It's been a long road... Getting from there to here...
Two and a half years ago, I first made Hub and uploaded pictures of him to MOCpages. I was terrible at mechas back then. But, over the course of those next two and a half years, I got better at it. I talents for mecha building improved in a significantly noticeable fashion.... Right?
No. Not at all. Two and a half years later, I finally admit it. I haven't improved one bit. Sure, Hub looks better. Sure, the Mikana and Izanami were pretty sweet. But, ultimately, my skills were still at square one. You can take an old Camry and put a 2012 Aston Martin shell on it but it's still an old Camry. It looks nicer but it's still the same old car with the same old limitations. Same principle here. The armor looked nicer, sure, but the Mobile Armor System was still the same: bulky, inflexible, badly designed, and not particularly playable.
You know perfectly well that you can't pose a Mobile Armor System very easily or dynamically. You know perfectly well that a MAS's torso can't bend and freely rotates on a single axle. Simply put, the design was, is, and forever would be flawed. I just never wanted to believe it. Or, at least, never wanted to care.
But, after staring at the half-completed Zetkaizer, I began to realize something. In deviating severely from my building style to create it, I had stumbled across something beautiful... better....
So, finally, I decided to bite the bullet and start all over. As Steppenwolf put it, "it's never too late to start all over again" and I owed it to myself and to Hub to make things right.
As things always are, this is a WIP that's far from finished but I wanted to show it off anyway. Without further diatribe-y ado, here's a sneak preview of NS-MAS-01 Hub:
No, I haven't taken the old Hub apart. I never will. He's nostalgic as well as a symbol of my failure. I did, however, rip apart Izanami and DaiVariON Zero for parts. Izanami took a spill some time ago and I never cared to repair her because I didn't like her anymore. DaiVariON was still awesome but I knew I'd never get it working right so I may as well put the parts to better use.
The redesigned torso is going to be slimmer and sleeker. I still am terrible at hatches and am not particularly fond of the squarish cockpit but I'll keep it for now. If anybody has any good tutorials for sleeker cockpits (that aren't AEGAKS pilot blocks, of course), send 'em my way.
The pelvis and thighs are a lot sleeker. They almost feel Cybody-esque and I love it.
... Yeah, I modified Izanami's head and reused it.
I modified and reused the core pack as well. You'll notice the thighs are completely symmetrical front to back. I like that look. It feels better.
Look, ma! I have a torso joint now!
Funnily enough, the frame all MAS units were originally based off of had one of these but I never included it in Hub because I lacked the parts and merely kept it that way ever since. It's not a perfect joint but it does add much more mobility. It will be the ONLY click joint in the MAS skeleton and yes, you can rotate the torso still too.
Why is it that I ALWAYS have only enough parts for just a single leg? Well, regardless, ti's a damn fine leg. The protrusion in front of the knee joint guard is the redesigned knee blazer that Hub had since Spec3. The fin in pack is purely stylistic.
Note that the leg is symmetrical so the unseen side is completely identical.
What happened to the jump-jet/stabilizer? Gone. Couldn't figure a nice way to integrate them anyway.
The foot is based off Rabid Goldfish's AEGAKS feet, modified to be pseudo-Gundam-y. The front of the feet can actually spread apart into "toes" for better footing on broken ground.
The MAS units were always categorized as Super Robots which gives a good defense to their slow and bulky design. They can take heavy hits and dish out heavier ones.
The New Series MAS units are more of "Hybrid Real Robots". They can still tank anything and dish out the hurt, but they can also gracefully leap and bound across the battlefield like an Evangelion or Cybody.
Yes, you can tell the proportions might be off but the're not intended to be 100% perfect in terms of humanoid proportion.
So... thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? I will take all suggestions to heart as I intend to make the Mobile Armor System the best they can truly be. :)
Maybe I dramatized the MOC a bit. Writing and thinking in the wee hours of the morning can do that to you. Really, all I'm trying to get at is that my MAS units had flaws that I could have fixed at any time but never even bothered to. LEGO is about experimentation. It's about seeing how parts can fit together to make new things. I wasn't doing that. I was just slapping newer and better armor on the same old skeleton. So, I'm fixing that. I'm rebuilding the MAS from the ground up. From complete scratch. Sometimes, you just have to slap yourself in the face and say "You're better than this!". After all, if I didn't, I wouldn't have started work on such a beautiful new MAS design. I can't use LDD so there's no way I can get you an LDD file. However, I can post a tutorial in the next WIP update which will also show off the NS-MAS arm design and show the leg attached to the thigh. I won't tear Super/STARDRIVE/Genesic/Original Hub apart. If anything, it's because I want to be able to compare them side-by-side and have a visual reference of what needs improved. Also, I have this awesome G Gundam-esque diorama in mind that requires both of them.
First of all, don't push yourself that hard. You're a very skilled mech builder and I always envied your creations. See, you have your own style as I don't (my best creations are AEGAKS...). And there is absolutely nothing wrong with the new creations being just upgrades of the previous models and not entirely new ones. IGNIS was mounted over Kyrius frame, which reused Omnia legs, that used Ronin style... and every creation got different reviews, so cheer up my good fellow. About your NS-MAS-01 Hub: The hip and thighs are the most beautiful around. Make me a LDD file please? The torso is awesome and don't worry about being blocky: it's clean and that's what matters. The legs seems very awesome but I'd like to see it attached to the knee. Tear the hub abart for pieces, it's still imortalized here anyways and will serve a greater purpose. Good to see you're alive man! Keep the good work!