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HIVE . "What's buggin' you?" . On a distant planet, a large insect race goes about it's daily life, unaware that humans are planning to colonise the world and make it their own. In their attempts to find a weakness in the insects anatomy and/or lifestyle, teams are sent out to moniter the insects in their natural habitat and find out as much as they can about them. Unfortunatley, they may stumble onto more than they wanted. FEMALES The smaller variants of the bugs are the females and despite their importance in the continuation of the insect race, are quite small and their armour isn't very durable. They rely mainly on their small size to evade larger predators during their earlier life and then for the much larger, defensive male during their partnership. MALES The larger variant of the bugs' are the males. They are heavily armoured and despite their size, can move surprisingly fast. Many scientists beleive it's the chemical within their dual abdomens that create a sort of adrenaline to make the males stronger and faster when needs be. They have long feelers to detect other inhabitants around them and whereas the females are seen as small prey among the planets' creatures, the males are active predators and will fend off enemy creatures many times their size. NESTING Mating season comes around three times a year for these insects and afterwards they will go their seperate ways and most likely not meet each other again meaning that they will mate with many different partners throughout their lifetime. Once they do mate however, they are biologically bound to their partner for a matter of weeks while they defend the eggs the female has layed. This is because the female is too small and defensless if larger predators come around for an easy snack. The male will be with her until the first egg hatches, and then he will leave the area, as will she. The female lays the eggs in a spot many, many miles away from where she and the male dwells for their young are a hazard to the parents. LARVAE The larvae start out as small, white worm like creatures that start their life-long obsession with eating by consuming the nutrient rich egg sack from which they hatched. Over-time they become less of small, docile grazers and more of large, vicious predators. The final stage of a larvae's life cycle sees them become monstrous worm like creatures with numerous jaws lining their mouth with large teeth. At this stage they just about equal the size of a fully developed male bug and that is precisely why the parents left once it hatched. The larvae will eat just about anything it can find and deem edible, even other bugs. The larvae's body acts as a biological 'calorie-counter' and once it is at it's limit, the larvae's body will produce a chemical hormone forcing it to find a high spot above most of the terrain, such as a cliff face. Then the larvae will use it's pincer type tail to cling to the rock and it's body will secrete an ooze that will slowly descend over the larvae's hanging body and eventually harden to form a cocoon. Then either a female or male adult will emerge and the cycle will continue. HUMANS The human teams sent to investigate the bugs' lifestyle are usually a three memeber unit which consists of a mecha pilot, scientist and gunner. The mech pilots' job in this instance is mainly to pilot the light class mechs of the human force to go deep into the bugs' subterranean caverns and provide protection for the scientists' as they gathers vital information as per his mission. The scientists are usually nervous husks of actual men and probably wouldn't leave for a mission without their toothbrush. Still, they have the intelligence needed to give humanity the edge it needs against the insect race. The gunner is a heavy weapons specialist that uses pulse cannon technology to pack their weapons more of a punch. Few human weapons can actually pierce the shell of the insects but the gunner can atleast make for an effective deterrent. Now this moc was only supposed to be the larger male bug but for some reason I just kept on building, and building, and building. Now I have a mech with three humans and life-cycle orientated mocs of large insects. As the first part was the large male, it was obviously going to be the best one here and I'm quite happy with him. Not really that articulated but built more for asthetics and overal look which I'm happy with. The female I'm so-so on as it looks ok but I know my pieces were limited for the shell area and positioning. The little patch with the eggs in I'm actually quite pleased with. It's simple yet detailed. The larvae was just based around typical insect larvae today, as being mainly worm-like beings. This is also the first time I've used tyres in this way so another thing to check off my to-do list. The mech looks ok but again, with limited pieces for positioning and details, it only comes out as sub-par. I am happy with it but I know if it were made first, it'd probably be alot better. Still, being restricted with pieces has produced a mech that differs from my usual stuff. Overal, I'm hapy with this. Another one to add to my growing collection of system dios.


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