About the MOC Anansi is a small(literally) build I did while waiting for parts to arrive and not wanting to get too ambitious with a project. The name Anansi comes from West African Folklore making this particular spider male(poor little guy). In the world of spiders that sucks for him. Good thing he's currently the only spider in my collection, but I'll feel really bad for him if Arachne ever comes back around. Interesting fact, females are the dominant sex in the spider order and females often feast on the males after mating.
I like how I got a Crab when I tried making a spider, and got a spider when I tried remaking an ant. I guess that means I should try and make another crab to get an ant? After building Snip by using the Natalie Breez mask I wanted to continue the theme which is what lead to the incorporation of the Furno 2.0 skull top and his XL counterpart's mask. This use of HF masks as body parts may turn into a series for me. I certainly would like to keep using these fairly unusable masks in interesting ways.
Here's some spider icons just because there's no actual bio for this little dude, he's just a kinda cartoony, kinda creepy, kinda cute spider.
I don't actually, I think there's generally nothing pleasant or friendly about spiders and generally am creeped the hell out by them.Again I'll have to disagree
Gah, I'm creeped out by them too. Okay, First off, the legs are very... Arachnid-like. Very flexible and sturdy, but also very thin. I'd like to say that you stayed true to the body style of a spider. And to be honest, I find this a very good Mini-MOC. The detail on the masks give it a Black-Widow kinda feel.
Okay, now the only thing I don't like are the eyes. They seem a little too big to Anansi's relative body size.
And I totally agree that spiders are scary.
But, it seems very original, you've got a good technique, and It's creeping me out as I type this, so five stars on impact!
As a side note, Anansi's my favorite of your Mini-MOCs. Keep it up, Dave!
Yeah you probably have. He's an important character in west african folklore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anansi I came across it when researching "spiders in mythology." YOu've probably noticed, but I love using mythological characters, and its a big influence on my MOCs, even if the particular mythology or folklore isn't one I'm familiar with, I love looking for different ones. SO I was quite excited to find one from African folklore or mythology. Greek, Egyptian and Norse are great to, lots of interesting characters, but they're by far the most played out. So something different is always really cool.
I had a pretty sheltered childhood. I grew up on TV and video games. It was Power Rangers, TMNT, Mario Tetris, and in the later years Playstation games and pokemon. So a lot of things like this are new to me. Makes me wonder what cool things that influence others greatly is totally missed by me.
It's weird because the only story about anansi that I remember clearly about was when he was inside some kind of fruit and all the animals were thought the fruit would talk althought it was really anansi. So the first animal to find the fruit tries to bring it to the animal king while he comes across the other animals who are informed about the fruit and they go with him to tell the animal king.
Well, that's the story I got told.
I grew up on legos and bionicle. It's a shame because now that I'm getting into the story I wish I appreciated them even more than I did back then. I still loved them as a kid. in fact one of my favorite parts about collecting them were the masks.
Did you mean Fragile? If so, then yeah the legs can come apart fairly easily only being held together by clip on clips. But other than that its a fairly sturdy build. The body all holds together well. Thank you again. I'm glad you like it. The handcuffs were mostly what inspired this build. That and I knew I wanted to use a HF head the same way I did with the Breeze mask on Snip. This is a continuation on that theme really.
Yeah, I really meant fragile. Well, that's god to hear and you welcome. I also have that sort inspiration sometimes to make a MOC from just one piece. For instance, I actualy once made a Furno titan MOC just because I wanted to use clear Bohrock face plate as part of an cotainer in were his Quaza core and some Toa Stones were kept in his cest, and I ended up with a MOC 50 cm tall !! Sadly, I took it apart because it took a large number of pieces from my bin. Luckily, I made some pictures of it which I may poste them in the future on my DA page alongside the rest of my MOC'S, only that I don't know when.
Its really cool when a person can do that. That's something people who don't work with lego and criticize it for having all these specific parts don't understand, how you can just take one of those specialized pieces and form something completely new and different.
Posting your MOCs online is a great way to get feedback and improve. I know I sure improved by joining DA and posting my MOCs, and simply by seeing what other people were doing.
I totally agree with that. I said I'm gonna post my MOCs someday on my page, but I don't know when, because my life is a complete mess and I have many things to do and solve, but still I'm not giving up at all and I will start to do many things with this account in the future.
Well that's good that you're staying commited, but I'm sorry to hear things aren't going well for you. I can totally relate. My life kinda disintegrated after I graduated from High School. I've been trying to move on like everyone else my age has(get a job, go to college, get married, etc) but I had a pretty major set back, far more major than I realized at the time. And now I'm making up for lost time, at least that's how it feels to me after 5 years.
Thanks Dennis. Yeah it sucks you've been so busy. Hope things lighten up for you and we can chat more. I miss showing you sneak peaks and watching you lose your mind on skype. HAHAH The time I showed you Gweeb was priceless. And freaking you out with Kutumah is always funny. I've been posting links to my MOCs on facebook to. I'll keep that up if that helps.
Yeah, and that's why I felt bad about getting on your case about it.
I dunno man, I'm not in your shoes, so I don't know, but I think it comes down to boundaries. If you let things invade every aspect of your life and shut things out it will. You do your job and you do it well, but you're a legitimate workaholic. People like to use that word playfully and give it kind of a good connotation, but in actuality it can be like anything else, letting something consume and control your life is bad. Its like when you quit. You put up a boundary and gave yourself time to think on it all, which ultimately worked out to your benefit. But maybe you need to keep a few boundaries and keep things in check, just for the sake of your personal sanity. If somebody invades your personal space what do you do, you put your hand out and tell em to take a step back.
Hehe a workaholic, never before would I have considered myself to be one xD. but I guess you're right. But it's not so much with my job. Lately I just fail at sitting still and idle for some time. I want to keep busy. If I don't have any work, I continue to move my shit out the house and to my appartment, if I don't have anything to move or just can't do so that day, I'm working out at the gym. I just don't take a lot of time for social meetings and skype and all that. Skype would be a big problem right now considering I don't have internet at my place until 3rd week of July. Kind of makes me realize why I spend so much time at work xD.
Ahhh I see. I gotcha. So job isn't creeping in, you're just keeping yourself occupied with a lot of things. Well I know you've heard me say I'm jealous. I have so much time on my hands and nothing to do it drives me nuts. Its ironic, I've got nothing but time on my hands and that creates a situation where I've got no money either, meaning I can't utilize that time to its potential. When I change the situation to where I have money, I won't have the time(or as much). Kinda ironic how neither lends themselves to the other. Oh well, not like the situation is gonna change for me any time soon. Complaining about it doesn't do anygood, just gotta wait this out I suppose.
Thanks Greg. Likewise. I know gaming is your escape but why not balance that with artses. If your art isn't an escape and relaxation for you either, you're doing something wrong.
Oh Nice. I used to Hate DLC, cause it was like PUT THE FUCKING GAME...IN THE GAME! But I've grown to like it a little more since now they do full extra missions and side quests or extra goodies that if you want can pay for but aren't overly important to the game. My friend Stefan still hates Exclusive content. I don't blame him but that's partly how they make their money.
You used to have an Xbox 360 right? What do you think of Xbox One that sits next to the other Xbox cause it won't play its games?
I love that you used the Furno XL helmet as the abdomen, of which I think is what made a spider of this size properly possible. * I was thinking of using two as shoulder armor in the future.*
Based on what I can make out I like how the underbody came together. *Includes legs.*
I'm not entirely sure about the fangs since a spider's fangs are vertical and not horizontal. However when they are put together with those oversized eyes and the small body, it makes it seem like he's saying/thinking "NUUUUU, DUN SQUISH MEH!" while having a :3 face. XD
Thanks Simeon. I probably could have found some other masks, but I wanted to go with HF ones in particular to comply with the thing I did with Breez' mask on Snip. It also just happens to give an amazing shape and look to the abdomen. I really like the way that came out.
I did take a photo of the underside, but it came out too dark and nothing could really be seen. So I didn't include it.
OMG WOW I had the same thought when making him. I was actually gonna snap a photo of Matteo posed with his leg up like he was gonna stomp on Anansi with a caption 'NUUUUU PWEASE DUNT SQUISH ME I ONLY EAT FLIES I PROMISE" and Anansi's front two legs would be covering his eyes as best as possible. But I didn't want to take Matteo down from the shelf, and not to mention Matteo's ankles are the weakest point of articulation so it would have been a massive pain in the ass that I didn't feel like messing with at 4 Am Maybe I'll make that just for the "awww" factor. But you're right, spiders fangs are vertical. This was done cause like I said, I was originally trying to get an Ant. This also contributes to the "cartooniness" of him as well as keeping the NPU of the Hero Cuff.
I don't get that reference.
I don't hate em, I'm just severely creeped out by them and don't like em in my house.
Thanks Banjax. I'm glad you think they give him character, that was the idea. But now I'm worried they look too much like compound eyes, something spiders don't have. I was trying to group his eight eyes into two to make him more relateable and likeable. I know right? That helmet is almost perfect for this, and like I said it continues the theme that Snip also has with using a HF mask as a body part. That was a big perk for me.
Oh...Yeah guess so. The mandibles, thorax and abdomen. Between the legs, rest of the head and undersides of the thorax and abdomen, I'd say there's a bit more system underneath it all than actual HF parts. There's really only the three, they just happen to be the biggest pieces.
Love the use of HF helmets (and the HF handcuff), and the leg design is pretty interesting. However, think those eyes could be better, in my opinion. They make him look as... as... a ridiculously fly thing. And I'm afraid of flies ._. If you want to try with compound eyes, why don't you try with the LEGO jewel part? Or at least something smaller... Like those parts usually used on Atlantis for the projectiles.