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Atar by Lol-Pretzel Atar by Lol-Pretzel
The spoopiest of toa!

A mysterious toa whose motives seemed always veiled in shadow. Vilified by many in life, Atar the so-called "Toa of Nightmares" proved his heroism during the Great Cataclym, when he and two other toa sacrificed themselves to maintain the balance of Life and Death in the universe.
This MOC has been a secret WIP for nearly two years (!) .-. Quite possibly one of the most complicated designs I've done. Spent a lot of time trying to "hide" the keetorange bits under other components of his armour. He's got a pretty important role in the whole Korrothis storyline too, but I haven't got time to write it out right now :v

Happy (late) Halloween!

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Character belongs to :iconclockworktempest00:
Lower arm design is from :iconoblivious521:'s Syraelle

Also I can't help but imagine him sounding and acting like the Librarian from Dawn of War... definitely some 40k inspiration in this guy :dummy:

btw "Atarangi" is the Maori word for "shadow", hence the name :v
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SacredSpirit123 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
I love the coat!
Thatlegonerd365 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Jedder77 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
Great job! I especially like the overcoat-look! I think it fits Shadow's character well (at least, the Shadow I've seen).
Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that's a lot of greebling. I'd be afraid to handle him. It looks great though, I especially like the layering of the yellow in his torso. What I'm assuming are tassets looks a bit clunky though. I suggest making the stretch for some black pearl sails and giving him actual cloth there. There's plenty of options in black. That's unless it's supposed to additional armor, in which case I think it looks good. Kinda hard to tell what you were going for there.

I don't know why but when I saw this Dethklok's Black Fire Upon Us came to mind. :P
Lol-Pretzel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
The MOC is actually pretty stable (the arms and legs use a really strong design based off one of these connected into some liftarms' pinholes) and most of the greebling is reinforced against itself. The flimsiest bits of him are actually the elbow joints, which sometimes slide off (though the exo force arms in there kinda hold things together a little better). A couple of spots in his lower legs use these, too, so that the LoSS leg bit sits flush and the ankle cowling always remains in the right place. It's technically free floating in there.
The worst bit is probably the chest if I'm not really careful, as the two LoSS limbs at each side can move apart, and if they do they'll pull some stuff with them that's attached to a mahri tube running all the way through, but it won't move on its own, and most parts are really solidly connected. The front and back armour are directly attached to each other via axles running all the way through his torso, for example.

As for the tassets, they're meant to be armour, but the design (as with the original) is meant to look like a jacket or coat. He's based off some WH40K artwork I've seen (but now can't find D:) as well as Junie's drawing of him. Plus, the tassets are based off the gun things the original Toa Shadow has at his hips. They can still technically perform the same function and swing forward, but they're too heavy to stay horizontal unaided.
Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm interesting. I don't quite understand how it's used inside there though. I should try using those more. The entire top half of Maristela is held on by the Stud-into-technic-pinhole technique.Two of these are what's connecting her torso to the roof elements. Those rubber axle connectors are amazing though. I use them all the time. one holds on Mari's Crystal beast head-hair piece, and I used on on Kali to make her stomach more flush against the other parts. They're great for getting weird angles to stay. I saw this tutorial where someone figured out a way to use a bunch of them to make giant lego tires. I wish I could lugbulk those suckers so I could build me a great big ass Bionicle Vehicle.

Sounds like Matteo. There's a lot of little greebly bits that fall off of him, mostly two pieces on his chest, and the 4X4 radar dishes that flesh out his thighs. That's a really sweet design though. I'd love to see it used with Silver or white to make cote Lapels. The Coat aesthetic almost works in my opinion, it just needs some kind of bridging between his torso and the tasssets. As it is it looks too disjointed to look as though it's part of the same article of clothing. I suggest adding something to the back that drapes down or at least on the lower back to "visually" connect the upper torso to the tassets and lower body.
FrancisJeremyXavyer Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Student Writer
Yowza, boss armor!
Alieraah Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yoooo its (shadow?) a bit confused by the description.

either way, like what you did here (^u^)b
Lol-Pretzel Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Sorry, I should probably mention in the description that his name is based off the Maori word for shadow ^^;
Thanks :3
Alieraah Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ooohhhhh yes makes sense now xD 
Sir-Iggs Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh what do ya know, I saw this earlier and I already joked about it looking like shadowgear but that was before I saw the description. But ofcourse hahah.

Since I cannot critique it officially I'll just do it here via a normal comment.

I'll start by saying I really liek the overall stature. The body and arms are really nicely shaped and look the part befitting for a lord of sorts. The "skirt" parts that drape down from his waist only really accentuate this feeling. The usage of the keetorange is, while subtle, plenty to make it stand out and keeps the moc from becomign a dull black mass really easily. Favorite parts of mine are the collar and the abdominal sections.

My one gripe with this otherwise great looking moc is how you made the legs. The upper legs look too flat and skinny for me while the lower ones tend to look too bulky. This is not helped by the usage of the herofactory 1.0 armor and the fact you chose to keep the foot as small as it is. I'm really sure you had a goal with this but I do think that by bulking out the upper legs a tad atleast you would get him to look a lot more powerful.

That said, my compliments on the moc. It has some areas which are jsut marvelous to look at, so keep it up ^^
Lol-Pretzel Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
If I bulk out the upper legs, the coat tail bits won't fall flat at his sides.
thedragonitus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! So I'm guessing that when he had the witch doctor skull that was based off of juries drawing?
Lol-Pretzel Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Yep :)
The both heads are interchangable, I just had some serious issued taking photos of that white skull on the black body. I was in a hurry with bad lighting. :T
thedragonitus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thatdudemaan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats impressive!
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