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Aside from MOCing, I heartily enjoy writing blog posts. Here are some of my highlights.

:bulletred: Discussions: Generally longer journals in which I talk extensively about a particular topic.
:tea: A spot of English: A screenplay about grammar and correctness.
:lightbulb: Glorified rearrangement: The effect that my Lego pastime has had on me.
:meow: The Hero Faffory journal: Reflect: About my webcomic, Hero Faffory: how it began, how it changed, and how it began to change me.
:earth: A deviant's Guide to the Chinese Language: My longest journal to date, about the peculiarities of Chinese.
:beer: That alcohol journal: A rant about alcohol.
:target: The nerd speaks up: A journal about my work ethic, and how you can't really talk about intelligence these days.
:lock: Swordfish in showbusiness: A short blog post about how important an artist's personality is to their artwork.
:flame: Smoke and mirrors: Cigarettes and self-reflection.
:email: Four and the same: Writing about myself as a person, for a change.
:unimpressed: A Spirit Day monologue: Musings about crime and punishment.
:+fav: Flight of the faverunners: A discussion about statistics, popularity, and the motives behind my MOCing.
:heart: Our superficial society: A rant about relationships.
:blackrose: Roses are grey, violets are also grey...: A look at the many ways in which my colour blindness affects my life.
:magnify: Reflections and predictions: Things have changed over the years, but so has our perception of them.
:groups: The BML Standard: Something I wrote for the BionicleMOCersleague, to hopefully define what makes a 'good MOC'.
:pray: My thoughts on religion: Perhaps one of the most unstable topics that I could've chosen for my first blog post.

:bulletblue: Accounts: Generally shorter journals; either updates about me, or events that I've been to.
:eye: A Rooster's Eye View: John Hughes Arts Festival: The Jesus College Rooster's weekend in the limelight!
:depressed: Bullets '14: A look back over 2014. 'Stressful' is an understatement.
:note: Cantablogger Part 8: Read all about it: Writing about writing? How meta.
:spidey: Cantablogger Part 7: MOCer Diaries: A summary of my MOCing activities at university, including a photo gallery!
:dead: Cantablogger Part 6: Time for another entry: Oh time, thou art a heartless bitch.
:cd: Cantablogger Part 5: A soberman's night out: Me, clubbing? Absurd!
:brainless: Cantablogger Part 4: "Aiden's still working!": The work ethic revisited.
:house: Cantablogger Part 3: The city of cycles: Miscellaneous.
:pencil: Cantablogger Part 2: Trust me, I'm an engineer: A sample of the first term of my engineering course!
:megaphone: Cantablogger Part 1: Introductions: The first instalment about my new life at university.
:cheese: Chalk and cheese sandwiches: A silly blog entry about dairy products and maths.
:pokeball: A bright start to 2013: A happy update journal to break up the monotony.
:snowflake: An arbitrary time of the year: 2012 words looking back at 2012.
:nuu: Parties, pieces, 'pocalypses: A short entry on a pretty pink background.
:camera: An elephant goes to China: Something I wrote after taking one of my MOCs with me on holiday.
:lol: Liquid nitrogen, Lego Mindstorms and lots of mud: A diary about an engineering course I went on at Cambridge University.
:B Work experience at Rolls-Royce: My personal insight into one of the largest engineering companies in the world.
:peace: Get me a pizza. Stat.: Comments after a holiday in Hong Kong.

:bulletgreen: Reference: Generally deviantArt-related stuff.
:trophy: TC101: Completion: A blog entry about the 100 Themes Challenge!
:O_o: Occasionally Asked Questions: FAQs.
:giggle: Hero Faffory: Everything you don't need to know about my comic series!

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Rahiden
Aiden
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
Hello there, and welcome to my deviantArt page. My name is Aiden.

My gallery mainly consists of things I've created using Lego Bionicle and Hero Factory, known as MOCs. You'll also find satellite projects like my webcomic Hero Faffory, stopmotion animations, and the occasional biro drawing too.
I enjoy writing blog entries, for which you can find a directory further down this page.

:bulletred: What is a MOC?
MOC stands for My Own Creation; it is a term used to describe models made using Lego pieces but designed by the owner, so it is not an official Lego set.

:bulletred: Can you make instructions for your MOCs please?
I don't do instructions, sorry. This is partly because instructions take a lot of time and effort, and partly because I have learned that work on the Internet is all too easily stolen.

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Bionicle MOC: Kraahkan Cathedral by Rahiden
Bionicle MOC: Kraahkan Cathedral
A bronze-coloured cathedral inspired by the Turaga Whenua drill piece (as the spire) and the Toa Iruini shields (as the main sides of the tower).

For those interested, Kraahkan is the name of the mask on the west end of the building, though I like to imagine that Kraahkan is a European city whose cathedral exactly resembles this one! As you can see in the top-down view in the top right, the Kraahkan Cathedral follows the traditional cruciform-shaped layout, with the west end being the most visually imposing. Many thanks go to Crimson-Werewolf, whose piece donation included most of the bronze pieces you see here! While there are some things about the design that irk me, on the whole I am very pleased with it.
This is the second time that I have built Bionicle architecture, with the first one being my Hero Factory: Hero Factory MOC: Hero Factory by Rahiden
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Bionicle MOCs - June 2015 by Rahiden
Bionicle MOCs - June 2015
It's the end of June, which means that it's groupshot time! Here is every MOC that I currently have, totalling 77 (though that number depends on what counts as separate MOCs!). Only 6 new additions in the past six months, and unfortunately I've broken my streak of not dismantling anything, which has been the case since 2011; of course I could tell you which one I took apart, or instead you could work it out by looking at past photos ;)
Additionally, having said 'I'm gonna need a bigger shelf' for several years now, I have finally invested in a bigger shelf! The extra plank of wood at the back is now a permanent fixture, and it works pretty well.

I've been taking these mass groupshot photos every six months since December 2008, so they're a good way to visualise my progress over the years. The gallery of groupshots is here: rahiden.deviantart.com/gallery…
MOC gallery here: rahiden.deviantart.com/gallery…
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Bionicle MOC: Tentromax by Rahiden
Bionicle MOC: Tentromax
Tentromax is a supersized version of the Lego Mixels set Tentro, built using Bionicle and Hero Factory pieces.

This MOC was so much fun to build! The idea started off as a generic orange squid, but after realising how impractical it would be to make several tentacles, I decided to try and replicate Tentro instead, who is the only Mixels set that I own. As you can see I've altered little bits about the design: the grey pieces on Tentro were unnecessary, and I made Tentromax's main body more streamlined since I didn't like how Tentro's jaw sticks out so much. His forehead is also more orange than black because the pieces just worked out better that way. Tentromax is almost 60cm tall and is sturdy as long as there's some friction.

The build was slightly rushed, but I'm happy with how it came out!

Edit 05/07/2015: Changed the ball joints from red to black.
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Hero Factory MOCs: Antimony and Bismuth by Rahiden
Hero Factory MOCs: Antimony and Bismuth
Antimony (left) and Bismuth (right) are a duo of cartoony chemists whose designs were based on the chemical elements of the same name. There exists a friendly rivalry between them; Antimony is quite hardy and works in pyrotechnics, while Bismuth is light-hearted, fashion-conscious, and is a researcher of cosmetics.

Okay, so some background: I've always thought that antimony and bismuth sounded more like character names than chemical elements, and the fact that they're chemically similar suggested to me that they should be a team of some sort. (Arsenic would be the third member, but it's a bit too well-known to work as a name, in my opinion.) As a result, the designs of these two were inspired by the appearance of the elements themselves: antimony is a shiny silver, while bismuth can be found as beautiful rainbow-coloured crystals. Hope you like them!
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:bulletwhite: Greetings all! Another standard bullety update journal this time round – I’ll try to keep it short and sweet. While you’re reading, why not have this playing in the background? It’s an app that generates sounds based on Wikipedia edits, and I like having it on while I’m working!

:bulletorange: Late things first: I am now twenty! Gone are the teenage years! I spent my birthday watching the Boat Race down in London with friends from college, and even though Cambridge lost (as predicted), it was a great day out. One of my presents was a new camera lens: it’s a fixed 50mm Canon lens with aperture f1.8, and I love it! The depth of field is incredibly narrow, so I can get really arty portrait shots with beautifully blurred backgrounds even in low lighting. Admittedly it probably won’t see much use in the still life shots that I use for my MOCs, though I did test it out in Stator’s recent photos.

:bulletred: Speaking of MOCs, my Jesus College Rooster has been in the public eye once again, and it’s even managed to one-up the Arts Festival that it represented earlier this year! This time around, the proud little bird has found himself on the front cover of the Jesuan News, which is the Jesus College newsletter that goes out to ten thousand people! Terribly exciting. There’s a picture of the front cover here, or instead you may view the recent MOC review that I’ve posted on YouTube.

:bulletgreen: I thought I’d talk about my long-term MOCing plans. See, in the past, my inspiration for new builds came from different places: originally it would come from the piece shapes, trying to use unusual pieces in innovative ways. After that (mostly in the post-HF era, since the new pieces had generally uninteresting shapes) I focused instead on colour, trying to distribute colours in different ways or simply showcasing one particular colour in order to exhaust my piece supply for it. In fact, the Wheelmouse is a perfect example of that – my reasoning is that if I use up all of my brownish pieces in one go then I won’t have to worry about it later.

:bulletpink: Now, however, I’m becoming increasingly aware of how similar my MOCs are to each other. Of course I’d like them to have a wide variation of body shapes and styles (which is why I build relatively few humanoids these days), but with over 70 of them being currently assembled, I have to make sure not to repeat myself too much, you know? For example, I’ve toyed with the idea of creating the animals of the Chinese Zodiac in MOC form - with a bit of imagination, you could argue that I have most of them already - but surely I have enough quadruped animals as it is? An ox might be fun to build if I really exaggerate the proportions, but a goat, tiger, and pig wouldn’t really offer much in the way of new shaping challenges. The astrological zodiac is even worse, since Aries, Taurus, Sagittarius, and Capricorn all have pretty similar body styles.

:bulletblue: That said, I could probably cover the traditional six Bionicle elements with my current Rahi alone. Let’s see: Fire Jellyfish, Ice Bunny, Water Swordfish, Stone Chinese Lion Statue, Air Chameleon, Earth Stego. I could do something similar with my Titan humanoids too. Easy!

:bulletyellow: Anyway, back to the long-term MOCing plans. A shrimp-shaped mech and a peacock have been pencilled in right now, but as term has just started they are unlikely to appear any time soon; I think the next one I actually do will focus around the pretty trans-colour pieces from the recent Bionicle sets, though I shan’t spoil things too soon. A more general plan is that I want to revisit a couple of old MOCs that really need the work: the Unicorn is the main one here, though Toa Pirral and Cancer could do with a lookover too.

:bulletpurple: And with that I think I should wrap this up. Thanks for reading and all!

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:bulletwhite: Greetings all! Another standard bullety update journal this time round – I’ll try to keep it short and sweet. While you’re reading, why not have this playing in the background? It’s an app that generates sounds based on Wikipedia edits, and I like having it on while I’m working!

:bulletorange: Late things first: I am now twenty! Gone are the teenage years! I spent my birthday watching the Boat Race down in London with friends from college, and even though Cambridge lost (as predicted), it was a great day out. One of my presents was a new camera lens: it’s a fixed 50mm Canon lens with aperture f1.8, and I love it! The depth of field is incredibly narrow, so I can get really arty portrait shots with beautifully blurred backgrounds even in low lighting. Admittedly it probably won’t see much use in the still life shots that I use for my MOCs, though I did test it out in Stator’s recent photos.

:bulletred: Speaking of MOCs, my Jesus College Rooster has been in the public eye once again, and it’s even managed to one-up the Arts Festival that it represented earlier this year! This time around, the proud little bird has found himself on the front cover of the Jesuan News, which is the Jesus College newsletter that goes out to ten thousand people! Terribly exciting. There’s a picture of the front cover here, or instead you may view the recent MOC review that I’ve posted on YouTube.

:bulletgreen: I thought I’d talk about my long-term MOCing plans. See, in the past, my inspiration for new builds came from different places: originally it would come from the piece shapes, trying to use unusual pieces in innovative ways. After that (mostly in the post-HF era, since the new pieces had generally uninteresting shapes) I focused instead on colour, trying to distribute colours in different ways or simply showcasing one particular colour in order to exhaust my piece supply for it. In fact, the Wheelmouse is a perfect example of that – my reasoning is that if I use up all of my brownish pieces in one go then I won’t have to worry about it later.

:bulletpink: Now, however, I’m becoming increasingly aware of how similar my MOCs are to each other. Of course I’d like them to have a wide variation of body shapes and styles (which is why I build relatively few humanoids these days), but with over 70 of them being currently assembled, I have to make sure not to repeat myself too much, you know? For example, I’ve toyed with the idea of creating the animals of the Chinese Zodiac in MOC form - with a bit of imagination, you could argue that I have most of them already - but surely I have enough quadruped animals as it is? An ox might be fun to build if I really exaggerate the proportions, but a goat, tiger, and pig wouldn’t really offer much in the way of new shaping challenges. The astrological zodiac is even worse, since Aries, Taurus, Sagittarius, and Capricorn all have pretty similar body styles.

:bulletblue: That said, I could probably cover the traditional six Bionicle elements with my current Rahi alone. Let’s see: Fire Jellyfish, Ice Bunny, Water Swordfish, Stone Chinese Lion Statue, Air Chameleon, Earth Stego. I could do something similar with my Titan humanoids too. Easy!

:bulletyellow: Anyway, back to the long-term MOCing plans. A shrimp-shaped mech and a peacock have been pencilled in right now, but as term has just started they are unlikely to appear any time soon; I think the next one I actually do will focus around the pretty trans-colour pieces from the recent Bionicle sets, though I shan’t spoil things too soon. A more general plan is that I want to revisit a couple of old MOCs that really need the work: the Unicorn is the main one here, though Toa Pirral and Cancer could do with a lookover too.

:bulletpurple: And with that I think I should wrap this up. Thanks for reading and all!

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:iconrainbowinthedark165:
RainbowintheDark165 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Artist
I love how creative you are the chameleon is my favourite. :) Dragon 
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconwild00mike:
Wild00Mike Featured By Owner 5 days ago
so how do you like the new bionicle line that recently came out?
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The most recent Bionicle sets I bought were Tahu, Kopaka, and Protector of Earth, and I thought they were a bit underwhelming... boring pieces in new colours, mostly. But these skeleton sets look way better - interesting colours and interesting shapes, which is what made Bionicle so much better than Hero Factory in the first place! :D I think I'll just get Mask Maker vs Skull Grinder for this wave.
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LoganPurple Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Filmographer
Dude I like Your MOCs Can you please make instructions? of each and every MOC you've made?
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't make instructions for my MOCs, sorry.
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LoganPurple Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Filmographer
Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! 
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Goku-SSJ7 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have any advice for an early moc builder? I know you probably get this alot , but I just need help on it. Thank you if you respond.
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've sometimes wondered if it would be worth writing a journal entry titled 'Tips for early MOC builders' so that people like you could read without having to directly ask each time, but I figured it might be pretentious if I did ;) In the meantime, though, you might want to give The BML Standard a read; it's something I wrote back when I was an admin of that group, and broadly covers what makes MOCs good. Particular emphasis goes on custom skeletons and presentation! Good luck :D
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Goku-SSJ7 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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