Rendered speechless

These days it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to spot digital LEGO creations. Renders and 3D modeling have progressed to the point where all the easy “tells” are gone, and you really have to know your subject matter to spot custom colors and parts. (And that’s assuming there are any to look for!) But virtual creations can go so many places that physical models can’t, allowing for builds that can even make you wonder if they’re based on LEGO bricks at all. I mean, look at the A-10 Asimov, created by noblebun. This ship is gorgeous. And also a complete flight of fantasy.

A-10 Asimov

For starters, Noblebun has made great use of the ability to recolor parts. There big pieces like the front quarter-domes, in a I-wish-they-made-that matte dark grey. A minifigure’s police hat cast in light grey becomes part of the engine detailing. And unfortunately the chromed-copper discs sitting under those Technic gears aren’t standard issue, either. Some pieces are completely outside of the released shapes that LEGO offers. The curved pipes include custom nested 90 degree bends that we can currently only dream of. But, wow, do they look fantastic.

More importantly, though, is how these fantasy parts are built into the whole. There are some really great building techniques in play here. Check out how the use of inverted and standard sloped brick combine to create the white band. And how that same combination, built slightly differently, creates the impression of vents in the grey areas.

A rear shot showcases the amazing build in the engines. To me, they’re reminiscent of the jet exhaust on the UCS Batmobile. Just much bigger, more complex, and more awesome in general.

A-10 Asimov

This is the sort of deep fake I can really get behind. Sure, this creation may only live in the realm of pixels and math, but I’m okay with that. It’s an amazing feat of construction and imagination.

4 comments on “Rendered speechless

  1. Noble (@TezlaWeb)

    Short answer: Yes but also no

    Long answer: You would need the willingness to modify some existing parts (via painting/airbrushing), and the ability to fabricate a few custom ones. Anything’s possible with enough money, but this build cannot be achieved practically within the constraints of LEGO’s currently available inventory.

  2. Håkan

    But it would stay up? Some of those ginormous renders would crumble under their own weight if built in actual bricks…

  3. Noble (@TezlaWeb)

    This build could probably (hopefully) hold itself together, with some retrofitting. Admittedly, I have no real way of testing that, so it’s a bit of a moot point.

    That said, plenty of traditional builds can’t support their own weight, either – it’s not uncommon to see steel or aluminium cores on exceptionally large models (take, for example, Ben Smith’s ongoing Ark build, or many of the sculptures deployed by professional Lego artists). ;)

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