The mighty Roman Empire, one of the greatest civilizations in history, defined by its architectural wonders and rich mythology, Rome is a genre unto itself. A veritable inspiration for various literature, films and video games, and even a LEGO theme during the 1980s which never came into fruition. Aye, Rome was considered as potential a theme alongside Castle… but Pirates seized the glory!
The Roman Empire had a slew of emperors, some distinguished philosophers, others vile hedonists. One emperor in particular, Aurelian, beckoned to Joellie YT across the sands of time, so much so, he dedicated a ship in honour of the “master and god”. Not just in name, but the ship’s figured also bares resemblance to the once great ruler.
Sporting a sleek ivory hull and crafty custom sails, the HMS Aurelian is a formidable addition to the Imperial Guard’s fleet. So beware ye wretched pirates!
Joellie YT writes:
I’m super excited to share my newest Lego sailing ship MOC, the HMS Aurelian! it’s named after one of my favorite Roman emperors, who makes a special cameo as the figurehead of the ship 🙂
I’d say [the ship class] a little earlier than [the Napoleonic wars], like 1750s-ish probably! It’s still got the King’s Colors flag so it’s at least before 1801 🙂
She consists of 26 cannons. eighteen 12-pounder (official firing LEGO cannons, two long nines and six 8-pounders. it features three sets of sails, a decorated stern, and an interior. There’s also a double helm and working capstan ^-^
There are around 2,000 pieces used for the build i believe. the quite rough digital build took about a week to make and the refining process/physical build about 3 weeks (including the wait for Bricklink parts) ^^
Now let’s take a closer look at the hard working crew in action…
Here’s a little look at the upper deck! it features a railing, the ship’s bell, the double helm and a few 8-pounder cannons 🙂
The front has a working capstan and 2 long nines/chasers (but they’re turned to the side right now :3)
While at the rear there are the stairs heading down onto the lower decks. the ladder can be raised and lowered. also, you can see the clutter on the deck, i really love that look personally so it was nice to include here 🙂
Probably the most dangerous area of the ship, the big hole in the center, it’s meant to transport cargo to the holds, but in hindsight i should have probably provided a railing or something. I’ve lost count of the amount of times the sailor has fallen in haha.
Speaking of the lower decks, here’s a look at the cannons stationed there, there’s also a little storage compartment containing…
This [cabin’s cabin] is probably the most disappointing area of the ship, the captain’s quarters. unfortunately in order to have the full 9-cannon broadside, most room had to be taken up by the cannon stationed there. tips on the interior would be greatly appreciated 😀
And that’s a wrap!
Wait! You didn’t think we’d end this blog post here, did yer? How about some video of the HMS Aurelian…
If you’d like to see more of the ship, I have a YouTube video showcasing it further.
How about that? Joellie has other ships for us to investigate in the future.
Behind the Scenes
Like any great creation the HMS Aurelius didn’t appear in a instant, Joellie contributed much hard work and effort to bring this ship to life.
When asked about his creative process, he more than delivered on the details…
There’s more than just renders though! I’ll post the most interesting WIP pictures 😀 I’ll post them in chronological order.
I started off with this, I call them pallets. They’re essentially a little mockup of colors and bricks I’m planning on using for the ship. As shown on the picture, I had 4 designs I was quite fond of. After asking around most people seemed to prefer the last ”tan” option, so I went with that 😀
Next we move into the digital realm…
I then went over to stud.io, where I transformed the mockup into a digital vessel. It was my first attempt at building digitally, but probably also my last. I prefer building with physical pieces ^^ I didn’t bother making an interior, deck and masts/yard arms, I thought it best to do that in real life so I could take things like weight and gravity into account 🙂
First day of building got quite a lot of progress done 😀
A little look at the deck construction. it was a little finicky, but ended up working out in the long run !
I hope this gives you a pretty detailed look at the build process! Thanks for making the blog post, I really appreciate it ^-^
Yesh, the sails are a special kinda paper. It’s off-white, kinda tan ish but you can’t see that too well in the pictures.
I used regular A4 papers as a trail version to measure and draw the right distances between the holes and to work out the shapes. I then bought some fancy looking off-white, thick textured paper and traced the mockup sails on it, cut it out and punched some holes with one of those hole punchers. Oohh yeah and then I used some black marker for the outlining of the sails, voila!
Who the Heck is Aurelian?
Aurelian (that’s Lucius Domitius Aurelianus if you prefer full names) was a Roman emperor, who reigned during the Crisis of the Third Century, from 270 to 275. While emperor, his military prowess for victories was unrivaled, reuniting the Roman Empire after it had fell into disarray under the relentless onslaught of barbarian invasion and internal revolts. He emerged into the world under rather humble circumstances, near the Danube River circa 214. At the tender age of 21 he enrolled in the Roman army and ascended the ranks. He lead the cavalry of emperor Gallienus, until Gallienus’ untimely demise in 268, followed by a succession of briefly appointed emperors, he became emperor himself in 270.
During Aurelian’s reign, his impressive resume of defeated enemies includes; the Alamanni, Goths, Vandals, Juthungi, Sarmatians, and Carpi. Restoration and expansion – that’s what Aurelian stood for. He achieved a marvelous repair job on the Roman Empire’s eastern provinces after his conquest of the Palmyrene Empire in 27, then in the sequel he conquered the Gallic Empire in Rome’s west, reuniting the Roman Empire in its entirety. If you couldn’t tell from the name, he was responsible for the construction of the Aurelian Walls in Rome. He cleared all the riffraff out the Dacia province, and enacted monetary reforms to reduce the devaluation of the Roman currency. Quite the overachiever, huh?
And he would very much like you to refer to him as “dominus et deus” which translates to “master and god”. He was also bestowed the title; “Restitutor Orbis”, but you can look that translation up yourself.
About the Builder…
Joellie YT created a Flickr account especially to share images of this MOC in the LEGO Pirates forum. While the HMS Aurelian is the only MOC available in his photostream, you should definitely follow on him Flickr because he’ll probably share exciting future projects. Well, it would be very encouraging for him to post if he has devoted followers!
But YouTube is where Joellie shines! His YouTube channel boasts dozens of great videos; there’s a good deal of Star Wars, but also a generous helping of naval ships. Aye, the HMS Aurelian is not his first voyage into these waters! While yer there, ye might like to inspect his British warship, his American warship, and his brigantine, HMS Endurance. Perhaps one day, Joellie will share these other creations with us in greater detail.
What Do Yer Think?
Would Admiral Woodhouse be pleased to have this ship as part of his fleet? And has Joellie done emperor Aurelian justice with this vessel? Or can ye give him a tip or two for improving?
He’d love to hear from you… well, read your
rantings thoughts in the LEGO Pirates Forum.