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The Insurgency: Episode 1 (Character Intro)
My character introduction for the Insurgency. He is a member of the Aurelian military, though you wouldn't be be able to tell by his apparel; undercover, you know. :P
About this creation
Official Description: In 2094, the US, Canada, Russia, and Northern Europe joined together to form a government called the Galactic Imperium. A small resistance group against the Galactic Imperium is a liberation movement based in Central America known as Aurelia. They don't have the strength to challenge the massive Imperial battleships in Earth orbit, but after a mysterious event known as The Shift drops the Earth into another galaxy and solar system, the only starships left are those which were docked on the surface. As both sides find allies among the alien inhabitants of this new solar system, Aurelia has a chance to obtain independence, the Galactic Imperium has new planets to explore and make allies with, and the Marauders struggle to find their footing in this new system.

Name: Dargon Leary
Faction: Aurelia
Position: Lieutenant


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A massive Galactic Imperium arms shipment had been rerouted, thanks to the efforts of an undercover Aurelian squad. In the process, the team had lost two of its members; the third was in hiding, and had managed to transmit his general location before severing all contact, lest any communication be traced. But although the squad was effectively dead, they had at least achieved half their goal: though the weapons were never transferred to the Aurelian military, Earth, capital planet of the Galactic Imperium, was short 60% on armament. For the first time, it was open to invasion. If Aurelia would initiate a full-scale assault, Earth could be taken. The Imperium would fall soon after.

So what happened? A second three-man team was sent in to pull out the one missing member of the previous squad.


It was, Lieutenant Dargon Leary reflected, one of the dumbest decisions his superiors had made. If Earth was taken, there would be no need to pull out the missing squad leader. By sending in yet another squad, Aurelia risked losing even more men. But Dargon had prepared. On a whim (and against his explicit orders), he had had his third member, his explosives expert, break away from the squad. Should anything happen, he was their backup. Dargon and his second, Jodo Cowler, were going in.


The two of Squad 7 crossed the street, heading towards the building on the other side.


Jodo flipped on his luminescent red holomap and studied it.


"The entrance his here," he said. "Dead ahead, on the ground."


As Jodo leaned down to inspect the small handle, Dargon whipped his head around, hearing footsteps. A citizen of the Galactic Imperium walked by. He ignored the two. Dargon berated himself for being so tense and jittery. If an agent of the GI were to walk past, a quick, nervous glance would send up a red flag immediately.


Jodo heaved. With a rasping groan, the metal and concrete panel slid over the sidewalk.


Instantly, a cloud of chemical fumes wafted up, caused Dargon to step back hastily. He strapped on a breathe filter, looked behind him one last time, and began his descent.





The underground was almost too dark to see in, with his current main source of light coming from the streetlight on the sidewalk above. Dargon squinted.


There was tunnel of some sort ahead, and from the other side came a loud gurgling noise. Broken pipes. Toxic waste. No wonder those fumes had been so strong.


As Dargon came to the end of the tunnel, he realized this was a much more dangerous place than he'd thought; there were but two pipes still operational, and they were hanging far too low. All others were bent and broken, rusted over and caked with the chemicals that had once run through them. A deep red fluid dripped out of one. Dargon's eyes began to sting.


Crawling to avoid the broken pipes, Dargon soon pinpointed the source of the bubbling, gurgling noise. From out of a nozzle spewed a viscous, poison-green liquid. A small pool was already on the floor, seeping across the panels and sizzling as it went. This place was nasty, and possibly explosive.


Standing up, Dargon drew in a thankful breath of filtered air and called out,"L 362 of D2-S7 to L 295 of D2-S4!" That meant absolutely nothing to anyone but an Aurelian officer.

A minute passed in silence, but for the bubbling of the green goo.


Dargon was about to call again or proceed further into this repulsive subterranean complex when there was a small noise to his right. The muzzle of a four-barreled blaster was suddenly pressed against the side of his head. Dargon's helmet was blast-resistant, but not at point blank range and certainly not to that weapon. So he stood stock still.

An electronically distorted voice spoke a single word. "Acknowledged."


The gun was still pointed at his head. The other spoke again. "Dargon Leary, commander of Squad 7?"

"Yes," Leary said.


The blaster lowered and the voice distortion lessened a little, but still not to a recognizable point. "Lieutenant McAvry, Squad 4. Why have you been sent?"

"We're the extraction team, Lieutenant. We are to pull you out."

"I know that. I want to know why an extraction team was sent at all. Earth is short more than half its weapons supply. If Aurelia had attacked, there'd be no need--"

"I know," Dargon interrupted. "I wondered too. But orders are orders, and we've at least found you without incident."


McAvry shook his head. "No. I don't think you have."

"What do you mean?"

"I mean that confirms my suspicions: there's an agent of the GI in the Aurelian ranks. It's why my team was killed. It's why the arms never reached Aurelia. You wait, Command's excuse for not seizing this opportunity will be the risk of attacking; without those arms, success of the invasion is not guaranteed."


As this sank in, Dargon remembered how fast the orders had come to send a rescue team in. It had been just hours after the report came in of Squad 4's incapacitation. Could it have been prepared beforehand?

"We have to go, then, now!"

"You go," McAvry said. "Scan the area. If it's safe, you come back down and signal me. But I'm the only one who knows the stolen arms' whereabouts, and I can't tell you lest you're captured and interrogated. I know these tunnels well; I've been hiding in them for weeks. Should anything happen, I know how to disappear."

Dargon nodded. "Right."


He turned and hurried off down the tunnel, worried about what might be happening above.


Dargon climbed out of the hole, noting as he did that things were as silent as when he'd arrived.


He stood up and looked around...and that's when the blinding floodlight came on.


At once, a full team of galactic Imperium soldiers and police materialized. Guns were leveled at Dargon and red lights flashed.


A little ways off, Jodo Cowler was kneeling against a wall, hands against his head. An Imperium soldier had him at gunpoint.


The Commander had his visor up. "Galactic Imperium," he announced in clear, cold tones. "You're under arrest."


As he and Jodo were lead away, electro-cuffs on, Dargon glanced behind him. he received a prod with a blaster for his insolence, but not before he'd glimpsed several pf the Imperium military entering the trapdoor that led to Lieutenant McAvry. Aurelia's one chance to deal a crippling blow to the Imperium may have just imploded.

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So there we are! My intro has finally been uploaded. I wasn't quite in the mood to write, so the story and the way it was written may not be as interesting as my previous ones, but I do hope it got across. :P

I apologize for the quality of some of the photos. My makeshift studio consisted of three boxes, several sheets of paper, two lamps (one yellowsish and one white-blue) and a few flashlights. It worked out pretty well for the most part, but some of the photos are a trifle grainy. You'll notice I didn't say I had a red light. I had to improvise to get that red police-light effect at the end. I ended up using my mom's red backpack; I unzipped it and covered one of my lamps with the flap; the effect was a red filter. :P

And now....

The cast! Left to right: Alien Citizen, Police, GI Military, Jodo Cowler, Dargon Leary, and Lieutenant McAvry.


Dargon Leary, my character, gets a picture of his own.


...as do the Imperium soldiers. Just because I love the shot. It looks like a promotional image of the military. :P


The last-minute police vehicle. I quite like how it turned out, despite being a little simple.


Rear view.


That curvature!


The whole build.


Yes, the two levels split (although having a ceiling on the lower one is preferable lighting-wise). The underground level is intentionally messy on top and the outside.


The top level. Not much here that you can't already see. A scuffed road, a sidewalk, a streetlight and the semi-greebled section of some building.


The streetlight. Yes, those are the helmets of Ogel's drones. I know, I love it too. :P


The underground's secret entrance. Pretty basic, but I really like how it blends in. The handle looks like a protruding part of the building (on purpose).


The underground.


The pipes were the first part I envisioned and so the first part assembled. I really like how they came out, especially the bent ones below.


Said bent pipes. Like my use of the pistol pieces? The barrel end with that annoying little knob fits perfectly into a technic rod hole!


The greebled floor. To the right you can see some red liquid dripping out of a pipe (made with a red tooth/spike/horn piece).


The greebled wall. This was the most annoying and complicated part of the entire build. All the SNoT and such...


And of course, the "viscous goo" pouring out of a nozzle! I love the effect. :P


The corridor.


Yup, the back and side sections can be removed for viewing and photography purposes. :P



And there you have it. Please rate and comment; feedback of any kind is appreciated!



Comments

 I like it 
  June 17, 2014
Cool, I won't use the 4B blaster then...
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  June 15, 2014
Quoting Kermunklin the Giant Evil House Head That's quite good. I can't believe the whole build was so small when it looked so much bigger in the story-great photo angles. If you don't mind I might use some of your gadgets sometime, like the holomap, 4-barrelled blaster, and the electro cuffs. Not only are they very cool, but they would help add veracity and cohesiveness to the Insurgency as a whole. Can't wait to read the next one (As I'm brand new to the group, I'm reading all posts in order to get up to speed).
Thanks! I completely agree about the veracity, and I'd love for some of these concepts to appear in others' mocs. I do feel the four-barreled blaster should remain McAvry's exclusive weapon, but feel free to use the electrocuffs and holomap! And yeah, I really need to get the next episodes of my story built. :P
 I like it 
  June 14, 2014
That's quite good. I can't believe the whole build was so small when it looked so much bigger in the story-great photo angles. If you don't mind I might use some of your gadgets sometime, like the holomap, 4-barrelled blaster, and the electro cuffs. Not only are they very cool, but they would help add veracity and cohesiveness to the Insurgency as a whole. Can't wait to read the next one (As I'm brand new to the group, I'm reading all posts in order to get up to speed).
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  February 26, 2014
Quoting Nanoc H super cool build, my favorite part is the green goo in the sewer
Thanks Nanoc! I like it as well. :P
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  February 26, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Brilliant! This is the best written story I've read yet! I love the underground section with the twisted pipes and the green goo running out of the pipe was genius . The characters are so believable. I will definitely be following your insurgency builds.
Wow, thanks! I'm glad the story came out so well, being rushed and all. I assure you future ones will be better. :P
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  February 26, 2014
Quoting JP Creations The underground tunnels are very cool especially all the chemical waste spilling out of the pipes. That was probably my favorite technique in the build next to the way you built the tunnels, and the streetlight which is very well done. The minifigures are very good and your police vehicle is well built. I really like the curved front. Great job over all.
Thanks, JP! I always prefer actual feedback to short praise. :P If you're interested in the police speeder's curve, check out my "Behind the Scenes" moc for the details. :)
 I like it 
  February 24, 2014
Brilliant! This is the best written story I've read yet! I love the underground section with the twisted pipes and the green goo running out of the pipe was genius . The characters are so believable. I will definitely be following your insurgency builds.
 I like it 
  February 24, 2014
The underground tunnels are very cool especially all the chemical waste spilling out of the pipes. That was probably my favorite technique in the build next to the way you built the tunnels, and the streetlight which is very well done. The minifigures are very good and your police vehicle is well built. I really like the curved front. Great job over all.
 I like it 
  February 21, 2014
super cool build, my favorite part is the green goo in the sewer
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  February 14, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab I saw this a while ago, but I just now took the time to read the story. Nice job!
Thanks Caballek!
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  February 14, 2014
Quoting Freeling ++ Nice MOC, and, Cool story Bro.
Hehe, thanks Free.
 I like it 
  February 14, 2014
I saw this a while ago, but I just now took the time to read the story. Nice job!
 I like it 
  February 11, 2014
Nice MOC, and, Cool story Bro.
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting Dylan Something Wow, that's extremely awesome. Great job!
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Really great stuff! :)
Quoting Brick Mood Awesome scene!
Thanks guys! I appreciate the feedback.
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting Lindel Baskin Looks fantastic, Kai! The greebling is excellent, I especially like all those pipes. Lots of clever techniques to here. The storyline is engaging and kept me interested. Great work, I'm looking forward to seeing more!
Thanks Lindel! I'm glad the story turned out well; I was a little worried about making something so deep immediately after introducing my character.
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting George Marshall Epic job! There are so many great details and techniques used here, I'm not sure I can list them all! I loved the storyline, the lamp looked really cool, the underground was just the right amount of messy, that vehicle looked awesome, and the figs looked great! Awesome job, and I can't wait to see what happens next!
Thanks George! I'll definitely be quicker creating Episode 2 than of my Lands of Mythron intro, hahaha... :P
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting Armon Russ
Haha, thanks Armon! Yeah, I tried to make it one of the less reputable places, both because a pristine area would look too boring and because it seemed logical that McAvry would hide in such an place. Yeah, that underground area was both fun and tedious to make, and the goo's got to be one of my favorite parts of the build. Thanks again!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
Awesome scene!
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  February 4, 2014
Really great stuff! :)
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
Looks fantastic, Kai! The greebling is excellent, I especially like all those pipes. Lots of clever techniques to here. The storyline is engaging and kept me interested. Great work, I'm looking forward to seeing more!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
Wow, that's extremely awesome. Great job!
  February 4, 2014
Thanks, I'll have to try that.
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
Epic job! There are so many great details and techniques used here, I'm not sure I can list them all! I loved the storyline, the lamp looked really cool, the underground was just the right amount of messy, that vehicle looked awesome, and the figs looked great! Awesome job, and I can't wait to see what happens next!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
Finally, another worthy writer. ;P We don't see too many around here. But anyway, the intro was great, and the build is even better. I like your greebles and scuffed road, it really catches that eerie feel. But, if you did your homework searching through group descriptions, you'd know that GI and Earth builds are mostly smooth and sleek. Though I do like how it turned out. The lighting is also good for this scene. Probably your best yet. :P And the underground is the most intriguing part of the MOC. I love how you mixed up all the pipes and wires to give it a messy chaotic look. And that puddle of goo is ingenious. x) Again, excellent work.
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting Stormjay Rider Nice job here... but "toxic-colored"? Also, am I to expect more TRON-styled sets from you in the theme?
Thanks Jay. ...yeah, maybe I should change that. :P And, TRON-styled? What do you mean? The only TRON[: Legacy]-ish bit would be the underground lighting, and that area is much too messy for the digital world. :P
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting David FNJ Lots of nifty details here (most of which you already pointed out)! Great intro!
Quoting Lord Bacca Wicked.
Quoting Andrew the Jedi Ninja So many complicated parts and pieces underground. Nice!
Quoting Graham Gidman Quite nice!
Thanks everyone!
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens That was awesome. So many of these Insurgency builds have fancy lighting and photography - I was going to build an intro today, but now I think I need to put in a little more time so it can match some of these standards. Oh, and, although the lighting is beyond me, I'm also puzzled by a technique that you and a few other people have used. How did you make that curve of tiles on the front of your police craft? Is there one of those rubbery... um... chain pieces underneath?
Thanks Gilbert! I'm glad I could return the favor of inspiration! :P I'm not sure how others do it, but I just slid the short blue/bley pins onto the rod section of robot hand/clip pieces, placed the white tiles on the "stud side" of the pin, and then attached the clips to a bar piece at the bottom. Then it was the simple matter of rotating each of the three clip pieces with the tiles attached to the designated position. It's difficult to describe well with words, so I'll add an image tonight. :P
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting Reynolds . That toxic green liquid looks great!
Thanks Rey! That was one of the first parts I built; the whole build was centered around that and the pipes. :P
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting --R.K. Blast-- Brilliant. The lighting is perfect and I really like the streetlamp and the underground section. Great job. --Blast--
Thanks, Blast!
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 Wow, great build and great lighting! I agree with Thomas about the greebles.
Thanks Halhi! Yeah, so do I. :P
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode Woah - that's impressive! I didn't know you were so good at sci-fi. Fantastic job!
Haha, thanks! I wasn't sure either. :P
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  February 4, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga This looks REALLY good! The lighting and the angled tunnel really make the underground look larger than it is, and despite that it was rushed you've obviously put more thought into your character than most. The police speeder actually looks quite good, as do the ingenious streetlights.In daylight, the greeblework could use more order, but because of the dark lighting, it looks very good. The broken pipe technique is quite good, too. On photography, it sounds like you're as good as you can get it without buying some equipment, so it might be worthwhile to look at some photography lights or a lightbox. Another option is to try photographing in the sunlight; even though it's less convenient, it can often produce better results than artificial lighting.
Thanks Thomas! I agree about the greebles; I think my mistake was make the wall OUT of greebles instead of simply adding them to a wall. And yeah, I'll have to look into some equipment. I considered outdoor lighting, as it's worked well in the past, but it wouldn't have mixed well with the sci-fi scene I had, plus I wouldn't have been able to change the position or brightness of the sun or anything. :P
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
Quite nice!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
Nice job here... but "toxic-colored"? Also, am I to expect more TRON-styled sets from you in the theme?
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
So many complicated parts and pieces underground. Nice!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
Wicked.
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
Lots of nifty details here (most of which you already pointed out)! Great intro!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
That was awesome. So many of these Insurgency builds have fancy lighting and photography - I was going to build an intro today, but now I think I need to put in a little more time so it can match some of these standards. Oh, and, although the lighting is beyond me, I'm also puzzled by a technique that you and a few other people have used. How did you make that curve of tiles on the front of your police craft? Is there one of those rubbery... um... chain pieces underneath?
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
That toxic green liquid looks great!
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  February 4, 2014
Brilliant. The lighting is perfect and I really like the streetlamp and the underground section. Great job. --Blast--
 I like it 
  February 4, 2014
Wow, great build and great lighting! I agree with Thomas about the greebles.
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  February 4, 2014
Woah - that's impressive! I didn't know you were so good at sci-fi. Fantastic job!
  February 4, 2014
This looks REALLY good! The lighting and the angled tunnel really make the underground look larger than it is, and despite that it was rushed you've obviously put more thought into your character than most. The police speeder actually looks quite good, as do the ingenious streetlights.In daylight, the greeblework could use more order, but because of the dark lighting, it looks very good. The broken pipe technique is quite good, too. On photography, it sounds like you're as good as you can get it without buying some equipment, so it might be worthwhile to look at some photography lights or a lightbox. Another option is to try photographing in the sunlight; even though it's less convenient, it can often produce better results than artificial lighting.
 
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