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Burning Question: Greeble… What is it and how to make your own.

What is a greeble?

What’s a Greeble?

A greeble, sometimes called nurnies, are the small details that you can see in the Death Star, spaceships, and cities, to make them look more complex than they really are. The idea is to add these details quickly and easily, without a lot of time-consuming work. Furthermore, they’re most often created with displacement, bump maps, or scripts.

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New Maxon Greeble Assets in S24

Maxon has included some interesting additions to the Asset Browser with S24, including ob Kitbash/Details/Crosses, Kitbash/Details/Triangles, Kitbash/Pipes, and Kitbash/Tubes. There are also templates and presets for Greebler/Height Maps and Greeble/Normal Maps.

Learn more at Maxon.

Kuroyume Greebler Plug-in for Cinema 4D

Kuroyume Greebler plug-in for Cinema 4D

Adding detail to 3D objects for enhancement of apparent size or realism is a time-consuming task. Indeed, it is made easier if tools are available to reduce the workload and time involved. Greebler is that new tool for your arsenal. It provides support for multiprocessors, NET Render, selections, materials, and much more.

Note: Note: The Kuroyume tool only works in  Cinema 4D R13-R20.

Kuroyume Greebler for Cinema 4D

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200+ Abstract 3D Design Objects, HD Models in Multiple 3D Formats

A collection of 3D models, including 12 Greeble Models, that are ready to use inside your favorite 3D program including the powerful plug-in, Element 3D!

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Free Greeble Tools

Free 3D Kitbash Greeble Library Download

To point out, Markom3D is giving away his personal greebler library.

Download free Kitbash set

Maxon Extrudifier for Cinema 4D R20 and below

This Cinema 4D script from Maxon Labs generates random nested extrusions on your mesh. It creates a greebled look that is constructed entirely in Python code.

Note: Significantly, this hasn’t been updated for anything above R20.

Get Extrudifier

See also: C4D Spotlight: Learning Python to Expand Cinema 4D

TJSpalcement – Greeble generator 8K res displacement maps

This one came to us via The Pixel Lab and is made with Javascript and is a pseudo-random 8K displacement map generator, created by Grigori Shevtsov.

Greeble for 3ds Max

A fun modifier plug-in that is useful for generating random detail for spaceship models, cityscapes, Death Stars… By Klanky The Robot, this one works in multiple versions of Max, including Max 2018.

Download Greeble (3ds Max Script)

Another tutorial for Greeble for 3ds Max.

Greeble Generator for Pixologic™ ZBrush® 4R7

Created by Glenn Patterson, who has a lot of ZBrush greeble-related stuff!

Download here

Greeble Plug-in for Houdini

It appears that this was ported over from the Greeble plug-in for 3ds Max.

Note: This plug-in is no longer available.

Download Free Greebles

There are a lot more freebies and tools out there than I have listed here but Google if you don’t see what you need here.

Greeble Tutorials

After Effects and Cinema 4D: Greebler Scene Tutorial

A tutorial from VideoFort.

Solidify your Greeble

Glenn Patterson walks you through taking a simple Displacement Map and make it into a complex geometry in ZBrush 4R7.

How to Greeble a City

This is a 3ds Max tutorial by Johannes Schlörb and looks incredibly useful. Read the tutorial at 3Dtotal.

Build a Death Star Trench in Blender with Plating and Greeble Add-ons

Tech Greeble Generator – Substance Designer

Matt Wesney’s Substance Designer library and 50 free environment maps.

Article updates

25 May 2021 new greeble assets at Maxon

28 December 2018 with information on Kuroyume Greebler and a new Extrudifier tool from Maxon Labs.

26 December 2018: Insydium has updated Bridge so that Greebler is now working in Cinema 4D R20. This has been verified that both the plugin works and older projects (R13+) load.

Note: You must have the Insydium Bridge plugin installed and place Greebler in the same folder as the Bridge plugin for this to work.

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