Motley Devil

Arrr! Avast, ye scurvy spacedogs!

Space navies aren’t always the only agencies to field armed starships. The Star Wars universe has its smugglers with their armed freighters, and many other universes have mercenaries, privateers and outright pirates.

The inspiration for this spacegoing privateer came from me trying out different combinations of my dark blue and dark red curved shell elements, looking for different ways I might use both together. Combining them in chequered fashion, I was put in mind of a Mediaeval jester’s motley, and I thought the combination had definite possibilities.

Of course, there are very few official space navies that are going to use chequered blue and red as livery colours. Even a putative Croatian Space Service would use red and white, not blue and red. And even fewer would put up with having a warship named Motley Devil.

Therefore, a privateer.

I’m not sure whether this baby is part of a mercenary fleet, a lone-wolf privateer or an out-and-out pirate, but I’m happy to leave that much open to interpretation.

Motley Devil‘s another large vessel. What is it with me and these huge vessels? She’s not as long as Liberator, at a mere 60 studs’ length, but even if she doesn’t remotely qualify for SHIP status she’s got a more satisfyingly interesting shape.

I think my favourite part of Motley Devil is the octagonally-arranged rear hull. Combining the ring of 45-degree angle plates with the central spine was not as easy as it might have been, and I’m very happy with the way it turned out.

Another favourite part is the jaunty skull decoration on the upper hull. It serves no discernible purpose other than to look cool, but who’s to say a band of privateers wouldn’t individualise the starship that is their home?

Motley Devil is relatively well armed for a privateer; perhaps she’s more of a mercenary than a pirate. I’ve reused those cool ball mounts for the main forward guns, and utilised most of the new elements I bought with SHIP construction in mind.

Those 45-degree angle plates really aren’t designed to have anything connected through the centre of the ring like I have, so there’s a major structural weakness, and it’s an unavoidable one. Still, it makes for a cool-looking ship.

Anyway, enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “Motley Devil

  1. Luke Skytrekker

    This is glorious! Absolutely superb!! The whole ship flows beautifully, and has just the perfect balance of detail, decoration, and structure! Your SHIP was epic, but I feel like this smaller, more condensed ship is even better! It just feels so complete, y’know? Really splendid work. That rear section with the diagonal shell plates brings it all together together so well, and the skull just sells it. The thing has so much personality! Love it!

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    1. geoffhorswood Post author

      Thank you! 😀 I’m actually much more pleased with the way this one turned out. Several of “Liberator”‘s more unpleasing features came about because I misremembered 100 studs’ length as 31 1/2 inches instead of the 37 1/2 that it is. And by the time I was 3/4 done with it and figured out my error, I was determined to cross the 100 stud threshold.
      This one I just stopped worrying about size and built the way it visually needed to be.

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      1. Luke Skytrekker

        Yeah, I honestly like this ship a good bit more than the Liberator. The Liberator is still super impressive, though.
        By the way, I hate to sound spammy, but I know WordPress doesn’t like to notify you of new posts of mine, and I recently put one up that may interest you.

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