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Dread Pirate Wesley

HMS Praetorian

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The HMS Praetorian is a 5th rate 32 gun frigate whose sole purpose is escorting important persons through dangerous waters. She is well armed and extremely fast with an unusually high number of soldiers for boarding actions. On this particular voyage, her cargoes include a governor and his lovely daughter, accompanied to his new dominion by an admiral and a colonel in command of the contigent of marines.

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The ship itself started out life as Brickbeards Bounty. I had never before owned a lego ship and couldnt pass one up on sale at a local store. Needless to say shes grown a little since then. She is now 8 hull sections long, 14 studs wide on deck at the bow and 12 at the stern. Like most frigates of the day, she has a 5 to 1 length to beam ratio. It is a different building technique than Ive mostly seen on here, such as Captain Green Hair's excellent technique. Mainly this ship was built for strength, and despite her length can be held in one hand without any flex in the hull.

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It has a full interior including a spacious cabin for the captain, or in this case the governors daughter.

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As well as a stove to serve up grog to the hungry crew.

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Her main armament is twenty-four 18 pounders on the main gun deck. Quite formidable especially when facing the four gun broadside of the Imperial Flagship.

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She also carries up to eight 6 pounders on the quarter deck, two in the forecastle, and two 12 pound bowchasers. Besides the marines, there are also 4 swivel guns to sweep the enemy decks.

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But a ship is nothing without a brave crew to put her to sea!

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Hope you enjoy this ship, comments are always welcome. More images can be seen here:

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:jollyroger: The Dread Pirate Wesley

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Really nice ship. I was curious how many mid-hull sections you used. I am really impressed by how you did the stern with the new hull pieces. I looks just a little squareish but other than that it is really great. I think that we will all have to start resorting to using the new hull pieces since Lego has stopped using the old ones for its sets and also since they use the reddish-brown instead of their older brown. Great job and I can't wait to see here with all of the sails. :pir-sweet:

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Very cool. I always wanted to build ships this big but sadly I dont have enough hulls :pir_bawling:

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This is a very beautiful ship, nice color scheme and loads of cannons! :cannon: You should make a tutorial on how to make a ship like this, it has inspired me!

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Welcome to Classic-pirates! I don't think there is a better way to introduce yourself than with this magnificent MOC :pir-classic:

It's a very nice ship with a great colourscheme, I really like it :pir-wub:

The rigging could use some more work but for the rest it's stunning, so:

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In case you don't know what that means, you will be on our frontpage soon :pir-wink:

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Really nice ship, I especially love the front. Are you planning to give it a full set of sails?

I'll echo your comment about Lego being one of the few media where people are easy to incorporate. I've done my share of dioramas and ships in non-Lego media, and without people they feel empty.

Liverpool on! :pir-blush:

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Thank you all for the warm welcome! To answer some of the questions, the masts and spars I eventually plan to make all reddish brown, once the price of reddish brown supports goes down on bricklink. Once that is complete I will do full sails and stays and other rigging. The top gallants are the same size as the mainsails on the imperial flagship, there is one in some of the photos I used to get this shot.

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The rest I would like to do in the same pattern to keep it Lego-esque but they will need to be much larger. She used to have the same spar style as BBB as you can see in the photo below, but after I got the Imperial Flagship I had to use that method for all my ships, it really is brilliant!

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As far as building technique, there are some interesting and extremely frustrating techniques I developed to make the bow look correct. I will try and take some photos or write a basic tutorial if that's desired. Unfortunately I didnt take too many pictures in development since it kept changing almost everyday, but thats another great thing about Lego, you can disassemble without destroying! Glad it inspired you, come on you Reds!

:jollyroger: DPW

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A wonderful ship. The colors are very nice and there are lots of details I really like and the bow is my favorite part. I like her design. It reminds me of the longer one gun deck 80 gun ships (tonnent class?) that the French built. The British captured many and even built some of their own in that design. Very well done and welcome!

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An excellent design, the sails are actually pretty cool, rigging or no:P My new moc was a little two masted Caravel, so this just blew mine out of the water utterly, and me as well, lol, excellently done, I love it and can't wait for more :pir_laugh2:

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he size is very impressive, I didn't quite grasp the scale until I saw you holding it.

Most impressive.

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Looks great! I like the use of the brick on the bow (on the overhead shot) to accomplish the curved look.

I think she could take down most ships out there!

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I must say at when i looked at tis ship in first time, i were in one big AAAWWWW :pir_laugh2: My mouth was open tota┬┤lly.

That ship.... is amazing, thats really massive and well aremd, :pir-classic: i think at that ship will be the horror of pirates :pir-tongue:

:jollyroger: captain Becker :jollyroger:

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