MOC: Reverend Frantic

First period of 2018 is now over and it's time to post a brand new build, a spiritual gentleman called Reverend Frantic. He was born in two building sessions, first taking place in early January and latter in mid February, before extremely busy deadline week before this skiing holiday a.k.a test week. But here he is now, man of faith and force. Notice the new backdrop cardboards; it was about time...

This build began with the chest that uses two red bigfig arms as a pectoral. Somehow 17th-16th century styled, albeit heavily fantasied, costume grew around it. It began with the collar thing with cross on it; I wanted to play around some odd Inquisition themes here. It seemed fitting with the red, black and white colours. I wanted the coat have simple, strong lines and dynamical shape. Black Pearl sail felt natural choice for coattails, and snake heads and printed Heroica tile added some occult to the entirety. Don't know if it clashed with Christian theme here but I don't mind, it's supposed to be a bit ridiculous. I mean, that is a circular saw hat; the whole thing began to feel too fashionable, even tasteful, at some point... So I had to add the hat, and funny beard. I always enjoy building a funny beard. This wasn't going to have one at first, as Mr. Frantic was being Mrs. Frantic at first, but then again the chest muscles looked quite manly and I gave him a beard. This sometimes happens. Concepts develop.

As some details, I'd like you to note over-knee boots with interesting, hmm, what ever it is called, profile or something on the upper part, utilizing that odd CCBS shell. Trousers and legs are usually quite hard, as they have to be sturdy, posable and graceful at the same time. They use boat stud joints, and even the toe parts have some shaping involving those fantastic pieces. They are surprisingly mobile legs, but long black coattails hide almost all of them for they are black too. A bit shame, but at least it makes the white area of trousers pop up nicely. These pictures seem to show only one upper leg at a time, though.
Reverend Frantic also has a book. I felt he needed some accessory, but blessing-of-god shotgun or giant cross-shaped hammers seemed somewhat dull. So many character builds have weapons, and it get bit uninteresting. Okay, circular saw hat, but hey, it's a fancy headgear. I like headgear. So he has a book, maybe it's the Bible or Vampire Hunting For Dummies* or something. It was put together in two minutes before photographing after four-hour-long presenting session of small public building, forest nature center, around sunset in late February. More of that later, maybe. But the pictures turned out quite good.

The name is contortion on former Finnish doom metal band Reverend Bizarre, by the way. Got one 12' split single of their, with excellent Rättö&Lehtisalo track on side B.

*You know what happens to a vampire with a stake stuck through its heart? Same than to anything else.


MOC: Victorious Tiyan

 This character build was a comission work. She is Tiyan Jolkai, a spirited Saayequtai girl from Laura Luotola's book Suoja - Kaupungit ja paluu (The Sphere - The Cities and Return). The creation is based mostly on the book description, with some inspiration from Päivi Hakanen's cover art. Tiyan is here in her rizikesh battle match gear, with the truncheons and light but practical clothes, with muted colours suitable for lower and lesser city-level Kándu.

I began the build with the head, which is somewhat unusual. The character was described having a long, outwards-pointing nose, brown spots on the face and green hair. Inserting the hinge piece nose into the "stylized mark three female" head deemed lot of pedantic SNOT to every direction, but turned out pretty good. The hair took pretty much every kind of small dark green pieces I had around, but I think the angled bangs on the forehead give it the needed elegance. The hair was shorter at first, but I later realized that the ponytail disappearing behind the back gave the creation some depth.

Torso and upper legs came out pleasantly streamlined without losing the mobility. I've always found trousers challenging, and this was not an exception, but inverted 4x6 wedge slopes worked surprisingly well with 2x2 brick modified with ball sockets, and the four-stud-wide hip joint made the connection almost seamless. The almost organic feel of the textiles, a scarf tied over the breasts, is captured with very excessive use of curved slopes; I like them very much, it's good to have plenty of them around. Some of them are angled with plate hinges, again covering some of the shoulder joint without devastating the mobility. The curved slopes continue to the sides and the back. I'm very happy with the little detail of Tiyan's scarf being tuck under the belt and continuing over the trousers.

The arms are based on ideas used on Kuohu, but with ball sockets on the shoulder; good mobility seemed natural to martial arts -using character. Tiyan has also leather wrist bands, which helped to hide some construction bits. Again, curved slopes are used to achieve look of muscles on the upper arms. Hands are basic design, while the batons are slightly modified from those I've been using from City Watch characters from Discworld books. Plain lower legs are again adapted from design used on Lingeán, but with 1x1 1/4 circle tiles bringing some elegance. The boots are short not to slow down the user with their weight, and rather thin-soled to retain agility. The joints are sturdy enough to support one-leg poses.



MOC: Guardian bust

2018. New year, new tricks. 2017 was the most quiet year of this blog so far. This is somewhat unfortunate, but not completely. My projects are bigger, which means that I still build a lot (modular building again right now). I also study, I really do! One and half years through my five-year Architect Degree. It's interesting and inspiring.

There were no posts during December, for several reasons. There were tests, big MOC projects, and I was couple of weeks away from home, unable to build anything. This MOC was built last month, but not posted back then, as it was a present. Christmas present, or a Naming Day present, as we're old Bionicle fans (if you can call "we like MNOG and Bohroks and critize the rest of it" a fan) and have this present-circle thing. This year I received Mikhail Bulgakov's book The Master and Margarita, a book I was interested in but unable to find it in the local library. I delivered Plain Ride's excellent 2014 album Skeleton Kites and this bust of the receiver's Klaanon character Guardian.  

That last version of Guardian is from mid 2012, five and half years ago. That feels quite long. It uses Vezok's head/spine piece. The character, I think, is based on MOC using it, with a telescope eye, so it's quite accurate; but Vezok's face isn't very happy, and even though Guardian isn't always that happy neither, I wanted to make a glorious bust of a heroic skakdi; you don't see those very often. So this ended up being pretty much 100% SYSTEM, with I think two TECHNIC pieces and no Bionicle bits. I was thinking of the head I built for Discworld troll sergeant Detritus couple a years ago: Similar to my human characters in scale, but with heavier jaw and bigger mouth. There is a handsome row of teeth, Guardian being a skakdi, and "stubble" from Vezok's head mold is represented as six studs. I used headlight brick as the natural eye at first, but brightly orange 1x1 round plate looked more natural. Also, the lack of actual nose has always confused me when drawing skakdi characters, but here I think I captured that area nicely with dark blue oddly-shaped roofing slope.

The torso features some light grey armoring, dark blue shoulders and brown battle suspenders, which are important part of the character. I even slapped in a heartlight, thing from Bionicle movies I haven't included on most of my Klaanon characters for a reason I do not know. The spine uses some dark blue flags with two pegs on ends; it again reminds a bit of Vezok's spine but looks original, and is achieved without horrible large rubbery thing. The rigid hose inside the spine is anchored to the simple black base.