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Tauran Cruiser
This is the result of a MOC-off with Giovanni Seynhaeve. It's a ship from a comic series we both adore - the compelling tale of a grunt soldier caught in an interstellar war.
About this creation
The original story of The Forever War was written by Vietnam vet Joe Haldeman, and later adapted to graphic novel form by the Belgian Marvano.


This Tauran cruiser is in fact a Mysteron in the true sense of the word. Little is known about the race or origin the humans have found themselves at war with. They were dubbed Taurans because the first attack on a human ship took place somewhere near Aldebaran, in the Taurus system.


Here is some info on the ship (if available):
- Type: Tauran Cruiser
- Number in existance: at least three (two types of colouring)
- Home planet: unknown
- Race: unknown (Taurans)
- Size: unknown
- Personnel: unknown
- Weapon systems: unknown (there were nuclear missiles with an accelleration of 200G at one point)
- Number of fighters: unknown (at least four)
- Number of troop carriers: unknown (at least four)



Front/lower angle view of the ship. I just love that flat front, with all of the beams and wings.


In space, no one cares about your ship not being aerodynamic.


Top view. I suppose that bump between the upper wings might house some sort of bridge or command centre, maybe.


During the build, I started imagining what all the parts of the ship might be for. I didn't get far though. Maybe the big nose houses some hidden shuttle bays, or weapons systems.


The back of the ship, with the one huge engine. I do think there are several smaller engines housed inside the wings though.


Lower backside shot....hmmmm.


Detail shot of one of the wing tips. Red greebling yes!


Engine area closeup.


One of the fighters. I only have one white dish, so I could only make the one.


More ship details.


Smaller engine and dome on the wing.


A compare shot with the original, which I scanned from the comic book. You see I got the idea from the 'collar' from this scan. The shape of the nose itself is a bit different here, but more in line with the other - sparse- images in the comic.


Detail compare shot of the engine area. I also don't have trans-yellow dishes, can you tell?


A captured cruiser docked upside down at Spaceport (at a slightly different angle). This is the image where I got my colour coding from. You will notice that Gio's version has exactly the opposite wings that are red - the other colour version featured in the novel.


I used this detail image to justify adding some black spots to my ship.

Hope you like it!
Enjoy Gio's version here

You can find some very hi-res images of this on my flickr account



Comments

 I like it 
  December 30, 2012
Great rendition of this nice ship. And anything inspired by "The Forever War" is a winner in my book :-D
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  November 3, 2012
Great work!
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  November 3, 2012
An interesting contrast with Gio's build. I like how yours is more compact and I prefer the colour scheme that you've used. I think that you've done a great job of turning the orginal art into Lego, especially all of the different angles and curves.
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  November 3, 2012
Unbelievable. Love how different your takes are, from the same ref material. Sleek and spare for Steef, rugged and bust for Gio. Hats off to both of you!
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  June 24, 2012
Awesome build! Really inspiring. :)
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  October 4, 2011
Very nice!
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  April 4, 2011
Great job Steef!
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  February 19, 2011
wow, tough tp pik the winner between you an Gio, great build mate...
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  February 17, 2011
Steef, you've got some obscure refrences - but who cares with a build like this! I've never heard of the comic series but still, this is a neat build. The black round (half round I guess) peices are really cool against the white dominance. Great interprutation!
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  February 17, 2011
Having looked at Gio's first it's inevitable i'll start comparing them, and I apologise for that because they are both great and deserve to be viewed on their own merits. Seems like you sqeezed every last drop out of the reference material Steef - I really like the addition of the black highlights and you seem to have a smoother sculpt of the front end. That aside, there is nothing between them for me - very tight interpretation of a very cool subject by two of my favourite builders. What more can I ask for to occupy my lunchtime? Well, apart from a beer and a sandwich....
 I made it 
  February 16, 2011
Hello and thank you all for your kind words and comments. Much appreciated.
 I like it 
  February 16, 2011
Nice, can't say which I like most though, they both look great, I see some nice smooth lines in this ship, Great job
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  February 16, 2011
Wow Steef! Both you and Gio really knocked it out of the park on this one! Congrats to both of ya! ~ Chris.
  February 15, 2011
WOW! I think you efforts have paid off, (both of you) and you've made brilliant cruisers (again, both of you) :)
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  February 15, 2011
A very cool space cruiser. Nice color combo and performance, not to mention the technique.
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  February 15, 2011
Fantastic work!
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  February 14, 2011
This is a splendid job Steef! I think you and Gio did an amazing job.....where's the BB coverage man?! Are they sleeping? This should be front page! I think Gio just barely edged you out with the greebling man, but you guys really knocked this out of the park!
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  February 14, 2011
This one is awesome, too! I dig the little fighter. Congrats to you both for some really pro work!
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  February 14, 2011
Awesome design and build AND it looks pretty accurate! Gotta love that red greebling.
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  February 14, 2011
Simply stunning!
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  February 14, 2011
Steef, as I said to Gio, this is just stunning work! You both did an very cool comparison and you chose a cool subject for it! - Kevin
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  February 14, 2011
Outstanding! Love both of your creations.
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  February 14, 2011
Really fantastic job with a complex and tricky subject. You both did amazing work!~H
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  February 14, 2011
I quite liked the Forever War (novel not the book). Brilliant work!
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  February 14, 2011
Awesome work!
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  February 14, 2011
As I said on Gio's version Steef, I like them both; they're both true to the original but have ttheir individual style and solutions to very complex shaping problems. Well done I say!
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  February 14, 2011
Beautiful work! This has a lovely sleek feel to it, it is very elegant. I love the engine shot!
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  February 13, 2011
This is why I like this website. I see things I would otherwise never see. And this ship is so sweet. That engine makes me jealous. So good!
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  February 13, 2011
Wow! Excellent!
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  February 13, 2011
Red greebling yes! A lovely job throughtout. We need more ships like this. Very enticing. I'll guess the nose houses the hydroponic greenhouse. Every front line military ship needs that.
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  February 13, 2011
Excellent. For the size of the big nose, Iīd say that it must have something todo with propulsion. -Then again, I dont know the comic you are referring to, so I dont know if it features a "realistic" universe, or is just totally wild. I mean, if itīs a weapons-system we should be afraid. Really afraid! ;-)
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  February 13, 2011
Nice, I like how you added those comparison shots. Well done!
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  February 13, 2011
Great work bringing this beast to life. Looks like a tricky one.
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  February 13, 2011
Very impressive, especially since this is one huge ship. Though I'm an european comic fan, I'm not familiar with the series. Anyway, great work and I really like the engine design.
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  February 13, 2011
Great job on this one, itīs looking amazingly accurate. I really dig that engine section! ~Cheers
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  February 13, 2011
simply stunning...amazing
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  February 13, 2011
HAAAAARRRG !!!!! OF course we like it !!!! So cool !!!!!
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  February 13, 2011
Beautiful. Nice work all around, including that neat red greebling.
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  February 13, 2011
Eindelijk kan ik haar in haar volle glorie bewonderen! Is ze niet prachtig? Goed idee met de vergelijkingsfoto's, zo kan je de MOC op z'n best waarderen. Blij dat je er mee bent doorgegaan, Steef. En nu naar de volgende uitdaging?!-----Finally, she's here in full glory! Isn't she pretty? Good thinking with the comparison pics, it's a good way to apreciate the MOC! I'm glad you kept on going with this one, Steef. On to the next Challenge?!
 
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