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Bionicle MOC: Rahi WIP by 3rdeye88 Bionicle MOC: Rahi WIP by 3rdeye88
Update I've worked on the head and got a midsection in there that I'm happy with.As I work on this MOC I'll keep updating it. This may also just become its official deviation.

The current MOC I'm working on. I've been calling it the Rhotuka Tiger just to give it a name, but that's not going to stick. I'm very satisfied with the front section, getting used to the head, the back section is eh, but its been the midsection that's been giving me lots of trouble. I've been trying to get something sturdy but flexible. But its just not happening. Might have to get rid of the tubes There's no real way to connect them into either side and be stable so they don't pull out. :( Some real feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.
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wolf-knight-1 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
why is there only one leg? its cool and meminds ME of the old bull and tiger desert bionicles with jaw gimic
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its a WIP. I'm still working on it.
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wolf-knight-1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ah ok
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fightking Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The Sabercleese
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:icon3rdeye88:
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Sabercleese? Are you suggesting that as its name?
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:iconfightking:
fightking Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
yes
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is a Sabercleese from something? I get the Saber part but the Cleese? What's that about?
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:iconfightking:
fightking Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Like Hurculeese, look at it, it's huge
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, okay. Well I'll consider it. :) Maybe Sabercleese is what the species is named but this one will have a name.
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fightking Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
is it venoumus?
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No.
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm... an interesting combination of scrap- and Rahi-style building, but I think texture and 'flow' are the main issues here. On Rahi builds, it's even more important than usual to use the same type of piece all over the MOC, otherwise it looks disjointed and inorganic (as this one currently does). If your piece supply allows, I'd suggest restricting your range of usable pieces - what I would personally do is to stick to spiky pieces like the ones on the head and back, while finding substitutes for the round, mechanical pieces on the forelegs without destroying their shape. Speaking of shape, you might want to find a different position for the back Ehlek spine; the way it juts up above the legs looks really irregular. But still, good progress, and I hope that helped.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Aiden, that did help. That's the biggest problem I'm having with this MOC, keeping the aesthetic of that front part and having it flow from that into a more spacier look so that it can be flexible like our cuddly furry friends. :meow:

Also, I've only got the three Ehlek spines and The back one is supposed to be sort of a Motif of the front one. That's about the only place it can go.

Do you think I should hold to the flexibility build or scrap it and just give it a solid "one piece" body? If I do that then I can definitely retain the look and feel of that beefed up front part. But I oh so want this to be flexible as well. Oi, tough decisions are tough.
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should keep the flexibility if you can - after all, it's what cats are known for. On the Cheetah I had a ball joint in the centre, with blades keeping it from moving too much, but your solution won't be as simple as that.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay. Thanks for that. I did end up finding a solution. Please go back and look at this picture. I've updated the pictures with what's going to be his midsection. It allows for flexibility, and its pretty stable. Basically if I can pick it up from one end and it not fall apart I'm Happy. As usual the solution ended up being a little simple and I was over thinking it. :p Does that ever happen to you?
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, that works. I guess that happens to me on occasion... the first one that comes to mind is Endo's shoulder system. I spent ages trying to find a way to have a shoulder support behind it, before realising that it's more than strong enough to keep itself up with only a single balljoint.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah that would make one feel sort of redundant. "How can I-Hmmph, no, what about...Oh wait, its fine with just one ball joint. Derp."
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KuroEtShiro Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Okay, that thing does not look cuddly...
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No it doesn't. :P
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Greatbeing Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
much better. was the midsection inspired by my idea? or combined advice?
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uuuuuuuhhhhhhh....It was inspired by me wanting something sturdier yet flexible. It was me rotating through ideas I had to come up with something that works.
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Greatbeing Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
After i posted that, i realized that would be an option as well but i didnt want to spam you
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What do you mean? Like you had a bunch of different ideas as well?
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Greatbeing Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no I figured that it was probably your own idea
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, yeah. Sorry I took a look at your photos but they weren't really relevant to my MOC. Sorry. ^^;
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Greatbeing Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's ok
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Deadpool7100 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
ddduuuuuddddeeeeeee....


kkkiiilllleeerrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :lol:
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Uikri Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh cool. I didn't even know you had a WIP up. The only thing I don't like would be the nose, I would have to say, but the head is very nice :D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not too happy with the nose either actually. it makes it look like a boar and I don't want that. :no:
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Uikri Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's actually what I saw too. Ah well, you got through the hind leg problem, so you should be able to figure out the nose issue. I'd make a suggestion, but I'm not even sure what it's connected to :o
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Deadpool7100 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
phew!!!
im not so good at the complicated builds like this!!!
are those his feet or just stand-ins?
the tail and blades are pretty awesome!
and i like the head but im not sure how to help with the middle!
the tubes might work better if you just left enough slack for them to bend from side to side...
looks good so far!!!!
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're just stand ins. :)
Thanks. That's the problem. If I give any slack, they bend, and I want the tubes to be straight. The only way this would actually work was if the tubes could stretch and be securely fastened into their sockets. But Its not really possible to do that. :( I may just have to scrap the idea. :(
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Deadpool7100 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
yeah....
you could make the pice they attach to hinge up and down or something that way the tube wouldnt bend randomly but you could still give it slack
it could also give it a hip bone look if it hinged in the back
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait to see it when its done.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me to. :XD:
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:icongreatbeing:
Greatbeing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
check out my dragons back legs. They are genius in my humble opinion
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I've got the hind legs figured out, and I quite like mine. :) Thanks for the pictures though. :)
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Greatbeing Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hope they help though
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Greatbeing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
pistons with ball and sockets. that might help. check the top view of my dragon
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't have anymore ball joints. :(
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Greatbeing Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I used hingees. like the Toa Metru calf pieces
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Greatbeing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alex-Darkrai has a great idea. but i would leave the tubes for mass
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WDenniz Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Dave, that head is AMAZING! I see you took the legs from between the back and front section.. Hmm.. Why not go for a double balljoint there? Like the things you use on the back leg. Maybe it would make it just a little bit more bulky but it would give it a bit more sturdiness.. :stunned:
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Dennis. I'm not quite sure what you mean, you'll have to show me on skype or something.
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Alex-Darkrai Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you have the witch doctor set?
The witch doctor has a really interesting joint system, it may work for the mid section of your rahi.
Oh, and I already really like how it looks at the moment. ^^
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No I don't. :( I wish I did. I could really use those ball joints. :P

I'm keeping black off this MOC as much as possible. I've got one black Vahki hip on the front and that's only cause I ran out of green ones.
Thanks alex. What specifically do you like or dislike? Be as specific as you possibly can. And some tips on how to approach that midsection would be nice to.
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Greatbeing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I used his foot joints for Angonce. came out good and sturdy. You should definitely do it. that is a great idea
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Alex-Darkrai Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, you answered my comment, so only I get a message that you commented and Dave won't, so I'm not sure if he'll even read this.
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Greatbeing Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
he may review it. oh well. fun fact either way
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