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  1. Part II: ‘The Serendipitous Gift of Language‘ On the Island of Cozumel, Cortés and his forces readied to set out for the mainland of Mexico. It was March 12th, 1519 and the conquest of the New World was about to begin. As they prepared to leave, a canoe was seen approaching the island from the mainland. A Captain named Andrés de Tapia was dispatched to investigate the strangers. The canoe was manned by several indigenous people but as it reached the shore only one stepped on to the beach. In shaky spanish the stranger asked Tapia “Brothers, are you Christians?” The man was a Spanish priest, named Jerónimo de Aguilar, and he had been shipwrecked 8 years earlier in 1511. During his time on the Yucatan this man had become fluent in various native languages. Cortés immediately employed Aguilar as his interpreter and it would be this ability to communicate that would grant Cortés his first advantage vital to the success of his expedition. The Fall of the Aztec Empire: Part II The Serendipitous Gift of Language by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr The Fall of the Aztec Empire: Part II (Full Build) by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr
  2. victorycount

    Captain Valiant's "El Morro"

    Due to a personal visit, my first creation is mostly inspired by the "Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca" also called "Castillo del Morro" from Santiago de Cuba, but also by other Morros from Havana and San Juan in Puerto Rico. "El morro" refers to the rock or the hill, the fortress is built on and had mostly its purpose in keeping the towns save from pirates. I wanted especially make the round towers, but step by step added more of the details, eventhough the real and complex form is not possible to rebuild, at least for me. So I kept it boringly square-shaped, but still like the (not) end result quite a bit. I will make some 1-1 comparisons, but first I'd like to tell you the story of Captain Valiant(You can read it or just skip it and scroll down and see the result): You remember Captain Valiant? Sure you do.... hmm, well actually I didn't knew who he was was until I heard his amazing story: He was the Captain of the Santa Cruz, the Armada Flagship, although he doesn't like to mention that the real leader was not him but the admiral. So, after they conquered all the caribbean and the southern seas, found the eldorado and got tons of gold, he decided to retire and start a banana plantation. Captain valiants vision by Victory Count, en Flickr It was there, 5 years ago, when he heard rumours about a bay full of bloody pirates and they were coming to get the gold. Standing at the beach, tasting his rrich flavoured self grown fresh banana, he had a vision about a fortress that would keep any pirates away, and keep the town, plantation, habitants, goods and gold save. He would call it El Morro: "El morro de Capitan Valiente". The last dinner and blessings in the church by Victory Count, en Flickr He went to the local church and asked the priest for his blessings for this new project. And of course the priest accepted quickly, if he just keeps those sinners away. Drinking the wine, eating the bread, they celebrated the last dinner, and with god on his side he started to build this big fortress. ring them bells by Victory Count, en Flickr Five years gone by and finally the bells were ringing for the opening ceremony. captains domain by Victory Count, en Flickr "Please step in," he said proudly, and to my honour he showed me all the facilities, "this over there is my cabin, but I'll show you later." captain talk by Victory Count, en Flickr "It's an honour to introduce you to my long time special guest Red Beard" he said without hiding how proud he was. "With him here, we have not to fear anything. But we treat him good, he can even have his parrot, it's like the presidential suite, right RedBeard" ... "Arrrh" is all RedBeard said. But the captain tells me that they are almost like friends, and when he can't sleep he goes down to him and they talk all the night about their ships and long past tales... kids playin by Victory Count, en Flickr He also tells me that they already played together under the palm trees with their ships when they still were kids, and I'm quite sure he was trying to surpress some tears while telling me. el cocinero by Victory Count, en Flickr "Right beside the lock-up we hace the kitchen; Vamos cocinero, hurry up, it's almost hora de comer, dinnertime!" "Aye capitán!" loading the cannonballs by Victory Count, en Flickr "Here is where the action happens, the cannonballs have to go up on the roof, sometimes this have to happen quickly, thats why we have this special construct. But I need some fresh air the roof is where we are heading too" Says the captain, leading me from the basement through the stairs up to the top. el morro dorm by Victory Count, en Flickr "Let's rest for a moment, here on the first floor is the dorm, even the soldiers need some rest sometimes. Well you can imagine I have something more comfy for me old bones." guns are ready by Victory Count, en Flickr "So what do you say? Are we ready or are we not? May the pirates come, the cannonballs will give them a warm welcome, ha! Yes that's what it is all about... Now let's go outsie to see my plantation" el jardinero by Victory Count, en Flickr "Meet Banana Joe, our gardener; hey what's up Joe?" "Hi captain, look at all those bananas and coconuts, it's a good year!" says Joe, as he notice the boat that shouldn't be there, but his thoughts return quickly to the bananas which seem constantly to disappear somehow... el morro53 well by Victory Count, en Flickr "And here we have the cook again, getting some water... Don't forget the fish, it looks like there is something in the net." "Yes captain" responds the cook, but his eyes wander once again to the horizon, where he sees that shipwreck which always fascinated him. "I'm sick of this job and this captain, always running around, do this, do that, hurry up... Maybe RedBeard is right and I should join him on this Barracuda ship..." he thinks. "So, before you're invited to a delicious meal, I 'd like to show you my cabin which I'm specially proud of" Captain valiants cabin by Victory Count, en Flickr "Look at this beauty, what a great gift." he says as he shows me a big indigan mask. "King Kahukas mask. Everybody thinks it was red, but no, pure gold! He was a good guy, wonder what happened to him... Now get out of my cabin, I need some rest before dinner" he says, taking his helmet of, revealing his long curly hair. And I'm not sure if I'm more shocked by his hair or the impression that I had for a moment, seeing something suspicious through the window. But it wasn't the moment to tell the captain, so I left his cabin. We had no idea what was goin on meanwhile... free RB by Victory Count, en Flickr RedBeard had long planned to escape from there and get back to his beloved Barracuda, and this was the moment. One scary guy was setting the bomb while this mate had other problems. sunset shark attack by Victory Count, en Flickr Front View: el morro front by Victory Count, en Flickr Rear View: el morro rear by Victory Count, en Flickr If you made it here, let me know what you think, and also what could be done better. Here I add now some "Lego vs. Reality" comparisons: el morro round tower by Victory Count, en Flickr My favourite, but it's so difficult to build round towers with Lego. There is a small and two slightly different bigger towers, but wasn't sure which version to choose, what do you think? el morro cannons by Victory Count, en Flickr This is nothing big, just found in funny to put actually the cannon this way to have the larger range)guess those were supposed to be mortars. el morro entrance by Victory Count, en Flickr This was just an entrance to another part of the building, but I liked it that much that it became the main entrance. cannonball ramp by Victory Count, en Flickr Found this cannonball ramp rather interesting, so I was glad I could rebuild it somehow. el morro well by Victory Count, en Flickr Well, the well was quite easy, but still like it, but since I didn't found the proper place, it had to be placed outside... el morro bell by Victory Count, en Flickr Well, the bell, not so accurate but also like this one. chapel by Victory Count, en Flickr Finally, the church from the story is also part of "El Morro" but is actually the other way round. Unfortunately i just have pictures from the LDD yet. Not very detailed, but I liked to give this little chapel its place. Tried to add the Christ minifig, but that was rather weird looking. So thanks for watching and reading.
  3. A_Goodman

    [MOC] Heading Upriver

    Historical Build 1519 Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes arrives on the mainland of the New World. After disembarking his ship he, along with a small group of soldiers, row upriver through the mangrove swamps of Eastern Mexico in search of the famed Aztec Empire. PART 1 of a Continuing series. Heading Up River by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr
  4. Captain Braunsfeld

    [MOC] Jungle Adventure

    Ahoy, I am still struggling to keep up to the goal of "one MOC per week", but I have something which is somewhat presentable: A Walk in the Park The Jungle Adventure! This is actually a part of the storyline I am working on. I fear I need to retake the pictures for that purpose - the lighting has not worked out as intended (and I probably shouldn't mention this not to spoil it for everyone... ) It has been quiet comment-wise on this forum, so I will be happy to read your comments! --- update ---
  5. Captain Braunsfeld

    [MOC] Spanish (custom) ship "El Principito"

    167B Hello once more, I've been busily building stuff in October, so here is another MOC - and once again the ship is pretty small. I have called it "El Principito" (The Little Prince) :pir-sweet: I wanted to build a ship that is not based on a usual hull. Having started in white, it soon became obvious that it had to be a Spanish ship (following the example of the "Armada Flagship" in the old days). Also, the galion was hinting in this direction. Spanish!!! Captain Eduardo is quite happy with his ship and his crew of conquistadors: The ship is not too heavily armed... Here it is sailing away... .. but there is one strange guy on board - maybe he is the real captain: :monkey: I am quite happy with the result (although the model has a tendency to topple...) A storyline regarding the adventures of the Spanish crew of the "El Principito" is in preparation. I hopy you like the MOC - I am waiting for feedback.
  6. Capt.JohnPaul

    Descubierto del Mundo Nuevo

    [pid][/pid] 254B Greetings all, I haven't made a Pirate themed MOC in awhile, so I decided to start with something small. I hope you like it!
  7. TheLegoNinja

    Spanish Sloop San Lucas

    Here is my newest ship. It is a Spanish Sloop, the San Lucas. It is a 2 gun ship used mostly used for cargo hauling. Here is the Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/86923596@N06/sets/72157631957213484/with/8165524421/ Sorry for the blurry photos, it had to shot inside due to weather. Thanks for looking! I have also finished a british frigate, and I will post that within a few days.