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About this creation

Artemis was originally the Greek goddess of the hunt, but was such a fierce and terrible badass that they were cowed into ceding her many more powers -- for instance, the old moon goddess Selene was kicked out and Artemis replaced her.

This is my first microscale spaceship, and it wasn't easy -- I was mostly making it up as I went along. I have even more respect than I did before for all the talented microspace builders out there that inspired me to try this.

Believe it or not, I set out to make a car -- just an average, ordinary, present-day minifig-scale car for a small dio I have in mind. I had my bag of white slopes ready and was digging through the Big Bin O' Wheels when my fingers encountered a bunch of these things. What the... I don't even remember what set they came in. Anyway, next thing I knew I was building a spaceship around them.

Clear Star Blazers influence here -- Artemis sports the powerful Wave Motion Gun. If you missed out on Star Blazers, try to find it on DVD. Not necessarily to buy, but rent or borrow it. The plot and dialogue is proto-Japanimation at its cheesiest, good for a laugh nowadays, but there are a lot of cool spaceships. Which was all I watched it for back in the day... that and the moment in nearly every episode when the crew strapped their goggles on to fire the dreaded Wave Motion Gun...

I can still sing a lot of the theme song... and if you watched it as a kid, you probably can too. I'll get you started: cue martial-style music in a march tempo, and... "We're off... in outer space..."

I'm not much on technical details, but I imagine this would be classed as a destroyer, or a space battleship, something along those lines... though the Wave Motion Gun is the only armament in evidence.

The bridge, and... oh, I don't know... hangar bays? Sure, hangar bays. I'm no more precise with my scales than I am with technical specs, but if they're hangars for fighters, this is one huge ship.

Obviously I'm from the "soft" science fiction school -- short on science, long on fiction. My building philosophy, for the most part, is Form Over Function. If it looks good, do it.

I was worried about the white ship against a white background, but it wasn't as big a problem as I thought it would be.

I wanted a black background for the ship to stand out against and also so it would look like it was, you know, in space and stuff -- but options around the apartment here were pretty thin. Which of the following items did I NOT consider using as a backdrop?

A. My guitar case
B. A sleeping bag
C. A dirty T-shirt on the floor
D. A roasting pan

Ha! It was a trick question... bet you didn't see that coming. I considered them all, briefly. The guitar case and roasting pan were obviously impractical, but that gives you an idea of how narrow the selection of large flat black objects around here really was. The sleeping bag was big enough but had a kind of sheen to it and also big sewn seams running through it -- I thought it would end up looking pretty ghetto if I tried it. The dirty T-shirt was in the running the longest... if I was a big huge fat guy I might have actually done it, but I decided it just wasn't large enough.

Speaking of ghetto, using the nonfiction section of my library as a backdrop just screams class and elegance... on another note, I think I may be having a little too much fun with that crane.

I recommend it as a set though, it's sturdy and can bear a decent amount of weight. Artemis is fairly heavy for its size -- there's no empty space inside, it's solid bricks and plates throughout. I was sure the top section I put the string under would pop off and the ship would plummet to its doom, but obviously it was built strong enough to hold. Go me!

Below the ship you will notice a book titled 5/5/2000... you may not have noticed, but the world ended on May 5th of the year 2000, as a result of a vast planetary alignment. Well, that's what the author claimed would happen, anyway. I bought this book in the late 90s specifically so I could look fondly back on this historical curiosity the instant the calendar hit May 6th. Ah, you apocalypse-predicting nutballs, you make the world a funnier place.

Oh yeah, I knew there was a reason I suspended this thing from the crane in the first place -- so I could get a shot of the bottom. Oooooh... Aaaaah...

I have come to the conclusion that white Lego needs to be stored in some kind of special darkroom, allowed out only for extremely brief periods to use in a MOC and then returned to the gloom as quickly as possible. It seems like all the white brick from my youth shows some signs of yellowing... some are absolutely unusable in white creations, some I can live with but they're still aggravating.

Free tip for you Bricklinkers out there if you haven't figured it out already: when buying white parts, buy new and not used if at all possible. Used white can be a crapshoot. Most sellers there are really good as far as quality control goes, but it's safest to pay extra for the new white.

And never, EVER buy used white pieces on Ebay. You don't know what the hell you're getting.

Until next time, then... I leave you with your choice of quotations. What a guy, huh?

More of the theme from Star Blazers:
"...Through all the fire and the smoke, we will never give up hope, if we can win the Earth will survive... We'll keep peace alive with OOOUUR STAAAAAR BLAZERS!!!"

Or, more from e e cummings:
how do you like your blueeyed boy
Mister Death

Oh yeah, that's the one.


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  December 8, 2009
I rented it to watch, but i guess it doesnt appeal to me.
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  April 18, 2009
Elefun the elephant
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  January 28, 2008
That is a nice crane. I applaud your taste in literature, too. :P
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  January 11, 2008
don´t listen to him, this ship is great. maybe you should put a bit more of detail, like greeblies, but it doesn´t have to be big in order to lok cool.
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  December 17, 2007
Nicely done. Keeping my messages short just in case I get another "your review has been sent". Lee.
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  December 16, 2007
Really Great job. Your right, a good microspace model requires much more thinking than it seems. By the way, the hubcaps you used as the thrusters are from that big, orange EXO-Force set with the treds.
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  December 16, 2007
This has an awesome shape to it. I agree stronger accents would go nice, maybe show some more under-greebs.
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  December 15, 2007
Agreed with Nannan, more color! :p
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  December 15, 2007
Wow, great work here Shannon! Like Nannan, I dig the front end. Oh, and next time, I demand that Lovecraft book be prominently placed on the shelf! 'Cause ya know that's actually non-fiction...oops! Shh...don't tell anyone...except Nannan...because he already knows...
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  December 15, 2007
If thats your first dip into microscale, I'd like to see what your future attempts look like. This is premier stuff here. No really, it is. Don't be modest. Rub it in our faces.
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  December 15, 2007
Well this is quite a unique ship, I really like all of the details you put on. A great color scheme, these kinds of ships just go to show the creativity that some people have. Great job.
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  December 15, 2007
Awesome ship duder! Is thst your first microscale? Heck, I've "toyed with the tiny" before and yes it's infinately harder than it looks! Ur ship has a cool, chunky feel to it. Cool name too. Nice work. And using a Lego crane to display a Lego MOC? Priceless. P.S. Who WERE the Celts man?
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  December 15, 2007
Awesome front, you could definitely use a bit more blue accent and black greebs. Neat build
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  December 15, 2007
You did a great job adding detail without sacrificing the vessel's shape or basic smoothness. The color scheme is excellent and the design of the front couldn't be better. Definitely one of the better microscale MOCs I have seen lately.
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  December 15, 2007
Lovin the curbs in the front! -Bob
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