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Onyx
Head starts spinning round... Fall down to the ground... Feel your body heave... Death's hand starts to weave
About this creation
Meekly going where others have boldly gone before! The Onyx is fairly derivative -- as far as microspace goes, the color scheme has been done, the hinged SNOTwall construction has been done, the basic shape has been done pretty much to death. But I still like it.

I almost went with Hand of Doom for the name, after my favorite Black Sabbath song, and didn't for two reasons. First, all my spacecraft so far have had one-word names, so I figured I'd continue that theme. Second, Hand of Doom would have been, in an odd way, Halo-inspired. And I couldn't have that.

I don't know or care much about Halo as a game. I've played it a very few times with friends, but I don't know the storyline. However, you can't spend much time around MOCpages without picking up a few Halo-related things. Like there are apparently spaceships in the game with some fairly cool names -- Pillar of Autumn, In Amber Clad, Forward Unto Dawn.

If I was to have a three-word name for a spaceship, it might be because, subconsciously, the pernicious Halo Lego phenomenon managed to have some influence. You can't afford to take chances in circumstances as serious as these. Halo Lego is pure evil. The only way to be safe is to burn those seeds before they can take root.

So anyway, onyx is a stone, generally black but not always, usually with banded colors in it.

I would have loved to have made the stripes light blue rather than yellow, but I don't have enough of the necessary small plates in that color. I could maybe have done orange, but that would have been too Halloweeny. Blue and red were too dark. White or tan was a possibility, but are not much different from yellow. Black and yellow is tried and true, it's nature's way of warning you (wow, singsong) -- wasps are that color for a reason.

So this would be a destroyer, or a frigate, or a gunship, or a warship or something. Who cares, anyway? The important thing is it's got a lot of guns, and looks menacing.

Two mismatched antennae -- my halfassed nod to asymmetricality. I tell myself that one day I'm going to try to make an asymmetric spacecraft. I don't know if I'll be able to do it. Seriously, it's like an OCD thing. My hands start shaking and I break out in a cold sweat at the thought of building a ship that lacks bilateral symmetry.

So I glance over at my bookshelf as I'm writing this, and my eye falls on a book I bought recently but haven't read yet: Orion Shall Rise, by Poul Anderson. That's not a bad ship name either, I muse. NO!!! Don't even think it! It's three words! DAMN YOU HALO!!!!!

Used bookstores are great. Orion Shall Rise, in hardback, for $1.99. Even if it sucks I can't say I wasted my money.

I've been burned, though. I once bought a used copy of The Thorn Birds, hardback, at a good price. I eventually get around to reading it, it's a nice long book, I get to the end... and fifteen or twenty pages are missing from the last chapter! It was so unexpected, because the book was in fine shape otherwise. I had to wait for it to come in and check it out from the library to find out how the damn thing ended.

And then I'm stuck with this amputated book. I couldn't return it (receipt long gone), I couldn't sell it back (I was so traumatized at the missing pages that I couldn't bear the thought of someone else buying it and having the exact same horrible experience), and I couldn't keep it on my bookshelf. I had to throw it away. Do you know how hard that was? For ME? To throw away a BOOK? It felt like a criminal act, somehow.

It's like throwing away broken Lego pieces. I've done that, but it doesn't come easy either. Your mind says, "No, hang onto it! You never know when it might come in handy! Just use your imagination, there's a use it can be put to!"

Those are speed holes. They make the ship go faster.

And while we're talking books (and my mind is drifting because I'm tired from literally staying up all night building this thing, and my eyes are aimlessly wandering over my bookshelf again), may I recommend Aztec, by Gary Jennings? Great book. You don't need to bother with the sequels.

At least one of the sequels was written by someone else after he died. God, I hate that! Like Gone With the Wind -- another great book, but hey, if Margaret Mitchell wanted you to know if Rhett and Scarlett ever got back together, she'd have written a sequel herself! I will never read that travesty of a sequel some hack put out years ago... I literally scowl every time I see it on a library or bookstore shelf.

If I ever get my book published I think I'll put it in my will that I don't want anyone writing any sequel to it if I die before I can do it myself.

And I want a green burial. No formaldehyde and hermetically sealed lead-lined casket for me. The point of dying is that you decay and the minerals and nutrients that make up your body get naturally recycled back into the Earth. What do you want to try to hang onto them for?

What, we're at the end? Probably a good thing. This crazy train of thought was chugging off towards a weird place anyway.







Comments

Shannon Young
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Cory Mowery
  March 19, 2010
I'd say just tack a wing and engine onto one side and then you've got an ugly star wars videogame-style lopsided spaceship.
Shannon Young
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That LDD Guy
  October 20, 2009
Nice little ship! I finally overcame my bit of OCD about assymetricality (probably not a word) when I built my XWV-5, hated that ever since. Probably not worth it. And the main guns are suckish, maybe I should redesign it, man What was I talking about? oh yeah, nice twist on a common design.
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  May 18, 2009
Impressive microscale ship!
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  May 18, 2009
Wonderful ship! Not sure why I didn't comment on it before...Probably because I was waiting anxiously for MOCtag to launch. =) And since you were on the subject of good books, may I recommend "Battle Lanterns"? No, it has nothing to do with wasps or Halo. Just a good book.
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  April 30, 2009
For us nerds that actually read the Halo novels there were a few ships that had one word names like the "Gettysburg" and the "Iroquois", sorry to ruin your fun...
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  January 31, 2009
I love it! Great job! (and a great tune to boot)
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  May 21, 2008
Good color scheme. It reminds me of the the Gladiator Droid from StarWars: Shadows of the Empire. Awesome cannons too. But the best part is the pointless rambling. That's the best part on any page you make. Keep it up.
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  May 3, 2008
Excellent work Mister Young. You really seem to be developing a knack for micro-space. But when I saw those indented turrets made of gray light saber handles, I almost wanted to rip apart my whole micro-space collection right then and there. God those turrets are awesome....
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  April 26, 2008
You know what, Mr. Young, Onyx is the name of a planet in Halo. It's also the name of a novel: "Ghosts of Onyx" I'm very sorry to break this to you. As for the ship, It's a really nice one. I like to use of the 1x1 hinges behind the bridge, It's a sensor array, right?
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  April 26, 2008
Finally! You hadn't posted anything in a while, so I thought you were in the ground and your minerals being naturally returned to Earth. And a beautiful ship it is! It's got the smae black with yellow trim as Blacktron. Nice work Shannon. Good day
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  April 26, 2008
Awesome, no other word. Someone who has Hand of doom for favorite Sabbath song AND build things like that, it's depressing (too good...lol)
Shannon Young
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George Kemper
  April 25, 2008
WOW thats really cool, I like how its so sleek.
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  April 25, 2008
Okay, you've done the city scape (brilliant) you've done the ships (also brilliant) it's now time for a 1980's G.I. Joe style Home Base. It of course would need micro tanks (like the ones in your "other" little cityscape) and micro fighters and maybe a microsub fleet! I think I just went too far... Later ~ Chris.
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  April 25, 2008
Orion Shall Rise, huh? I don't know. Halo-ish or not, that's a mighty fine name. So you've got the whole wasp look going on...How about a black ship with a big white stripe down the back in honor of Skunk Works (could make for an interesting weapons array, if you know what I mean). Anyway, nice little micro creation, there Mr. Young!
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  April 25, 2008
Slick work. I like the speedholes. I think if you tried medium blue stripes next to the yellow, it would look good. None the less, this turned out nice.
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  April 25, 2008
great ship man. it looks smooth and deadly. come review my mocs
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  April 25, 2008
Very good design, the colors are very menacing. Even if the designs have been used before {seperately}, you did a good job of bringing them together. 5/5
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  April 25, 2008
Wonderfull Mr.Young,the way you can add so much detail and greebling to a micro scale moc inspires me.I think it has a certain Dan Jassim feel to it.Nice job,for a second there I thought it was you-know-what :-)
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  April 25, 2008
Yeah, it's another microscale ship. Keep the thought train going! As for asymmetrical spaceships, I haven't tried it yet, but it doesn't seem that hard. I agree with you about the green burial, though. Or maybe having your cadaver donated to someone who could use it for research or something?
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  April 25, 2008
Asymmetry is completely possible! Both of you need to get out more. The ship is great though; a perfect fit into the classic Homeworld theme.
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  April 25, 2008
I hear that being frozen with liquid N2, then shattered and placed in a biodegradable box; which then can be buried with a tree planted over top is one of the greenest ways to go. The nutrients from your body will feed the tree for some time. Nice ship and I am with you as far as asymmetry goes - not possible. Lee.
 
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