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#1 Skipper

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 04:32 AM

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Hi all! Haven't posted a MOC in a while as I've been too busy, now that its summer work has cooled off quite a bit though which is great! This is just an improved version of my original fort design, I've been wanting to update it for a while. Built this in the last couple hours and as it's really late now I won't really say much, anyways, here's a couple overall shots:

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How it might look were you a minifig attacking it:
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Birds-eye view, showing off the geometry of the bastions and ravelins, which was the most major change from the last version as I thought of a way to capture them better, which I'm pretty proud of:
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Like V1 the fort is modular, with these four parts (actually there's another one that's just the door section without a door, but I didn't bother to screenshot it), so it's possible to make the fort much bigger than it is now--I built it this size, however, because if I ever get the chance to build it in real life (already very unlikely) then this is probably the maximum size I could do it in.
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And lastly here's the Reliant sailing by, saluting the newly built fort. Despite its size (I think the fort would fit nicely on a diorama for four 48*48 plates), the fort is still dwarfed by a properly sized minifig-scale frigate so I think my next project will have to be a couple sloops to go with the fort, I've been itching to try out Perfectionist's NewGen technique anyways.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:32 AM

That's very cool! I see you have used snot too!
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:31 AM

That's an awesome MOC. I like the color scheme and the SNOT used.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:15 PM

Very impressive work. I like the modular design element to it too :pir-wub:
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:32 PM

Well done on getting all the angles to work so smoothly  :thumbup:
Very nice work and I hope you can build it in the brick some day  :pir-classic:
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:51 PM

Fantastic, great design, but in my opinion I would add less cannons. Otherwise fantastic!
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 02:32 PM

This is really cool!

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:06 PM

View Postjed_barabrian, on 01 July 2012 - 01:51 PM, said:

Fantastic, great design, but in my opinion I would add less cannons. Otherwise fantastic!

I agree.  Using brickbuilt cannons might make it look less cluttered too, even add in some mortars or something.  Awesome design though, dont think Ive seen a building technique like that before  :thumbup: Great work!

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:38 PM

Cool indeed. Great job on all the angles and the "modular" functions!

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:53 PM

A question, in the last photo, what was the name of that ship? Other than that, that's one of the best MOCs I've ever seen, fantastic job!

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:37 PM

That is just fantastic! I would not be too concerned with the fort being dwarfed by the frigate - she still could be blown to smithereens by Vanguard!

Would you consider giving out the LDD-file for that? I just spent a couple of nights trying to improve my tutorial and this is by far the best version of a proper brick build bastion I've seen so far!
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:02 PM

Thanks all!  :pir-sweet:

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This is really cool!

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View Postjed_barabrian, on 01 July 2012 - 01:51 PM, said:

Fantastic, great design, but in my opinion I would add less cannons. Otherwise fantastic!

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I agree.  Using brickbuilt cannons might make it look less cluttered too, even add in some mortars or something.  Awesome design though, dont think Ive seen a building technique like that before  :thumbup:

Yeah, the cannons bug me too. I had them all brickbuilt at first, but then I thought it was ridiculous to have a land battery mounting guns of a smaller caliber than a ship. Looking at the pictures the fort does look very cluttered though, so I think I'll experiment with swapping out the 'official' barrels for some kind of brickbuilt solution so the cannons overall look smaller but still have a heavy look.

And about the SNOT bastions, I think the beginnings of the idea came when I looked at the prow of Matt22hew's HMS Gauntlet. Then I forgot about the idea for a while until I was on a plane going to California maybe two weeks ago, and when I looked out the window as we took off there was a Vauban fort right in the middle of Boston Harbor (later found out it was Fort Independence)! Which was awesome, and inspired me to get going on designing again.

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A question, in the last photo, what was the name of that ship?
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View PostHorry, on 01 July 2012 - 07:37 PM, said:

Would you consider giving out the LDD-file for that?
Sure, here ya go. If you want the individual modules too just let me know and I'll upload them too. Looking forward to the tutorial update!  :thumbup:

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:07 PM

Thank you very much!  :pir-cry_happy:  I'll let you know when I'm done
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:51 PM

Sorry for the small delay- but this cool creation should be on Classic-Pirates.com soon!

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 09:44 AM

This really cool...if there is a new Pirate-line in the pipeline at work I definatly gone show it.
This has potential for a nice set (or 2-3 / modular).

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 09:47 AM

Awesome, I love those four mudules, makes me want to try building one in the real bricks  :pir-classic:

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:40 PM

Thanks again everyone.  :pir-blush:

View PostCapt. Kirk, on 18 July 2012 - 09:44 AM, said:

This really cool...if there is a new Pirate-line in the pipeline at work I definatly gone show it.
This has potential for a nice set (or 2-3 / modular).

Thx for sharing.
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:52 PM

Very nice...I would like to see it built. :jollyroger:
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 10:06 PM

View PostBrickPicker, on 18 July 2012 - 08:52 PM, said:

Very nice...I would like to see it built. :jollyroger:

Agreed completely. I'm guessing this is a standard French design? It appears to be the standard design from the 7 Years War in North America.
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 10:37 PM

Amazing Fort! People will think twice before attacking it! I really love its geometry!
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:13 PM

View PostHuntleyfx, on 18 July 2012 - 10:06 PM, said:

Agreed completely. I'm guessing this is a standard French design? It appears to be the standard design from the 7 Years War in North America.
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A star fort, or trace italienne, is a fortification in the style that evolved during the age of gunpowder, when thecannon came to dominate the battlefield, and was first seen in the mid-15th century in Italy.

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