will be wearing the DLC outfits. I just think the DLC outfits look better. Geralt will also be wearing the Grandmaster Wolf School Armor rather than the beginner armor, for the same reason. Here are the images of my Triss figure, Any comments or critiques? I'm thinking I may change the proportions of the face a bit (move the mouth a bit down and make it larger) but I'm not sure. Triss Render 1 by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Triss Render 2 by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr
  6. Could you tell me which pvc you use? I've been using waterslide decals, and I find the quality of those lacking, so I'm wanting to try some other methods, but there are a lot of pvc wrap types out there.
  7. Hey guys, I've been getting into minifig customization lately, so far just decals, but I'm hoping to get into printing soon as well. As I was starting I found it annoying that no one had put together a definitive record of LEGO colors that can be used easily in vector drawing programs. The ones I came across often disagreed on the proper CMYK values for colors, and no one had put together an easy way to use them, other than just copying and pasting values. That's why I created this for myself to use, but I figure it would probably be useful to others of you as well. It's just an adobe illustrator swatch file with all the standard opaque colors from the color palette LEGO published in 2016. To get the colors I just imported the palette image into photoshop and sampled them. If you end up using this for decals, remember that this gives your computer the exact colors LEGO uses, but depending on what printer ink and decal paper you're using, they won't print exactly the same as they look on LEGOs, so you will still likely need to do color calibration tests before printing. I use adobe illustrator which is why I made this for that program, but it should be usable in Inkscape as well I think. Last time I used inkscape I believe importing illustrator files was possible, but I haven't used it in a while, so you may need to do some research on how you should import it. Here's the file, which you can download from my google drive: (Eurobricks limits uploads to image files, so I had to host it externally)
  8. This is a small scale (but not small) model of Diagon Alley as the street appeared in the later Harry Potter Films. I based the model off of the set that still exists at Warner Bros Leavesden Studios where they shot the films, and the model includes approximations of all the buildings as close as I could get them at this scale. Since the buildings on the set are all just facades, I added backs to the buildings, as well as two side alleys next to them, just to give the model a more finished look. I also added buildings at each end of the street, as opposed the green screens that they used in the films to make it appear as though the street kept going. In the model, I also represented Bull's Head Passage, Bull's Head Passage being a real alley in London where the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron was in the first Harry Potter film. The model can be displayed in two ways, either closed so that the two sides of the street line up, or open so that it can be viewed more easily. I originally posted this model on LEGO ideas for the Wizarding World contest that is currently happening, however, it got rejected, so I am now posting it here. This is one of my larger models part wise, with 4605 pieces, but in actual size, it is not that large since most of the pieces are quite small. Here are the images: A view down the alley, towards Gringotts bank: Diagon Alley Render 3 sky small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr A view up the alley, towards the Leaky Cauldron and Weasley's Wizard Wheezes: Diagon Alley Render 5 sky small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr A view of Bull's Head Passage, the black storefront on the right is the Leaky Cauldron: Diagon Alley Render 4 sky small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr A top view of the model closed: Diagon Alley Render 6 small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr A right side view of the model showing one of the side alleys Diagon Alley Render 8 small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr A left side view of the model showing the other side alley Diagon Alley Render 7 small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr A front view of the model when it is opened up: Diagon Alley Render 9 crop small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr If any of you want to get a better view at the images, or download the files to view the model in a digital design program, all formats of Lego model file, as well as the full size images can be found here: The model currently uses some bricks in colors that LEGO does not make them in, but there aren't a lot, so with some slight modification, you could build the model. I will probably be creating a build-able version of it soon, and will post those files here when completed And finally, if you want to check out some of my other projects, check out my LEGO Ideas page and flickr page linked below. Currently I only have one model on LEGO Ideas (a model of Hogwarts Castle), but a few more will be going up in the next few days, so stay tuned if you want to see them. Thanks for taking a look at my work, if you have any feedback, even criticism, please share it below, but try to keep the criticism constructive!
  9. LegoDog0126

    [MOC] Rocketship - ADP Submission

    Very nice! reminds me of the little rockets I used to fly around in, in LEGO Universe
  10. LegoDog0126

    MCRN Donnager MOC from The Expanse

    The LDSS Nauvoo / OPAS Behemoth may be the largest ship ever built, and the Razorback may be one of the fastest, but in my opinion, in all three seasons of The Expanse, no ship has matched the impressiveness and awe-inspiring nature of the MCRN Donnager. This is a model of that ship from SyFy's (now Amazon's) tv show, The Expanse, which is based off of James S.A. Corey's novel series, also called The Expanse. As far as ships go in The Expanse, of course I love the trusty workhorse that is the Rocinante, but in the running for my favorite ships of the expanse, I think it would be safe to say that the Donnager comes in as a close second, despite the short amount of screen time that she got. Many ships from The Expanse have relatively simplistic designs, mostly just some polygon extrueded into a prism, and then detailed with greeblies, but the Donnager stood out to me, because although the main body is just an extruded square, it has much more added on to that than most other ships, such as that large engine pods on the rear corners, the protrusions on the front, and the bases for the rail guns which raise them off from the sides. And, while there are also other ships which have more complex shapes, such as the UNN's Truman class dreadnoughts like the Agatha King, unlike those other ships, the design of the Donnager managed to add complexity while maintaining its sleek, modern look. I designed this model over the course of a week, mainly using the concept art and diagrams of the Donnager released by the show, but also looking occasionally at stills from the beginning of season 1 where the Donnager appeared. The model is relatively large, measuring about 2 feet (~60 cm) in length or height depending on how you look at it, and about 8.5 inches (~21 cm) square. Here are the renders of the model (yes, I know the background is earth, but I couldn't find a skybox texture with high enough resolution of mars): Donnager final render 1 small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Donnager final render 2 small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Donnager final render 3 small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Donnager final render 4 small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr Donnager views small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr here's my favorite image, a rendering of the Donnager battling the stealth ships as we saw in the beginning of season 1: Donnager battle 1000 samples with lense flare small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr For a 360 degree view of the model, here is an animation I created of it: If you wish to get an even closer view of the model, you can download the ldraw .ldr model file for it. I'm sorry to say I can't offer it as a .lxf file for Lego Digital Designer, as that program is missing pieces I used in the model. If you are used to LDD, I would suggest downloading the program from bricklink and importing the .ldr file into that, is the most LDD like design program I have come across, and it does have all the newer pieces. Here is that .ldr file: And finally, if you want to take a look at the full resolution renders, here they are, including a 4k render of the battle scene: If you have any feedback for me, please share it! I welcome all criticism, but try to keep it constructive!
  11. LegoDog0126

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    never mind guys, I found it. the clause just wasn't in the section I thought it was going to be in. Darn! I was really getting hopeful there for a few minutes :)
  12. LegoDog0126

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    hey everyone, I just checked the LEGO ideas content guidelines, and it has changed since the last time I looked at it. The main thing I notice is that I no longer see the ban on projects relating to current LEGO licenses, am I just glancing over wherever it is, or did they remove it?
  13. LegoDog0126

    71043 Hogwarts™ Castle

    ah, I haven't bought many official sets lately, so I guess I just haven't come across them
  14. LegoDog0126

    [MOC] Battle of Nagashino, 1575

    The images don't show up for me in Eurobricks, and when I click the links, it says the site can't be reached, is anyone else having that issue?
  15. LegoDog0126

    [MOC] Winterfell Castle from Game of Thrones

    Thanks for the feedback guys, I'm glad you like it! Here is an animation I made of the model using Blender, and here is another rendering of the model I made (also using blender). I'm trying to get it as photo realistic as possible, though I'm not quite there yet. 0006 small by Ethan Brossard, on Flickr