2016-01-18

MOC: General 001

 Yes, I'm alive!

Even though it's pretty damned cold in here! But I prevail!

I haven't been posting much (anything) this year (hey, it's been only 17 days...). There have been several reasons: Foremost I landed on a new job at the beginning of the year. It's not a proper job, the state pays me a bit and I work 6 hours a day, but at least I work at art department of folk high school (or something...). I do handyman stuff and help on children's art classes; I've been studying there for 8,5 years myself.

So I have had a bit less time available than last year. But that's not the only problem! It's bloody cold out there. Haven't been less (more?) than 10 degrees minus (Celsius) for two weeks! And it has been more 30 degrees minus for several days; For dear readers not familiar with the glory of SI system, that's -22 Fahrenheit. Temperature like that makes the brick connections odd; They don't really like to stay together, but they are hard connect again, too. So I never take that many shots during there freezing conditions.

But yes, the MOC! This is from Klaanon, Finnish multi-author Bionicle-ish novel project. General 001 is one of the main antagonists, probably THE main antagonist of the "war plot". He's the commander of the Nazorak, war-monging Rahi species that stands for purity, Na Zora. They were developed from villains of old, abandoned indie game project Guardian Versus Nazi Roaches. The character has developed from those times.

General was based on some Klaanon artwork, but I also took some liberties. Pearl dark grey (gunmetal) pieces were where I began, using Bohrok faceplate as the chest armor and KK2 pauldrons. The rather simple legs were built in a minute or two, but the arms took more effort; they were the most redesigned part of this. They use bits of the arms of Clam-type heavy diving suit from my Novo Atlantis creation; That mech's arms were originally built with 001 in mind. I though the padded gloves had sort of "officer feel" in them. The same effect was used on a bit less pivotal General  Nurukan last month. 2x2 round jumper tile is used here to add stability to the wrist connection.

The middle torso was another hard bit. I wanted it to be a bit longer than on average humanoids, and it had to have two small arms on it - Nazoraks have four arms. They are a bit smaller than the should be, but I didn't come up with any better solutions. I guess they are alright. But I'm very happy how the claw/wing pieces work with the Bohrok shell; Those pieces are wonderful!

General is an old warrior and fight with a traditional officer cutlass and a pistol. I tried to make the sword using one of many Bionicle weapon pieces, but there weren't any good ones - They're always too complex and biomechanical. So I went with a simple but effective SYSTEM solution using tiles and a curved slope. The gun, in other hand, (pun not intended) was simple; The shape was pretty much same all the time, though it went throught couple of different versions before settling in this one.

Next up an another Nazorak creation! What then, I don't know - I have several projects as always, but photographing them won't be easy... Until next time!

-Eero 



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