Captain Dee

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  1. Thanks. Regarding stability, it seems the most fragile part of the tower was the columns of grooved round gold bricks at the base of the legs, rather than the tiers of prefab arch/column pieces. The lower level is built upside down to allow the use of the ship hulls. Those fountains are a reduced version of a larger design I hope to use elsewhere. And I'd love to see your take on the DoT. I have several minidolls but had never paired them with minifigs until now, and didn't realize they are so much taller. I was in the midst of taking photos and needed a quick solution, even if it isn't ideal. But I think it's tolerable. Thanks. It's really pretty simple, but I suppose the colors make it look flashy. I had intended to include a full interior, and had several items already built: a huge bed, a big oven, tables, pianos, etc. But the interior scale looked really bad to me, and I scrapped it altogether. I'm still toying with the idea of doing a few interior-only builds at a bigger scale to illustrate the concept more fully. Thanks, though "perfect" may be a bit generous! I struggle with developing a distinct individual style, but I'm working on it. You certainly have a really colorful, detailed style and don't lack for creativity either. Thank Bregir for the DoT. I'm pretty sure I never would've built a bell tower for BoBS without his cool idea. I failed to mention the role of the smaller bells. Per Bregir's original description, each DoT has a big bell to sound each hour and smaller bell(s) to sound the quarter-hour. Each of the 4 small bellhouses atop the 4 wings of the building has 3 of these smaller bells, and each wing has the one bell hanging from the facade, plus the one at the very top of the tower, for a total of 17. I doubt they would (or could!) ring that many simultaneously but I insisted on full symmetry all the way around. Belle, the Friends or Princess doll (whatever she is... ) does look more feminine to me than the lady minifigs, but again, the only reason I included her was her name! I wish LEGO would just hurry up and produce more common parts in pearl gold! More! More! You know, back then people could get the time from a bell tower if they couldn't afford a watch or clock. I don't know about you, but I currently get my time from a cell tower. Again, the minifig modification was a spur-of-the-moment affair, but it looks decent. I really wanted to do full custom legs, but didn't want to interrupt photography to do it! Everybody sing along: "Gold, glorious gold, I'm anxious to try it. Free doubloons-a-day, My favorite diet. Just picture a treasure chest O'erflowing with gold! Oh, gold, glorious gold, wonderful gold, marvelous gold! Glo-ri-ous GOLDDDDD!!" Thanks. I originally planned a more substantial, standalone tower but realized I didn't quite have the parts to do it, so I went with this idea instead. Compared to what I first visualized, this is better. I'm not sure such an Eiffel Tower-type look could've been done in those days, but I like the overall appearance. Thanks. I contemplated calling it "The Royal Dept. of Time" for story purposes but didn't. As a game property I think it covers 5184 studs (72x72) so it's a little more than half the minimum for a Royal-size property. Thanks. I think white, black, and gold look good together... but only with a dash of red to finish it off! Thanks everyone for the input.
  2. Aha! I knew it! And yours changed too... I had nothing to do with it this time! And here it is: The Department of Time in King's Harbour, Cocovia.
  3. DONG rang the enormous bronze bell suspended from the top of the newly erected bell tower complex in King's Harbour, Cocovia, sounding the passing of noon. DONG The Department of Time had just been completed, and the rich and robust ring reverberating from the lofty heights of the tapered tower marked the first time the bell had sounded since acoustic testing by the skilled craftsman who had built it far across the seas in the mother country of Corrington. DONG The tremendous and melodious sound danced through the air, up and down the streets, through windows and doors and walls. It spilled across the surrounding countryside and sailed out over the harbour. DONG Throughout King's Harbour men, women, and children briefly stopped what they were doing and instinctively turned toward the welcoming sound. Those who were outside naturally looked toward the bell tower that rose to tremendous heights over the streets of the settlement, hoping to glimpse the bell in action during its first moments of service. DONG The Master Timekeeper smiled as the ground beneath his feet vibrated slightly with each ring of the bell. It was time. Time for King's Harbour to join that endless list of Corry establishments to live by precise measures of time. DONG Military Governor J. Cooke had just sat down to an important meeting at the Government House, and announced with a smile to the others in attendance, "Gentlemen, that is the sound of progress." DONG From his vantage point within the entry courtyard, Sir Dee breathed a sigh of relief, happy that his workers had completed the project trouble-free and under budget, and then smiled at the warm metallic tone lingering in the salty air. DONG The teachers and students at the Royal Society School had anxiously awaited the completion of the tower for the purpose of keeping classes on precise schedule, and spontaneously cheered and clapped as the bell rang noon. DONG In the Majestic Gardens, one of the gardeners began to ring the bell in the large central gazebo in unison with the bell tower, much to the delight of his fellow workers and the gardens visitors. DONG Ten. DONG Eleven DONGGggg The twelfth and final ring hung in the air and then slowly faded away as the townsfolk turned back to their duties. And thus began the valuable services of the Department of Time. More pics: The Master Timekeeper and a few of his staff take time off for a photo op (but fret not, others are tending the time in their brief absence!): The Master Timekeeper and his lovely daughter, Belle: Garden details: Collection of components. One-fourth of each, plus the complete tower: The four smaller bellhouses: Straight-on view of the main bell with its clapper, plus all of the smaller bells with their clappers. (It's an odd number due to the single small bell hanging in the very top of the tower, over the main bell): The Master Timekeeper poses with his bell and daughter Belle: Below are two versions of the main bell. The one on the left with the white curved plates is the bell used in this project; the one on the right made of solid pearl gold is the original design. The plates are necessary to provide something for the curved gold bricks to attach to - otherwise they will simply slide in and out, and fall off with the faintest touch. I wanted a solid color, but stability was more important. I suppose I could've glued it... Anyway, I believe the lip of the bell is a few too many plate layers thick but it's too late to change now! Notes: This is based on @Bregir's Department of Time in Arlinsport, Tiberia. I really liked the concept and wanted to build something similar for King's Harbour. @Ayrlego also built a lovely Department of Time for Mooreton Bay, Alicentia. Build size is 72x72, and for game purposes it will be licensed as a Large Artisan. The tower is about 66 cm tall. As you can see, prefab hulls are good for more than just building ships! Once again, you can never have too much gold. Just check my new title... I had fun building this, and the tower is really quite stable despite its somewhat fragile appearance. Of course the bell is my favorite part. I built it first, and everything else followed. This was my first foray into "fleshies." I wanted to use the Belle minidoll (for the name, naturally, and also because I used some gold bits from her castle) and so the minifigs had to be fleshies too. But I had to really stretch the Timekeeper for him to look at all sensible when posed beside her! Comments are welcome. Thanks for viewing.
  4. Wow, what a contest. The combined results is quite a read. Congrats to all the participants and winners, and good job Capt. Wolf on that first pic too. Here's to successful challenges in the future.
  5. I also recently relinquished my support position that I'd held since the beginning, as the revised first post indicates. Everything looks to be in good hands for Era 2.
  6. Please. Just call me "Goldfinger."
  7. Things had gotten quiet in the Brick Seas. Too quiet. That was all about to change... COMING SOON to KING'S HARBOUR
  8. When I saw your avatar, I thought, "Hmm... probably another ship!" Neat project. Those vessels were special, being the first for their respective factions, and while I like both, I agree with your assessment of them. The Clipper in particular always seemed like a lot was missing, and the Flagship was a bit undersized but very pretty. Anyway, I'm seeing this as more "Imperial Clipper" since it maintains more of the IFS appearance. I like the overall look, nice and classic, and it should fit right in among the official sets. You've done a pretty good job combining the two designs.
  9. "Great Corlander Empire." That has a nice ring to it... Yes, those bushes in question are round brush pieces. I got them just for this project. They aren't perfect for bushes but the round shape was what I wanted. I really like the look of the spiral columns, but be advised that building them takes a lot of patience! (Which I'm not known for... ) Since they're only connected in the center, they're prone to falling apart if they're built very tall, and getting the correct rotation of each successive piece to form a consistent and smooth spiral is especially tricky. I had them just about perfect, but they were one of the last things I placed in the build, and simply attaching them messed up the spiral a little bit, as you can see in the pics. Oh well... I still think they look good! As for the gold parts, the majority is simply the small round tiles. Take those away and there wouldn't be nearly as many. I didn't even know how many gold parts I had until I built this. You can never have too much gold! Thanks for the input.
  10. Beautiful frigate. It's a very fine vessel all around, although more advanced rigging would certainly be nice, if you feel the need to do it, of course. The overall shape is good and she's obviously well-armed. Beyond that I don't think I can add much to what has already been said. Good work.
  11. Ah. I thought it was from a set, but wasn't sure which one. And you may have answered that same question once before...
  12. The game function of this bank has already proven itself useful - and thanks for that! And I really like the build. The architecture is nice and the square shape gives it a very solid appearance. Too bad the dome isn't, say, dark red or gold, but dark green works. I assume the microfigs are supposed to be statues? Between this and your insurance company you're starting to cover all the financial bases.
  13. Nice looking company. They look very well disciplined, as any proper Corry force should. The horse looks unique. Is that custom, or from a set? It's fitting regardless. And I think the absence of plumes/feathers in the hats looks better in such a closely-spaced arrangement.
  14. Beautiful galleon. That hull is fantastic and the combination of yellow and gold accents looks really nice. Perhaps the lone lower gunport would look better in brown, although I suppose you'd have to use the longer style flap piece to do it? Excellent vessel all around.
  15. Neat scene. You always do really good vegetation but the waterwheel is my favorite part here. I've seen ships' wheels used in the center before, but the rest of that design is unique among Lego waterwheels that I'm familiar with. I think it's a really nice design, and it would be cool to see it in real bricks. And the delivery of the wheel per the story is pretty good too.