Foremast Jack

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    Lt. Hastings hastens back to the Diomedes...

    She looks great but you REALLY need to resize these pictures. Maximum is 800x600.
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    Lt. Hastings hastens back to the Diomedes...

    The Diomedes does indeed look great in the back-ground there. (I was going to make a comment about the Hercules sailing up and beating her back, but realized from your description this ship isn't named after the Thracian king.)
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    Veizlasalr Skógrhaukr

    This may not have been the intent, but it reminded me of the typical Norse langhús. The MOC here a little sparing in this regard, but I think it is reminiscent. Þjóðveldisbær in Þjórsárdalur, Iceland: Eiríksstaðir in Haukadalur, Iceland:
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    [WIP] HMS Icarus

    Just saw your edit. Yes, I actually had planned to use tan (normal, not dark) for some time now. I just never bothered to change it in LDD. Again, this is because LDD is more a visual guide than a formal set of instructions for me. I wanted to use dark tan, but the tiles are only readily available in sizes that don't completely serve my purposes. (This is also the case with dark brown and brown.) So since tan has the greatest range of sizes, it is what I'll go with. Thinking on it some more though, I may go back and rework the decking with available dark tan sizes and fill in the holes with tan; we'll see.
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    [WIP] HMS Icarus

    Okay, so here are so more LDD shots since they seem quite desired. The first are general images of the ship. Here are the yards and spars. The ship's jolly-boat. And lastly (the part of the ship I'm most fond and proud of) the windlass, which is fully functional with a working pawl. (The technique for the squared bar holes is taken from Kurigan.)
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    [WIP] HMS Icarus

    Becker you are always after all my LXF files. While I do, ultimately, plan to post it, I'm not going to just yet. I think I may take some more pictures, but I really only posted the one LDD screen shot because the admins don't like posts without pictures and since my bricks are en route I needed something. We'll see though. With all the feedback I don't think I can keep passing off flaws as "the picture angle doesn't do it justice" without giving some better angles.
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    [WIP] HMS Icarus

    Kurigan let me first say that there are few here from which I value such voracious loquacity more. The blinding effect of first loves to which you speak is so true. That coupled with countless hours of acquaintance have undoubtedly lead to some sub-par renditions. I hope to address and at least strike up conversation, if not out-right satisfy, some of your many concerns. To the first point of her seeming lack of hull curvature I will say, "Damn your black innards you infernal bugger! She ain't your slab-sided hulk of butterbox berth!" Seriously though, I think most of this is the angle from which the picture was taken. I have no doubt that there is some to be desired, but I think that can be said of any LEGO ship that embraces the use of pre-fabricated hulls. There is some curve there (or at least the appearance of it in the "paintwork"). I didn't use a picture that mirrors the reference one exactly because I partly wanted some view of the deck along with a desire to hide the aft most portion of the stern (which is not representative of what I have planned for her, but are the limits of LDD). As to the main and fore-channels: you have me here. I'm quite surprised I never noticed their lack of length. I think perhaps spending most of my viewing time at the level of a snail I failed to notice the lack of proper proportioning. I will indeed rectify this before building this portion in real life. Thanks for pointing it out. Now to the cannon ports in the stern "cabin." All your concerns are quite reasonable and ones I came across. I originally had a cabin/quarterdeck area that was probably 6 studs shorter. This, as you pointed out, leaves no practical room for working of the great guns. So to increase the playability factor I lengthened that section. (That's the reason there's the great overhang you touch on later.) Again, I hope to resolve all these issues once I get my hands on the older style stern piece so I can get a visualization for how it will lie within the ship. I can't promise that she will look perfect in the end, but I'm confident she'll look much better than she is. You asked about the wheel, and your intuitions are quite right. On the Lady Washington she actually has a whipstaff and no wheel at all. (Actually I think it's more accurate to name it a common tiller than whipstaff. I'll see if I can't find a picture.) The wheel was indeed added in the film to make her more piratical. I know the lubber's hole is a bit small, but it was hard to work it in without it being some gaping great space in the top. It's 2x1 which a mini-fig could fit through (if he has no arms). But no able-bodied seamen would be caught doing anything but scaling the futtock shrouds. So I'm okay with it's size. Thanks again for all the critiques. That's why I posted her up here. I'll tear her completely apart and start anew if that's what it takes.
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    Veizlasalr Skógrhaukr

    I'm not positive on the meaning (and obviously once the Captain chimes in it will answer the question completely) but in an attempt to satisfy you somewhat I think it's something along the lines of Guild hall of the Forest-Hawk (I'm not really sure on the "guild" bit. I can't quite remember what Veizla means on it's own like this.) edit: LOL! I kind of feel like an idiot now. Just realized there's a translation in the first post. Just above the first picture is Feasting Hall of the Forest Hawks.
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    [WIP] HMS Icarus

    Oh, yes I meant to make note of it in the first post. I'm actually going to be using one of the old-style pre-fab stern pieces. So the transition from the waterline to the base of the quarterdeck won't be as bland and blocky as it is in LDD. I'm having to order every piece for this project since I gave all my childhood LEGOs away many years ago, and this is my first real life build since the end of my dark age. Once I have the base down I can better visualize how to make the transition best in LDD. I'm glad you brought it up Sebeus.
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    [WIP] HMS Icarus

    Thanks for the comments Admiral Croissant. You are right that the stern (cabin) is too tall. I purposefully designed her this way. The quarterdeck lifts off to allow access to the cabin for working of the guns there. I decided to make it tall enough for a mini-fig to stand upright since they don't crouch too well. I know it throws the look off a bit, and perhaps it's a bit too much. It's hard for me to say, since I've grown accustomed to her peculiarities. Do you think I should sacrifice playability here in order to retain a more accurate external look?
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    WIP Castle Seawatch

    I just realized how big this is going to be. It didn't register the first time I read through this post. If every part of Seawatch is to be half as good as this piece, I think we are all in for quite a treat.
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    Bellringer's Isle

    While I like the transition from sand to surf to sea (and poetry is always a plus) I a bit curious how this cast-away managed to salvage the ship's bell (it being a very hefty item that surely would have sunk him).
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    Prison Tower Escape

    Very nice MOC. Like Dreamweb I like the part usage here. While he's quite found of the "wings" I rather like how it was used for the flag poles. I think I could more easily think to use the piece as wings long before I'd use it as horizontal flag-poles. So a for creativity.
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    [WIP] HMS Icarus

    I'm fairly confident they are properly sized. I think perhaps because the masts are naked they look larger, in proportion, than what looks right. Once the yards are hung and she's flying canvas I think all will be well. I do appreciate the comment though. p.s. Those platforms are called the "tops" by the way. (e.g. Fore-top and Main-top in this case)
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    [WIP] HMS Icarus

    Thanks Penguin. I dare say you're not the only one waiting for the real building to begin.
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    HMS Uncapturable

    Well, I'm glad I was of some use.
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    HMS Uncapturable

    There's not a chance in Hell that Brickington is going to end up in this ship. Because then something would have to go terribly awry, and we couldn't have that for so majestic a vessel. No, he will undoubtedly be teased and tempted by it to some great extent, but alas, be confined to some slab-sided dutch-built bugger. It's his lot in life... and we love him for it.
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    Scorpion's Soul Pirate Ship

    She's really coming along! I only worry that the main-mast may be a little thick.
  19. A man after my own heart. (Except for the bit about Patrick Tull. I'm a Simon Vance or John Lee guy myself. ;-)I thought you were recounting my journey to this great site with your brief "History of Kurigan."

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    Tremonian Knights

    What piece is that? It makes a pretty pimp shield.
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    HMS Uncapturable

    With the number of ships that end up on your floor in pieces I think you should build one named the "Unbreakable." Although, on second thought, with a name like that she'd surely not last long.
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    MOC: When Winter Comes

    This looks really good. Nice and simple. It reminds me of Winterfall from Game of Thrones (with the obviously wintry landscape and wolf's head banner). Is there meant to be a correlation?
  23. Sorry Blackbeard didn't see this until just now (obviously lol) but yes. It's from the film. I wanted to go with a quotation from the books but I didn't think enough people would recognize it, and I wanted something that would help people understand the name if they didn't get it right away.

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    Gungan... WIP

    If you kill off Jar-Jar it will, without doubt, be the best MOC evar!!1!
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    My Grande Armèe

    That's just crazy! So much detail. With my current WIP I've had to stop many times and ask myself, "Is this too much detail?" I think with you the question never stops presenting itself.