A Hero Factory/bionicle Mech with a bit of a fiery twist.
About this creation
Furnace is my first real crack at doing a Hero Factory/Bionicle MOC. I had done some dabbling before him and since building him have done others, but the first version(pictured below) was the first real attempt. After obtaining more parts(mostly from Black Phantom) I upgraded his legs considerably, hence the "2.0" In case you're wondering, the fuel tanks in his arms are from the Mission to Mars Sets. I obtained one from a relative a while back.
Furnace is part of a series of prototype Mechanized Combat Cyborgs(MCC's). While his body is mostly robotic, a reprogrammed human brain supported by an artificial life support system is placed inside the Mech's head and integrated heavily into an AI program to give the AI the ability to learn, adapts and give it advanced processing abilities. The human organ is harvested from humans sentenced to death for committing crimes. The mind is chemically erased, then is put into a life support system while it undergoes AI integration training. Once fully integrated the mind is placed into the Mech and is activated.
Furnace how ever is different. He regained partial sentience due to his host's mind being more resilient to the chemical altering.The true cause of the regaining of sentience is unknown by the developers of the MBC's but it is speculated that it could be a result of the host's use of drugs. Furnace is one of two MCC's that gained sentience, an infantry unit gained full sentience, went rogue and escaped the the R&D facility where the MCC's were being developed. Instead of decommissioning him, the developers allowed Furnace to go after the rogue unit. The rogue Infantry unit is still at large with Furnace in pursuit.
MCC units are in production, but only contain the AI system without the human brain component. These standardized units are referred to as Mechanize Combat Units(MCu's). They are far less adaptable, are generally slower and unintelligent.
Furnace is an Incendiary unit. They are built larger and sturdier than their Infantry counterparts, are slower than Infantry units, yet are still more agile than the Armor subclass of Cavalry units. Their primary function is battlefield clearing, deforestation and heavy combat. A squad of Incendiary units typically accompany a platoon of cavalry units as they are strong enough to stand up to heavy fire and combat as well as being able to clear areas more efficiently than Cavalry units
Incendiaries are equipped with heat resistant armoring, duel flame throwers, and grapple barrel claws,appendages that can function as hands or gun barrels when straightened. Insendiaries have the distinct disadvantage of being able to carry less ammo in their ammo drums(the inverted tires) than even their Infantry counterparts, and also require liquid fuel for their throwers. How ever, when out of ammunition they are not completely powerless They can rely on hand to hand combat if needed. They also optimize their power sources by using thermo-electro conversion technology to take advantage of constantly being exposed to high temperature situations.
Furnace is based partly on designs from wolfbossx:'s Gatling
I don't remember if I commented on this on DA, but this moc is epic! That is all I could say though, because my head hurts for some reason, so I won't go into great detail.
Btw, I didn't know you were on mocpages as well, lol!