So, I thought of this long ago but only recently decided to try it -- experimenting with the HF helmets to see how many can work as masks for Matoran, in LDD. It's surprising how many work. Some are flipped upside-down so actually connect like a mask. Others are connected as helmets but you really can't tell just looking at them once they're on, so use da imagination.
Since there would canonically be thousands of mask powers/shapes so far unrevealed in canon, these are very valid.
Along with doing this, I tried coming up with both a Metruan (Matoran Universe standard, rather) body and a shrunken Mata form made with pieces available in LDD (mostly HF), and made at least one for every element. I doubt I will actually use any of these images for characters in my retelling, but I might include them in the appendix guide to elements, since they do show the color schemes well. Some of the colors are my interpretation, which could be seen as an improved "most common", or just possible exceptions within canon ranges.
If I don't state how a mask is connected, it is the HF helmet type. Not all connect to the same head piece.
That's an upside-down HF helmet. Interestingly it actually looks very similar to the Pakari, like a mix between the original Great form and Onua Mistika's mask.
That's Hydraxon's "mask" -- the only Bionicle face currently available in LDD other than the Hau. I would suggest interpreting this as the Great version of the Kiril (Turaga Dume wears the Noble version). Interprets stone as Pohatu original brown plus Pohatu 2009 orange.
One of the villain masks, which IMO look great as more tribal-style masks which need not have "evil" connotations. (Or, if you want it to, you could see this as a slave of the Brotherhood, but not actually a Shadow Matoran, forced to wear the shape of an immoral mask.) I go with a dark brown for Earth generally, to help differentiate from the purple that's in the range of Earth color schemes canonically and Gravity's purple (relevant in one of the Mata forms later but not here per se). Connects like mask naturally.
That is a two-part helmet.
Another upside-down; connects like mask.
Included just to show off a Shadow-associated color scheme, though the Kra-Matoran seen in canon had a variety of color schemes. That is a two-parter; the front is connected like a mask, the top like a helmet.
The only actual Bionicle mask.
This villain mask connects to the front but it's a socket instead of pin, so you have to supply a plus-rod.
Upside-down. This image is color-edited to make it clearer that I intend it to be a visor-style mask (like the Kaukau) without making the mask actually translucent. Original image is here.
Villain natural mask. Looks "leafy" IMO.
Another natural villain mask.
An interpretation of Takua using more subtle colors and the "Pakari" approximation (same as the above Ta-Matoran).
Interpretation of Jaller (canon mask, but I went with darker red for both him and Takua, as I never liked all bright colors generally on them, but would be easy to recolor).
Upside-down (same one as MU Ko above).
Same mask as MU Le above; made more than one to show more of the color range, this one being like Carapar (Pohatu original brown plus Hewkii Inika yellow).
Here's what I mean showing a purple mask (like Onepu), but with dark brown, indicating that it isn't a Ba-Matoran. Yes, dark brown isn't really confirmed as far as I know as being in the Earth range, but it happens to be the one color most consistent with dirt, and there's Taipu with tan, so browns are evidently valid.
This one shows the more traditional black and gray.
Showing teal. This helmet also looks very similar to the Noble Miru of Tanma, could be seen as an interpretation of it.
Connects front naturally.
Okay yes this is just fer the lulz. Although perhaps they could have unusual-shaped masks worn just for purposes of dramatic reenactments, say of momentous battles against Rahi (like swamp Rahi, including perhaps something crocodilian). Nobody would normally wear such an inefficient shape, though, methinks. Requires some extra pieces to connect at that angle.
And a MU version of Makuta:
Edit: Oh yeah. LDD file download:
Edited by bonesiii, Feb 17 2014 - 10:07 AM.