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"Strider" (Bio-Cup 2012 Round Five, vs Nick V. and Monarth G.S.)
A strong, but darkened toa of Stone... "Strider" walks the wastes dealing death and hunting bounties among the hidden warrens of the Vorox.
About this creation
Name: Keos
Gender: Male
Race/Species: Matoran/Glatorian Hybrid (Toa) (G2)
Occupation: Vorox Hunter
Title(s): "Strider"
Prevailing Element: Stone
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Affiliation: Dark Hunters
Tool(s): Stinger Sword, Spurs, Shotgun, Mask of Scavenging
Status: Alive
MOC Status: Disassembled

Contest: The 2012 Bio-Cup
Round: Five
Opponents: Monarth G.S. and Nick V.
Opponents' Entries: Vertigus the Liberator and The Killzone
Theme: "Your Best"





Despite the redemption of the Sand Tribe by Mata-Nui, some Vorox were either never converted back, devolved back into bestiality on purpose, or turned that way by what some rumours claim to be a makuta in hiding. To "Strider", this is irrelevant. The Vorox are a threat to matoran homesteads and a scourge to be eradicated.


While he is now a member of the Dark Hunters, he still performs his Duty similarly to how he operated in the KoSM - as a Hunter and Guardian of the Sand People. Now, he collects bounties on wanted criminals and dangerous rahi as well as the Vorox that threaten his kin.


Keos' armour is made up of Vorox chitin and pieces of his old armour from his days in the Knights of Spherus Magna, before its collapse.


On his shoulder is the head of Iachxtu, a notoriously strong Vorox Matriarch, who Keos fought with for an entire night and day. His sword is made up of her stingers. Both of them.


"Strider"'s double-barreled shotgun packs a decent punch... Those grounded up Thornax pods bang somethin' fierce... but it's the Stinger Sword he relies on to take down his mark up close and pers'nal.


As he is half glatorian, half matoran, Keos had difficulties accessing his powers when he became a toa. The Arc-Focus Engine, designed by Gringat and built by Iconoxian engineers, is one of many such devices that help toa access The Weave. Keos' Engine is broken, but he can still will sand and dust around.


His mask is the Mask of Scavenging. Matoran consider this one of the "immoral" masks, though Keos counters this by having an immoral job as well. Ain't no better way to cure a Vorox sting than its own life essence.


Striding across the Badlands...


And a shot of ALL of the MOCs of the 2012 Bio-Cup. Or at least the ones I have. Plus Gringat. Couldn't fit all of them even by converting my entire work desk into a lightbox. >.<

"Strider" started life as the potential rider for my "Junk-Ride" MOC in round three, but ended up being far too big for what I had planned. After a long session of greebling and building, he's done - possibly one of my most complex and over-greebled MOCs to date, to fit his wasteland-ish theme. He fits "Best-MOC" in being one of the best of the sort of MOCs I do best: Exotic, large scale toa.
On the model, the lower arms are supposed to look bare, and the chestplate has muscle shapes built into it like an ancient Greek or Roman one. Head design by Banjax2077 heavily tweaked by me, to give him a hordika helmet as a mask.

I had severe time constraints to think of. The contest actually ends in two weeks, giving Nick and Monarth more than enough time to beat me, but what with my currently writing this from my new room at University, I can't really stick behind to build something bigger.
Various ideas I had for this were Tolus the Waterlord riding a giant man-o-war, Alkanus the toa of fuel riding a giant flaming morobike, a Korrothean Garden of Twilight Biorama and loads of others I just didn't have time for. I had actually given up on the contest for a while, then realised I had to reach the end, or it just wouldn't be right.

It's been brilliant fun in the contest, and in fact all of these past years I've been on the 'pages. I have a few MOCs left to post, still, but I'm afraid you'll see my supply dry up before too long... I'm too far away from all my legoes to make anything. Likely it will just be a few chibis and LDD MOCs, though I'll still be sure to keep poking my nose into what everyone else is doing. :P





Comments

 I like it 
  August 14, 2013
This moc is like wine, It gets better with time...I really like it!
  December 18, 2012
Dang that's good! I know it's already been said, but the colour and composition really does evoke the vibe of a worn and battered, desert waste-lander. Great stuff, nice shapes and great proportions - well done dude!
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  November 23, 2012
This has a really good wild west look to it. Honestly the only things that possibly make this better is custom forearms and the white spikes be replaced with brown. 4/5. :)
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  October 28, 2012
Kinda has that steampunk/wastelander feel.
  October 27, 2012
I have to admit, I was quite disappointed by this entry. Don't get me wrong, its a good MOC, but I think its quite behind your previous entries, and definetly not your best. It may be because Toa MOCs just don't tend to appeal to me, I think there are WAY too much of them, and after a while I just get tired. Still, for a Toa MOc, I think its quite nice... It has a good build, the greebles are well used(it doesn't get too much and theres an actual reason for using them rather than just 'because'). You picked some colors that are difficult to deal with, and managed to pull them off well. For the special, you chose costume, and although it flows well and technicaly there isn't much wrong about it, I don't think there's much specialness about it either... Regarding the theme, its fits and has some nice assymetries, but I think you could have gone a bit more radical with it. All considered, the notes: Wow: 1 design: 3 technique: 4 special: 3 total: 11 . Not the best of your entries, but it was worth the shot.
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  October 26, 2012
Nifty parts usage!
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  October 26, 2012
i fail to understand why you chose the color brown and gold parts which basically limits you to fewer parts to work on. I suppose if you borrowed some of the other parts of your recent creation, you would have been able to build something even better not that your final entry is not good but I think it could be better with your caliber. Posting your final entry along with your other superb entries in this years biocup makes it somewhat anticlimax in my view. Wow: 3 design: 4 technique: 4 special: 4 total 15
Gringat the Repugnant
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Yomayos Sprinx
  October 23, 2012
I looked at the other 2 MOCs and so far they have all been good. Im not going to say which ones I like the best so... nice MOC!
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  October 20, 2012
While I like far better some other of your characters like Vera, Varrix, Goldeaux, Ahryz and of course the latest Gringat and I think they surpass this in design, it's true that I have hardly ever seen this level of complexity and detailed characterization in a Toa build. It is not your best MOC, but it is among your very best characters, so I'll consider it to be in theme. Wow- 2, Technique- 4, Design- 4 Special (characterization? Complexity? it doesn't matter, both are great)- 5 for a total of a whipping 15 points. You're only 1 point behind (you didn't consider the initial visual impact and it has cost you some points) and there's more judges, so good luck!
Gringat the Repugnant
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Box Of Faces
  October 17, 2012
Very nicely done, interesting back story as well. You never disappoint!
 I like it 
  October 9, 2012
I like the theme wasteland toa are always something fun to look at, nicely done 'Gat =)
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
This is amazing
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  September 27, 2012
=)cool.
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  September 26, 2012
Awsome. I really like the body and legs. Good luck in the bio-cup
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  September 26, 2012
I LOVE that torso :) Great work and good luck (not that you need it)
Gringat the Repugnant
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Pure Epicness
  September 25, 2012
Nice. I always seem to appreciate brown/tan MOCs just a bit more than other color schemes. also, can I maybe use the arc-focus engine idea?
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  September 25, 2012
Excellent color scheme! Well done!
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  September 24, 2012
Can you please mention which is the "special" judging field, for those extra 5 points?
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  September 23, 2012
AWESOME MOC :D
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  September 23, 2012
Excellent work! I really like this. :)
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  September 23, 2012
Hello there (if you don't recognize me, I'm also MidKinghtNyran from deviantART, M.O.C.Pages is my home of origin however.) Anyway, I just wanted to say, that I would agree with you on that this is one of your best. To give it anything lower than a five would be a crime. I've noticed that a "theme" with your M.O.C.s are complex things making up your skeleton, with large armor covering it, something I can appriciate. I've always loved your use of knight's kingdom pieces. The only thing I dislike are the arms. And it's not that they're not custom(as Callan say's custom doesn't always make it better) but I tend to like M.O.C.s with the ability to cross their arms, but that's just an aesthetics thing, i guess. anyway, really good, I have always wanted to use the Minifig backpack piece, but I have a serious lack of brown. I also like the use of the brown toa mata arms as the torso, I too have moc that uses that technique.(not yet posted, not trying to adverise my own stuff) I look forward to the results, and to your opponent's entries. I hope to see more. Later...
  September 23, 2012
Hey gringat nice moc, i like the chest design
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  September 23, 2012
Amazing use of parts, this is such a cool moc!
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  September 23, 2012
you... you used bastion music... I love you...
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  September 23, 2012
I sort of had to squint my eyes while looking at this. The level of detail is excellent and I just love those lower legs and the torso. Your mocs are pretty much always excellent, which leaves myself arguing, that how does this stand out? As you said, it's the complexity of the build, but I find it hard to get a grip on that as I can't see inside the moc. The scale of the moc suprised me too. I know it's your strong area, but having so many other good mocs to compare it'll be hard to distinct from others, atleast in my opinion. I wish you good luck whatsoever. My entry is in good build status and a whole different scale than this. I may post it near the round's end or earlier if I feel like so.
 I like it 
  September 23, 2012
nice gun
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  September 23, 2012
Awesome! I like how you converted Onewa Hordika's mask to the Mask of Scavenging. ^^
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  September 23, 2012
It's wonderfull the designs are mind blowing, good luck Gat I'm rooting for you.
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  September 23, 2012
Awesome
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  September 22, 2012
Looks very cool, even when he has many different colors. His main design is great and totally matches that color scheme! Good luck at the Bio-Cup!
 I like it 
  September 22, 2012
the one part of this moc that almost bothers me is the shoulder width besides that it's brilliant.
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  September 22, 2012
A pretty epic conclusion to your rounds in the Bio-cup. Excellent work here; I'm loving the legs and the torso the most; the arms (while I know were intended to be simple) could have been a bit more impressive. Loving everything else, especially the color scheme. Great job!
 I like it 
  September 22, 2012
One of your best 'Gat! Love the way you used those simple pieces for his arms, and nice use of the head! Good luck with university, hope you can still do some MOCing :) Oh yeah, SHOTGUN = AMAZING. No question about it.
 I like it 
  September 22, 2012
Nice and good luck in the Finals!
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  September 22, 2012
It's a pity you'll be away from your Lego, I'm glad you'll stick around. Excellent MOC! Nice use of the Hordika head. Brilliant torso. Good luck!
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  September 22, 2012
i love this moc, the sword is great! great moc dude!
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  September 22, 2012
Amazing! I love the color scheme! Good luck! :)
  September 22, 2012
Really great, this MOC really is one of your best. Good luck.
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  September 22, 2012
Whoa, awesome. Best of luck, Nathaniel.
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  September 22, 2012
Truly a showcase of your best. Great design and a formidable entry! Good luck!
 
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