If you’ve been watching MOCpages this summer, you will realize that this is a spoof on Michael Rutherford’s war game, Decisive Action. I don’t mean to disrespect the worthy group with this page; I would have entered myself if I had the time and any knowledge of tank-building. Enjoy, and please tell me what you think (especially if it can help me do better work in the future.)
About this creation
Random Trivia: If I was to enter this into Decisive Action, I believe it would be specifications-accurate: five soldiers without vehicles and no more equipment than they can carry photographed against a plain brick wall.
Your ratings and comments are appreciated- they don’t affect the survival of my country, but I sure like them! Most importantly, I need constructive criticism. What needs to change is more important to me than what already looks good, so please help the resident MOCer of Castle Spathens become better at his trade.
[Unofficial] Territory Name: UA (United Anarchists)
[Unofficial] Territory Motto: Out of many, many.
[Unofficial] Territory Description: UA is the richest country per-capita in the world, and is located on an artificial island covered with mansions and expensive landscaping. Its eighty-seven inhabitants typically have a reason for living in this unrecognized civilization, ranging from the complete lack of taxes to agoraphobia to disputes with the law in other lands. There is no government, but the citizens can still band together in hard times such as Decisive Action’s World War III. Now for the squad:
The four armor suits without their… er, pilots (Four? Hold on, aren’t there supposed to be five? Shh! More about that later).
UA1, or the “Tinker II” battle armor, is the second such suit to be constructed in the UA. It operates at eight Troll-Power, meaning it has the strength to throw a school bus across a football field, has modifications for desert warfare, and is equipped with an arm-mounted laser.
UA2, or the “Stiletto” battle armor, is the third of its kind. It operates at a measly four Troll-Power, yet carries the same stealth equipment as the most advanced fighter-bomber and has a built-in vibration-dampening system for perfect silence… and perfect aim.
UA3, or the “Big White Suit” battle armor, is the largest, strongest, and fourth in the line, one-third of a brick taller and two Troll-Powers stronger than UA1. It is built for arctic and sub-arctic warfare, but works well practically anywhere.
UA4, or “Scorch,” is the weapon of choice for a pyromaniac. Basically, it’s an eight-Troll-Power flamethrower built into an intelligent body. Needless to say, it has built-in oxygen tanks and is extremely resistant to heat.
Now we get to see them all together, complete with “pilots,” as well as the team surgeon-mechanic. Despite appearances, the armored soldiers are arranged in height order.
Squad Leader: General Raoul Jordan, Dux Bellorum of the UA
Jordan was once a member of the most powerful army in the world, one that supported democratic and capitalist ends around the world (although many argued the order of priorities). In a twenty-six year career, he worked his way from a private in the infantry to the position of general, but was mortally wounded in a car accident at home in the U… er, in that one country.
His body was put in cryogenic sleep and later restructured to fit the Tinker II armor by his niece, Doctor J. He now commands the five-person army of the UA with alacrity.
Fun Fact: Only the organs required for the maintenance of the brain and personality are carried over into the UA’s armor suits to maximize efficiency. Even the heart and lungs are replaced with mechanical apparati. Eugh….
Squad Sniper: Her Excellency Abigail Carson
Carson is the only person to be born in the UA, and is very devoted to her homeland. Before the war, she lived a somewhat isolated life of luxury as a wealthy heiress whose hobbies included marksmanship and ninjitsu as well as golf and chemistry, although she always thought of herself as a pacifist.
Obviously, she changed her philosophy. With the unique abilities of the UA2 armor and her custom rifle, she is a perfect battlefield ninja and can down low-flying drones with a single perfect shot.
Fun Fact: The UA armor makes use of really tough sci-fi plating and fancy energy-crystal batteries to make its warriors practically invulnerable as well as freakishly strong.
Squad Pilot: “That Guy” John Smith
Little is known about the man called John Smith and what events led him to touch down on the UA’s airstrip with half a billion dollars’ worth of gold and a stolen cargo plane, but his experiences suggest that he spent time working for a research base in Antarctica. It is likely that Interpol would have expatriated him from his new home if the war had not obliterated all feelings of international cooperation.
Despite whatever mistakes he made in the past, Smith does his best to atone for them with absolute self-sacrifice to the UA. He is also in charge of creating a national air force.
Fun Fact: UA armor uses fiber-optics, powerful encryptions, micro-computer technology, and electro-magnetic pulse protection to make its soldiers not only the toughest on the field, but also the smartest and safest.
Squad Scary-Man: Lord Hector Kedalv
Lord Kedalv disdains the fanciful titles of his neighbors (Dux Bellorum Jordan, Her Excellency Carson), claiming that he can trace his bloodline back to the US Civil War, the US Revolutionary War, the War of the Roses, the Norman Conquest, the Fall of the Roman Empire, and the rise of Julius Caesar. It seems that international violence is an important part of Kedalv history.
Kedalv fled his last estate due to numerous charges of arson. Armed with gallons of napalm and propellant as well as a grenade launcher, he has done his best to stretch his rap sheet.
Fun Fact: Even the faces on the UA armor suits are the results of plastic surgery performed over an armor-plated artificial skull. The soldiers dearly hope that their doctor knows how to put their bodies back together when the war ends.
Squad Medic: Doctor J.
The use of the technology required to build an army like that of the UA is illegal under countless international laws. Unfortunately, the UN no longer exists, so people like Doctor J. can do what they want. The surgeon-mechanic and co-creator of the UA armor series assembled the suits with the help of her psychotic ex-boyfriend, Tinker I.
After her partner left the UA, she surgically transferred the pilots over with what she remembered from high school biology, some high-tech medical machinery, and a little help from the Internet.
Fun Fact: The UA standard armor-plating is a substance called ABS, or “Amazingly Bulletproof Stuff”. It always goes back together.
You’ve seen the troops, so you can now give me feedback (if you want to, of course). There will be more Indecisive Action builds in the future, at least some of which will be attached to my normal and Lands of Mythron MOCs, so keep watching. Here’s a spoiler: UA uses weaponry that actually fires. Now that the important stuff is over, I’m going to write 358 words that you don’t have to read about the design, structure, and history of the UA midi-figures.
The body works well as its own blueprint: My UA soldiers are built around a 1x1 brick with studs on five of its sides, rotated 45 degrees in relation to the direction of the body with its top stud facing down. The shoulders, typically 1x1 plates with the two-studded ring on the end, are attached to the back while cheese-wedges are placed on the front for armor. More often than not, a 1x1 plate or tooth piece acts as a spacer to broaden the shoulders and increase the midi-figure’s range of motion. I use Technic pins for the necks. Working down from the chest, a 1x1 clip is affixed to the downward-facing stud of the central brick, and another 1x1 plate-with-a-two-studded-ring forms the lower body and hips. The rest is easily visible.
All of these soldiers are quite flexible for their size, but the same clip-to-clip jointing technology that gives them this freedom of movement makes them slightly delicate. Fortunately, this doesn’t really matter because the camera can’t see the complicated posing that goes on between the shots.
I started with an attempt to make a bird, which morphed into an angel/knight, which was scrapped after the rise of Tinker I, a wasteland warrior armed with vicious blades and a bit of depravity (There were also several dark-colored midi-figures, including a black knight and Death, in-between.). I then attempted to resurrect the original, white-and-gold midi-figure with working legs rather than a solid “dress”, but ended up with Kedalv instead. His angular and more compact armor influenced my re-vamp of Tinker (with its new face and “pilot” personality). The Kedalv cheese-wedge breastplate became the norm, and the shoulder caps were added to Tinker II. Both of these features as well as the blocky lower-legs were incorporated into the Big White Suit. The Stiletto armor carries only the breastplate design over from Kedalv; the limbs and hood are throwbacks to my attempt to create Death, and they look very good to my eyes. Unfortunately, I suffer from artistic blindness and cannot always see the flaws in my own creation until weeks or months later, so I crave your constructive criticism.