The first of five Dawn Forge builds from the “Zero Hour on Highway 44” collaborative project. I will be posting another one in the next few days. Here are the links to mine and Keith’s Zero Hour postings in case you missed them.
While technically classified as a scout/recon mech, the IGNITION’S versatility and armament makes it suitable for a number of roles, including frontline combat. The primary weapons systems are the six 220 mm rocket tubes and a new, high velocity 35mm autocannon. The new gun and caliber are designed to replace the venerable 55mm round which, while extremely powerful at short ranges, was wildly inaccurate at any significant distance. The high velocity of the new round makes it almost match for the 55mm in terms of sheer power, and far superior at greater distances.
The right shoulder has a hardpoint normally used for mounting communications equipment and sensor arrays (as seen here), but can also mount a third weapons system for straight up combat situations.
OK, you can stop cringing now…I’m done with all the pretend military BS. I’ll just shut up so you can look at the pics.
I have to say I’m pretty satisfied with how the legs turned out. Mechs are all about joints, and this technique really allows for a huge range of movement, yet is easily strong enough to hold poses like this one. There is a "how to" lower down on the page.
Interestingly, I brought four of these guys to Keith’s house for use in the dio but, somehow, I only left with three. Hmm…
Oh yes, the DF is definitely done with windscreens...
Another pic to demonstrate the range of movement available in the legs. Yes, I know the one on the left looks absurd. Work with me people…it’s just a demonstration!
Access hatch, complete with foxy mech pilot…
OK, nice big smile now, hold still aaand…
Darn it, Bob, get out of there!
And of course, the requisite artsy pic.
Here is the breakdown of the leg joints. Obviously, that section on the right slides on to the two black bars, and is pushed snugly into the holes in the technic bricks, with the dishes placed on last. There is another, identical section on the other side that is installed in the same fashion. The dishes are mainly aesthetic in nature and not necessary for the joint to function. On the bottom is a simplified breakdown of the pieces used in the actual joint. Of course, any length technic brick can be used and you can replace the 1x1 bricks with studs on two sides with ones with studs on four sides (Travis bricks) for some really interesting possibilities. I also see potential for this joint system for things like fold out wings on spacecraft etc.
You can also do a reverse version of this with the 1x1 brick with side studs on the inside and the technic bricks on the outside. I actually tried that version when first building this mech, with the dishes flipped, slid on to the bars, and their studs inserted into the technic brick holes. This gives about the same holding power as the first version, and the reversed dishes are actually a little more greebly looking, but not quite as “realistic” looking as the outwardly curved version, IMO.
Also, apparently LEGO makes two slightly different diameter 4L bars, since the black ones I am using here are significantly tighter than other colors I have tried, and add to the holding power of the joint. The looser fit of the smaller diameter bars still works fine, and could easily have supported a mech this size, but I wanted the centers of the hollow studs on the dishes to be black when the leg was assembled.
One word of warning however…this is a stud friction joint with quite a bit of holding power. It easily holds up this mech in any position, and could potentially support something a good deal larger. But since the joint is so tight, I imagine that over time there could be some issues with parts wear to the studs used in the joint and to the technic brick in the middle, especially when using the slightly larger diameter 4L bars. If you are simply displaying your MOCs as opposed to actively playing with them, I can’t imagine having any problems, and I myself have had no issues yet, but I just wanted to mention it before someone accuses me of conspiring to destroy their laygoes.
Another Dawn Forge MOC from the Zero Hour dio in a few days. Until then, thanks for looking.
Hey man, thanks so much for posting the joint tutorial on this mech! I hope you don't mind that I'm attempting to replicate one of your other mechs, the ICON Class Command Mech, and knowing the joint construction has certainly helped! I'm currently piecing the replica in Lego Digital Designer and plan to make a large Pick-A-Brick purchase when I'm finished. You are a superb LEGO designer!!
i love it could you send me instructions for hole thing
I like it
March 3, 2011
These are all amazing. I've had good ideas for mechs and i plan on joining the DF group but i'm terrible at legs..i could seriously use some help with a sort of basic inner frame for the legs or something of the sort.
I'm in HEAVEN!! THe build style is incredible, and the poses are out of this world. Where can I (the average shmuck with an unfortunately tight budget), purchase your beautiful creations??? I also have a Flickr account (same name) if that makes a difference on access... MEP
great mechs. all of them. I'm building an armoured vehicle right now, and Id just like to let you know, you badass creations (FOUNDATION, in particular) are part of the inspiration. Oh also, in regard to your tightness issue with the leg joints: ask sororities around any college campus and you'll learn that the black ones are typically tighter.
Ohh... I get the joint now. Thanks. I really like this mech, just because it seems to have a certain air about it, the air of a agile killing machine. Whether that's the air you were hoping to get, I don't know. Now I'm just mumbling. Nice job. (mumble, mumble, mumble.)
Yup. ditto. I rarely go in for mechs, but this is just amazing. the detail is superb, and exactly right. everything looks exactly as it really would. I only have one complaint, and that is that it looks a bit small for me to go tooling around the city in. Could you build it in say 1:1 scale? we can talk trade later...
I don't know if I should have read your description first but I looked at that leg build for 15 min. working it out, I really enjoyed that, fantastic build I might have a go at mecha because this looks so good. keep it up excellent.
One of the greatest things about your creations Brian is how inspirational they are and how every time after looking at any of your MOCS you force me to pick up lego bricks and build something. Happy MotD
man! if only the Lego company would make you a set designer! these mechs would sell like crazy! who knows, maybe Dawn Forge will be the next big Lego theme. Also, thank you for the how to! I always wondered what kind of hinge you used to do the joints, is it the same for all the mechs? even the really large ones?
I would never have attempted that leg joint myself, due to the issues you mention in that last paragraph about part wear and differences in those bars and whatnot. I think I remember reading somewhere that some of the older lightsaber bars in certain colors were made with a different material, accounting for the variation in tightness. But anyway. Maybe I'll have to rethink the "kid glove" approach I take to my Laygoes. You got some good results forcing the action here.
Well, what can I say that hasnt been said above? It is truly a great build. How many hr did you put into it? Sometime you can build things and it all just flows. And sometimes its just one problem after another. True eh? I would say that this is one of your better builds. Any chance you could post a pic or two of where you build all your moc? If your like me I bet you've got yourself a nice table with all your lego in tubs and sorted by color and type. Anyway.... what you reading this for? Get back to building!!
I like it
April 2, 2009
I LOVE CHICKEN WALKERS! The ammo belt going to the gun is a nice touch, and overall it's hardcore looking and well made.
Excellent work. This is one of the best mechs i´ve ever seen, really nice leg system.
Could you please give me some instructions for your "IGNITION Class Light Mech"? I would really like to build one for myself.
I like it
April 1, 2009
Cool, i like your HALO creations too. You're amazing.
I like it
March 31, 2009
You live to raise the bar. I liked this in the diorama and it looks even better here. Great work. Nice walking pic.
I like it
March 31, 2009
Unfair! Why is it that all the famous guys are the same people that have the most pieces? Oh well, I think that this still beats all of my mocs, combined. (sigh)
The torso doesn't quite look 'Dawn Forge' to me when seen from the front. I like the leg design, and the barrel thing on top is interesting. The chin gun is well made. Plenty of greebles all over the thing, and I like the ammunition feed link. Unlike most, I like the fake military bs, as you call it. You need more of it. That green light on top looks interesting; how is it made? The back of the legs have a very hydraulic look, dunno if that's what you were going for, but if it was I think it came out fine. I have to admit, it looks rather more agile than most of mine. I'm definitely going to have to experiment with the general Locust/Nova leg/torso design in future. Like the artsy pic, and that leg joint design looks very promising; if only I had more of those 1x1 bricks with side studs, you can't have enough of them! I must say that the fact it fits a pilot and the entry/exit method was something of a surprise; downwards opening hatches on mecha is not something I've had a chance to experiment with; my latest project should be a learning experience then. I think I will be using A brick friction joint for the arms, which one depends on the shape the arms end up taking. Full credit if used, of course. However, a moc is always so much more than the sum of its parts, and this one comes together wonderfully. I look fowards to seeing more in this vein.
Amazing little mech, like all your Dawn Forge mechs it looks great. Uhm, by thew way, I think my favorite part are the weapons. Thanks for the last picture (and for the warning), I really like that way of leg constrcution. I think I´m going to create a mech of that scale, too.
I like it
March 29, 2009
So cool the detail is amazing.-George
Kevin Small -=Raptor=-
March 29, 2009
Awsome work as always. Its pretty much flawless,the size,detail, and the way you made the legs all very awsome...Cant wait to see some more mechs.
Fantastic. As everyone else has noted, the legs are great. Also, (as has already been noted) the ammo belt is a great innovative biece of work. and I personally like the overall shape as well as the range of balanced movement. I look forward to your next one very much. Keep on building ~ Nowhereman
Is he doing the "I gotta go" dance in the third picture? Thanks for the tutorial on the legs, maybe now I can attempt a "half" decent mech at some point. You need to do a tutorial on the upper body for me to be able to attempt more than half. Lookin' forward to the next one! ~ Chris.
As always, your mech is amazing. Smooth and angular, yet retaining the same level of detail as on your other DF works in a much smaller scale. The jointing tactic is great, I've been needing something that supports weight in a compact size.