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the Hydra
An Ugly for the FBTB Ugly Contest
About this creation
Backstory:

Children of politicians will tell you it is difficult growing up in their famous parent’s shadow. For Poggle the Terrible, it was especially difficult. Poggle was the last son born to Poggle the Lesser (on Geonosis, it was usually the last son rather than the first who claimed heredity rights and was named after the father), born just a few days after the famed Battle of Geonosis in which many males of his planet, including all his older male siblings, perished. The debacle over joining forces with Count Dooku nearly destroyed the planet, and Poggle the Lesser’s name was dishonored for decades. Poggle the Terrible was actually born Poggle the Last, a cruel joke by his mother intended to further dishonor her husband by terminating the Poggle name forever.

Poggle the Last endured many taunts and humiliations throughout his childhood. Often dubbed Poggle the Least, he grew a tough skin and a hard heart. He was known to be especially cruel to small animals and creatures he happened upon while wandering alone. And of course he dreamed- of leaving Geonosis, of reclaiming his dignity, of becoming a fierce warrior, of revenge! Though his mother’s slaves begged him otherwise, Poggle was allowed to learn to fly and how to fight. His tutors both feared him and praised him, as Poggle put every effort into his schooling. When he could out-fight and out-pilot his teachers, he ran away, taking all the money his mother had left in the world and never looking back.

Poggle adopted the name “Poggle the Pirate,” and spent the next few years in orbit around Geonosis, hiding in the asteroid field and making attacks on petty victims. The few ships that still came and went from Geonosis did not carry wealth, and though Poggle was fairly successful in stopping ships, he often came away with little to show for it. In any event, his Nantex-class territorial defense starfighter could not hold much besides credits anyways. Without a hyperdrive, he was going nowhere.

His luck changed one day as he spied a large transport which had stumbled into the asteroid field. Poggle snuck onboard and was delighted to discover that the crew had mutinied against their captain. Poggle made himself present, made the crew an offer they couldn’t refuse (or he’d kill them!), and Poggle the Pirate finally had a pirate ship, the Merdeth, from which to launch attacks. From that point on, Poggle was known as Poggle the Terrible.

Poggle’s starfighter was an ever-changing ugly which he called the Hydra, in reference to the feared three-headed hydras on Geonosis. It is believed Poggle added the parts of a Droid Tri-fighter to his Geonosian starfighter very early on in his career, perhaps before he ran away from home. Over the years Poggle continued to upgrade the Hydra, adding all sorts of weapons and sensors. Poggle made a major purchase with an IG-109 Battle Ball (also known as a “Fear Sphere” or a “Trouble Bubble”). Built on Mechis III by the same company that produced IG-88, the Battle Balls were intended to allow a fighter pilot to focus all his/her attention on flying the craft, while the Battle Ball’s computer concentrated on precise firing of weapons. Pilots no longer needed to be great shots, and could make wild maneuvers and changes in direction to elude attacks and still hit their targets with freakish accuracy. Eventually Tri-fighter parts became impossible to find, and Poggle upgraded to engines from a Hornet Interceptor (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Hornet_Interceptor) , which used easy to find, standard parts. Poggle also replaced the standard Geonosian starfighter main turret gun with a high-powered, long-range repeating sniper, which the IG-109 used to devastating effect.

Poggle the Terrible was eventually captured and his ships destroyed by New Republic Jedi while refitting the Merdeth on Tatooine. He was sentenced to life in prison but was later freed by fellow pirates on a brazen attack on the prison. Since then, there have been numerous sightings of a foul Geonosian pirate patrolling the outer sectors of the Galaxy.

The Hydra is loaded with weapons to take full advantage of the IG-109.

Seen from the back, the IG-109 is clearly visible. The IG-109 was designed for much larger ships. Because it puts off so much heat, and there's no room for the massive cooling system the IG-109 requires, Poggle simply attached it to the rear of the ship where the cold of space could transfer heat away from the Battle Ball (he also welded on some heat sinks, which are just barely visible in this picture).

Poggle painted the requisite pirate skull in addition to his "kills," here represented by stars on either side of the skull.

Just your average, everyday high-powered, long-range repeating sniper, you know.






The original concept for the Hydra came from this ship, called "Misterball." All kudos to the artist, because I fell in love with this beauty. I'd have done a better job on my ship, but I greatly underestimated how much sand blue I'd need, and pretty much overestimated how much I had.

Ugly?!? How dare you! No really, I know its ugly. In fact, I grew a little annoyed at how un-ugly a lot of the Uglies were. Not that they weren't really nice MOCs, because they were, I just felt that they didn't convey the idea of the contest. Honestly, I don't consider the Geonosian fighter and the Droid Tri-fighter ugly ships. I really disapproved of the official Lego Geo fighter set, so the first thing I tried to do was make a good one of them in minifig scale. I think I did OK. Then I added the Droid Tri-fighter "arms."

My engines. Sorry about the glare. I like 'em.

The most technically challenging part is there where the Geo fighter and the Tri-fighter come together. It's surprisingly stable and sturdy, but I'll never use that technique again!


I love this picture. It makes the Hydra look sharp and deadly, don't it?




I know blue and brown don't really go together, but I felt that using almost entirely hues of brown on the Geonosian part, and almost entirely hues of blue on the Tri-fighter, would compliment each other. I think it works...



Comments

 I like it 
  September 2, 2008
Sweet sniper cannon and backstory though it was long.
 I like it 
  December 7, 2007
It's ugly, but I like it. Don't ask why though, because I have no idea.
  December 7, 2007
ahhhhh well the colors dont go together but its GOOD though.
Tiree of Gold 2
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Mike Bernd
  December 6, 2007
This is probably the only time the phrase "God, this is ugly" will be taken as a complement. Unlike the other ships I've seen combined, this isn't made of sleek rebel crafts, instead consisting of two already unattractive fighters. I love how mismatched the color scheme is and all of the greebles and details. Good luck winning the contest!
 
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