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Emberhawke, the Scorching Legions - Somniferrian Terrestrial
Hi, there. I'm Crowe, and am brand-new to MOCpages in particular; if not MOC-ing in general. Crits & Comms welcomed.
About this creation




In the cyberorganic fiction I imagine for this, the Emberhawkes are thermophagic ferrovores. Predators hunting in tight packs that feed off heat and biometal common to the volcanic plains and crags they inhabit. At rest, they bob on slag pools, soaking up the superthermals, converting them for energy and storage in that overlapping system of plating - drifting on the magma for such lengths in fact that they 'crust' over with light metamorphic deposits; cracking free to reveal the shining endoskeleton during active periods. Edges and spikes, plates and fire - that sort of look.



In response to the very valid suggestions made thus far, I again apologize for all the 'Shop'd pics. As my first submission, I am still figuring things out. I fully intend to add more originals; but it'll have to wait - the camera that took these loaned out to family on vacation. I'll put it back to work, soon as it returns =P



The title splashpage, as used in the mega-low-rez Youtube vid. (HD takes a paid subscription. Perhaps I'll come up with some good Editing software instead - free forever!)



A 'hawke packleader, supersaturated with thermal energy from furnace pools.



The build used a 'double-jointed thigh', I wanted the crouch to be very deep to lend that leonine look when the 'Hawkes are sitting on their haunches - they allowed for a very tall erect pose. Admittedly they are just barely on the edge of causing weight issues, from the bladewings' mass on the hip ball-and-socket joints.



As metrics show - the dorsal measure shows Emberhawke as a pretty long MOC. Theoretically, I imagine them to use that long tailblade as an articulated lash, to swoop in low and slice out at prey with all the mass of their airborne momentum behind the strike. Like a dinosaur, the tail made for great counterbalance and aids greatly in posing the MOC without stability issues.



A 'Hawke bringing the blade to bear on a sighted target.



As theorized, this fictitious beast uses amplified thermal energy in a number of ways - as with charging the tailblade for a precision lash.



Gleaming but depleted, a 'hawke would eventually feel the need to return to the magma baths to renew its charge.



Here's a look at that exposed double-joint in the thigh. That tail holds those posed settings pleasingly well. I have thoroughly enjoyed what those Hero Factory b-n-s joints have made possible since adding a few to my collection.



Another effaced pose showing the secondary weapons off - that strong pair of terminal armblades. Great for grappling and ripping at close range.



Mantis-like, I expect the 'Hawkes would favor that folded-over-forearm stance, semi-retracted, and ready to scissor out with unnerving speed.



Fully crouched on haunches, venting plasma post-flight. Okay, so I'm a huge Godzilla fan. Canna help it. *shrugs*



As later shots will show in more detail, that Stringer helm made a perfect rounded shape to end the dorsal musculature with.



This shot is as good a place as any to point out what most Gunpla modelers would call 'panel-lining', along with a little custom coloration, on and around the figure. I do this so often I couldn't resist seeing what it would look like on a MOC, and i.m.h.o., it really added a great deal to how much I like this creature. I will do this more often!



A titlesplash showing the endoskeleton cooling off in the breeze post flight-blast.



Reverse shot showing more of the dorsal musculature.



Full length look at the spine assembly, plus those raptorish dew-claws. One of my favorite poses, the HF parts make for a nice profile, i.m.h.o.



Charging up ambient thermal field for some close-range melee.



That tail, much along the lines of the heavy tails of some dinosaurs, seemed to counterbalance the wing weight fairly well, allowing for split-stances like this one, without slipping in the hipjoint settings. When lain fully on the surface you're posing from, it acts like an articulated third foot, getting the weight well behind the torso's center of grav.



A look at the overlapping shoulder, deltoid, and bicep plating. Like this shot for thumbnails, too.



Another tall profile effacing. Nitpicking, one ends up fiddling a bit with the last four dorsal spikes a bit whenever the tail is moved, reorienting them. But I liked the look, so I go with it.



Venting sulfur vapors, post-landing.



Scissors retracted, mantis-style. Left leg is fully bifolded, second joint in thigh behaves more like a large second kneejoint.



Wingblade detail and spine curling. The wings originally fully folded into aligned triples, even fooled around some with elastics to see if I could get a spring-loaded sort of trick, but was unsatisfied; eventually went with the spread array you see here.



More dorsal plating and spike array.



Best look yet at the leg profile, and the dew-claws.



That l-shaped Skrall bracket pair I used for the wing seemed to work well with the 'elbow' fixed either pointed forward or facing rear. Some wing poses called for swiveling.



Diverting thermal charge to the dorsal blades to attack the underbelly of some vast, sky-faring behemoth or enemy vessel, no doubt.



Really pleased with the hip stability/flexibility. God bless bionicle b-n-s joints.



Facing a seasonal sulfur gale, head-on. (or a cheesy windblast PS effect, take your pic =P)



A simple size comparison shot, with Stormer 3.0 (who is clearly not taking his current proximity peril seriously), thrown in for scale. Or, maybe, Stormer is just a perpetually happy-go-lucky fellow, at ease under the weight of any threat. Take pick.



Tail detail.



Torso and helm detail. I will submit here, that the whole Idea for this MOC was inspired by that fantasic Furno 3.0 helm. Just my opinion, but this helm had truly epic potential. Looks like the hawk-guards from SG series, great profile, great surface detail - looked even better with a small bit of panel-lines and custom blocking. Cannot compliment those Designer folks enough. I bought 3, just to be able to possibly make more versions of the 'Hawkes in the future.



A simple shot showing how uninvolved the tail interior is. It didn't seem to call for much, so I left it alone.



Right bladewing array detail.



Critical superthermal charge field. Getting ready to cause some very unpleasant events for its intended prey.



Left profile for wing and helm detail.



Fully crouched, ready to spring from the alcove of some volcanic crag.



And finally, probably my favorite shot. Thank you so much for visiting my first MOC here, it has been a very fun build, and hopefully will see future revisions as I continue to tinker. Watch for WIP pics of my next massive project, 'The O.G.R.E.'. Having some real trouble with it. Either it makes it here or I scrap it entirely and make 50 normal-size MOCs from its remains. We'll see. Thanks again! Please comment/crit below, all input welcome!



Comments

 I made it 
  May 18, 2013
Quoting Jaks5100 GriefAura Hai! It's good to finally be able to comment on your creations, Crowe. I love the Emberhawke! I would try to give you some kind of advice on how to improve it, but first of all: I'm not qualified to give a master builder advice yet, and second of all: giant birds aren't exactly my expertise. I'm always interested in seeing what masterpiece you make next, so keep the mocs coming! ~Jaks
Thanks Jaks, I shall try to do so =)
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  November 30, 2012
Hai! It's good to finally be able to comment on your creations, Crowe. I love the Emberhawke! I would try to give you some kind of advice on how to improve it, but first of all: I'm not qualified to give a master builder advice yet, and second of all: giant birds aren't exactly my expertise. I'm always interested in seeing what masterpiece you make next, so keep the mocs coming! ~Jaks
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  May 7, 2012
Quoting Gilkah Balcada I saw this and thought, "Is this even possible!?" That tail REALLY stands out to me. The whole thing is just incredible!
I really appreciate that, I tend to use tails alot (basically because of the stability it adds to larger MOCs), and they are incredibly simple to do. Like your nice blend of System and Bio on your Crab Droid, btw. Cheers!
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  April 21, 2012
I saw this and thought, "Is this even possible!?" That tail REALLY stands out to me. The whole thing is just incredible!
Clever  Crowe
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NoWhereMan .
  March 2, 2012
Of all of your MOCs, I think this is your best.
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  March 2, 2012
Quoting NoWhereMan . Of all of your MOCs, I think this is your best.
Considering I've always thought it one of my least involved, that's very gratifying. THANK you!! Cheers!
Clever  Crowe
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Arciin .
  January 11, 2012
How do you color the masks?
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  January 11, 2012
Quoting Arciin . How do you color the masks?
I use a set of special pigment pens from a company called Keonig - won't smudge or smear off. Takes a little longer because you have to carefully heat the piece (I have a generic heat gun, barely hotter than a Hair Dryer) after you've applied the pens to let it set (or leave them on a windowsill for a day or two) but once that's done, the finish is enamel-hard. Good stuff. They can be found on E-Bay and the like, gen'rally. Highly recommend 'em. Thanks for the visit, and Cheers!
 I made it 
  December 23, 2011
Quoting nathan shaffer extremly EPIC!!!!! (I am at a loss for words now)
I am very very grateful that this MOC (which I initially thought to be very simple) has been well-received. I appreciate your Like and Visit deeply, and hope ro show you more soon. Merry Early Christmas!
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  December 5, 2011
extremly EPIC!!!!! (I am at a loss for words now)
  November 12, 2011
No prob.It's true though.Your MOCs are amazing!
 I made it 
  November 12, 2011
Quoting CC-3636 "Wolffe" So is this your first MOC,first bio-MOC or first on the pages???Either way,this is majorly amazing! :D
I've MOC'ed before, and BioMOCing is a favorite, but this was my very first submission to MOCpages, not far back. Thank you for the kind words!
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  November 12, 2011
So is this your first MOC,first bio-MOC or first on the pages???Either way,this is majorly amazing! :D
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  October 23, 2011
Quoting S.T.S The Forgotten I-I just have to fav you! Everything is just too EPIC! D: "blows up"
Oh, my! Thank You! But don't blow up on my account - detonation is terrible for the Complexion: several Major Dermatologists agree. =) Cheers!
Clever  Crowe
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Mr. banana
  October 22, 2011
I was reading this and I thought:Alas,he could have been a dentist,but sadly he was born with no hands! Good MOC btw,really excellent photoshopping!
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  October 22, 2011
I-I just have to fav you! Everything is just too EPIC! D: "blows up"
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  October 22, 2011
Quoting Mr. banana I was reading this and I thought:Alas,he could have been a dentist,but sadly he was born with no hands! Good MOC btw,really excellent photoshopping!
Lol, Ty. I suppose Dentistry is out of the question for his foreseeable future... well; perhaps Extremely Violent Dentistry ;) I will work harder on making the things folks notice the MOC, rather than the 'Shopping pics. Cheers!
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  October 22, 2011
Quoting Cody G Very nice work! Your photo editing skills are great, and the build itself is very good too. I'd like to see some more closeups of this though, so as to better see the techniques that you have used.
Ty Cody, I have another something coming soon called a 'TriniTaur': perhaps when I've got my lil Photobooth set up, I'll re-photo a few clean shots of the Hawke. Cheers, Sir.
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  October 21, 2011
Very nice work! Your photo editing skills are great, and the build itself is very good too. I'd like to see some more closeups of this though, so as to better see the techniques that you have used.
Clever  Crowe
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The Colonel .
  October 19, 2011
Holy son-of-a-biscuit! This is... is... is..... MINDBLOWING!!!!! The edited pics make this MOC come alive! BRAVO! How long did it take for you to build him? I can't even imagine the skill here compared to mine with Bionicle. Ladies and gentelmen, here is TALENT!
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  October 19, 2011
Quoting andros tempest I don't normally comment on bionicle/hero factory stuff as to be honest one looks much the same as another (to me) - but this is truly stunning. the work that must have gone into it. I disagree with some of the other comments though, I found the edited pictures frustrating as they don't show the creation at it's best.
Sincerely appreciate the honest Feedback, and I think the comment is 100% fair: this was my first ever MOCpages submission, and as some of the early text says, I got too edit-happy in my over-eager state. If you'll check out my other MOCs here, you see a little more balance between edited /raw photos, so cleaner shots are available. I'm learning ;) TY again, and Cheers!
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  October 19, 2011
Quoting The Colonel . Holy son-of-a-biscuit! This is... is... is..... MINDBLOWING!!!!! The edited pics make this MOC come alive! BRAVO! How long did it take for you to build him? I can't even imagine the skill here compared to mine with Bionicle. Ladies and gentelmen, here is TALENT!
Very kind of you to say: in answer to your question, I remember taking a day to panel-line him after a day to build, then postponed photo-ing for another yet again, so about three in all. I'm a slow builder, I fear, but I have a fulltime job, so I pretty much have to tinker when I get time. Thank you for your Feedback!
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  October 19, 2011
I don't normally comment on bionicle/hero factory stuff as to be honest one looks much the same as another (to me) - but this is truly stunning. the work that must have gone into it. I disagree with some of the other comments though, I found the edited pictures frustrating as they don't show the creation at it's best.
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  October 19, 2011
Mr. Crowe, nice stuff here and welcome to mocpages! I got a request from you to join one of my groups. That particular group does have only one requirement so I must ask, what is your age please? Feel free to leave the answer in a comment on one of my pages and I'll be more than happy to expidite your membership. Again, welcome to the pages! ~ Chris.
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  October 17, 2011
Quoting Rabid Goldfish I pass over most bionicle/hero factory MOCs, but this caught my eye and is very impressive. The overall effect is VERY finished. It kind of reminds me of the Bahamut Summon in FF Advent Children, in general shape, but this is completely unique as well. Very nicely done, and the editted photos are nice as well. ^Blub^
That is very kind of you to say. While I can't claim that look inspired me, I am a huge fan of the series & the movies. Originally, I had something sorta gryphon-ish in mind, but when the weights began to increase, I lightened it up with more avian results. Ty for looking!
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  October 17, 2011
Quoting Max W. woah. thats a heckuva MOC you've got there. do you use a lot of technic framework, or do yiou use mostly prebuilt torsos? (hf, inika, etc) also, I saw you used minimized pics on frosthulke. I NEVER look at those. (but I had to make an exception for O.G.R.E.) if I were you I would put up pics in this format for most of your stuff, if not all. anyways, great work on this. the body seems a little too humanioid and not very avian. maybe a more built-up chest would do the job.
I empathize w/the pic size thing - I was just too unfamiliar w/MOCpages' setup to know better with this 1st submission. As for his build: I wanted more bulk in several places, but torso and wing weight were on the edge of causing spread during poses in the hip/leg joints. I tend to MIX prebuild and Technic frames together, depending on where I'm going with overall size. TY for your feedback!
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  October 16, 2011
I pass over most bionicle/hero factory MOCs, but this caught my eye and is very impressive. The overall effect is VERY finished. It kind of reminds me of the Bahamut Summon in FF Advent Children, in general shape, but this is completely unique as well. Very nicely done, and the editted photos are nice as well. ^Blub^
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  October 16, 2011
woah. thats a heckuva MOC you've got there. do you use a lot of technic framework, or do yiou use mostly prebuilt torsos? (hf, inika, etc) also, I saw you used minimized pics on frosthulke. I NEVER look at those. (but I had to make an exception for O.G.R.E.) if I were you I would put up pics in this format for most of your stuff, if not all. anyways, great work on this. the body seems a little too humanioid and not very avian. maybe a more built-up chest would do the job.
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  October 8, 2011
whoa. that is one EPIC MOC you have here, sir. :O
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  October 7, 2011
And you say you arn't pro? Pah! Incredible! The effects are amazing, and so is the build!
 I made it 
  October 5, 2011
Too kind. BUT - I do have pics for Frosthulke and even some teaser pics for O.G.R.E. coming online later tonight or tomorrow. Keep you posted. Thank you all for your kind input and pointers. To your point, I WOULD BE HAPPY to help produce Posters or Thumbnails for any viewer that wants one. All I need is a good clear pic, sent through MOCpages to my e-mail, and a few lines describing what you'd want. Commissions along these lines are welcomed.
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  October 5, 2011
That is absolutely awesome.. Nothing can compare.
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  October 2, 2011
Welcome to mocpages! Great moc! I think you will be pretty popular on the pages if you keep this up. Also with that photoshopping of yours you could do posters for others! Anyways, have fun on the pages!
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  October 1, 2011
Awesome bird beast of yours
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  September 25, 2011
Wow, just wow. I had no idea you could build something like this with HF. I am speechless. The sheer size of the moc is amazing! I'm with Overlord Galaxus on this one, more unedited photos would be great. I can't wait to see another moc like this from you. Keep it up. Welcome to MOCpages! - KP
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  September 23, 2011
Thanks again for all the comments/crits thus far. Some flavor text has been added just for fun. Working on O.G.R.E, hopefully pics on their way soon.
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  September 21, 2011
just amazing ,,,,great design and cool details ,,,bravo ,,,the tail is great ....
 I made it 
  September 20, 2011
Thank you all thus far for your honest comments: It may take some time for me to figure MOCpages formatting out, whilst I fiddle w/bits and such - etiquette, common do's/dont's. But I DO have a justification for the color scheme: It's my fault for slinging this up too quick, just over-excited about getting going - I meant to figure out the best places to insert descriptors between the lines of html text when uploading (but MOCpages renames the url location w/out using the orig. thumbnail names, so I got lost, and ran outta time. In lieu of that, as I edit ongoingly, here's some of that intended mythos: In the cyberorganic fiction I imagine for this, the Emberhawkes are thermophagic ferrovores. Predators hunting in tight packs that feed off heat and biometal common to the volcanic plains and crags they inhabit. At rest, they bob on slag pools, soaking up the superthermals, converting them for energy and storage in that overlapping system of plating - drifting on the magma for such lengths in fact that they 'crust' over with light metamorphic deposits; cracking free to reveal the shining endoskeleton during active periods. Edges, plates, and fire - that sort of look. I actually debated about including far more grey in the scheme, to lend to that over-scorched look, but settled for the mix you currently see. I also DO feel guilty for getting a little too edit-happy. Just got overexcited about finally putting a MOC up. Browse you guys alla time - we have a very talented community here - I just wanted my shots to show a little polish. Sorryabouthat. =P
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  September 20, 2011
That's very awesome. I like the very beasty look :) Although I am critisizing the blank grey, which doesn't add to the color scheme, nor the skrall blades on wings. You certainly have found an original style using so much HF parts. I am a fan of the moc, but I'm not that much a fan of HF parts, as I myself prefer good ol' Bionicle, even though I have some amount of HF sets. Next time use less edited images for us to have a clear view on the structure, ok? :) And welcome to the mocpages Bio-mocer sect =]
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  September 20, 2011
My goodness! This is awesome! You should put more unedited photos instead.
 
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