Well, I really admire whimsical creations. I've looked back at my stuff and none of it's really 'fun', so much as practical. That's boring. THIS, however, is fun. So without further adieu, I present the 'Momma Lobster'.
About this creation
*Ahem* The Grumman-Harrleson design company first began the production of their signature war walker in 1800. They were not purchased by the British until 1809, and did not arrive in the Colonies until 1811. While the invention of the airship had allowed Britain to keep the colonials in check, they were quickly learning an aerial fleet cannot keep a settlement occupied, and the Marines deployed there were often left unprotected in Urban areas. The G-H walker solved that problem. While it was clumsy compared to modern walkers, the G-H was able to operate alongside infantry in urban environments and on patrols outside of a city. With a heavy caliber repeating cannon (While 2 shots every five seconds may not be much nowadays, it was a significant rate then) and a sheer intimidation factor on it's side, it was able to protect ground units from ambushes and provide support during. Because of it appeared to be caring for the redcoats almost like a mother, it was nicknamed the 'Momma Lobster' by the colonials. It continued to serve up until the British invasion of France due to it's inability to make the landings. In fact, the unit was highly susceptible to water damage and had difficulty in coastal areas. As of now, there are three units still in government service, but typically as members of fancy parades or educational events.
The pilot sat in a small wooden cockpit that was completely exposed to the elements. This left the driver vulnerable to sniper fire, while increasing visiblility. Later models would have a canopy installed to protect the pilot.
Another feature of the early models is the exposed mechanisms. Like the pilot, these were also incredibly vulnerable to enemy fire.
The legs are also of a curious spindly design not found in modern machines. Historians believe it was made so to reduce the cost of production, and increase ease of transport. Note the pointed feet, which allowed it some maneuverability in rubble strewn areas.
The cannon was a new design that could fire two rounds ever five seconds, and utilized a drum for extra ammunition. It could carry sixty shots, and was usually accompanied by a horse and cart with extra drums. Exchange of ammunition was surprisingly easy, as each drum was pre-loaded.
The rear of the walker housed a small boiler and pressure release system. With the burning of a newly discovered element in place of coal, the same amount of energy could be produced in half the space. Said element is referred to as 'Cavorite', and was first used to power airships.
Here you can see boiler system up close. Below it is the flag mount and the clockwork system that moves the rear leg.
The rear foot is peculiarly clawed. Many historians believe this was used for any task requiring digging or the pulling down of a structure.
Here we see the unit in operation. As mentioned before, this early mech was incredibly clumsy and moved almost as a puppet would. A poorly controlled puppet, mind you.
It feels good to build something whimsical. The backstory isn't, but the build is. Afterall, the internet is serious business, right? Anyways, I gave myself a challenge. That challenge was to build a fun-looking steampunk mech in place of one of the 'stricly practical' builds I usually do. So I did. I was inspired by Adrian Florea's Steam Cuirassier and the Combine Strider from HL2. Odd combination, no? Then again, you can't argue with the results though...
Well, thanks for stopping in guys! Please let me know what you think!
That's a good bit more difficult than you'd think, especially when it's clanking about and breaking things. And do you mean wrapping the legs and odd gear thingies in some sort of protective cover to keep it dry?
If the later canopy decreases visibility, then couldnt any good sniper shoot through the slit and splatter the pilot's br- oops, little kiddies... (gj. but why not have a super-extendomatron thingy for the legs for water?)
Thanks! What anime was it?
And as for the color scheme, I think this one's fine for now. Dark red and black would have been far more intimidating, but it really wouldn't have fit with in with Steampunk. That'd probably work better in a Dieselpunk creation, which is grittier and darker than the upbeat and cheery Steampunk.
Very nice and it kinda reminds me of a war vehicle in an anime show. Too bad they probably dont make the right pieces to make this mostly black and dark red so it would look more like a devastating machine.
It's actually pretty stable. Tripedal mechs are inherently easier to balance than bipedal ones. Don't quote me on that though.
And this is 100% lego. No off-brands, customs, or cheats in any way. It was built using quite a few clips though. Quite a few...
That is really interesting. Looks very mechanical. How does it stay together? Is it just really sturdy, or have you cheated in some way? If I tried to build this, I think the Lobsterbacks would soon be motherless. (Speaking of which, I love the backstory. Very pseudo-authentic.) ;)
Thank you, thank you both!
@Sean: Oooh, shameless self-plug in the middle of praise! You get bonus points for that ;)
And I'm glad the 'whimsical' effect works!
@Nitrosity: Same, the hats are the best. From what I've seen, alot of Steampunk creations are strictly practical, and I myself have built quite a few of those. I prefer the more ridiculous side most of the time, mostly because it allows for color.
really funny. i've always been a fan of those redcoats and their hats, so you get extra points for that. and it's a nice twist on the steampunk theme. i love the design, and the backstory is really good.
@000: I don't know... I really don't. I never really have a plan for most of the builds, it just sort of happens...
@Thomas: There really aren't many. It's either victorian era, an alternate universe, or western-esque times.