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    Cow C.O.W. - #045: The Mover - VOTING!

    ROUND #045 VOTING

    Topic: The Mover

    Deadline for the voting: Sunday, 21st May 2006

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    artist: misledtomisery
    concept:
    totodon
    The totodon are a bizarre race of giant docile creature. They have limited intelligence and a high endurance for bleak conditions and environments. Their natural walking motion is fluid and smooth, creating a demand for the creatures as moving vessels across rough terrain. The are mainly bred in captivity, being trained from birth to carry heavy loads and swift stable movements. Commonly used for public transportation across deserts, the totodon are now becoming the royalties favorite cruising travel. Private ownership has risen, turning these creatures into premiere vacationing travel through desert and marshy terrain, with all the accomadations of home inside these giant travel structures.


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    artist: walnut
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    It lugs stones around and puts 'em on piles. Then it lugs some more stones around and puts them on another pile. All very mysterious and uninspired. But what the hey.
    Due to the harsh conditions on the surfaces of Rigel Alpha-XV-111684, very little research is possible on these fascinating creatures. The strangest phenomenon that typifies them is the stone moving, from which they derive their name. They'll carry heavy chunks of rock around for thousands of miles in order to place them on a pile of other stones, for hitherto unknown reasons. At first these piles have been thought to be remnants of a lost civilisation, but apparently they're all the work of dumb beasts. There are however voices being raised to send expeditions out to determine wether or not the Movers may be in fact an intelligent race.


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    artist: Tyranx
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    Sertratus Giganticus
    On the fringes of the Klatoo system lies the barren planet of Carst. Out of all the known worlds in the galaxy, Carst has the largest number of large land animals to date, and it is home to the second largest ever discovered; the Sertratus Giganticus, the first one being the Terra Carnificus of Bremor V.
    Although the locals had used these huge beasts for millenia, the Federation was slow to realize how useful these creatures actually were. It was not until their trucks started breaking down from the unrelenting sandstorms that they realized that they needed an alternative means of transportation. They found it in the
    Giganticus.
    The Giganticus weighs in at a hefty 150 tons, and can carry an equally astounding load of nearly 100 tons. it is perfectly at home in the desert, and though slow they are immune to the larger desert predators due to their sheer size.


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    artist: fuuryoku
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    The Aardusdei, or Earth-gods, are massive anteater like creatures that survive by using incredible brute strength and battering ram tactics to tear apart insect mounds in their native deserts. Major characteristics of the species are an unusually powerful shoulder and leg musculature that allows a top ground speed of 30 mph and immense pushing power. Armored plates along the shoulders, neck and head indicate that ramming, especially with the two flanged plates on the forelegs, is the primary means of defense against predators. The first xenobiologists to do any major study found that the aardus are docile except during mating season, although they can be infuriatingly stubborn and single minded at times. for example, When two bulls get into a mating challenge, it is a head to head pushing competition much like a sumo match, and can last as long as five days before one or the other relents. Theories that they could be domesticated have proven mostly correct, and now the aardus are used as work and pack animals in several colonies, their ability to push or tow huge amounts of weight and burrow through hard materials making them perfect alternatives to bulldozers.


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    artist: Yoszko [PL]
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    A very huge creature name TRAVELLER, who's all of his live fly from one place to another. Sometimes people use these creature to move some very big ang heavy packages.


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    artist: Stephan_R
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    The Grand Doctus is a reptile of sorts that burrows under the ground much like the Earth's mole. It relishes in the moist soil while poking its "tree-like" whisker above the surface. It lies in wait for birds or other creatures to nest in its whisker and then blasts out of the ground swatting and grabbing all the snacks it can reach before the creatures scurry off. This grand beast was nicknamed "The Mover" because of the large mountains of rock and grass that it folds up with each lunging attack.
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    artist: gorillagrin
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    Crunkawoomps are large, clumsy and considered to be not particularly intelligent. Though they can digest almost anything, their favorite food is fresh wood. This is unfortunate since they live only in the most barren mountain regions. Therefore they make do by eating the villagers' houses.
    Their large claws are designed for pulverizing and scooping rocks (their main source of nutrition in the mountains) and are not well suited for picking up fragile wooden homes. More often than not, they end up dropping or crushing the homes and just making a general mess of things. The villagers are often irritated to find themselves displaced after being carried miles away from their village and subsequently dropped.
    Crunkawoomps would be considered to be one of nature's jokes, not unlike the duck-billed platypus, if it weren't for the fact that they're so damn destructive.
    Oh, and they're usually cranky because when they sit down rocks get stuck in their soft dangly bits.


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    artist: Artastic
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    The Anatassi are a migratory species indigenous to the planet Vlanout in the Uumpere Galaxy. These lumbering giants are the planet's largest species. Similar in behavior to the whale species found on a planet called Earth in the Milky Way Galaxy. However, extreme caution should be exercised when approaching a migrating Anatassi in flight. Because they use Vlanout's dense atmosphere to "climb" the sky in order to migrate, and due to their shear mass, they are unable to stop or change direction in a sufficient amount of time to avoid collisions. Thrill seekers should also be well advised not to attempt to "hike" an Anatassi. While not visible to the naked eye, the Green Orbs on either side of the giant's mid-section are bacterium producing light sources. The lights act as a warning to approaching entities to steer clear. But what is not seen is the bacteria that produces the light. If the bacteria comes into contact with any form of organic matter, it is quickly dissolved and dispensed as nutrition to the Anatassi. This unique digestive system is very efficient when an Anatassi is settled into a crater. Organic material in the immediate vicinity is utilized, and anything underground that unknowingly approaches becomes unwitting nutrition.


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    artist: kian3001
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    The Red Tip Toom
    The RTT's are a solitary species. Nomadic and powerful. They are quite successful in many environments, due to their power and intuitive battle sense. The RTT's only drawback is how solitary they really are. So, when it comes to finding a mate, the males will try as hard as possible to put on an impressive display. He does this by levelling all and everything around him. Moving Earth any way he can. The supreme bone plate of his head is incredibly strong and bright. He will smash his head into rock surfaces, and like a plow, channel out high levels of earth. The more he moves, the more likley the female will be attracted.


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    artist: MIKECORRIERO
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    Tower Knots
    These small docile creatures appear to most as small clumps of dirt and grass. Each of these creatures have a distinct body shape and eye and nasal cavities that appear as large holes, no two look alike but they all have a general anatomy structure consisting of 2 front legs and 4 in the back. These creatures have superior camouflage even down to their moss-like tongues and green blood as well as colossal strength and speed. Though the Tower Knots are rarely seen alone, they will occasionally separate from their tower to go in search of food or serve as a scout.
    They work in clans because the Tower Knots are by nature colony workers, each assigned a distinct task by the emperor knot. They build towers out of mud and twigs and grass and move these towers day in and day out all throughout the seasons migrating on a constant basis toward the sun. These creatures can't survive cold weather, they need the sun and the food that it provides to stay alive. Most of the time their on the move, various groups of workers will position themselves at the base as others serve as watchers and directors. Scientist are still not sure how they navigate, it's believed though that they can detect heat on extreme high levels and continue to move toward the warmest locations miles and miles away. Base workers take turns in rotation allowing each to gain enough rest in between each move. The tower rarely sits in one location much longer than a few days. The Tower Knots are more well known by the Towers they move than the creatures themselves.


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    artist: Soulweaver
    concept:

    A tectonus doesn't actually move much -- just a few inches every year -- but this is enough to reshape the world. They're extremely long-lived, and their slow movement is responsible for continental drift over many eons. A more noticeable side-effect of their movement is earthquakes, which are more frequent where one tectonus collides with another.


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    artist: masque
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    Dawn Strider
    The Dawn Strider of Jeelosh393 is the largest organism inhabiting the Jeelosh planetoid cluster. Despite it's apparently perfect adaptation to the ecology of the cluster's largest planetoid, the Strider has recently been shown to be an invasive species, though Jeelosh393 is currently also the creature's only known habitat.
    The Dawn Strider is unusual in that it must keep in constant motion to survive -- it feeds exclusively on the spores produced by the tundra-like bacterial colonies that completely cover Jeelosh393. These spores are released only under very specific conditions tied to the planetoid's diurnal cycle, a narrow range of temperature and ambient light conditions found at the trailing edge of the planetoid's terminator (i.e., at local dawn). Therefore the Strider continuously seeks out regions of spore release by "running away from the day." This behavior gave rise to the creature's popular name, the Dawn Strider.
    The sacs attached to the Strider's principal anterior spine act as both temperature and light sensors, the pressure in the sacs changing with even slight variations in either factor. It gathers drifting spores using its slightly bioluminescent "cape," much as terrestrial whales once used baleen to strain plankton from the ocean; the cape is also part of the Strider's digestive system.
    Though it has a very efficient metabolism and extremely lightweight exoskeleton, the limited volume of spores released at any one time means that it must continuously "graze" in order to survive. Extremely territorial, one Strider will immediately attack another if its presence is perceived; rivals attempt to damage each other's sensor sacs by using their spines as offensive weapons. A Strider whose sacs are damaged usually dies within a few local days.
    Interestingly, the local bacteria have adapted to the Strider's invasion so completely that the relationshiop is nearly symbiotic -- removal of the Striders would effectively threaten the existence of the planetoid's entire biosphere.


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    artist: hwango
    concept:

    Similar to many species of shark that must swim constantly or suffocate, the Yawn-maw Breezerider possesses a respiratory system that requires active movement in order to function properly. As a result of this, the breezerider spends its entire lifespan in flight. The breezerider does not sleep, though it does rest at times by setting itself into a spiralling descent pattern and gliding for several minutes.
    The breezerider feeds mostly on insects, birds, bats, and other airborn creatures that it scoops out of the air in its gaping maw. It has no natural predators, and is not hunted by man both because of the relative lack of edible meat, and because they are often viewed as good luck. Since the breezerider avoids dangerous winds or rain, spotting one often indicates a day of pleasant weather. Sailors in particular consider them a good omen, as the amount of wind the breezerider prefers is also ideal for sailing ships.


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    artist: el coro
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    so here we have the mover. this is a gigantic creature indiginous to the planet beavercunt7, which existed 5500 years ago wayyy farrr away from here. the best thing about this planet is that the gravity is slightly less, enabling gigantic creatures to wander about with little pointy feet which worked out well for my stylistic sensibilities. so, anyway, the, aw hell lets call them "people" use these movers to "move "things. they are basically giant travelling land ships. structures are built atop its back, with a main building on the center of the back, and a point tower based right behind its neck. so what these "people" have done is rig up this elaborate system of high tensile cables that run basically from the from of this things head through the point tower, which contains a two way locking system and a steering set up, then through the main structure which runs the cables out its sides at six points along its body. these cables are run down and extend off of the shell if they are unlocked and the head is in the upright position. once the storage containers(fig.c) have been "threaded" and capped off, the head constrain it released. when this fuckers head comes down to drink or eat, it pulls all the cables and in turn, pulls all the storage containers onto its back. (fig. a.)
    upon dropping shit off, the slack on the cables is released while the creature is in the belly down position while the head is upright, and, lets call them "elephants" are used to pull the shit off its back by attaching cables to the endcaps, and using gravity and the slope of the mover's shell to help them unload it. (fig.b.)


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    artist: Jo B 1
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    As the sea ice formed into a continent in its own right and the fierce winds ceaselessy blasted the icy wastes, creatures who could withstand the cold were forced to evolve to meet the demands of their chosen habitat. Once these creatures had forsaken legs for flippers for swimming, now that speed must be translated away from liquid water. A sail and a rudder to harness the mighty wind. Nails hardened and enlarged to form a skate to slide at great speed before the furious gales. Enlarged canine teeth to hapoon the hapless prey without even slowing down.


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    artist: Azathoth
    concept: [/B]Cryllithians-AKA(ShardsMovers)
    It is thought these creatures were created by the OldOnes as a means of spreading thier control and essence into other dimensions and planetoid systems. The Cryllithians only purpose is to wait for the call of an unholy master and to carry an Essence shard from the masters pshyche into the dimension and local of the OldOnes bidding.When not carrying shards these creatures are found
    around the perimeters of black holes. Where being well suited to multidimesional travel they breed and feed on any dimensional travellers.


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    artist: Undertow
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    The Kaibutsu Ichuu Umi anchors itself to coral reefs looking like a small rock island. Swimmers, who can't resist the seemingly carefree fun, tend to fall for the trap. This Kaibutsu patiently waits for the swimmers to climb onto it's head and begin jumping into the water. Once the swimmers have started having their fun the Kaibutsu Umi uses it's tentacles to push the unsuspecting snack into it's large beak like mouth. The other swimmers will go in after their friends to try and find them only to suffer the same fate. The rock then disappears back into the water and moves to another location. Places that the monster has been rumored to be responsible for disappearing swimmers are all in the Pacific Rim.


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    artist: Grendel Grack
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    A creature originally from the mountanous areas of the Eastern Region, the "mover" as it is affectionately called by local tribes, feeds mainly on aquatic weeds that grow abundantly in the mineral-rich springs and streams throughout the Central Basin. Because the nostrils are located on the top of the skull, the mover can feed with most of its face submerged, facilitating underwater foraging. Large, wide, sturdy legs provide stable footing in soft mud and sand, evenly distributing the creatures great bulk. Although the mover is a slow peaceful creature, it is prone to fits of aggressive behavior during the breeding season. Equipped with a thick crest, males and females are quite capable of inflicting serious injury if provoked.


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    artist: Bruce Jensen
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    When first encountered, it was believed that FERBLOOZLES were the first telekentic beings discovered. Further study has revealed that they are actually capable of warping the fabric of space in their immediate vicinity. This ability is their primary means of locomotion. It has been noted that this same ability is quite often used to manipulate and arrange small objects in a dizzying array of patterns. The purpose of this is unknown, but they appear to be quite compulsive in their need to create tableaus from bone, shells, stones and other detritus.


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    artist: BabylonCargoCult
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    In the south of the river and the delta the mover works as a moving an anchor and draft animal for the ferry boats .While bonded to the ferry boat the mover mostly stand or walks on the ground .The eats mostly lower plants and seagrass, the removable nostrildiscs prevent the diving of the mover duty .The mover is navigated with the smaller upper positioncords which by pulling give pressure on the skin of the mover.


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    artist: Zeitwolf
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    The Mover (Pseudabor migramovator =~ pseudotree that induces to move), also known as the Mover Tree, lives on warm planetes of Stedtfeld Systems. The females live their whole life under the earth, where they feed on roots as well as other smaller animals living underground and a lot of microorganisms from the soil. Every ten to twelve years it's rutting season; the females come nearer to the ground, then pick their apparatus through the surface and unfold it to some nearly tree high flower like thing (that's where the "Mover Tree" name origins, although it is actually some sort of animal). The male (males live overground as harmless herbivores) jumps onto it to consummate the act. While digging into higher areas often buildings or walls are lifted and normally collaps. Not rarely it happens that a whole village has to move away, because it's terminated through the amorous play of the Mover. The population can hardly be decimated, because first it's almost impossible to detect the female that can live for years with a minimal amount of O2 deep underground (it also likes to rest in deep caves for weeks) and second a killed Mover spreads such a keen reek that Movers from miles away are clucked - what would just increase the destruction. The size of the full-grown males is nearly the size of a wild boar, while the females' size depends on the age and on the number of pregnancies they already had. The largest living Mover ever found had a weight of about 60 tons (relation: a sperm whale is ca. 50 tons.)


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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!

    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 morone in this thread! And i will delete his/her vote anyway...






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    I voted for Bruce Jensen. The originality and execution of the design won me over. A great all round design

    Mike, babylon, and tyranx are way up there too.

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    I voted tyranx, Because I really loved the concept of animal being that big~awsome. Go tyranx! : ) I also really enjoyed the rendering, nice organic qualities. : D I almost went with the antassi or tower knots though, all very beautiful concepts and Idea's!

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    I voted for Mike C mostly because my wife thinks his entry is cute There were an awful lot of moving cities in this one and after watching "Howl's Moving Castle" recently that was the first thing I tried to avoid in my design. I did dig Babylon and Bruce's pieces both for their draftsmanship and the original take on the concepts, if I were to revote I would've voted for Bruce because his telekinetic idea is a great take on the subject and is the most original/non-literal take on the subject this round. Great job to all!
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    i voted for Undertow because of the simplicity and genuine interpretation!
    second place is MikeCorriero , great one ,alittle flat but still cool!

    to the rest of you : GOOD JOB!
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    Vote for gorillagrin. Why? because I like this concept, its really cool for me.

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    My vote is for MIKECORRIERO, it was a close one but his concept was the best in my opinion. i like how clever it is. the colour is good and the drawing is good the only thing is it is kind of flat.

    runner up is Undertow nice graphic look very simply in its shape design but has depth to the forms.

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    I went with undertow, with mike being a close second. Damn cool designs guys. =]

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    mikey (undertow) got my vote this week - composition and concept won me over! great job bud.
    mikec is my number two with the cutest creatures since fraggle rock.
    cheers and great job all!
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    am I the only person that sees a bottle of lotion and an aerosol can on the back of Tyranx's creature?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Undertow
    am I the only person that sees a bottle of lotion and an aerosol can on the back of Tyranx's creature?
    hehe

    Mike - thanks, he eats those big tree like things in the background, I should of said something in the description about that. I think you may be right with the horns, now that I look at it I would of gotten rid of the frontmost horn. As for the reins I was thinking if it was connected to a sensitive enough spot, it could still work, but then again at first glance it doesn't look feasible. Once again I need to put more thought into my creatures.

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    I am voting for Mike C. because those creatures are just too cool! I can't say I'm a fan of your white backgrounds for everything, BUUUT that's your style and the piece is excellent. Great idea, I could see this in a Miyazaki film. Undertow I really liked your piece but it didn't feel like it fit the theme. Tyranx yours was superb as always.

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    Mike-Thanks for taking the time to critique everyone, its always appreciated. You definitely busted me.. I'm totally guilty of rushing into things without a pure concept in mind. I basically made up the story after designing the creature, which came from a little sketch I did after reading the topic. It had been awhile since I entered one of these and was obviously too eager to jump right in.

    Big lesson for me this week is concept before all else (form, color, etc.) I'm going to write that on the end of a mallet and pound it into my head for a few hours tonight I think.

    You got my vote btw. I'm looking forward to seeing where your work goes once you start pushing those values. The designs are great and I think they would be amazing with more thought put into rendering form before applying all the textures.

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    mike---
    A evocative concept, and the white background doesn't bug me a bit. we'e suposed to be looking at creatures here. andyou can see them perfectly. There's something about them which reminds me od a book I read once. They weren't in it or anything they just would have fit nicely into that particular imaginary world. the book was "The Infinity Concerto" by Greg Bear.
    and the image made me laugh without being vulgar in any way... hard to do. and I appreciate it
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    ummmm.... gorillagrin, not trying to accuse but I'm almost positive I've seen that image with a few minor modifications, I want to say it's from a game or a comic. I could be completly crazy but I dont think so. anyone else recognise it?
    and I'm voting for stephen R. I love the motion captured by something so huge and just like the concept.

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    GratefulDread- Shit, I hope not. It's always possible though. I developed this guy from the thumbnail stage on up and it's not ringing any immediate bells with me. I'd hate for that to happen though... unknowingly ripping someone off. If you happen to find the image you're thinking of please post it. I'd feel terrible if that's the case.

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    el coro got my vote, becouse of the awsome concept and design.

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    I'm voting for Tyranx - love the concept but the render is what did it for me.
    There were so many great entries this week - also loved undertow's work.
    Thanks to Mike - excellent feedback - I'll put it into practice this week.


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    Was hard to compare such varied concepts, especially since there were numerous strong ones. I ended up voting for Mike C.

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    I usually vote for Mike and his incredibly well thought out concepts, but this time I just fell in love with Tyranx's piece. While the concept isnt as indepth as Mike's, Tyranx's execution seems to fit better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKECORRIERO
    hwango@- Like mask nice idea about constant movement to survive, I like the general ideas behind this and the story. nice work
    Thanks for the mention! I really liked yours this week (I was your second vote), particularly because of the nifty tree tower. Of all of the "carries something" concepts this week, I felt yours integrated the best with the object that it carries. The critters poking their heads out of the holes in the tower are a nice touch (and very cute).

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    BabylonCargoCult - I wanted to mention that I really liked the extra thought you put into the way your design interacts with the world. The discs placed into the creature's nostrils to prevent it from diving while in service are a clever and realistic real-world touch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKECORRIERO
    The relation to the topic is really strange, not sure why it has to be near a tree to reveal its reproductive organ. Without the act of moving a tree it wouldn't relate to the topic at all. I also see a great lack of knowledge of anatomy or design in the creatures. There isn't a huge difference between one creature that spends its time underground and the other above ground? That's almost impossible since by nature the underground female wouldn't need certain anatomy whereas it would other anatomy in comparison to the male. You should research things such as mammals that move or live under the soil before designing the anatomy.
    Thanks for pointing out, that my text apparently has understanding lacks (possibly cause of my bad English). Of course the tree is on the image as a locum for the houses I mentioned in the text. When my Mover comes near the earth surface, it moves houses and walls (and trees and so on...) and thus it moves the people to move to another location.

    I'm totally aware of the anatomy of my creature. At least it is blind and has claws to move forward underground. And the females apparatus isn't that largely swollen out of pairing season. And the clutch is laid near the surface and when it comes to slipping the little males break the surface to live overground, while the female fawns stay subsurface (in the beginning in the tunnels of their mother, later they dig themselves).
    But I didn't find that so important to mention it in the blurb.

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    Voted Azathoth. I'm just a sucker for that ole' Chtultchu mythos. Though i guess you could have varied the poses more.

    Mike@ Ah, but i wanted to retain the mystery! But since you're asking, my idea was that they used the rockpiling as some kind of communication, with the underlying thought of this creature being an intelligent lifeform beyond what humans understand it to be. Very esoteric and vague and all, i know. Could have brainstormed more on it i guess. As far as rendering concerns, i tend to freeze up when it comes to that, afraid i'll screw up big time. But i promise to work on that in the future, scout's honour! If you have any handy tips ready ...

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    actually my Daughter (teen) says babylon cargo cults looks like a shoopuf from on eof the FF games but Ive never seen so I don't know. I think it's a really amusing design. would have voted for it but Mike's blew me away.

    and mike...I'm not a dude..heh

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    no way to tell really/ np
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    Very very interesting entries! But for me it was a split between Mike C and Stephen R. In the end, I had to go with Tower Knots. Great concept and execution. Well done!

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