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It's been a while since I posted here. Well, this is an 3D animation of Tahtorak in Blender EEVEE. Pieces were build in Stu.dio and imported to Blender via dae file format. Rigging Tahtorak to an animated rig was tedious, but worth it. Render engine is in EEVEE, a real time engine in Blender 2.8. Animated via Vive Trackers/motion capture.
The Tahtorak Youngling is built solely from the pieces contained in Lewa, Lewa Nuva, Lehvak, Lehvak-Va and Lehrahk. I originally intended this as a cheeky entry for the 'Gen-1 Style' BzPower Contest (perhaps this way I wouldn't need to send my entry overseas), but exams prevented me from completing this in time. More photos may be found here. Edit: After jumping through quite the few hoops, I've uploaded this on MOCpages, which has instructions!
Her eyes snapped open. She was dying. “Toa Tahu – go get help!” she shouted, rising to her feet and dashing out the door. Tahu sat up, confused. Then he felt it – the pull of his life energy being drained away… * * * “Give me the answer!” bellowed the Tahtorak. “The answer is simple” said Turaga Vakama. “You were transported to Metru Nui and fell out of the sky. My Toa team subdued you.” “Give me the whole answer!” “What is the question?” “Give me the answer!” Vakama turned aside to Nokama, who stood slightly behind him. “I seem to be making little progress.” Nokama shook her head. “Perhaps he is distressed from so much travel.” “It is a shame, or we would make a great agent of him.” The two Turaga faced a floating form, glowing eerily in the chill of the night. “If you don’t mind, I know this beast.” “Give me the answer! Give it to me now!” Brutaka knelt in front of the Tahtorak, absentmindedly stroking the beast’s neck. “The answer is-“ Sixteen Toa ran past the group. “ – that I put you in a dimensional portal using my mask –“ Toa of all shapes and elements dashed past, running away from an old, clanking machine. Its face turned to the left and right at regular intervals, and arms on its shell moved at the same rate. It rolled along on sand treads, advancing after the Toa. “-which transported you to Metru Nui.” “You are the answer! Give it to me now!” The Rahi charged the prison bars, which were weakened by exposure to Brutaka’s substance, shoving Brutaka down and into the ground with its forelegs. Brutaka struggled, sending rivelets of shadow into the being’s face. Starled, the Tahtorak leaped off the being that it had held prisoner, battering him with his mighty tail toward the Turaga, who wisely elected to get out of the way. Shadow energy flared as Brutaka stumbled to his feet, sprinting away from the massive Rahi. Racing around a tight turn, he caught sight of the machine chasing the Toa around the city. The Tahtorak, however, had other ideas. Leaping over Brutaka, it crashed down on the robot…only to see the robot vanish below itself. The robot reformed in front of the Rahi, still in pursuit of the Toa. “I…am…Marendar. I…sense…Toa. Toa...must…be…destroyed. Please…do…not…interfere.” In ignorance of the statement, the Tahtorak leaped on top of the robot again. It was met with a pulse blast in mid-leap, sending it in an awkward writhing plunge through the air. * * * “Tahu” Gali huffed, “do something!” The Tahtorak’s attacks had slowed the robot down, enough that he aught to try… Tahu vanished. Gali ran, trying to launch a sphere of water again, only to still find that it still wasn’t working… * * * “I really don’t like unexpected houseguests.” “I’m sorry – it wasn’t my fault! A teleportation, out of nowhere – “ “Get out of my chair.” “I can explain-“ Tahu swatted the Matoran with the flat of his blade, sending him tumbling out of the chair. A couple Kestora rounded the corner. “Guards, take him away.” He turned to look through a viewing scope, aimed at the landscape below. “Sir, don’t press the red button. The last time I did that-“ Tahu pressed the red button. * * * Lightening lanced from the Red Star, smashing into Marendar. It exploded spectacularly, hurling metal parts in all directions, one of which impacted Gali’s back. “Tahu, what did I tell you about using chain lightning when there’s other Toa about?” “Tahu?” “Tahu?” * * * “I’ll be finding a way to get you and your oversized aquarium out of here.” “They’re such beautiful creatures.” Marvah said, watching a sea snake rear up in all of its awesome glory. “You can’t possibly move them so soon – they will go into shock!” Tahu shook his head. “That…was my living room.” ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This is a bit of an experiment. Basically, when I was writing my LSO entry I tried to make something better than what I had and ended up with this. This is a bit too original for that, so that’s why it’s on its own. C&C appreciated.