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COW #328: Wastelands Prowler - VOTING!
VOTING IS NOW OPEN! Please vote for which entry you feel best adheres to the topic's brief and requirements, based on the concept's design, creativity, execution, etc!
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-must be carnivorous
-capable of surviving the barren wastelands in the post-apocalyptic future
-origin of creature is up to you; mutation, alien, a process of evolution, etc
Last edited by Rob Powell; August 7th, 2014 at 01:34 AM.
Concept: wasteland skulk
Immune to all manner of disease, and highly resistant to radiation, the wasteland skulk hads among rocks ambushes prey and injects a fast acting neurotoxin with the hollowed spines in its inty arms into the flesh of its prey. It is also known to tear open armored cars and barricades with relative ease.
Great concept pc totally jealous and looking forward to everyone elses entry.
Concept: Desert Myriapod
Human experimentation and biological evolution have resulted in the monstrosity known as the Desert Myriapod. Measuring over 8ft, the creature lies beneath desert sand waiting for its prey to wander near before finally striking. Researchers have yet to discover the secret behind how such a large creature manages to survive in the dry environment. Due to its aggressive nature and terrifying size, no one may ever discover.
Concept: Wastelands Prowler
In toxic environments, it is often the unexpected life forms that prevail. The Wastelands Prowler, thought to be related to the common human flea, stands over 5 meters tall and has long since departed from the blood-sucking strategy which its minute relatives pursued. Instead, it has become a full-fledged apex predator. Little can withstand the strong pincers and with its powerful hindlegs it can propel itself fast and far enough to catch just about every prey.
Artist: Bobby Rebholz
In the future, Earth is a baron wasteland. Among the harsh, nuclear torn landscape are hideous creatures that eat anything in their path. Evolving from years of nuclear radiation, these creatures have adapted perfectly to the new Earth. The Zaulocks possess an extraordinary sense of smell and can see in infrared during night time hunts. It is thought that spiders and wolves were affected most by the nuclear fallout but nobody is certain how these two species managed to intertwine and form these hideous creatures. Zaulocks burrow together in deep ground holes and hunt in packs.
Last edited by Bobby Rebholz; August 6th, 2014 at 10:12 PM.
Artist: Del Cid
The little holes on his back are quite sensitive to the humidity on the air, allowing him to detect smalls amount of water (even from other dying animals or just ponds).
With its horn is able to remove some light obstacles and debris in order to reach the water in darker or harder to find zones.
Although not designed to fight, and smaller than most other predators, in large groups they are able to defeat fairly big creatures.
Concept: Janus deer
Bathed in the radioactive climate of the wastelands the evolutionary arms race has accelerated to such a level that the bodies of the poor creatures in question can barely keep up over the generations, with many species falling apart or breaking under the weight of mutations.
One of the more successful predators is the Janus deer. Still wearing the benign form of its herbivore origins it acts as an effective lure to bring prey close. Once it has its quarry it holds it with specialised teeth that line the rib cage, and swallows it bodily, similar to a snake, where the worm like appendages that were once its intestines can absorb the nutrients directly.
Artist: Ben Reichert
Concept: dirty wasteland crawler
Decades after the war earth has become a silent place.
Radiation and desease have taken over the world.
Where life once thrived there is nothing left but a wide, barren wasteland.
In the poisend world with its harsh and quickly changing climate, very few lifeforms can survive.
From time to time you might see a rabbit or squirrel scurry around, feeding of the left overs of the old world.
A few month ago tho, a new species has been seen.A traveler wanted to fill his waterbottle at a big puddle that has formed after a storm.Suddenly something caught his hand trying to pull him under.Something hiding in the mud.
Dirty wasteland crawlers have appeared.These creatures dig themselves into the wet soil, lurking beneath the surface.
Small mammals get caught by their tentacles.Most of the time they dont move, only during the night they might come out and crawl to a better spot to hide.
Yanus like to eat their prey in high places which allows them to notice any competing, stronger predators. The creatures are scavengers, stealing their food from other, faster predators who rarely want to challenge yanu's teeth and bad attitude when they decide to crash the feast. Their thick carapace on the back protects them from airborne hunters but their skin is thin and weak on other parts.
Concept: The Mute Prowler
The mute prowler is the bane of humans who remain in the wastelands of earth. These beasts are derived from the long extinct species of jackals and hyenas who have been genetically engineered by planetary invaders. It is the invaders' hope to use these beasts as a less labor-intensive method of scouting out and killing off the last natives of the planet.
Their entire anatomy has been designed to survive a harsh wasteland and attack in complete stealth. Their pelts have evolved to solely grow from their back to protect them from the harsh rays of the sun, while their ventral side has become hairless to aid in perspiration. Their feet have developed dramatic hair growth to dampen sound as they run across hard, dry ground. To further aid this stealth they have been engineered with an extra set of legs to further disperse weight and lighten each footfalls' impact.
(Honestly found this topic a little late, but I hope you enjoy what I put together last minute. Cheers!)
Topic is now Closed! The poll is open for voting! New topic has already been posted if you're up for something new and exciting!
Lots of awesome entires this round, especially from Benedikt, Bobby Rebholz and Artka! Will ponder who my vote will go to.
no cuts this week
close to rejection:
YangDaniel027: The creature is fairly well rendered although the background does look a bit rushed. However this is a creature design activity so I won't penalize you if the background isn't up to snuff, but heed this as a warning for future reference. Also would've been nice to see a bit more exploration with the design as well.
BenReichert: Watch that image size, we have a general rule that states the images should be no wider than 1000 pixels, give or take. I won't reject entries for this unless the sizes are completely bonkers, especially if there isn't any other infractions.
Summary: Not very much to say, there's quite a lot of good quality images here. Just keep pushing yourselves to do greater things and greater things will happen!!
Last edited by Rob Powell; August 7th, 2014 at 12:10 AM.