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Best representation of a house brick.

I want to replicate a pattern of house bricks on the side of a real building but not sure of best elements to use.
I started with 1 1x2 plate = 1 house brick but it looks to lack height. Then I tried with 1x2 brick and looks too high. Thought maybe 2 stacked 1x2 plates = 1 house brick?

Any opinions?


  • Sethro3Sethro3 Member Posts: 981
    You will automatically have to think of scale.

    Certainly they have SNOT techniques with the 1x2 tile, or even the new masonry bricks, but those would be 3 plates high.
  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt Member Posts: 778
    Hadn't thought of snotting. The new masonry bricks are a no go because if lack of colours.
  • ShibShib Member Posts: 5,459
    Are you building something to 'minifigure scale'? is so don't forget that a minifigure's proportions are wider than tall - I've seen some builds that have used 1x2 plates for the entire thing to give a look of brickwork and it's not bad when completed. The bigger issue to my mind was that the shine of the plastic normally takes away from anything like that anyway.
  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt Member Posts: 778
    It's a Brick mural I'm doing so not to any particular scale. It's quite big, the original is 30k bricks or so! I don't want to start building only to get so far and it look squashed or stretched.
    Maybe doing a patch in ldd might be the way to go first?
  • ShibShib Member Posts: 5,459
    I think the one problem you'll have with 2 1x2 plates stacked is that the line between them will be just as visible as the line between the parts that you want to show.

    I think prototyping is probably the only way you'll see it, I don't think LDD will show the divides well enough, unless you render it.
  • MrShinyAndNewMrShinyAndNew Member Posts: 283
    I haven't tried it, but maybe a 1x2 jumper, new-style with the groove underneath, placed under a 1x2 plate, would give a little extra definition to the wall. You'd need a lot of new jumpers though, and the old ones don't have the groove so they wouldn't work.
    ^ don't recall seeing this technique - sounds interesting...
  • MrShinyAndNewMrShinyAndNew Member Posts: 283
    edited August 2015
    Here is a sample image using tan 2x1 plates and jumpers. The top section is 2 tan plates making a brick, the bottom section is one tan plate making bricks, and the middle uses the jumpers. The effect is subtle, but it's nice.

    The big drawback, of course, is how parts-intensive it is.
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