Hey everyone!

I’ve been working on a short project creating some retro computer environments:

Let me know what you think :grinning:


I once worked in just such a “machine room.” (And wore my “machine-room jacket” every day because of the air conditioning.) The thing that I miss the most is the blinking lights. The front panel of every computer used to have rows of them, along with plenty of very-tasty switches and knobs.

In fact, one of my friends rescued an old IBM System/360 front panel and rigged it up with some kind of circuits which caused the lights to blink convincingly. He rigged it up somehow to his Apple ][ computer, which was “the state of the art” at that time. It was a lot of fun to watch.


Oh man that sounds so cool! It was a lot of fun looking at reference for the machines and trying to copy the intricate layouts of the panels as best I could - even managed to find a load of digitised manuals (though there’s no chance of me understanding anything within them :sweat_smile:).

really well done renders!
Just wondering, do you color the renders only with lights or do you have a set of materials for every color variant or a bit of both?

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Thanks! The blue/green/yellow are different materials and the lighting is essentially white - then there’s a bit of gradient mapping in photoshop to add a bit of a hue to each image.

I featured you on BlenderNation, have a great weekend!

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