Heavy/Scratch: Animated Stunticons and Menasor

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  1. Dischord

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    In response to those who thought that Menasor might need some longer legs:

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    "Spend your leave time on Earth, he says, no Decepticons on Earth, he says..." thinks (Activator Earth Mode) Ironhide, "this is the last time I take vacation advice from Bumblebee."



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    I've been building these fellows for quite a while, and have previously posted the individual team members. The intention here was to try to modify the team members as discreetly as possible. Only after an initial connection method failure with Dragstrip did I revert to a connection that was clearly visible in robot mode. As a result, the bulk of the combined mode work falls to the Menasor frame. Menasor is made from Rollout Prime, Unicron, Flying Fists Aerobot, a toy truck of some sort, the Bulkhead Headmaster head, and various miscellaneous parts. It's intended to have an Animated aesthetic, so the proportions and features are 'cartoonish', and perhaps not that menacing. Menasor carries a large sword, and a triple missile launcher modified from a Stormhawks figure.

    With each figure comes a background story to fit them into the Animated storyline. I'll include it below. Now's the time to skip ahead if you're not interested. It comprises the individual stories (also posted with the individual figures), and a bit on the end for the group. The characters mostly resemble their G1 counterparts, with the notable exception of Motormaster (made much more competent), and to a lesser extent Dragstrip (who is something like a darker version of G1 Mirage).


    Breakdown

    Breakdown has long been an inmate of Iacon’s Mental Health Hospital, a maximum-security facility for dangerously unstable Cybertronians. Everywhere, he feels that eyes and cameras are following him. He feels in his metal endostructure that there is some guiding force behind it, some mysterious observer with unknown but malignant intentions. Breakdown checked himself into the asylum, seeking freedom from that all-seeing observer. Surely, he would be safe within these solid walls. Using a device supplied by Swindle, Breakdown scans his cell for monitoring devices daily, sometimes hourly. It always comes up negative, but he still feels those optics upon him. How can it be?

    Dead End

    Another inmate at the Iacon Maximum Security Mental Health Facility is Dead End. His deep bouts of depression and lack of appreciation for life was deemed to make him a danger to Cybertron society. He is fascinated by death. It is not that he enjoys killing, it's just that he sees life as pointless and valueless. It has left him a moral vacuum, and a danger to himself and others. His black and red colours scheme respectively denotes death and fire, and also represents anarchy. His hollow, almost skeletal head also represents a preoccupation with death.

    Wildrider

    Wildrider comes from the same protoform type as Bumblebee, and both have that same passion for speed. While Bumblebee might be irresponsible at times, maybe even reckless, Wildrider is outright dangerous. He loves nothing more than crashing into things, and knocking things off the road. Obviously, no one would issue Wildrider with the authority to use a siren and flashing lights. So, he called up a black market connection, a shifty character called Swindle. Extortionate price, but worth every credit. Others just get out of the way, clearing the road, or making themselves sitting petroducks for a great impact. Despite his recklessness, Wildrider continues to elude Cybertronian authorities. His luck has to run out sometime. Recently, he's heard about this planet full of squishies--that'd be far away from the Cybertronian authorities. And these squishies drive vehicles: hard on the outside, soft on the inside. Oh what satisfying targets on his road of destruction.

    Dragstrip

    Dragstrip is one of the fastest Transformers on the ground. He competes at the highest level of racing, establishing himself as one of the foremost racers on Cybertron. He’s not always the fastest, but ge makes up for it by his total lack of sportsbot-like behaviour. He goes right up to the edge of the rules and a little beyond. He delights in nudging competitors off the road, cutting them off and forcing them to brake sharply, and swerving to cause accidents. He rarely is punished, for his take-no-prisoners style is very popular with the viewing public. Off the track, Dragstrip talks and acts in an arrogant and superior manner. He is insulting to his opponents, and dismissive of fans and interviewers. He acts as if he knows something that others don’t. He does. He knows that his true allegiance lies elsewhere: it lies with the Decepticons. When these loyalties become known, those snivelling, slow-witted, slow-moving imbeciles who are his fans and competitors will react with horror and dismay. That time cannot come soon enough.

    Motormaster

    Motormaster is an ambitious Transformer with a dark side. He has long been a Decepticon, recruited by Shockwave as a sleeper agent on Cybertron. Unlike Shockwave, Motormaster has never let his true loyalties become known, so he needs no elaborate disguise. Motormaster is a master manipulator and planner. He has infiltrated and moved up the administrative structure of the Autobots on Cybertron. Indeed, the title ‘master’ which has been appended to his name is a parallel to the title ‘prime’ used in field branches of the Autobot hierarchy. Motormaster’s has found his niche as the foremost specialist on criminal insanity on Cybertron. He advises the Autobot Council and the Elite Guard on such matters, and is the Master of the Iacon Mental Health Hospital.

    The Stunticons

    Now that Megatron has been captured, it is time for Motormaster to move into action. Of course, Megatron will not be incarcerated in the Iacon Mental Health Hospital, even if it is a maximum security facility. One so dangerous as Megatron will be given special treatment. But Motormaster will have access to the security arrangements.

    Motormaster’s carefully nurtured team will finally be brought together. ‘Nurtured’ perhaps isn’t the word. Constantly monitoring Breakdown has kept him on the brink of insanity. (Ah, that clever little gizmo from Swindle--a monitoring device disguised as a bug scanner. Such delightful irony.) Dead End’s fascination for death has been heightened by a so-called ‘therapy of exposure’, actually designed to peak his fascination rather than dispel it. As for Wildrider, it’s been difficult to keep him out of the hands of the authorities, but now he is deeply indebted to Motormaster and it is time to pay off that debt. Dragstrip is not really a minion of manipulation as the other three, but he will come along for his own reasons.

    That other long-term infiltrator, Shockwave (whilst masquerading as Longarm Prime), had occasionally smuggled out Autobot technology. One particularly important development was the plans for a prototype device used to allow spark-convergence. This was developed by the Autobot science teams to create Safeguard, an impressive weapon indeed. However, on the fringes of Cybertronian space, Decepticon scientists have also been developing this technology, in a somewhat different, but more ambitious way. Megatron has promised this technology to Motormaster as a reward for loyalty and for his own liberation.

    It’s time for a jailbreak.

    And then, a new menace will arise.




    See posts #19 & 20 for individual Stunticon pictures.
     

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  2. DMcB360

    DMcB360 Radicon G2

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    first! VERY nice work dude gotta love the stunticons!
     
  3. Slimaximus

    Slimaximus Headmaster

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    combined mode needs a little work torso seems to long for the short legs. Other than that looks sweet
     
  4. cheetor71

    cheetor71 Autobot

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    I would agree that the torso needs to have more bulk. Great job though. It looks fantastic.
     
  5. tobuttica

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    Nooo, you beat me to it! Nice execution though, but gotta agree with the torso.
     
  6. caecae22

    caecae22 mere human

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    nice though i would of used bumblebee for dead end and lock down for wild rider and dragstrip need a yellow stripe
     
  7. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    Wow, that Headmaster head works really well. :lol  I like this custom a lot, but I must ask: do the Stunticons have robot modes? Regardless, very nice.
    First at what? First Menasor custom? I dunno about that, but it's cool. Or are you sayign you made an Animated Menasor before?
     
  8. Jbarb78

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    Now there's a creative idea!
     
  9. Shadowbreaker

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    Yay! Animated gestalts!

    Looks very good, but I'm with bulking out the torso.
     
  10. lordcryotek

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    If you found a way to exaggerate his features (as in overly lanky, hulking like a gorilla, etc) it would give the combined mode more of an animated feel. His fists also could use some sizing up and his limbs need a bit more length to them in order for him to look a bit more normal. The neck could also use to be a bit closer to his body. I'm super glad you didn't just strap cars onto a Unicron as many have been prone to doing lately, and despite my critiques I love it how it is.
     
  11. Anti-Venom

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    This is very awesome!
     
  12. [Wing_Saber-X]

    [Wing_Saber-X] BATTLE GAIA!

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    Awesome. But need some pictures of individual bots' :D 

    Some shots showing each of them would be ace. :D 
     
  13. Anti-Venom

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    By first he ment first reply to the thread lol.

    He made individual threads of each of the bots a while back :) 
     
  14. [Wing_Saber-X]

    [Wing_Saber-X] BATTLE GAIA!

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    Oh, thanks bro! :thumb :

    My memory's kinda fuzzy, :lol :

    I'll go and check. Cheers! :D 
     
  15. Maximo Prime

    Maximo Prime Bassist of Ill Repute

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    Dude, I love it. I also love all the attention Menasor has been getting lately.
    I can wait to finish mine, and we'll photoshop them side by side! So many similarities and yet so many differences! Great job!!
     
  16. imoff2186

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    very impressive, yes!
     
  17. Rumble02

    Rumble02 Radicon of Obliticons

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    I really really like it.
     
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    Absolutley love this, great piece of work, well done!
     
  19. Dischord

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    Invidividual Stunticons

    Some have asked for the robot mode pictures. I haven't got around to any group shots of them in robot mode, but I'll post pictures of them here in both modes so that you don't have to hunt about for them.
     

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    Invidividual Stunticons

    and Vehicle Mode:
     

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