Named after a fallen former ally, the NCS 'Augustus' is the new flagship of the New Corsairs' navy. This is what happens when pirates get hold of a real warship...
About this creation
The 'Augustus' is the latest in the line of Egomaniac class cruisers to take to the seas. Other notable ships in this class include the NCS Nero, the NCS Henry VIII and the NCS Donald Trump...
Actually, the 'Augustus' has a real-world analogue - the HMS Belfast, now a floating museum on the River Thames. I took my boys to see it earlier this summer, and was inspired to build a tribute by its huge size and mixture of grace and dangerousness.
Primary armament: 4 turrets, each with 180 degree traverse and 3 guns able to propel 6" diameter shells up to a range of 14 miles. The main superstructure has 2 bridges - the upper one is the command bridge, and directly below it is the Admiral's bridge.
Secondary armament: Twelve 4" guns, in 3 twin turrets mounted on each side of the ship. The deck amidships also provides space for 2 helicopters, which are used for reconnaissance and range finding for the gunners.
The doors amidships open to allow the torpedo tubes to swivel into position, in order to tackle submarines or finish off an enemy ship. Two anti-aircraft turrets are mounted on top of the torpedo bay. Lifeboats are stored alongside and between the funnels, hopefully never to be used!
The rear superstructure houses many of the functions essential for keeping a large ship running - the galley, the infirmary, the Naafi shop, and most fearsome of all - the dentist! The other 2 main gun turrets finish of the stern.
Fourth wall: This is of course an entry in Category 6: Warship for D.A.2: Up from the Ashes. I'm indebted to the supremely talented Lego shipbuilder Matt Bace - but for his excellent tutorial on the subject I probably would never have attempted something this big. At ~120 studs in length, this would technically be a SHIP if I built it in real bricks - maybe I will one day! The overall layout and disruptive camouflage pattern are strongly based on HMS Belfast (although if I'd been trying to build a replica, it would have been 50 studs longer).
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Awesome! Nice job with all of the details -- the turrets, the funnels, the mini-helicopters -- and the camouflage looks great, too.
August 14, 2015
Commander Lucas. Building victory. This MOC is going to continue to garner MILPO well after tonight's AW. It is obviously the result of intense focus, effort, and patience. The digital format is new to you? Well, if that is true, I assure you, it is NOT remotely evident in the quality of your work. Seriously, work of this caliber enhances (eclipses really) the DA aspect completely. It's great work! Attack!
Wow! You've become a real master of LDD in no time at all. A truely impressive ship, especially using the two different shades of grey. I like the pattern on the fore deck, with those curves in the colours. Super details, such as the aircraft and the angled funnels, plus the proportions just look "right" to me. Excellent work.
Excellent cruiser, Stuart. Hard to say whether I like the overall lines or the detail work more. The camouflage is superb. Please don't name anything after Donald Trump, though. If we all ignore him, he'll just go away.
Wow, this is an impressive piece, Stuart! Great attention to detail and the camo-d hull is very nicely done. Smooth shapes everywhere and those helicopters add a lot of character. Good work; it was worth all the time you invested in it. The "Trump" line had me in stiches. Great job completing your ORBAT!