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Bionicle MOC: Kutumah
A Polynesian influenced war god with a different take on "war god."
About this creation
Full front view:


Full side view:



Full rear view:


Full other side view W/arm raised for better viewing of his torso:


OOGA BOOGA BOOGA! lol. :


Zoomed in detail of his torso to show "totem pole" design.


Close up of his club...and his foot:


Mugshot Close up of his Face:

Zoomed in shot of rear:







About the MOC Kūtūmah(Pronouncee Khoo-Too-Mah) is a cultural amalgamation of a Tiki/Hawaiian god, Maori god, Native American Totem poles as well as kinda resembling a Japanese Tengu. The strongest influences though are the Polynesian cultures, Hawaiian and Maori. is one of four main gods in Hawaiian mythology. He is their God of War. I'm also going with Hawaiian cultural references with his weapon, a spiked club. It is said Hawaiian warriors, the Koa would often use spiked clubs made from sharks teeth or stone. And since I had these Stronius club parts I figured it'd be a good fit. Tūmatauenga is the Maori equivalent to Kū. Tumataunga is also mostly who I'm basing Kūtūmah's personalities or tendencies on. Tuma...where have we heard that name in a warrior like character before? Lastly I'm culling inspiration from the Ethiopian god Maher(Mostly because Kūtū was too short and I needed another syllable:XD:). After this I cross the line from Tiki totems into more Native American Totems by presenting multiple faces in a vertical line. The Japanese Tengu didn't have any real influence here. I just think that Kūtūmah's face ends up resembling those as well. the idea there was strictly Tiki gods/Tiki masks though.

Building the MOC
Kūtūmah was initially inspired by welcometothedarksyde's Bruiser The red Onua Nuva mask really stood out to me and after looking at it for a bit I noticed that it looked rather similar to a tiki mask, That's where the idea to do something "tiki" came from. I initially was going to build a little MOC using the mask with googly eyes, but then I got what is basically this idea, a large tiki mask with a totem pole body. The rest was execution. I built the mask/head first and this was the result on the first try. The body however proved very difficult. I went through several failed designs before I came to this. Purchasing a Core Hunter proved to be just what I needed to get me out of design gridlock. I then spent the next two days building the bulk of him, then tweaking the designs and filling in small gaps.
Overall I'm incredibly satisfied with this MOC, Aesthetics, color distribution, structure, all are really satisfactory. Kūtūmah is pretty stable to. I was almost able to get him to stand on one leg. But the feet are too rounded on the sides. I don't think there's much I would need to do to improve this MOC. I'm happy with everything that's in my control. Washers and pins in black and red would be nice, but lego dropped the ball big time when its come to common parts color availability :roll:

Bio
I don't have much of a bio for him. More like a personality description.

Kūtūmah is somewhat an obnoxious mean-spirited individual. As a god of war he can be vindictive, manipulative to turn people against each other, and loud as he likes to chant war chants and play war drums(which I should probably make for him). He's basically your typical war deity but with a flair for music and theatricality. He's not all bad though. he rewards hard work, skill and loyalty to authority above all else. He would much rather see a tribe fight another tribe in all out war than to see a tribe squabble amongst itself. For this reason he mostly coerces village leaders into fighting and punishes those why betray their superiors.

If Kūtūmah were part of the bionicle universe he'd obviously be a Makuta. Other than that I don't really know.

Thanks for reading, favoriting and commenting. :D



Comments

 I made it 
  December 8, 2012
Quoting Gale Winthrope In depth hmm? Yes, I can see how you would appreciate that. Ok then, in terms of critique, the only thing I dislike is the weapon. It seems a tad small and short in my humble opinion. Beyond that I have no critique, but for in depth praise of what I really admire in this MOC the head and the body take the cake without question. The use of the masks in the torso stuns me. I've tried doing that, but it ended terribly. The head is very well detailed, lovely use of the bone pieces and the teeth look great. The flames coming from the eyes are a great touch too. That is all I really have for in depth, other than spectacular work =)
Thanks Gale. I can see why you'd say that. The club is there mostly for him to have a weapon should he decide to lay some smack down on some foolish mortal village or some out of line spirit. Kutumah isn't as much of a physical fighter as the stereotypical war deity might be. He's more "Chill out, be big mean and scary" type god. So to reflect that, I didn't emphasize his weapon. Besides, clubs can be short and stubby, and still be effective. As for the praise. The "totem" concept really allowed me to use Mask as regular parts and justify it conceptually. Plus it'd be cool if this guy's standing there, towering over you and his feet legs and where ever else are staring at you blinking their eyes. lol I don't think any of my previous MOCs ever came out this well on the first run. This MOC just kinda came together for me. It occasionally happens. Thanks for everything Gale. :D
  November 22, 2012
In depth hmm? Yes, I can see how you would appreciate that. Ok then, in terms of critique, the only thing I dislike is the weapon. It seems a tad small and short in my humble opinion. Beyond that I have no critique, but for in depth praise of what I really admire in this MOC the head and the body take the cake without question. The use of the masks in the torso stuns me. I've tried doing that, but it ended terribly. The head is very well detailed, lovely use of the bone pieces and the teeth look great. The flames coming from the eyes are a great touch too. That is all I really have for in depth, other than spectacular work =)
 I like it 
  November 22, 2012
Absolutely amazing. I love the techniques and colors.
 I made it 
  November 22, 2012
Quoting Gale Winthrope Umm... Holy cow patties. Blown away completely. My favorite part is the color scheme. Brilliantly done.
Quoting Banjax 2077 Hmmm where have I seen this before?? :P Great moc, love all the kanohi.
Quoting Johann Dakitsch Awesome! Nice colors and great head. A different take on the theme indeed.
Thanks Guys. I appreciate the compliments. This was one of those rare MOCs where everything just came together for me. Thanks for commenting. Feel free to leave feedback in the future. I need to be more active here and I would be if people left more in depth comments. :)
 I made it 
  November 22, 2012
Quoting L.A. Miranda You're not the only one who see this in other place, Banjax. It was... HERE!! (http://3rdeye88.deviantart.com/art/Bionicle-MOC-Kutumah-333733365) Well, I never have the chance of saying you how awesome was this, and now I have it, I don't find the words. Great. I'll say... Er... I like the face so much... Meh, you know, I find this too cool to say it in words. Love the great usage of the masks, like the Kiril on the feet. Keep uploading more of this here, my dear! =D
Thank you Miranda. Yes I post all my MOCs on Deviantart first and then here if I remember to. :P I'm glad you like it so much. The usage of all the masks was really just an extention of going with a Totem Pole Theme. Some masks work really well being used as regular parts, its just that it puts a face where ever its used. This MOC allowed me the chance to do that and get away with having faces everywhere. Thanks for commenting. :D
 I like it 
  November 22, 2012
Awesome! Nice colors and great head. A different take on the theme indeed.
 I like it 
  November 22, 2012
You're not the only one who see this in other place, Banjax. It was... HERE!! (http://3rdeye88.deviantart.com/art/Bionicle-MOC-Kutumah-333733365) Well, I never have the chance of saying you how awesome was this, and now I have it, I don't find the words. Great. I'll say... Er... I like the face so much... Meh, you know, I find this too cool to say it in words. Love the great usage of the masks, like the Kiril on the feet. Keep uploading more of this here, my dear! =D
 I like it 
  November 22, 2012
Hmmm where have I seen this before?? :P Great moc, love all the kanohi.
 I like it 
  November 22, 2012
Umm... Holy cow patties. Blown away completely. My favorite part is the color scheme. Brilliantly done.
 
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