Providence class? Subjugator class? I think Grevious had all kinds of these warships. Here's my take on one.
About this creation
It's been a while since I've been active here. Thanks for all the messages, input and invitations. I hope to get some time to spend here in the upcoming holidays.
I was thinking last week that we don't really have a Trade Federation capital ship. TLG hasn't made anything proper. While I'd love a Lucrehulk cruiser more than anything, I need something on my shelf for:
a) Grevious to command
b) my droid army to be stored
And there are plenty of battle droids that need a home. They don't display well on my high Lego shelf (I have a cat so they need to be out of his furry and destructive reach) and usually fall over and get lost.
So here's an attempt at The Invisible Hand. It started with that green windscreen that I found in a sweet score at a yard sale on my way to the beach this summer. Found a bunch of sweet pieces. I don't know what set that green piece is from but I loved it at first sight and wanted to build something around it.
It was when I was rewatching The Clone Wars when it occurred to me: I could take a stab at The Invisible Hand. It's somewhat simple and shouldn't pose a challenge among the supply of extra pieces I had. It's just that I was planning to cover up the green bridge window with the more screen-realistic grey panels when I realized that as a Lego ship to display/play with not only would the green window look cool, it could also be used as a swing hatch for the bridge.
I ended up with a piece that is nearly midi-scale but still fits figures. Although the super battle droids are crumpled up in a heap, everyone else fits well enough. The bridge holds Greivous, two Magna Droids and a couple of blue pilot droids. Behind the bridge is where the supers are piled up. Then we have the landing bay, which is too small for vulture droids to get in and out but at this scale it's great for battle droids to stand and shoot. I know, it's not to scale but most of Star Wars Lego isn't.
Behind that bay lies another area for battle droids. I find a 4x6 plate is good for holding 6 retracted battle droids. Finally at the end of the ship I've a couple of droiddekas, rolled up.
The exterior was the most fun to build. Once I decided to ditch canon concerns I slapped a bunch of guns and missiles on the sides, employing up-switch hatches for access to the inside. Gotta love finding a use for all those extra grey engine pieces.