Titan Pipeline Defence


I joined the Octan Security Services straight out of the Spaceforce. After a four year tour on Earth's moon trying to keep the locals under control while resentment of Earth-gov control became endemic. The final uprising, caused by a Spaceforce ship crashing into a school bus was nasty and I saw things. Things no one should see, things I won't talk about.

So here I am on Titan, sixth moon of Saturn, where the rocks are made of water, hard as granite and the rivers and lakes are liquid hydrocarbons, methane and ethane, all the 'thanes' as Gunther puts it. Gunther is my boss here, he basically sits in the control room and tells us where the Meth-Roaches are swarming, he's okay, pretty messed up from stuff he saw on the moon too though.

Meth-Roaches? Yeah, well when humans got here to Titan there was no life, not even bacteria. Great for the oil companies of course, nothing for the hippies to protest about. The Mars settlers wanted to burn hydrocarbons to create an atmosphere, the oil companies had a nice new supply of them. All great, but 'life finds a way' as that old movie put it. The bacteria mutated first, but we weren't watching for that then the roaches first learned to cope with the intense cold, then somehow their mitochondrial DNA started to run on methane instead of oxygen. The scientists tell me it was probably from eating the bacteria. Then they took the moon for themselves, titanic Roaches on Titan. Almost funny.

Most of them eat the bacteria or each other, the problem is the pipelines are slightly warmer, so the bacteria grow more around them, the Methane Roaches (Meth-Roaches) chomp on it, lots of leaks follow.

So I'm a bug squisher! We can shoot them if there's good cause, but firing lasers has a small chance of igniting the landscape (if we hit a pocket of frozen oxygen) and the gattling-railgun is hard to get ammunition for, so we generally stamp on them, they crunch quite satisfyingly. The pays pretty good, too and there are no Lunar-citizens throwing IED's at me. In another five years when my contract is done I should be able to buy a house in an area of Earth where the environment is still reasonable or maybe Mars, lots of room on Mars. Life is good.

  • Chandler Parker 4y

    Lovely work, and the writeup just takes things to a new level.
  • Arbrotrary User 4y

    Great landscaping and the mecha. Instafave!
  • Captain Lock 4y

    Great stand and nice positioning.
  • combustiblewater 4y

  • William Paige 4y

    LOL Run Meth Roaches Run!
  • Lego_noob 4y

    Great build and story.
  • "Luke" 4y

    Excellent, and I love the future history you're making.
  • bermudafreze 4y

    Wow, there's so much to love here!
    You really made it look like the surface of Titan, and I love your SNOTted canopy surround. Hard to believe you fit all this action in 32X32 studs, nice work!
  • _lichtblau_ 4y

    Titan moon seems to consist of cheese...slopes;)
    The pipeline has some great Futurama vibes and the splatter effect is just disgusting...excellent work!
  • OUdaveguy98 4y

    I dig this diorama!
  • Sketchy Business 4y

    As good as the backstory is, the beauty of the MOC is that I can tell what's going on without it. Nice squish effect as well as the landscape.
  • Fools... I pity them 4y

    This is delicious.
  • ~Chrispy~ 4y

    great all around, fun and cool
  • Rodney Bistline 4y

    Your "plausible" near-future story lines are breathing new life into our sometimes bleak and stale genre! Inspirational as ever, sir!

    oh yeah, and not to mention your models are ever-impressive as well!
  • tcuatt 4y

    The colors and the lights on the front are PURE Lancia Stratos!
  • Mark Stafford 4y

    ^It was subconscious, but when I was a kid that was my dream car!
  • whateverly 4y

    A most impressive build. Equally impressive is the rate at which you are cranking out the impressive builds. I wonder what else you've got in the pipeline.
  • Marco Tagliaferri 4y

    Your backstory is inspiring like a good short story. Just a few lines teasing the inventive part
    of brain.
    The Mecha on one hand looks as a good AFoL Mecha should. On the other hand it seems
    quite sturdy and playable. This is a seldom combination.
    The roaches are well proportioned and give a satisfying squeeze effect. Which leads to a overall impressive small dio.
  • mokey2345 4y

    an amazing scene with a strong an excellent robot...the spider things are pretty cool too !!
  • Legocustomz 3y

    Epic Epic and Epic
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