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This time around I've got a couple of pieces I did for other people. First up is a blue space-type machine I'm calling 'Gainsborough' until the original commissioner corrects me. The first person to get the reference gets a cookie.
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The second featured design is a super-redux of the Legionary Mech Mk.II by Chris Davis. I saw the design and thought to myself that I needed to step outside of my comfort zone and build something a little off-the-wall. I hope he likes it; this thing took about four hours to figure out.








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Comments

  January 25, 2012
I understand the desire to hear opinions on your work, that is certainly more valuable than popularity. In that case, I feel that you shouldn't compromise what you want to see in your work in order to achieve this. I feel that you need to find your audience, you cannot expect people to just starting coming by, you have to show them that you exist. When I looked through your "Favourite Creations", I didn't see many Creations, nor did I see a wide array of Genres. What I suggest doing is taking some time and explore other people's work, avoid Mech Builders while you're at it, as you have witnessed how people within a Genre have preferences. I know that may seem contradictory but by having a wide array of people, you can learn quite a bit from people who build stuff outside of your Genres and vice versa. For instance, let's say you wanted more opinions on your Aerial Units, someone who loves Planes would have opinions on things like features, weapons, and the look of some your units. It doesn't take a Mech Builder to value the Work of a Mech Builder. As I said, I suggest hoping around on the Site, commenting on various Genres, not only does this expand your horizons, it will show people you exist, seeing how each time you comment, you leave a link to your Homepage. That's what I did and you be the judge on how well it worked for me. Just keep in mind, if you're looking for detailed comments... well, don't expect a vast amount of people to write such things, but if you expand you audience, you will increase the chances of having more of such comments. Also, try your best to respond to anyone who comments on your stuff, it makes people feel that you are grateful for their stopping by and that makes a bigger difference than what you may think.
  January 24, 2012
Forte: OR you just don't have the right target audience. I have to say I agree with both of you on this subject. the key thing is what you, yourself think of your work, and if you're genuinely content with it. and the opinions of others are necessary to improve your work, to give you an idea of how work is other than your own and to push you to get better at it. unfortunately, in this case, the others' opinions you're getting are all from Western Mech fans, who have very little appreciation for your style and have a tendency to dislike it just because it isn't their style. the solution? get the right kind of people commenting on your work. :) also, Forte, me and Bio weren't necessarily implying anything by our comment, other than that, being Western fans, were eager to see you attempt a Western-style Mech. merely consider it a challenge. you don't have to accept it at all.
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  January 24, 2012
Quoting Andrew AKA Hump-Free With all this talk about popularity (Er, Traffic), I wanted to remark on what was being said. Forte, ask yourself this, what are you here for? To attain an audience? To have a large amount of trivial "Likes"?
I like to have a place to post my work, to record my progress over time as well as to show others what I'm developing. The problem is that, without an audience to sound off on my MOCs, there's no basis for comparison or assessment. I developed from nothing a mecha frame with fully-articulated legs and arms and a degree of modularity that most frames don't have and yet I'm still at the bottom of the pile, so that means I'm doing something wrong. Either I'm failing to appeal to peoples' tastes or my engineering efforts aren't that innovative in the end.
  January 24, 2012
With all this talk about popularity (Er, Traffic), I wanted to remark on what was being said. Forte, ask yourself this, what are you here for? To attain an audience? To have a large amount of trivial "Likes"? Well, being popular on this Site doesn't make Building any more fulfilling. Having an large amount of "Likes" doesn't matter, it's how you feel about your work that matters, I felt the same about my MOC before I posted it and having 70 didn't change a thing. It's up to you what you build, who cares about being popular, it's not worth giving up doing things the way you want them done. No amount of "Likes" is worth betraying your work. That's all I have to say on the matter.
  January 23, 2012
I'd say the issue is that Forte's style is too unique for anyone but him to recognize any but the most unique changes, because they all rotate around his basic building style. and actually, the only reason I don't post very often is just because your style kinda just... disinterests me, so to speak. if I look at your Mechs in a more Eastern-style fan perspective, I have to say they really are amazing. the problem is that I don't have much of an Eastern-style fan perspective. :P
  January 23, 2012
@LTE, I'm not saying he needs to build chunky, I'm just saying that if he really wanted to impress people with stepping out of his comfort zone, than building something bulky would be the way. @Forte, yes, I do believe the reason you aren't getting as much traffic is because your designs have become a bit repetitive. It may be your style, but the differences between models aren't terribly notable, and thus, they kinda all look the same. Also, your supposed "new techniques" are so similar to your normal techniques, that these just look like common Forte mechs, and definitely not something out of your comfort zone.
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  January 23, 2012
I meant I wanted to see what your depiction of a bulked-up Mech would look like, half-hearted effort or not, just to see how you'd do on something new and different. and now that I've gotten a better look at the Legionary, I can see that it has some differences from your usual Mechs, such as the new leg, arm, and foot designs. speaking of which, do you think you could give it a gun of some kind? I'm eager to see how that hand design works.
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  January 23, 2012
These are both very cool. I really like the legionary, it's REALLY unique. I can totally see what you mean by "stepping out of my comfort zone" when you built your mech. It has a completely different style than all your other mecha. 5/5. PS: Bio, if he doesn't want to build chunky, he doesn't have to. Same thing to you, arik.
  January 23, 2012
I have to agree with Forte Noir, bulky doesn't equal better. For posing options, bulky often equates to limited. I can also see what Bio was getting at, Forte Noir you haven't made anything here that isn't too far from being in your normal style. You say you've worked outside your comfort zone, but the results feel more like you've taken someone else's concept and brought it closer to your normal comfort zone. I think he (like me) was just expecting that (something outside your comfort zone) might look totally different from your other designs. And maybe he felt you might want to attempt something unrecognisable, just once, to prove to yourself you can do it. But if you really don't like that style and feel no reason to attempt anything like that, then that's entirely up to you. I for one am not going to criticise either way. Especially since I actually really like your style and use it as a bench mark for improving my own original mech concepts. I have noticed, however, that there is still some tensions between you two, perhaps not commenting or keeping comments brief, might avoid escalating another misunderstanding into an actual fight.
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  January 22, 2012
Quoting BiO.Andrew (All Purpose Mechanical Soldier series 1 coming soon!) Please don't feel offended by this, but while both of these models are well made and aesthetically pleasing, it doesn't look like you tried to step outside of your comfort zone at all. They look like your stereotypical ForteNoir mechs with some slight design aspects of the originals. If you really want to step outside of your comfort zone, try building something chunky with fat armor that will lumber across the battlefield, rather than your usual mechs that I (I won't speak for others) have grown tired of seeing.
I must admit, this isn't the flavor of feedback that I was expecting. Is this why I'm not receiving comments anymore? Because you've all largely become tired and/or frustrated with my designs? I had considered this, but then I decided not to care because if I'm not building what I want and what I love, you will get half-hearted efforts from me every time and you won't get to see me shine, -period-. It's like asking Chunk or someone else in your little couterie to make an Eastern-styled mech and watching them flounder because their heart isn't in it. I'm not fond of beef. Even Gundam beef. Few Gundams get beef right and you can count them all on two hands at most. Beef can't pose. Beef doesn't fly, or swim or even swordfight. Beef is holding some designs back in my opinion. Beef is big in the West but Western mecha are nearly all groundpounders and I beg your pardon but -screw that-. On the subject of the remakes, the 'Blue Boy' had Crossbone-styled binders before I got to it. The Legionary's head is derived from that of the original, and I agree that it isn't very cool but that wasn't the point. The Legionary is like nothing in my catalog and has unique leg and arm builds that I've never done before, but that head was beyond saving.
  January 22, 2012
very nice. but I have to agree with Bio, I don't really understand how these differ from any of your other Mechs. I, too, would LOVE to see a more Western, beefed-up variant of your standard Mech. even still, these ARE good, easily meeting the standard of excellence of all your other Mechs. perhaps the only detail I don't like is the Legionary's head. it's... kinda, well, corny.
  January 22, 2012
Please don't feel offended by this, but while both of these models are well made and aesthetically pleasing, it doesn't look like you tried to step outside of your comfort zone at all. They look like your stereotypical ForteNoir mechs with some slight design aspects of the originals. If you really want to step outside of your comfort zone, try building something chunky with fat armor that will lumber across the battlefield, rather than your usual mechs that I (I won't speak for others) have grown tired of seeing.
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  January 22, 2012
Correct if I am wrong, but does the "Blue Boy" draw inspiration from the Crossbone Gundam Series?
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  January 22, 2012
I really like the second one. You should build outside your comfort zone more often!
 
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