Dave's Gallery of Robot Art
Last updated: 3/1/11
TF MUSH Characters
My Little Pony Channel added.
This page has images of the characters I've played on various Transformers
MUSHes (Multi-User Shared Habitat, a text VR thing). Mostly of Channel.
Images are copyright Dave Van Domelen on the date of drawing.
Bullet wasn't my first Transformers MUSH character, but he was the first
OC/NFC (original or non-feature cahracter) that I drew. Prior to Bullet, I
played Bluestreak on the original TFMUSH, then Ironworks and Dynamo (based on
Dynamo Joe, with an immobile altmode I'd later return to for Channel) on the
reboot of TF1. Bullet was my character on Transformers 2005, a MUSH that's
actually still around, although I haven't played there in ages. I do have a
wiki entry on their
- Bullet: The original design, very "toyetic".
Almost, but not quite, a workable transformation. 5/18/95, rescanned 2008.
- Revamped Bullet: Bullet as he might have evolved
had I kept playing at TF2K5. 3/29/08
My first character on Transformers the Lost Years MUSH, which was set in the
time right after the Ark departed. Never really got a hook for play, and
ended up switching over to playing Channel.
- Cowl Drawing: Started to really try to get workable
transformations designed at this point. His vehicle form doesn't look like
any real vehicle, but I think it looks cool anyway. 1/12/95. Actually
designed as a drawing years before The Lost Years started up, and was going
to be named Hood, but I forgot that when drawing the logo.
- Cowl Kitbash: A very lumpy attempt
at making Cowl from Cyberjet Space Case.
- Cowl-chan: Cute little Superdeformed Cowl.
Scary thing is, his eyes are really that big compared to his head. Note that
the Decepticon symbol doesn't really superdeform well. I had almost stopped
playing Cowl by the time I drew this. 5/15/99
- TF:A Cowl Drawing: Cowl gets a sex change on the
way over to the Animated style! 9/28/08
Ah, such plans I had for Channel when Neale Davidson and I came up with the
idea during a TF fan get-together in Muncie in March of 1999. Channel was
going to be a "god armor" combiner with Neale's Vanguard character. The
admin never approved that part, though, and eventually Vanguard was rebuilt
into Guardstar, removing the possibility. And then Neale left The Lost
Years, TOTALLY removing the possibility. I eventually drifted away from the
MUSH too, although I've ended up redesigning Channel numerous times, making
him my signature fan character.
- Computer-drawn Robot Mode: A drawing of the
robot mode that I did using a basic drawing program (ClarisWorks). 3/29/99
- Info Center Mode: Not much of a
transformation, eh? Another computer drawing. 4/12/99
- "Decoy": Mostly scratch-built from plastic
pieces and putty (including Testor's Contour Putty, which isn't worth
bothering with...too goopy, too slow-drying, too brittle). I used a spare
Valkyrie VF-1J head turned backwards with a face built on it for the head,
since I wanted to be sure of decent symmetry in the head. Scanned in at
double size, the actual size is 2.25" (6cm), a bit taller than regular
decoys. The upper legs turned out a little skinnier than they're supposed to
- Chan-chan: Superdeformed Channel. 5/15/99
- Animated Icon: A six frame GIF animation of
Channel transforming. Note that I changed his altmode a little since the one
done in April 1999. 1/25/00
- First proper Channel Drawing: Finally sat down
and did a serious drawing, even through I believe I'd stopped playing TLY by
that time. He'd become my signature character by this point. 2/17/02.
Rescanned 4/17/06, at which point I finally realized that the Autobot symbol
on his left shoulder is on the wrong facing. Oops.
- Hand-drawn G1 Altmode: Finally made a serious
drawing of the G1 version's altmode. Note that the shoulder symbols retract
to show secondary viewscreens. 4/17/06. Drew this for the More Than Meets
the AllSpark project, click here for a low res
version of Channel's page.
- Attacktix Channel: Attacktix Omnicon TF02
heavily modded into Channel. Some time in 2007.
- Headmasters Crash Altmodes: Neale Davidson used
the basic idea of Channel in his fanfic scripts for Headmasters II and
Headmasters Crash (aka Masterforce II). Channel is a triplechanger in this
universe, and in HMC has modes of an airlift helicopter and a rescue van.
- Armada Channel with Tuner Mini-Con: My Armada
update of Channel turns into a big-wheeled yard tractor, like a monster truck
version of Huffer, while his Mini-Con partner becomes a dune buggy with radar
dish. Vehicle modes of both. 8/12/02 and
- Cybertron Channel plans: Not a full drawing,
just some design sketches I worked out in early August 2005. Maybe I'll
flesh it out someday.
- Channel as Flash: One of the AllSpark
regulars did an homage to a JLA/Avengers cover using fan characters in place
of the Avengers and JLA, and he put Channel in the place of the Flash. So I
drew Wally West in a costume based on Channel. 3/30/06
- Super Robot Channel: Channel re-imagined as a
Go Nagai-style Super Robot. Purple background splash added digitally. Inks before some tweaking with a new pen. 2/27/07
- Movie-style Robot Heroes Channel:
Robot Heroes Autobot Ratchet modded into how Channel might look in the
Bayformers universe. October 2007
- TF: Animated Channel: Channel re-imagined in
the Transformers Animated style, with a body type related to Ratchet
(although his vehicle mode is a "cab-over" van rather than the ambulance
style of Ratchet, giving him less of a belly). He has Soundwave-style
speaker rings as well. 9/21/08
- Classics Channel kitbash:
Classics Ironhide rebuilt as Channel. October 2008
- Great Reformatting Channel: After the Great War, Channel was reformatted
as a Maximal with a task of helping restore services to devastated sectors of
Cybertron. His all-terrain mode is meant to foreshadow a beast mode of a
mule should he end up on Earth. Done for the June 2009 AllSpark Art
- Vehicle Mode - the thing behind the cockpit is
a stowed satellite communications dish. The panels on the top rear can open
to deploy cranes and various rescue equipment. His robot hands can emerge
from the panels at the front of his treads, or any of his tool hands.
- Robot Mode - Ratchet-inspired tool hands, and
animated Ratchet style Cybertron-EMT symbol on his right shoulder. He can
use the treads on his forearms as melee weapons, bzzzzz! 6/12/09
- My Little Pony Channel - Mule, pony,
whatever. :) Channel ends up in Equestria (from My Little Pony: Friendship
is Magic) and has to reformat into an organic form to avoid damage to his
circuitry from the ambient magic. Or something. An excuse to draw the pony
Channel that I kitbashed earlier. Also available as a board avatar. 2/19/11
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