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Tracker and Ice Bull: BZpower Contest #69 Entry
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Here's a few 'better' photos of my entry for the BBC #69 contest. These were pretty rushed, and I might revist this page with updated pics if I ever find the time.

The criteria was to recreate an existing Bionicle character from the original storyline, and build it in the "Generation 2 style."

Thus, I chose Tracker. He and his bull were one of the Fanmade creations in that Dark Hunters Contest, all the way back in 2005.

I usually avoid CCBS entirely in my creations, not just because I don’t have much of it, so this was an experience that I found educational and it’s one I’m glad to have had.

Contest entry link is here.


As Tracker was originally a fan-made creation, I did take the liberty of refining some aspects of them to a greater degree than most others have; both so that they better reflect their core characteristics and so their construction is brought to the modern standard somewhat – something I’ll admit the CCB System is capable of doing very nicely.

I quite like the contrast that both figures have. Tracker's a hulking, marauding, intimidating beast-man, while the Ice Bull is lean, small, unassuming, and definitely has that 'cute' factor. Yet I think that's great! After all, Tracker is the Dark hunter - the Bull's just the poor thing who follows in his steps.



Ice bull?

You misunderstand.

It is an Ice Bull-Dog.



His bull really is more than just the bull that we mere mortals on this earth are familiar with. One: It is of floopin ICE, hence my applications to his tail, neck-scruff and hooves.

Two: From his status as a ‘pet’ that I’d imagine would do his fair share of sniffing, listening and hunting, it would be more sensible for him to be a dog rather than a bull.

And thus: He is an Ice BullDog.



At core he’s still a bull: he’s got his horns and his hooves, and I tried to make him barrel-chested and thick around his forward section. But at the same time I pressed myself to keep his entirety compact and athletic, and spun some canine elements into his construction. And in my opinion the head is way more dog than bull, even with the horns.

A Cryo Can-Bov-ine. With Mixel eyes. We have those, right?



"Food, pweese?"

He speaks telepathically, in a means not unlike that of the Rover of our mortal world.



And here's his Master. While I'm really happy with some aspects like his head, lower torso, upper back and legs, I regret that some other parts are pretty junky and hand-waved over.





Tracker is at core a humanoid, but one who I tried to make animalistic and bestial. Aspects such as a flanderized upper torso (as he was described as ‘Tremendously strong’), long ‘chicken legs’ (hey, if his knees were inverted, that’s free licence for ‘chicken legs’ to become, amirite? ;) ) and a reworked head were the main things I tried to incorporate in order to suggest that.

Though it’s not that obvious from the photos, I used CCBS bones and torsos quite heavily in his ‘skeleton’. I quite like the control over proportions and angles that the bones can give without omitting structural integrity. Eh, to a degree, anyway. :P



I refined his colour scheme to Gunmetal, black and dark grey, as I found that those are the ones that were the most dominant on the original. I think a sometimes massive part of conserving a Bionicle’s identity really comes with conserving significant parts, and thus I kept bits like the gunmetal Rahkshi shells, his ‘claw and two-bladed sword’, and the Guurahk spines, although I admit that I invoked a bit of creative flair with a few of them. He's has a few more Gen-1 Bionicle pieces than I would have liked, but if I count the 'bones' that I used heavily it actually works out to a 50-50-ish ratio. ^_^



Think of him as an armoured gorilla-satyr who happens to be a professional killer. Scary.



A better shot of the 'Chicken-Legs'.



Cannon. I wasn't really sure what the random Vorahk staff-heads were, so I decided to make it an arm-cannon of sorts.




His head by itself. I wasn't happy with the original head, and I didn't want to slap the Guurahk spines on his tummy. So I guess this is two birds with one stone.

I really have to use this configuration on another MOC sometime - I reckon using the Vorahk and Panrahk spines in particular would look pretty rebel.



Psst.. I'm not supposed to do too much of this, but if you happen to be a member of BZpower I'd really appreciate a vote on my entry. I'm not exactly 100% thrilled with my own effort, but I reckon these guys could have the means to get to the front of the pack - it's a relatively small competition.

EDIT: I lost. I didn't mind losing at all, except that I came third in my pool behind a Hakaan that I really didn't think was all that great. Ah well, I'll be better for next time.

Comments and Criticsm welcome, both here and there. :)




Comments

 I like it 
  March 21, 2015
This is awesome
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  March 19, 2015
Kickass entry.
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Awesome!
 I made it 
  February 23, 2015
Thank you all! :)
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
I love how the goofy Ice Bull contrasts so heavily with his serious master. Excellent work, my friend!
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Like I said over on FB and Flickr, this is amazing.
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  February 23, 2015
I have a lot of confidence that you will be the winner :)
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  February 23, 2015
Not one of my Favorite builders? That's about to change. Incredible work! Don't you just love gunmetal grey?
 
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