This tree is the one main difference between the online-edition and NWBC-edition of the model. After hearing Bruce Lowell's rants about plain brick trees, I decided I'd save you the pain of them, and making something more his style. Green jumper plates are too rare in my collection...
The tan path is a good example of LEGO inaccuracy. While 2=5 works when it's in small numbers, if you bend it around the curves as I did, or have it over a long distance as with this straight section, it shows that not all LEGO bricks are created equal. The path is actually longer than it's mathematical equivalent in upright studs, even if just by a fraction.
The dock was actually a fair pain to make, because it's all odd-number widths, and the supports are offset half a stud in throughout. The pillars line up to allow the 5-wide fingers to fit in, while offsetting the fingers half a stud out to make them fit smoothly yet still be held on.
I find the thumbnail looks eerily like a rendering. That scares me, but life goes on. A lot of things on MOCpages scare me though - From the bionicle-kids, to the insane reviewers, to the people who don't understand the word "photography".
As you can see at the far end of the sewer, the grate is a construction that uses some SNOT placed within the SNOT water to un-SNOT it, and screwdrivers pushed into the tops of a 4L technic brick, since lightsaber blade piecs were too long. The technic brick allowed the water to be continuous while still holding the screwdrivers solidly.
After professing having absolutely no interest in tudor-style building, then contradicting that by making one I had to do something unique. To keep with the snotty theme I decided to do SNOT floors, something I'd never seen done in this type of building before.
Here's the storeroom and battery compartment. The whole storeroom concept was sort of a disappointment, since at NWBC you couldn't see inside the back. A lot of the attendees got to see the back, but the general public had no way to view it. Sorta disappointing. I think next time I'll have to steal one of those huge train roundabout turntable thingies, gear it down, and stick it underneath.
Out of all the ridiculous voting NWBC voting categories, "best train/pirate crossover MOC" was not an option. How disappointing.
I found the 7-wide dock with 5-wide fingers just looked better. The even numbers make figure placement easier, but somehow look less appealing to me. Maybe it's subconcious, since I'm so used to seeing even-studded models.
This definately deserves a better rating than a 3.5. Its both simple and elegant in its design. It wasn't cluttered up with the unnecessary, but it had those fine little details that push it up in the ranking.
It doesn't take an expert to figure out that a lot of detailing trouble has gone into this MOC. Pirates are actually an old favourite of mine, and I like what you've done here. It's great to have an MOC where you keep needing to come back to fully realise all the detailing that has gone into making it. However I still think that you missed out on 2 things: The path is too, well... 'pixelated' (for want of a better term.) Maybe by adding some 1x1 headlights in and sticking 1x1 rounds on it to simluate pebbles would make it look more realistic. Ditto goes for the sea. It's too calm and artificial. I'd imagine it to be a little choppier, especially around the piers (I completely blame Keith's dios for this trend of unusually still water ;-P). Still, it is overall a really nice MOC. The warm lighting inside is just a bonus. Thanks for sharing.
John! Saw a few pics of this moc from NWBC05, and wanted to see more... and now you post this eyecandy... thanks for posting. Love the details on the rear of the moc to show more of the environment. The general shape of the wall looks good and the canon placement there was a good choice. Your Overall SNOT technique is well used, loved the tan walkway with the jumper plates used to lower the grade two steps... very coolio. Cheers! ~ Paul.