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ROUND #117 VOTING
Topic: Explosive Bug
Deadline for the voting: Wednesday, 22 July 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...
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Last edited by Fozzybar; July 16th, 2008 at 09:27 AM.
Artist: Humboldt squid
Concept: Oligarch Beetle
This beetle sacrifices its own grubs in order to access food.
Concept: Exploding Bug
When the hatchlings are fully developed the mother secrets two fluids into the pod which combine to create an explosion ejecting the babies into world.
Last edited by eraserfoot; July 13th, 2008 at 02:34 AM. Reason: spelling error
The Dual-El insect uses it explosive sack to locate ideal mates by emitting a neon glow. When not mating the sack can be fired at attackers to aide in it's escape. Once fired the explosion of the internal toxins can cause disorientation or even paralysis.
Concept: Explosive Bug
Guess this critter will use the birth of its young to start their first meal. The fluid that surrounds the young is very corrosive and helps the young to start digesting their first meal.
Artist: Saturns Gate
Concept: Concept:Hindock Bug
The explosive bug, commonly known as the Hindock lived throughout the Jurassic period. Gradually Dyeing out due to its explosive birth. The females of the species can only give birth to one Hindock at a time, and as the birth is rather violent (ripping through the creatures womb and outer skin, organs etc) it causes the female to die. The females have no desire to be mated with, making the males quite obviously, very agitated. Anyway, there all dead now so who cares!
The males reside in small trees and bushes eating other small insects and small mammals. the females lay their eggs on the ground, usually below a selected males territory . each sack the female lays is filled with 20 to 30 eggs covered in a film that evaporates rising up into the trees as a mist. When the mist reaches the sensors on the males abdomen , It causes the sperm sacks on the abdomen to expand and bust shooting up the slope on the thorax spreading all throughout the misty area, slowly falling and fertilizing any nearby egg. The male always dies after the explosion .
Last edited by Arteater; July 15th, 2008 at 10:06 AM.
Concept: Shapecharger beetle
Ever heard of the 17 year Cicada? Pretty obnoxious isn't it? Now imagine something 3 times as big, 10 times as ugly, and 1,000,000 times as dangerous, to both trees and animals alike. Can you picture it? I've provided a picture. Now do you see it?
Like the Cicada, the Shapecharger beetle also has a long gestation cycle, 1000 years to be exact. And you can thank whomever you pray to for that. Because if or when the piercing drone of this creature permeates your eardrums, you will most definitely be paralyzed at the rhythmic vibrations of one of natures true marvels in engineering, and most brutal of designs.
Found primarily in trees along the rare river beds and moisture rich areas of the African Sahara, this varatious carnivore uses its unique body structure and chemical makeup to create a small but very effective directed explosion, similar to those used by demolition engineers to sever supports in buildings.
Attaching itself to the leg of creatures thousands of times its own size, the Shapecharger uses its specialized abdomen along with its hooked front legs to latch on and wrap itself around the legs of unsuspecting victims. A highly evolved nuerotoxin which acts to paralyze the area is quickly injected into the soon to be severed limb. Then the fun begins.
Through small valves on the underside of the V shaped undercarriage, made of a super spongy and energy absorbent skin, particalized sugars and hot air are released filling the small chamber between the abdomen and the skin of the animal. Then by way of a static charge built up through the constant vibration of the beetles wings, a small spark is created that ignites the sugary substance and thanks to the hard carapace of the beetles back, rumored to be stronger than steel, the blast is contained and directed away from the insect, cutting through blood bone and tissue alike, rendering the animal hoofless, pawless, or in some rare cases handless.
Usually traveling in packs of four or five, these 3 inch beasts can dismember and devour a full grown water buffalo in a matter of days, as long as some predator doesn't steal their kill first.
So the next time you're in the Sahara, hunting for big game, steer clear of the watering holes and rivers, especially the ones with trees whose branches have all been blown off, and watch out for what may be hunting you. It may be smaller than you think.
Last edited by scorge; July 16th, 2008 at 02:04 AM. Reason: Story time.
Concept: Fungus Mine
Fungus mine is a kind of carnassial insect.They live underground,stick their mushroom like tail (it tastes like mushroom e'en) out of the ground.When the prey chaw that tail up,the chemical liquor which produce in fungus mine's ass will burst forth to the air because the differential pressure.This chemical liquor can cause a violent explosion to blast off the head of the prey,boom~~~that's it.Another mushroom like tail will come out within 24 hours.
Last edited by Relic; July 15th, 2008 at 12:15 AM.
Concept: Explosive Bug
The explosive bug has its name from the way it gives birth to its young. As the creature grows so does its head with the little eggs attached. the creature is a unisex and when is born the creatures in the sacks are already growing. So this means that at birth the creature is pregnant; this creates a high birthrate, thus a higher survival rate. But once the eggs become too heavy for the creature to carry (varies from creature to creature, thus the failure rate too), the creature topples backwards, busting the eggs, creating a miniature messy explosion, releasing all the young in the process.
Thus the creature may forever be named the explosive bug, because no matter how it lives its life, it will forever have the destiny to explode in the end.
a leak in the exoskeleton, makes the Mi'n's brain free to grow. because, when the bug ever feels threatend, scared, angry or sad its brain grows, rapid as a tumor. the brain "tumor" consists of explosive chemicals and a burning acid, taking the Mi'n... and its prey with it. larger prey like human forexample will get severe burn marks and/or lose alot of tissue!
Last edited by Meon; July 14th, 2008 at 09:45 PM.
Concept: Dante's Wasp/ Vengeance fly
Dante's wasp...lovingly nicknamed the Vengeance fly by the advanced forces of the new earth expeditionary teams redefines the term "hostile".
Not much is known at this point aside from the fact that this creature despite it's size is quite the advesary...attacking in swarms it has been known to leave the standard (5) person team as little more than a slurry of porridge like organic matter...
When threatened the wasps will attack en masse attaching their abdomen to any unfortunate victim...pulling away and tearing it's self in two... effectively ending it's life...in the process a membrane is ruptured which begins the chemical process for the inevitable explosion...
It goes without saying that staring down the barrel of several thousand of these little monsters is that last thing that any N.E.E.T team member will see, should one be so unfortunate to find him or herself in that position...
Last edited by risingfromashes; July 15th, 2008 at 09:59 AM. Reason: grammar bad ......
Consept: Ignismortis, or as some call it, firewidow, has got its name from it’s reproductive behavior. After mating, male starts to grow fertilized eggs in its abdomen. When eggs are becoming ready to hatch, the sack holding the eggs starts to glow, as the chemicals are concentrating. When this time comes, male starts “dancing” in the air to lure predators. If lucky, predator only eats the sack, but if not... thus the name firewidow. When predator eats the egg sack, the chemicals inside predators stomach and the chemicals inside the egg sack combines creating a explosive compound witch
explodes in few minutes. Predator dies, and now thehatching larva's has fresh food for consuming to start a new generation.
Last edited by -AP-; July 15th, 2008 at 01:48 AM. Reason: typos
Concept: Exploding Bug
1: deploy explosives into fallen fruit
2: wait and let prey consume the fruit + explosives
3: animal that consumed fruit explodes
Last edited by Saurus; July 15th, 2008 at 04:04 AM.
Concept: Explosive bug
The explosive bug has a container filled with an organic explosive, produced by his "bomb glands".
This substance is kept in the upper part of his abdothorax in a thick capsule that is thinner on the top, so when the explosive bursts it makes a directed
explosion, outwards that doesn’t significativelly injure the bug (most of the times...), but maiming the stupid predator that tries to eat it (despite the warning red head).
However, this protective bomb isn't free of costs and can explode prematurely without apparent reason, leaving the bug with no protection and
little potential to find a receptive sexual mate.
Also it is common for the bomb to go off during mating, toasting the bugs sexual partner.
The male Bumbler, also known as the Suicidal Bumbler, usually lives what many would consider a great life. It spends every moment of it sitting stationary while being brought food by the female drones. For most male Bumblers, the only time they'll ever have to move is to mate with the Queen.
The Queen also has a sedentary existence, never moving from her location under any circumstance. However, the energy required to birth the numerous offspring the Queen is constantly pumping out is more than she could possibly ingest in a lifetime.
Because of this, evolution has provided the Bumblers an interesting means of reproduction. The energy to birth the new Bumblers is from the Male's sperm, which, it spends its entire life hoarding into a membrane on its tail end. The chemicals involved are very volatile, and the sack itself is entirely unstable, but energy rich and in a state the Queen can use for birthing.
However, when a Bumbler hive is under attack, the males are roused from their sedentary lifestyles and sent on a suicidal attack. The highly reactive chemicals in their sperm instantly explode if the membrane is broken, which is a blast capable of burning through skin and bone.
The males main weakness is that it can only fly for around half a minute before its body weight catches up to its tiny wings and it falls to the ground. Making the animal even worse off is that the males have never flown before they are called to action, and recently pheromone analysis has shown that the male Bumbler is literally being sent the signal to try and mate with the attacker, presumably because it is incapable of rousing itself for anything other than sex.
Artist: Adele K Thomas
Concept: Static Bubble Bug
The Static Bubble Bug uses built up static electricity from their antennae, which is then used to charge the liquid bubble which the bug holds onto with it's third antennae. It releases and drops the bubble on it's enemies, which explodes on impact.
Concept: Paddekkerid Skater
The bug synthesises zinc(II) diazide in its modified hindgut, secreting pellets from the end of its reinforced abdominal stem. The pellet is detonated by clapping two specialised pygidial plates together, propelling the bug forward in a powerful burst of hot nitrogen gas that may carry it hundreds of meters across the frozen carbon dioxide flats the bug is endemic to (The mook should be wearing a space suit for the rather uncomfortable environment of Banchez Furen IIB). Pellets of desiccated faeces may be expelled with incredible velocity, becoming dangerous projectiles to the unwary who may startle the creatures into fleeing.
The rear legs have evolved into vectored halteres/fletches allowing it to steer fairly well, whilst the original wings have become vestigial due to their fundamental inability to vector appropriately.
Concept: Explosive Bug
The Eplosive bug carries a large amount of a certain liquid. Males and females carry different types of liquid that in itself is harmles however, mixed together, the resulting concoction is highly explosive.
An effective defence in case of an attack on the species, preventing predators from killing multiple beetles, whilst at the same time keeps the bug safe from exploading on its own.
Concept: cimico rebentatis
an alien bug species which live in a planet where the ground is so hard, thats make impossible to this bugs to dig with their claws.They developed an small and powerful explosive in order to make the nest to be able to live in.
Concept: Explosive bug - Xb2
This is a specimen of a "Explosive bug". His real name is Xb2, a genetic modified bug, special created for only one reason: to destroy. It has an enormous destructive power and it is used to erase anything on the face of the earth pld: . The bug contains a "cocktail" of explosive substances. It has only one drawback: it can't breed. It is created in laboratory conditions by infecting species of bugs with an active mutating agent.
Concept: Acid Beetle
This insect, commonly known as the Acid Beetle, has developed specialized cysts for aid in its defense. These cysts are filled with a highly acidic fluid. If threatened, the Acid Beetle will pull together the sections of its exoskeleton to rupture the cysts. While the fluid itself is not poisonous, the wound it inflicts can be very dangerous to smaller animals and has caused permanent blindness to many victims.
Last edited by Arista; July 17th, 2008 at 02:45 PM.
Concept: Flying Fire-Needle
Flying Fire-Needles are one of the most fear-inspiring insects to swarm the Amazon. Known for the sound they make when they attack, “Poppers” as they
are also known as, can take down both larger predators as well as prey in a few short seconds. Fire-Needles travel in the thousands, and individuals will
sacrifice their life for the survival of the colony. They can release a highly flammable gas from a sac located at the rear, and simultaneously send an electric
charge thru two pairs of antennae that extend on either side of the sac. When the charge hits the gas, an explosion occurs propelling the needle bearing
head and exo-skeleton forward into the target. While the legs, wings, sac, and internals are lost in the process, the head stays connected and dozens of
Fire-Needles attacking at once spells doom for the other party. Fire-Needles will usually not attack unless provoked, however, they are known to search out
small mammels that they can feed off of (blood suck) when their favorite flower nectar is not in season.
Last edited by artiphats; July 16th, 2008 at 04:12 AM.
Grenadier Pillar bug
These insects live deep within the lost cave complexes, of the ancient tribes of the serpent people of eons ago. It was believed that through vibrations and other senses on their antennae these multi legs insects could sense their prey and approximate the distance to throw their explosive biochemical projectiles. Once the explosion and chemical reaction had immobilized the target the insect would leisurely consume the remains.
Artist: Michael Jaecks
Concept: The Mephistofly
The Mephistofly is a fat, bloated, blind insect filled with methane gas. It flies despite its small wings. It can spit explosive fireballs to relieve itself of excess gas or to dispatch other airborne competitors.
Last edited by Michael Jaecks; July 16th, 2008 at 07:27 AM.
Failed quality check (sloppy/rushed/unfinished artwork and/or insufficient artistic quality)
other not accepted entries:
You showed the creature from the bottom only. This is no base for judging creatures on design.
Where is the design? Simple ordinary bug with no detailed thoughts in design and shape. BUSTED!
close to rejection:
Thumbs up for the mushroom, but you better invest more effort to the creature next time
Next time keep the focus on the creature itself. I stated that you should concentrate on the visability of the anatomy and design...well, the idea and presentation is nice and funny, so you're in for this time.
Had to vote for eraserfoot...great composition...body has mass/ voulme...and it's a interesting mostly non violent take on the brief....
-Gearhart...love the wing effects and the render...but your bug had no bang(explosion... not artwork...have to make that clear)...only thing that kept me from the button...you even got the little hair to show up aginst the rim light...
-Nubb...Love the colors and the comic nature of your work...totally won over by the stubby legs...
-Scorge Kick ass render...maybe my taste buds are a bit underdeveloped but the mute palette just didn't do it for me...maybe it was just a contrast thing (or a splash of something saturated to make it pop) since most of the colors are down shade it got a lil washed/monotone...great work all the same though
-peg... I really like the simplistic shape and the fact that you can get a sense of motion from the leg placement...I would love to see that thing wobble around...
And I won't leave myself off of this (hind sight 20/20 and such)...I'm a lil pissed at myself for not putting in more time...it was a first post and had fun but I could have done better...the wings and abdomen just scream of laziness/rushing...ahh well...lesson learned
see ya'll around....