Five years on the Pages! And The Cult's been moving along at a snail's pace for four of those years...
About this creation
Well dang, half a decade on MOCpages! I love this site tons, and I am building as much as ever, though my very sharp decrease in activity in recent times makes it look as though I am in somewhat of a Dark Age. Shout out to the epic community here that is the main reason I build so much better than I used to. I was going to go all nostalgic but nobody likes to read that stuff, so here's some music* and a MOC! - Justin
Head. It's not perfect, but this is definitely one of my favorite, if not my favoritest, part of this MOC.
Body overview. If I was to name a genre for this guy I would say probably cyberpunk.
The tail/antenna. This part took a while to figure out. All told I probably spent 4-5 hours on this MOC over two days.
Close-up of the missile launchers. I don't like how they look stuck on to Lupus rather than being a part of it.
The missiles. A hundred pounds of face-melting ordinance.
The spine. This connects the robot's head to the antenna. Lupus is remotely controlled, and receives commands from the antenna. If the spine is severed then Lupus will automatically shut down until the spine is repaired.
The face. Took some work to get this just right, and while it doesn't resemble a real wolf perfectly it fits the sort of mechanical/futuristic genre of the MOC.
Lupus Prime stalking its prey. The legs are highly posable, as are the neck and tail.
Looks like it's found something. If I could change one thing about this MOC it would be the boxiness of the body.
A negative shot of Lupus.
A little nature diorama for Lupus Prime. I like the tree root personally.
Head-on view. This shot is a lot darker than the other ones for some reason...
View from the left side. Overall I'm extremely happy with how this turned out. I love robots/mechs...
Parting artsy-ish shot. Lupus looks so epic stalking its targets...
So now that that's done, I thought I would review my best MOC's (IMO) from the past four years (2010-2014). There's actually five creations, since technically 2010 is the end of year zero, making 2011 the end of year one, 2012 the end of year two, 2013 the end of year three, and 2014 the end of year four. I don't know if other people calculate MOCiversary's the same way but that's the way I do mine.
2010:Steampunk Tank I really like this MOC even today, though looking back there are lots of flaws with its design, like the very flat, unrealistic turret and the main gun itself. In addition, the photos are dark and somewhat blurry. However, this was my most popular MOC back in 2010, and as an 11-year-old new to MOCpages it was pretty exciting to see this up to 3 likes.
2011:Steambot During my first two years on MOCpages I fell in love with steampunk, and I still am a huge fan of the genre. I became pretty OK at making steampunk MOC's, as evidenced by the fact that two of my most popular MOC's at the time were both steampunk creations. I like the overall aesthetic of Steambot and even made an updated version, Steambot Reborn, a couple months ago.
2012:Subway Mishap In some ways this was a pretty embarrassing MOC, mainly because it showed my complete ignorance of everything Marvel and DC. However, from a technical aspect this was another first for me, with some unique lighting techniques and LEGO techniques. It wasn't very well designed for advancing in the competition, but as a MOC I love it.
2013: Shrine of Equality My build skill really started improving in 2013. In 2012 I made a lot of clean builds that were decently well presented, but 2013 when I started making actually nice MOC's, though of course nowhere near the caliber of today's popular TFOL's like Halhi and DFNJ. I still love the simplicity of its white and green color scheme, and I am still trying for that unreachable advance to Round 2 of the MOCOlympics.
2014:Once Upon a Telephone Pole Looking back the presentation of this MOC wasn't very good, with too many confusing detail shots and not enough zoomed-out shots for people to actually see what was going on. The clearest shots of the action are the last two. Still, since I saw and built this MOC in person, it is still a good MOC to me, with more innovative techniques (like cheese wedge rivers).
A big thanks to everyone who contributed to make these five years awesome. I'm looking forward to five more years at least on MOCpages to make my presence here a full decade. I've got a lot of big builds planned for the future, and my aspirations are as high as ever. Till next time! - Justin Li