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“Crossed Bones Clipper” by Elephant Knight

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 Photo of "Crossed Bones Clipper" by Elephant Knight

Elephant Knight shared a redesign of the classic LEGO ship, 6250 Cross Bone Clipper. Well perhaps “redesign” is a bid modest!  This is a major upgrade of a smaller vessel into a ship so large and fearsome, it would strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest Soldiers and Imperial Guards!

So don’t be forced to walk the plank… Get your bones in motion of the ocean and click here without delay to discuss evasion tactics before it’s too late!

Elephant Knight writes:

Yup. Got another one coming. This is what happens when I don’t build a new boat in a year and a half. I just start building them back to back to back, non stop almost. I’ve also had a decent amount of free time.

This current WIP is a pirate ship, going off of the colour scheme of the Cross Bone Clipper. It was my first Pirate boat, so it holds a lot of nostalgia for me.


And for for those not familiar with the original Cross Bone Clipper, here is a photo we stole (because we’re dirty rotten, thieving LEGO Pirates – YARRR!):

Royal Naval Academy

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 ESL Boat house

Capt Wolf shared his recent creation for the Brethren of the Brick Seas RPG.  Here the Eslodians shape young cadets into proper sailors!

So Anchors Away Me Boy! Come check out the cadets progress today!

Here a couple of cadets bring one of the boats out into the harbor.

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Teams of cadets compete against each other as they learn to maneuver their craft.

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The instructors fear they have much to teach the cadets.

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Once the cadets have mastered the small boats, they can graduate to slightly larger craft that require more skill.

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Some more views of the build:

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For the rest of Eslandola’s Royal Naval Academy, Part I: Main Campus is here and Part II: Wading Pool is here.

All Comments and Criticisms are welcome.

Skull Island

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

Somewhere in the Caribean, where no one dare wanders, surrounded by treachous reefs, there was a giant skull laying just above the water surface.

Bob De Quatre shared his recent creation with us in the Pirate ForumCome check it out yee scurvey dog.

“Blacksmith Shop” by Capt Wolf

Sunday, December 1st, 2019 Photo of “Blacksmith Shop” by Capt Wolf

Recently Capt Wolf shared his blacksmith MOC in the Brethren of the Brick Seas RPG in the Pirate Forum.

Come check out what the smithy can hammer out for you today!

 

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The quartermaster from one of the expedition’s ships discusses what they need.

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Workers take a wagon wheel around to the side of the shop.

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The blacksmith at his workbench.

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Working on a sword in the forge and at the anvil.

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A blacksmith for the Eslandolan settlement of Interlagos on Maldria. All C&C welcome.

“The Götheborg” by Maxim I (Includes Interview)

Sunday, November 24th, 2019 Photo of "The Götheborg" by Maxim I

Recently Maxim I shared his beautiful MOC of the Götheborg, an 18th century sailing ship, in the LEGO Pirate Forum.  Simply sharing her pictures would only partially do the build justice, so this editor reached out and landed the following interview.  Enjoy!

What was your original inspiration to build the Götheborg in Brick?

=> I have been fascinated by the Age of Sail since I was a little kid. I was amazed by model builders and their wooden shipmodels and I always wanted to do something like that as well. Growing older and discovering bricklink, well there was nothing anymore between the childhood dreams and the true realisation. Looking for inspiration for my ships, the Götheborg catched my eye and I knew that would be my first big replica. I even found a comment on Eurobricks made by me in 2015.

I love Scandinavia and I prefer it above French for example. So that will be one of the main reasons I wanted to build the Götheborg and not L’Hermione for example.

After experimenting with various shipbuilding techniques and maturing the plans in my head, I finally found myself able to start building in 2017. With pictures of the real (Replica) Götheborg in front of me, I choosed the bricks I would need and estimated how many I would need.

I have to admit once building, I have cursed a lot on the vessel. It was a proces of building, sitting on the shelf for a few weeks, tearing down, rebuilding, again a small break, tearing down a part, rebuilding, and so on. It took me a whole year before the result was satisfying enough.

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Do you remember how many pieces are in her?

No clue. It could be 10k or maybe even a lot more, I don’t know. Instead of using bricks, I plated the sides of the ship, so that adds up very quickly. But the result is very nice in my opinion.

Are those really prefab hulls we spy?

Haha yes, the white Friends prefab hulls :pir-sweet:

It is a discussion I often have with other shipbuilders like Captain Green Hair, Legostone and Sebeus what is best: prefab hulls or custom hulls. I think we all agree that 6 prefab mid sections are absolutely the maximum. But then you have to widen her 3 or even 4 studs. Generally the ratio is 1/4 (so every stud in the width equals 4 studs in the length).

I am a huge fan of prefab hulls because it gives a sturdy base to a MOC. You can easily pick a vessel up without the fear of losing bricks. But I have to admit the older prefab hulls were much nicer then the newer ones (especially for the stern).

Was the rigging really that bad?

I don’t think I am exaggerating that much when I say to people that the time I spent rigging, most people can build a new vessel (without the rigging). If I had to put a number on it, I think I spent 20 hours on the rigging and sails. It is not the most fun part when building a ship, but it is in my opinion the most important part because it adds so much to a MOC.

Did you have a set Scale when you started building?

Thanks to plans of the Replica and drawings/plans of what looked like the original Götheborg, I could scale everything compared to the 6 prefab midsections I used as base. An important thing to remember is that the decks were not that high. The lower the deck, the lower the ceiling. So most of my decks are around 4 bricks high, which makes historical sense and is very helpfull to keep the heigth of you ship under control.

Another scaling tool is the square rule: the length of the mast from waterline till top is the same as the overall length of the ship (the length without the bowsprit)

Speaking of scale what are the ships measurements?

I think that would be around 70cm x 70 cm

(That’s just over 27 1/2” long and tall for our US readers.)

What are some techniques that you learned that made this possible?

Of course I have to mention Captain Green Hair here hahaha :laugh:

Will you be displaying this anywhere?

I have displayed it already at a famous Cartoon Festival in Knokke and some local BeLUG events. I also displayed it at last edition of Skaerbaek Fan Weekend. The next event that the Götheborg will be displayed at, will be Brick Mania Antwerp the 30th November and 1st of December at the pirate lay-out I will have there with Legostone, Sebeus, Captain Green Hair, Captain Braunsfeld, Kabel, Faladrin and other awesome builders.

Any thing else you want to add about the build?

First of all a big thank you to those who gave feedback during the process. Most names have been mentionned already :pir-blush:

Secondly, come join Brethren of Brick Seas on Eurobricks! It is one of the best ways to improve as shipbuilder (or even general builder) and has an awesome community, giving a lot of feedback. You can develop your own story in a huge fictional world and if you like rpg, you can join the game mechanics in that world.

I think that would be everything. Thank you very much for this interview

A big thanks to Maxim I for agreeing to this interview and a special shout out to all who influenced this build so that it may inspire others!

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An extra picture: the Gotheborg together with another new vessel: Princesse Margot (can be found in BOBS forum)

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Just discovered someone filmed both ships at Skaerbaek Fan Weekend:

Thanks for watching!

C&C would be awesome!

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New Custom Minifigures Uniforms!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Sometime last August Eurobricks very own Kurigan created some sharp custom Minifigures.  Luckily for us he finally got around to sharing them!  

Come check out his historical take on custom figs, and be sure to check the spoilers!

Metalbeard MOC

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Eurobricks member Jevil shared his recend pirate bot.  Even if your not a Lego Movie fan you may still immediately recognize Metalbeard.

Come check out all his built in features!

“Sabre Island” by Pantelis

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 Photo of "Sabre Island" by Pantelis

Pantelis has taken a stab at a classic.  Heavy inspiration from the classic pirates set Saber Island has turned into this fine MOC.

So watch the cannon fire and head over to check this one out!

Pantelis writes:

Hi to all pirate friends ,

i just finish one more creation that inspire me from the lovely set Sabre Island.

I just want to make something modern but with some old details like the original set of lego.

I didnt want to make a tower with so much details and architecture tricks but with clear lines.

This moc is one more creation that i love to have with ny other moc pirates creations and reminds me the gold season of lego sets..!!

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Join the conversation!

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Brick built sails vs Cloth sails?

The question was posed over in the Pirate Forum and we would love to hear your thoughts too!  Whats better, what do you prefer, how do you like seeing one or the other?  Have some pictures to help your opinion … Post them!

So dont delay … Come Join the Conversation!

 

Angélique and Dame Fortune

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Eurobricks member The Sarge posted a lovely pair of harbor going vessels in The Brethren of the Brick Seas Forum.  The icing on the cake of this simple little design is the break away picture so you too can build one of your own!

So hoist up the main sail and make way to check this out!



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