MOC: “Forager” Mech at a Garden Party


“Forager” class mechs are heavily used by the Classics as a light enforcement tool. Protesters? Send in a Forager. Hostage crisis? Send in a Forager. Drug smugglers? Send in a few Foragers. Tax evasion? Send in a Forager… OK, maybe not then. Maybe…


Due to their overpowered legs they are capable of some impressive feats; jumps of 20 meters for example, or parachute-less deployment from over 100 meters and a ground movement speed of around 150 kph. Thus they get used for many odd jobs, but they excel at light enforcement, reconnaissance and anti-infantry roles.


Unlike many larger mechs they don’t have a separate “head” or true “arms”. For this reason there are sensors in the “chin” and rear, and light manipulators capable of carrying around 100kg are equipped to reduce the need of the pilot to exit the safety of the cockpit.


Weaponry varies according to the role, but common equipment are missile pods either side for anti-armour, twin machine guns aiming up for anti-air duties, and another machine gun and grenade launcher for anti-personnel. Against an anti-armour mech Foragers will generally do hit-and-fade attacks; their armour is strictly designed to handle small arms and a single hit (via either physical or weaponry) will result in the loss of the unit. Foragers do not have an escape system either.


Even so, pilots usually like piloting Foragers, and races are organised regularly. In this role the missile pods are normally removed.


On the subject of this photo, it’s unclear what’s going on here. The Classics refused to give an official image, so these one were sourced via a contact. This could be a terrorist camp attack, or it could be just that the pilot wasn’t invited to a party and decided to do something about it. What happens next is also unclear; the pilot may have gone home after he grabbed the croissant, but that turkey looks mighty tempting….

MOC comments

The story of this MOC is long and complex. Hinckley from Eurobricks asked me about 2 years ago to make something for Brickworld. He asked one thing, I read another, and I made the wrong thing. I then got caught up in details, didn’t like them, and then moved house twice. Last month I decided I’d finish this, and a few weekends back I did!


It uses a lot of parts from the Midgard Serpent in 7018; using these parts was part of my personal challenge for this MOC.


The head is used as the base, and the back is the cockpit. I then made something around that. When that was roughly finished, I then went onto the legs. At that point I made a silly decision; I want suspension! I then messed around for a bit but never made anything that I liked so the project was “shelved”. (Actually boxed.)


But in the end I did make something I was happy with. My main issue at the time was that I wanted it to be reasonably compact, strong, and smooth. After about 20 prototypes I ended up with this. Here it is uncompressed….

…and compressed.

(This will be used as a De-Classic-Space MOC.)

The Bogfloater

For years many people laughed at the idea of a floating dump truck. “Why would someone want that? The power needed to lift any heavy machinery like that would make it impractical. Wheels are a far better solution.”


But everything changed when Talrtre 4 was discovered. It was a vast planet that was a virtual gold mine of everything; uranium, rare isotopes, jewels the size of heads, methane, gold… everything was there for the taking. But the problem was that less than 1% of the planet had a surface; the rest was a vast bogland of riches, a bogland that was highly destructive to metals and ceramics.


At first people were happy with just sucking up from the side of the small islands on Talrtre 4, but it was soon found that the islands for some reason repelled most of the better resources; a better solution needed. One day a thrill seeker was testing out a new floater-bike and he strayed over the boglands by mistake. Instantly his floater shot up in the air, and he was never seen again. This tragic incident led to some research and it was found that the vapours from the boglands increased the efficiency of most floaters by 500%! Thus the concept of floating refineries was born.


It was soon realised that a way for transporting the processed goods to the spaceports was needed, so reluctantly tenders were put out for a floating dump truck. In under a day most truck companies revealed that they had a design ready, but none wanted to discuss why they had one made already.


Today Talrtre 4 is covered with thousands of floating dump trucks, colloquially known as Bogfloaters. (Not to be confused with floating bogs…)

Boring notes from reality land

I bought 7344 soon after my return to the light… but it didn’t take long for me to start regretting it. It doesn’t fit into towns at all, so it was shelved fast. Re-building it into a space-dump-truck occurred to me a year later! Aside from the black beams at the bottom it only uses parts from the set. It’s currently in semi-broken state but the concept is so silly yet semi believable that I plan to re-work it.

Love Space Ship: Happy Birthday Coll!

What’s better than the Love Boat? Why a Love Space Ship! This being ours it has some special features including side-by-side seating, a control system that requires both of us to work together for the ship to more, an excessive amount of controls, and a triple screen computer with a high speed link to the latest Manga. (Sadly there’s no room for much LEGO on the ship, but most of the time it’s going to a store to buy some…)

Stats

Range: Infinite. Love has no boundaries
Speed: Infinite. Love has no limits.
Endurance: …I’m sure you get the idea!

I wanted to make this to celebrate my wife’s birthday, but I only had a few hours to make it so I cheated by taking a design of a heart I found on Brickshelf made by maskatron, I then reversed it and “cut out” the inside. I wanted to make something like this for our 10th anniversary, but I didn’t have the time. Today I still didn’t have the time… but I made this anyway! I quite like how it turned out; I’ll have to put some more work into it later! (It needs more thrusters…)

The Luvly Laady

I at last got around to adding the page for The Luvly Laady. Also, Classic-Pirates were kind enough to blog the Luvly Laady too!

Voting is going on now, but being a Sci-Fi MOC in a Pirate Forum I don’t rate my chances too high! (I don’t go too well in contests actually… maybe I should get a new hobby?)

Finishing it will be delayed until I need her. I have at least three MOCs needed for the next two parts…

…I’ll be back!

But it won’t be soon. It became clear to me last weekend that I was out of time, and highlighting the point, it took me several days to get around to posting here to say so! I’m moving in 12 days so finishing several MOCs, photographing them, and then editing the photos will take way too long and wouldn’t be smart. I still have loads and loads of LEGO to pack (I’m photographing and sorting as I go) so it looks like this’ll have to wait.

I’m not really surprised though; afterall, it’s why I posted half a comic in the first place. But sometimes I like to be wrong…