Murdoch17

The Brass Automaton (a steampunk style prototype of the Iron Giant) MOC with power staff

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Long before the Iron Giant began hurtling towards Rockwell, there was a prototype model, which landed on Earth close to 34 years earlier than the Iron Giant's 1957 landing. They were very similar robots, made by an Ancient race of beings that wanted to gather as much information about the Universe as possible. They first created this prototype model which was made mostly of brass, copper, and iron, but was powered by a highly advanced Fusion reactor that was powered by metals the robot consumed, usually uninhabited asteroids floating through space. The Brass Automaton was armed with a unique staff and like the later Iron Giant, would only fire it's weapon as a self defense mechanism which would only activate as a last resort for self preservation. The Brass Automaton was armed with a detachable staff capable of firing immense power blasts, whereas the Iron giant featured built-in weapons that become visible when seriously threatened. Unlike the Iron Giant, this prototype was not able to re-assemble itself as it had a error in it's programming.

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In the year 1923, the then un-named Brass Automaton landed in the Pacific Ocean near the long-forgotten Dino Island. It created a tsunami and unhinged the island from the Earth's crust and as such the land began to sink. The robot was first sighted by nearby French sailors, who upon seeing the giant being arise from the water, tried to describe the being the best way they could through their wireless telegraph: they named it the Brass Automaton. Johnny Thunder and his Adventurers crew went looking for this great metal being after saving as many dinosaurs as possible from the sinking primeval island, but never saw it, as it was walking along the seafloor towards the South American coastline to gather information on the dominant beings of Earth, also known as Humans.

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After staying relatively hidden in various secluded places around the globe for around a year and a half, the Brass Automaton was finished reading the minds off local people for information on humans as a species: Our past, our present as of 1924, our origin, and our many languages, along with defenses, politics, and technology. After gathering all that intelligence, the Brass Automaton headed to the North Pole to transmit the required information to it's home planet using a faster-than-light sub-dimensional beacon. (Basically, a fancy radio) That is just about when a major solar storm hit the Earth, with the radiation hitting the atmosphere of the Earth and scrambling the outgoing signal into nonsense.

Now the garbled signal was received by the home base, and as a precaution, the Iron Giant version of the Brass Automaton was dispatched as fast as possible to earth. (That would take it nearly 35 years for it to get there at all possible speed, which would require it to refuel once arriving on Earth, which is why the Iron Giant was at the power plant at the begging of the movie, whereupon it's memory was scrambled by the high-voltage electricity)

After sending the garbled message and being struck by lightning as a result of the solar storm, the Brass Automaton was temporarily incapacitated. It was then discovered at the northern tip of Greenland by Dr. Harold Wormwood and brought back in pieces to his stately laboratory mansion in rural Louisiana, where he ran test after test on the alien visitor. By 1925, the mad scientist-type Doctor Wormwood had the resembled robot nearly reassembled, and was preparing to restart it when a Lord Sam Sinister came upon rumors of the robot and wanted it for his own nefarious desires, with Johnny Thunder close on his heels...

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The Brass Automaton is twice as tall compared to a typical BIONICLE figure, which barely comes up to the Automaton's knees.

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The Brass Automaton features a powerful staff that was given to it by a race of bio-mechanical beings from the planet Bara Manga around 300,000 years ago. This weapon is called the Staff of Ages, and can focus power drawn from the Brass Automaton's fusion reactor to a form a massive power blast or a more finely-tuned laser beam, among other features.

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In reality, this is a recolored and modified version of  @hachiroku Iron Giant model (as shown directly above). I made it into steampunk colors with a giant staff as a weapon and new, larger head. I am also writing a backstory for the model with inspiration coming from the BIONICLE Generation 1 story-line with the Mata-Nui Robot, the Great Beings and so on. You can see the original model's topic by Hachiroku here, in the sci-fi theme forum.

Edited by Murdoch17

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slight bump:

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The Brass Automaton now features a staff as seen in the first post, and with it comes refined pictures and a comparison to one of my BIONICLE figures. As this model is a steampunk figure, but is going to feature Johnny Thunder and friends, I figured it would be best to leave it in this sub-forum as it has certain elements of the Action Figure, Science Fiction, and Action & Adventure sub-forums.

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20 hours ago, beverly888 said:

Especially appreciate the use of colour in this build.

:classic: Beverly

Thanks @beverly888! I am working on adding the robot into my Adventurers setup, as seen in the screenshot below:

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4 hours ago, Murdoch17 said:

First post updated with new pictures and revised text.

Ooooh, I like that new head much better! :thumbup: :smug:

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