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#1 Svelte

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 10:32 AM

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The Admirable Admiral was so-named as he had all the qualities most looked for in an Imperial officer - noble of brow, handsome of visage, and wise and patient with his men. But he was not perfect! Having lost all his savings in the Dutch Tulip Bubble - aka tulipomania, the GFC of 1637 - upon retirement the Admirable Admiral was forced to take up residence in the shipwrecked ruin of a once grand Imperial vessel. Traces of its splendour still resided in the gilt deckwork and the figurehead of Poseidon holding a double trident.  The hull had filled with earth and weeds, but the Admirable Admiral cleared it out as best he could and built a little cottage.

Although his circumstances were reduced, the Admirable Admiral was never seen on deck in anything less than full dress uniform! Very often his inseparable friend from his military days, the Companionable Cabin Boy, came to stay and the two toasted  former glories with a glass of rum shandy and watched as the waves lapped at the torn body of the ruined naval dame.

The overall view of the converted wreck, showing house and garden:
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I really like how bulky the hull looks from the lower angle here.
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An upper view of the deck, showing the layout of the garden and the pool. The garden slopes down from the figurehead end towards the angled house. There's a map hidden behind the figurehead, just visible here...
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The Admirable Admiral kept a solitary pig for companionship and delighted in cultivating exotic lilypads in a crystalline rainwater pool which had collected at the prow of the ruined vessel.
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This was my first ship-building exercise and I have to say I was very happy with how the shape developed. Not mega-MOC level like the masters CGH & Bonaparte but certainly more detailed than the average official set. My style is more cartoon-like and larger-than-life than strictly realist in any case.

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Proud Poseidon and his thrusting golden double-barrelled tridents o'doom!
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End view back towards the shipwreck. Cosy! See, Apple Tree House detractors? Look how lovely the tan window frames are and the expanded suite of dark blue roof tiles! I think looking at SlyOwl's work inspired the angled abode.
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High spirits shared between friends lubricated nostalgic talk of the old days.
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Rear view looking back - it is less detailed, but this side is supposed to bump up against a cliff.
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A final view, again at a slightly different angle! This one will be sitting on my shelf for a while next to my modular Department Store :laugh: :sweet:
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The original concept sketch. The first details I worked out were the bumpy shape (2 end hull pieces) and the pointy arches for the cannons. Everything flowed from there - the idea of the little house on top of the shipwrecked ruins, gardens, merman figurehead etc.

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I was running very late and was bereft of inspiration but I gave myself 24 hours to pull something together! I am really pleased with how it turned out  :thumbup: I have come a long way since my original PTV entry!

I prize colour very highly, so everything flowed from there once I had the concept of a house lived in by a former member of the Imperial Navy, sitting atop the ruins of one of the great ships, filled with a moist and mulchy sunken garden.

This MOC is a heady mix of 10210 Imperial Flagship (must-have ship building parts pack), 5981 Apple Tree House (tan windows and dark blue roof pieces), a bit of 7627 Temple of the Crystal Skull and a splash of 6243 Brickbeard's Bounty, with a generous helping of Bricklink order parts which I made months ago and have been waiting to consume!

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 10:48 AM

I really like the surrealistic aspects of this. I knew those minifig stands would quickly be used as leaves by someone. Very tastefully done: I really like the color combinations on this one. And that 'grand emporium' plant has really grown...  :pir_laugh2:

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 10:50 AM

Avast ye Fleshies!

Well done on an inspired Happy SlyOwl-esque build! The use of many trademark pieces caught my attention straight away, including and not limited too the dark tan flower pot and tentacles, the TS green lily pads, shirtless dude from Fight on flight wing, and of course the pig! Bravo on an abstract and interesting entry.

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 10:52 AM

View PostI Scream Clone, on Jan 1 2010, 08:50 PM, said:

Well done on an inspired Happy SlyOwl-esque build!

I should mention, the shape was very inspired by Sieggy's bulky Fabuland Houseboat MOC from a while back. That's always stuck in my mind for some reason.

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:35 AM

I think you win the prize of "funniest entry"!  :pir-tongue: The story is great as always and the MOC is wonderful. Thanks for finding the time (and inspiration) to do an entry. The Apple Tree house part is a very nice contrast to the rest of the ship... and yeah, those pieces are just begging to be used as lilly pads!

View PostSvelte, on Jan 1 2010, 08:32 PM, said:

This MOC is a heady mix of 10210 Imperial Flagship (must-have ship building parts pack)
Was this a second or did you break it?

View PostSvelte, on Jan 1 2010, 08:52 PM, said:

I should mention, the shape was very inspired by Sieggy's bulky Fabuland Houseboat MOC from a while back. That's always stuck in my mind for some reason.
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Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:37 AM

View PostSiegfried, on Jan 1 2010, 09:35 PM, said:

Was this a second or did you break it?

I broke it! :laugh: I wasn't getting a 2nd at Bricklink prices! 10210 is a great parts pack  :thumbup: It wants you to smash it up.

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:46 AM

Wow Svelte, it's brilliant!  I'm so glad Sieggy nagged you now, the result is definitely worth it.  :pir-grin:  Great use of the army men stand pieces, and blue tile roof is droolsome!  It's just sooo cute.  Great work under pressure (you even did a drawing???  Man, that's impressive)!  :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 12:32 PM

I was impressed by your drawing also, but even more so by your freaking awesome scrawly hand writing. Hahaha.

Brilliant MOC as always Svelte. I love how you word things too.

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 12:43 PM

I didn't expected such an odd entry. :pir_laugh2:  It is very nice! A lot of unique things in here.
The ship's prow looks quite good, as well for the bulky hull. Perhaps you could find another solution for the mast instead of a prefab one with holes. :pir-classic:
I like your water lelies and other details.
Good luck in the contest! :thumbup:

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 01:06 PM

I don't know why you all say I'm crazy. Making a house in a derelict hull seems perfectly logical to me :wacko:

Besides that, Tulipmania/ the Dutch Tulip Bubble was real, people!

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 01:10 PM

View PostSvelte, on Jan 1 2010, 01:06 PM, said:

Besides that, Tulipmania/ the Dutch Tulip Bubble was real, people!

... and we still don't seem to have learned anything from it...  :pir_laugh2:

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 05:53 PM

Very impressive, I like all the different elements you used from so many different lines, I think I see Atlantis, Toy Story, pirates, Creator, adn probably more!

Looks awesome!

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 06:33 PM

Not bad, not bad indeed.
This is a very unique entry Svelte, I like how you built the house/building onto the back of the ship :thumbup:

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 02:37 AM

View PostBig Cam, on Jan 2 2010, 03:53 AM, said:

Very impressive, I like all the different elements you used from so many different lines, I think I see Atlantis, Toy Story, pirates, Creator, adn probably more!
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Posted 02 January 2010 - 04:00 AM

View PostSiegfried, on Jan 2 2010, 12:37 PM, said:

He's just being a show-off.  :pir-devil:

Is it wrong to like new parts and want to use them in different ways?  :pir-cry_sad:

There's also a practical reason in that it's kind of a pain to dig stuff out so I tend to use whatever is most accessible - usually new sets!

Actually, all the stuff I got (just before Xmas!) ended up *still* being cheaper than if I had put in the same order from S@H (including shipping) and a lot faster. The Atlantis 2x Squid Gates were a separate order but above the Australian retail price I paid $AUD4 in shipping from the Netherlands - so less than I would pay on a train ticket to go and get them in store (when they arrive in March) :grin: So really, no big expense was involved at all :thumbup:

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 08:43 AM

View PostSvelte, on Jan 2 2010, 02:00 PM, said:

Is it wrong to like new parts and want to use them in different ways?  :pir-cry_sad:
No, and I apologise for any offence or implications.  :pir_kiss: I'm just jealous and all things considered I might start following your lead...





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Posted 02 January 2010 - 08:10 PM

Wow, an amazing entry indeed!
I love how you've done the 'decoration' of the ship, and also the minifigs look great.
Much luck and fun with the contest :thumbup: .

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 10:29 PM

I love it, when can I move in?  :pir-grin:
I really like all the small detail in there, the fact that the house is angled and the big plant thingie coming from the corner.
Well done!  :thumbup:
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Posted 04 January 2010 - 06:20 PM

It has a wonderful cartoon feel to it.  I like it a lot, especially the giant plant.
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Posted 05 January 2010 - 12:24 AM

This is a really surrealistic looking ship.
I don´t mean it in a bad way at all, it is very lovely indeed.
You got many good details such as the huge plant, the pond with the water lilys. Nice use of that new green piece from Toy Story.
The little house in the back is very, very good. Like the colours of it.
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Posted 08 January 2010 - 04:33 AM

Svelte - awesome.  Love all the details!

I've seen a lot your mocs in the town forum (where I exist) but ever since the announcment of the 10210, I've been lurking around the pirates forums

Great job!

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 03:56 AM

Cool Build Svelte the house looks great nice details. Also wonderful seledtion of colors on the MOC.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:05 AM

All the little details and the overall styling of this is just great. I'm so surprised it didn't get as much attention as it deserved in 2010.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 08:16 AM

Geat M.O.C. : it reminds me "Monkey Island" (and the ship-houses).
My favortie part is the ainwater pool.
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