"23 October 2012: Dear Diary, I can't remember the last time I seriously wrote an entry in my diary. Sometimes I think it must be years, then I see that it was only a few days and I wonder how so much could happen; so much could change! in such a short space of time.
A year ago the world knew nothing of aliens. Oh sure we had TV and films telling us we were being invaded every five minutes, that we had a future where we lived, worked and fought with them. But in the real world they were as true as pixies and trolls. No one really believed.
Then the unthinkable happened. They came back....
Yes I said "BACK". They have been here before, we just didn't know, or didn't want to know. Cave paintings, hieroglyphics, tapestries, and so on, throughout history, have depicted strange creatures, strange people, neither human nor animal. That was them.
They made their presence felt about 6 months ago and the world has never been the same since.
That was about the time we learned that the aliens were not the only secret this world has been keeping from us all. That was when our secret defenders stood up and said "There is a line in the sand, do not cross!". At first we didn't know who or what they were. Giants striding across the landscape, engaging the strange weapons of the Aliens. But last night they made their own declaration to the world.
"We are CyberAgents, and this world is ours."
Their spokesperson is a man known only as "Mr C", he appears on TV and radio, cutting into normal scheduling to warn the population of areas targeted by the aliens to evacuate so the CyberAgents can defend us without casualties. I'm not sure if I trust Mr C, but at least he's human. He claims to represent the CyberAgency, an organisation set up years ago by an international consortium to prepare for this day. They prepared well.
To date I've seen 7 CyberAgents, each a different colour. I think it must be like the shirts on Star Trek, each colour represents a rank or function. The black and gold were the first to appear, they seem to be in charge. Later came red, blue and yellow and finally green and white. They carry swords and sometimes they call on flying robots that become new weapons and I even saw one become a pair of wings! This CyberAgent actually flew like an angel!!
Mr C is on the radio now. He says my home is in the firing line of a new attack, I must go now. I pray that tomorrow I have a home to return to.
God bless the CyberAgents....
Extract from the Diary of Niles Morris.
The more observant out there will have noticed that I'm also including some prose with these creations. A short story written as diary entries. The "Parts" need to be read in order to make sense. Here is what I've written so far...
Waaaay back in 2008 I started creating a series of designs I dubbed "Cyberagents", over on Lego.com in the creator galleries. After I migrated to MOCpages I continued with the designs, but the accompanying fiction started to get messy, so I created a CyberAgent's multiverse...
...it did not take long for this to become too complex for me to keep straight what related to what.
So I decided with my next CyberAgents project to just start from scratch.
The new designs are slightly smaller than the originals (I'm planning on adding comparison images shortly) but are curiously more poseable - mostly due to a dramatically different basic frame.
The principle difference this time, is that they are set in the present day, not the near future. But the basic premiss of cyborg/super-robots fighting alien invaders, remains the same.
The Alien designs are meant to represent mecha units, but conforming to alien definitions of aesthetics and engineering.
CyberAgents 2.0 will run (on and off) for the rest of 2012.
SCALE COMPARISON WITH ORIGINAL 2008 CYBERAGENT (KNIGHT) RED
SCALE COMPARISON WITH ORIGINAL 2008/2009 CYBERAGENT (DARK ANGEL)
As you can see from the size comparison pictures, these latest designs are significantly different in how they feel and how they are structured. I'm still using the OAWI inspired joint system (favoured by the likes of TKH and Izzo), but I've taken the scale down a notch. Originally (mostly due to limitations of using the purchasable pieces in LDD2.0) I was limited as to which parts and colours I could include. I also didn't feel there was a need for an "ab crunch" something that has crept into most of the more recent CyberAgent designs.
Dressing the designs now is less about uniformity, and more about suggesting machinery. Though I do like to have visual queues from previous designs (such as the back pack).
Elements of the new design are actually taken from several previous designs, for which credit should go to Forte noir, since the forearm and shin design is largely based on his Corsair.
The head design is also not entirely original, having taken inspiration from Pick's transformer "Prototype". The weapons too took inspiration from him.
The wing design is a recycled version of the one I used previously on my "new" knight frame for the Medieval Universe series.
And finally a thank you to Haim Saban, as his series "Power Rangers" inspired the original CyberAgent back story.
So what happens now?
CyberAgent 2.0 will be going on a short break once I finish the final touches to the latest design, which will be a 2012 update of the CyberAgent Zero (the white, red and black design that has been repeated in EVERY early range). To incorporate the more varied colour scheme, and to retain sufficient visual queues from the original design (I'll add links shortly), I'm making some adjustments to the current frame. This will inevitably make it larger and maybe even taller than the others.
The back story for the Zero will be featured shortly, breaking the format of the story I've been writing so far by NOT featuring a diary entry from Niles Morris, though Niles may return as I'm now becoming more intrigued by who he is.
But like I said, while CA2.0 is going on hiatus, it isn't finished. I want to re-incorporate elements from previous series into the story, and that means it could run into 2013. Depends on what time I have to work on it over November and December.
Thanks for all the comments, they are read even if I don't reply.