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Torch XL
So now that the MOCpages server decided to sort its life out and bring the site back online, I decided to celebrate the fact with a new MOC! Continuing my series of Hero Factory XL MOCs is Sanah Torch! Enjoy!
About this creation
“To the left here is Sanah Torch. Pilot, and a speedy stinger.”
-Arrowhead, The Contenders #19

Sanah Torch:
Sanah Torch is a Hero working for the Hero Factory; more specifically under Jenna Arrowhead’s team. Despite her bulky XL form, she is generally considered a lightweight fighter, specialising in speedy attacks with her dual pistols; she is also an exceptional pilot. Sanah is simple and unintellectual, though her bubbly charm and silly humour make her a cherished part of her team; it was also part of the reason why she bonded with Toa Dorru of Racta Magna so well.

Torch was commissioned shortly before the ‘Savage Planet’ mission on Quatros, and underwent the standard Hero training procedure. She came out somewhat underdeveloped in physical combat, but with an exceptional skill at piloting aircraft; as a result, she was picked up by Jenna Arrowhead, a team leader who offered the young rookie a place in her group. Sanah managed to befriend her teammates very quickly, but grew a special connection to the introverted Joey Tumbler. However, the two were later separated when Tumbler was accidently left behind on Quatros during a training mission; little did Sanah know that this would incite deep bitterness within Tumbler, who then renounced his hero status to a life of villainy.

Sanah would meet with Tumbler once again during the villain breakout, where the villain attempted to take advantage of the event to blow up the abandoned Hero Factory Assembly Tower. Sanah at first greeted him as a friend, before she clued in to his true intentions. Though reluctant to hurt her friend, she had to subdue and arrest Tumbler, placing him in villain storage. Despite this somewhat traumatic event, Sanah continued her business as part of Arrowhead’s team, and even graduated to full hero status. Eventually, Tumbler was broken out by a villain named Dread, whom he then swore to serve. Dread boasted that he would soon kill Mary Windbird, a renowned hero, and set off. Torch, with Arrowhead and Cliff Scaler, set off after them.

Dread’s gang led the heroes to a planet named Racta Magna, where they met Windbird and warned her of Dread. They befriended a group of Toa named the Contenders and set up residence in the city of Racta Major; Sanah bonded with one Toa in particular named Dorru. Later, Dread approached the Contenders and demanded they give up Windbird; upon refusal, the villains attacked. Though they were chased off, Dread managed to reveal why he was after Windbird: she, along with others, firebombed the planet Gomorrah, killing his species. Sanah was horrified by this atrocity, but resolved to still defend her fellow hero. Later, Torch and Dorru set out to track down Tumbler and battle him, but were unfortunately defeated.

They then met up with two other Contenders, Montu and Cilla, and headed back home; On the way, they encountered and fought Dread again, narrowly scraping a victory. After they returned, Dread arrived at the city gates with his gang, in a second attempt to get Windbird; this culminated in another battle, where one of Mary’s friends, Jack Lupus, was killed. Unknown to Sanah, Tumbler had also died, killed shortly after the fight. Seeking revenge, the heroes tracked down the lair of Dread’s gang and defeated them once and for all, though not before Windbird sacrificed herself in atonement for the Gomorran Genocide. The heroes soon returned to Makuhero City; Sanah was particularly sad to say goodbye to her new friend, Dorru.

Back home, the Heroes campaigned for the Gomorran Genocide to be officially recognised, with flashy XL upgrades to publicise their cause. However, they were soon summoned back to Racta Magna following a distress call from Galia of the Contenders; their planet had been taken over by villains known as the Shadebringers, casting the rock into perpetual night. Torch, Scaler, Arrowhead and a new member, Stinger, arrived on the planet and met with Toa Raxonax, along with some other Toa who had not yet been imprisoned. Under the direction of the Godly Thanatos, they became the Champions of Day and set out to win back the city of Racta Major. They soon battled their way to the city Gate, only to set up camp there.

Sanah and the others are now helping to lead the charge against the Shadebringers.


BAM! How do you like them apples? I'm quite happy with how this MOC turned out; she's enough bulk to sate the XL title, while keeping the slim, feminine form that suits her character.

The Back. The only thing I'd like to change about the MOC is the shoulders; the add-ons sit a little too far up for my taste. I'll have to change that when I get the chance.

As you could see from the main image, her weapon hasn't been changed that much, (aside from the black pieces) but now she has two pistols as opposed to one.













Height comparison with Ekimu the Mask Maker!

Yes, after all this time Metru Man is still around! Why? I've no clue!

Drink lots of milk, kids! (Something I'm surprised that Depravitie doesn't do, actually.)

With Dorru! Again, I'm reconsidering the shoulder-pads.

All my HF heroes! Only one left awaiting the XL treatment!

That's all folks!

Also, don't forget The Contenders #34 is coming out on the 19th of December, along with my next MOC and some big news about Contenders Book 3!

See you in three weeks! :D


UPDATE 30/12/16:

So as I said, I didn't like the tall shoulders very much; I originally planned to use the K2-SO Star Wars shoulder pieces, but when I got the set, I didn't realise that a huge, unmistakable Star Wars logo would be printed on both of them! (I thought they'd be stickers!) So sadly, I couldn't use them.

Fortunately, however, I discovered that flipping the shoulder pieces around created a rather nice look, and bulked her out quite a bit. The only problem now was that her shoulders were especially flat, and the distinct lack of yellow that created on the shoulders threw off the colour scheme a little. This was an easy fix however; the Technic shoulder pads I created for her work perfectly! I'm really happy with how this turned out.



Comments

 I like it 
  June 10, 2017
Sick colour scheme and guns! Awesome work dude :)
 I made it 
  January 15, 2017
Quoting De Silva Hey Wertman, if you don't mind messing with a piece, you can actually use a nail file to grind off prints on pieces. Alieraah had a video on her Youtube about it. Another way is using a white polymer eraser, as Tyrigsus does(it takes longer, but there's less wear on the piece).
Oh, thanks for letting me know! I probably won't do that- I'm a bit of a purist at heart; besides, I think I prefer the design I came up with anyway- the Star Wars piece doesn't actually change the height of the shoulder that much; it just covers less from the front. :P
  January 14, 2017
Hey Wertman, if you don't mind messing with a piece, you can actually use a nail file to grind off prints on pieces. Alieraah had a video on her Youtube about it. Another way is using a white polymer eraser, as Tyrigsus does(it takes longer, but there's less wear on the piece).
 I made it 
  December 10, 2016
Quoting joshua jacobson indeed shapeways does have interesting stuff hey did you check the new mocs i made?
I'll check them out in a bit.
  December 7, 2016
indeed shapeways does have interesting stuff hey did you check the new mocs i made?
 I made it 
  December 7, 2016
Quoting joshua jacobson um wertman are you there... i know your busy but i just wondered if i could check on you?
Apologies, been quite busy this week... :P
 I made it 
  December 7, 2016
Quoting joshua jacobson wow seems like you've been busy lately great job dude, i know things have been odd lately, yet since then i have been doing some drawing art on anime, bionicle and other things. i have been drawing bionicle pictures of bionicle masks when i came across a 3d printer site called shapeways and yet it has fan made bionicle parts and masks. so i been doing bionicle drawings of masks and parts and improving the originals from G1 and G2, sorry about the delay on mocs but im still here, if you like i might show you the new drawings of bionicle masks and parts when their ready i got so much right now... you understand right? oh and happy late thanksgiving. ;)
Hey Joshua! Good to see you still around! Sounds fairly interesting, those drawings... there's definitely a lot of interesting stuff on Shapeways.
  December 7, 2016
um wertman are you there... i know your busy but i just wondered if i could check on you?
 I like it 
  December 6, 2016
wow seems like you've been busy lately great job dude, i know things have been odd lately, yet since then i have been doing some drawing art on anime, bionicle and other things. i have been drawing bionicle pictures of bionicle masks when i came across a 3d printer site called shapeways and yet it has fan made bionicle parts and masks. so i been doing bionicle drawings of masks and parts and improving the originals from G1 and G2, sorry about the delay on mocs but im still here, if you like i might show you the new drawings of bionicle masks and parts when their ready i got so much right now... you understand right? oh and happy late thanksgiving. ;)
 I made it 
  December 4, 2016
Quoting Daniel H. Awesome work Wertman! Can't wait to see Cliff XL!
Thanks Daniel! And yes... mwahahaha!
 I made it 
  December 4, 2016
Quoting Dark Aeon So I'm not the only person who MOCpages decided to hate. Good to know. Torch looks absolutely amazing; I especially love just how clean her back is, though I agree with Callum on the back of her shins. Maybe a curved 1x3 slope in yellow will add a tiny bit of shaping and color there?
No, unfortunately MOCpages had it out for all of us :P I'm glad you like her- hmm, the slope piece would work nice- except for the fact that the pinholes are both already used up; I couldn't use double length pins for that, as one double length pin is already holding the front of the shins together; When I'll get home, I'll figure out a way to implement calf armour without compromising the shin armour. For now though, thanks for the comment!
 I like it 
  December 3, 2016
Awesome work Wertman! Can't wait to see Cliff XL!
 I like it 
  December 3, 2016
So I'm not the only person who MOCpages decided to hate. Good to know. Torch looks absolutely amazing; I especially love just how clean her back is, though I agree with Callum on the back of her shins. Maybe a curved 1x3 slope in yellow will add a tiny bit of shaping and color there?
 I made it 
  December 3, 2016
Quoting Callum ~ Some really nice techniques used here! I really like the hair piece. It works as hair without being too flamboyant or distracting. I quite like the proportions here as well. Only problem I see is that the back of the legs look really bare. Other than that though, great job!
Thanks Chains! Yes, I will have to find a way to armour the back of the legs, as at the moment all the pin holes are filled.
 I like it 
  December 3, 2016
Some really nice techniques used here! I really like the hair piece. It works as hair without being too flamboyant or distracting. I quite like the proportions here as well. Only problem I see is that the back of the legs look really bare. Other than that though, great job!
 I made it 
  November 30, 2016
Quoting Toa Gaim Cool update! Toa Tsukasa:"Are those pigtails on the back of your head that I just noticed?"
Thanks Gaim (Sanah Torch: "Hahaha, they're not quite pigtails- I just like to keep my hair tied back when I'm in action- I'm sure you understand!")
 I like it 
  November 30, 2016
Cool update! Toa Tsukasa:"Are those pigtails on the back of your head that I just noticed?"
 I made it 
  November 30, 2016
Quoting Sean /EMMSixteenA4 This is seriously some of your best work, Wertman! Looks fantastic!
Ah, I'm glad you take to her so well! :D Thanks Sean!
 I like it 
  November 30, 2016
This is seriously some of your best work, Wertman! Looks fantastic!
Wertman 8
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Blizzard -
  November 28, 2016
Nice. Looks pretty cool. The addons are a bit strange as you already stated. Might be a good idea to pick up the Technic K2SO figure since it's got those black 2015 addons that we all love... well... most of us...
 I made it 
  November 28, 2016
Quoting Traykar the swift Nice! it looks good! I like the guns!
Thanks Traykar! :D
 I like it 
  November 28, 2016
Nice! it looks good! I like the guns!
 I made it 
  November 28, 2016
Quoting Blizzard - Nice. Looks pretty cool. The addons are a bit strange as you already stated. Might be a good idea to pick up the Technic K2SO figure since it's got those black 2015 addons that we all love... well... most of us...
Thanks Blizzard! Hmm, yeah... that set does have a lot of nice parts... I may have to take your advice on that!
 I made it 
  November 28, 2016
Quoting RaptorTalon ~ Looks great as always!
Thanks Raptor! :D
 I like it 
  November 28, 2016
Looks great as always!
 I made it 
  November 28, 2016
I should probably mention, after making that big thing about MOCpages being back, that the site went down just as I clicked 'publish this page' Thankfully I didn't lose the post though! :D
 
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