This is my first attempt to significantly downscale my evolving mechsuit style, and the 2018 OhioLUG monthly building challenge, dubbed "50 Shades of Green", seemed like a perfectly good excuse to try this out. And considering that I managed to actually, and just barely, win the challenge on March 4th, I think that I must have done well enough. Lets see the final result of this effort...
The rules for the challenge were that entries must fit within 16x16 studs(nothing hanging over that boundry), with no height restrictions, and must have at least 10 visible green Lego elements.
With the necessity of using green, I just knew that I had to build a mech, and I settled on a theme of essentially having a giant mechanized Leprechaun guarding a Vault of Gold, providing a futuristic twist on the legend.
I used at least four different shades of green on this MOC, each with a unique purpose. Sand Green as the base color of the mech, Dark Green for a gritty theme on the legs of the mech, and then Standard Green for style trim on the head, shoulders, and Thruster Pack. Finally, Neon Green for the Plasma Rifle.
As you can see, it is a tight squeeze, but this Big, Green, Machine manages to suck it all in and just barely fit in there. Making a small enough mech and then a vignette for it to stand on was almost a challenge to fit within 16x16 studs. Thankfully I had started small for this build.
Top down view.
Here, a couple lightly equipped guards(Star Wars Rebel minifigs) check on the Vault as the Gold spills outside.
Up above, better equipped soldiers(Star Wars Kashyyyk Troopers) are rushing elsewhere for a drill, while the mech holds it's pilot in hand.
Some pictures of the vignette base and those same close-ups, but without the mech.
A couple pictures with the engraved trophy for winning the challenge.
Even with the requirement to lean forward a bit to fit within the challenge boundaries, the Leprechaun is sturdy enough to stand on its own.
Despite the limitation in size, this mech still has the high articulation that I strive for with every mechsuit. All thanks to a compact combination of old Bionicle parts, with standard size and Mixel size System ball joints. Also, the hand design is the exact same one that I used for the Hoplite Peacekeeper.
The Leprechaun is a prototype variant for future lightweight mechsuits. Small, nimble, and equipped with 2 medium Anti-Grav Levitation Thrusters on the back, and 4 Auxiliary Dash Boosters on each leg, this mech is as hard to catch as the name suggests.
Armed with a single low-power Plasma Accelerator Rifle, and 2 medium SSAMs(Surface-to-Surface/Air Missiles) on each shoulder, The Leprechaun has a very minimal yet versatile and lightweight arsenal, best used for evasive hit-and-run tactics or patrols.
It can still manage to kneel on the ground with palms face-down as if landing from the sky, although it is a bit difficult to pose due to having no waist joint swivel. For some reason these pictures make me think of a frog, which was almost considered as a name for it.
An epic, heroic stance.
Bring it on, martial arts style.
Speaking of martial arts, despite being a bit flimsy and barely holding its weight like this, this MOC is balanced enough to stand on just one leg, either one, for a strong and convincing kicking pose. This flexible, athletic nature allows the Leprechaun to hold its own in CQC, despite not having any melee weapons.
This can make a Leprechaun pilot seem rather cocky.
As it can be ready for seemingly anything.
Brought to its knees..
Speaking of pilots, yes, the Leprechaun still has room for one, but just barely.
The interior space for the minifigure is just 3 studs wide, using an experimental bracket plate technique. Due to lack of time to finish it before the challenge deadline(I only did this over the course of 2 weeks), I was unable to incorporate controls for the cockpit, or properly secure the torso to the 1-stud-wide waist(which is why it has no waist swivel). But, what I ended up with does the job that it needs to.
Another pair of pictures showing off the stability and balance, by simply walking.
A height comparison with the Hoplite Peacekeeper. As you can see, The Leprechaun only comes up to the former's waist.
Yet another reason to call this mech a Leprechaun, because it is short, haha.
However, it was still good enough to hold a trophy...
...And lean on it with pride.
Out of several entries, this MOC was part of a three-way tie. Then, it managed to closely win the Finals vote. I thank the Lord for that victory. My first challenge/contest ever won, since getting back into Lego. I can only hope and pray that things continue to go well.
Anyway, back to being on guard.
Well, this mechsuit turned out to be pretty spot on. I like it.
Quoting The Bacillicidal Beet Beast Person
Awesome! Love it! Can you post instructions/framework for the torso design?
I don't normally provide instructions, especially since I haven't yet even 'perfected' this design. However, this is the purpose of the picture with the close-up open cockpit, to see how the torso is connected together. If you are good enough, you should be able to reverse engineer it. Just, please, be sure to give me credit if you use the design. Otherwise, thanks!