Posted 24 January 2010 - 05:12 AM
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.
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.
It has a full interior including a spacious cabin for the captain, or in this case the governors daughter.
As well as a stove to serve up grog to the hungry crew.
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.
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.
But a ship is nothing without a brave crew to put her to sea!
Hope you enjoy this ship, comments are always welcome. More images can be seen here:
The Dread Pirate Wesley
Posted 24 January 2010 - 05:35 AM
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 05:35 AM
Posted 24 January 2010 - 08:52 AM
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 11:43 AM
It's a very nice ship with a great colourscheme, I really like it
The rigging could use some more work but for the rest it's stunning, so:
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 04:58 PM
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.
Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:27 PM
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!
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!
Posted 25 January 2010 - 04:54 AM
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Im new to all three websites so maybe I did something wrong Im learning though!
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 07:37 AM
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 01:05 PM
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 01:23 PM
I think she could take down most ships out there!
Posted 27 January 2010 - 05:00 AM
Posted 27 January 2010 - 05:49 PM
That ship.... is amazing, thats really massive and well aremd, i think at that ship will be the horror of pirates
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