Armageddon Walker . This background is done with GIMP. I found an opportunity to play with the cloud and lightning brushes. Disclaimer: The lights don't actually work. Neither do the guns. . I have finally posted another MOC! With the Munch in school now, the amount of time that I have to build has been cut nearly in half, but this one was worth the wait for me. Back on February 5, I posted Heavy Metal, my first attempt at a mech, and well, it stank. It has been seven months since then. I have nearly tripled my collection, and feel that my command of the different techniques has grown, and part of my objective for this build was to evaluate my own improvement as a builder. I’m pretty pleased.
So, when I was a kid, preceding my dark age, I was as much a Star Wars fan as I am now. I have commented before that Star Wars provides my largest inspiration for my space MOCs, and this MOC is no exception. When I had seen Empire Strikes Back, the AT-AT blew my mind. It was the first time I had seen a walking vehicle. When Return of the Jedi came out later, my mind had a repeat performance when I saw the AT-ST. I quickly decided that the AT-ST was my favorite of the two. It was quicker and more maneuverable with, surprisingly, comparable weaponry. I even tried to build it as a kid, (and learned a valuable life lesson in failure), and it is the main inspiration for this MOC.
I want to mention the objectives of this build, because of how much they jumped around. At first I just wanted to build something bigger and better than Heavy Metal. Then, I decided that I was going to make something resembling the AT-ST. I quickly abandoned that idea, because I wanted to build something much larger with a bulkier, more heavily armored appearance, which led me to the idea of a my-mech-can-beat-up-your-mech…um…mech. But then Sylvain Ballivet built GIANT KILLZONE WALKER : project 53, and I quickly, (and wisely), abandoned that idea, too. From there, I decided that I would build a “walker,” rather than a “mech.” This was not going to resemble a traditional mech, and I know that there are some mech aficionados out there that would have there clipboards ready to start doling out the violations. In the end, I settled on the idea of pushing the LEGO weight limit a bit with the size of my walker, and equipping the thing with so much weaponry that you could say it was silly. This thing has twenty different gun barrels bristling off of it. It is pretty silly.
Lastly, when I knew that I was going to be pushing the weight limit, I needed a solution to the LEGO hinges; I knew they wouldn’t support what I was planning, which is why I want to thank Jason Corlett in all his brilliance. He built DA-64 War Lord, which, although I don’t know how he actually did his, showed me a way that I could form the shape I wanted for the legs, but still structure it for the support of the weight. Although I can’t credit Jason with the inspiration for this MOC, (though, I’m sure if you look hard enough, you can probably find some influences), he provided a design solution. Now, let me end my mindless ramblings and get to the build. Submitted for your approval, Armageddon Walker.
You may notice the platform. That is only there to make it easier to turn around for the different angles. This thing would like nothing more than to fall apart, so moving it from position to position was a risk I didn't want to take. That being said, I couldn't just build a straight sheet of brick. I had to add some detail.
A shot of some of the rear greebling.
The cockpit with the pilot. He does look angry.
A few shots of the cockpit without the pilot.
The next shots are the ridiculous amount of weaponry this thing carries.
An external gear like this is not something I would normally add to one of my builds. The entire purpose of this is a tribute to Jason Corlett's War Lord.
This last shot is with the fig out of the cockpit to give you an idea of the size of this mammoth walker.
Thanks for checking it out. Let me know what you think.