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    The year 2446 CE

    Mankind and its technology have advanced at an exponential rate, however trivial political, religious and social demands have caused the splintering of former superpowers into smaller nation states, pitting themselves against each in a number of minor conflicts.

    Since 2395 a minimum of 27 conflicts, hostile incursions and border disputes have been raging in various confined areas across the planets surface, sparking a new global economy.
    Covenants of major corporations have banded together in various factions and are now the true international players, feeding the ever increasing demand of new weapons technology.
    The change in style of warfare has rendered weapons of mass destruction virtually useless increasing an appetite for more unconventional weapon systems, specifically the VidaNova Corporations newest developments in the field of creating new species of animals bred for specific purposes.

    The idea behind this new move is too harness the animals natural intelligence, sensory abilities, and ability to traverse difficult terrain. They are currently working on models for civilian implementation, ranging from beasts of burden for remote areas to leisure models as pets. However there have been worrying reports of certain products escaping from captivity, and having unexpected effects on the flora and fauna they interact with, conspiracy theorists place blame on a huge range of subjects, ranging from the Cytarabinoside used in manipulating metabolic pathways in the animals, to mother earth resting control back from humanity to satan himself.
    Some minor political and religious groups are already rallying, trying to bring this series of unnerving events to the public eye, wild rumors and conspiracy theories are already calling this the 8th day of creation.


    Topic for COW:
    Mounted Predator For Hunters

    A creature made by scientists by mixing genes of existing and extinct animals...there are also some mechanical/technical parts implemented in the predators organism. The predator must be able to be mounted and is carnivore, making him a living and very aggressive killer machine. We need to see something like a saddle, where the hunters can sit on, but you don't need to draw the hunter himself. The creatures full body must be seen.

    Deadline for the voting: Tuesday, 14th March 2006

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    artist: Hookswords
    concept:
    Gavreau
    Named after Dr. Vladimir Gavreau. One of the pioneers of Infrasonic weaponry
    It is the splicing of an eagle, a tiger and an elephant. It was desired that the predatory base of the eagle and tiger be maintained externally while the elephant useage was completely redesigned. Elephant genes/ body mechanics were reworked internally to work in conjunction with the cybernetics. The basis behind the trunk structure of the elephant was used inside the body and extending through the tail. It provides additional oxygen for the body as well as serving as a weapon. Elephants communicate infrasonically, below the human hearing range. This ability, when amplified by the cybernetics can be used as a destructive force. This force can be moderated to a low level brown noise to make its opponents feel ill and become iincapacitated, ranging to a very high level to actually break through/down matter. The amplifiers extend through the arms to the front paws for this extreme use, while the amps around the head serve for all other use (in a 180 degree arc) under that extreme range. Due to the nature of this weapon the rider must wear a special helmet to protect himself from the effects. The spikes on top of the head hold the hardware that allows interface via the riders helmet for control.
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    artist: W!L
    concept:
    bit mingled with aquatic live form. crap scorpian and dogs and big cats.. aggresive and poisonous it attacks with its tail. any victims immediatly sedated. its back bone has mechanical implants as well as tail to help it's flexibility when attacking with tail.
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    artist: JakkaS
    concept:
    CODE-NAME:MOUNTED SALASH
    PROJECT NUMER: 2446-90/2
    LEADING SCIENTIST: DOCTOR JEREMIASH SOO
    ASSISTANT: DOCTOR CASANDRA WISHTON
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    PROJECT STATUS: IN PROGRESS
    BUDGET: 340.800 CALI'BOS
    FINISH PREDICTION: NINE STANDARD MONTHS
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    PROJECT GOALS: BIOENGINEERICAL UPGRADED CREATURE FOR CATCHING AND CARRING SMALL ANIMALS
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    SHORT SUMMARY:
    After two years of research, we have gained success. Our creature is in final stage of creation. We have almost solved all problems we had in this project. The only thing, that is not acceptable by our supervising officer, General Sul Weave'r, is the speed of our creature. But we are working on this. We have also made a few upgrades to make Sarash more predictable and easy to control...
    SEARCHING:
    As a result of genetic engineering and computer technologies usage, we have made Sarash able to sense small creatures even from 5-10 kilometers and to see them from distance 50-100 meters, no matter it is a day or night.
    SMELL DETECTOR:
    After genetic manipulation and adding small prototype of microcomputer [SNV-M-CHIP-ZTH2008/BETA], we have made our creature able to record all of smell they taste in their environment. Therefore, when they sniff out an animal, they never lose the track. We have connected smell sensor to the driver, so he can see surroundings in "smell spectrum".
    EYES UPGRADE:
    Natural ability of snake-like creatures are the skill of infra-red vision. We have upgraded this ability and connected to the driver, so he is able to see as well as his creature.
    CATCHING:
    TONGUE [genetic material and samples taken form Kanaka's Lizard - small lizard with over 2 meters long tongue] - after genetic manipulation we have added a few meters tongue to our creation. Salash can catch creatures from 5-7 meters. We have also added some paralyzing toxins into Salash's saliva.
    PHEROMONES DISTRIBUTOR: - - - - STILL TESTING - - - -
    We have added possibility to create and spread the pheromones of all cataloged and examined animals from this planet - We can easily update the database of smells. [--- 77% of examined animals have followed the pheromones smell ---]
    HOLDING:
    We have added a few ventricles for carrying catched creatures. These chambers are made of organical plastic called ORGAPLAST. [Because of this modification, we have moved stomach and other organs to the front of the creature. There were problems with digestion.] When Salash is carrying an animal, produces paralyzing gas to make the animal senseless.
    SADDLE:
    Genetic modification of Salash's skull gave as a place where we have plugged the saddle.
    SPINE, BODY AND HEAD UPGRADES:
    WE have added some upgrades to make the bones ad skin more resistant. We have built up this parts with ORGAPLAST.
    ORGAPLAST:
    This material is phenomenal! You can program it and plug it to the salash's embryo. The material grows up and evolves with the subject.
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    artist: CheshireLyon
    concept:
    Bahrgeist MK7
    The Bahrgeist MK7, is the newest in Vidanova's line of successful jungle based mounts for hunters and security based forces. The bahrgeist is a highly effective ambush predator capable of pack hunting and social behavior. While still being proficient alone, with a group its potential is increased exponentially. Key features of the bahrgeist include sound and voice mimicry, obtained mainly from the grey parrot, and the lyrebird, which the animal applies in order to lure prey into traps using various environmental features for cover (trees, brush or buildings). The cost of these features is mainly a reduction in bone mass, which, while decreasing the fortitude of the beast increases its agility. When attacking, the bahrgeist unleashes a high decibel shriek, intended to disorient its prey, while not stunning its prey outright, it effectively disables its sense of sound. The animal itself cannot hear the frequency of its shriek, riders must be equipped with harmonic dampeners in order to not be effective. Despite appearing soft and supple, the fur of the creature is actually based upon a rigid feather like system. While the bahrgeist are specifically designed to be most effective navigating the tangle of heavy jungle while maintaining high speeds, it is still useful in the grassland and urban areas. It is not recommended for use in open terrain, desert or cold areas. These abilities are gained from a variety of keystone feline predators, including lions, panthers, tigers, and cheetah. It also contained genes from the precursors to modern felines to increase its size and resilience. Technological additions include a cooling system allowing form more effective use of speed, as well as an intravenous hydration system to keep the animals from dehydrating on sorties. The saddle is equipped with a direct connection into the nervous system of the creature in which the rider can act as a blinder to the animal for specific targeting, in addition the connection also locks the rider into the saddle. While wireless connections are readily available, the direct connection was chosen to avoid possible hacking and a loss of control of the creature. Recent improvements over previous bahrgeist iterations include elongated ears to improve the natural cooling of the creature during lengthy excursions, and most notably, a newly developed retro-virus, sprayed on the skin, which increases the overall density and makes the animal resistant, to most small arms fire. The animal now can be trained to drop a sniper high in the canopy before attacking, allowing for more strategic options.
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    artist: neoknocker
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    artist: Thefultron
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    artist: Alliekatt
    concept:
    Arthropod X2300
    The Arthropod X2300 series, or 'Pods, as the hunters call them, are a strange mix of lizard, insect and snake. Deceptively fast, their unique 6-legged method of locomotion provides their riders with a nice, smooth ride. Their lightweight chitinous armor provides excellent defense against tricky quarry, while the powerful neurotoxin deployed by their mandibles quickly paralyzes their prey. Top-of-the-line sensory arrays have been installed in the Pod's cranium to aid in tracking and provide advanced warning, and each model comes equipped with a chemical sensor specially tuned to VidaNova's product "tags".
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    artist: Jonoy
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    Xervities
    After unsuccessful attempts to intropolate Indian Tiger geneiology with Banded Mantis Shrimp (idealistic ravager genome created but highly unstable due to superior aggression/ physical speed) the xervities has been successfully created, trialed in the field, and installed as the mounted unit of choice for multi-terrain combatant units.
    A cross genome breed of austrogammarus australis (Now extinct freshwater crayfish) and Connochaetes taurinus (Wilderbeast Kenyan grasslands), the xervities has both the crustacial exoskeletal protection of the crayfish and the docile yet willfull nature of the Wilderbeast in conjunction with newly available and stable Nanotechnology as well as incorporating the Polymer-Plastic Petrochemical technologies previously available to the modern 24th century military.
    Due to the weight of previous exoskeletal genome crosses proving unstable due to the unsustainable weight of an exoskeleton weighing 20kg+ above sea level; the introduction of Polymer-plastics have 'lightened the load' as well as giving a greater flexibility to the armourous advantage of an exoskeleton infused with nanotech repair-and-sustainability technology.
    Tests have shown a dominance in the Crayfish geniology causing the new species to express a carnivorous appetite and predator traits in it's mental algorithmics.
    Moving on land at burst speeds in exess of 54kmh and under 70kmh/ average speed of 45kmh, the xervities is also capable of higher speeds in submersed conditions (18-45knots) as well as retaining the ability to traverse inclines up to 50degrees; all while the mounted trooper remains safely enclosed in the climate-controlled gyroscopic-cockpit intergrated into the second armoured segment of the thorax.
    A new and superior genomic crossbreed is in process though this information is highly classified.
    weaponry/upgrades include; mounted caseless assault cannon (44mm), photon whip antennae and Electro Magnetic aura (20ft) as well as the conventional claws/mandibles and the mounted trooper's arsenal.
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    artist: chaosrocks
    concept:
    seats two, controlled by holding the antenae, robotic eyes which include Ultraviolet and infra red as well as transmission to rider via antenae (which is why there are two riders) , takes great skill to ride, especially staying on during a tail strike
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    artist: sithwitch13
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    Canidofelus tridactyl horribilus, family Artificiocidae. Commonly known as a "Riding Triclaw".
    This riding mount is neither a canid or feline, but a genetic hodgepodge. A larger form of the common hunting triclaw (Canidofelus tridactyl domesticus), this subspecies is invaluable for its strength, endurance, and intelligence. In addition to modifying the chest cavity to be deep like that of a cheetah, further tweaking allowed for an increase in the efficiency of its circulatory and respiratory systems. This, along with genes coding for more efficient use of energy in skeletal muscles, allows for the speed of a cheetah but with much more endurance. The tail has been modified into both a stabilizer and a whip. Additionally, the paws and claws that give the mount its common name were modified from the more common five digits normally found in animals to give it a more solid grip on its terrain and ease of running. The riding triclaw's fur has been coded to be short and dense, making it ideal for conditions ranging from desert heat to arctic cold.
    Riding triclaws are given additional biomedical enhancements once full size is reached. Their already quick brains are tweaked to make synapses fire faster and the adrenal cortex is enhanced so that the maximum allowable amount of epinephrine can be produced at critical moments. The natural eyes are also replaced by the finest artificial oculars, allowing triclaws to see at a variety of ranges and lighting conditions. The triclaw's hearing is enhanced by implants, allowing it to hear three hundred times better than its natural ability. This audio enhancement automatically shuts down within a nanosecond in the event of a loud, potentially damaging noise.
    A riding triclaw is controlled by reins that are attatched to nostril rings. Since it does not have the same mouth as an herbivore, a traditional bit and bridle would be impractical. Additionally, the mouth must remain free in order to grasp and kill prey.
    With its enhanced strength, endurance, intelligence, and vision, the riding triclaw is a formidable hunter whose abilities can be effectively doubled with an experienced hunter guiding it.
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    artist: Soulweaver
    concept:
    2447 Karharion
    Introducing the 2447 Karharion, the latest in the Khimera line of biovehicle products from VidaNova.
    Unbeatable power: Today’s huntsman faces more challenges than ever before, and the Karharion is fully equipped to face them. No more fumbling with laser saws to get past that tough dromelupe armor – the Karharion’s razor-sharp shears give it a bite force that has been measured at 15,000 psi, the highest of any biovehicle on the market.
    Unbeatable dependability:
    · The Karharion utilizes our patented Heart-Powered Gear Engine, for boundless endurance for those long hunting trips.
    · Bones, fat, and rotten meat left over from the hunt need not be wasted – this fuel-efficient biovehicle can survive on your leftovers.
    · Optional equipment includes nanomicrobes, released from the Karharion’s mouth. Each nanomicrobe wanders until it finds a potential target. It then sends a tracking pulse to the Karharion that can be followed for days on end. Never again lose your quarry’s trail! Purchase before Jan 1 2447 and get free nanomicrobe refills for a full year!
    All-terrain hunter*: The Karharion goes where your quarry goes.
    · The Karharion can scale a 90° surface with ease. It gives today’s huntsman an outlook of the surrounding land like never before.
    · This biovehicle makes aquatic barriers a thing of the past. The Karharion is perfectly at home in the water**, while the inflatable airbags along its sides keep the huntsman safely dry above the surface.
    · Heavy undergrowth a problem? Not anymore – the Karharion comes equipped with an armored head that can break through the toughest natural barricades without a scratch.
    · Optional equipment includes heart and lung implants for withstanding the thin air of high altitudes.
    Safety first: Here at VidaNova, customer safety is our highest concern. That’s why we’ve implemented AgroShock stirrups into the Karharion’s design. Any time the biovehicle gets out of hand, a simple nudge with the stirrups puts it back in its place.
    *Not recommended for extended use in subzero temperatures.
    **Not to be ridden in salt water.
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    artist: AleksandarMijajlovic
    concept:
    When I start to think about this the first animal that hit’s my mind is of course T-rex, or some of same sort… But…
    I was thinking that, because of usage of natural intelligence we need spices of animals that are easier to dominate. So, I was looking for species which are dominated by principle of hierarchy, which means that they follow the head of group. And you are the head of group if you feed them… T-rex is great killing machine, but to ride him? Maybe… But individual animals are harder to control…
    Dogs, wolfs, etc. are great example of animal that know principle of hierarchy, so I start with them. Dogs are anyway wolfs from past, so…
    Next, I think about riding… Of course the horse is first thing to hit my mind…
    Spine of horse is delicate thing. It deformities though time, because of pressure of human body. So, I make it from “steel”… So the animal can endure more pressure, and much more things can be place on it.
    And finally T-rex… It’s too much fun to be place out…
    This animal can run at two or four feet’s, can use two arms for killing, in style of T-rex (double speed T-rex), can hunt like wolf and much more…
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    artist: meeatu
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    artist: ceberae
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    REX2100
    There are 2 reviews available for this product.
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    vidanovasux wrote on March 5, 2446 10:57
    what a rip off! for that price tag, youd think the damn thing would come with diamond crusted nails, but all you get is a pooch as ugly as hell. About time they started making them easier on the eyes. my buddy got one and it’s an unstable piece of crap. Runs away on regular basis, have to shut it down remotely. And the stupid thing won’t stop drooling all over the damn floor! That drool’s f***ing toxic! who’s bright idea was that?
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    You_moron wrote on March 5, 2446 14:24
    Who cares how it looks? All that matters is that it gets the job done. It’s drooling because it’s hungry and wants to hunt. The INSTINCT drive is there for a reason. Decrease the hunger setting to 3 or 5, default is 10. Decrease the hunt setting to 0 when idle. Use your head and read the manual. Idiot.
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    artist: GatorKyle
    concept:
    Ocalyx 2446
    The latest concept from the VidaNova Corporation is now a reality! The 2446 model of the Ocalyx is now ready for you to take home. A tireless tracker, a terrible and swift killer, and a warm, fuzzy family pet all rolled into one. This beast has it all. Each animal has been fully registered with the VidaNova Kennel Club and comes with a 5-year health guarantee. If the animal gets sick for any reason, your own personal VidaNova veterinarian will be flown in to handle the situation.
    Enhancements for hunting include the raptor dew-claw, perfect for eviscerating the toughest of today’s monstrous game animals (or even nosy neighbors.) For those suspenseful encounters where you have to track down wounded prey, the Ocalyx’s teeth have been fitted with a slow-acting poison, to make absolutely sure your prey dies while leaving a trail of blood to follow. The Ocalyx comes in a variety of coats, from jungle-spotted to grassland-stripes. Elements of the canine olfactory system have been included to give the Ocalyx unparalleled tracking abilities. And the latest update is VidaNova’s new, state-of-the-art bio-monitor, the NeuroRim. The NR continuously monitors the animal’s blood for signs of disease, poisons, and unhealthy cholesterol. And using the newest in encrypted Red Tooth technology, you can transmit simple orders to the animal for the smoothest ride in the industry. You can also remotely command the NR by way of Red Tooth to release the latest hormonal and nano-engineered stimulants into the Ocalyx’s blood, for added performance during those extra nasty encounters.
    The Ocalyx. The perfect addition for your stable.
    *model shown not equipped with optional side-impact airbags*
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    artist: Brand_X
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    From : VidaNova consumer affairs, Bioped division
    Sent : Friday, January 27, 2446 3:37 PM
    To : M_Johnston@Macromail.corp
    Subject : Mongoose L3 performance bioped.
    Greetings Mr. Johnston, I am writing to you in response to some concerns you had about the behavior of your newly purchased VidaNova Mongoose L3. Specifically, you wrote to inform us that your Mongoose had killed and eaten your wifes leisure biped.
    May I ask if this is the first time you have owned one of our more aggressive performance oriented models Mr. Johnston? If so I am sure you made a carful study of your owners manual and noted in chapter 10 subsection V. the dangers of mixed stabling with regard to predator based biopeds. One of the hardest characteristics of predators to genetically mute is their instinct to cull the weak and infirm.
    I note from the attached photo that the now deceased unit was a Yamiguchi Avis, notable for its budget price but not, if I may be frank, for the quality of its genetic construction.
    In regards to the second part of you inquiry concerning restitution by VidaNova for the lost bioped I refer you again to the above mentioned section of you owners manual where it clearly states at the bottom of pg 1432 that VidaNova bears no responsibility for such incidents.
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    artist: Cup of Joe
    concept: [/B]Ostoraptor
    VidaNova is proud to announce one of the latest additions to our line of NovaInfantry® models, the Ostoraptor. This model is light and fast enough to get you to your destination in no time at all, but also safe enough to protect you from most small skirmishes. The riot shield protects you, and the Ostoraptor’s feathers have been biomechanichally modified to resist most attacks from small arms*. The Ostoraptor is also the perfect choice in long distance trips. The Ostoraptor can last for days without any food thanks to it’s slow metabolism, and the Ostoraptor itself can be used as a food source in a pinch. The Ostoraptor’s enhanced muscles can also carry nearly twice it’s own body weight! Order yours today!
    Statistics-
    Binomial name- Struthio mongoliensis
    Commonly known as – Ostoraptor
    Cross of- Velociraptor mongoliensis and Struthio camelus
    Height- 3.35 Meters
    Weight- 130 Kilos
    Cargo Limit- 220 Kilos
    Extra features-
    • Light bone structure for enhanced speed
    • Powerful jaws and razor sharp teeth
    • Carnivorous, so there’s never any waste
    • Can deliver fatal kicks
    • Can carry supplies
    • Implanted metal claws
    • GPS Navigator
    • Collar attached to spinal chord controls hormones, keeping it as rabid or as docile as you want!
    • Node implanted into brain can either locate or instantly kill the Ostoraptor in case of theft.
    • Natural hunting instincts. If it’s warm-blooded, The Ostoraptor can find it!
    Order now and receive a pre-installed MetalStorm® machinegun!
    *Safety not guaranteed from projectiles that surpass a Level 4 rating.
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    artist: Form
    concept:
    When VidiNova and its brother corporations came into economic control of the political climate on Earth, a major player in the economic war was the megaconglomerate 'Google'.
    Late in the 21st century, google became a major player in the leisure an entertainment industries, buy 2151 they had a monopoly on internet service provision, television broadcast, firmvision, and owned almost half of the worlds physical transport system.
    When the need for new weaponry became apparent, google was the first to open its doors to the possibilities of gene splicing. In a cooperation with china several technologies were developed including the worlds first artificial circulation system able to supply any manufactured organism with oxygen and blood cells. Deep tissue manipulation allowed for fully articulated creations.
    Several biomechanical creations were trialled, and eventually failed. The google scientists soon realised that the missing element was the natural flaw that came with a real mind. Even in the subframe of animal instinct there was room for error, and in turn, luck.
    Bioengineers cultivated samples from several specimens proven to posess above average traits... three of these were the intelligence of the hawaiian crow, the physical resilience of the extinct wooly mammoth, and the lethal poison of the box jellyfish. This was one of the first species crossbred by scientists but the project was ultimately found to serve no vital purpose, and was given a code blue (standby).
    twenty three years on, the rogue states introduced unmetred specimens into the cross-streams of the mother machine, producing wild and unexpected anomalies in the behaviour of the gene-spliced creations. In an endeavor to keep the debacle under wraps, google made the decision to reinstitute the bird project as a means to find not only the escaped creatures, but members of the rogue state also.
    Fitted into the medula oblongata of the bird was a tiny microchip, a google search engine, which stored all the electronic data available at the time, and was updated every 15 seconds. Searches could be performed on anything from personel, satellite images, weather maps and so on - generally results would be fed subconsciously in under 2.7 seconds. This allowed the bird to track its prey with uncanny ease and precision.
    All seemed well for the google corporation, until the revelation that the google modified creatures were using the implanted chip, in combination with their own animal thinking, to store and categorically act on any information it wished. It soon became apparent that google was out of control, and if not controlled, would only lead to trouble. The leaders of google corp. were forced through public opinion to round up the google modified birds and terminate them.
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    artist: hwango
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    Congratulations, General Zdravkovic, on your country’s recent purchase of (100) FEN-747 Fenris Tactical Pursuit and Retrieval Units. Our special blend of genetic material draws on canis lupus familiarus for loyalty and reception to training, canis dirus for bulk and strength to support a fully armed human rider, and boa constrictor for a powerful tail to to keep a target bound and subdued while being brought back for processing.
    Each unit comes standard with enhanced scent-based tracking, genetically encoded loyalty to its rider (set with your personal command code), and a free upgrade to color vision.
    You also selected the following optional extras: Midnight camouflage coloring and upgraded cybernetic front paws for superior combat performance.
    We at VidaNova are confident that these units will meet your exacting standards for quality and performance, and look forward to future transactions.
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    artist: masque
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    Basilisks 2446
    Al is in the FG, Betty in back with rider -- note the larger bulk of the male, and the somewhat more ostentatious frill display. Both basilisks have just initiated their poly-chameleonic camouflage ability, where the skin pigmentation (normally a slightly iridescent bluish-grey) takes on the color of incident light, blending extremely well within seconds to any environmental and lighting conditions. in the field, the riders' psi-control helmet and the basilisks' implants will be disguised with standard camo techniques.
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    creature refs are monitor lizard/komodo dragon, frilled lizard, and of course the classic Trikey mods are mentioned in the text. location is ref'd from Jim-Jim Falls, Kakadu N't'n'l Park, Northern Territory, Australia. "Katherine Facility" refs a town in same region at almost exactly 14deg S latitude.
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    artist: goran
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    mutated piranha with plasma engines,very fast,very hungry and very deadly.
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    artist: misledtomisery
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    implemented robotic limbs act as piercing tools for climbing trees and steeper rocky terrain, and open up to reveal a large webbed surface for swift and easy travel through bodies of water. unique enhanced chameleon gene implemented allows the creature to adapt its color scheme to its surroundings for increased deception and hunting. mechanical element implants for the saddle seat allow ease in removal/placement of saddle when needed, as well as deliver shocks which control direction and speed according to the rider.
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    artist: Hiipi
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    Concept is that since there are remote "islands" where ppl dwell, they sometimes have to go get their food from a bit further. In the worst times of food shortage mankind started to breed cattle more and more, including buffaloes! Later on the buffaloes wandered further and further away from ppl and created massive herds to protect themselves. It became hard to fight these animals. Along came VidaNova and created a perfect hunting mount for where the buffalo roam.
    The Rhinodillo has been created mixing this and that from armadillos´, rhinos´ and boars´ genepool. Strong natural armor is needed to protect the rider and the creature from buffalos´ attacks and the massive aggressiveness and driving force, the momentum, comes from rhinos and boars. On the animal has been mounted a heavy gun to end the days of them poor buffaloes if the Rhinodillo himself fails to do that. Sometimes these living assault tanks are also used to trample enemy forces in close combat with enemy states.
    The driver is in somewhat control over the Rhinodillo by the same means as they steer elephants nowadays, kicking its sides underneath the shield. Rhinodillos have also adapted the ways of carnivores and feeds on its prey, therefor the tusks and the sharp teeth to rip the flesh to shreads. An old saying in the jungle tells that only The Phantom is a friend of a Rhinodillo, the rest are their enemies. Therefor it is somewhat a dangerous profession to be a Rhinodillian (the one who operates one).
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    artist: GreyBelly
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    By 2100 CE, among many other species, almost all owls were extinct, the first to go being the eagle owl (or horned owl). However, scientists had successfully collected their DNA and thereby being able to recreate horned owls.
    The Emperor Scorpion, not an extinct species, was chosen to mix with the horned owl, to create a mount for the Hunters, as the speed of the scorpion and the superb vision and hearing capabilities of the owl would make for a perfect environmentally adaptive creature.
    The 'design' of the scorpion went through a few phases, and ended up a lot more sleek. It's size aslo got multiplied a few times, and it was decided that the fur from the owl would also cover most of it's body, for the purpose of camouflaging the black creature. The scorpion's claws were also sized down, as they originally were a bit too lumpy and less aerodynamic.
    Initially, both of the owl's eyes were mounted on the scorpion's tail, but it turned out that the weight of both of the sized-up eyes greatly decreased the overall speed of the creature. The single eye instead got powerful CPU's installed, for splitting the one single view into a real-time three-dimensional representation of it's vision, and for both video and audio recording purposes.
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    artist: Sorknes
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    In VidaNova, these creatures has been worked on for long, and new versions and updates arrive regularily. Even though the technology has gone beyond what man could possibly think of just a few hundred years earlier, they still meet solid brick wall barriers in their work on creating and adapting with the genepools. One thing is to nullify the unwanted genes, and change some to the wanted within both mankind and other species, but to get the desired outcome when working on beasts where genes between the species are mixed is not easy. After several failures where extra extremeties, like arms, extra legs and so on was successful in the making, but the use of them not, VidaNova has been leaning heavily on biomechanical science to get what they want out of their experiments and final results.
    When realizing that it was easier for a creature to adapt to biomechanical added features that was linked with their nerve and brain system than to added features through gene mixing, VidaNova took patent on a system where a human controller could help the animal using its biomechanical enchantments even better. Their system is sending electric signals into the animals brain to help it control its added feature. When resting the animal doesn't use their enchantments at all, when in duty, the human controller helps it both using it efficiently as well as in the right moments.
    The current animal in use for the hunters has been used for quite some years, and an update is expected soon. This beast has it roots in the extinct dinosaurs, and has been more reliable than later versions because the gene mixing was stopped while they still just added tendencies of another creature in the genepool, like reflex, coordination and hunting improvement from various animals known for their abilities and was still not trying to add extra limbs and larger features. The gene mix are mostly within races and closely related races, except for some that has made the animals develop by themselves over time, so fast that you can see changes between the generations. One of the features that can be visibly seen is the teeth, which surprised most of the scientists when appearing already on the first animal with mammal tendencies.
    The current version is also wearing suits to help their heart and lungs to last longer. After some episodes in the past where the animals was used so heavily their hearts literally exploded while under commando of a human controller, the goal has been to enchance the heart and breeding system through genes.
    So far they have not manage to make a way to let the animal breath under water, but it has had webbed feet added as a feature controlled by the human for a long time, and the animals quickly learn how to use their legs in water so that when the biomechanical webbed feet opens up on the back of their leg, they get the most use and speed out of it.
    Another surprising development, is the front legs/paws/hands that soon after the animal is bred stops working and shrinks to useless limbs. It might be the gene mix, or the fact that animals doesn't really have a use for them. For now the animals has a good old hack'n slash enchantment and electronical impulses that helps them continue to build the muscles in the "arm". An earlier version where they added weapons in hope the human controller could use them, was left behind in history after a number of accidents and lack of accuracy.
    These creatures are widely known as jungledino, and can be used successfully both in huge groups of animals as well as on lone hunts, which is one of the main reason they are liked by mostly all jungle hunters.
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    artist: young_paddy1
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    One of several chimaeric hunter designs used by the Vida Nueva company to track down escaped creations and industrial spies, mostly killer whale with a touch of Tasmanian Tiger and Golden Eagle, this creature is an excellent tracker by both scent and sight, using its modified mouth it can rip apart most forms of civilian transport (as has been proved on several occasions) and all types of animal flesh. The mechanical modifications made to the creatures body were for obvious reasons, as well as allowing the creature a greater comfort out of water, via an altered respitory system. The personnel transport also attaches to the creatures skeleton through a magnetic interface.
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    artist: Tobin
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    the whole thing had to be refined, the idea was based around the "alpha panthera" a beast created from all the most useful aspects of the big cats, and the ankylosaurus family of dinosaurs. so it would be an agile tank basically
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    artist: TjC
    concept: [/B]Scoull
    mounted predator prototype
    Combining the aggresiveness of the bull, the ingenuity of the hyena, and the venom of the scorpion, a new species is made specifically for battle.
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    artist: _Urchin_
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    Amphibious, strong, and deadly, the alloshark's predatory instincts are well suited for tracking whatever your quarry, wherever the hunt may lead. The benefits of the fusion of these two creatures outweighs the mechanical assistance necessary to modify this creature for use as a mount.
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    artist: Nexus
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    Specimen 4-002. HU - Umbrox, "Dagger Maw"
    The Umbrox is the apex of VidaNova's new GenStealth program. Recently a few specimens have been released into the custody of the base's foremost Jungle Recon Squad. The Umbrox or "Dagger Maw" as the men have so bluntly deemed it is not a typical GenAssault organism, it is to be used in a quick-strike capacity in the hunting and capture of escaped VidaNova experiments. The rider is linked neurally to the Umbrox via a direct cortex link and overrides the creatures instincts if they prove illogical. The Umbrox was achieved through a splicing of Fang Tooth, Tree Frog, Jellyfish, Squid, and exctinct ground sloth (Megatherium). The Umbrox boasts a devastating bite enhanced by biotech pistons placed within its jaw and a powerful venom delivered through nematocyte cells located within its tentacles. In addition the Umbrox houses an aggressive colony of insect hybrid symbiotes. These symbiotes are composed of antlion, stag beetle, and hornet strains and share a mental link with their host. In cases of flying escapees the Umbrox will often direct its symbiotes to incapacitate prey it cannot reach. The Umbrox is best utilized in jungle missions as it moves most efficiently through dense forest canopies with the aid of it's powerful rear legs and prehensile dorsal tentacles. The Jungle Recon Squad reports that they are well pleased with the performance of the Umbrox thus far and capture rates are up by 25%. Our enemy won't ever see it coming.
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    artist: OtterFrenzy
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    By 2046, 40% of New Europe’s landmass has been covered by Cytarabinoside-contaminated jungle. Safe ground for cities and farms is lost every year. Programs to chemically clear the jungle have failed due to it’s rapid growth and genetic mutability. Worse, these jungles have become breeding grounds for aberrations escaped from Vida Nova’s experiments. Designed to ensure Vida Nova’s military domination over its geopolitical rivals, these Aberrations have proven too dangerous for local militias to handle.
    With each town and city that is overrun by the resurgent wilds, pressure grows on Vida Nova to halt its bioengineering operations. The Cytarabinoside Abolition Front already launched one public and popular attempt to sabotage the Mother Machine. This confluence of political and environmental crises has made eliminating rogue organisms and halting the growth of the tangle Vida Nova Corporate’s top military priority.
    To penetrate within the depths of New Europes unwholesome jungle, Vida Nova has assembled an elite Special Unit Jungle Force. Rather than emphasizing raw power, the force will deploy a form of mobile warfare uniquely suited to the Cytarabinoside Jungle.
    Drawing on a breed of enhanced gorilla left over from an abandoned troop-substitution program, Dr. Ghul Amuz has crafted a novel platform for mobile jungle warfare.
    Rather than traveling on the forest floor, this hybrid has extended arms and exogenic neural circuits which allow for rapid brachiation through the forest canopy.
    Hind legs, now irrelevant, have been replaced by a thick muscular tail tipped with a pair of stingers bearing separate, unique neurotoxins. Just as a cocktail of antibiotics can kill bacteria before they develop resistance, it is thought that this combination of toxins will overcome the Aberrent’s rapidly evolving immune systems.
    Each unit is also surgically modified within the Mother Machine to bear long scythe-like claws, and a triple-redundant set of behavior control chips within the hind-brain. Dr. Amuz considers these hybrids to be his most effective but least elegant creation.
    The Jungle Force will use these novel hybrids to move rapidly and silently within a hostile environment. Mobility, stealth and instant lethality will allow them to launch surgical strikes on aberrant breeding grounds.
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    artist: Orion9282
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    The Origin of "The Movement from WMD's to '8th Day' Creatures"
    "Before the ANWC 0001, nuclear weapons attacks were a monthly occurence. We were at a standstill with our enemies on the eastern border. We were rich in natural resources, but protected ourselves well. Our enemies had tried traditional means of attacking our "city" twice before, but to no avail and many casualties. Their first two attempts of storming the city were land-based attacks. Naturally, we responded with a small nuclear bomb. The destruction to our above ground resources was of no consequence, for all of our most valuable resources, including civilians, scientists, and leaders, were stationed 15 miles underground. The plan was brilliant: Enemies could be stopped immediately if they ever came to our land, and our land would appear desolate and undesirable.
    Our enemies knew we were playing dead, however, and we never saw it coming.
    We should have known that their third attempt at storming our city with a land-based attack was a decoy, but we fell right into their trap. We, again, had a nuclear response to their advancement and thought the threat had been neutralized. Hours later, with our defenses relaxed and recharging, the real attack came. It began with the strangest seismic vibrations anyone had ever heard. And it was getting louder. Everyone scrambled to determine the origin of the anomoly. That's when the first "8th Day" creature burst through our underground concrete walls. Then another, then another, then another. They were massive and moved fast, both in traversing ground and in consuming everything in sight. That was the day we surrendered."
    Since then, we've learned quite a bit about ANWC0001. Obviously enemy geneticists had been experimenting with combining elements of different species to meet specific needs. In this case, they combined certain insects' resiliency to atomic radiation (cockroach, etc.) with mammalian tissue to aid movement underground (mole, etc.). We are unsure how many animals made it into the ANWC0001 genetic makeup, for there are resemblances to other insects (scorpions: hind section), reptiles (snakes: mid-section, mouth), and possibly prehistoric species (!) (Talons, aggressiveness, carnivorous).
    ANWC0001 Features:
    Mouth features feelers, teeth, and ability to consume objects whole. Derivation is mammalian tissue combined with features of insect feelers for navigation underground. The second and third arms on the left side have been amputated, possibly to use the veins and arteries for incorporation of technological enhancements. (NOTE: Sedative could be issued through this system if the creature ever became disobedient).
    Creature is manned by two operatives, located on the back. "Saddle" becomes full enclosure when underground.
    Exoskeleton is extremely resilient to radiation and heat. Derivation obviously from insects such as the cockroach (among others).
    Third arm features a 5-clawed hand. Derivation from mammal such as a mole, or from prehistoric species (unidentified). Second arm on right is amputated and replaced with "in-body-cavity piston" system. Most likely to aid the third arm in its digging tasks. (NOTE: Assumption is that the other two hands should have 5 claws as well, but geneticists failed).
    Other: The remnants of a spinal cord from one of the mammalian species is evident on the right side (viewer's left) of the torso. Skull also seen near mouth. Like conjoined twins, this too is probably a result of the genetic manipulation that could not have been overcome.
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    artist: Althael
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    Tyra-Golerius
    After years of research and experimentation, the 'TG' has been one of the major 'heavy-duty' mount type. With its strenght and constitution, it can travel long distance without pausing with a very high load.
    The overall design is based on discretion. Every pieces of technologies have been hidden to minimise the chance of being destroyed or domaged. Large bio-metal scales cover its body, giving protection from light to medium common guns.
    With the base body of a Tyrannosaurus rex, its head had been mixed with the one of a Triceratops, it can charge on foes or large vehicles and disable them without much troubles. Its large horns are made out of sharp crystal, piercing most every know materials.
    Monkey arms have been integrated instead of its common, little arms. Its large hands allow it to manipulate objects. If correctly trained, the TG can use weapons such as archaics ones as well as guns.
    The TGs tail has been lengtened for a maximum of balance. The tips of its tail has been equiped with the mace of an ankylosaurus. The mace is made of a strong and very heavy materials, known as the trinitaranium. An electro-magnetic field surround the mace, making it even more dangerous to non-bionic creatures anditems.
    A single hit with its mace as been reported to break through a 25cm iron wall.
    A chameleon tongue as been integrated. Being enhanced, its saliva can be compared with a very strong glue. The tongue can extend to a maximum lenght of 10meters.
    Its bones are made of unbreakable light bio-metal. Its arms and legs are enhanced with electro-hydrolic systems. Allowing it to run very fast, it diminish its effort to run very long distance without problems. Its max speed is 100km/h.
    Multi-fonctional cybernetics eyes remplace its normal eyes. It allow the TG to zoom up to 50 times both in daylight and darkness. It can scan its sight to detect lifeform in many ways: Movements, heat and x-ray.
    Its powerful jaws has been enhanced with a strong piston, allow it to bite throught everything. A second heart placed in its head action the dual pistons, giving formidable strenght. Its teethes are made of rasorsharp crystal.
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    artist: Laurentiu_Bontea
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    VidaNova created Carne-Moarta for hunting in harsh jungle terrain. It features very high mobility thanks to the ultra flexible feline limbs and the huge clawed paws which are also used in ripping the enemy. On each upper side, the creature has a very powerful stunner which can put down a mammoth in seconds. Its keepers never feed it, and this enrages the beast, forcing it to kill in order to eat. It is extremely obediant and rarely attackes the hunter.
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    artist: Tyranx
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    In the vast jungles of Dunook, the Trussian military sought a way to mobilize troops and supplies over vast expanses of jungle,
    yet still keep their covert presence, as their exposure could trigger all out war.
    They needed something fast, lethal and most importantly stealthy.
    VidaNova combined ape and extinct alien species to create the Gargan Tyrant, which quickly became known as the TerrorApe.
    Gargan Tyrant (TerrorApe):
    Product No. 184938
    Class: Recon, Transport
    - Height: 15m
    - Weight: 3000kg
    - Max Speed: 70kph
    - Temperament: Angry
    Jungle warfare has always been problematic at the best of times, the dense foliage and innuberable streams and rivers impede the passage of
    conventional vehicles.The Gargan Tyrant (GT) is specifically designed with this in mind. Its combines unique features such as ultra powerful arms,
    titanium fists and nightvision to ensure fast travel and the ability to overcome any obstacle.
    Safety is a key component of VidaNova’s success in Genetic Arms sales, that is why the GT comes with an advanced friend/foe recognition
    microchip embedded deep in its cerebral cortex.
    The GT is an excellent choice for jungle warfare and recon in more ways than one, unfortunately the GT is currently sold only to Military
    and Defense Contract personnel, but a civilian model is currently being tested, which will be made available to the general public early next year.
    As with all genetic arms purchases a valid Genetic Arms license must be made available before a sales transaction can take place.
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    artist: Keng
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    With DNA obtained from common bird strands put into evolutionary reverse and reconstructed genetics from the extinct beast known as the lion, this new transport, V36-M12, is well constructed to handle the fastest chase and furthest tracking. We of VidaNova have been working hard to ensure the comfort and effectiveness of our hunters with many new revelations in bio-engineered technologies. A few of these features include:
    - No shock guaranteed static cling to keep the saddle secured
    - B.E. (Bio-Engineer) age Moss Foam to ensure a comfortable ride
    - Leg supports
    - Self sufficient light source derived from deep sea dwellers
    - Retracting wind shield
    - Reflective ear backing providing full view of the scene behind the rider
    - New steering system connected directly to the nervous system and accessed through the aerodynamic cups located within arm's reach
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    artist: Marco Mazzoni
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    The Rynx
    An unlikely combination of chameleon shark and ferrett DNA has resulted in the most ferocious hunter on four legs. Accelerated evolution techniques have yeilded saddle style ribs for superior balance and wieght distribution with rider at maximum velocity. The most amazimg features however are in the Rynx's mechanical augmentations. Limbs are replaced with highly articulated aluminum mechanics to compinsate for the inherent slow reactions bred into the creature from it's chameleon DNA. Likewise the respiratory system has also been upgraded from the incapable shark system. The Rynx is not only capable of consuming heavily armored units but its enhanced stomach actually digests non-organic materials to regenerate its own augmentations. Last but not least, the rider is able to tap directly into the Rynx's brain, alowing him to virtualy "be" the creature.
    Incredible speed, agility and highly accurate sticky tongue matched with the dense sharks teeth, make the Rynx an almost unstoppable force on the battle field.
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    artist: cognition.sb
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    Plated Aerial Serpent
    Genetically modified serpent with wings of similar structure to a bat's. On the ground it slithers around, but it can reach great speed in the air. Fused onto its spine is seating capacity for a single soldier, equipped with an in-built turret. Additional technical enhancements are applied to its head, which adorns a plated mask for protection.
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    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!






    not accepted entries:

    WIPs




    close to rejection:

    hmmm....maybe 50%?
    I started reading the concepts and looking at the entries, but the after reading the first 3 entries, i decided to losen up the rules...because no entry had fullfilled every part of the concept...some haven't extinct animals in their concept, some haven't mechanical parts implemented etc...

    So for this round i take every entry to the poll, because i didn't want to disqualify half of the participants and also it's very late and i have to wake up early in the morning the next day, so i didn't have the time to read through all concepts...43 of them!!! Some were so long they would have taken 15 minutes for even 1...so let's take it like this and for the next time when i will have more time i won't be so nice maybe

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    Next round will be up tomorrow.....yawn...c u...

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    OK, i gotta admit that like Fozzy, the task of reading every word in all submissions was just too daunting, but nonetheless i know there's a lot of really good concepts put forth here, excellent efforts by all.

    Marco Mazzoni's Rynx got my vote, as it embodies everything i envisioned for the beasty in an original and well-designed, well-rendered package. color scheme is a bit risky for this subject but nicely executed, makes it very distinctive.

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    My ballot went to jakkas.

    I really liked his description of his creature. It seemed very well though out in concept and design. I especially liked the fact that he had a method for transporting captured creatures. Good job.

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    I believe my CotW WIP fulfilled ALL the requirements, even as a sculpture. The rules don't state that it has to be 2D or CG. I can't find that written anywhere. I think the WIP drawing (my only entry) was more developed than some of the other finalists. I labeled it as a "WIP" because I did a sculpture for the final, but I thought the Concept Art would go to poll, especially after seeing the competition. It was not developed any further in 2D though I have changed some features after looking at more bat wings and things for the sculpture, which I haven't posted... My drawing isn't as developed as all the ideas here, so I guess it wouldn't matter too much in the way of polls, but after reading "no entry had fullfilled every part of the concept" and "I take every entry to the poll," I just want to say, "whatever." And I hate when people say that.

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    Voted for Tyranx. I felt by far it was one of the best. The rendering was excellent. Tyranx really paid attention to lighting and how it would play through the environment he created for the Gargan Tyrant. The texture on the creature itself was definitely something to be proud of, I think the nuances of the mottled skin with its various moles and blemishes was well done. In addition Tyranx crafted a very believable dense jungle and really integrated it into his creature design instead of simply throwing it behind the beasty as an afterthought. He even put a carnivorous plant snaring a flying bird creature in the background, those little extra things really add alot. Overall I have very little crits for this one. A couple of things caught me that I'm going to point out for the purposes of improvement, every artist no matter how good needs a fresh eye on their work. The water seems a bit unfinished, it lays flat as if its extremely calm. I think it might need some light reflections playing across ripples and whatnot. Also I wasn't too keen on the lack of creature combinations, it could've been pushed a little further I think. But everyone has their own way of doing things. Other than that I have no complaints, great piece and Im thinking either Tyranx or Jakkas should win this one.

    Ok now this is for people who have yet to vote. I'm not going to tell anyone who they should and shouldnt vote for. But please be serious people, don't vote for something that you know shoudn't get votes. In addition don't vote for something just because the artist is popular in past C.O.W.'s. Vote on the basis of the persons artistic merits. Is it a finished piece? Is it professional and well-rendered? Is the foundational concept behind the art a creative idea and does it show through in the work? Take those kind of things into consideration.

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    I voted for digitalfly, I really like the system for ridding the beast and the creature's shape and design.

    Other favorites are Brand_X, Thefultron (funny as hell!), JakkaS, Laurentiu_Bontea, Tyranx, Marco Mazzoni, Soulweaver, cerebrae, masque, goran, hwango, and GatorKyle.

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    i voted for myself cos its my birthday so screw you all and have a good day

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    Sigh...and so it begins again. Form didnt you see what happened last time someone voted for themselves. They got blasted for like 3 pages. Too late now but as long as you dont care. Happy Bday though, hope you get lots of cool stuff.

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    Happy birthday Form : P

    EDIT: hmm I dunno Nexus, he has birthday inmunity. +10 to indirect protection, -2 o 3 for self voting. Mmm it gets shaky.




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    I really wanted to post in this one...but didn't really have the time to draw what I wanted. I drew most of it, but not in time...GRRR... Then could't get back to my computer to post it... work always gets in the way... Any chance you could sneak one in past the deadline? ...but probably wouldn't get too many votes anyways...

    here's what I woulda posted...if I were in time...
    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88...centipede1.jpg

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    I just joined so I didn't get a chance to participate, but I'll have to for the next one! I did follow up on the thread since last night and all the entries where very ineteresting! :3

    Voted for Masque, I like the Design of the creature for the entry! :3

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    went with Goran's for a really creative idea....and it jumps off the page at you...
    JakkaS was a close second

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    I guess I didnt realize that every word in the topic needed attention. I suppose I thought they were suggestions for the most part. Like, I didnt realize we -had- to have an extinct species in it. Do we have suitable DNA from which to draw a speicmen from every extinct species now? Let alone so far in the future? Any how, I went for Digifly's. I really dug the different take on the rider position. And the style is a type I really get into. It reminds me of Brom's stuff. I liked Marco's a lot, but I think I liked the sketch more than the final. That is not to say that the final isnt nice as well. I liked Brand-X's as well. I thought the horns as handle bars thing was a very smart design. One of those things you wish you thought of when you see it. Over all I think everyone did really well. Its nice to see such a supportive group. Sometimes it can be hard to derive true sense of others from just simple forum type, but all ya'll are good people. This was my first attempt at a non-line art piece in photoshop. Mike, though he didnt enter this one, was a great help for me to take that leap. I am learning so much in the little time I've been here. I didnt even know what a multiply layer did 2 weeks ago. Thank you all.

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    Wow. tyranx. That's an incredible piece,. Great atmosphere. but I was thinking about ti, and that beast kind fo defeats the purpose about having the infantry. Just set one of those bad boys loose and you're good to go.

    I love the actual image though. very striking, great sense of power to the creature.
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    Voted for Tyranx. Solid concept, excellent rendering.

    A few other entries that I adore: Jakkas, digitalfly and Laurentiu_Bontea (although I preferred your accompanying image). Also, br0ken_spirit; Great work with the varying 'models'.

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    I voted for digitalfly because I really enjoyed the concept. I probably would have voted for Jakkas but his was too close the monsters in Willow.

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    I voted for digitalfly, I like the structure of how the body sweeps.

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    I vote for Goran,
    the whole "fish out of water" thing drove it home for me. Plus, Goran's style is unmatched (Contrasty, sketchy, wild).

    There were so many other favorites, jakkass, soulweaver, ceberea, form, grey belly, masque(best dino influence), nexus and of course tyranx

    Critiques and overpaints of my work are both welcome and encouraged, as I am fairly new to the art of sketching.
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    You know I was sitting here thinking, as I often do late at night because of my chronic insomnia. These C.O.W.'s are almost the best possible practice for anyone who is interested in the concept art field. Well actually any of these weekly activities. Think about it. Just like in a real situation, lets say game design, the art director (Fozzy) gives you a vague idea of something to work with. He expects a well rendered and creative solution to the assignment hes given you. Then in this case the people who vote take on the role of the art director and weed out which ideas arent working. I dunno maybe it's a bit of a stretch but I personally can see the correlation. Regardless Id say Ive improved by at least 25% since my huge dog endboss CoW and its only because I have to push myself really hard to hang in there with people like Tyranx, Jakkas, and Mike Corriero. Has anyone else experienced a marked improvement in skill from doing CoW's? What are you guys thoughts?

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    my vote's for nexus. i got it down to ceberae and nexus. there was something to the integration of the hunter's "mount" into the actual creature that i really liked. in the end, i was drawn to the incorporation of the sybiotic attack wasps with the rest of nexus' creature.

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    For me every entry held a particular point that piqued my interest, they're all so diverse. (for a bunch of dinosaurs lol) But for the final decision I went with Tyranx, I liked the image overall, it looked very "together" Sorry I can't give a more helpful asessment, I'm still trying to figure out why what looks good-looks good artistically in general.
    A close, close, close, close second is soulweaver. Those hands are so naturally posed it's almost graceful. Also a very "together" image.
    I liked jakkas' entry as well, I think it would be fun to travel that way up so high.

    Although I have to say I would be most afraid of thefultron's entry. Especially if he talked smack like that as he was running you down.


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    Voted for digitalfly,

    thought this was the most quick, lean, mean, predator of all..
    well done! great pose / natural stand..

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    Went with Hiipi's. Best image for me and i thought the combination of creatures was done very effectively.

    Nexus: i've definitely been seeing some improvement in my work since i started doing the weekly activities. They force you to be be fast, creative and do a good finished job in the end. It's a real kick in the butt for all those procrastinators like me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexus
    Has anyone else experienced a marked improvement in skill from doing CoW's? What are you guys thoughts?
    I feel like I have improved as far as my technical skills with painter/photoshop/ wacom go...
    My interpersonal skills still leave much to be desired...

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    I went for Laurentiu_Bontea...

    Really powerful design on it, I wouldn´t want to see one of those in real life. I thought I wouldn´t pay so much attention to the rendering but to how I feel the creature itself and I felt this bastard most. Although there is many good works all over. I have to do this again!!!

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