Hello again, all. Here's my third addition to the lifeforms of Somniferria; a stealthy and vicious packhunter called an 'Umbravore'. As always, THANK YOU for looking, and PLEASE feel free to leave Crits/Comm's. Cheers, and Enjoy!
About this creation
Umbravores. Bad news for most of the more peaceful creatures of 'Somniferria' (VERY loosely translates to "Metal Dream")
Alright! So: Umbravores.
The Frosthulkes have the Polar Plainscapes, and the Emberhawkes rule the crags and skies of terrestrial Somniferria, right? Well then, the continent-spanning Forests should have an alpha-Predator, too. Enter the Umbra's.
While all Somniferrian flora have adapted crystalline dermal plating of some fashion (for the collection and storage of radiative energy from Somniferria's binary star system) the balance of this physiology is most precarious in these leonine packhunters.
Unable to stay exposed to Solar rays long enough to effectively collect energy, due to the almost perpetual canopy from the skyscraping trees, the Umbravores had to adapt to the most readily-available alternative energy source to their predatory existence; The trine Moons of their planet (Phobos, Unis, & Lurien).
Having evolved primarily as Nocturnal creatures, the weaker, reflected, lunar radiation must be far more efficiently used as an energy source - and still, it's not nearly enough to provide complete nutrition and radio-plasmal energy reserves. So the Umbravores supplement their collection of common cosmic radiation in an altogether appropriate fashion, albeit... rather messy.
The Umbra's supplement their diet with the only other readily-available source of energy found in the perpetual gloom of their arboreal nightscape:
...From all the other creatures that store SOLAR radiation so well. Not a bad solution (at least for the 'Vores =P ). SUPERB at plasma conversion, these predators have found a radiochemical means to convert ambient plasmal energy into raw electronueral pulse energy - which is then stored away in their own special reservoir organs for later use. It's the Somniferrian way of Life.
What should have been a limiting factor: their dependency on this Vampiric lifestyle, namely; the 'Vore's have thrived in their shadowy realm. Much less flashy than their terrestrial neighbors, these animals have made the most from the least. Their primary use of Cosmic Radiance is fuel for their unique Camouflage.
(here's the main dorsal energy plate for lunar radiation collection)
Sometimes the predatory threat display is all that's necessary to deter more armored scavenger competition from a fresh Kill.
Ordinarily recognized for their lambent red corneal glow, the stealth phasing trigger as they assume their natural camouflage often flares green, indicating the bending of light past the violet portion of the visible spectrum by their dermal luminance field.
...Or something. =)
Hey, I don't take myself too seriously - you shouldn't either. This is all in good fun.
Even with a shorter, thicker tail, this is a long, lean animal MOC. Something like 22" from fang to tailtip, 8" tall at the shoulder on all fours, and 11" when fully erect resting on its front paws.
...as shown, here.
Like the Emberhawke build, I used a doublejointed upper thigh, and a fixed right-angle technic bit for the lower leg, to make a more fully-folded crouching position (for that sitting-on-their-haunches, Pantherlike look).
While they pack a couple of nasty surprises elsewhere, those forepaws are the main line of offense. They are overlarge, with wicked carbon biosteel talons for slashing or digging. To add insult to injury, they posses an envenomed spur or dewclaw, shown here in red. Their venom is a paralytic compound, to transfix their victims while they ...um... 'work'. Gruesome, I know. But sometimes Nature isn't pretty.
I really, really dug those long limbs and the poses they made possible. In my mind, the 'Vores have traded Stealth for protection - their armor is far more lightweight carbon-graphite biomesh, allowing for frightening natural agility and speed. Pair that with nigh-invisibilty and acrobatic grace, and you have a recipe for a born Alpha Predator.
Not PRECISELY the order I'd intended to reveal these, but you'd have eventually seen them, regardless - yep: if four razor-taloned limbs just aren't enough, add more! The 'Vores use this pair of dorsal blades to grapple and puncture even the thickest armors of their chosen Prey.
Here's a look at that tailspear. It has enough lateral surface to act as something of a collection panel - when 'Vores climb all the way to the forest Canopy, they are sometimes seen turning these to the Moons to gather vital radiance. If you spot the gleam as they do, count yourself lucky, and head the opposite direction - fast. If they don't want you to see them, well... ordinarily...
...it's already too late. One blurred green flash, and they are gone - perfectly invisible, so long as they remain out of direct rays of solar or lunar radiance. Nassssty.
The Umbravores will hunt (and eat) literally anything too slow to outrun, outclimb, or out-soar them in the arboreal night. One-on-one, most potential prey would stand a fair chance, but... did I mention they hunt in Packs?
With an unpleasant vampiric penchant, 'Umbravores are also known to have a taste for neural tissue (Ick.) Even an outnumbered FrostHulke may end up as Dinner (shown). It's rumored they are actually able to assimilate electrochemical information this way, but, as no Somniferrian race has yet proven to possess Sentience (and because no one wants to get too close), we may never know.
A closer look at that primary claw array.
Main fang structure indicates piercing etymology, but they have smaller secondary chelicerae for tissue consumption as well. (They just prefer a 'liquid diet').
Like FrostHulke, this MOC has positionable trapezius armor segments; allows arms to go very high, but can spread back out when arms are lowered for a fuller, stronger-looking neckline around the clavicle.
I am admittedly pleased with the hand articulation. They allowed for a great many goofy/cool poses. Like this one. Heywhawazzatoverthere? Yeah, YOU. I'mtalkinaYOU, Bub.
I really enjoyed those 'thorn'-like spikes from Witch Doc 3.0, made nice angles out from the elbow armor.
As many of their terrestrial contemporaries have, the 'Vores have put stored radiation energy to some amazing uses...
An unstealthed Umbravore slinking down a trunk from the Canopy.
'Alas, poor Yoric. I knew him w'-oh, ...nevermind.
Like the Hulkes and Hawkes, one of the most common energy conversions Somniferrian lifeforms use is the charging of natural cutting and piercing anatomy.
A reverse shot, without the linear charging underway.
I liked the mix of black, silver, and graphite-like colors. Tried to stick with those.
Meant to be the first reveal for those dorsal blades. Like the FrostHulke MOC, they are poseable through virtually limitless variations, depending on intended function. Here they are used for a traditional flared Threat Display commmon among 'cats of many planets.
Another good look at the primary claws, and a 'back-off-bub' stance.
Was trying to show off that the build can bring as many as five limbs to bear upon a target, when needed. The dorsal blades can strike well in advance of the skull, piercing and slashing while grappling an opponent with the primary talons - even slashing at the flanks and underbelly simultaneously. Ouch.
Another look at the same, without Titlesplash.
Back legs splayed, dorsal blades wide.
A MOCer commented recently on how shiny some of my bits look - I'm not really sure why they look so glossy. Of all the effects I add in with 'Shop, that isn't one =). Mebbe I have oily Scotch-American skin. Dunno.
Nice profile shot.
Blade-happy critters, those 'Vores. Meh: everyone needs a Hobby, I guess.
Good full crouch, effaced.
...and right-Profile presented. Very lionesque.
Charging up for some wetwork...
Clutching a recent trophy. Hey, a cat's gotta eat, right?
Striding elongated profile...
... and again, with tail assembly aloft. HF parts hold those poses very well. Love those joints. As an aside comment: I hear alot of MOCpagers dismiss most HF works. While I agree with most of the pre-builds, out-of-box, some of the BITS have GREAT potential. I am wholeheartedly embracing their integration with my favorite Bionicle constructs.
Crouched detail pose, dorsal blades in retracted position.
The build can get up and threaten with both forepaws, provided I use the tail for ballast. Useful in a fight (foreshadowing for later photos ;)
Happy Halloween, all!
"WE'RE NUMBER O-um... wait... um, whichnumberareweagain?
So; I had good intentions, wanting to bring all the Somniferrian lifeforms identified so far into one photoshoot. Again, I had all the best intentions. One can expect the Cat, Dog, and Canary, to behave only so well, when all locked in the same cage...
It saddens me to report that, with embarrassing speed (and pathetic predictability), INSTINCT took over.
Things went, well... Bad.
And to be perfectly honest...
...things might have gotten...
...just a little bit Out-Of-Hand.
Eventually, I had to Step In.
At least Emberhawke had the good grace to be Ashamed of their Conduct. Even after Grounding all three, it took awhile for them to stop Pouting. AWK-ward...
In the end, we WERE able to get them to cooperate long enough for one good, Charlie's Angels'-type shot. =)
Well, as always, thanks for the Feedback, and Thanks for looking. PLEASE comment/crit if you feel the need: LIKE if you do, Don't if you don't; and thank you again for Visiting! Cheers!!!
Quoting bionic mocist
I love your mocs but something I noticed is that you use sooooo much hero factory not to be all like he sucks because I use it a lot bt you do use maybe a little bit to much
Mmm. Well, it's like this - and I try to be very up-front about my 'Take' on MOCing (there's even a passage about it on my Homepage if you'll check) - I build with the materials that seem RIGHT for the mental image I have of the desired End Result. If that means the very latest, still-warm-from-their-molds HF bits, then I use those. If it's a Bionicle, Technic, Chima, (insert Series' Names until you puke) etc..., then IN that piece goes, without a second thought. I am not bound by loyalty to ANY Series, or style, save mine. And what fits for the moment. The freedom makes it fun. I thank you for the review, but suggest you explore those possibilities too. What someone says about your MOC shouldn't alter your estimation of its 'worth'. If you aren't a fan of HF (being used alot in one MOC)in general, then you're REALLY not going to like some of my upcoming work. And if so, sympathies, but HF will continue to appear when the spirit moves me to include it. ^^ Thanks again!
Quoting Noah the Lego Apprentice
Very Nightmarish creature! I love the ending photoshoot comic :)
Thanks very much, Noah. =) I love throwing a bit of humor out there all I can. Some of the MOCers on our pages are little short of Comic Geniuses, and have made me LOL on more than one occasion. Motion Comics are awesome, my compliments of some of your funnier shots with works like Neox. Cheers!
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible
Have you ever built something that's NOT awesome? From the evidence I have I'd answer no..
In reply, I'll tell a short story; It's Thanksgiving time, which means around my house, (for the first time in many years, my Family's coming HERE) - it's time to CLEAN MY ROOM. Y'know - REALLY clean it. Ouchrite? So I have been dusting and picking up all week. I moved all my Somniferrians to a new display place, and had to DUST everything else. Let me tell you: man, did I EVER build some GARBAGE back in the day. THREE were so bad, I disassembled them yesterday, rather than face dusting them again. They should have been surrounded by a green cloud of stink, they were so bad. Some others survived, until I need the Parts, or feel the same, next year - it's like that ONE Turkey on the Turkey Farm who watches his buddy get picked for the dinner table, wipes a cold sweat away, and buckles down to dread The Day, next year. We all start somewhere. BUT I thank you from the bottom of my old heart for your compliment, regardless. Cheers, and Happy Early Thanksgiving! =)
Quoting wilberto de Jong
Hey man, I like your MOCs, but for the next one, try downsizing a bit, it really helps refine technique. If you want an example, check out my MOCs.
Hey, thanks for the visit and the Feedback. Checked out your two MOCs for consideration on your point. Unfortunately, My latest addition has gone far the OTHER direction, you'll have to wait a few days to see what I mean I fear. I'm editing pics I took yesterday, should be done before Monday.
Additionally, I've just found I enjoy building MOCs larger, and my sense of Scale leans that direction. I pay respects to those who build small for the talent it clearly takes, but will likely stick to med/large myself - just more fun for me. Again, thanks, and Cheers!
Quoting Max W.
wow. you are on fire. keep em comin!
Thank you, I shall try - waiting on a Bricklink order to finish my next. And thank you twice, considering it appears you have no love for Hero Factory, and I use so many of their bits. I wholly empathize with those angry that Lego killed Bionicle: but mostly because they killed a storyline & rich mythology that had so many followers. To me, it's all just partspartsparts gimmethoseawesome partsrightnow IwannaIwanna gimmegimmegimme. My love comes from what those new bits will DO for me; but they hurt alot of fans by abandoning their major Mythos. Thanks again for the Like, and for commenting. I shall endeavor not to disappoint. ;)
Quoting Monarth GS
Great design, very nightmare-ish look :) Me gusta.
Appreciated - I was going for a fierce profile with these guys, hopefully something that made it impossible for a biologist to mistake it for anything but a predator. Oversized claws, a mask chosen for its heavy fang-incisors, that sorta thing. Cheers!
Quoting Gringat the Repugnant
I'm in awe of this MOC! Love the posture of it, and the photos make the parts look so shiny and new! Can tell you really had fun with this one. :)
Know what?- it was, and I did! Sincere thanks on that. That, I feel, is the most important thing we're all up to here. Just m.h.o., but that's what it's s'posed to be about, right?- ENJOY yourself, cut loose, build some stuff!
Quoting Overlord Galaxus (Instant Noodles)
Woah, your MOCing skills are very unusual! But unusual is VERY GOOD! Great job!
Why Thank You - I am the Patron Saint of the Unusual, in my spare time. (Doesn't pay very well). I will gladly accept your description on this, Sir. With all the Talent round here, I have big shoes to fill to even keep up with you lot! THANK you!