A little thicker than your average "hoverbike," the Victorian Hoplite is somewhere between a small hovercar or hover-platform in size. It has thick armor and a pair of mounted weapons. This is because, unlike the Xarkon Hornet, the Victorian Hoplite was not a modified civilian vehicle. No, the Victorian engineers designed these for serious combat.
The whole design of these vehicles is based entirely aroun that piece in the middle with the silver and black "V" on it. I jumped when I saw them on Bricklink because they're perfect for something Victorian.
Because of those pieces, I was planning not to put any decals on the vehicle. Alas, I only had one solid-blue version of the slope I ended up using for the back. The ther was adorned with an unsightly logo saying "TV". Unsure of this "brasso" technique that I have yet to use myself, I ended up just putting a decal over it.
Swooshable, like all hoverbikes. I was at first just trying to slop these together quickly, but I ended up going through MANY different designs before I was satisfied. And I kept trying to make them studless. Unfortunately I couldn't find a good way to cover up that unsightly stud on the end of each 1x3 slope, so you'll just have to live with those. Meh, they don't hurt it, methinks.
The Hornet is faster and more maneuverable than the Hoplite, however, so it's able to make a sharper turn. The wide Hoplites just can't bank well enough. I guess wider isn't always better. Still, they won't flip as easily, right?
Don't try this trick at home, kids. Also, your civilian version of the Hornet should never be used in combat. In fact, the Xarkon military also prefers not to use the Hornet in combat. It's strictly a recon vehicle.
And so the last man standing rides away, in his victorious Victorian Hoplite.
In reply to Jimmy Page: Why would you need hoverbikes fighting each other? Well, gee, why do you need airplanes or tanks fighting each other? Because it's WAR! And how are my bird people and fire people any different from other sci-fi aliens? Star Trek has elf people and bumpy-headed people. Star Wars has fish people, cat people, octopus people... heck, everything you can think of.
You know, it's people like you who are the discouragers of the world. When you see a person who is doing what he enjoys (such as building LEGO creations and making up stories) and has been successful at it and become popular... you immediately do your best to pull him down, belittle him and step on him... mostly out of pure jealousy. In your eyes, no one should be so successful doing what he enjoys. I've already come into contact with many of your kind and learned that the only thing to be done is to ignore you. You're not going to stop me from building. So just move along. Get a life and leave mine alone.
In reply to Adrian Juarez: Hey, I'm glad someone agrees with me that the Hornets are cooler! Everyone else seems to like the Hoplites better... But yeah, the Hoplites were meant to be bulkier, as I said, but I wouldn't mind doing a lighter bike for the Vics too. And yes, the Hoplite is my creation, not Ryan's. I don't post Ryan's creations on my MOCpage (which is why there's no Cavalier Fighter here). ;-)
As a fan of white and blue, these are very good hoverbikes. Still can't get over the '50s-ish engines on the xarkon bikes.
To Jimmy Page:It's called "creativity". This is our chosen hobby, what we're good at. so SHUT UP!!!
I'm a huge fan of your LEGOs but I have to say that the Hoplites are awesome but kinda bulky and look more like land speeders. I think you should classify them as such, and then make a new Victorian hover bike that looks more like a hover bike. I love the Hornets though. Good work, I look forward to seeing more Nova Refuge here and on your site.
Side Question:(Did you create the Hoplites or did your brother?)
MUAHAHAHA! The Claw! It looks like a claw in the front, IMHO. I like the SNOT...and curves...(they go so well together, noticed?) and yeah. Better than the hornets. Except the engines, I like the engines on the hornets. Well, whatever. Great job in such a small creation...
Loads better than your other bike, IMO (I never really liked the Hornet much). I like the slopes mounted on the side, sort of remind me of my Victorian Hoverbike. I like the teeth on the front. Nice job!