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Dio the Corruptor . Dio is a mechanoid with a single diabolical goal burning within its methodical A.I. That goal is to systematically eradicate the organic pestilence known as humanity throughout the galaxy. How Dio came into being is not entirely known but what is known is that Dio was once the Bio-mech known as the ARC-3H Archangel. Perhaps it was disgrace of being rendered obsolete or maybe it was some glitch in its programming, either way the real nightmare began when an experimental strain of nano-machines was fused to the Archangel frame in hopes of boosting its combat capabilities. Instead of enhancing performance, the nano-machines went out of control. They began twisting the frame at the molecular level, redesigning the systems and literally mutating it into unearthly steel demon. On top of that, the nano-machines begin repairing any damage almost instantly. In other words, the only way to stop Dio would be to either render all of the nano-machines inert at once or to incinerate Dio with an immense energy blast along with whatever planet it’s currently on! What’s even worse is that Dio can transmit its nano-machines to other mechanical devices (including vehicles and even other mechs) and infect them not unlike a virus spreading to a new host to take it over. This ability has been labeled “the corruption” by those fortunate enough to survive its horrific effects. Whether any force will be able to stop such a menace is anyone’s guess. All we can pray for is that a means to do soon is found soon before it’s too late. . Frontal shot Left side The Plasma Wave Battle Claw closely resembles the one seen before Dio was “born” except this new claw possesses nearly triple the energy output and tensile strength of the original model. One attack mode that Dio retains is the devastating dual strike where it latches onto an opponent and the fires the laser at point blank range, obliterating the helpless victim. Back Shot Right Side A whole new combination weapon on the right arm is the Laser Claw Sword. Two laser cannons provide ranged firepower. The blade itself generates an invisible energy field that allows it to parry beam based melee weapons while its monomolecular edge allows it to slice effortlessly even through reinforced armor plating. Dio’s head has sprouted new projections while losing others. The most notable change is the eye. What used to be a glowing orb has transformed into a blackened X shaped abyss surrounded by gear like teeth. Torso Shot Mounted to each shoulder is a SRM-4 Corruptor short range missile launcher. These are fire and forget missiles with a maximum range of 1000 meters that only launch once a lock onto the target is established. Unlike traditional explosive warheads, each Corruptor missile carries a payload of nano-machines. Upon impact, the nano-machines enter the target and begin to take over its systems. The effect isn’t that far different from being bitten by a Hollywood zombie and then slowly turn into one as the nano-machines spread throughout the infected target, turning it into one of Dio’s minions. Slung on each hip is a Pulse Laser Cannon attached to a rotating turret. Farther down each leg is an additional SRM-6 launcher. This gives Dio a total of twenty missiles to corrupt potential targets with. Gratuitous action pose #1 As if monomolecular edged claws and blades on both arms weren’t enough, a pair of sickles, also with the same characteristics is attached to each foot. Here the sickles are in their storage position. Now they are fully extended for melee combat. This rear shot of the legs reveals the support struts. Upon closer inspection the feet are actually fused to the lower legs but are still surprisingly stable. Primary heat exchangers are located on the lower rear torso and multiple power cables run throughout Dio’s body. Gratuitous action pose #2 Gratuitous action pose (close up) #3 After Dio’s transformation was complete, the first thing it did was hunt down the other remaining bio-mechs to eliminate any potential threat they may pose. Its first victim was the Whip Scorpion artillery mech. Gazing into the dim eye of its former comrade, one can only wonder what data Dio’s malevolent A.I. is processing. While scanning the remains for something useful, It turns out the Whip Scorpion’s pilot is still alive. While attempting to crawl to safety, Dio detects the injured soldier. Without a nanoseconds hesitation Dio’s steel talon clamps down on the unfortunate soul. After briefly analyzing the squirming life form, Dio discards the useless creature, and tramples it underfoot like the useless fleshling that it is. Surprisingly the pilot’s suit is highly resistant to tearing and retains ruptured bodily fluids amazing well! A new target has been acquired. BUILDER’S COMMENTARY: Standing at 13 inches tall, Dio is the largest free standing MOC I have built so far. As I was trying to come up with a name along with a design, “Holy Diver” began playing on the radio. As soon as I heard Ronnie James Dio’s voice belt out those lyrics, I instantly knew I had to build a MOC that paid homage to one of the greatest rock and roll gods of all time. He may be gone but his songs will inspire for all time. Rock on Ronnie, rock on!

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