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 Abyss

I first posted this on Eurobricks 3 years ago as an excuse for me to change my head!

Sinner Tug
Sinner was working hard one day and it suddenly occurred to him that his life was missing something.

Sinner post
After some reflection, meditation and some tantric sex he realised what it was and wrote a letter to…

Paddle steamer
…the guy that he lost his beloved paddle steamer to. It was many years ago, but it was something to do with two bottles of bourbon, a goat, and some cards. As it turned out, he no longer wanted it so Sinner was able to buy it for a fraction of its true worth. While he was disappointed that it wasn’t 100% the way he remembered, he knew he could restore it to near mint condition given time.

Essential supplies
First of all though he had a journey in mind and he knew that only his old paddle steamer had the deep water handling that he needed. His friends tried to persuade him not to go, but he knew this was something he had to do. Refusing even to tell them his destination, he quickly packed some essential supplies…

Sailing off into the sunset
…and he steamed off that very day. Many thought he would never return.

The return
88 days later he returned, but people could tell at a glance that he was not the same walrus. For he had journeyed to end of the world and looked into the abyss. The abyss looked back at him, and he was forever changed, as its darkness had seeped into his eyes…

Dark eyes
Sinner never spoke of that journey.

Von Nebula’s Tricycle of Transcending Transportation

For some time Von Nebula has been portrayed by Stormer as being the “worst villain of the galaxy” and that he has a “special hatred for Hero Factory”. Well the latter is right at least. Von in reality is a brilliant scientist who refused to give Slime Bag Stormer his secret knowledge; how to generate stable and controllable Black Holes from a simple looking staff. Their debates raged for several months, and cumulated with Stormer the Stupid trying to grab the staff during a complex procedure resulting in the much publicised accident. By the time he brought the black hole under control and saved Makuhero City, Stormer the Slanderer had won over the public and nothing Von said made any difference in their mind. But that’s a topic for another day.


Von keeps his body at peak efficiency by shunning powered vehicles. Sure if he’s in a hurry he just uses his staff, but for everyday transportation he uses a tricycle. This tricycle.


Conceived, designed, tested and built with his own hands, this is a tricycle like no other. The geared up giant front wheel gives him maximum speed and control.


At the rear is room for his staff. These days it’s keyed to his mind so no accidents like the one with Stormer the Sloppy can happen. It’s heavier than it looks so there’s little danger of it falling out. (No, you can’t seem me reflected in this photo….)


The extra storage receptacle at the front is useful for many tasks, especially when Von goes shopping.


Due to the mechanoid nature of those from Makuhero Belt conventional pedals aren’t needed; Von just inserts the Power Delivery Shafts into his feet and he’s ready to roll!


The trike by itself.


The mech and his trike.


Lotso: Can I borrow this, friend? I need to do some shopping.
Von: Sure!


Lotso: Maybe it’s not a smart idea. I can’t reach the handlebars or pedals and, no offense, but it’s rather uncomfortable on my face and testicles. I’ll walk.

Notes: This partially for a contest on Eurobricks, but is not a valid entry as I’m staff. I more made it as after I bought Von I thought; “He needs a tricycle!” I’m not sure why I thought that… In any case, here it is! Making a tricycle with working pedals (yes he can pedal the trike) for Von was harder than I expected. His legs may be poseable but considering the wheel I used they are a bit short. Thus the gearing. My original concept was going to be more girly; streamers, bell, flags…. but in the end I decided to just give him the basket.

Classic Space Gets Revenge!

Whack side
I made this for another odd Eurobricks contest. The idea was that you did two things with the new (and generally not liked) Mars Mission aliens. One, “whack” them in some inventive way.

Whack front
Check! What could be more apporpiate than being whacked by classic LEGO spacemen?

Whack
Secondly, you needed to do a movie parody involving them.

Whack
Mine was The Empire Strikes Back, with the quote “Put Captain Glow-lo in the cargo hold”…

Whack

Whack

Photos are hosted on Flickr. I used it a lot around then, but I’ve forgotten my password…

Killing the Dead

Back in 2007 there was a vig contest on Eurobricks where you needed to do MOC about how to kill skeletons. Here’s my entry!

Sinner was walking home to his Paddle Steamer one night after a long night of AD&D when he was attacked by four skeletons. Was he worried? Not a chance! He simply pulled out his AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide (1979), turned to page 211, and started to explain to them the way it was. But he had barely started when they screamed and threw themselves over a nearby cliff, where they shattered into a thousand pieces. “But I haven’t even started telling you about what’s in the Monster Manual…” sighed the disappointed walrus.

Killing the Dead Pic 1

Killing the Dead Pic 2

Killing the Dead Pic 3

CONTEST: Whack-a-Fig II – Revenge Of The Whacker

In the time before time there was the Whack-A-Fig contest… and here is the long promised sequel! For years Hinckley has been traumatised by memories of this walrus wedgie wiener whack incident…

walrus wedgie wiener whack
…and today his revenge will be complete.

Whack-a-Fig II
Hinckley steals the Blue Bucket and tells Sinner / Siegfried / That Walrus where it is. It’s such an obvious trap, but the buckets lure is irresistible, and he doesn’t know that attached to it is a fridge full of Ice Cube Trays….

Now it’s your turn for revenge; go here for more details!

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…