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.)

Happy Birthday Slog!

It’s been a whole year! So how’s it been going? Awful slow sad to say. The comic itself is held up as my life has been a bit too unpredictable lately so I haven’t been able to find much time to make MOCs. No MOCs, no comic…

But the Slog has been going well at least! Roughly every week there’s been a new post here, thanks to the marvels of the WordPress scheduling system… and the fact that I have oodles of old content that I can re-cycle. Even so, over half of the posts are actually 100% new which I think is quite alright for a one-man blog. Recently we added a Twitter reposting function; while I’m not a huge fan of the site itself, due to me buying a HTC Desire recently (with integrated twitter among other things) I’ve seen the worth in Twitter as a news aggregator. Thus I’m joining the club!

So what’s coming up? Well I’m mostly finished several MOCs, but no real progress (in terms of building) has been made in regard to the comic. So expect some more MOCs soon… but the comic is on extended holiday for now.

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…)

Stretched Elephant


Honest Nirmal Hello beauteous one!
Princess Tamina Er… hello?
Honest Nirmal I notice there that you are on a camel.
Princess Tamina Yes, thanks for that.
Honest Nirmal No, no, no, you misunderstand! Someone such as you deserves something much grander!
Princess Tamina ..and I suppose you have it?


Honest Nirmal Indeed I do! I present my stretched elephant!
Princess Tamina Oh my!
Honest Nirmal Yes, 2000 years of selective breeding you see before you!
Princess Tamina I’m sure… I’ll take it!
Honest Nirmal I knew you would! The handler comes with it and after trade in it’s only 200 gold pieces.


Princess Tamina It’s a bargain! I love how I can look down on every one!
Honest Nirmal I have no doubt… happy journeys!


Honest Nirmal Now I best be off before she comes back to complain when he dies in a few days… but what to do with the camel? Oh! Hello! Good sir; I notice you’re eating a heart; would you be interested in a camel for afters?

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…