One of the great things about my AFOL journey has been learning from more advanced LEGO builders and fans. I recently learned about AZMEP and SNIR. Here’s what.

In addition to studs not on top or SNOT for short, another unusual LEGO building technique is called SNIR – studs not in a row. Just like with SNOT, where the usual vertical, upwards building direction for LEGO is reversed or angled to the sides using various techniques, SNIR proposes to do the same on the horizontal plane by creating angled LEGO designs in-between the usual rows of studs that occupy LEGO plates. Naturally breaking away from the regular stud grid allows for more refined designs to be built. There are a couple of documented SNIR techniques, one of them called SNIR 27.

SNIR 27 places studs in an approximately 27 degree angle instead of the usual straight rows. According to Brickipedia, the credit for this technique goes to Reinhard Beneke. It actually is fairly simple, but can create powerful results. SNIR 27 makes use of another LEGO building technique called AZMEP (aus zwei mach eins Plättchen), the half-stud offset where bricks are connected “between studs” using special parts. In this case, SNIR 27 alternates jumper plates (the 1×2 plate with one stud on top) and regular 1×1 plates. The 1×2 jumper plate is probably the most common example of an AZMEP piece.

This is what SNIR 27 looks like in my sorry attempt at computer aided design:

The 1×1 bricks can also be rotated to create other shapes on top of the SNIR 27 base.