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ASF-P Actium

Postby Trokodile » Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:12 pm

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LORE:
With the recent news of war in the galaxy, AEILOS has been faced with rebellion and even violent rioting on the streets of some of their inhabited planets. In the past, such rioting would often be quelled by a simple arrival of traditional police vehicles, but with opinions growing, so did the strength of the riots. As such, AEILOS Industries decided it was finally a good time to reveal the next addition to the AEILOS Security Force: The ASF-P Actium, the design of which had been leaked years earlier but dismissed as a fake by many due to its unorthodox design. Even after the official reveal, many believed it was just propaganda being used to prevent further rioting. How wrong they were.
The ASF-P Actium was first deployed on February 26, 4925- roughly a week after the announcement had been made- on the AEILOS colony of Ceretia, where many colonial sympathizers of the Waves of Change movement had banded together and overthrown the local authority. Two days later, representatives of the AEILOS Security Force arrived with a few dozen ASF-P Actiums in tow. The rebellion was easily quelled, and AEILOS gave control back to the local authorities. After this initial show of force, most of the rebellion stopped, but the success of this new frame led to the creation of the ASF Police division, the goal of which was to keep peace on AEILOS colonies and planets.
Features included a protective roll cage behind the pilot, a long-range communications system, and the sonic radar previously exclusive to AEILOS Security Force frames. The frame also had a place to attach either a second gun or a holographic hardlight energy shield.
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So, I think I should explain how time works in my Frame universe as to clear up this post. The day of my first post was year 4918, and every 72 hours of real time is roughly a month. 24 hours real-time is about 10 days, meaning 1 day of universe time is about 2 hours of real-time long. As of building the ASF-P, the time was about February 24, 4925. As of posting, real-time was about 16:00 on December 23, meaning it had been about 6 years and two months (specifically, February 26, 4925) since the beginning of calculable time in my universe.

One cool feature of this build was that you can clearly see the difference between a piloted and unmanned frame. The 7p figs are in the picture so you can see what part of the ASF-P Actium is the representation of an ASF pilot.

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d6Rd d6Rd Side-Mounted Antipersonnel Minigun
d6B Protective Roll Cage
d6Y Sonic Radar
d6Y Long-Range Communications System

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Re: ASF-P Actium

Postby Atavism » Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:09 pm

So I really like the top 3/4. The angles are sharp and somewhat familiar, and exposed cockpits are fun. I just really can't shake that it looks like a short frame standing on stilts. The jutting knee and the contrasting shin color visually sever the build into two distinct parts.
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Re: ASF-P Actium

Postby KungFujiApple » Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:27 am

Love the stage set in the first and third pic. It's a good build, although I can see Atavism's point. I think that maybe with the way the guns sit are too high, it might flow better if the guns sat a little lower or if they were even replaced with arms. The back and legs designs are pretty sweet. And of course the lore to go along with the build is always nice too. :)
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Re: ASF-P Actium

Postby Artasid » Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:14 am

I also have to agree with Atavism in that the colors for the knees do stand out. I can see there is other orange colors in the build, but not enough to warrant the large amount the knnepads give. Maybe if they were 1x1 flat plates? However, then again, this may be due to lack of right colored parts, in which case this can easily be overlooked.
However, I do like the leg design overall and your lore admits it is an unorthodox design, which fits quite well.

And bonus points for such a SWEEEEEEEEEEETTT Sizing box hanger 8-)
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Re: ASF-P Actium

Postby Trokodile » Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:10 am

Atavism wrote:So I really like the top 3/4. The angles are sharp and somewhat familiar, and exposed cockpits are fun. I just really can't shake that it looks like a short frame standing on stilts. The jutting knee and the contrasting shin color visually sever the build into two distinct parts.

Core-wise, it's another VT-5 AEILOS Actium, but I managed to get the VT-3 appearance on it.
KungFujiApple wrote:Love the stage set in the first and third pic. It's a good build, although I can see Atavism's point. I think that maybe with the way the guns sit are too high, it might flow better if the guns sat a little lower or if they were even replaced with arms. The back and legs designs are pretty sweet. And of course the lore to go along with the build is always nice too. :)

Thanks for noticing! As Artasid guessed, it's a new sizing box that I finally got around to making.
Actiums with arms? What is this heresy?! :shock: In all seriousness, though, I might try that, but it'll be a challenge. I thought of adding them myself, but there's never a good way to build a shoulder...
And thanks! It really is hard coming up with Lore for all of these, especially this one because of all the maths.
Speaking of the back, there's also a hidden ASF Sonic Radar brick-represented d6Y system.
Artasid wrote:I also have to agree with Atavism in that the colors for the knees do stand out. I can see there is other orange colors in the build, but not enough to warrant the large amount the knnepads give. Maybe if they were 1x1 flat plates? However, then again, this may be due to lack of right colored parts, in which case this can easily be overlooked.
However, I do like the leg design overall and your lore admits it is an unorthodox design, which fits quite well.

And bonus points for such a SWEEEEEEEEEEETTT Sizing box hanger 8-)

The kneepads were because I knew I had to use those orange slopes somewhere on the build, and since I only had two, the torso wouldn't work. So, I had to put them on the legs. Plus, the orange was meant to be only an accentual color, which is why the kneepads were orange rather than the thighs. (though it is also for lack of parts, but it's not like I use orange often so I don't order it) The Lore mention of the unorthodox design was commenting on the shape of the legs, since it was based on that of my recent Indomitable frame.
Thanks for the comment on my sizing box! I already has the octagonal plate with the 2x2 tiles built, then I noticed those support bricks were the exact height limit of a 7p frame. So, I stuck them together and built the box around that! I'm still not sure about the industrial lights, though. I figured this would be a good build to debut it with, since I also made the microfigs. It's not exactly AEILOS colors, but it's not PROXIMATION, either, so it works.

As great as the upper half looks, the Actium (and its variants) has always been famously hard to create a good leg design for. Bulky legs look too thick, and long legs look too tall. Some of the other legs I tried on this design included a Beta Skull leg and an Actium EX, which created those two problems. Even if I had the pieces to make the Actium Heavy Artillery's legs, that would have been too much armor and would have been too far apart. The idea for the orange slopes on the knees was kinda like a kneepad, like the teeth plates one might see on a Superchub. I'll admit that I don't quite see the problem you all do unless I look at the photographs- the physical version looks fine- and I think my photos always have some sort of problem with depth perception. Sitting next to me, the Actium looks fine at the same angle as the photos, but the photos DO make it look like it has stilts or a separated leg.
However, I came up with two more potential leg designs- one with Artasid's suggestion, and one with my own idea- to see if either works better.
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Re: ASF-P Actium

Postby Atavism » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:55 am

I think the plain clip knee works much better. I'd also be curious how it looks if you just flipped the knee slope inwards? (I'd have just gotten rid of the ankle entirely and made a shortie! :D )
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Re: ASF-P Actium

Postby Mantisking » Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:34 pm

Maybe put a downward facing baby bow in place of the cheese slope on the front of the hip? That might change the transition a bit.
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Re: ASF-P Actium

Postby Trokodile » Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:27 pm

Atavism wrote:I think the plain clip knee works much better. I'd also be curious how it looks if you just flipped the knee slope inwards? (I'd have just gotten rid of the ankle entirely and made a shortie! :D )

Here's a side view of the leg joint at the angle that allows the frame to actually stand on a flat surface. As you can see, I can't flip the slope around without also changing the angle and then needing to rebalance it with more bricks.
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Mantisking wrote:Maybe put a downward facing baby bow in place of the cheese slope on the front of the hip? That might change the transition a bit.

I'll admit I'm not quite sure which piece you're referring to, but I'll assume it's a 11477, and yeah, I can see that. I'll have to try it out, and I think I could connect it to the other kind of 1x1 bracket.
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Re: ASF-P Rescue Actium

Postby Trokodile » Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:09 pm

Tried to make another ASF-P Actium and decided on a search-and-rescue theme.
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The ASF-P Actium, after some initial opposition, became a popular symbol among those loyal to AEILOS Industries, prompting AEILOS' engineers to create a civvie version of the frame, which they released shortly after. Quickly thereafter the commercially-available debut of the ASF-P Actium, many local governments and companies adopted this version for various other purposes. One of the most notable of these companies, the Arctic Front Rescue, created a search-and-rescue variant - formally known as the ASF-SaR - designed for navigating harsh terrain and criminal pursuit. This modified version featured high-power floodlights and a single arm, as well as both thermal and sonic scopes to better improve its searching capabilities. The ASF-SaR brought back the protective rollcage of the original police/SWAT version and had an anti-environment holo-dome projected over the cockpit to protect the pilot from the elements the ASF-SaR was designed to face.
The Arctic Front Rescue, after gaining news traction on their planet of origin, soon came to the attention of the AEILOS Police Force. Soon, it was a common sight for the white and range of the ASF-SaR to be seen accompanying a squad of ASF-P Actiums during high-tension deployments. Because of the added danger, and the lack of true equipment regulations on many planets, these AFR/APF members soon began carrying basic security pistols for self-defence should the situation arise.
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Re: ASF-P Actium

Postby KungFujiApple » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:00 am

This last build is definitely coming along. I really like the more rounded looking upper leg parts. And your color place,net and coordination is fantastic :)
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Re: ASF-P Actium

Postby Trokodile » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:21 pm

KungFujiApple wrote:This last build is definitely coming along. I really like the more rounded looking upper leg parts. And your color placement and coordination is fantastic :)

Thanks! I'm definitely a fan of the core itself, since it's not only simple but also has a lot of potential... Not that the color placement on the ASF-SaR wasn't all coincidental (it totally was) but it did seem to work out well.

Anyway, I think I've said that I've turned the ASF-P core into the new standard Actium core since not only is it stronger, it's also simpler, easier to build, and has legs that actually bend. So, since I made it the new base core, I of course needed to make one in the classic Actium colors of maroon, gold, and black. While doing so, I also noticed that the Beta Skull Lockon mod I had made had a simple upper torso mod that would also make a Beta Skull / ASF Actium combo viable, and ended up making not just a full upper half but also Beta Skull legs in Actium colors.
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