This month's entry to the BCBS with a Matoran Strike theme.
About this creation
Name: Parrin Race: Matoran Species: Po-Matoran Kanohi: Rau (Powerless) Element(s): Stone (Innert) Tools(s): Hooked Scythe, Weighted Net Status: Alive Bio:
Parrin was, like many Matoran, swept up in Makuta's reign of terror, but escaped thanks to the work of Artakha's 7 Toa of Light and began life anew in the Marras. Having no useful skills nor belongings, he turned to a life of a wandering vagabond in Po-Marras, sometimes illiciting trade on items found in the desert on the Black Market.
Along with the lives lost in the war against Makuta, many Matoran were maimed in some way; Parrin was no different. He was lucky to have been given his left prosthetic by Artakha like many others when he did, or life in the desert would have been a perilious one. Not to say that it isn't.
The Vorox and Bonehunters are some of the constant problems that Parrin faces in Po-Marras. Not one to settle down, he avoids most villages and outposts, utilizing a dirty cape for camoflauge when he sleeps. He has wandered for many years...perhaps, too long...
Now, onto the MOC!
I'm sure the first thing you notice here is the Cape. It looks FANTASTIC, and I made it myself. It's pretty much a result of me getting these two saddle peices a while back; they resembled something like rippling fabric and I figured I could use them as shoulder pads for a cape-n-cowl mix, though it's a bit lighter than I would have liked.
Here he is without the cape so you can see more of the details and greebling I worked hard on.
It all started with the torso. Although I bit bulkier than the proportions would make it, I really wanted to try a technique I saw HERE (The Ribbed Sides) and thought I'd try it out as a sort of vest of armor or something.
More back greebling. You can see I also incorporated a lot of black into the color scheme. It's more of an artistic flare than anything else, and it matches the vest so nicely.
He's a bit tall at 17cm, but compared to Aridike, he's still Matoran sized. (I think I'll be keeping to that sort of scale for most of my builds; it's just a touch larger than a modern Toa)
Aridike: "Hehe, yeah, he's still a bit of a shortie. No worries, right Vorred?"
Parrin: "HEY! Don't you touch me!!"
Aridike: "GAH! My face!"
Parrin: "Come any closer and I'll cut you, man! I mean it!!"
I think the real achievement in this MOC is obvious: the cape. As such, I documented my making of it for all to enjoy!
Step 1: Cut out the shape of your cape from an old shirt.
I used a 100% cotton undershirt and outlined the image before I cut it out. For a lighter colored result, use a white shirt (like mine), but concievably, a grey shirt would give you a darker color.
Here was the shape of my cape; a wide back portion and a wrap-up scarf and cowl portion for the front.
Step 2: Confirm your cape's size.
I just liked to make sure that what I was dying was going to be the right shape, which it was on the first go.
Step 3: Mix up the dye and apply it to the cloth.
For my mix, I used a combination of water, a bit of vinegar, and a LOT of cocoa powder rubbed in very well into the fabric. Afterwards, because it was still wet, I put it in the Microwave for about a minute and a half. Made the color stay 'cooked' in, if you will, and dried it out nicely. The color was a bit light, but I'm happy with the results.
Step 4: Allow fabric to dry completely (4-5 hours) and cut out holes (Optional)
Because I wanted that "raggedy" look to it, I took the cloth after it was completely dry, pinched the cloth in a few areas, and cut the holes you see in it. The magic is in the details.
And Ta-Dah! A magnificent cape and cowl!
More BARON's Notes:
I would just like to take a moment to thank Nathan for organizing the BCBS like he did. It's a great and structured group with contests which keep me building. I've got a lot that's going to be on my plate (school, my next Transformer WIP, etc) so I won't be able to really build and post a lot in the upcoming months, but I have so far found the time to commit an entry to every BCBS round thusfar. Keeps me on my toes, I guess. Anyway, props, bro. I may not be very active, but I'm always building.
Well! Hope you enjoy!
Wish me luck in the BCBS!
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