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LEGO Classic Space scene 1

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This image is part of a project aimed at reproducing in 3D the classic space era illustrations found in LEGO sets.

First I modeled all the first 10 classic space era sets (about 1978-79) brick by brick in Pro|ENGINEER, then the scene was set up according to the image found in the instruction book of sets 442, 452 and 462 (in the U.S., sets from Europe had different scenes).

The rendering was done in Lightwave using a single main light (as in the real scene) and a dome light for ambient diffusion. This scene was HUGE: each model has all polygonal details like the LEGO marking on the studs so I had to setup and render the top and bottom half separately (the bottom half was more than 2 MILLIONS polygons alone!). It did not took too long though, less than an hour with global illumination and "soft" shadows.

I hope you'll enjoy it!

Paolo
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godzillaSan's avatar
Sooo eighties; yaaass!!! 👍🏿
lonfee's avatar
Dear Paolo, I just used your picture on my website to promote a MoonCity that is going to be build by Erik Laan in the city of Delft, the Netherlands. Is it allowed I use your picture for this purpose? If yes, i will use: Copyright photo by @zpaolo.deviantart.com- as photo credits in the facebook post. If not, I will remove it immediately.
Here is the link to our account:www.facebook.com/sciencecentre…  post will be uploaded on the 2nd of june.
With best regards, Lonneke.
zpaolo's avatar
This is perfect, thank you for adding the proper credits!
eriklaan's avatar
Dear Paolo, I just used your picture on my website to promote a MoonCity that I am going to build in the city of Delft, the Netherlands. Is it allowed I use your picture for this purpose? If yes, do I use the correct credits? If no, I will remove it immediately.
Here is the link: www.eyeonorbit.com/2018/03/leg…
With best regards, Erik Laan
zpaolo's avatar
Yes, it's fine, the credits and link are correct so feel free to use the image :) 
bbzilla's avatar
Awesome. I wish I had these Lego sets.
BaronNeutron's avatar
I had most of these, some of them I got as an amazing Christmas present from my sister a couple years ago
zpaolo's avatar
I only had the rocket launcher :D :D You were lucky ;)
BaronNeutron's avatar
go on ebay!  or do you own them all now?
zpaolo's avatar
I don't have the room for lego sets now, and I don't own any lego set anymore (except some Blackstar that I kept for refernce). I only have virtual models :DDD
bazze's avatar
Ahh childhood memories!!
ReginaldBull's avatar
Nice. Must've been quite some work. But what kinda disturbs me are those thick shadowlines. Is it severe ambient occlusion? Something seems to make the whole picture look somewhat soft. Could also be Depth of Field. I can't really tell, but it contradicts to your usual sharp style (which I actually prefer).
zpaolo's avatar
You mean shadows on recessed areas? There's almost no ambient occlusion in this image, so shadows came out of the lighting setup.

As for "softness", first be sure to look at the picture at its nominal resolution. There is no DOF, maybe anti-alias setup softened a little, but what I think is that the sense of "softness" is related to the fact that in my usual pictures each model "takes up" more pixels as there is usually only one set in the image. Here we have a lot of sets on the set, therefore the "pixel detail" for each set is reduced.
ReginaldBull's avatar
I just noticed that I had earlier works of yours in mind. Obviously your style of rendering has changed. Still, the amount of details and the nostalgic character are awesome :)
zpaolo's avatar
If you mean _very_ earlier works, the ones rendered in Alias Imagestudio or early Hypershot renderings, you are right. The older pictures were more or less just "showcases" of the model, they had very simple ambient lighting and very simple environment. This rendering was more a way to mimic real LEGO manual photographs, which means a little less "polish" and a little more realism.
Masonkh's avatar
Wow! Very nice 3d leg scene!
Frohickey's avatar
These sets are still the best in my opinion. Much fun!
Beautifully done.
Marrekie's avatar
Frohickey's avatar
They had lots of exotic parts but nothing so specialized that you couldn't find different uses for them. :)
Marrekie's avatar
Absolutely. Those were the days.
dinshino's avatar
YOU FOUND THOSE OLD SETS!!! I remember those! (barely, but still)
dinshino's avatar
NVM I thought it was the old space sets from the mid/late 1980's at first glance
zpaolo's avatar
It is, sort of :) I can assure it was great fun to model and assemble it, even in "digital" format :)
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