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Lego System: Matteo-nette
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Published: March 31, 2012
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This is my second submission to :iconbarrelex:'s Triumph of Scrapworld contest.

Scrapworld Bio
Matteo, once a powerful Makuta was yet another notable victim to the mutagen, turning him into a disfigured slave to the horde. Matteo went from being another scrap beast, wondering the wastelands of Bara Magna to becoming Arachnes's pet. Peering into the mind that used to be she found him peculiar and interesting. "Such a dignified mind would be delightfully cruel jest." So she made him her puppet. reshaping his body, leaving just enough biological components to sustain his life, and just enough of the mechanical ones to have limited movement inside a wooden casing made of wood from a few trees recovered from what was left of the jungles of Aqua-magna.
As Arachne stripped away the infected parts of his body, and thereby the mutagen, Matteo slowly reclaimed his mind, such was her intent.
I know not what is a worse fate, having become a slave to that terrible mutagen, or having survived it, only to return to a body that is not my own. ~Dottore Matteo"


about the MOC
I've wanted to do this for a while. In the picture of Arachne(linked above) You can see that there is "mini-Matteo-nette", which I still have, but is no longer strung. This was my first attempt at this concept. After trying it out with him, I knew that I had wanted to come back to this idea and reattempt this concept since I wasn't satisfied with the results. This version is a lot better, but still has some slight issues. Once I have more string parts, I may give this a version two update. But overall, I'm very satisfied with the MOC. :D

Featured in this Deviation Matteo
Image size
8150x6150px 6.28 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
FUJIFILM
Model
Fujifilm A220 A230
Shutter Speed
1/74 second
Aperture
F/2.9
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Mar 30, 2012, 1:38:27 PM
Software
Paint.NET v3.5.10
Sensor Size
4mm
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GhostyMcspooky's avatar
GhostyMcspookyHobbyist Photographer
i love how you rebuilt every part of him in a blocky way
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Mana-Ramp-MatoranHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Ben. :D Yeah that was a pretty fun challenge. Matteonette is a blast to play with to. I'd like to get a bunch more string elements some day and make the cords really long So he is more like a real marionette. Maybe move the leg functions to their own yolk to.
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yeah,would like to make one for my self-moc too,if i had more black and white parts
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Mana-Ramp-MatoranHobbyist Traditional Artist
Well luckily those are both common colors for system. So that shouldn't be too hard. Its getting more of the string elements that proves difficult. I need more tan for the control sticks to. I just cobbled them together, but I'd like to make nicer looking ones at some point as well.
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GhostyMcspookyHobbyist Photographer
yeah,maybe ill give it a try
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bioghosty4Hobbyist General Artist
omg mini matteo o nette is so cute
Mana-Ramp-Matoran's avatar
Mana-Ramp-MatoranHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man. He's super fun to play around with to. :XD:
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bioghosty4Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome :3 
Raps555's avatar
I love the contrast between the two versions, at first I couldn't even tell the difference! I get a very Legend of Zelda puppet boss feeling from it, which I really like a lot. Nice use of the clock on the Bio version! xD A tip for photographing reds - don't put them on a white background. Put them on dark grey, it allows the camera to focus better on not blowing out the reds and keeping details instead of trying to filter out the white glow. Also, great use of the lego strings, that was a very nice touch.
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Mana-Ramp-MatoranHobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy shit...How did I never reply to this? Well, three months later and I finally see it when browsing previous MOC's comments. I'm sorry Chris. :hug:

I've never played Legend of Zelda so I don't get the reference. :P Link please? HAHA get it? :XD:

Yeah I've seen some MOCers use dark grey backrounds, they're a nice medium between white and black. I really need to get me some kind of new background that isn't the lightbox. What kind of material could I use for a good smooth background but also be large enough for some of my bigger MOCs? Does Micheal's sell large pieces of like posterboard or card stock? I've seen MOCers use some kind of material where its smoothly bent up from the ground to the wall, and in dark grey, but I don't know what material they're using or where to get it. :/
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Quite alright. :3

You could use a couple different things. What I use is just a large white posterboard like you'd find at almost any grocery or drugstore that sells school supplies, but if you wanted gray, your best bet would be Michaels, yeah. If you pick up some wooden dowels, you can make a wooden armature to keep the stock nicely bent with a flat bit down at the bottom to set things on.
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Ah okay, I'll have to check that out. What I'd actually like would be something where I can swap in and out colors as I need them, white for dark MOCs, black for light, grey for in between's or MOCs that have both light and dark. So maybe even two shades of Grey, light and dark. I use that blue insert on the light box and that's alright, but I find that much blue in the background a bit distracting. Something more Neutral would be nice.

I'm confused about what you mean by "wooden armature" like a frame that holds it all together on the sides?
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Yeah, I was thinking like a basic wooden armature shaped vaguely like a chair frame (two upright L shapes with cross bars between them) with pins in strategic places on it, and then you could punch holes in the cardstock you use for the background and slip it on so it doesn't move.
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Mana-Ramp-MatoranHobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I see yeah that makes sense. Something like that could be rigged up by my step dad and I. :D
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it's amazing how you made a puppet of your own bionicle! I tried somethng like that once, it didn't work out
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Mana-Ramp-MatoranHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. Not only did I make a puppet of Matteo, I made a marionette without using non lego parts. That's what I'm really proud of with this MOC. :)
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st3vethesquidHobbyist Artist
Haha, nice brick built matteo :P
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Mana-Ramp-MatoranHobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe. Thank you. You really should browse my gallery some day. Your gallery is pretty small, all fits on one page for me. But I also have my page setting set to 100 per page cause of the premium account. But still, your gallery is small.

And FYI he does work as a marionette. I've since repositioned the connections of the leg strings to better make his legs work. Now I just need to get more string parts so that I can do dual control sticks and really be able to make him move right.
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st3vethesquidHobbyist Artist
Aaaaand I just figured out how deviantart works. I seriously did not notice that when you look in the gallery it's on 'featured' by default. I thought I had seen everything!

*sigh* it's gonna be a long day.
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Mana-Ramp-MatoranHobbyist Traditional Artist
:lol: Yeah. The main page is the featured. Then there's the folders on the sides. And now premium members have access to sub folders, so I do have a few things separated into sub folders. :) But browse does put everything in chronological order descending from most recent.

Well I haven't seen any new comments, so I'm guessing you haven't bit the bullet and browsed yet?
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nah I'm too lazy to comment :D
Sandtrap's avatar
That's freaking hilarious, man.
Mana-Ramp-Matoran's avatar
Mana-Ramp-MatoranHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) And as you saw, it actually works. :D
Sandtrap's avatar
Quite well, even.
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