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  1. Astrapi Silver Mine

    Thank you for your comments, I’m glad you like my build! Light was surely the greatest problem and, even if I’m satisfied by the result, finding the right balance between a dark mine and something to see was difficult! About the bolt: I always like inserting some Oleander mythology in my builds, but I’ve not planned the discovery of the artifact yet... maybe in a future amrca or, as Bregir suggested, in a challenge!
  2. Thank you for showing it, it's exactly what I did. Thank everyone for your comments! Building round Towers is something I learnt here in Eurobricks, but this was my first attempt The chain wasn't a very common defence, but was very effective! I know it was used to defend Constantinople port, but also near to West Point during American Independence War, but "real" chains were bigger and heavier than the one I used, probably a Bionicle chain (part 53551) would be more appropriate
  3. Thank you @Mesabi! Even if it is a quite simple build (basically minifig posing, landscape and a crane) I liked the idea of portraying the area at the very beginning of the works and show the changes
  4. Thank you for your comments! The digging of the new port was freely inspired to something similar done in Genua during the late Middle Ages to avoid the silting up of the port. The ceremony, even if based on real traditions, was completely invented... I'm glad you enjoyed it!
  5. After a long interruption due to technical problems and to the employement of many Astrapians in the building of the Royal Arsenal, rhe silver mine was finally completed. As expected, silver nuggets were just a minimal part of the lore: silver was mainly conteined in galena veins, foremd by a mix of lead, sulfur, silver, copper, zinc and pyrite, and required additional refining steps. A series of meandering tunnels was excavated, following the richest veins: the rocks were slowly crumbled with hammers and pickaxes, metre after metre, digging deeper and deeper into the bowels of the island. The rock fragments were then brought with panniers to a mine cart and then pushed outside, ready for the refining furnaces. Mining is surely one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs in the New World, but the pay is accettable and the ones who leave, for example to take to the sea, are easily replaced by someone desperate enough. Sometimes the miners daydream about finding the legendary Zeus' artifact hidden, according to the legends on (or maybe below) the island, soon after the fall of the Empire... They dream about finding, beyond one last rock wall, a long forgotten tunnel, maybe a walled door... ...and, overcome this last obstacle, finally finding an underground temple. According to the legends, the ancient artifact, the Bolt, was hidden centuries ago on an island beyond the sea, considered, until the discovery of the New World, a mere myth; it was walled in a small temple, almost impossible to find, together with a sentinel, large food and water supply for him and (for many the most interesting part) a fabolous treasure. Unfortunately this is nothing but a nice legend, and probably the artifact does not exist at all, but who knows... dreaming costs nothing!
  6. [COR-FB] Having a ball!

    There is so much to say about this build: seeing so many inhabitants of the Bick Seas gathered in the same place was absolutely impressing, but the huge number of minifigs and their (great) posing is only a part of what you did! The details and the furniture in particular are great, and the short description of each picture are a very nice touch. Thank you for having included Monsieur Rimbaud (and not having included him completely drunk, duelling with somebody for the honour of Oleon or something similar )
  7. Thank you for your kind comments, it means a lot to me! Probably not a good idea mixing sparks and loose gunpowder... Red cape? I didn’t notice that, I think it’s only for better visibility... About the rockets: keeping the flames in the same orientation, you can slot one of the little bars mentioned by Drunknok in the second recess (starting from the base). The connection is stable but too flexible to substain anything, but orienting them in the right way gravity will help
  8. Astrapi,an evening at the beginning of March 618. Immediately before the changing of the guard, an allarm was sound: the hour was perfect for a raid into the military port, with the tired gunners blinded by the low sun... or at least it's what an invader usually thinks. The Oleanders moved quickly, lead by their Gunnery Officer: the 36 pounder cannons were loaded and fired aganist their targets. Meanwhile, volleys Congreve Rockets were shot from the towers of the fort, laying down a heavy barrage fire. This modern weapon, extensively tested by Corrington and Oleon, can easily set ablaze sails and riggings... a terrible danger for a wooden ship! A Hades of fire and iron was falling on the raiding fleet, the fearsome squadron... ...led by Admiral Jimmy, as the puppet on the first target boat was called by the gunners. "Bob and Billy are burning, Sir, and James has just been hit by a cannonball!" Exclaimed the officer "Only Jimmy would have survived to the first volley, and we are not even using wall muskets". "Well done, Lieutenant! Your men are perfectly operative even if we made them exercise at the end of their shift." Replied Captain Rimbaud "And what we have seen right now is only a part of the defensive system... What about the chain?" "As you can see, Sir, it has already been laid down. It is raised and lowered twice a day, according to the tide, and obvioulsy whenever our ships enter or leave the bay. To avoid accidents in case of low visibility the chain was marked with yellow bouys, but in case of fog we will also use longboats and light signals. In case of attack, the defensive chain would probably block the enemy ships under our fire, but with a bit of luck it could also cut like a blade the hull of smaller ships: only a large battleship at full speed could break the barrier, but not without being severly damaged." An inspection of the armory A soldier wrapping gunpouder cartouches for the cannons Additional pictures: An overall view:
  9. The Great Ball of King's Harbour

    The crowded ball room is quite impressive yet, even without proper minifig posing... I'm looking forward to seeing the real ball! Moreover, monsieur Rimbaud is surely happy to have a nice young woman on his side, even if it esponentially increases its chance of being murdered by an angry husband...
  10. Thank you @Bodi and @Captain Genaro! I posted the secon part right now, and the third will soon follow. Thank you for your piece of advice, but I realised that I do not own enough trans-clear pieces to add any other detail... since they are absolutely unexpensive I've planned to buy some more 2x1 trans-clear plate as soon as possible!
  11. After a hard work the dam was completed, but this was only the first step towards the new military port: dozens of unusual cranes (usually called "giraffes") were built along the barrier and, manouvred day and night by hundreds of labourers started emptying the bay. At a conceptual level, transferring a single bucket of water from the bay to the open sea or repeat the operation ten or five thousand times is not different: it's only a matter of resources, logistics and manpower; continuously working for a cople of months, the groups of workers (convicts, Astrapians and laborers from all the New World) emptied the bay, reaching the muddy seabed. The dam was then reinforced with beams from inside, to prevent it collapsing due to the terrible pressure from outside. Even if the giraffes egregiously did their job, a significant was given by a series of endless screws, simple (and quite fragile) machines capable of lifting huge volumes of water with a minimum effort; they were useful in particular when the bay was almost dry, to complete the job and control infiltrations along the dam. Here you can see how the port was actually realised: hundreds of tons of mud, sand and rocks, accumulated by tides and rivers during the last centuries, were gradually removed with showels and cases by convicts (with red clothes) and salaried labourers. When full, the cases were lifted to the top of the cliff using winches and wooden rails: the resulting materials were then carried away with wagons along a temporary road and used to pave streets or build new piers in different areas of the island. A little ceremony was held at the top of the cliff: celebrating a tradition older than the Faith itself the Master Builder made a short propitiatory speech near to the cornerstone of the future fort. This stone, influencing the direction, precision and stability of the foundation, has always had a strong symbolical value: the future of the new building relies on it's stability and, since the cornerstone can only be exposed by the complete distruction of the overlying building, an offer to the gods of the Underword (Hades in particular) is usually made. As usual, the cornerstone of the fort contained a little space for the ritual offers: a golden figurine of Hades, a doubloon minted during the year, sometimes a message for the future Oleanders; the cover was then sealed forever with mortar and, since that very moment the new fort became something more than a mere project. Tristan Rimbaud, one of the promoters (and financers) of the Royal Arsenal congratulated with the Master Builder: the build was perfectly on time, and the bright, glorious future for Astrapi was a little nearer. An overall view: Other pictures: The men manouvring one of the winches
  12. Very nice Academy @Bodi! The facade and the facade/roof transition is great, I especially like the little columns surronding the central window! I do not know how the inspection will go, but the lined soldiers, the facade decorated with flags and the entrance gate surely make a certain effect! A fine lime touch!
  13. [TSotEP] 1 - In a Corry Tavern

    The story of the Eight Provinces is back! About the build, I particularly like the view of the port, but the game of cards is a very nice touch
  14. Nice furnace robinnilsson403! I like the overall design of your build, and the marching column is a nice addition, not to mention the shoveling man singing!
  15. [OL FB] An Offer

    Nice vignette Captain: the furniture is nice, but the wallpaper is absolutely great! I'm looking forward to seeing how your story will evolve!