[MOC] Mission 10.1 - Geonosis: a Sandbox from Hell
Posted 08 September 2011 - 07:29 PM
So I got an invitation to join the 457th Corps on flickr, which, if you didn't know, is a sort of an RPG based around Clone Wars 16x16 vignettes built as dictated by the group admin. Now normally, as you might well know, I don't build CW stuff. But I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a shot. It'll make me build more than I did before, and I can always toss in some OT references in if I get bored. With that in mind, I made a clone trooper squad that goes completely against what most CW fans think clones should be. I made them by-the-books men who are happy to be cannon fodder, as clones were intended to be, I gave them standard weaponry, and I did no customization apart from the colored arms, but appropriate to Clones ranks, not legion. But you'll see the squad another time. For now, the first mission I had to do was in miniature, which was good for me, because that's something I'm familiar with.
Time to show CW fans what an OT builder can do, even building in an era he dislikes...
Upon reversion from hyperspace in the Geonosis system, we found Geonosian space crawling with CIS units. The Arbiter, unfortunately, was ill-equipped to engage in a space battle. Thus, a portion of the ground troops were ordered to pilot the Star Destroyer's standard complement of ARC-170s. The Vulture droids picked us up as soon as we left the hangar. Some of us never had a chance. But we're clones. We're bred for war. And if Command thinks piloting fighter-bombers is the best way for us to win that war, who are we to argue?
I'm not sure if the hangar turned out that nicely, the way it's at the same level as the black bricks representing space. From angles like this one, though, were you wouldn't be able to see the Venator's hull, it looks great. In case it isn't clear, the yellow and silver stacks are containers of something hazardous (fuel?), the white and black stacks are clones, and the domed stacks are astromechs.
I knew other builders would be doing ARC-170s flying over the hulls of Venators, so I went for something different and included the hangar. I also went with a slightly larger scale than the traditional 1:200 MINI scale, because at this scale, everything in the ARC-170 just clicked.
I love the way the ARC-170 turned out. I'd forgotten what fun it is to build MINIs.
The back end of the ARC-170 is easily my favorite part of the MOC. Everything fit together perfectly in my opinion. I went with the black teeth for cockpits instead of the transparent ones, so I wouldn't have to worry about having to pit white under each one to make it look good. Much more freedom this way. The purple cones for engine glow are probably much too big, but they looked better this way, so I left them on anyways.
I'm not totally happy with the Vulture. This is just one of those scales where it's not easy to capture the feel of the craft, but I was stuck in that scale because I'd already built the ARC, though I did scale it up a bit so I could get those dark blue slopes into there.
Finished September 2011; C&C welcome. Thanks for looking!
Posted 08 September 2011 - 08:17 PM
Posted 08 September 2011 - 08:20 PM
"We are the kids of war and peace, from Anaheim to the Middle East."-Green Day, Jesus of Suburbia
Posted 08 September 2011 - 08:50 PM
Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:12 PM
The one part I'm not so fond of is the Vulture Droid. When I looked at the first picture, I thought you might be going for a Hyena Bomber. Perhaps if you could somehow work out adding a second cockpit-ish thing on it, a Hyena would work, and look better for the size.
I agree with you that the floor of the hangar being flush with space is a little funny, but it isn't really a problem. It looks fine.
Of course, this had to go on the blog!
Posted 08 September 2011 - 10:00 PM
Posted 09 September 2011 - 01:22 AM
Get out, you stupid Werewolf!
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Posted 09 September 2011 - 02:51 AM
Edited by wokajablocka, 09 September 2011 - 02:52 AM.
May the Brick be with you!
Posted 09 September 2011 - 02:56 AM
As far as the expenses of OT vs. CW are concerned, UCS begs to disagree with you.
Posted 09 September 2011 - 04:46 AM
Posted 09 September 2011 - 04:54 AM
Posted 09 September 2011 - 01:44 PM
The thought of you spraying and scribing this MOC is quit funny . I love the ARC MOC its great, and the micro figs in the hanger are also great. The only downside to it is the wings on the Vulture, because they are squared I thought it was a Hyena at first.
Posted 10 September 2011 - 01:07 PM
That's a great story element you have set into bricks! The ships are fantastic as is the way you are displaying them. The "stage scenery" makes this a perfect layout.
Posted 10 September 2011 - 01:22 PM
Posted 10 September 2011 - 05:23 PM
Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:21 PM
Congratulations BD , this is definitely in my top 3 favorite lego creations ever .
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 09:05 PM
Posted 14 September 2011 - 11:30 PM
Really nice vig, Doc. I hope you continue to post the vigs from this series here.
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