Emberhawke, the Scorching Legions - Somniferrian Terrestrial . Hi, there. I'm Crowe, and am brand-new to MOCpages in particular; if not MOC-ing in general. Crits & Comms welcomed. .
In the cyberorganic fiction I imagine for this, the Emberhawkes are thermophagic ferrovores. Predators hunting in tight packs that feed off heat and biometal common to the volcanic plains and crags they inhabit. At rest, they bob on slag pools, soaking up the superthermals, converting them for energy and storage in that overlapping system of plating - drifting on the magma for such lengths in fact that they 'crust' over with light metamorphic deposits; cracking free to reveal the shining endoskeleton during active periods. Edges and spikes, plates and fire - that sort of look.
In response to the very valid suggestions made thus far, I again apologize for all the 'Shop'd pics. As my first submission, I am still figuring things out. I fully intend to add more originals; but it'll have to wait - the camera that took these loaned out to family on vacation. I'll put it back to work, soon as it returns =P
The title splashpage, as used in the mega-low-rez Youtube vid. (HD takes a paid subscription. Perhaps I'll come up with some good Editing software instead - free forever!)
A 'hawke packleader, supersaturated with thermal energy from furnace pools.
The build used a 'double-jointed thigh', I wanted the crouch to be very deep to lend that leonine look when the 'Hawkes are sitting on their haunches - they allowed for a very tall erect pose. Admittedly they are just barely on the edge of causing weight issues, from the bladewings' mass on the hip ball-and-socket joints.
As metrics show - the dorsal measure shows Emberhawke as a pretty long MOC. Theoretically, I imagine them to use that long tailblade as an articulated lash, to swoop in low and slice out at prey with all the mass of their airborne momentum behind the strike. Like a dinosaur, the tail made for great counterbalance and aids greatly in posing the MOC without stability issues.
A 'Hawke bringing the blade to bear on a sighted target.
As theorized, this fictitious beast uses amplified thermal energy in a number of ways - as with charging the tailblade for a precision lash.
Gleaming but depleted, a 'hawke would eventually feel the need to return to the magma baths to renew its charge.
Here's a look at that exposed double-joint in the thigh. That tail holds those posed settings pleasingly well. I have thoroughly enjoyed what those Hero Factory b-n-s joints have made possible since adding a few to my collection.
Another effaced pose showing the secondary weapons off - that strong pair of terminal armblades. Great for grappling and ripping at close range.
Mantis-like, I expect the 'Hawkes would favor that folded-over-forearm stance, semi-retracted, and ready to scissor out with unnerving speed.
Fully crouched on haunches, venting plasma post-flight. Okay, so I'm a huge Godzilla fan. Canna help it. *shrugs*
As later shots will show in more detail, that Stringer helm made a perfect rounded shape to end the dorsal musculature with.
This shot is as good a place as any to point out what most Gunpla modelers would call 'panel-lining', along with a little custom coloration, on and around the figure. I do this so often I couldn't resist seeing what it would look like on a MOC, and i.m.h.o., it really added a great deal to how much I like this creature. I will do this more often!
A titlesplash showing the endoskeleton cooling off in the breeze post flight-blast.
Reverse shot showing more of the dorsal musculature.
Full length look at the spine assembly, plus those raptorish dew-claws. One of my favorite poses, the HF parts make for a nice profile, i.m.h.o.
Charging up ambient thermal field for some close-range melee.
That tail, much along the lines of the heavy tails of some dinosaurs, seemed to counterbalance the wing weight fairly well, allowing for split-stances like this one, without slipping in the hipjoint settings. When lain fully on the surface you're posing from, it acts like an articulated third foot, getting the weight well behind the torso's center of grav.
A look at the overlapping shoulder, deltoid, and bicep plating. Like this shot for thumbnails, too.
Another tall profile effacing. Nitpicking, one ends up fiddling a bit with the last four dorsal spikes a bit whenever the tail is moved, reorienting them. But I liked the look, so I go with it.
Venting sulfur vapors, post-landing.
Scissors retracted, mantis-style. Left leg is fully bifolded, second joint in thigh behaves more like a large second kneejoint.
Wingblade detail and spine curling. The wings originally fully folded into aligned triples, even fooled around some with elastics to see if I could get a spring-loaded sort of trick, but was unsatisfied; eventually went with the spread array you see here.
More dorsal plating and spike array.
Best look yet at the leg profile, and the dew-claws.
That l-shaped Skrall bracket pair I used for the wing seemed to work well with the 'elbow' fixed either pointed forward or facing rear. Some wing poses called for swiveling.
Diverting thermal charge to the dorsal blades to attack the underbelly of some vast, sky-faring behemoth or enemy vessel, no doubt.
Really pleased with the hip stability/flexibility. God bless bionicle b-n-s joints.
Facing a seasonal sulfur gale, head-on. (or a cheesy windblast PS effect, take your pic =P)
A simple size comparison shot, with Stormer 3.0 (who is clearly not taking his current proximity peril seriously), thrown in for scale. Or, maybe, Stormer is just a perpetually happy-go-lucky fellow, at ease under the weight of any threat. Take pick.
Torso and helm detail. I will submit here, that the whole Idea for this MOC was inspired by that fantasic Furno 3.0 helm. Just my opinion, but this helm had truly epic potential. Looks like the hawk-guards from SG series, great profile, great surface detail - looked even better with a small bit of panel-lines and custom blocking. Cannot compliment those Designer folks enough. I bought 3, just to be able to possibly make more versions of the 'Hawkes in the future.
A simple shot showing how uninvolved the tail interior is. It didn't seem to call for much, so I left it alone.
Right bladewing array detail.
Critical superthermal charge field. Getting ready to cause some very unpleasant events for its intended prey.
Left profile for wing and helm detail.
Fully crouched, ready to spring from the alcove of some volcanic crag.
And finally, probably my favorite shot. Thank you so much for visiting my first MOC here, it has been a very fun build, and hopefully will see future revisions as I continue to tinker. Watch for WIP pics of my next massive project, 'The O.G.R.E.'. Having some real trouble with it. Either it makes it here or I scrap it entirely and make 50 normal-size MOCs from its remains. We'll see. Thanks again! Please comment/crit below, all input welcome!