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Titan Pipeline Defence
An Octan Security Mecha fighting Meth-Roaches on the Titan the sixth moon of Saturn.
About this creation

I joined the Octan Security Services straight out of the Spaceforce. After a four year tour on Earth's moon trying to keep the locals under control while resentment of Earth-gov control became endemic. The final uprising, caused by a Spaceforce ship crashing into a school bus was nasty and I saw things. Things no one should see, things I won't talk about.

So here I am on Titan, sixth moon of Saturn, where the rocks are made of water, hard as granite and the rivers and lakes are liquid hydrocarbons, methane and ethane, all the 'thanes' as Gunther puts it. Gunther is my boss here, he basically sits in the control room and tells us where the Meth-Roaches are swarming, he's okay, pretty messed up from stuff he saw on the moon too though.

Meth-Roaches? Yeah, well when humans got here to Titan there was no life, not even bacteria. Great for the oil companies of course, nothing for the hippies to protest about. The Mars settlers wanted to burn hydrocarbons to create an atmosphere, the oil companies had a nice new supply of them. All great, but 'life finds a way' as that old movie put it.

The bacteria mutated first, but we weren't watching for that then the roaches first learned to cope with the intense cold, then somehow their mitochondrial DNA started to run on methane instead of oxygen. The scientists tell me it was probably from eating the bacteria. Then they took the moon for themselves, titanic Roaches on Titan. Almost funny.

Most of them eat the bacteria or each other, the problem is the pipelines are slightly warmer, so the bacteria grow more around them, the Methane Roaches (Meth-Roaches) chomp on it, lots of leaks follow.

So I'm a bug squisher! We can shoot them if there's good cause, but firing lasers has a small chance of igniting the landscape (if we hit a pocket of frozen oxygen) and the gattling-railgun is hard to get ammunition for, so we generally stamp on them, they crunch quite satisfyingly.

The pays pretty good, too and there are no Lunar-citizens throwing IED's at me. In another five years when my contract is done I should be able to buy a house in an area of Earth where the environment is still reasonable or maybe Mars, lots of room on Mars. Life is good.


















Built: February 2011



Comments

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  March 2, 2011
Will we see this at the up coming AFOLcon ? http://www.facebook.com/afolcon
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  February 26, 2011
I haven't commented on this yet? My memory must be going. Anyways, awesome work on this. Not only is everything well-built, it's also well-composed. Every little detail works with the rest of the scene for a very nice bignette.
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  February 25, 2011
I'm not sure that I'd want that contract to end, squishing bugs with a giant mech for a living is my kind of thing!!!
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  February 17, 2011
This is awesome!
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  February 17, 2011
Dang you have a lot of cheese slopes! Very well done, I love the overall look.
Mark Stafford
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Jasper Vinkenvleugel
  February 14, 2011
Cool! I like the mech!
Mark Stafford
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Mitchell Andre
  February 14, 2011
WONDERFUL! GREAT! STUPENDOUS! MARVELOUS! EXCELLENT! (In case you can't tell I like this moc). The story is good too!
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  February 14, 2011
Interesting stuff, man! very well made! the pipeline made me realise it would also be cool to use it like the pipes in Metro Nui from Bionicle.
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  February 13, 2011
Haha! I was about halfway through when I realized what the trans light green pieces were [splllat!!]. I love this. The mech, the landscape... everything!
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  February 13, 2011
Quoting Josh Bradt <snip> Methane, on the other hand, would want to act more like glucose and become an electron donor, so saying that methane has replaced oxygen doesn't really make sense, if you said the roaches ran off of oxygen and methane, that would be a little better (however there still need to be some major changes within the glycolysis and citric acid cycles). Anyways..... Great job!
Thanks for explaining Josh, I know next to nothing about biology, I reckoned this security guard wouldn't either and it's one reason I chose to write the background from his point of view. It was only because Titan is real making the environment locked that it was the biology I had to fictionalize so heavily. I avoid this whenever possible, because as I said I know nothing, next time I'll try to do more research on the biology too!
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  February 13, 2011
From the landscape to the Mech, some fantastic brickeration took place here. The squished bug effect is disgustingly perfect.~H
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  February 12, 2011
This is one sweet design you got here! It was really cool how you used the see through green antenna pieces as bug juice. I'm guessing there huge space bugs. Sweet Mech as well, keep it up Mark!
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  February 12, 2011
Gooey gooey bug guts! Anyway, very good MOC. Like the mech, and obviously, the squashed roach.
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  February 12, 2011
Excellent excellent build. I really like the back groud story to the build. As always top notch MOC
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  February 12, 2011
The rough, rocky landscape is very cool! And i love the river of hydrocarbons; how you slanted it between the rocks i will never know. The mech and the roach look great, and i love the roach guts squirting everywhere, the term "meth-roach" reminds me of the little bugs in A Scanner Darkly for some reason. That being said... In the process of cellular respiration, oxygen acts as an electron acceptor, releasing free hydrogen ions from the glucose molecule. Methane, on the other hand, would want to act more like glucose and become an electron donor, so saying that methane has replaced oxygen doesn't really make sense, if you said the roaches ran off of oxygen and methane, that would be a little better (however there still need to be some major changes within the glycolysis and citric acid cycles). Anyways..... Great job!
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  February 12, 2011
Awesome work on the cut-out scenery, Super Sweet!
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  February 12, 2011
epic!
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  February 12, 2011
:-o !!! No words !!! Everything is in this dio !!
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  February 12, 2011
Everything here is excellent. Nice work.
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  February 12, 2011
Wow! Incredible. Very nice work. Colorful story :-)
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  February 12, 2011
I agree to Master Shifu, it's the terrain that is most impressive. That in addition to the story, of course.
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  February 12, 2011
Mmmnn...hose cheese slopes make me jealous! Nice landscaping!
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  February 12, 2011
Nice! Very creative and a good idea.
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  February 11, 2011
i love the squished bug, the landscaping is really cool, and i love the base type thing you put it all on, it nicely frames the whole thing
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  February 11, 2011
Great landscaping there! 5/5.
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  February 11, 2011
Nice story, concept and execution -- EXCELLENT.
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  February 11, 2011
You can't go wrong with giant mechs, cheese slopes, and squishy bugs!
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  February 11, 2011
Slick! That squishing effect is great.
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  February 11, 2011
stomp them bugs!!
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  February 11, 2011
Wow! That's amazing!
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  February 11, 2011
wow..just wow! this is amazing!
  February 11, 2011
Roaches! Why'd it have to be roaches? Sweet landscape, love the backstory and the way you tie it to your other ones. Feel like i'm inside a novel. A really cookin' novel.
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  February 11, 2011
Cool roaches, Dude. You should put them on little toothpicks!
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  February 11, 2011
This is what I want LEGO to sell to the public! Everything here could be used for the product line. The mech is brilliant, the setting is sweet and the roaches are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside! Please, please say this is coming to a store near you in the very near future. Addicted AFOL's have got to know!
  February 11, 2011
That's just plain awesome! Here to squash some bugs sir! ^Blub^
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  February 11, 2011
Nice build! Really like the mech. Great water as well.-DV#
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  February 11, 2011
The meticulous, uneven terrain stole the show!
 
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