The stakes for SHIPtember just keep getting higher, as Stijn Oom sets the bar up another notch. His Hammerfall GunSHIP is an instant classic; a brutally utilitarian dropship in bulkhead grey, all screaming metal and monstrous engines.
Like all the best SHIPwrights, Stijn sucks you in with the initial enormity inherent to every SHIP, but it’s the details that count and the Hammerfall has those in spades. There are too many to list, so here’s a beauty shot of some of the best.
As if this build wasn’t cool enough, it was based on artwork by the frequently featured Pierre Fieschi. This sort of exchange of ideas between builders is, to me, one of the greatest parts of the FOL community.
Tim Schwalf brings us the Hurricane Battlecruiser, a 155 stud behemoth made of equal parts smooth paneling and fantastic greebling. The smaller fighters and overall presentation kick the whole thing up to 11.
And if you’re beginning to see a trend in our coverage this month, head on over to the SHIPtember group to see these leviathans being built.
OK, so I’m pretty sure that spaceships shouldn’t be just regular sea-going ships with space engines strapped to them, but it sure does look cool, even if it is asking for a space-sized environmental disaster. This Octan Supertanker by Evan (Lego Junkie) weighs in at 120 studs long, and comes with a space tugboat to boot.
Arjan Oudekotte (Konajra) does not post new models all that often, but given the size of most of them, that is understandable and they are always well worth the wait. His latest model is the largest ship he has built to date, with a length of 196 cm (or roughly 6’5 for those of you who prefer antiquated measurement systems) and built out of roughly 32000 elements.
The ship in question is a Dutch ocean-going tug called the Zwarte Zee (Black Sea). The ship was launched in 1962 and until 1984 served with the famous company Smit International, known around the world for large maritime salvage operations. As usual with Arjan’s ships, it is highly detailed and has a beautifully sculpted hull (in dark red, no less). I had the pleasure of seeing this behemoth with my own two eyes last Sunday, but if you want to take in all of it, I encourage you to take a look at Arjan’s album on flickr.
Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada (in the New World) for another round of Friday Night Fights. Tonight we swab the decks and splice the mainbraces as we prepare to do bloody battle on the high seas. But do not let me here you cry “Aargh” you scurvy dogs, for these be not pirate ships, these be the Navy’s finest!
Off our port bow, we spy an oldie but a goodie – it’s Dirk Delorme‘s recreation of Nelson’s flagship the HMS Victory, which resurfaced at a recent German LEGO exhibition:
While off our starboard bow, brand spanking new from the shipyards of sebeus, comes the lighter faster Corvette Beatrix:
As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding, by way of comment, which of these vessels is seaworthy, and which is destined for a trip to Davy Jones’ locker. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, Micro Castles, Barton’s Helm’s Deep crushed Kristi’s classic keep in an 8-to-2 victory!
I may or may not be a sucker for pretty ships. So this definitely caught my eye. Can I just say how much I LOVE that custom sail? Frankly, this is just pretty all around: the attention to the waves, the stylings of the hull, the rigging…Yep. Pretty.
Bravo, Gabriel (qi_tah). Bravo.
Chris Boen (Mos Doomsday) built this sharp space cruiser. The lines are reminiscent of a small fighter craft more than a monstrous capital SHIP, which makes this beauty stand out all the more. Chris says it’s his first go at a ship of this size, and it’s an excellent entry.
The latest build from Gabriel Thompson (qi_tah) is this splendid sloop, suitable for either war or peace. The bow and aft curves are especially nice, and all tied together with a cheerful color scheme that adds personality to both the boat and her crew.
Gabriel even includes some satisfyingly stomach-churning wave effects with this build; you can practically smell the salt spray and the sea-sick sailors.
This beautiful ship by Swan Dutchman is an imagined frigate from the Dutch East India Company. Over a year of work was poured into the construction of this model. The builder spared no shortcuts and even hand-sewn the sails himself. The final product and the edited photo looks amazing, and there are more to be seen in the builder’s Flickr.
If you enjoyed this post, also check out Galeon Revenge by maydayartist.
Thanks for the tip Brickvalier!
For your second tasty morsel of steampunkery today, feast upon Eric Druon’s (BaronSat) armored skyboat. It employs a brick-built hull, and the age-old technique of employing exposed studs as rivets looks particularly good on this machine.