The Doomgiver WIP #5 (Aug-11) . . My final WIP before the Doomgiver is finished, I expect. Not too many pictures this time, I want to save centre page spreads of the completed ship until the end. By which time hopefully I'll have learned how to use a camera.
So I've been pretty busy building of late and finally finished the underside and flipped her over. I've been mostly working on the (angled) top plating and tiling. The angled plating has been a bit of a headache in trying to (smoothly) transition from flat plating at the front of the ship, to angled plating at the back. Lots of trial and error, but I am 95% happy with the results.
ďHow hard can this be?Ē I can imagine some of you will say. ďItís just an imperial star destroyer with a bit of the nose chopped out. Well yes, it looks like that, but no, itís entirely different.
The Doomgiver is essentially a large flat wedge plate (necessary for the pods that hang underneath) with a plate sloped top. An imperial star destroyer is sloped on the top and bottom, but in a different way. It slopes from the back to the nose (top and bottom) (http://images.wikia.com/starwars/images/2/27/ISD_TFU.jpg) and from the centre to the sides. So it's like four triangles joined together into a huge wedge.
On the other hand, a large part of the top of the Doomgiver slopes from the center, a line parallel to the underside, to either side of the ship, which also tapers to the bow (http://imperialbastion.ru/images/doomgiver-carrier.gif).
I first thought I could make a huge long wing, like the Imperial Star Destroyer, and tack it on to the flat top at an angle, but no, it sloped down to the bow so wasnít parallel to the top deck of the ship. So instead, the entire top sloping section is made up of 6 stud width plate combinations, hinges and the odd 1 x 6 plate to boost hinge height to give just the right angle so that the tiles tuck under the slopes which are parallel to the base.
Got it? Neither have I. Itís not perfect, but itís as near as and 95% happy is good enough for me.
Anyway, enough mathematics. Another major headache was the curved section mid-ship, which coincided with the angled plates. Lego is just too straight sometimes. Again, Iím pretty happy with how it transitions (By carefully shoving tiles up under the slopes)but if anyone else has a better idea, Iím very open to suggestions.
Here's an example of some of the things I am adding to the tiling of the ship. A Dark Bluish Gray thingy. Definitely will be the largest non-LBG structure mixed in with the plating. Not sure what it is, but I felt the LBG-ishness of the ship needs to be broken up with some 'colour'
I'll call it the Shield Generation Facility Thingy for now.
So whatís left to do?
1. Top side tiling, I have seriously underestimated the number of tiles I needed for this build. Actually I seriously underestimated the number of parts full stop. There are just over 7,000 studs on the topside to cover, Iím 50.17% (please see my sad sad sad tiling tracker) through the tiling process, and Iím very much out of 1 x 2 LBG. I'll be cutting it fine on 1 x 1 LBG and 2 x 2 LBG as well. 1 x 4 LBG left the building a long time ago.
Like Gordon Gekko said, green is good. Obviously I have extended that to red means tiles needed. Yes, very sad.
2. Greebling, the Dark Bluish Gray sides are ready for detailing, but Iím currently arguing with myself on how this should be done. Tiles, studs and grills only, or should I also throw in the odd phone, wrench, clip, bar, etc. Part of me says "It's a wrench you idiot!" and another part of me says "No, it's a power conduit converter matrix stupid!" About 2,350 studs to cover here...
This is the stern of the ship, I need to greeble inside before attaching the top plate and building up towards the top of the ship. I started greebling before stopping to argue with myself.
3. The top bit. This is also going to be tricky, going by this picture (http://imperialbastion.ru/images/doomgiver-carrier.gif), in so much that it could be quite easy to make it look ugly and sloppy. Once again, I think Iíve underestimated the parts needed, woo hoo... Iíll be holding off on the greebling until this is done. That picture also shows the flat nature of the ship.
I had an idea of how I was going to build this section, but today I've been using LDD to develop a few ideas before potentially changing the design.
Rubbish quality picture taken with my phone this morning. This is how the stern will play out eventually. The important part is integrating the DBG build (front & center) into the LBG stern. I want to make it 'organic' without harsh straight vertical edges. The right hand edge of the upper most LBG part in picture is very vertical and very straight at the moment because I built that part separately as a test. I'll be breaking up that edge with DBG once I can decide how best to build that part. We will see how it turns out but I have a good feeling about this.
DBG slopes in the centre of the LBG slopes will become LBG.
4. I need to re-tile the stand, Iíve robbed it blind of all tiles in an effort to tile around/under the slopes on the upper deck, which is now done as per the sad tiling chart.
5. Take pictures, post them on MOCPages, sit back and wait for the multi-trillion dollar offers to stream in, or the George Lucas lawsuit, whichever is sooner.
Question for you all, I was planning on two rows of slopes with a two plate thick DBG detail mixed in the middle, as per the first picture. Then I had the idea of putting in a Ďholeí midway through the section, see pictures below. Not sure what to call it, hanger bay? Toilet disposal facility? Anyway, I thought it might break up the monotony of slope after slope.
Here's the 'hole.'
So what do you all think? Hole or slopes? Comments welcome.
Shocker of a picture related to the comments on the hole.