Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

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Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

Postby Jay Biquadrate » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:31 pm

A long time ago, I was fooling around with the idea of inverting a Slope 45 1 x 2 with Plate (15672 / 92946) to create an interesting torso design. I was also spending a lot of time exploring the various options for using battle droid torsos as limbs and joints. The end result was the VS-A/F-11 'Akua.'

ImageLunokhod Frame Model VS-A/F-11 ‘Akua’ - Profile by Jay Biquadrate

ImageLunokhod Frame Model VS-A/F-11 ‘Akua’ - Rear by Jay Biquadrate

After playing with the VS-A/F-11 frame for a while, I felt that it too large for the normal play table (you might notice an ongoing trend with my builds). There was also a small problem with the leg articulation. It may have been my bricks, but all of the joints were too loose. The frame just wouldn't stand up to regular handling.

My goals for the next frame were to reduce the size and piece-count, create a build that was more stable and less prone to collapse, and maintain the overall lines and styling (particularly the chest-to-head connection).

Here’s the final, albeit experimental result:

Action Pose:
ImageVS-MX-04 'Rangi' - armed by Jay Biquadrate

Front:
ImageVS-MX-04 'Rangi' by Jay Biquadrate

Rear:
ImageVS-MX-04 'Rangi' - Rear by Jay Biquadrate

Scale Measurement:
Parked in Hangar #4:
ImageVS-MX-04 'Rangi' - Hangar #4 for scale measurement by Jay Biquadrate

with ST-07 CHUB:
ImageVS-MX-04 'Rangi' - with ST-07 CHUB by Jay Biquadrate

ImageVS-MX-04 'Rangi' - with ST-07 CHUB (rear) by Jay Biquadrate

Skeleton/Breakdown:
ImageVS-MX-04 'Rangi' breakdown (front) by Jay Biquadrate

ImageVS-MX-04 'Rangi' - breakdown (rear) by Jay Biquadrate

C&C is welcome. I’m particularly interested in what everyone thinks about the “head.” I’m sort of partial to frames and mechas that don’t have an obvious face or head, but the more time I sit staring at the design, the more I think that there might be an argument made for a more humanoid appearance.

EDIT: Linked to the XML file of the parts list at the request of charonlarp.
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

Postby Hackjob » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:40 pm

I like it! Although I am also partial to "headless" mechs. You did an excellent job keeping the overall form of the Akua.

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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

Postby skrob » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:01 pm

Goodness me, I think I'm in love.
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

Postby Sovietshadow » Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:42 am

Even though you scaled it down, the frame's lost none of its awesomeness. Great work.
heads on mechs give more of a human look and intimidation factor: giant human vs. Chicken walker, guess which is more intimidating. It also gives mechs a handy place to store all there optics and comm gear. Although your frame doesn't exactly look headless, and to be honest i kinda prefer headless mechs (like in the mech game Hawken)
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

Postby charonlarp » Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:33 am

skrob wrote:Goodness me, I think I'm in love.


Me too. <3
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

Postby gusindor » Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:13 pm

Sovietshadow wrote:Even though you scaled it down, the frame's lost none of its awesomeness. Great work.
heads on mechs give more of a human look and intimidation factor: giant human vs. Chicken walker, guess which is more intimidating. It also gives mechs a handy place to store all there optics and comm gear. Although your frame doesn't exactly look headless, and to be honest i kinda prefer headless mechs (like in the mech game Hawken)

With chicken-walkery mechs like in Hawken, I find the main body registers as a "head" in the person-recognizing part of my brain. Not sure why.
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

Postby XGundam05 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:56 pm

A good place to look for headless designs is actually attack helicopters. I think if you dropped the current "head" down and pushed it forward a bit, it would look less in need of an actual head. Otherwise, I'm liking the legs especially here.
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

Postby Sovietshadow » Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:19 pm

Very true, in fact, Hawken's rocketeer does just that. That's why its one of my favorites (at least for looks. My favorite for firepower is the incinerator... pun intended :D )
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

Postby Jay Biquadrate » Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:13 pm

Thanks everyone!

XGundam05 wrote:A good place to look for headless designs is actually attack helicopters. I think if you dropped the current "head" down and pushed it forward a bit, it would look less in need of an actual head. Otherwise, I'm liking the legs especially here.


Those are some excellent suggestions. I'll spend some time with the bricks and see what I can come up with.
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

Postby charonlarp » Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:27 pm

I would love a parts list for the VS-MX-04 'Rangi' if you would, please?
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

Postby Jay Biquadrate » Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:10 pm

charonlarp wrote:I would love a parts list for the VS-MX-04 'Rangi' if you would, please?


Here y'go. This is for the experimental, white version displayed above with no hardpoints. I've also attached an XML file to the original post. You can also find a wishlist on Brickowl.

LEGO Bar 1L with Clip (without Hole in Side) (15519 / 48729 / 55529) - 4
LEGO Brick 1 x 1 (3005 / 30071) - 2
LEGO Brick 1 x 1 with Headlight and No Slot (4070 / 30069) - 3
LEGO Brick 1 x 1 with Studs on Four Sides (4733) - 1
LEGO Plate 1 x 1 (3024 / 30008 / 63326) - 3
LEGO Plate 1 x 1 with Clip (Thick Ring) (4081) - 4
LEGO Plate 1 x 1 with Vertical Clip (Thick 'U' Clip) (4085 / 60897) - 4
LEGO Plate 1 x 2 (3023 / 6225) - 7
LEGO Plate 1 x 2 with 1 Stud (with Bottom Groove) (3794) - 4
LEGO Plate 1 x 2 with Handle (Open Ends) (2540) - 4
LEGO Plate 1 x 2 with Horizontal Clip on End (63868) - 1
LEGO Pneumatic Tee with Reinforced Connection (4697) - 4
LEGO Round Plate 1 x 1 (4073 / 6141 / 15570) - 2
LEGO Round Plate 2 x 2 with Rounded Bottom (2654 / 54196 / 93791) - 3
LEGO Slope 31° 1 x 1 x 0.66 (18862 / 50746 / 54200) - 3
LEGO Slope Curved 3 x 1 (50950 / 63278) - 4
LEGO Slope Curved 4 x 1 (11153 / 61678 / 63971) - 1
LEGO Tap 1 x 1 with Hole in End (4599) - 6
LEGO Three Quarter Pin (32002) - 2
LEGO Tile 1 x 1 with Clip (No Cut in Center) (2555 / 12825 / 93794) - 10
LEGO Tile 1 x 1 with Groove (3070 / 30039) - 4
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Re: Imbrium Lunokhod Industries Model VS-MX-04 'Rangi'

Postby charonlarp » Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:53 am

Most, excellent. Thank you!
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