This is the result of a MOC-off with Giovanni Seynhaeve. It's a ship from a comic series we both adore - the compelling tale of a grunt soldier caught in an interstellar war.
About this creation
The original story of The Forever War was written by Vietnam vet Joe Haldeman, and later adapted to graphic novel form by the Belgian Marvano.
This Tauran cruiser is in fact a Mysteron in the true sense of the word. Little is known about the race or origin the humans have found themselves at war with. They were dubbed Taurans because the first attack on a human ship took place somewhere near Aldebaran, in the Taurus system.
Here is some info on the ship (if available):
- Type: Tauran Cruiser
- Number in existance: at least three (two types of colouring)
- Home planet: unknown
- Race: unknown (Taurans)
- Size: unknown
- Personnel: unknown
- Weapon systems: unknown (there were nuclear missiles with an accelleration of 200G at one point)
- Number of fighters: unknown (at least four)
- Number of troop carriers: unknown (at least four)
Front/lower angle view of the ship. I just love that flat front, with all of the beams and wings.
In space, no one cares about your ship not being aerodynamic.
Top view. I suppose that bump between the upper wings might house some sort of bridge or command centre, maybe.
During the build, I started imagining what all the parts of the ship might be for. I didn't get far though. Maybe the big nose houses some hidden shuttle bays, or weapons systems.
The back of the ship, with the one huge engine. I do think there are several smaller engines housed inside the wings though.
Lower backside shot....hmmmm.
Detail shot of one of the wing tips. Red greebling yes!
Engine area closeup.
One of the fighters. I only have one white dish, so I could only make the one.
More ship details.
Smaller engine and dome on the wing.
A compare shot with the original, which I scanned from the comic book. You see I got the idea from the 'collar' from this scan. The shape of the nose itself is a bit different here, but more in line with the other - sparse- images in the comic.
Detail compare shot of the engine area. I also don't have trans-yellow dishes, can you tell?
A captured cruiser docked upside down at Spaceport (at a slightly different angle). This is the image where I got my colour coding from. You will notice that Gio's version has exactly the opposite wings that are red - the other colour version featured in the novel.
I used this detail image to justify adding some black spots to my ship.
An interesting contrast with Gio's build. I like how yours is more compact and I prefer the colour scheme that you've used. I think that you've done a great job of turning the orginal art into Lego, especially all of the different angles and curves.
Steef, you've got some obscure refrences - but who cares with a build like this! I've never heard of the comic series but still, this is a neat build. The black round (half round I guess) peices are really cool against the white dominance. Great interprutation!
Having looked at Gio's first it's inevitable i'll start comparing them, and I apologise for that because they are both great and deserve to be viewed on their own merits. Seems like you sqeezed every last drop out of the reference material Steef - I really like the addition of the black highlights and you seem to have a smoother sculpt of the front end. That aside, there is nothing between them for me - very tight interpretation of a very cool subject by two of my favourite builders. What more can I ask for to occupy my lunchtime? Well, apart from a beer and a sandwich....
This is a splendid job Steef! I think you and Gio did an amazing job.....where's the BB coverage man?! Are they sleeping? This should be front page! I think Gio just barely edged you out with the greebling man, but you guys really knocked this out of the park!
Excellent. For the size of the big nose, Iīd say that it must have something todo with propulsion. -Then again, I dont know the comic you are referring to, so I dont know if it features a "realistic" universe, or is just totally wild. I mean, if itīs a weapons-system we should be afraid. Really afraid! ;-)
Eindelijk kan ik haar in haar volle glorie bewonderen! Is ze niet prachtig? Goed idee met de vergelijkingsfoto's, zo kan je de MOC op z'n best waarderen. Blij dat je er mee bent doorgegaan, Steef. En nu naar de volgende uitdaging?!-----Finally, she's here in full glory! Isn't she pretty? Good thinking with the comparison pics, it's a good way to apreciate the MOC! I'm glad you kept on going with this one, Steef. On to the next Challenge?!