I have been absent for more than a year and have neglected both this blog and the list. There are three frames being added to the list today, and a quick look through the MFZ Flikr group will prove just how deserving all three of these are of being added. The first is The Land mate by Malcom Craig. The land mate has been copied more than any other non “Canon” frame with the possible exception of the MGN, which as fate would have it is also on the list, and also a creation of Malcom’s. That says a great deal about Malcom’s creative power.
The second frame being added today is a much more recent creation, but in the half year since it was first posted to the Flickr group it has been copied numerous times. The frame is half Landmate and Half Conscript. The frames creator Greg Strom has dubbed it the Landscript, and the name is just as popular as the frame itself.
The third and final frame being added today is a modification of Soren’s iconic Chub frame. The frame I speak of is of course the “Super Chub” by Josh Shimko. Not only has this frame been copied many times but it has lent parts of itself to a multitude of other frames by numerous builders, and has been blamed by some as having singlehandedly started the “Cult of Articulation” within the MFZ community.
Long time readers of this blog will know that scale is a subject that is very important to me. Scale becomes even more important when playing a game that involves the players building their forces from bricks. The size of items on the game table in relation to each other is one factor in how we judge the tactical situation. For this reason it helps when all parties involved are building to the same scale, or set of “scale rules.” Joshua has set size limits for the ships, saying that in this game “the biggest cruiser is about 120 meters long.” He also sets the size limit when built in the brick at sixteen studs, and the size limit of the frigates is set at twelve studs. So with this in mind I made a quick size comparison with a few ships that most of us are familiar with. The Romulan bird of prey is 131 meters long. The Klingon bird of prey is 109 meters long. The Boeing 747 is 70 meters. The Serenity is 63 meters. The Millenium Falcon is 26.7 meters. The sixteen stud brick is 120 meters, and the twelve stud brick is about 90 meters.
Thanks to Jeff Russell’s Starship Dimensions website for the images and size information.
Joshua A.C. Newman has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the second game in the Mobile frame universe, called Alpha Bandit. This rule set has been eagerly anticipated by Mobile frame fans, and is a hot topic of discussion on the Mobile Frame Hangar forums. The game is funding quickly, and is already more than halfway to reaching its goal. You can find out all about the campaign here – Mobile Frame Zero 002: Alpha Bandit.
Mechatonic has returned! Malcolm just put up the first post today that the blog has seen in almost three years. Mechatonic is one of the major reasons I started this blog. It does my heart good to see it back in the game. Now if I could just get off my butt and post some of the things I’ve had in the works for months and just can’t seem to finish.
When I started this blog, one of the things that people said kept them from getting into the game, was their own inability to come up with cool looking Lego mechs. I then created this list as a service to the community. I did not intend to offend anyone by creating and maintaining this list.
Last month I found two comments posted to my blog, one to the first post announcing the list, and the second to the list itself. Both were from the same person who was offended that none of his work had yet made it onto my blog, and more importantly onto the “List.”
I have my blog set so that all comments must be approved by myself or they remain invisible. I felt I did not need that kind of drama on my blog, so I left the comments “unapproved,” but the fact that they had been posted at all has tickled at the back of my consciousness for over a month now, and I feel the need to say something.
I created this blog as a resource and aid to making cool looking mechs for Mechaton and Mobile Frame Zero, so I can understand that many of my visitors are just here to look at the pretty pictures, and not to read the pathetic drivel that I eek out on my keyboard. The problem starts when someone gets offended by what I am doing because they did NOT read the pathetic drivel posted at the end of the list.
I came up with a set of rules to guide me in the creation of, and maintenance of the list. I did not want to fall into the trap of adding every cool frame I found on the net. Nor did I want to fall into the trap of adding all of my own creations to the list, in a grand “tooting my own horn” party.
The rules basically divide the frames on the list into two categories, and I will call them “Canon,” and “Community.”
The Canon mechs are on the list by having been in some way connected to one of the games creator/publishers, or having been in an official game related document.
The Community mechs are those that have been adopted by a portion of the MFZ community other than the person who created them.
In the past I often posted about cool stuff I found on the net, and then went on to copy it for my own use. I would then think “wow this is really cool, I should add it to the list.” I decided to add to the set of rules one that has just been in my head, and that is that “I” am not the community, just a part of it, and in order to add a frame to the list someone other than myself had to copy it and post it online.
So what I am trying to say with all of this is that the list is not for the most amazing or prettiest MFZ mechs in history, but for the “official” mechs and the frames that have been adopted by the community.
The Flickr MFZ group has seen an incredible amount of activity over the last several months, so much that I have decided I can’t post about everything that I think is cool. I do however post comments on Flikr about some of them.
With all of this having been said, I realize that I have been lax in maintaining the list, and two jump readily to mind, although there may be more. If you find any frame that fits the rules, that I have not added, please let me know, there is so much activity on the Flikr group I am sure I have missed something.
The first Frame being added is the GAU-29 ‘Battle Toad’ Assault Frame, by Karoline Dianne.
It was copied by Grass4hopper who made an aquatic version.
I then jumped on the band wagon and posted the copy I had made weeks earlier.
Von Rublenstein Reserch has created several versions.
myersac14 created a very faithfull version in dark red.
This is a small set for $5.99 that looks great on a “seven plate scale” table straight out of the box. The set is called Mini Digger. Makes a great station, or just cover, both ways it adds some flavor.
If you are planning to demo Mobile Frame Zero, and would like to have several tables going at once, you might consider this. I found these at one of the local Dollar Tree stores and quickly bought more than I should have, but I could not resist. All the colors we need are there, including a black die in case you want to try out the “stealth” home brew rules. The whole pack of ten dice is just a dollar, so the price is right for dice that might come up missing at some demo or tournament game. Yes they are cheaply made, but for that price who cares?