Another model built alongside the spirit of marchikoma.
Long time I was seeking the large quarter circle piece in tan. Still a few parts are not available in tan, most was fine to replace with a similar part, except one (2 same pieces) prominent part. Can you spot it?
Here’s the more authentic version of my interpretation of the famous
Alakuneda Think Tank as seen in the Ghost in the Shell anime. (Not the crap Unholywood remake)
More models from the GitS universe:
Marchi’koma is a great possibility to flex one’s building muscles with GitS inspired robots. Since this is right up my alley, I churned out a few models.
A small robot with character with minimum parts in company of a anime-styled minifigure is ‘Tiny T’.
Two robots drawing inspiration from a spider and a crab, ‘Pain + Killer’, feature a heavy utilitarian and military look. Initially they were designed for a commission, but turned out a tad too large.
The largest in this run is the ‘Old V.I.C.’, a mixture of victorian steampunk, robot tech and microscale with a dash of Howl’s moving castle. The frame is based upon the same one as the D.A.Z. FS359i. This fella will probably be part of a larger diorama I am working on for ages.
Occasionally things take time…
…so now we can finally kick off the results of our collaboration work.
Some time ago Shobrick and I collaborated for this project. Shobrick is a great photographer and director. After an introduction by Nicolas Forsans, Shobrick got in touch with me. He sent me a few images and asked if I can make a mech for a scene he had in mind. Somewhere between Shirow and Kojima. He told me about the setting and stuff, so I could get the vibe and the direction he was heading to.
After a few versions this 6-legged walker tank | Hexapod was finally designed. You can find the stand-alone images of the tank and building notes further down >>>. After attaching some decals to it, the Hexapod was sent to Shobrick.
Shobrick then did his magic. He gathered his crew of set designers (Paul de Laroche, Frédéric Mercier and his son Anton) and other great people help designing, creating and staging the setting. This was great to follow along while the ruins started developing with other details such as the neon signs and billboards. Once the setting was developed Shobrick took the photos at at an impressible high end performance.
And the result is breath-taking!
For Shobrick this was his last project with the bricks for now as he wants to further follow his path of being a film director. I am proud to have been able to work with him.
Enough foreword, without further ado here comes the show:
– image credits and copyright by Shobrick –
The model needed dynamic posing alongside articulation combined with a plausible and aesthetic pleasing design. Getting the right balance between form and function was the leading light for this build.
The first inspiration led to a direction with a dog or animal like mech. Taking a different direction, the former body was replaced by the Hexapod design later on. Only the head and the color scheme were adopted from the prior version. One reason was that there to be some kind of heavy artillery as it should be a designated war machine, staged in combat scenes. This and a plausible, functional design with ‘play’ features directed the frame to be highly articulated and moveable. The special play feature is the rotating weapons platform which in reverse direction can snug together with the head, giving it a compact and heavy armored feeling. Once rotated the cannon moves into action. Two weapon slots on the front legs allow close range combat, 8 launchers attached to the sides of the platform allow additional performance.
The final image series have been published in the Geek magazine S09E03
Exclusive online coverage by The Brothers Brick
Another robot adaption from Ghost in the Shell. This one is from the Arise series. The original is called a Logicoma, which derives from Logistics Conveyer Machine. The challenge was to make the robot minifig size, while being able to fully retract as seen on screen.
I have a full gallery of breakdown shots if you are interested. Shoot me a mail for details.
After days of labour (much more than I thought) my newest project is finished.
I have been working on the building instructions of my interpretation of the famous 6-legged Think Tank robot from Ghost in the Shell‘s climatic showdown. Now available for sale for anyone who wants to build their own version. It’s on demand, just shoot me a [mail].
Making instructions is quite some work if done manually. Considering the building steps like preparing all the images, editing them, creating and editing the parts list, concept and layout of the design and much more is a big project. Despite the labour, it was a great experience and helped me develop skills for other projects to come.
FYI: Any reward from this project will directly flow into the next projects.
Featured at TBB: Ghost in the Shell’s intimidating Fuchikoma
A great rendition accompanied by a unique custom paint job and a fantastic presentation from Ray Leung can be found here.
Sidenote: The best minicsale Alakuneda up-to-date is the Version by Sasapon IMO