Shipwrecked

Image of a Lego® crashed spaceship in a jungle setting

So how did this come about? To start, I had some plant elements from the Lego® Store’s pick-a-brick and saw these pictures of an awesome build. This moc, to me was more a study of how to add little effects and details to a simple model, to make it look more convincing. I had a lot of fun sneaking bits of plant in here, there and everywhere. Any plants which the ship would have passed over are one element tall, giving them a chopped-off appearance. The ‘chopped bits’ were then placed around the front edges of the ship and on any spiky bits to make them look caught. You can see these below.

Crashed Lego® ship front

Crashed Lego® ship chopped plants

For me, that was the easy part. I also wanted to make the ship look as if it had been there for a while and started to decay a bit. I had some rust-coloured 1×2 tiles, which conceivably should come from plants growing on the metal. 1×2 tiles are very coarse on this scale, so getting the effect right was very tricky. My first attempts were to put the rust around the top of the plants, creating a pooled look. I then tried putting the rust down-slope of the plants, but it looked, well, like red tiles. I realised I wanted the rust running down the slope and that sedement, not rust should collect at the top. Spreading the rust out to allow gaps between runs made it look more like water damage and less like a square block of rusty red. You can see the result below.

Crashed Lego® ship rust

Everything in the model is connected down to the base, so you could tip it upside-down and nothing would fall off. Getting the correct angles proved tricky; the main body tilts down to the front and to one side. I went along afterwards and filled in any parts underneath the ship where it looked propped up, giving the appearance of some of the ship being buried or smashed on impact. Finally, I added a man climbing along the wing of the ship, trying to place him where I would climb if I were really there.

So, if I had to do this again, what would I change? Well, having now seen Star Wars Ep 7, I’d probably have the man sat eating some sandwiches! What would you add? What effects do you enjoy in your builds? What inspires you in other’s models? Let us know in the comments.

Here are a few more pics of the build.

Crashed Lego® ship interior

Crashed Lego® ship underside

Crashed Lego® ship underside

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