Kanae Sky Docks
Ok so straight off the bat sighs ,yeah @Sokoda also designed a set based in Kanae and it also contains a Gukko bird, I just wanna say that any likeness or features mine shares with his are purely coicidental and this also goes for the rest of the set. Whilst he has gone for a temple design, I’ve tried to explore what elements of Kanae lifestyle would be like. So without further ado, another G3 set…
So I started this off wanting to do Gukko birds, I didn’t want a full technic but I did want a wing function like the original, I settled with this design based off the 2016 creature designs as the original gukko wing designs are kinda… meh.
The dock and foresty parts evolved off that, somewhere where Kanae matoran would be able to transport stuff, then a hut to show a little Kanae architecture and a small defensive turret. The turret is small as Kanae is not a rich or militant region and so they cannot afford good weaponry to defend their supply lines. The set contains 812 pieces (no masks included), I didn’t do any printing because… I’m not a fantastic artist.
So we have Toa Lewa, 2 Matoran (A dock worker and Gukko Rider) and Vorahk. I picked Vorahk as he looks like a Minotaur and perhaps his goat like legs would allow him to easily traverse the terrain of Kanae, jumping between islands and climbing the rocky hills.
The Bird contains around 300 Pieces including it’s cargo and Rider. With kinda smallish legs but more designed to be picked up and the wing feature used, I felt it was fine. It isn’t coloured like the typical Gukko of G1 as I couldn’t distinguish the saddle with the G1 colours. The wings can move 35 degrees with the function and the individual wings can also be freely bent.
The cargo that comes with the set includes:
- 2 Mailboxes and 4 papers (could be printed with stuff, maybe they could have some story significance?)
- 2 Crystals
- 2 Fish
- An empty barrel and an empty box
So the dock itself, I love it visually, from a play perspective… Eh, I couldn’t think of many features to include so the only feature is the gun turret. It’s designed to look like a crossbow or scorpion type weapon. The Hut is my view of traditional Kanae Architecture, aside from the Gukko, this is the main take from the set for me, the style of architecture.
Base on some Oomatu art, with viking-y slanted rooves in 2 shades of green and covered in vines.
Some more Photos.
I just got back from travelling so I don’t have a ton of energy to write a deep explanation of what I did for the set design etc. So I’ll make this quick, I like the Gukko design I’ve got and I think it can co-exist with Sokoda’s mechanical version. I still have this ideal that all architectural styles of the regions are unique and I think this set did it’s bit. I don’t have any plans for any new sets but the next one will definitely focus on playability. This one has it in the form of the Gukko but it could and should be better.
Comments and Criticisms are welcome