Albertus is my first Bio-MOC in a long time, hence the name ďBeginnerĒ. He was built to collect constructive criticism, so lay it on me.
About this creation
Before I go further, here is the bio:
Name: Albert ďAlbertusĒ of Gobble
Element: Wrong universe.
Allegiance: Civilian Aradicman
Equipment: Military surplus armor, stolen sword, walking stick, blasting-cap wrist-spikes, survival gear, extra powder, various chemicals.
Who is the young man who calls himself Albertus? That is a secret known to a very few. He travels between villages with the occasional visit to a larger city, learning what he can and trying to stay out of trouble. His armor resembles that of certain mercenary troops, but Albertus avoids violence if at all possible. Some of the people he meets think that he is a wandering wizard thanks to his obscure knowledge, but mostly they donít ask Ė the street wisdom in Arad is that questioning nobs can lead to trouble.
With the powers of the world waging war and dangerous new experiences becoming commonplace in the remotest regions, the sight of a lone wanderer is no surprise. Scores of outlandish adventurers live in much the same manner as Albertus regardless of their goals, whether they move to avoid plague or travel to seek their fortunes. Traditions are upset, small-town children grow up to be soldiers, and nations are in flux. What does the future hold? Good question.
As I said before, this is a learning experience for me. I have little experience with Bionicle, and I want to change that so I have something to do in-between castle projects. After a couple of false starts, I am ready to go public. While you look through the pictures, I would appreciate it if you thought of ways I could improve my construction and then tell me about it in a comment. Now, please enjoy.
Visiting Falmore. Donít know where that is? Join Rainos in the Lands of Mythron. If I can do Bionicle MOCs, you can expand to castle.
Albertus with his walking stick. He can use this staff as a weapon if he has too, and the top is rigged with a piston and a black powder blasting cap for an extra punch.
Back view of Albertus with his travel pack. He carries a number of wizardly ingredients within as well as food, water, and equipment to work metal, stone, and wood if the need arises. I like the way this adds a bit of reality to the traditional Bionicle model.
These are Albertusí wrist spikes, also equipped with replaceable blasting caps to penetrate heavy armor on impact. Also, Iím going to take the opportunity to say that I am not happy with his head; as nice as a classic Kakama is, it gives the illusion that he is a Bionicle when I really want to start up a different genre.
Albertusí simple, punching combat style. His spikes have strikers that ignite the powder on impact.
Pose. It isnít Albertusí way to show off physically, but when one looks good, one might as well enjoy it.
Now to put him through his paces, starting with flexibility.
His arms are double-jointed, but even that isnít completely effective with his armor plating. Unfortunately, his forearm-plates also help keep the joint together.
Flexing- I think that is as much as Albertus can bend his arms.
Have you spotted the waist joint yet? My adventurer canít twist, but he can go up and down pretty well.
Finally, I arrive at the one part of him with a fully human range of motion: the legs.
These are also double-jointed, but this time it works. The waist joint is also helpful in allowing Albertus to sit, crouch, or lounge.
Yes, Albertus can do the splits like almost every other constraction figure.
The ankles do not contain a ball joint, and function excellently.
Overall leg shot.
Shoulders- I have been told that the area around the neck needs to be bulked-up. What do you think?
The back without the pack. I did not armor Albertusí posterior; I understand that this is a common flaw, but Iím going for the right shape rather than more silver.
Poor Albertus. It looks like anyone who tries to hamstring him will have no problem.
Back of the arm.
Albertus with equipment.
Name: Plague Trooper
Allegiance: The Plague Troop
Equipment: Mask and armor stuffed with anti-bacterial chemicals, paint, paintbrush, sword, grenades containing contagion, hammer, nails, boards, matches, artillery to fling diseased corpses into enemy fortifications.
In an attempt to make a custom head for Albertus, I created my childhood nightmare: a plague doctorís mask. For those of you not born four hundred one years ago, physicians and other people who had to deal with infected persons used to wear beaked masks filled with supposedly-protective herbs during plagues. I recreated the image horrifically, somehow managing to add the chilling, glassy eyepieces of a 1900ís gas mask and an overall inhuman, birdlike work with a few simple pieces. Although the head looks awkward on the body I used for Albertus, the strange overall appearance increases the terror still further, combining strength with frailty in a truly disconcerting manner.
The Plague Troop is a mercenary force in high demand throughout the known world, enforcing quarantines in times of pestilence or unleashing the might of biological warfare in times of violence. Castles fall before their art, cities surrender on sight, armies desert, and powerful nobles strive to outbid the others for the PTís allegiance. In short, they mean trouble.
As a bionicle MOCer, I say you have a solid style of build. As for your wanting to change the look of the face, I say do what I do, and try to make your own mask, or build with small parts over it. Like the plague trooper, but I think you can do better with his weapons.
Wow... I must say... this MOC is amazing! He's wonderfully custom... and yet... so simple, all at the same time. You did a great job! As for your comment on beefing up his neck... I think it looks fine with the neck as it is.