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“Smuggler’s Shanty and Castaway’s Raft” by Kozikyo86

Monday, April 19th, 2021 Featured Image for "Smuggler's Shanty and Castaway's Raft" by Kozikyo86

Kozikyo86’s objective was to create builds similar to sets you’d find in stores, drawing inspiration from the classics sets, to create contemporary versions. Plus incorporate a style to match Pirates of Barracuda Bay.  The first creation is a hut inspired by the set 1992, Smuggler’s Shanty (6258) while the second draws inspiration from Castaway’s Raft (6257) from 1989. The shanty contains 188 pieces, while the raft contains 92 pieces.

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“Drydock, Beauchamp Shipyard” by CapOnBOBS

Friday, April 16th, 2021

The Beauchamp Shipyard has been operating at maximum capacity to meet the new build requirements of the Crown’s Navy. But, as the constant fighting has taken a heavy toll on his Majesty’s Fleet, it became clear that the yard needed capacity for repair just as much as the capacity to build. Therefore, for the last few months, the Admiral has bought up more of Breshaun’s waterfront and has been wearing out much younger men on survey teams lining out the dimensions of his latest vision, a drydock.

The expansion of an additional “large factory” to the grounds of the shipyard required months of dredging and some engineering work just shy of being miraculous.

BeauchampDryDockA channel was dredged, retaining walls installed, two massive pumps (one on either side) drain the water, and a crane has been installed on each side to support heavy repairs.

BeauchampDryDock_3The massive doors are each controlled by a tower, but once the two large gates are in place and the pumps in action, the force of the Brick Seas holds them shut tight in place.

BeauchampDryDock_2Guide rails line up the keel, ladders allow workers access into “the pit” to access the hulls. Poles and planks (hard to see in the dark top-right corner of the pit) are used to brace the ship and hold it in place as the water is pumped away.

BeauchampDryDock_4To open the gates, water is pumped back in until the sea level is restored. As equilibrium is achieved, the doors swing open nearly effortlessly.

BeauchampDryDock_5When open, the entire engineering marvel could be mistaken for any other dock slip in the quay. Conspicuous in his absence. The visionary who conceived the idea and toiled to bring it to fruition was absent. As Master Shipwright Jean Benoit announced the new facility was licensed and fully operational, a spot remained vacant on the balcony next to him.

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“The Treasure” by Piraten

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 Featured Image for "The Treasure" by Piraten

This MOC is inspired by the Danish designer Jim Lyngvild and his book about the royal line. Based on Christian the 5 coronation crown which is part of the Danish crown regalia and are exhibited at Rosenborg Castle.

It is meant to be easily recognizable via the light blue globe, as well as the shape with 8 diamond-studded hangers, and of course the large blue sapphire in the front!

Who wouldn’t like to have their very own treasure made out of bricks!? Perhaps someone who plays princess or king with his own crown or the pirates where it is part of their hidden treasure… or the knights returning from a crusade and have to coronate their new king! This will make a fantastic display piece in any environment.

There are many more play options. It was an enjoyable build and many other LEGO collectors should enjoy this special build as well.

Contains approximately 4,000 pieces.

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“Fortress of Hunyadi” by Zsolti

Monday, April 12th, 2021 Featured Image for "Fortress of Hunyadi" by Zsolti (@MyFirstMoc)

In this imaginary world Hungary becomes a sea lordship. That is why it was also his job to curb the activities of pirates. The Fortress of Hunyadi is built up by this occasion, so the peace can be maintained in the areas that have already been recaptured.

The Fortress is a modular construction according to its era, thus facilitating playability.

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What you can find in the Fortress:
  • Barracks
  • Stable
  • Warehouse / treasure chamber
  • Jail
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Secret door (opens from the kitchen)
  • Officers accommodation
  • 8 minifigures (commander, sergeant, 4 soldiers, cook, prisoner)

 

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Sizes:
  • Consisting of 2987 pcs (with minifigs)
  • Studs: width 48; length 113; height 35
  • Width: 38,4 cm / 15,1 inches
  • Length: 90,6 cm / 35,7 inches
  • Height: 28,2 cm / 11,1 inches

 

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This small hungarian fortress reminds you of the classic pirate theme, but in a modern packaging. I was trying to make it more interesting with a lot of details taking into consideration the piece number limit. I think that the Barracuda Bay has already proved that there is a need for the “Pirate” themes, and there is a great demand for this kind of sets. That is why I think that with the set a collector could be satisfied, or even a kid too, who would like to play with it.
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“Free Vane and burn Nassau to the ground” by Mpyromaxos

Saturday, April 10th, 2021 Featured Image for "Free Vane and burn Nassau to the ground" by Mpyromaxos

This is an entry for Brickstory 2017.

Year: 1715
Place: Nassau
Mission: Free Vane and burn Nassau to the ground!

Vane is shuttled to the town square of Nassau where he will be executed.
Bones and those loyal to him join the crowd, intent on a desperate rescue attempt.
However, Vane makes eye contact with Billy and gives him a silent order to stand down..
But Captain Flint has a different opinion than the movie series..
Free Vane and kill them all!!! Nassau it’s ours again!!!

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“Sabre Island Anno Domini 2021” by SleeplessNight

Friday, April 9th, 2021 Featured Image for "Sabre Island Anno Domini 2021" by SleeplessNight

Ahoy!

The Barracuda has set sail and Redbeard is threatening the shipping routes once again! So the Bluecoats had to up their game to protect Imperial trade. For the start they have hastily restored the tower on the Sabre Island.

What do you think about their effort?

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It’s not too big with 1443 elements (excluding minifigs). The build is rather sturdy (maybe except for the furniture) but it still empoys some techniques and tricks that you might find interesting.

There are a few more pictures on flickr:

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“Fer Maiden” by Supersick_

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 Featured Image for "Fer Maiden" by Supersick_

There be a new 5th rate frigate found in these waters. She be called the Fer Maiden, pierced for 36 guns. She’s armed with 18 long guns on her upper (gun) deck with a further 14 carronades on her weather decks. 2 long gun bow chasers and 2 larger cannonades on her stern complete her firepower.

She’s built at Theme-scale: a slick, fast hunter that can protect merchants … or hunt and take prizes. In this build she is flying the black, but every smart pirate knows that a letter of marque from a faction’s admiralty is worth more than pieces of eight. A “chest” of alternate flags would be a great compliment.

Features: a working capstan to weigh anchor, a stove to feed her crew, a furnished cabin for her captain, standing and running rigging with yards that rotate to accurately portray various sailing profiles, and removable foc’sle and quarter decks to allow access to her gun deck and interior.

This is designed and built using real parts first before I made it digital in Stud.io and uses 100% legal build techniques and pieces.

Now, keep that prize 2 points off our larboard bow on a broad reach, throw all sheets to the wind and let her eat.

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Build details: this started as an evolution from my earlier Barracuda frigate (21322 x2) but quickly became her own endeavor. I tried to nail the desired level of play vs realism, staying in theme scale and hull sections. My reasoning is that it can integrate nicer with peoples’ official set collections if they choose. Because of that I decided to leave the molded shrouds off the mizzenmast, which allowed me to get the proportions of the sail plan “correct” whilst still allowing for full rotation of the yards and spanker. I fully realize some of the concessions and compromises I had to make but I like the result and challenge.

Full respect to you long-time MOC builders pioneering the space, and hopefully when viewing her with the theme-scale perspective you understand why I did certain things. One of which is only 4 mid sections, though her length is much closer to that of a 5-mid-frigate. I am currently building her modular lower hull so she can be displayed/played with a variety of ways – especially on an island beach getting careened, or perhaps in a yard getting her copper.

Check out the ReBrickable page for instructions and more details.

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“The Siege of Skull Island by Imperial Guards” by evancelt

Thursday, April 1st, 2021 Featured Image for "The Siege of Skull Island by Imperial Guards" by evancelt

Not a LEGO MOC in the normal sense, but a MOC nonetheless

Made from extras I had lying around in baggies.

“On the road to Pamu” by Bregir

Monday, March 29th, 2021

A few hours ride from Westface up the Drake River, a small delegation of Corlanders iss watering their horses at a Terraversan watermill in the early dusk. Captain Brickleton, Lord Spud, and Consul Montoya are discussing the situation, while young Baker is tending the horses.

“Reports indicate that Oldis has retreated to Pamu with his forces after the defeat of Kings Port, where he has linked up with the large force of Eslandian mercenaries landed there to support him. They are still outnumbered by the Oleonese force in Kings Port, but not by a great margin.” Captain Brickleton said, reiterating the tactical situation on the island.

“Indeed, Captain. A very similar situation to our own in Westface: Potentially outnumbered by the Bluecoats, should they single us out!” Lord Spud exclaimed sternly. “Perhaps the honourable consul can expand on the diplomatic situation?”

“Ser?!” Lord Spud repeated at Montoya.

“I could swear those are Phasianus Celestiales…” Montoya muttered to himself, before being brought back to reality by Lord Spud’s insistent tone. Lord Spud was not a man to ignore, and neither was their mission. “Why, yes, of course…” he said as he recollected himself. “The exact nature of the Eslandian commitment is rather… uncertain. So far, it seems to be privately funded mercenaries, with no official declaration of support for Oldis and Terraversa as of yet, nor official commitment to any war.”

“However, Eslandola has long held strong ties with the Archduke, and latest intelligence indicates that the Colonial Council is currently meeting to discuss further assistance.” With a shrug he added: “One never knows what the outcome of these odd republican machinations will be, though.”

Spud considered this for a moment. “Nonetheless, while divided we are each outnumbered, united our forces would outmatch the Bluecoats by a large margin.”

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Brickleton nodded and added: “As to our route: By avoiding the coastal roads, we should be clear of patrols and settlements occupied by the enemy. We have been provided with a map for the interior, and L’Olius ensures us that the Atwi will help us on our way. In a few days, we should be able to make it safely to Pamu.”

“Time is of the essense – Oldis may be tempted to accept a peace deal regaining him Kings Port, leaving us to deal with the Bluecoats alone. L’Olius. however, has made it very clear that he is not likely to abandon us in favour of a deal struck between Oldis and Oleon. There seems to be little trust between him and the Archduke…” Montoya scratched his head and concluded: “Our presence in Pamu with a message of coordination and cooperation could change Oldis’ perspectives…”

“As soon as the horses are watered, we shall ride on.” Lord Spud declared. “And you know the way, Captain Brickleton?..”

“Saber Island/Volcano Island Combo” by Seaber

Friday, March 26th, 2021

This is a reimagined version of Saber Island – this time the outpost has been built on the former volcano that makes up Volcano Island.

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Set on a 32×32 base plate, made from under 1600 pieces with seven minifigures, a seagull, a shark, a crab, a lobster, a clam and a starfish.

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The little dock is served by a crane that can lift the cargo up to the fortress. For the poor Imperials, it’s up that rickety staircase we go.

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The staircase is in a bad state and many of the handrails have rotted away. Some supports have been put in to hold up what’s left, let’s hope they’re strong enough.

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A view up at the outpost from the staircase. I added an extra level to the original set.

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I also added a little extension to the side.

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The roof also has a tiny bell tower build to raise the alarm when enemies approach. The cannon emplacement and tree are present as they are in the original set.

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I added a creeper plant up the other side of the building to add a bit of visual interest. I chose dark red as the base colour, I almost went for dark tan.

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All three balconies and windows in the middle floors have different builds.

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The roof has been enlarged and I used the broken rungs technique from the Elusys Ra Anwal’s Forbidden Island build to make the tower look run down. I would ideally have the telescope on pearl gold, but the sextant piece isn’t available in that colour.

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The roof has a sextant and compass accessory, you can just about see the alarm bell in the tiny building. Below the roof is the Governor’s office.

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The Governor’s table is complete with maps, quill and ink pot, goblet and decanter, with a nautical painting on the wall.

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The office is lit by a chandelier, the table build, and most of the interior is SNOT.

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Below that is the barracks with two bunks, below that the entrance hall with a store room to the side.

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The barracks has a little weapon rack, the entrance hall has a banner and chest full of gems. ‘In real life’ there would be a mess hall and kitchen closer to the camera.

And now to the Volcano Island.

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One thing I always wanted to do was have a skull that was solid rock, not with gaps for the eyes or nose.

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The skull opens up to give access to a hidden cave where the Pirates can store their loot. I did want to add a subterranean prison with access to the cave, but there was no room.

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The Pirates have to be very sneaky to get in their hideout under the watchful eye of the Imperials.

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I should have rendered these without the roof, it’s very dark. There are little islands dotted around covered in coins. There is also a carved stone skull with glowing eyes, I wonder who carved it…

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The hole here is big enough to get your hand in for play in the cave.

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