The Neighborhood Merchant

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  1. @Fraunces Yeah here you go! I didn't post this in the last message because I didn't want to post something not so relevant here.


    It was posted in August. Ship doesn't look the best, but I'm still learning. You were actually the first member I read any post from on Eurobricks, and I had your pieces laying around so I figured as a quick gimmick, I'd put you at helm on the old trading ship because I didn't have any other figures. Sorry if this sounds odd :look:, just did it as a quick joke I thought you'd like.

  2. 5 minutes ago, LM71Blackbird said:

    Well, we need space for all our fancy gadgets and gizmos!

    Haha, fair enough! I'm just messing around... or am I? :devil::ugh:

    7 minutes ago, LM71Blackbird said:

    As you start your Journey, the Corrie port of Quinnsville - the home of the semi-defunct Corrington branch of MAESTRO - will always have a room in the inn for Arthur.

    Thanks for your patronage! Arthur will try his best not to empty your supply of ale, but no guarantees.:drunk:

  3. Thanks so much, @Garmadon! I look forward to all the interesting activities I'll be able to take part in. 

    Appreciate the kind words, @Fraunces! Hopefully throughout time I'll be able to include more bricks to my smaller builds, but until then I still am very thankful to see the kind feedback to the little I can do! Also, a quick side note: I don't know if you've seen my Boreas's Haul (pretty rookie ship I made a bit ago), but I still have your fig in command of the helm on the old Trading ship. Thanks for continuing to bring me good loot with your voyages! :pir_laugh2:

    Thanks for the cheerful welcoming, @Kai NRG! Glad you enjoyed the story and the dirty one was pretty much the only time my bag of demolished parts came in handy. Amazing that even parts in horrible condition have a part within lego builds! :pir-oh:




  4. Thanks @Bodi!

    11 minutes ago, Darnok said:

    One general word of advice (or warning :pir-grin:): have some patience while getting into the game. BotBS is not very fast paced, so please don't get frustrated by things moving forward slowly. It's a marathon, not a sprint. :pir-classic:

    I'm actually glad it works this way as it takes a while for me to come up with ideas to build new stuff! Plus, it builds up the suspense...

    I'm watching those corries... always advancing in technology... always needing more land...:hmpf_bad:

  5. Felipe,

    I look forward to sailing under MAESTRO and yes, I do think I could an apple and some more cider. Waiting at the dock for my ship to be ready is dreadfully boring.



    Thanks @Ross Fisher ,@Capt Wolf, @Darnok, and @Faladrin! Really appreciate the kind words!


    3 hours ago, Darnok said:

    P.S.: Where is that lovely torso from?

    The torso is found on Professor Gilderoy Lockhart from Harry Potter. All the harry potter minifigures are absolute goldmine for minifigure pieces. It's pretty easy to find him in an old vintage lot on Ebay. Personally, I just bought a harry potter lot, kept him and a few others and just put the rest up for sale among my other pieces on my Lego Ebay store. I'd definitely suggest the old vintage harry potter lots as they are incredibly cheap if you find the right time and come with all the older colors and great minifigures. I'm currently looking in to getting the Sand Red version of him as his torso is absolutely breathtaking.

  6. Hello! I'm very enthusiastic to join BoBS and have done a bit of research and I'd love to partake in the Empire of Eslandola. I believe I'm posting this in the right place, but if I messed something up please do let me know! Anyhow here's my formal request:


    I, Arthur Williams, pledge my undying loyalty under the Eslandolian flag. May the water's sail us true!

    48930124191_1ff38ebeff.jpgMain by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    Occupation: Current owner of the "Golden Fang" merchant fluyt (currently under maintenance) 

    Age: 22

    Gender: M

    Interests: Sailing and trading under MAESTRO's authority

    Established history:


    Whilst being born under the Empire of Eslandola's flag, Williams had a keen interest in becoming a merchant Captain like his father. Dreaming of sailing his father's ship: "The Golden Fang" (fluyt). 

    48930120616_d8882bed08.jpgPart 1 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    Even from a young age, Williams strived to do whatever he could to make this dream a reality. Researching whenever he can and growing an acute intellect.

    48930309187_6f3333706d.jpgPart 2 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    Sadly, in the midst of his learning, his father caught a dreaded illness. This illness would disable his father from being able to sail his ship, henceforth making the family extremely poor. Having to now provide for his family, Williams had to drop his knowledge in exchange for unsafe work in exchange for a very meager pay. His first job involved that of mining.

    48929578968_6e76017c15.jpgPart 3 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    Having become physically exhausted and extremely filthy, Williams had to find a change. Luckily, one of the land's smaller merchant ships was in need for another crewmate. Williams was able to achieve this job and was immediately set to sea.

    48929582003_a85b9cc5f1.jpgPart 4 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    Sadly, within just weeks of being at sea, the merchant vessel was attacked by pirates (not the SR) and was easily captured. The crew and the captain were marooned, but sadly to Williams dismay, Williams has never encountered pirates before leading to his direct verbal abuse to those he thought unintelligent and primitive creatures. Luckily for him the pirates were having a joyous day because the merchant vessel they hit was none other than a rum vessel. Feeling abnormally generous, the pirate Captain decided to throw Williams overboard along with a makeshift raft, leaving the sea to decide his fate.

    48930123471_3767184bb6.jpgPart 5 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    Meanwhile, while Williams was at sea, explorer Johellen Abad was exploring the local jungle, gathering many herbs and seeking adventure.

    48930121746_8617f29b95.jpgPart 7 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    After three weeks of being at sea, the boy was finally put to shore. Luckily, the winds were on his side, else he would have met a horrible fate at sea. 

    48930308162_f18716455e.jpgPart 6 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    48929579808_197581d9bf.jpgPart 8 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    Upon being thrown on the land, Williams was greeted by Abad. Abad, having explored all of his life, immediately brought Williams back to the nearest town and afterwards cared for and restored Williams to his original pristine condition. After arriving back to his hometown, Williams decided to share a drink with his new friend.

    48930307202_54d6f6f811.jpgPart 9 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    During his conversation with Abad, the town doctor walked in to the room. The doctor, hearing about the Williams return, had to inform him of the unfortunate news. After formal greetings, the doctor informed Williams that his father is on the verge of failing and would like to see his son before he passes away. Immediately after hearing this, Williams sprinted to the town hospital at record breaking speeds to see his father once again.

    48930122861_b362091558.jpgPart 10 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    Upon entering the room, Williams was greeted with a smile from his father. Before Williams could say a word, his father immediately said, "Remember this my son?" and after showing the item at hand, he added, "the Fang is your's now, I know you will treat her well." After hearing this and speaking somewhat, his father stopped him short and added, "Please leave my son, no one want's to see their own father like this" and he added, "besides, the world is your vessel now that you have control of the sea." After, hearing this and sharing a few kind words in return, Williams left as requested. After leaving, he knew he need a first mate of his now owned ship, looking no further he turned to a recent friend.

    48930308582_ff88b2ddb1.jpgPart 11 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    After a few years of great success, the Fang was hit by some cannon fire. Returning to port, the Fang was docked to have maintenance. It is said she'll hopefully be ready to sail within half a year to a year depending on how many issues arrive. Upon arrival at his hometown, Williams was shocked to see his father alive and well. The doctor claimed he has recovered from something no one else has because of his fathering saying quote "I cannot let this plastic body perish before I make sure my son isn't running the ship aground every rock and land possible." Although unable to ever walk again, William's father was more than capable of living out the rest of his life a happy man.

    To this great news, Williams was ready to set sail again, this time with a new sense of hope to bring glory to his homeland under MAESTRO's authority. 


    Thanks for listening to my story! Sorry for the bad quality of pictures and lack of bricks! I don't have many spare bricks so tried to do the best with what I had. Hope you enjoyed!


  7. Absolutely fantastic build, @Roadmonkeytj! The citizens and their stalls look excellent. It's always great to see a build with such small details. I love that you spent plenty of time to make each of the civilian minifigures unique. The guillotine and the steel shop look wonderful and the way you did the green stained glass bottles looks very pleasing. Wonderful work! :pir_laugh2: :thumbup:

  8. On 9/25/2019 at 2:52 AM, Wellesley said:

    I would appreciate, if you'd send me some photos and thanks for the kind words.

    I'll actually just post them here so that way if someone else would like to chip in and give some ideas they can. Here you go:

    48793615927_334297395c_c.jpgFRIGATE Red Coat by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    48793111168_8b2bc7a7fa_c.jpgFRIGATE Red Coat_2 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr

    48793474646_e598a0298b_c.jpgFRIGATE Red Coat_3 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr


    Here's what it looks right now. I'm currently working on the masts. I know the red hull isn't entirely time accurate (at least to my knowledge) but I figured it captured the redcoats look that Lego established. This will be my first ship build using custom rigging so see you in fifty years. Honestly though, it looks like a mess so any help is appreciated. I tried to add train gates to the side of the ship to give a wood planking effect but not really certain whether or not that looks good. I'm not really certain if the mast placements are correct, and I am also rather uncertain if the rudder looks fine. Also, I have no clue what to do for the figure head besides using the silver chrome chestplate, so if you have any ideas, feel free to share! Thanks again for your help.

  9. 13 hours ago, Wellesley said:

    Are there any pictures so we can get some idea about the scale? I would use (one of) the 1x1 solution(s).

    I'm actually designing the frigate via due to my lack of spare parts so I'm not really sure whether or not pics would help due to the lack of depth and lack of real items to compare the size in person. I can say though that it does have six mid hulls. Is this amount normal? If you'd like, I can DM you pictures of what it looks like on currently and you can tell me your opinion on what you think would work better mast-wise with the scale. Really appreciate the assistance, and as always your ships are really a treasure to me so I look forward to seeing your next beauty.

  10. 1 hour ago, Wellesley said:

    Right now I don't have black round 2x2 bricks, that is why the masts are held completely in yellow. Should I buy some black bricks to change it more towards this?

    While my opinion is most definitely inferior to yours, I personally agree with Darnok and think they look great the way they are. While they look overpowering right now, I believe when you add sails they'll be a perfect vibrant edition to add plenty of flair to the build while maintaining realism. None the less, this is one absolutely stunning ship and I'm very excited to see what she looks like with sails!


    Also, I have a question for all of you experts out there. I'm in the process of designing a frigate and am currently working on the upper masts. Only thing is that I'm rather uncertain whether or not to do the upper masts using part 6538c, 3941, or 62462. I've seen them done with all three pieces and I don't really know which one is the most realistic / ideal option.

  11. What a fantastic MOC! All the small details and the beautiful color palette are extremely pleasing to the eye. I don't believe I've ever seen palm trees made like that before, they look great! I This is one of those MOCs that I'd love to see go on Lego ideas.


    Also got to love the use already of the new chameleon!

  12. These are probably some of the most detailed custom prints I've seen! The speedometer use with the frying pan is simply ingenious! I also love the inclusion of the old compass and globe. 

    Would you be willing to share your secret on how you went about making the wood grain effect for the tiles?

  13. I remember watching this video back in 2018 and being absolutely astonished with the creativity put in to this build. You truly did an outstanding job with designing the ship and everything else in the build. This will go down as one of my all time favorites.

    Also, how'd you do the wood grain? It looks spectacular!

  14. I look forward to seeing this alternative! Your ships will always bring great joy to my life and while it's sad to see such a beautiful vessel go, It's much better to take it down before it completely falls apart by itself; and besides, I'll always have pictures of her on my computer :pir-grin:

  15. I'm looking forward to seeing the complete build! I'm a little late, but my input on rare, expensive pieces like that and if they should be avoided to save funds is more along the lines of biting the bullet if it's important. With your color scheme, it really comes down to the colors you want for the captain's quarters and to find the best accent. If that color of brick is vital to your color scheme, then It's more important to have a ship you can be proud of that's unique more than one that was cut back due to fund issues. You have to also consider future use of the piece. If you continue to build MOCs, you most likely will find yourself destroying your old ones to improve upon them or build more advanced ones with their pieces. If you believe a piece can be vital to a current build and a future one, then it would be important to get said piece so you can always have access to it (or until you lose it :wall:). 

    Also, never follow the price input gives you. Trust me, they overestimate entirely. If you plan to purchase this, I'd recommend if you have the time then choose piece by piece from each store. Depending on your ship size, this may take a 10-20 hours, but you'll save 200 to 500 just by using that small amount of time (from my experience at least for buying three ships). Keep in mind as well, pieces like this that are in low quantity can sell for overpriced amounts just because the lack of other sellers; but, if you stay active and check ebay and bricklink often you will surely find them for a much more reasonable price later. 

    Anyhow, that's just my opinion, but for stuff like this do what you believe is the correct path and what fits within your comfort zone. Also, welcome to the forums! Your ship looks beautiful already and I can't wait to see more! My apologies for the long message, I talk way too much. :ugh:

  16. This is a fantastic build, pantelis! Your choice of colors is always striking and stunning. Your use of the viking hull and the pirate flag for the shipwreck is ingenious. The LotR ring used for the door handle really works.

    The angles: fantastic, the colors: outstanding, and your details: on point. I'm absolutely in love with your builds!:excited: