The True BlackTRON Legion

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The True BlackTRON Legion

Postby Funky Weasel » Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:45 am

As promised, the True BlackTRON Legion (TBL).

General over-view:

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Infantry and lurking in the background: the legendary BlackTRON Battle Bus:

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The TBL originally had a pretentious name like, "The BlackTRON Battlemover." However my fellow Brikwarriors took one look at it and said, "Nice battle bus, mate." The name stuck. :)

The Battle Bus's main job is to drop off the two Size 3" BlackTRONium rockets onto enemy artillery, ferry troops into the thick of battle, then act as mobile cover or a battering ram until destroyed. Last battle it managed to blow the front off a similarly sized enemy vehicle with the rockets, had the contents of the cockpit reduced to soup by enemy fire, leaving a very angry AI to ram an enemy biker into low orbit. Good times.

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The rear roof canopy is linked to the rear door so that the whole back opens up, done mainly for practical reasons so that mans could easily be placed, moved or removed. The rear compartment can hold about 4 armed BlackTRONs, though Hammerstein's hammer does take up an entire person's worth of space if the big man decides to take the bus into battle.

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There is also an opening hatch either side of the Battle Bus just behind the cockpit, space enough for 3 more armed BlackTRONs.

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The Battle Bus is driven by two Engineers and an onboard AI.

The Wolf Mark II has not yet seen battle - it is primarily a flashy, disposable distraction. The Wolf Mark I was rapidly dismantled as it looked like a coffin on tiny wheels, very poor.

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The armoured cockpit is a result of running out of decent transparent canopies - I leant all the non-black-and-yellow pieces to the two fellow Brikwarriors whom had few or none of their own bricks.

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The WaspTRON Wing has proven to be the most annoying of the TBL forces. They are innevitably blown apart in short order, but not before getting in a few choice stings with their Size 3" stinger blasters.

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The WaspTRON Pilots are aerial elites, marked by their white left arms. As a kid I was a fan of givening Blacktrons different roles by swapping in different colour minifig parts for different functions - blue helmets for Sea Blacktrons; gold arm, leg-mount and gold helmets for Commanders, etc.

They cling on to the handlebars for dear life as they zoom around the battlefield - when they crash or bail they grab the spanner as a small melee weapon and search for revenge. Sadly WaspTRON pilots on foot have an even shorter lifespan than their mounts.

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The TBL Special Units:
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(left) Traitor Trike Rider Jones - humans sell out to the BlackTRONs for all sorts of reasons. Revenge, carnage, the false promise that they can be turned into a BlackTRON and live forever. All Traitor Jones wanted was a sweet trike and a chance to cause awesome explosions in a working environment where his choice of hairstyle would not be questioned.

(front) StigTRON - some say that he is secretly made of 50% megabloks and amphetamines, and that he prowls eBay looking for Hello Kitty merchandise. All we know is, he's called The StigTRON! Usually seen piloting one of the TBL vehicles, today he can be seen modelling a recently found jump pack.

(right) RoboTRON - With no regard for copyright the BlackTRONs perform cybernetic experiments on each other with alarming frequency. This is one of their few successes – the rest are excellent YouTube material.

(back) BruteTRON - Occasionally the BlackTRONs scrape up their greatest and craziest fallen warriors with a spatula and pour it into the meanest looking combat chassis they can build on a budget.

Hammerstein's Elites - Pure melee combat monsters wearing heavy armour, wielding heavy melee weapons and shields, led by the TBL Villain currently heading their armies. Unusually Hammerstein himself is not a True BlackTRON, but no-one dares disagree with the Supreme BlackTRON's orders.

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Another close-up of Hammerstein because he is quite possibly my single favourite minifig I have built so far.

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Sadly Hammerstein's training regime involved repeat viewings of Bad Boys. Consequently they are unable to perform any actions without shouting, "Hurr!" or using spinny camera shots.

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Bloody Scarr's Shock Troops - standard BlackTRON infantry kitted out with short ranged pistols and small melee weapons.

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Sometimes there are disputes over whether or not OTChainsaws or angle grinders are the most awesome melee weapons with, as the ancient scrolls say, hilarious results. Scarr himself is another traitor human, rumoured to be a Futron reject.

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Ogel Clone 1676's Heavies - a refugee from a distant genre, Ogel Clone 1676 was dug out of a collapsed volcano lair and resurrected with BlackTRON technology. He has a particularly hatred for aquanauts.

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The heavies camera left are GunnerTRONs carrying long ranged assault cannons, the right are RocketTRONs carrying launchers with three reloads represented by the orange cones/cylinders for convenience.

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And finally, for a laugh: the SpiderTRON.

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Originally built as an automated ore extractor as part of a King of the Hill scenario involving capturing a BlackTRONium mine, the thorax has a control on it that minifigs could make an easy skill check against to take control of the construct for a turn. Now the BlackTRON use it to extract enemy brains from skulls.

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Things I learned from taking these photos are that I need to dust my LEGOs a bit more, and probably work out how the flash on my mate's camera works.
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Postby birdman » Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:45 am

sexy.
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Postby Shadow Metagross » Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:47 am

Oh wow. Classic Blacktron. Nice.
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Postby Blitzen » Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:31 pm

I love the concept for the WaspTRON.
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Postby tunasailor » Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:56 pm

Wow, thats nice, the roboTRON is my favored.
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Postby tahthing » Sun Jun 14, 2009 1:56 pm

you need something with a trans-yellow quarter dome for it to become really-really-mega-awesome.
and you do realish that those Orange Transparent Chain Saw are very powerfull, some people use the stats of "destroys everything (other than the person holding it/the thing its attachted too) it touchs with no skill or damage roll, the only roll you make for it is rolling a d20 to see how many bricks it destroys", ide give them to some more powerfull units.


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Postby Almighty Benny » Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:34 pm

I love the Battle Bus

the name is cool and the design is awesome
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Postby Warhead » Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:56 pm

Astounding! Simply astounding. 8)
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Postby Funky Weasel » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:18 pm

Cheers for the positive feedbacks everyone. :) Much appreciated.

tahthing wrote:you need something with a trans-yellow quarter dome for it to become really-really-mega-awesome.

Funny you should mention that, I happen to have the parts for the Blacktron I Message-Intercept Base I got one Saturnalia, back in the day. I am hoping to use them for the TBL Typhon - Mobile Command Center currently under construction - either as part of Typhon or, more likely, the mining base it must reach before being destroyed by 3 players commanding equal points worth of chaps.

tahthing wrote:and you do realish that those Orange Transparent Chain Saw are very powerful

They are just one-handed melee weapons for my purposes, except for the Chainscythe which is a two-handed weapon. It doesn't hurt that they look quite awesome and intimidating though.

I do enjoy the fist-like nature of the Battle Bus, but worry it is a bit too blocky. Hoping to add some extra details (cockpit ladders, slightly more streamlined look now I have sorted out all the black and yellow bricks and found some promising sloped parts) and in particular improve on the four turrets on each corner.

Still not entirely happy with the Wolf Mark II ground interceptor, though by chance it turned out I was channelling childhood memories of the Blacktron I Battrax set. If the Wolf isn't ground down for parts for Typhon I intend to rebuild it along the lines of the Battrax but maintaining the armoured canopy and stuffing a bunch of concealed rockets onboard.

The WaspTRONs are probably the most fun to play because my fellow Brikwarriors also enjoy mounts and small single-person constructs in addition to a few hefty vehicles.

WaspTRONs are Size 3" Structure 1D10 creations with 10" flying movement, a basic AI (D6 skill) and a Stinger ranged weapon (Size 3" / Range 12" / Use 6" / Damage 3D6) that, with a Pilot armed with a small hand melee weapon (spanner) come in at 51 CP each - about twice the cost of a Flying Metal Gun Horse. So far I have only fielded two at a time and used them to harass enemy troopers and light vehicles, but I reckon three of them stand a good chance of picking off stray medium vehicles or raking a small enemy unit convincingly.

Not pictured was the BlackTRON Party Wagon, an old style black and yellow car with a stolen space police pick-up wagon attached for BlackTRONs to drink Beertronium and shoot at enemies, stray cults, or whatever. I broke it up in my first abortive attempt at Typhon but will hopefully have the parts to rebuild it soon.
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Postby Cpt. Zipps » Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:23 pm

THE TRANS-ORANGE CHAINSAW IS NOT "JUST A ONE-HANDED MELEE WEAPON"! IT IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL TOOLS OF DESTRUCTION EVER CREATED! TO CALL IT ANYTHING ELSE IS JUST BLASPHEMY!
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Postby Natalya » Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:43 pm

It's a weapon that is FEARED ON A THOUSAND WORLDS>!!
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Postby james+burgundy » Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:53 pm

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Postby tahthing » Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:30 pm

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Postby pesgores » Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:34 am

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Postby Moronstudios » Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:08 am

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