Built for the 2010 Mech Contest, in the Steampunk Category. I have boldly gone where no other builder in the group has gone, and submitted a Frogscale Mech. The Amphibian Has Landed.
About this creation
Final Score: 15/20
Shortly after the Frogs developed true sentience, they created the idea of Politics. With the use of this new idea, they founded nations. With these nations, they fought wars, debated theology, and had drawn out discussions on the morality of invading one another over tea and biscuits. Eventually, they got around to making the wheel.
Now, of these nations, one of the fastest to advance was Frogsylvania. Frogsylvania was the first to develop Steam Power, which would eventually sweep across the planet in a wave of top hats and odd goggles. With this new power, they could finally abolish Chivalry, which had gotten rather old and kept forgetting where it left it's common sense. It remembered it was with the keys, but that's about it. However, while Chivalry may have finally died off (Interesting story there, it had actually been dead for years. It's just that noone found this out until they actually got around to visiting it), the concept of being a Knight had not. Being a Knight meant one had priveleges, and was somehow special. Afterall, the only thing that gains more instantaneous respect than a frog with a suit of armor and large pointy object is a main in suit of armor with a large pointy object who has the Government's backing. Now, as you can imagine, the Government didn't really care. The Prime Dicatator For Life made the mistake of saying that 'Any idiot in a can can be a knight, so long as they bring their own bloody can.' Now, this may not seem important, but at this point I would like to note that whatever the PDFL states becomes law. The ensuing rush of Frogs in suits of Power Armor and Mecha Suits overwhelmed the Bureau of Military and Barbershop Organization Bureau in a matter of hours. In fact, the country's standing army became composed entirely of the new fangled Mecha Knights. After about a year of this, the frog knights realized something: If everyone is a knight, then what makes it so special? At this point, each of them abandoned his post and every one of the new industries that had sprung up to try and profit from the Knight Boom instantly collapsed. Frogsylvania's economy proceeded to collapse, and it was invaded by its neighbors, Frogvietistan, who really hated what all the anarchy was doing to their property values.
Now that you have an idea of what the Frog Knight's history is like, we can start with the most famous of the suit designs: The Froggleston Herring MkV Axe Suit.
The suit is famous, not only for it's golden faceplate, but for it's large and pointy axe.
As you can clearly see, the suit is almost as tall as the Axe.
The MkV makes use of a tripoint water displacement field to power the Steam-O-Matic boiler system, which converts water to steam using a loophole in reality, in which the potential psychich powers of a single newt are utilized. It is a known fact that if a newt believes something can happen, then it will. No one is quite sure if this theory is correct, but it seems to work.
An interesting design feature of the suit is that it's feet resemble boots. This has absolutely no importance to the design, but is an interesting fact.
The faceplate is also the entrance point. It lifts up to allow the pilot to enter and exit at will. Typically, there's a step ladder or something for the pilot to get out on. Also, there is a nice little view port that the pilot has to constantly keep his eyes on. More suits have been lost because they wandered in front of a passing carriage or off a cliff due to the pilot being distracted than to an actual enemy.
The MkV is also the first of it's kind to utilize flexible arms. They turned at a remarkable 5 different locations to allow unprecedented flexiblity. This did not, however, apply to the legs. They still moved like a frog with casts on all four of its legs.
Here we see a MkV posing patriotically with the Frogsylvanian Flag (Fun Fact: There is at least one nation in every universe that has a flag similiar to this one)
In Parting: Sorry about how long the story was. I was on a roll and having a blast. Hope you like it!
Cutesy! (As cute as a frog-piloted super steampunk killing mecha can get.) The use of pieces here is extraordinary! The feet are my favorite parts. Not sure why, but I just love their look. What piece did you use for the golden faceplate? Some kind of bionicle mask/shoulder piece, I assume.
why is it almost all off your froggie creations ave a tendencey to do 1 of the following explode,break,dissappear unexplicabily,be conntrolled by slaves, or have a instrumint of tourture somewhere on it?
I love the use of the armor piece for the head! Great, ten times better than the stuff I have been doing recently.
I like it
Dr. HappyBaboon [:-)
April 7, 2010
The newt theory is absolutely correct! In my evil scientist experiments that focus on extreme cruelty to animals, I have discovered that if you threaten a newt enough, he will believe almost anything! I told him to believe that he could fly, and what do you know, he could! Right into the ceiling fan! Oh well, keep on brickin'!
Thanks guys! It's great to know that all those times this thing exploded on me payed off! (Seriously, if you mess with the arms at all, there's a good chance the entire 'body' section could split into three neat little sections. Then the faceplate would come off.)
@Mr. Rahkshi8000 and Mister Bones: Yeah, I can see how... I'm sticking by my belief that 'clockpunk' is a subtheme of Steampunk though. I'll stick closer to the category description next time though.
@000: It's my new favorite Bionicle part.
@Flare: Thank you, your sentiments are appreciated!
@Shifu: You can say that again! Well, except the Debt Collectors, of course. It costs some serious money to build your own mech suit.
@Dr. Happybaboon: Excellent! Now that we have the verification of an outside source, we can push for more funding!
@Matthew: Thanks, I'm glad you like it! Those telephone pieces are one of my favorite techiniques for limbs.
@John: I think that's the defining feature here. The entire design hinged on that one point.
@Garth: The arm technique from hopeso 009 works out fantastically.
Wow, that was a long one...
well i, for one, absolutely love it. you made it look steampunk without many pieces. that, to me, says you've got skills. I love the piece you used for the head - it really ties in the whole thing. Also, using those telephone pieces for the lower legs was a stroke of genius. I'm going to have to give you 5 pts here - this is exactly what i was hoping to see