Lego Space Marines 2.0 Fan Art Staff Pick

  • December 04, 2011
  • Blender 2.6x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: hjmediastudios
  • License: CC-BY-SA
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Some of you may remember my Lego Space Marines blend I uploaded at the start of the year, a blend that's been one of my most-downloaded models. Thanks to my own skill improvements, a much better computer purchase, and some of Blender's nifty new features since then, I'm proud to present an entirely new set of high-quality Space Marines. This has a number of significant improvements over the older blend, including:


&lt;li&gt;Higher-Quality Minifig Model: The minifig model is now higher-resolution, with accurate placement of stud holes on the bottom and back of the legs. The topology itself has been reworked to provide for a cleaner, easier-to-manage experience.&lt;/li&gt;

&lt;li&gt;Better Armor: The new duds the Space Marines have donned are a significant improvement over the chunky, ugly armor worn by their predecessors. This version features smooth curves, a much higher level of detail, and improved unit and rank insignia. While subdivision modeling is employed to enhance realism, both the armor and the minifigures can have the subdivision turned off to create a poly-count low enough for decent-quality realtime applications.&lt;/li&gt;

&lt;li&gt;Better rendering &amp;amp; realism: The Space Marines are now rendered in Cycles, with 1000 passes being employed to ensure that they stand out from the crowd and look much more like actual Lego figures. All sharp edges are slightly rounded to give that extra-realistic feel, and Cycles&#39; improvements in lighting and depth of field over the Blender Internal render engine give the scene a more photographic appearance. No more overdone chromatic aberration, SIR!&lt;/li&gt;

&lt;li&gt;Better guns: Let&#39;s face it, the previous editions&#39; guns were just boxes with tubes stuck in. These Marines carry the latest and greatest in space weaponry, with detailed but still Lego-esque design and a much improved heft and interaction with the rest of the scenery.&lt;/li&gt;


Well, that's about it for the wonderful new features. As always, let me know if you do anything really cool with 'em, or make any money off them. I may come back to these guys later to make an animation, and an addon set with new troop types might be in the works...


  • ricaxe profile picture

    wow.... very good... I love your model ...

    Written December 04, 2011
  • hjmediastudios profile picture

    Oliver: I wouldn't want to start selling these guys, as 3D printing generally requires a NURBS or other spline-based construction for best results. Besides, I don't have huge quantities of ABS plastic to work with, and the market for custom parts and accessories is already flooded with Brickarms, Bricforge, Little Armory, etc... At least none of those people can make their products look this sexy. :D

    Edited December 04, 2011
  • ryanhartmann profile picture

    First off I have downloaded all of your Lego Space Marines and have throughly enjoyed them. I was wondering if you might want to make a small game using the blender game engine or even unity.

    I have been using blender for about 4 months and have fallen in love with it...If you wanted to join me on this project. I also have some photoshop skills as I have been using it for nearly 5 years and would be able to help out with anything from landscaping to faces of the characters.

    Thanks, Ryan Hartmann

    Edited December 04, 2011
  • dansafee profile picture

    Something like this is a genuine service to the blender communtiy. Simply fantastic.

    The attention to detail is what makes this stand out.

    Edited December 04, 2011
  • hjmediastudios profile picture

    Ryanhartmann: send me an email and I might be interested. :) Thanks, everyone, for your kind words.

    Written December 05, 2011
  • mofx profile picture

    HJM, if you decide to do a game, let me know. I'd tell you why but it's a secret. LOL

    Written December 05, 2011
  • poifox profile picture

    freaking amazing! Awesome share as always Nick! :D

    Written December 05, 2011
  • hjmediastudios profile picture

    Sorry to everyone who's downloaded this before this point. I just discovered that I included a <em>soundtrack</em>, of all things, in the .blend file. I just removed it, so sorry if I ate up a bit too much of your download quota.

    Edited December 05, 2011
  • hjmediastudios profile picture

    Does anyone want to see these guys in actual Lego form, whether as a limited-edition set or an ongoing theme? Now's your chance to make your voice heard! Support the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Space Marine campaign on Lego Cuusoo</a>!

    Written December 06, 2011
  • Mutte profile picture

    very nice man =D

    Written December 09, 2011
  • hjmediastudios profile picture

    Make sure you're using a build with Cycles enabled, and that you're using Cycles. Go to File&gt;External Data&gt;Unpack into Files, and choose the first option. Close and re-open Blender.

    For some reason Cycles doesn't like packed images. I hope this helps; if not, grab another build of Blender and try again.

    Written December 13, 2011
  • Awful Ranger profile picture
    Awful Ranger

    This looks great. I'm going to download it now.

    Written December 19, 2011
  • zidhan profile picture

    It looks cool

    Written January 25, 2012
  • Calzaath profile picture


    Written January 25, 2012
  • kiznal profile picture

    I love it!

    Edited March 10, 2012
  • jamalam profile picture

    you should make some for an opposing team :)

    Written April 06, 2012
  • hjmediastudios profile picture

    Thanks for your kind comments, everyone. If you're interested in the development of vehicles, concepts, etc.- please check out the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Space Marines Cuusoo page</a>.

    Written April 07, 2012
  • Michael120 profile picture

    The progress you've made from here is quite amazing. Are you considering updating it?

    Written June 03, 2012
  • trollzyou profile picture

    that's really awesome. Great blend

    Written July 31, 2012
  • DeNapes profile picture

    wow!!! love your blends!

    Edited August 15, 2012
  • EpicGamexz profile picture

    I could use for my YouTube videos giving you credits?

    Written December 10, 2012
  • hjmediastudios profile picture

    Go nuts!

    Written December 10, 2012
  • OmegaSurge profile picture

    Love it, I also supported it on i hope it comes through :)

    Written January 15, 2013
  • demanta profile picture

    amazing good work u have there !

    Written July 18, 2013
  • Thaddeus profile picture

    I was so sad when Cuusoo turned this down.

    Written December 17, 2013
  • andrewN profile picture

    excellent work! :D

    Written January 03, 2014
  • marawan profile picture

    dude in the edit mode every thing just crambles any solution?

    Written May 26, 2014
  • cttk profile picture

    is it rigged?

    Written February 14, 2015
  • ch8sen8ter profile picture
    1. These are awesome, I have always loved The DOW Franchise.
    2. Could you make the Orks or Imperial Guard? Then you could make animations of wars or battles.
    Written August 16, 2015
  • pwe profile picture

    Good model

    Written September 29, 2015
  • carondoll profile picture

    Lighting Fun,

    Written March 06, 2016
  • Arcum profile picture

    Hello hjmediastudios,

    You might have heard this advise from others, (because you should totally do it), for your Space Marines LEGO Set, U should tweak them a little and resubmit on the LEGO IDEAS website. Everyone loved them, and if you adjust them to the lego ideas teams' requirements, we might just get an official lego set, or even a new theme! We all want to see you prevail in this particular set(s). btw, i've downloaded this and it is the best thing ever. :).

    Best wishes with this and everything else you're managing.

    Written December 06, 2018
  • Millard profile picture

    Hey, Great models! Looks like the real thingl!

    Written June 11, 2019