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Grumman Harrelson 'Guilded Lobster'
Well, my internet was down for most of today, so I thought I'd improve my little walker. It's now got 27 style points, in place of the previous 17.
About this creation
The Gilded Lobster was the successor of the Momma Lobster. It added a heavy faceplate to block enemy gunfire. A sort of telescope system was installed to allow the pilot to see through it. By using the same type of lenses as magnifying glasses, the British Engineers were able to cut down on the necessary size of the viewport while maintiaing visual range. However, it still had a limited field of vision. In fact, if you could get closer than 10 yards, it could not see you. In addition to the faceplate, the joints and leg strength were improved. Apart from it's upgrades, this unit didn't see much action. It was mainly used in controlling riots in the colonies and making soldiers feel fancy. It should also be noted that it's quite easy to get a date when your giant war machine has a faceplate that looks like it's made of some expensive metal.
So very shiny... I must have ten...

As you can see, the faceplate protects the driver from the front. However, it does not protect his hat.
So many hats were lost due to snipers... So many hats...

It should also be noted that the faceplate protects only that. The face. The mech is still vulnerable to fire from the rear and sides.
We can always replace the pilot!

The rear leg was given additional horse power and was slimmed up so as to be more funtional.
The claws kept getting caught in ditches, carriages, and piles of corpses.

The overview shows the cockpit is pretty much the same.
Fear not, the taker of this picture has been sacked. A new one has been hired.

The faceplate is largely solid chunk of bronze, with the viewing system running through it. It actually costs more than the rest of the body combined.
It's like some sort of evil shoulderpad...

The cannon mountings were strengthened, so it didn't tear itself off while firing.
It's not overcompensating.

The shoulder joints are unchanged from the original model. Many say this is due to budget cuts, as the shoulders worked fine.
We spent the budget on the faceplate.

The rigid knee joints were replaced with flexible ones, for no apparent reason. It actually made the whole thing a tad bit less stable.
Progress for the sake of progress is still progress.

The legs were lengthened in order to add to the intimidation factor.
Fear my twigs of doom!

As in the original, the back portion is a mess of important looking contraptions and wheels. No one is sure why.
Do I even need to clarify that?

The rear leg is now more powerful, as said before. It also looks more important, therefore justifying it's existence.
No budget cuts here!

Fourth Wall:
Well, that's about it. One of the challenges I set for myself on this one was to cut out the technic pieces, and replace them with system. That was pretty much it... As for the bionicle piece, it was really a total coincidence it was placed in. I saw it while searching for parts and thought it'd fit in, and it was just too good to cut out.
Anyways, thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment if you have the time!



Comments

 I like it 
  February 9, 2011
Cool! I like the legs!
 I made it 
  September 25, 2010
Quoting Perry McShane that is so cool, where do you get all the steampunky bits?
Thanks! I got the big bronze faceplate in a knights kingdom set, and the rest are just parts I had laying about that I converted to steampunkery.
Ribbits M
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Perry McShane
  September 23, 2010
that is so cool, where do you get all the steampunky bits?
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
Awesomepunk!
 I like it 
  April 7, 2010
Congratulations, You've just gained +3 awesome.
 I made it 
  March 24, 2010
Thanks! It's a big deal for me! @000: What, and lose 10% of all hat sales they make? I don't know if I'd be able to pay for more death machines without that extra $15!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2010
Congrats on getting blogged... and yes, the hat needs protection... I stopped by the suit store and you won't believe how much they are ;)
 I like it 
  March 23, 2010
Blogged by The Brothers Brick! Congratulations and great job!-Hector
 I made it 
  March 22, 2010
Thank you both! @Jake: I'm really surprised that faceplate fit in as well as it did. @Mech Man: Sounds interesting. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
 I like it 
  March 22, 2010
I love this mech, all the detail you put into it is astounding. The legs came out perfectly and the use of the technic face plate fit perfectly. Great job mate!
Ribbits M
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Nathan Jacobson
  March 21, 2010
It does look very much like a strider. Pretty cool though, I like all the greebling on the legs.
 I like it 
  March 21, 2010
Hey man, I have a mech contest going, I think you would do good, your welcome to come sign up. It is a pretty good, with some good competitors like Yuri Fassio, Jason Crolett, Blackleiff. I think you would do great! http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/11063
 I made it 
  March 21, 2010
Good to see my inspiration was noticeable. I'm glad this is getting good reception, and I really appreciate all the nice comments!
 I like it 
  March 21, 2010
very nice creation, and is that a half life 2 strider??? oh, wait, no, never mind, very similar design tho :P
 I like it 
  March 20, 2010
the poor hat... nj
 I like it 
  March 20, 2010
Brilliant!
 I like it 
  March 20, 2010
Fun mechanical critter. see ya. garth
 I like it 
  March 20, 2010
Nice work, I love the classic feel to this!
 I like it 
  March 20, 2010
Da lobsta is back! I like the front plate thing. ~Waff
 I made it 
  March 20, 2010
I get ten percent of all hat sales. Although it's actually not the Supply behind it. It's Harry Haberdasher's Hat Haven that's paying me.
 I like it 
  March 20, 2010
What? The hat is unprotected? No! Do you have any idea how expensive they are? C'mon, it looks suspiciously like a plot by Supply to get the troops to buy more hats. How much did they pay you, eh?
 
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