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For Freedom We Rise by ToaTiome For Freedom We Rise by ToaTiome
I finally post it. This was at Brickfair last weekend, and I'm glad lots of people got to see it in person, because I think it looks a whole lot better that way than on screen...

Anyway, enjoy! All the Nuva are wearing their adaptive armor as I'd imagine it would look in the story – literally, armor worn over their bodies to complement the Nuva armor. I had fun designing them, but coloring took almost two weeks... and I feel like I could make the background better. Something to contrast more with their armor color. But Karda Nui -is- grey like that, so...

Also, listen to Gravity Hurts while looking at this. The two were meant to go together. :3
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Azophel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist
You know, part of me feels like I've moved on from BIONICLE. That it was a good story, that I had fun with the sets, but that in the end it was nothing but a childish pastime, something I clung to for far too long...

This image, and the song it was inspired by, tell that part of me to go to Karzhani, because the nostalgia is still too strong. Who am I kidding? BIONICLE was my childhood. And this image manages to capture all of the wonder, the awe, the metallic epic level of pure awesomeness that first captivated me all those years ago. I wish I'd been able to see it in person, because I have a hard time believing that it could look better than it does here.

Beyond the posing, which conveys an overwhelming sense of dynamic while still remaining mostly static, I think what this picture really has going for it is the armor design. The Toa don't look too lifelike, nor do they look entirely like the sets, but they straddle the line between the two well enough that all the individual pieces are recognizable while still feeling like they're part of fully-functional robotic entities.

And sweet Mata Nui, Kopaka's wings are a sight to behold. :omg:
AstralPhoenix-ARA Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The song goes perfect with it! Really epic and amazing work. (Kopaka wears wings like a boss)
drama586 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
Mata Nui... Kopaka's wings...
So how is Takanuva flying?
ToaArcan Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
In the story, he was given a Makuta virus by Krika in the Dark Mirror pocket universe, which enabled him to fly without a jetpack.
drama586 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Point taken. I honestly forgot about that.
TerribilisScriptor Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
kopaka is like: "meh i got more wing-swag than lewa"
NemusHD Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
Do you think you can draw Kini Nui plz
ilikecereal449 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is what they should have looked like!
ThetallestEnigma Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
at first I thought this was a picture of real mocs. This looks amazing!!!
BTLtheEpic Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
AMAZING! Man, if you were the designer of 2008, I would buy each one of them in a heartbeat (besides Takanuva since he didn't change much and I already have him in his Karda Nui form). Also, thank you for making Pohatu brown! That orange was so weird. And the gauntlets blend into the color scheme well. Also I have to compliment you for making Kopaka look really badass! His Phantoka version was too thin, hell, even Lewa was bulkier than him (in a way). Finally nice job melding Tahu's jetpack into his Nuva armor. Also the background is fine, but it could've used a little more touches of green and maybe some darker patches of green near the bottom to represent them flying out of the swamp, but that's just my opinion.
Bonklefan99 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Hahli: Give me my wings back!
All joking aside, is Takanuva wearing any adaptive armor? All I see is his 2003 form, flying.
HarryBillyBobGeorge Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Filmographer
Well, Takanuva never got adaptive armor to begin with. He just got bigger and got shadow powers.
SUP-FAN Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I love that song and your picture. Nice job.
Aaronmcloud Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
beautiful...just...oh my gosh you've no idea how much takanuva completes the team its as if....its like the white ranger to the power rangers yet he doesn't overshadow them as much....
WrinkledReality Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
This is what 2008 should have looked like! I'm fine with the sets, but this… this is just perfect!
0m3g45n1p3r4lph4 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FINALLY someone that agrees on adaptive armour changing too much!
finishingthefight Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
for freedom... WE RETURN! bionicle 2015!
Jokerz-1824 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
MataRahi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student
I just love your style, this is awesome!
WildKnight215 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Takanuva: Aw yeah, we're awesome!
TKNRKRGaim Featured By Owner Edited Sep 18, 2014
My childhood dreams feel complete now. T-T  It's reasons like this I really enjoy DA I love deviantART! . ...  Excellent work. ;) (Wink):happybounce: Clap:squee:    It's so great, I even made it my wallpaper... if that's cool with you.
ToaChronix Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
If you were the sole designer of the 2008 sets, it would have been the best thing.
NormaLeeInsane Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They look awesome. :aww:
TFChris Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I prefer this. One thing I didn't like about 2008 is how the Toa looked nothing like their original selves. 
Iron117Prime Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Biokid21 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Man i love that song
Iron117Prime Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Freaking Sweet!
AidanBionicle1 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I prefer this from the phantoka we got.
zender3162 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
very cool
mksub-zero Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
I wish I had wings like Kopaka.
Nilzonthelll Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks awesom ... but yo cant build tgem like this whit LEGOparts
TFChris Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, you can. In fact, I think I might try it.
Deathmark1999 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I lost my ability to breathe for a few minutes. O_O 
okay im okay now 8D 
This is amazingly beautiful man. ;-; Spectacular job! *applauses* 
THEREADINGADDICT Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Onua's head looks a little weird... but otherwise good job.
ToaMissingno Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For as long as I can remember, this was my wallpaper. Glad to know where it came from.
Biosonic100 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Except when Takanuva joined, he had recived a new weapon.
TALlZORAHVASNORMANDY Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Lena looks amazing!
Fenrek Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Absolutely beautiful work :)
ToaOrksinManika Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Pohatu looks awesome!
justcause217 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
I honestly would have bought these in a second if this was the actual look of the sets, I didn't like the total revamp, upgraded Nuva armour (as seen) is EXACTLY what they should have done.
Revan005 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
zillafire101 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
This is defiantly how the sets should've looked.
Innodence Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
still love this drawing!
wjones215 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Very epic.
shocker1209081 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Waaay better than the actual sets. I would have bought these in a second.
xXMegaRex007Xx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i like the song
Randroid7 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If only their re-design was that simple.
davidbore Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope I never forget these guys
Evaron Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like how each of them have a different mode of flight.

And I love Takanuva glowing in the middle.
bowser1177 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice, and I like how you kept them to their original forms.
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