"Awake ye patriots! Arise ye minute-men! The British are coming! The British are coming!"
About this creation
The Battle took place in a small town called Lexington, Massachusetts. The British Army under command by Francis Smith , the Marines and Artillery under General Pitcairn received word that the rebels were amassing arms in Concord, Massachusetts. John Adams, John Hancock and Joseph Warren were hiding at Lexington when the British arrived to arrest them. Joseph Warren stayed with Paul Revere one of three messengers to depart to warn the country side. Hancock and Adams however departed to Philadelphia for the Continental Congress. Of the 3 riders that set out from Boston only one made it to Concord. A Man by the name of William Dawes. The locals then smuggled the weapons out of Concord and into nearby barns before the British arrived. This battle is critical not only because this is the first real battle of the Revolution but because this saved the Revolution. If this small band of militia hadn't opposed the British, the war might never have been won.
I used this picture to demonstrate the difference between the two armies. Though the militia had some form of order the British were far superior as far as discipline go. On the right we see the British with their rows and lines and on the left we see the Americans with their ramshackle staggered ranks.
Some people think that leading from the back is a mark of cowardice. Well In this time the generals were the players of a chess game. They see the game and direct the pieces. If they are hit then the pieces have not director. In Medieval times it was customary for the King to ride in to battle at the head of the army.
Notice the standard bearer is smiling. I purposely did this because their were some mutual laws of battles that all honorable officers followed. Hitting a standard bearer was a no-no even though many were hit during exchanges.
Now to all those people who do not have a PHD, the British did not fire in a single time. They did have the commands prepare arms, make ready arms, aim, and fire but lets see. You would lose so much tactical advantage firing at the same time. There would be 1 person with 15 musket balls in his skull. Firing in a staggered fashion gave the attackers time to reload safely(if there was a solid stream of shot coming from an army it would not only intimidate the "recipients" but it would completely lower their chances of survival.)
Though there was artillery at the battle no cannon shot was fired.
The commanding officer at the skirmish was General John Pitcairn. He is famous for leading this attack and for the Battle of Bunker Hill where he died to the musket ball of the freed slave Peter Salam. FunFact- The outfit is that of my pirate sigfig Commadore Perry.
This brigade is charging the wall, and effective yet bloody maneuver mainly as a distraction or ploy. However these were known to work effectively. They had deposited their larger packs and instead took their shoulder bags containing only ammunition. The leader of this charge is Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith.
There was only one entrance into Lexington from this angle and it was right through the Green. The British had to encounter the 70 or so rebels if they wanted to get passed.
This fellow here is Captain Jonas Parker leader of the local militia. When the Brits came marching up they received the orders to disperse. Different reports say that Parker ordered his men to retreat but because of his raspy voice they couldn't hear him.
As the British attempt a bayonet charge some militia hustle over to fill in the gaps. Though not as bad as in the Civil War, The Revolutionary War was unneeded slaughter. The Patriot captures it really well. These buggers would line up in spick and span lines and blast at one another until they die or get bored. A good quote by Bertrand Russel "War doesn't determine who's right it determines who's left." Very true.
This rock wall was probably the hardest part in the MOC besides the overall layout process. It took me forever to find a technique and I finally settled on tiles and half stud offsets.
That there feller in the Blue jacket on left is Paul Revere, the most famous messenger in the colonies at that time.
Here is the last battle scene from the American view.
Where would the battle be without SOME kind of dead person lying around. So to all those blood-loving-morons out there here is your dead person. You're welcome.
I loved doing this pond. It has the depth feeling to it and the South African Duck really completes it.
The Bell is the same design as that of Fire Brigade.(my 3rd favorite set.)
Here is the Church's cemetery. What I ask you would a church be without a cemetery? Well probably just a cemeteryless church but it is important for us to not get caught up in... something..yeah...ummmm...cough*..moving on...
I tried to do a stain-glass impression of a cross but it was sort of lost in the shadow unfortunately.
Inside is a candle, pulpit,and random pile of croissants and carrots in the corner.
This stain-glass turned out much better than what I would have hoped. It seems to capture the essence of older work.
I used the tiles on the outside to give it the brickwork impression as most of you probably already realize. However for all those noobies out there that is what it is for.
Here's a last minute fugitive making her way to a small town near there.
One of the Reasons the British passed by Lexington was because John Adams and John Hancock were staying there along with some smuggled arms. Paul Revere got there in time to warn them then went off to join the militia. Hancock and Adams escaped the British clutches with some of the papers and manuscripts for the Continental Congress.
I finished the outside of the Tavern then realized that it looked way too modern. I was looking through my instructions bin a couple of minutes before and I had the British Port sticking out. Wow. I then put the stickers from the put all around the white part of the building.
I was looking for the smoky, hazy room with messed up chairs and cracked walls. The tiles are a bit of a brainstorm for me as well.
Here is the Tavern part of the Tavern. The hanging glasses sort of complete the look that I wanted.
The upper room of the tavern. In the corner you see a couple Barrels of Gunpowder and in a chest are some arms.
Who Really Fired the First Shot...
So it happened that Little Timmy was left alone in the house with his father out in the battlefield and his mother God knows where. He excitedly found the chest and pulled out the pistol. "I'm not too wittle to fight!" BANG! That shot started the war which ended up making America, the only country where we have Freedoms of all kinds.
As the folder says this begins my series called the "Tribute to America". I pick major events in the History of America and convert them to MOCs. Some stuff that I know for sure that I will be doing are Pearl Harbor, 9/11, Gettysburg, Lincoln assassination, Fort McHenry, and others. Please continue to follow my series because you aren't going to want to miss it. Also if you have any suggestions for events that I have over looked please inform me.
Well any how thanks for putting up with my ramblings.
hope to see you soon.
Epic, but, the flag bearer with the British is actually a minuteman, for he is in his uni-formal coat of blue. Other than that, as always: EPIC!!! You are great with everything. If only I had that insight o' awesomeness! I mean, I have one or two real cool things, and every creation of yours come out with the "big guns" of epic-ness and total creativity. Wow. Just WOW!!!!!
Once again great details and correct facts except for one tiny mistake i just noticed. You only have the first name of Captain Parker wrong. The real commander was John Parker but there was a Jonas Parker on the green. If I remember correctly he was John Parker's nephew and was unfortunately bayoneted by a British soldier and died. Keep up your great work!!!!!:)
Even ignoring the battlefield, the buildings, and the soldiery, the two floors of the tavern and the "first shot" reference at the end are well worth a 5 smileys rating! Keep it up! [BTW, if you are interested in expanding the 'History section' worldwide, the 1921 Kronstadt rebellion or the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) could well become excellent MOCs. I definitely enjoy any of your LEGO takes on History, but I would enjoy those two even more; if interested in "hypothetical history", i.e. history that didn't happen but might have occurred, you could build on a hypothetical Allied invasion into post-WW2 dictatorial Spain]
Man I gotta say I love this! Despite the fact that the battle scene caughts eye pretty effectively, you have still managed to build fully detailed church and tavern in addition.
Really sweet work, definitely 5/5, worth more!
Haha one of the local militia is having a slingshot :D
Keep on brickin' mate!