@Kakaru: Wow, thanks! I waited until I had the appropriate equipment to take pictures of any of MOCs, once I knew it was on its way. Yes, the thumb pieces are modified. The base is a cut and sanded and polished part of a 1 x 8 x 2 bar and the inserted piece is a cut and sanded lance base:
The base is that cylindrical bar insert, with some bar still attached. The perpendicular bars on the lance is cut off and the longer part is trimmed. In regard to the Ignika, you're right. I was going for a distorted texture throughout, but I am planning (with some motivation now) to do yet another Ignika (this will be the third one) that is selectively damaged, and more golden. I've been thinking I will make a mold and do it with milliput though, so it will take a while (and after I finish all my other masks).
@Drelcax: sure, I've already made the picture but Brickshelf is, while working, not working well enough to allow me to upload new pictures. Once it does, I'll be posting it.
@DeeVee: I've put several big pictures on, one lower down on the page and a couple on the original post. You're right, many pieces are cut, sanded, glued etc. and many people do oppose ... with my bigger MOCs I do it much less because of the versatility the scale allows, but for smaller MOCs, particularly mid-sized ones, I found originality and/or flow to require modifications. Otherwise I'm left with generic limbs, too-big Toa, and incongruous armor.
To everyone, thank you very much. Now in regard to all the picture comments: I do not understand why some perceive them to be too dark or too small. On my computer, they seem very big and adequately light. Keep in mind that nearly all internet browsers have a zoom function. Mine is on 100%, and my laptop screen is on the lowest brightness setting. I am also two feet away from it ... so it is rather perplexing to read that the pictures are not big or bright enough.
Regardless, I would like to know how to link the pictures to bigger ones (once Bricklink is fully functional again). It might be a little late for Matoro, but it would be enormously advantageous for all my future MOCs. Thanks!