My 2nd entry (and my first MOC of 2012!) for "The Out Of your Comfort zone" contest. Enjoy, me heartys!
About this creation
Aaargh, ye scurvy whelp! Come to see wots been going on at old Fort Henry, have ye? Well, guess wot, bucko: she’s under new management! Yessiree, Fort Henry is no more! Instead, wot we’ve got here is Fort Gullible, renamed in honor of the two silly fools assigned to protect her! We took her over by knockin on the door and said we were deliverin some fresh wine, and the stupid buggers opened up! Hahaha! Since then, we’ve made the place our hideaway spot for all our loot…and heavens help the person who tries to retake her!
The old girl used to be a brilliant red color, but over the years, the sea, rain, and wind have stripped the red coloring from her. Tis a shame really: she was sumtin to see in her prime, standin tall, red as fire, and as strong as rock! But after most of the pirates moved on to better hunting grounds, the fort was neglected. And now here she sits, serving as our new hideout! Hahaha!
Me little schooner, “Tabitha’s Folly”, named in honor of me 7th wife after she left me for a one-eyed-admiral. I didn’t like that one bit, so I threw her overboard. Hahaha!
The weathered dock, ready to accept the feet of friendly sailors…or loot-crazed pirates like me!
Hmmm, it looks like Angry Adams is comin back from me schooner. I sure hope he wasn’t trying to put a bomb in me cabin again. I tell ye, this pirating-business is really a cut-throat job!
Pay no heed to that giant “X”. No treasure lies beneath it, merely a spiked pit to deter treasure hunters. Feel free to dig her up!
Sea turtles occasionally swim past the island on their way to breeding grounds. I tell ye, there ain’t be nothing better in this world than split-pea-turtle soup! Yum!
We pirates are honorable chaps, but every now and then there’s someone you gotta execute. That’s wot we got this here gallows for!
The little pathway leading up to the front door, worn down by years of feet travelin over em.
That little terror with the eye patch and top hat is me own pride and joy: LittleBeard! He’s a regular terror, always swishing that sword around and using the foulest language…that’s why I love him so! I’ve assigned the runt to watch the prisoners, which gives him no end of joy. Look at him yelling at those poor souls. Hahaha!
The two buffoons who used to occupy the fort now lie in the prison cell. I’ve not yet decided wot to do with em, but you can best be sure, it won’t be pretty! Hahaha!
All the doors are reinforced with iron bars, just in case some enterprising chap offshore tries to snipe me lads while their lookin out. Clever, ain’t it?
This here’s the first level of the fort. A table, chair, and box of fruit occupy the space, along with me first treasure map that I ever got. Ahhh, it brings warmth to me heart to see that homely picture!
Jimmy Jones is checking up on the swords that we’ve got. Jimmy is a fine swordsman, and always love to check up on “me children”, as he calls his steel blades. Hahaha, got a sense of humor, Jimmy does!
There goes One-Eyed-Pete, mad as anything and lookin for trouble! He’s probably the angriest, meanest, nastiest old brute that ever lived…besides me of course! Hahaha!
Oh corks, it looks like Dazzled-Dug is skylarking again! How many times have I told that nitwit to stop eating those cursed mushrooms!? It makes him go all soft and talk about “peace” and “love”, which are very un-piratey things to chat about it. Get back to cleaning that cannon, you slacker!
The 12-pounder protects the front of the fort from any fool who would wish to re-take the island. Come and get sum, you Imperial sailors!
Upstairs is the sleeping quarters…and Norgo the Drunk. Honestly, I don’t know why I let that idiot live. He does nothing but drink me prize rum all day!
Old Tom is an ancient fellow who’s good for nothing but cleaning up the fort. His one hobby is taking care of that silly coconut tree. Wot kind of a fool likes coconuts anyways!? That entire nut and hardly any juice! And it don’t taste like rum at all! Blech!
Well, we’ve reached the top of the fort! You might as well get a good look at me, Brickbeard, your host!
This here’s Bertha, our 25-pounder cannon. Whenever she fires, all the fish in the sea leap a good 2 feet out of the water! Hahaha!
Bertha’s ammo, large as me head, and almost as tough! Hahaha!
Our ensign flies proudly with the wind. Just try and take her down and you’ll see how angry I can get!
Finally, our treasure trove! Lovely, ain’t she? We’ve been hoarding for years, and once I get just a liiittle bit more, I’ll settle down….JUST FOOLING! Hahaha! I’ll never settle down! Pirating is far too fun!
And now, some more shots for you to view!
Dio with the levels removed.
Some shots of "Tabitha's Folly":
The front wall of the fort.
Dio with figs removed.
Yo ho ho ho, and a bottle of…root beer? Hmmm, doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Just a quick picture to show how big the creation is.
The gang all lined up!
Brickbeard the pirate, easily one of the best minifigures ever produced.
Protect the rum at all costs, me heartys! Don’t let em near our prize!
When I got the “Pirates” category, I thought to myself, “Well, this is going to be easy…NOT!” I was worried witless because I hardly own any ship pieces and brown elements, meaning a large-scale ship was entirely out of the question. But I knew I had to bring my “A-game” to the table, with so many excellent entries in the first round, so I decided to make a fort, drawing inspiration from the classic Pirates sets of the ‘90s, which I have a few minifigures from. This creation was an absolute monster to design and create; just collecting the elements that I needed took 2 whole days, and by my estimation, the whole thing uses around 1,800 pieces. I decided to use a red and white color scheme because they were the two elements that I have more than plenty of. The hardest part was the lousy rocks: I was stripping parts off my precious Star Wars sets and demolishing my prized Ogel’s Ice Fortress just to get enough grey pieces. I also wanted the whole creation to have easy-lift-off roofs, which made finding tiles an absolute chore. However, all things considered, I think the whole creation turned out really well. As far as my first MOC of 2012 goes, I guess I could have done a lot worse:) I gotta give a big ‘thank you’ to Christian Hansen for making this contest, and to my fellow competitors, who have turned out fabulous entries. May the best MOC win!
As a side note, I’ve got a lot more creations on the way. Work is definitely getting in the way of my free time, but I promise that I will have a new addition to my Olympia theme added in the coming weeks, a few humorous MOCs that movie fans will probably enjoy, and my MOCiversery on the 27th, giving you a sneak peek into the chaotic life of an 18-year old LEGO fan, a look back at my first year on MOCpages, and what the future has in store. Stay tuned!
Yaaaarrrrr. Hmmm no I am not in pirate accent. So points: Photo:5/5 Nice photos, nice. Theme: 5/5 Brickbeard´s speech gives it very nice and smooth pirate feeling. Overall: 8/10 I think some parts could be improved but it is still awesome. Overall 18/20 good job!
Arrrr ye matey! Here ya scores!
Photography: 5/5. Nice job being able to get so many great shots with such a large MOC.
Theme Representation: 5/5. For speakin with such a great Pirate-y accent! And the treasure!
Overall Build: 9/10. With the interiors and accessories and minifigures, It just makes me wish Lego would make it as a set.
Overall Score: 19/20. Hey, Great Job!
WOW! This is fantastic! I love the color scheme and I would say that the humor in the commentary was what really makes this excellent. I actually laughed out loud on a couple of lines. Especially the one about cannon-balls as big as his head. :D Awesome job, Paul! 5/5!
This is a great pirate fort! I love how all the parts connect with each other, and you having red and white most worked out, they are great pirate-theme colors. I especially like the balcony. I'll go ahead and thank you back, like all the competitors, for making this a TRUE contest, with all the great creations.
This is great work. As you say, you really brought your A-game to the table! And you did a great job of working round your lack of brown bricks. To my mind, all the interior detail pushes this out in front of the other entries... good luck!