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  1. 2maxwell

    Pirates Minifigure Head Index

    For soldiers, I make a rule to avoid double sided heads. You can't block the back face with a shako.
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    General MOC-Discussion, WIP-Help, and Teaser Thread

    Hey guys, I just ordered a few bearskin hats and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with using them with various backpacks. I never see the combo; do they not fit together?
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    Useful Pirate Pieces from other Themes?

    That's tough. The Bounty is a far more interesting build with much more detail than the IFS. I can't stress enough how impressive most of it really is. However, the scale of the Bounty's sails really throws me off, and the IFS is a much more beautiful ship in that respect. That, combined with the playability of the IFS (both "swooshability" and ease of accessing the insides) tips the balance for the IFS for me.
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    Useful Pirate Pieces from other Themes?

    I'm surprised it's only 15%. From first hand experience, it feels like a lot more than that. The Flagship was pretty easy to "swoosh around" and play with, but I gave up trying to do that with the Bounty pretty quickly. The ship really does have some heft. It's really a shame they didn't make the sails larger, or it would have been almost perfect.
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    LEGO Nexo Knights 2018

    I really hope its not insects. While I liked and owned a number of sets from the old insectoid theme, I really was not a fan of how they did spiders for Chima. I'm not a fan of bugs, and it was pretty gross to be honest. I think there will be at least some portion of kids who feel the same way, and that gives me hope that they wont choose to do that for NK. It's harder to avoid those kinds of figures when there are only two sides and a few are usually included in every set.
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    Useful Pirate Pieces from other Themes?

    Here are some quick snaps I took. If anyone wants more specific comparison shots, I'd be happy to provide them. General impressions: the Destiny's Bounty is shorter than the Imperial Flagship both height and lengthwise. The difference in height is mostly just the sails; the decks are at about the same level. However, the Bounty's deck is wider and much easier to work with than the Flagship, and the sterncastle is higher. The inner space of the Bounty is much smaller and more cramped than the Flagship. Otherwise, I'm very impressed. The Destiny's Bounty was cheaper than the Imperial Flagship but has ~600 more pieces and it shows. The build is very impressive and absolutely packed with details.
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    Useful Pirate Pieces from other Themes?

    Just got and built that set. If people are interested, I can take some pictures of it next to the Imperial Flagship.
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    [Thrill Ride MOC] Pirates VS Kraken Ride

    Wow this is incredible! I love the entrance. Really captures the feel of a theme ride.
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    Pirates vs EITC

    Both the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman are galleons. Galleons are a much older variety of ship than the above ship of the line, and were typically smaller, carried fewer guns, and carried smaller weight guns. According to the PotC wiki, both galleons are about 160-170 ft long. I was recently on El Galeon Andalucia, which is about the same length. It was docked next to the USS Constellation, a sloop of war comparable in size to earlier American super frigates (about 10 feet longer than British frigates of the 18th century), and was much smaller in comparison. The guns and deck were all much lower. Frankly speaking, if the movie was remotely realistic and not about ghost ships, not only would Beckett's ship have done significant damage to the other two with its first salvo but, even if it had sat there and taken fire from both ships for a short amount of time, its unlikely that they would have done much damage with their ~30 guns. Galleons are fine ships, don't get me wrong, but these were weapons perfected hundreds of years apart. That's not to say they wouldn't also have a few advantages. I haven't found too many sources on the mechanics of operating both sides of guns simultaneously, but what I have read usually says that, in most ships, each gun is serviced by the crews of both the gun being fired and the gun opposite it, for a total of about 12 guys (6 per gun). I don't know exactly how essential each man is to reloading/firing, but that would seem to suggest that Beckett's men wouldn't be able to reload/fire both sides simultaneously with much ease or regularity. Also, because of how much lower the galleons are, their fighting tops (do galleons have fighting tops?) would be much closer to the opposing quarterdeck. That's how Admiral Nelson was killed in the HMS Victory's fight against the Redoubtable (a 2 deck French 74). Basically, smaller ships can and have beaten much larger ships, but it would need very different tactics than what we saw in the movie.
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    LEGO Ninjago 2017 Discussion

    I personally felt that the previous ninjago minifigs were too try-hard. They were trying to be cool while these are more relaxed and silly. Kai's might be a bit over the top, but I prefer these versions of the characters by a mile.
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    Lego Ottoman Army

    Thanks a lot! I'd certainly like to, but there are difficulties haha. Here are some ideas I'm toying around with: The Qajar Persian empire, which had a quite professional and uniformed military, would be very easy but the black fez pieces I'd need for their hats are incredibly expensive :/ The Safavids or the Mughals, but they're a bit early for the period I'm most interested in. Edo Japan, but the Japanese military didn't seem to evolve at all from the Siege of Osaka in 1614 to the 'opening of Japan' in the 1850s. I certainly could make an Edo period army composed of ashigaru and samurai, but they may seem a bit dated next to my redcoats and bluecoats. I'm sure I'll get around to this one day; I already have plenty of samurai from the old Ninja sets. The Qing empire is an obvious choice, especially in light of the amazing junk TLG is putting out for the Ninjago movie, but I'd need some help from TLG with regards to pieces haha. I have ideas for light infantry, but I have no idea how to recreate the famous banner army outfit. If you have any thoughts or suggestions for ways to do them or other armies to look at, I'd love to hear them! Regardless of what I do next, it will take a few months; I like to do extensive research before I start. In the meantime, here's an Iroquois war party I made in the past, if youre interested. Thank you! I may do that, but as you said they were very richly decorated. That can be very difficult to replicate in Lego form haha. As for the janissaries, that's certainly true for the early period (15th-17th century). However, by this point (18th century) membership had changed significantly. Because of the prestige and lifestyle being a janissary afforded (especially compared to being a peasant), it became increasingly common for families to convince recruiters to take their boys. This was quite common among Muslim families as well.
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    Lego Ottoman Army

    Thanks everyone! Yeah I kind of set out to see what was going on in the period outside of the major European countries, and the Ottomans seemed like a natural choice considering they were involved tangentially with a number of the European powers during the period. I hope that this can act as a bit of inspiration for people who want to model conflicts other than just Redcoats vs. Bluecoats.
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    Bluecoat Governor torso color?

    Came across some orange legs recently so I figured I'd give it a try. Submitted for your approval:
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    LEGO Ninjago 2017 Discussion

    The skirt on Wu is actually quite disappointing because they put the split along the side. You can try it with any lego skirts you have at home, but basically if you put it on so that the split is in the back, there isn't any flaring out and it maintains its shape much better. It's a real oversight that they didn't do that here. Having the split be in the front would have been even more perfect. If anyone is confused, I can take pictures of what I mean when I get home.
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    Lego Ottoman Army

    Hey everyone, I wanted to share some stuff I've been working on. After extensive research, I've attempted to accurately represent portions of the Ottoman army in the 18th and early 19th century. So that this isn't just boring pictures of minifigures, I thought I'd add some blurbs to provide context. Command The man in the dark red robes and turban is an agha. Aghas were the commanders of each individual branch, so there would be a janissary agha, sipahi agha, etc. There were no real uniforms at this level, so this could be the agha of any branch. He wields a mace, a symbol of command throughout Eastern Europe and the Ottoman Empire. The other two figures are the imam, who served as chaplain, and flagbearer. Yeniçeri Ocağı (Janissary Corps) Trained in the art of war from childhood, janissaries were the elite, professional shock troops of the Ottoman empire. Janissaries considered themselves warriors rather than soldiers, relying on courage and skill-at-arms to overwhelm enemies. They refused to use bayonets (a symbol, in their mind, of the automaton-like western soldier) and preferred Turkish sabers like yatağans or kılıçs to complement their firepower. Although this corps of ‘new soldiers’ had become corrupt and largely outmoded by the 18th century, the janissaries' valor on the battlefield (and political maneuvering) kept them firmly at the core of the Ottoman army and state. Janissaries all wore the same basic uniform, though trim and the color of the tunic changed according to orta (regiment). Blue was most common, followed by red and green. The çorbacı (literally soup server, equivalent to colonel) wielded a ladle as a symbol of his station [1]. A bölükbaşı (head of a company, equivalent to captain) would have the same uniform but carried a sword or mace instead of a ladle. I must give credit to Artizan for the idea of using the plastic red capes for the characteristic börk hat. Although less common among Janissaries than white hats, red gives the figures more flexibility [2]. Tüfekçi (musketeers/riflemen) In Turkish, tüfek referred to either a musket or rifle. The tüfek was usually a matchlock weapon, ‘true’ flintlocks being less reliable in dusty conditions, until the gradual introduction of the miquelet variety of flintlock starting in the 17th century. Tüfeks carried by elite units and sharpshooters were rifled, but even smoothbore tüfeks had greater range and accuracy than European muskets, due to their greater length and larger bore. These advantages came at the expense of firing speed. Tüfekçis were disciplined fighters, a step above the reaya and fellahin peasant militias of Anatolia and Egypt [3]. The figures on the right represent Balkan troops in fustanellas such as Greek armatoloi or Albanian arnauts. The figures on the left represent Maghrebi Berbers. The Albanians in particular were considered excellent skirmishers on the European front, while the skills of the Berber Zwawa clansmen would later inspire numerous ‘zouave’-style light infantry units throughout Europe and the U.S. [4]. Topçu Ocağı (Artillery Corps) Like the janissaries and sipahi cavalry, the artillery were kapıkulu troops (literally subjects of the gate, meaning salaried). Known for their massive guns and skill in mining and sapping, the Ottoman artillery corps of the 17th and 18th century were experts of defensive and siege warfare but noticeably outdated on the open battlefield. Unlike the other kapıkulu corps, the Ottoman artillery didn’t resist attempts at reform and modernization, rapidly improving in the late 18th century under French instruction. One type of cannon unique to the Ottoman army was the abus gun, a type of anti-infantry howitzer. Lightweight, maneuverable, and requiring few personnel, the abus gun was a staple of Ottoman warfare. Here I've depicted three topçular (gunners) and a yüzbaşı (chief of artillery) of the Piyade Topçu (foot artillery) manning two abus guns and a şahi [5] field piece, a smaller type of traditional Ottoman cannon. I’ve also included a Turkish tüfekçi in red; tüfekçis were later attached to each bölük (company) to protect the crew and help man the guns. [6] Future I may add to this army over time, but I’m not sure. If I did, I’d likely focus on the elite Humbaraçı Ocağı, the Mehter band (supposedly the first military band in Europe), and a couple cavalry units, such as the Sipahis and Mamluks. Footnotes: 1. Most of the Janissary Corps’s ranks and symbology revolve around food and cooking; scholars have drawn comparisons with crusader orders to describe the janissaries’ spiritual understanding of their role in defending and providing for the empire. 2. The uniform here is also very close to the elite Bostancı Corps (household guards who fought alongside the janissaries on the battlefield), Silahtar cavalry (the sultan's bodyguards), and the Nizam-ı Cedid (highly effective ‘European-style’ line infantry organized in the late 18th century) 3. Sources disagree over whether tüfekçis were regulars, mounted infantry from Kurdistan or Egypt, or an umbrella term for different types of regional, disciplined irregulars. I will be using the 3rd definition (the 1st doesn’t make much sense given the janissaries’ reputation as THE ottoman regular infantry, the Nizam infantry being such a threat to their position that the Janissaries had them disbanded by force. I also suspect that the 2nd is actually just a function of the 3rd) 4. The Balkan torso paired with pants and a fez or turban would also effectively model Bosnian panduks, crack skirmishers who rose to military prominence even before the Albanians, or levends, a type of marine that would also act as irregular infantry in later periods. 5. The translation is not clear here. Some sources have it written as sahi and others as şahi. The former means field while the latter means imperial. 6. Members of the Humbaraçı (mortar) and Süvari Topçu (horse artillery) corps had different uniforms, though it’s not clear if this is true of the Sürat Topçuları (rapid fire field artillery) corps.