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ROUND #115 VOTING
Topic: Predator Predator
Deadline for the voting: Friday, 02nd May 2008
Posting thread (closed):
OK - before voting/posting read this!!!
1. Please give c&c or a reason why you voted for the image!
2. Feel free to comment on any or all entries, the artists will appreciate it!
3. No voting for your own entry!!! If a participants votes for his own entry, every member has the right to call him a stupid lame moron in this thread! And i will delete his/her vote anyway...
4. The poll is public. Your vote will be seen.
Last edited by Fozzybar; April 25th, 2008 at 11:24 AM.
Concept: Drydian Forst Stalker
These creatures were bred by deep forest dryads for use in defending the animals of their groves. Stalker's very specifically hunt out poachers and trespassing hunters and dispatch them.
The long teeth were originally used for attracting female mates, however this semi domestic version no longer needs to rely on them in their controlled breeding program. Some older, wild breeds will have far larger fangs but will otherwise be slightly smaller in general.
Artist: Naomi Ningishzidda
Concept: Red King
Extremely Poisonous. Injects venom through a scorpion like sting. Young are nestled in eggs sacs along the thorax. If killed or injured, the young burrow rapidly into the victim and extract DNA which only takes a few seconds before they dissapear into the habitat. Upon reaching adulthood the young have modified poison sacs designed to kill the creature that killed their parent. Both males and females carry young, splitting the fertilized eggs during intercourse. The young have a glowing wormlike appendage on their chin to attract small insects during the larvae and nymph stages, in adulthood this is vestigial, however it may be used during mating rituals, no one has observed the courtship behavior, as they become even more territorial and aggressive during such periods.
Last edited by Izi; April 15th, 2009 at 02:19 AM.
Concept: Male Sykil
Ferocious and able to adapt to any kind of environment, Sykils have developed a reputation to be one of the most dangerous creatures know to mankind. It is agile and can kill its victim with one swift thrust with its sharp claws. Sykils have powerful jaws and can rip its prey into pieces in mere seconds. Furthermore, its exoskeleton provides great protection against other predators. Male Sykils are know to have a life span of fifty to sixty years, while female Sykils are know to live double the years of its male counterpart.
Last edited by RLS; April 22nd, 2008 at 04:31 AM.
Artist: Michael Jaecks
Concept: Ki'cti-pa Paya
Young Predators must face a ritual trial of their skills before they are allowed to participate in off-word hunting. They must traverse the forests of their native planet where they face a creature called Ki'cti-pa Paya, loosely translated as "Double Bladed Conquering Warrior." As a part of the ritual, Predator neophytes are allowed to carry only the double bladed weapon used by many Predators. The Ki'cti-pa Paya float silently through the trees and are notoriously difficult to kill. Even if the large gas filled bladder is punctured, the creature has redundant bladders which expand and keep the monster afloat. The Ki'cti-pa Paya is a stealthy and agile killer. Many young Predators fail the trials, are plucked off the tree tops and are carried away to be eaten.
Concept: Sleeping Krawl
The Sleeping Krawl buries underground and will burrow into cows or any other mammals that predators often hunt to set a trap. The Krawl poisons the creature, thus rendering it quickly into a rigor mortis-like state. The Krawl impregnates the beast with a poison sac that corrupts the flesh of the mammal and uses it's strong muscles to hold the creature upright. The Sleeping Krawl waits as the defenseless mammal to lure in predators. When the predator sinks it's teeth into the beast it is instantly paralyzed. The Krawl springs to life and drags both the original bait and the predator underground and feasts on them for weeks. Krawls have been known to target areas where predators attack in packs(ie: hyena, lions, tigers, wild dogs).
The Krawl is often confused as a parasite, but it only using the cow as bait to passively hunt, it waits till after the prey are captured to feed.
Last edited by davi; April 23rd, 2008 at 06:18 PM.
Concept: Sheeve Volfe
A Sheeve Volfe destroys every living thing in its path. They are equipped with three eyes for enhanced vision, extraordinarily large ears for detecting the faintest noises, wings for a greater range of motion, and a tail equipped with a poisonous stinger to paralyze its prey.
Last edited by Candras; April 23rd, 2008 at 12:00 AM.
Concept: Great Sah'Rahn Lunger
Native world: Great Sah'Rah
Found exclusively in the tropical regions of Great Sah'Rah, the lunger is a predominantly solitary creature, occupying territorial ranges up to 20 kilometers.
In the wild the lunger can live up to 35 terran standard years. Captive specimens have lived to 53 before succumbing to age.
Because the lunger preys exclusively on other predators native to Great Sah'Rah, it is considered a keystone species in its ecosystem and is therefore protected by the Terran Coalition Conservation Corps.
The lunger is extremely dangerous, and capable of moving in sudden bursts of speed that top 125km for short distances (50 meters). Once its prey has been identified (or when defending its territory) it will make a lunging pounce to capture its prey, wrapping it with it's four spiked limbs, possibly making several biting strikes before impaling it with it's poisoned striker claws (raised above it's back in picture). The poison attacks the prey's nervous system paralyzing the prey within moments. The lunger's tri-jointed jaw will then disengage and allow it to eat its prey whole and at it's leisure.
The lunger's senses are some of the most acute of any known animal within the Terran Coalition. Its olfactory senses can detect the pheromones of other lungers more than 50km away, and it can see not only in the visible light range but the ultraviolet and infra-red as well.
Ovipositors are located in the back, and spiked for digging a shallow incubating nest for up to 5 eggs which take roughly two and half standard years to hatch.
The lunger's ear nodes are located just below the neck, above the first set of legs, with three on each side. Interestingly, the lunger can only hear in the higher ranges, being virtually deaf in the lower octaves.
Concept: Omega Lion
These creatures can exterminate an entire planet of mammals, reptiles,birds, and humans. Found recently in caves in Southern Kentucky, No one knows how this super predator got here.
Relentless killing machines with a gigantic apatites. The young concentrate on less threatening prey and stick to cattle, fish and birds, maybe the occasional house pet . The adults concentrate on what takes the food from their babies, predators. When trying to feed 12 kids at a buffet its better if no one else's kids are in the way.
The things that make this creature so effective are :
A: The eyes ears and nose are finely wired to the gigantic brain, witch is a lock down for trial and error memories. He never makes the same mistake twice. The ears located in the center fin contain 9 to 10 channels for sound to pass through. Each channel is wired to a different part of the brain determining in a fraction of a second what made the noise, and where it's at. The nose is finely tuned for smelling blood, though its not the creatures top offense it helps when the herds thin. The most effective sense is sight. A powerful night vision makes for a good surprise attack at any time. One of the creatures hearts is dedicated to just the eyes and ears to ensure top performance.
B: In the legs, Sharp claws are the cherry on top of the massive leg sunday this guy is serving. With twice the bone structure as any known animal, He can hit twice as hard.
C: As mentioned before, this creature has multiple hearts. 4 to be exact. 1 is assighned to the eyes, and ears.
The remaining three work together to push the blood through the massive limbs and body. If you could put your head on the chest and listen to the hearts, you would only hear one for they beat in sync.
This creature is determined to starve its race, eating 2.5 times its body weight daily, and having a liter of 10 15 cubs every three months is an apatite for disaster for all.
Last edited by Arteater; April 24th, 2008 at 02:08 AM. Reason: B:
The Laf is a creature of cheer terror who is on top of whatever food chain you like. The animal combines all of natures most terrifying weapons, razorsharp teeth set in huge muscular jaws witch can snap a deggo in two, claws that can rip of the head of a gfoe fgoe. It is capable of taking on the color of its environment to strike unexpected. It can fly and its fast. It can smell its next meal from miles away, its thick skin protects it from any other deathfacing predator that dares to attack him. It iz the predatorking.
This powerful carnivore, found on the 3rd moon of Caelobus, can grow up to 6 meters in length (from snout to tail) and can weigh up to 1250kg. Most Chalybants live to be 60-70 years of age.
The Chalybant's are extremely territorial and are never seen together, except during mating periods.
The Chalybant's obvious arsenal are its two over-sized canines – measuring up to 20cm in length – that it sinks into the throat of its prey to ensure a quick kill. They also posses retractable claws on their massive front paws. Chalybants are even formidable in a chase; some have been clocked at a sprinting speed of up to 80kph.
More curious, however, is the Chalybant's deafening roar – apparently loud enough to shatter a human ear-drum – which it uses to disorient and even immobilize its smaller prey.
...This is my first post here so go easy on me!
Last edited by Draco84; April 23rd, 2008 at 07:20 PM.
Concept: Suthurian Predator
This is the top of the galactic foodchain.
Equipped with numerous unearthly senses and the power to warp energies and matter, this creature will devour you at will.
It can sense electrical thought-patterns in victim lifeforms,
and prefers to aim in on high levels of 'hunter instinct' and 'intelligence',
thus ridding the universe of its competition (while getting a nice meal)...
It is the king of its territory, due largely in part that its diet solely consists of the predators of the area. Strider's hunt in familial pods ranging in groups of 5-10 individuals. Making their homes in tree's, Strider's have evolved natural camouflage helping them to blend into their environment. Their body's maintain a temperature relative to their environment providing no heat signature which allows them to effectively remain invisible to infrared dependant predators. Although they may not be the largest animal in the woods, they are equipped with razor like claws that can tear through the toughest hide and has even been said to cut through bone. They hunt in the deepest darkest part of the woods where they evolved past the need for eyesight. They are highly territorial and will defend their chosen forest habitats against any perceived threats with extreme aggression. Nasal passages in the cranium as well as large air sacs located next to and in direct communication with the brain allow for immediate and extensive information to be obtained from it's environment. Striders move to the forest floor to hunt and are voracious and tireless hunters.
Concept: The Faced Face Hugger
To me what scares me more than your average blood thirsty predator is one that evolved in such a way that it mimics its prey and kills in an instant.
In this case a large parasite like creature has evolved what is starting to look like a human head on its back. It places itself strategically trying to catch the eye of someone passing by. It leaps and latches on laying eggs and feeding.
They have not been on earth long but at the rate they are evolving and feeding mankind has little time remaining.
The fierce creature that is the Catnapper is widely known as a coward and quite a stupid hunter. It will scare many animals because of its impressive posture, but because of it bad ability to gauge his own size and and strengths it is mainly a hunter of small animals. Its low intelligence also prevents it from coming up with its own hunting strategies. When a Catnapper sees a small predator capture a prey, it mimics the attack on the predator. It's the only way it knows how to hunt, and because of its fear of things larger then say a cat, it got the unflattering name of Catnapper. But sometimes, if the cat is cocky enough, the cat wins.
Last edited by Supervlieg; April 25th, 2008 at 06:46 AM.
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Last edited by Fozzybar; April 25th, 2008 at 11:45 AM.
I wanted to vote for Davi but he's not on the list. There's a double name in there maybe you meant to put him there?
Anyways I thought his idea, while not as polished as some of the others was extremely clever, and actually made me wince just looking at it...
Oregano's is wonderful to look at....I love the spider fang buttocks.
I will give my reasoning per fozzy's instructions.
Many of these ideas are very good but Cloister's image feels threatening. The rendering style and the shapes in the creature look like something that could kill just about anything. Some of the other ideas were excellent but the final image was not intimidating. Anyhow, thats my 2 cents.
Supervileg, any chance I could get a look see at some of your brushes? The environment on your peice is amazing..
I had to vote for arteater though, he had a great design/concept.
I'm in the poll two times!
I voted for mayk, he looks mean, badass, and powerful
I voted for Cloister. I really like the art style and it seems like it could actually destroy any other predator on this list.
-_- I guess mine was not predatory enough. Aw well try harder next time.
hmmmm, interesting ....i voted for fury03
Last edited by RayTwicket; April 25th, 2008 at 06:43 PM.
Hyptosis: Nice style, probably a bit too friendly looking.
Naomi Ningishzidda: Good atmosphere, overall a bit too dark making the creature hard to make out.
RLS: Good start, but the creature doesnt seem to have any logic. Combining the furry parts with the front legs needs more work to be convincing.
Michael Jaecks: Unique concept as ever. The main creature is rendered very well, the background looks a bit rushed and flat compared to that.
davi: Nice concept, and good rendering of the main creature. I would have like to see how the creature entered the cow in more detail though. I dont really feel the gruesomeness in the schematic presentation.
Candras: Looks very mythical, I would say it lacks a clear focus point, all part are equally vying for attention making the whole hard to decipher.
Oregano:Nice to see you join the cow side. I have to say I liked the pencilled version more, maybe because the contrasts were more heavy giving it more character.
Arteater:Nice rendering of the main view, somehow reminds me a bit of the garbage pail kids. The schematic could have been a bit more polished though.
mayk: Lovely rendering style. I like the big mouth, makes it look really bad-ass and convincing as a real predators predator. Got my vote!
Tommoy: Nice style. The creature doesnt come across as an agile predator, more like a slow scavenger hunter or something. Also the front leg coming towards the camera makes the perspective seem a bit off.
Draco84: Nice start, could have used a bit more rendering. Keep going at those shadows and highlights to really define the mass of the creature.
Cloister: Very impressive design and rendering. I think you could be well on your way on getting that very much deserved first star. You really made a lot of progress and it really shows in your latest work. From looking at the creature it would not strike me as a predator. It sure is menacing, but more in the way that an angry elephant could seem menacing without being a predator.
fury03: Nice colorscheme. The creature are a bit too humanoid in design for my taste, making them seem visually less predatory.
LittleDedder: Nice concept, and nice rendering on the head and details. I think it would have been really good to show the state between open and closed. The two states are a bit to far apart to make it convincing in my head. The side view looks a bit rushed.
Thanks, Here you go. Theyre in PS CS3 format. Can't take credit for all the brushes in there, Ive gathered some from other artists. There are quite a few of mine in there though. Grab em while you can, I wont keep it up for long since its quite a big file.
Yep, I agree...I admired that one for a few minutes. All of those galaxy eaters are scary...almost looks like the real thing... - rawrMany of these ideas are very good but Cloister's image feels threatening. The rendering style and the shapes in the creature look like something that could kill just about anything. Some of the other ideas were excellent but the final image was not intimidating. Anyhow, thats my 2 cents.
Voted for Cloister. Mostly because I wanna see what he looks like with bunny ears. Almost voted for SV, but I cannot in principle vote for creatures that are mean to kitties. Just like 'em too much.
SV: Does that mean the brushes don't work in regular PS? Haven't picked up all the bells and whistles of CS3 yet...