all my mech that ive built a are my ideas, of course that sometimes you get inspiration from other sources but mines are unique, anyway im now building a Argus Mech (from Mechwarrior). I just let myself go and im currently building tons of diferent types of legs for it, mostly made of normal LEGO and Thecnic LEGO of course.
For a mech builder, i have lots of sites like mech galleries and i think the best is Brickcommander (Battletech and Mechwarrior only) and the best game where you can see the anatomy and apearence of most kinds of mechs is Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries. Permalink
The basic inspiration for my Claymore obviously came from B. Gillmets combat armor. His style is very close to what I consider the ideal mech scheme. I think if you crossed the basic form and weaponry of his work and added a touch of the greebling and skeletal frame-work found on the APUs from the Matrix movies you would have a great mech.
I like the Armored Core style mechs, though even those are a bit to Gundam-ish for my tastes. I think a mech or combat armor should look heavy, rugged, durable and even clunky without sacraficing functionality. in addition to that, it should look realistic
I start by assessing all the parts I have (which is quite limited) and brainstorming what could I build with them. Much of my creations are mechas and I'm influenced by Battletech and Japanese animation. Permalink
Usually I just start building something. The only idea I have is what type of build it'll be like a mech or a ship or whatever and as I build problems come up: say a piece can't move as much as I want it to or doesn't look good so I do what I can to fix it; so each build that gets displayed is basically just a bunch of small solved problems (unless none come up which is great). Basically mine are usually just whimsical stuff. Permalink
My building is pretty random; I just sit on my couch-of-lego-building with all my shoeboxes full of lego on the floor in front of me (and all those misc. parts on the other half of the couch) and start putting parts together.
My small bot things tend to be slightly inspired by certain parts of Giger's Xenomorphs, but usually I only have a rough idea of how I want my moc to end up. For example, I tried to make a large interceptor recently, but it came out tiny. My 'Vesta' and the family attached were produced by randomly placing pieces with each other, but when it comes to bots and such, I only keep that stuff that comes out amazing, in my opinion at least. See, those often use my favorite part: the pneumatic 'T' piece for the hips. I have relatively few of those. Thus, I only keep the good stuff because otherwise I would have run out ages ago. I can't recommend any part more for bot making. Permalink
I like to build my own ideas, I dont copy other ideas or things like Transformers. I try to make my own ideas.
I also like to explore ideas that I have built. Either by trying the design in different colors or by expanding and rebuilding ideas or designs I have.
I get my parts from Pick-a-Brick or through trades with other Lego Fans. I also like the Lego Store and most of my builds come from sets or multiples of sets. I have never used Bricklink, though I highly recommend it! Permalink
I usually build a flexible frame first of all. Then I choose a color scheme and start separating all my bricks and plates of that colors. So, I start building without compromise, just for fun. When I think it's cool I take photos and post. Permalink
Right now my inspiration is developing what came before the Mobile Suit as a mech. I mean, we always hear about them being developed from something, but we never see what it is. Enter my Mobile Core units! After I complete those, I will work on my Mobile Suits and Gundams.
My pride-and-joy Gundam (whose name has yet to be revealed!), I took inspiration from Zone of the Enders, Gundam Wing, and Gundam Seed. Permalink
Isnt anyone inspired by Zoids anymore? I know its ancient, but its still a unique concept. I also like the idea of Gundam, but Ive never watched any of the shows. So anyway, mostly japanese mecha styles. Oh yeah, Has anyone ever thought of Bionicle mechs? Maybe I'll post mine... Permalink
Quoting JosephC 123
Isnt anyone inspired by Zoids anymore? I know its ancient, but its still a unique concept. I also like the idea of Gundam, but Ive never watched any of the shows. So anyway, mostly japanese mecha styles. Oh yeah, Has anyone ever thought of Bionicle mechs? Maybe I'll post mine...
Personally I prefer humanoid mechas. I watched a few episodes of Zoids back in the day. I liked the concept, but it was not something that I prefer. I do not do Bionicle mechs because I like using standard bricks as much as possible. Not only is it more challenging, but you can get more details and features in there as well. Permalink