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PO Contest #1 Entry: SECTOPOD . My entry for the Piece Out! video game contest. . [DISCLAIMER] you might want to turn your brightness down a bit, it was suuuuuper bright when I took these pictures and It'll look nicer at about 70% brightness on most monitors. Hi! *crickets* So. I've posted something. I think it's been a year and a half now, and all of my old pictures are broken. Obviously this is going to be the first a lot of people see of my stuff, hopefully it doesn't disappoint. Since this was a contest about video games, I decided a good way to pick subject matter would be to think of whatever game I played last. In this case, it happened to be X-COM: Enemy Unknown. It's a top-down strategy game with lots of crazy action and elbows no-clipping through walls. Good stuff. Anyways, I remembered one of my favorite moments of the game was the first time I found a sectopod: I was on a terror mission, and had a sniper throw out a scanner. When it landed, I saw this enormous metal hulk with three times as many hit points of anything I'd encounterd thus far. I took it down, but not without quite a bit of frustration and two dead soldiers. Needless to say, it left quite the impression. Here's a video displaying some of it's more... terrifying characteristics." (I'm new to this, I don't know how to embed.) So, here we are now. This abominable alloy automatic antagonist (alliteration! YEAH!) Is my take on the dreaded Sectopod. Say Hello... Here it is. Apologies for the crappy background, I noticed what time it was waaaay too late and had to throw something together quick, I've just moved to a new house. The flash on this picture is really horrible, I *think* I turned it off in the rest of the photos. The Sectopod stands in a crouching hunched position, giving is superior stability and a smaller profile while fighting. Also, because of the way it's shaped, it's extremely difficult to stand up. Leg shot. The entirety of it's compound legs is shown here. It took about an hour to find all of those rods in the correct lengths alone, let alone the actual construction. I'm not the most organized builder ever... The back. Not much to say here, although I'd like to point out that those rahkshi shells are held in by friction alone. This gun is the Sectopods reaction shot (the gun it uses when it sees an opponent on said opponent's turn moving). In the "Max Mythos" those green spots are miniature particle accelerators, and generate energy for the Sectopod. The Sectopod's main cannon. If you watched the video, this is the thing that shoots the enormous crimson beam. It's on the 'pod's underbelly instead of it's back mainly because I had forgotten until after the fact. Sue me. The tubes. As far as I can tell, they're cooling vents and they appear to extend quite a bit as evidenced in the reference pic, but when I saw them for the first tie I thought they were miniature missile silos of a sort. It's actually quite tall (about 2 feet) when it's standing up straight, but it's extremely unstable and needs to be supported by the steady hand of it's creator. Detail on the leg-torso connection. Took me a little while to get this right. Foot detail. I actually started with these. Finding all 8 silver Gali hooks took way longer than I'd like to admit. Knee detail. This is probably the part of the MOC that deviates the most from the original design. I wanted a double-jointed knee and was too lazy to come up with a design compact enough to fit inside a kneecap with those proportions. The belly of the beast. One of my favorite parts, and also the last bit of detailing I did. I really think that the rahkshi shells work well with one another. Standing up again. It's scaled to a shorter Inika/Mahri build. (Hewkii, Kongu, etc.) The Sectopod's full wingspan is about 2.5-3 feet. A nice 1/4 shot to bring the page screeching , crashing, and burning to a halt. This picture shows the similarity to the reference. STOMPY STOMP. You'll just have to appreciate his stomping without a victim, I have no MOCs that fit under his toeses at the moment. This is probably the cutest you'll ever see a robot death machine look. Ever. Thanks a bunch for spending your time over in my little corner of the 'Pages and good luck to all of the participants! This is the picture I used for reference. Alright, I guess this wraps it up. Have a nice day and whatnot! -Max

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