Because Steampunk is fun, and so are battleships. It really only makes sense to combine them. It's also adorable.
About this creation
*CAUTION* The following commentary adds almost no value to the MOC whatsoever. It may be found mildy amusing to some.
Now, disregarding any form of a backstory, I've named her the 'Cerberus'. Mostly because that's a scary name. You know, alot of ships have scary or grand names, but don't really deserve them. This is probably one of those ships, but that thought keeps me up at night...
I really hope you didn't believe that. Also, I hope you enjoy this overhead shot. It's not one of my favorites or anything, it's just I like the angle.
I'm rather proud of how she turned out to tell you the truth. I've also never used minifig hands as gun emplacements before. I think it turned out pretty well. Speaking of which, at what point do I have to give in to the figs' demands for worker's comp? There are quite a few that are outraged over missing hands. And legs. But the legs aren't in this build, so that's not really not important.
Ah, Mr. Goldman was right once more. Or, is it for once? Well, I'm not the judge of that. But I do agree that most MOCs look good from the rear.
Why do ships always have flying bridges? I know they're quite stylish, and rather appealing visually, but they're quite impractical. It's like running into a firing range painted red and white.
Now this is a lovely shot. It's also one of my favorite features. I was just messing around with parts and it just stuck! Now I've got a ram. Ah, ramming. There's nothing like that jolt of the ship as it hits the enemy, the feel of the deck as you tear their bridge off in a single burst of speed, knowing that the opposing crew put too much stock in believing you'd never try it. The thrill of watching the burning wreckage that was their proud ship sinking below the horizon in a blur of flame and falling wreckage! The- ... Sorry, I got carried away there. /Deep breath/ Okay, all better now! I'll try to keep my sociopathic impulses under better control in the future. Or would it be psycopathic? Eh, who cares.
Ah, AA guns. You can never have too many. Actually, you can never have ENOUGH. but that applies to guns in general. Tvtropes says so. (I won't link you there. It's ruined my life, as I cannont escape from it. Look it up at your own risk if you happen to wiki walk)
Like I said before, More Dakka. Why not mount giant cannons next to the only thing keeping this floating death trap aloft? And why not put observation domes on them? I mean, come on. It's not like some lone hero is going to sneak aboard and rotate one of them just right so the heroine can push the button, destroying the entire thing as they rush to safety on one of the ship's parked vehicles, right? That's right, because they can't turn that far. I learned from RoTJ. Luke won't beat up MY boat that easily!
Here we see the comically oversized boiler. It powers a comically oversized propeller, wich allows my ship to fly in a comically impractical manner. Even though none of it is really comical.
Remember kids, an airship has no life boats. Mostly because lifeboats would just cluster you up for when the fighters make their second pass. You're better off taking the table cloth and jumping. Also, I seem to use the phrase 'Remember kids' quite alot... I really need some new material...
And so, it finally ends. I truly am sorry for making you sit through that commentary, but it's late and I really can't come up with a story of any form. And I'm too lazy to put it off any further. Besides, I'm procrastinating in enough things right now. It's best to get this one up before it gets demolished or something like that. In all likelihood, it'll suffer from swoosh overdoes.
Oh, and before I finally go...
I'm sorry. I couldn't control it.
This is a really good moc. The use of the mini figure hands for AA guns is very good. The ram on the front is one of the best parts of the entire ship. The commentary was amusing as well. Over all you did a great job well done.
Awesome Mini-build, dude! The clear mounting stand adds to the whimsy of this piece. Great job. If your minifigs turn unexpectedly litigious, my mini-fig attorney will help you out for a fee -understand that he resolves most of his cases at the end of double Lightsaber blades. -Huss Q.
Well, that was unexpected. Just like the Spanish Inquisition...
@Nitrosity: Steampunk is anything that is clearly steampowered. Usually it looks like the unholy offspring of The Victorian Era and a giant boiler. For more information, I'd recommend checking out the Steampunk group here, or on Flickr.
@Pierre: And that's the reason it's still alive. If I'm correct, children are adorable too so we don't kill them. I assume the same concept could work for Airships. I never really thought too much about the binoc mountings though... Man, that'd be awesome if I just created a new technique!
@Shifu and Bones: (Sorry for a dual response, your posts were pretty similiar.) Thank you, this was very much so a 'Let's try this technique' MOC. I'm glad it turned out so well!
"Why do ships always have flying bridges? I know they're quite stylish, and rather appealing visually, but they're quite impractical. It's like running into a firing range painted red and white."
yeah, i have to agree with you on that. but it looks really good if the bridge sticks up above the ship. it's probably the star destroyer that started the whole thing. but any way. i like the moc good job, and i'm starting to like the whole steampunk theme, but i HAVE NO IDEA WHAT STEAMPUNK IS, so i really don't understand everything, but it's still cool. and this is a really long comment so i'm going to stop typing as soon as i finish this sentance.
that thing's just adorable!!! :) look at it! its soooo cuuuute :D
oh and great idea with the way u mounted the binoculars! they're used as turrets a lot but i had never seen them mounted that way.
@Areesta: Thanks! Yeah, it is a pretty cool looking concept, so I guess that's all that matters, right? And I never knew that. I knew that a sociopath was more violent, but I didn't know they were out for the whole society. I'll keep that in mind. Also, I think I have a new favorite quote
@Robert: Same! I really like the overall design scheme and feel of Steampunk. It's just got a whimsical feel that I don't get from many other themes.
After seeing very well executed creations like this I'm very tempted to make Katherine of Brittany a steam punk society. I'm fascinated by the ideas and concepts that arise from steam punk and I think this is one of the better examples. It has a certain flair.
Looks very Warhammer. Oh, to answer your questions: the flying bridge is because of the Rule Of Cool (yep, me too. Real time sink, I probably shouldn't keep looking at the spoilers for things I might like to read) a sociopath wants to kill societies and a psycopath wants to kill minds. Or something like that. I know, I know. Not the right definitions, but seeing someone kill a society might be interesting. As for ramming: "The main goal for an 18th century ship captain was to smash his vessel into something".