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The Corsairs of Umbar
Umbar was once the chief southern port of Gondor, but after the fall of Numenor and ages of strife, Umbar became an independent rival state under the control of the Haradrim. The Corsairs of Umbar were nominally privateers, though their fleet included more than 50 capital warships, more interested in destroying Gondorian vessels to exert dominance than raiding them for the sake of simple profit.
About this creation
I've been meaning to do a ship for some time now, and I've also been on a bit of a LOTR kick of late, so the Corsairs of Umbar seemed like a good way to kill two birds with one brick.

I debated for some time as to what the ship should look like. The Peter Jackson film envisioned a boat with strong eastern influences, like a junk or a dhow, but I know many history buffs and fans of the books who firmly avow that the ships are clearly dromonds while still others avidly argue in favor of caravels. After much internal debate, it suddenly dawned on me that, while Tolkien's work was clearly informed by history, it was in no way constrained by it and that, rather than trying to cram an accurate model of an historical ship into Middle Earth, I should just build something with lanteen sails (the only feature all the candidate ships and the text itself had in common)that looked both cool and intimidating.



Hopefully it's pretty clear that this is a warship, long keel, narrow beam, battering ram just below the waterline; why even pretend to be a cargo ship?



I was really going for something that looked like it could slice through a ships hull as easily as it cut through the waves. The raised afterdeck is so the helmsman can line up a clean shot over the heads of raiders waiting to board the enemy vessel.




The top of the ram's base is just visible above the waterline on the bow.



A bank of oars (11 per side) helps to put on the extra head of steam for ramming speed (and backing away afterwards)



The elevated stern affords a commanding view of the surroundings.




The wing tipped walls capped with studs are purely gratuitous, but hey it keeps things interesting.



The rigging (or entire lack thereof) could use some work, but overall I'm happy with how things came out.



Happy sailing....





Comments

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  December 16, 2012
very cool,and awesome color combo!!! can you check out my amon hen moc? thanks
  December 14, 2012
.....deserved a second look. ;)
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  December 12, 2012
Love the old grey new grey combo. Used to great effect. With the black, this thing looks pretty evil! Dethklok would sail in this, that's metal!
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  December 11, 2012
Amazing looking ship!
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  December 9, 2012
A rather beautiful and elegantly shaped ship.
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  December 9, 2012
It's my favorite ship on MOC!
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  December 9, 2012
I really like the shape of the stern
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  December 8, 2012
Cool approach to the hull design. I like the gray scale color scheme, it keeps it ominous without being monotonous.
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  December 8, 2012
Really great ship! Perfect sails and design! The shaping and part usage is awesome!
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  December 8, 2012
Great build. It resembles the ships from the film while still maintaining a sense of originality. I love the sides with the oars and the shields.
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  December 8, 2012
Indeed, very awesome and ominous looking ship :-) Looks inspired by viking and perhaps chinese vessels?
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  December 8, 2012
Extremely well done.
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  December 8, 2012
Nice Moc!
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  December 8, 2012
I was just working on one of these a little while ago! The color scheme was different (brown, black, and sand green, like in the films) but the design is brilliant! great job.
  December 8, 2012
Sweet design! Would've loved to have had some of these bad boys for our LOTR collaborative a couple of years ago. Nicely done!
 
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