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Bionicle MOC: Kutumah by 3rdeye88 Bionicle MOC: Kutumah by 3rdeye88
About the MOC Kūtūmah(Pronouncee Khoo-Too-Mah) is a cultural amalgamation of a Tiki/Hawaiian god, Maori god, Native American Totem poles as well as kinda resembling a Japanese Tengu. The strongest influences though are the Polynesian cultures, Hawaiian and Maori. is one of four main gods in Hawaiian mythology. He is their God of War. I'm also going with Hawaiian cultural references with his weapon, a spiked club. It is said Hawaiian warriors, the Koa would often use spiked clubs made from sharks teeth or stone. And since I had these Stronius club parts I figured it'd be a good fit. Tūmatauenga is the Maori equivalent to Kū. Tumataunga is also mostly who I'm basing Kūtūmah's personalities or tendencies on. Tuma...where have we heard that name in a warrior like character before? :iconursarcasticplz: Lastly I'm culling inspiration from the Ethiopian god Maher(Mostly because Kūtū was too short and I needed another syllable:XD:). After this I cross the line from Tiki totems into more Native American Totems by presenting multiple faces in a vertical line. The Japanese Tengu didn't have any real influence here. I just think that Kūtūmah's face ends up resembling those as well. the idea there was strictly Tiki gods/Tiki masks though.

Building the MOC
Kūtūmah was initially inspired by ~welcometothedarksyde's Bruiser The red Onua Nuva mask really stood out to me and after looking at it for a bit I noticed that it looked rather similar to a tiki mask, That's where the idea to do something "tiki" came from. I initially was going to build a little MOC using the mask with googly eyes, but then I got what is basically this idea, a large tiki mask with a totem pole body. The rest was execution. I built the mask/head first and this was the result on the first try. The body however proved very difficult. I went through several failed designs before I came to this. Purchasing a Core Hunter proved to be just what I needed to get me out of design gridlock. I then spent the next two days building the bulk of him, then tweaking the designs and filling in small gaps.
Overall I'm incredibly satisfied with this MOC, Aesthetics, color distribution, structure, all are really satisfactory. Kūtūmah is pretty stable to. I was almost able to get him to stand on one leg. But the feet are too rounded on the sides. I don't think there's much I would need to do to improve this MOC. I'm happy with everything that's in my control. Washers and pins in black and red would be nice, but lego dropped the ball big time when its come to common parts color availability :roll:

I don't have much of a bio for him. More like a personality description.

Kūtūmah is somewhat an obnoxious mean-spirited individual. As a god of war he can be vindictive, manipulative to turn people against each other, and loud as he likes to chant war chants and play war drums(which I should probably make for him). He's basically your typical war deity but with a flair for music and theatricality. He's not all bad though. he rewards hard work, skill and loyalty to authority above all else. He would much rather see a tribe fight another tribe in all out war than to see a tribe squabble amongst itself. For this reason he mostly coerces village leaders into fighting and punishes those why betray their superiors.

If Kūtūmah were part of the bionicle universe he'd obviously be a Makuta. Other than that I don't really know.

Thanks for reading, favoriting and commenting. :D :iconthankyousignplz:
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I think a reasonable critique should look at the positives first. Overall i think this is another excellent MOC from you as always, the bulkiness of the waist downwards really represents its brute personality, I mainly like how you used most of the masks, they really work with the overall look and i love the custom head design. I think my only critique would have to be the arms, they don't seem to show that he is a brute, they seem too slim, i think adding more to the arms would make this MOC perfect.

A great MOC overall

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*cough* Son, I am disappoint.

OK, so let's get the good things out of the way as fast as possible, because there's a lot of bad to cover.

The concept is interesting, the face is genius, the use of the masks is well done, and it has some good engineering in the upper legs. Now, let's get the bad in here.

The arms are skinny, bare, ugly, and badly engineered. Not the kind of arms you'd see on a god of war. The shoulders are unarmored, which is definitely not what you think of when you think god of war.

The club is supposed to be made from shark teeth.....What? There's no shark teeth whatsoever on that club. It's black and red. Shark teeth are white, and red when covered in blood. The club looks more like a molten rock.

The lower legs really need something. They're so skinny, and have no armor on them. They really could use some kind of ankle armor.

The hands, OH THE HANDS. They're so skinny. He's this big god of war, with all this power, and strength, yet his hands look as if they belong on a smaller MOC. Finally, the back.

A good question would be, "why is he so fat?" A member of a tribe like this should be rather muscular, and somewhat devoid of food in the body, yet this guy has big chunky hips, and a big belly. He looks like he an entire bag of chips once a day.

The back is just so.....Bare. He has all this armor on the front, all these masks on his belly, yet NOTHING on his back besides some lazy Hero Factory armor. There's barely anything back there.

So yes, the MOC's vision is pretty good, and well researched, but the execution has many flaws, and needs work. There are some good ideas in here, but they really get overwhelmed by the bad.
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Haveniceday5 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Looks olmost like the bad guy from samurai jack
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aku, yeah a lot of people said that. I subconsciously was drawing on that influence to. Its the flaming eyes I think.
bioghosty4 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :D
bioghosty4 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome
FakemonOverlord Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks like a villain from Power Rangers! o.O Great job!
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I can definitely see that. he's supposed to have that somewhat over the top cartoony badguy look I can definitely agree with that comparison. :nod: Thanks for the compliment and fave(if you faved him). :D
FakemonOverlord Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, no probs: I'll fave him now! I've been making my own MOC: not the best at the minute xD
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh you didn't have to. I just didn't know if you faved him to. I jut batch delete fave messages. :P Thanks though. :) What do you mean "not the best at the minute?"
FakemonOverlord Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he's a bit crappy xD I made his weapon but he's really simple and not complex..
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