A cute little artillery rover with an incredibly lame pun for a name. It'll fit right in with the rest of my stuff.
About this creation
This little machine was the result of me attempting to build a non-militarized exploration rover. Does this mean I have no future in a non-wartime economy? Probably. So now that I've explained how it came to be and pondered my potential future, I'll give you the backstory you probably weren't waiting for:
The CSV-42 (Colonial Support Vehicle 42) first saw action in the Frogdoran Uprising, where it was used to lay waste to sectors of jungle, and to bombard know Mon'key settlements. However, it performed poorly in the thick jungle environments as it was too bulky to easily traverse the terrain. Shortly afterwards this model was downgraded to Colonial Security (in place of Colonial Suppression) and sent to the planet Mars (Named after the Frog god of Chocolate Candies). Mars was a desert world, where the Frogs were mining raw chocolate in the mountains using monkey slaves. After some time, the monkey slaves held a revolt. The CSV-42 was then used to dig them out of their desert strongholds. During it's brief usage on Mars, it gained many nicknames including 'Peace Maker', 'Crater Collapser', 'Bunker Buster', and 'Big Kaboom'. The only one that stuck was 'Piece Maker', as the other ones were already overused. After it's successful run, Colonial High Command realized the Piece Maker wasn't useless, they'd just been using it wrong. To this day it continues to rain fiery death on unsuspecting rebels on flatter planets across the galaxy.
Not one of my better backstories, but it works.
Now, I'd like to note that this craft was heavily inspired by Nnenn's land craft. Most notably this. I didn't realize I'd basically copied his design until I looked at the finished product. Subliminal Design Theft? Possibly. And since this is basically his design done by me, I'd like to dedicate it to him.
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Sorry about that folks, I'll move on with the commentary now.
The front of our whimsical little rover. What's this you say? Overcompensation? No sir, I assure you this is just run-of-the-mill overkill.
As is the comms suite. While this could be a accomplished with one antennae and one satellite dish to link up with the satellites, it's much more fun to have at least two brightly colored and seemingly useless antennae.
Yes, I do realize I missed out on the perfect opportunity here. That aside, I have no idea what this section is supposed to do. I guess this is where you load your laser ammunition things. I just work here man.
I'd like to give a big shout out to Matt David, for providing the prize that allowed me to get this wonderful trans-clear dome. Here's to you, Matt! And I promise that as soon as I can come up with a vehicle that'll hold multiple frogs, I'll put the new ones to work.
By the gods of all things turntabled, I command thee to rotate!
Does anyone have any tips on photographing trans-clear elements like this? I'm really having trouble with the brightness. It's either too bright, and the reflections make it look foggy, or the entire picture is too dark.
And now we get into the nitty-gritty greeblage! My favorite part! I'd like to take a moment of silence for all the poor minifigs (And that monkey) who gave their hands for my greeblage.
And now you get the pic.
And now we're back to the pointless antennae and overkill equipment! It does... Tech-y stuff. The engineering behind all this escapes me at the moment, but it should work it you put stuff in there.
Yes folks, I made sure my rover had one of those blasted boiler things I love to stick everywhere. Trust me, if I had enough of them I could probably convert the world to Steam Power. In lego form. All I'd need was a couple rolls of duct tape.
This is HANSL, the Heavy Artillery Navigatory Satellite Linkup. It's pronounced Hansel.
Like I said earlier, many minifigs gave their hands for this MOC.
And lastly, we have my fragile-as-wet-tissue-paper wheel connection. Trust me, this is NOT a good solution. It looks technical and kind of cool, but it can't hold the tires on, and they shift and turn... Just believe me on this one.
Thank you for looking, and please let me know what you think!
Fourth Wall: I'm really very sorry to those of you who looked over this without the commentary and had to deal with my short little paragraph of whining. I'm usually a very placid and easy going person, the multiple failures just completely unhinged me last night. As an apology, please accept this picture of a cat apologizing for me:
@Jason: You forgot the tiny pilot ;) I'm sure it's a fortune in maintenance though, every time I try to move the thing it falls apart. I can't imagine having to deal with that in a war zone!
@Jonathan: Actually, Frogspace was created here:
I just really enjoy the idea of frogs being used in place of minifigs. And it also has its own flickr group.