The Creation/Creators Notes:
This was a long journey. I already had finished torso and head more than a year ago, but I took them apart again, because they were too much out of concept. After doing some different thing I started completely anew a few months ago and completed the new head and partly the torso and legs right away! It was great, because I finally found the right concept for him.
Firstly, I wanted to create a MOC purely for the battle.
In battle; there are characters and monsters.
Characters have reasons for fighting, skills which they have polished in order to put them to use and certain weeknesses which come along with their strenghs.
Monsters have near to never any reason, often only instincts, their skills are often meant purely for killing and have developed along with their body for their whole life, which essentially links their fightings skills and their body for their whole life. Or put it differently; characters can put down their weapons and forget about their self-thought skills and live a peaceful life afterwards, monsters can't do that most of the times, they're bound to live as a killer.
(That's just a diffinition I made for the origin of my MOC, don't take it as my opinion towards any related topic.)
Zero Star now has a special kind of choice, which he got through his transformation skills.
He can have a body which is purely made for fighting without having any regards of not being able go back to a normal existence. So he combined the deadliest skills and body characteristics he had absorbed so far, in order to reach this form.
Secondly, I myself wanted to combine characterstics of a few of my favorite sci-fi characters/monsters into this MOC! A little bit of the proportions of Samus Battle suit and a few features of the Predator and the Alien.
I was also slightly reminded of Scizor while completing the MOC.
I hope the pictures are okay to look at! I tried to get as much out of the black sections as I could, so you can differentiate the parts, but I wasn't as successful as I hoped.
Here's the pole/ranking/index of the Stars!
place/name/reference/percentage of voting/locomotion/technique
0. - Zero Star - Darkness - // - traveling through shadow - absorbing
1. - Deep Star - Takadox - // - swimming - drowning
2. - Ground Star - Carapar - // - running - crushing
3. - Bone Star/REVAMP Pridak - 50% - climbing - knifing
4. - Virus Star - Ehlek - 29% - crawling - infecting
5. - Grind Star - Kalmah - 14% - digging - shredding
6. - // - Mantax - 7% - flying - shooting
∞. - Nova - Nameless Stranger - // - walking - forcing on suicide
how too or even better just a parts list would love to have one of thesefor mydesk.
Awesome job, looking forward to seeing the final in this series!
I'm currently revamping Bone Star so he can keep up with the rest of the crew ^^
Thanks! Nice to something about the hair, it was one of the first parts being build. I often start with torso or head, because those give my MOCs the most character, I think.
I really wanted to use two Kalmah heads for the MOC, but had no idea how to make NOT look like and octopus when using the parts symmetrical xD
Then I tried to array the parts one after another and it looked like long hair, so kept going with that idea
Yeah, I heard some comments about the legs, I'm probably gonna fix that point until the next time I take pictures of him ^^
I have to say; the head is a prime example for 'using parts without any actual connection'. The parts between the eyes are only held there by the eye parts from both sides and pressure from the inner structure of the head itself. I don't know if you'd disapprove of such a technique, but I can assure you that the parts are stabile and not lose in any way. When using any technique, I also always pay attention to not bend or damage any of parts in any way that would fracture or destroy them. It's important for me to keep the parts useable, that's the way I prefer to MOC ^^
As for the MOC itself, I find one of the things that make it so dynamic is its pose. The color scheme and use of the gradient parts lego has produced gives a very menacing effect. I've always wanted some of those black and Dark Red Keerahk blades, especially since they're definitely my favorite of all the Vahki blades, and probably even my favorite bionicle weapon piece of all time. They seriously look badass all by themselves. I've said it before I'll say it again, you Germans have the best selections of parts in your shops! I can definitely see the influences here. I do kinda get a Seamus vibe from this. Grind Star made me think it was female oriented to. I guess I was thinking of like a female grinding on a person or somethin'. Guess we know where my mind's at. This is definitely one of the stronger entries to your Star series, but I don't think its without any flaws.
Its actually kinda hard to tell some times with your MOCs. I can't say I like the upper arms all that much, they look a little lazy but maybe that's just the photos. Don't feel bad about the photography, predominantly black is one of the hardest color schemes to photograph to where all the parts make sense. You'd practically have to outline them really. I also think the knees look terribly thin relative to the rest of the MOC. Normally I'd attribute that to allowing mobility(like when I do it), but with the actuators(Lego really needs to make the cylinder parts in black) being there, I can't picture the knees bending all that much past a 90 degree angle so I think you might be able to beef up that area with some armoring or technic mass at least. You've got that free ball joint to work with to. I just wanna say that this advice is tentative on my understanding of the MOC.
Overall a wonderful addition to your series. Last up is the Mantax one right?
Wow, comparing me to a successful band sounds big! xD
There are a lot of those gradient bionicle parts, but I did use all black-dark red colored bionicle parts which there are ^^
After comparing the finished Grind Star to his fellows, I noticed the same thing. Even my all time favorite Deep Star seemed ... misshaped compared to him xD
I'll have to revamp Bone Star and Nova at some point anyways. Bone Star crumbles too much and Nova has to many characteristics which need to be improved.
I'm not sure if the revamping has priority or the last Star with the Mantax reference.
The arms of my MOCs are often thin, because I prefer that thickness most of the times when it comes to the proportions. Zero Star has thin arms as well. I did actually plan to make at least one Star with thicker arms, like I gave Ground Star stronger legs.
Maybe I'm gonna do that with the Mantax Star, but I actually have a different design in mind for that one, but Maybe I combine the ideas xP
The knees ... having some more bending would be nice, mave I can remove the acuators if I strengthen the knees a little more, I'm gonna have to test that!
Thanks for the long comment, I still have to comment on so many MOCs, I've seen in the past few moths, I have no idea how to manage all that -.-"
Oh there'll be no problem for me, I'm already back here at my moms house where I study, my MOCs & parts are kept where I live with my father, so I'll have no problems with any nightmares.
On another note; since a 'funny' nightmare in my childhood, I'm pretty much unable to have real nightmares. They just all turn out to a scenarios where I hunt down the monsters/murders who try to kill/hurt me. It's pretty funny
It just happens, because your mind has no way of 'being ready' for losing important things, because one would never actively think about how it would be if 'such things' would happen, because it is unralistic after all. So the fear slowly developes unconsciously.
At least that is how I have perceived it so far. I often had bad dreams (not real nightmares) about treading my best friend in bad manner or that he hates me, because I don't really have much time to spare for him anymore since I've started studying. So now I'm at least trying to meet him from time to time, ask him how he doing. We live in different cities now, which are pretty far apart.
From expirience I'd say; just don't take things too seriously, which doesn't mean to ignore things that trouble you. Just give every topic in your life a proper amount of attention without ignoring one or focussing on one completely.
That has worked great for me so far ^^
Oh, which one?
I think I've heard of it here and there, but I have no idea what it is about xD
But don't be mistaken, I'm a big manga fan! I prefer reading over watching. I'm currently at 22 serieses which are still running and 23 which are already finished :3
However, how did that anime came to your mind when seeing this MOC?