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Not even becoming a Toa can heal all scars. While this creation is a bit more simplistic then some of my others, I thought I should post it anyway. The idea I had behind this build is that, while Piruk could possibly become a Toa who looked slightly similar to the Toa Inika, the weakened Matoran form he had been rebuilt into by Karzahni might cause adverse side effects. This led to irregularities in his toa form. As always feedback is appreciated. (links to higher resolution images under the pictures below) https://www.flickr.com/photos/lubrickon/14974896248/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/lubrickon/15158494031/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/lubrickon/15158494431/
Welcome to the sixth installment of my new series of Bionicle flash fics, The Biological Chronicle. If you want to read the other stories in this series, you can find links to them in my signature at the end of this post. If you don't know what this is, allow me to quote from the first fic's introduction: With that out of the way, enjoy: 2006 “T-Toa Zaktan?” Zaktan, standing on a ridge that allowed him to overlook the construction of the Piraka Stronghold, glanced to his left. A Le-Matoran armed with shredder claws was standing there, obviously trembling despite his just as obvious efforts to seem natural. Zaktan vaguely recalled the Matoran as the first villager he had met when he first arrived on Voya Nui. What was his name? Piruk, maybe? “Yes, villager?” said Zaktan, using his friendliest voice (or voices, as the case was). The Le-Matoran seemed to shrink under Zaktan's gaze. Nonetheless, he managed to say, “I just came to, um, to, well, uh—“ “Spit it out,” Zaktan snapped. He caught himself, remembering that Toa were supposed to be kind to Matoran, and then said, again straining to be friendly, “What are you trying to tell me, villager? Has something happened that requires my attention?” The Le-Matoran looked down at his feet, digging his toe into the dirt. “It's just . . . well, one of the workers on Mount Valmai's slopes was . . . well, he was killed in a lava flow just a few hours ago. Balta sent me to tell you that.” The Le-Matoran looked up at Zaktan when he finished, as if expecting the Piraka to say something. It took Zaktan a moment to remember that Matoran dying was supposed to be a bad thing and that therefore he should console the Le-Matoran. The idea sickened him to his core, but the Pirakas' relationship with the Voya Nuians was already getting rocky and he could not afford to make them more suspicious. So Zaktan bent down, putting one hand on the Le-Matoran's shoulder. The villager cringed at the touch, most likely not used to the feel of Zaktan's hand. Still, Zaktan tried to give off an aura of concern, the kind he thought a Toa would show in this situation, and so looked the Le-Matoran in the eyes. “I am very sorry to hear about that,” said Zaktan, forcing every word out of his mouth. “What was his name?” “I . . . I don't know,” said the Le-Matoran, who much to Zaktan's frustration was still trembling. “I didn't know him very well.” Zaktan sighed. “Well, I'm sure his soul will join with the Great Spirit in the next life. He was probably a fine worker and I am sure his friends will remember him always.” “Some of his friends want to hold a funeral for him,” said the Le-Matoran. “Even though his body wasn't—“ “No,” said Zaktan, shaking his head. “What?” Realizing how un-Toa-like that sounded, Zaktan said in a gentler voice, “I mean, I understand what it feels like to lose a friend, but perhaps, instead of a funeral, it would be better for everyone to work a little harder. Surely he would have liked that better than everyone interrupting their normal work schedule just to mourn his death, wouldn't you say?” The Le-Matoran scratched the back of his head. “Uh, I don't know—“ “And without a body, what is there to bury?” said Zaktan as he straightened up. “Work away your sorrows, I say. It is what we Toa do whenever we lose a comrade, after all.” The Le-Matoran nodded, though whether because of fear or because he agreed, Zaktan couldn't tell. “Yes, Toa Zaktan. I'll g-go tell the others to get back to work.” The Le-Matoran scrambled away while Zaktan returned his attention to the builders of the Stronghold. He wasn't sure how much longer he could keep up this charade, though once the villagers finished their work here, he knew it would not be long before he and the other Piraka could show their true colors. - Comments, criticism, questions, etc. are all welcome . -TNTOS-
A tribute to the second coolest Matoran group in Bionicle (Chronicler's Co. being the first, but more on that later). This project has been in the works about as long as Project Reignition (which you could consider this a "Part 2" of), and it all started with me getting Garan in the mail from someone here on BZP (sorry, I totally forgot who). Suddenly, I just had to revamp his silly form (which was actually better than most small sets up to that point, but was also exactly the same as Velika), and after doing that, I noticed that there were very few revamps of the VNRT out there, so I promptly got out my parts and started building. That was about 6 months or so ago. Now that I finally ordered the pieces I wanted to put into Piruk, I could finish it. I also got an opportunity to use my new lightbox again, which turned out so much better now that I read the instructions (let that be a lesson to all of you) So, without further ado, enjoy: Group Shot Garan I want YOU to join the Voya Nui Resistance! Fearless Onu-Matoran Leader of the group who carries a pair of Pulse Bolt Generators. I would have liked to make his eyes, heartlight, and Generator lights purple to match his Piraka Attack appearance, but alas, the pieces don't exist. Garan has also stayed together the longest of all the Matoran, since I only changed his lower arms from light grey to black. Most of the rest have been completely redone a few times. The new Garan has eighteen points of articulation compared to nine in his set version, which was one of my major goals with this project, along with heartlights, fingers, better weapons, and a unique design for each Matoran. Front Side Back Comparison to old build Velika The coolest iceberg is the one that gives little and remains silent. What does that even mean? Secretly a Great Being, this "Po-Matoran" is the inventor of the group, and often spouts seemingly random bits of wisdom. He carries a pair of Power Carvers. Velika ended up as a bit more industrial looking, with a boxy appearance and few smooth edges. No idea why I put the Hordika necks on his sides, just that it looked awesome I guess. His waist also reminds me of Bumblebee from the newer Transformers, don't you think? I'm still not a huge fan of his leg design, but I've already used pretty much everything else with the other Matoran and didn't want to overlap too much. He has eighteen points of articulation (his waist bends, sort of) compared to the original nine. Front Side Back Demonstration of posability I've got it! Comparison And because I was bored Dalu Just try to take me down. A valiant warrior of water who used to be docile like any other Ga-Matoran until her time in Karzahni changed all that. Now, she protects the Resistance with her twin Chargers. Dalu was one of the more interesting builds. Some of you may recognize her knee design from my Hydroenix, most of you won't. She actually came first. Also, her torso was copied from Isirh from a ways back, and it still looks great. I was trying to go for a more feminine, streamlined but armored look with her, so let me know what you think. She has twenty points of articulation (if you count her double-jointed knees) compared to nine on her earlier version. Front Side Back Posablity Comparison Stop fighting you two! Balta Balta is a hopeful and brave Ta-Matoran who can also act as a secondary inventor of smaller devices. He wields a pair of Repellers, which he's used even on the Piraka a few times. Balta's original look was ugly. He was wide, and had Bohrok Eyes in wierd places, and his arms were all wobbly. Sadly, mine isn't much better. I had some problems getting some new ideas after building practically every other Matoran, and I've never been too pleased with him. The arms aren't bad, and I like the back, but the waist is weird. Still, he's much better than a lot of my previous MOCs. He has seventeen points of articulation (sadly no waist) compared to the original ten (if you count the shoulders). Front Side Back Posability Comparison Kazi The Red Star sure is pretty tonight. Well, that's one thing on this island. Kazi is a cold and sarcastic Ko-Matoran, although more talkative than others of his element. He wields twin Echo Forks. Kazi was an interesting case, as his set didn't even have any sort of hip joints, but I was determined to make him look similar to his set counterpart, so I used the Hordika necks as legs and gave him some more joints in his waist to compensate. It ended up making him look like a bodybuilder, but I blame Karzahni. Also, turns out that the trans-medium blue 1x1 round studs were only in like 3 sets, so I had to use light blue. At least it matches his eyes. I was actually surprised how well he showed up against my background. It was nice. He has seventeen points of articulation (two in each of his hips) compared to the original seven. Front Side Back Posability Comparison Stargazin' with the other hardest color to photograph. Or maybe they're trying to avoid each other. Piruk I'm n-n-not playing with m-m-my claws, I'm j-j-just a b-b-bit camera shy. A rather nervous Le-Matoran spy for the Voya Nui Resistance. He has Shredder Claws attached to his hands that he has a bad habit of sharpening when nervous. Luckily we got him calmed down before finishing the shoot. Piruk was the last one I made, the most expensive and the most fun. I figured that he needed some kind of power generator for those massive claws (which are actually copied from my Lageris hands), so I gave him a Mata Head generator and some Mahri tubing, which actually worked out great with his color scheme. He's so much fun to pose, and I really love those HF 3-length double sockets, so I'm glad I ordered some from Bricklink. He has twenty-five points of articulation (if you count his finger joints) compared to nine on his original set. Great improvement there; nearly 300%! Front Side Back Posability Attack! Comparison Well, finally got that out of the way. Now I have some more pieces for the many projects I have going on right now. Huge "thank you" to my guest stars: the Nuparu Inika Groupie and the amazing shapeshifting talents of Aldrak! Give them a big round of applause! I hope you enjoyed, my next post should be the Chronicler's Co. since I finally retrieved all of their masks from Bricklink for only $30 or something. Goodbye! Piruk! You better not have ruined another picture! Of c-c-course not, G-G-Garan.