A peaceful BURPy and LURPy moss covered Rock Golem.
About this creation
About The MOC
Saxum is one of those projects that got out of hand for me, not in a bad way though. He started off wth me wanting to build a revamp of Bruizer but started to take its own shape early on in the process. He's also a bit of a realization of an idea I've had for a while. My original concept of a "rock Monster" was a creature with an amorphous shape that could absorb things, other forms of earth or even machinery. Not an original concept I know but the concept allowed for an interesting ideal for the MOC. The MOC iteration would be this creature when it had torn off the boom of a crane and is using it as an extendable arm. The idea was to counter technic looking machinery with natural looking stone. I plan to create this MOC eventually, but for now, we have Saxum. :meow:
I decided to build this MOC to try and get some practice in texturing with system parts. Luckily I got a good many "cheese" parts in olive from a Pick-A-Brick cup so this allowed me to try and do a simple Mossy stone look. I also tried to give him a sense of erosion on the parts of the build that were brick built and not just the preformed rock pieces I used to make his torso and front of the legs. Though I did try to mimic the look of those parts in the arms and head a bit.
The name Saxum come s from the Latin word for "stone."
I built Saxum over a three day period with one full day of MOCing that covered the bulk(no pun intended) of the MOC, and two lighter days to complete the build and then finish it off. Overall he's a fairly stable build. He's easy enough to pose, especially the arms. The legs are a bit touchy but as you can see I can get him in some decent poses. He's pretty flexible despite the bulkiness. The use of Hero Factory extenders keeps most of the joints in his legs rigid enough to hold him up. The weakest point in his legs would be his ankles that don't use any extenders, but has a short actuator system in place. Once balanced he's stable though.
I've discovered Snip has a superpower, he has the ability to charm any living creature, even otherwise hostile ones. Nothing wants to hurt him, not even Bionicle MOCkery Matteo. :XD: I confess that the idea of Saxum giving snip flowers came from the Iron Golems from :iconminecraftplz: Still adorable as hell though.
Saxum was fortunate to be featured on the The Brother's Brick Blog Only the best or "blogworthy" MOCs are featured there so its quite an honor and I consider it high praise to be featured amongst the many brilliant MOCers who are featured there. Being featured there taught me something about this MOC. I apparently used parts that are incredibly disliked. BURP's(Big Ugly Rock Pieces) and LURPs(Little Ugly Rock Pieces). What's ironic is I used them unknowing of the fact they were so disliked and not used much. I figured using rock pieces to build a rock Monster wasn't that big a deal, but i guess it was. *shrugs* Go figure. :P
Quoting Eric Landreneau
This guy's got a lot of personality. Fantastic parts usage and blend of techniques. Really dig the way you designed the hips.
Thank you Eric! That's such a heart warming comment. I really wanted Saxum to have a lot of Personality. And thanks for noticing. The hips were the hardest part because that's where so much movement happens. Getting the back of the legs armored and the hips armored without it all clashing together was the most challenging aspect of this MOC. *handles MOC>Part falls off* "Hey, stuff falls off him as he moves around, just like a real rock Monster!" LOL
Quoting [ Chro ]
I really wouldn't call this a Bionicle MOC, since it's mostly System as far as I can tell. Looks neat, though.
Thanks Chro. There's some bionicle/HF in there, its just wrapped up in system parts. The frame is mostly Bionicle/HF/technic. I used the hollowness of the BURPs and LURPs to that advantage. Getting him "armored" to where he can still move around was a bit of a challenge though. System parts love to fall off at the drop of a hat. I dunno how these system guys work with it all the time it'd drive me nuts. I also use the term Bionicle MOC: As a standard line. It actually helps with google indexing. You look up "Bionicle MOC" on google images and my work shows up on page one. Adding it to the titles and tags really make a difference in search results. You type in Lego MOC and all kinds of different MOCs come up, Castles, dioramas, technic, brick built Mechs, nothing too bionicley though. We seem to have this huge distinction and almost a barrier between Bionicle/HF and System. Its all still lego. Even when I use system parts I'm basically just building a Bionicle MOC, but using system to get there. Its kinda like how Vegans figure out how to make stuff still taste like meat or dairy products. Its just a different way to get the same point across.