Time to dust off some legos, clear some (mostly) metaphorical cobwebs, and scoot my collection of 2015 sets to the other side of the room.
I'm back, baby.
Part 3B: Mira
Relevant Music: 1, 2
Story: The youngest of the survivors of the Sehran Cataclysm, Mira's intellectual awareness of the nature of the group's post-apocalyptic lifestyle has little bearing on her emotional state of contentedness with life, as she only dimly remembers her childhood before the cataclysm. As a result, she is considerably more carefree than the rest, traipsing and tumbling about the ruins without thought. She's an incorrigible prankster and something of a romantic at times, but with a wit as sharp as a blade, she's by no means stupid, just... shallow.
Her family came from the Sea Of Energy, an inland sea rocked by unending thunderstorms, between the Polar City and the northwestern continent, and she often enjoys flying about the region - appreciating the beautiful views atop the clouds before diving in amongst the lightning to sharpen her already-quick reflexes.
While not one of my best, I still think she's a build I can be proud of.
Nyran shot. I wasn't able to force a useless gear into her design as a homage to the original sets, sadly.
Arms are pretty simple; as with Kaus, her upper arms are simple Slizer leg pieces. I think the bulkiness of the lower arm and the skinniness of the upper create a nicely contrasting, insectoid look, but it may just look hideous given my lack of objectivity on the matter.
The leg is pretty simple; I wish I hadn't had to clump most of the purple in her thigh, but my piece options were getting to be severely limited by that point. I also probably made a bad call with the bohrok teeth, as supporting that weight is starting to put strain on the axle connectors.
The wing is a fairly basic outline. If I ever learn how to do fabric-y things, I want to make a sort of slipon cover with the same sort of cloth they used for Vezon's cape. Unfortunately, they don't stay up too well when she's standing like this, so my thumb gets a small cameo.
Fairly simple tail, though it's a fair bit longer than Kaus's thanks to the av-matoran arm.
I decided to remove her limbs for the torso shot, as it's kind of involved.
The upper torso is kind of a mess of thin technic brackets connected by copious amounts of pins and axles, but somehow it comes together pretty well, in my opinion. Of particular note is the wing connectors.
The lower torso is a bit more straightforward; I'm really glad the risky move of using the Metru Waist upside-down didn't turn out as bad as I feared it would. I do think it would look better if I replaced the white ball socket with a black one, though, to accentuate the hips a bit better.
And as you might expect, there's waist articulation. Mira is much more flexible than her fellows, both in-story and in their MOCs.
Dragonfly mode! The wings stay level far more easily here, as the vital hinge is much sturdier.
The setup is pretty similar to Kaus, but where his back legs turn around, hers just bend forward at an almost alarming angle.
Couldn't get the original model together for comparison for obvious reasons, but here's her with her disks at any rate.
Duck and cover!
Posing is pretty decent, but her balance can often take lots of minute adjustments to perfect, thanks to the wings - fortunately, the tail can genuinely help take up the slack.
"Ah pity da foo'."
The waist joint also has some pretty strong side-to-side action, though the hip spikes do kind of get in the way sometimes.
Disk shot, of course. There was a second one with better lighting, but I went with this one just because her pose screams attitude. Even if it is against character.
While both are the more comedic members of the group, Mira's harmless sarcasm is a far cry from Lesath's more malign antics. She often calls him out when he's going too far, and with two people more than capable of some bitingly caustic remarks, these incidents are quick to devolve and leave everyone present feeling worse-off.
Mira treats Meissa as a mother of sorts, much to the latter's discomfort; while she loves the younger girl as a sibling would, the flier's frequent attempts to get her to lighten up only serve to grate on her nerves even further.
As per usual, please let me know what you think! What could I improve on? What did you like or dislike? Are these too dusty?
Next Time: Another thing I loved about Slizers was just how... wild... some of the designs could get.