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    Cow Cow C.O.W. - #087: Razor Fly - Voting!

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    Topic: Razor Fly

    Deadline for the voting: Tuesday, 12th June 2007

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    artist: JCai
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    These flies are attracted by the smell of blood, just like sharks, when the prey is wounded, many others will follow the scent of blood and join the chase. They swoop down on the prey at high speed and perform a dipping motion with their abdomen razors, which results in a deep cut causing severe bleeding. Each cut bleeds and weakens the prey, while adding more flies to the chase. At the end there would only be an exhausted prey covered by thousands of moving green shapes while its flesh is slowly being torn away.


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    artist: Sangmort
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    The Razor Fly spends most of it's time sifting through various scrap yards, collecting bits of aluminum and other soft metals in which it uses it's acidic saliva to melt down and form a very fashionable but deadly helmet, fully equiped with a set of sharp and deadly razors for which the species aquired it's name. The only thing more spectacular then to witness a rare Razor Fly, is to behold two Razor Flys whose paths have crossed, for a fight to a death ensues and only one Razor Fly may emerge victorious, the other left for death.
    The Razor Fly is in truth, not a fly at all, but a species similar to that of the Damsel Fly. Due to the species' unsual desire to collect metal and continually expand the razors on it's helmet, the common Razor Fly lives no longer then a few months, most often dieing from severe battles with other Razor Flys or the fact that partial metals are digested as it creates it's helmet.


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    artist: corspufo
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    The Reaper
    The Razor Fly, also known as the Reaper, is a fat but dangerous parasite. Using it's finely honed talons, the Reaper will slice trenches into it's victims and lay it's eggs. Once the eggs are laid, the Razor Fly will suture the wound with a thick but sterilized goo. The eggs suck in as much nutrients from the embedded creature, usually causing necrosis. Once the site begins to fester the eggs have just hatched, the Reaper will return to break the skin of the victim and harvest it's young. The larvae will attach themselves to the Reaper and they will move onto another site of the creature. The experience of being struck by the Razor Fly is quite a painful one. Many slow moving animals, such as livestock, cannot protect their exposed backside, often find themselves the victim. Farmers lose countless dollars from the meat that is ruined by these pestilential parasites.


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    artist: jurffy
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    tail is made up of razor-sharp stringy things that is used together as a tail to whip at it's victims. It is red because it is coated with blood.


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    artist: SOUTHERN
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    Anax Terminus (family Aeshnidae, genera Anax)
    The Razor fly is the most aggressive in the Anax genera. Once it has emerged from the larval state it uses a razor edged weapon on the underside of its tail to kill prey that it lures with its amber-like protrusion. The blade like weapon is formed with chitin and although incredibly thin and strong it is very lightweight.


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    artist: timothee
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    The Razor Fly lives in the deep jungles of Brazil. It's unique razor-like apendages are used for attacking larger prey, such as tiny jungle mice. The apendages are made up of hardened cartilage, which is flexible, durable, and sharp as a razor. When prey is spotted, the Razor Fly swoops down on the creature and inbeds it's dagger-like apendages into the body. A poison-like toxin, coating the apendages, slowly liquifies the prey's insides until it is ready to be devoured by the Razor Fly. The poison is not deadly to humans, but you can become extremely sick if you come in contact with the substance.


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    artist: Garrett Hanna
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    The common household fly was getting out of control. The population was above and beyond what anyone would have ever imagined possible so the humans needed to act. Eventually they created a parasite that could kill off the species quickly and without harming any other life on the planet. They would inject the parasite with a high radiation chemical to act as a catalyst to it's development process and once they reached it's maturity, the parasites would be released to do their job. After about half the population flies had been wiped out, the flies began to gain hideous defense against the parasite. It would now absorb the parasite and as a result from the high radiation chemicals used on them, the flies began to mutate. The grew 5 times in size, grew a hard outer shell. The top of their shells comes to a sharp point that people often step on by mistake and end up cutting their feet. Hence the nickname "Razor Fly".


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    artist: Cloister
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    The Chelicon
    The Chelicon – Razor Fly – once lived in the dry places and deserts of our globe. Like many other creatures they followed the canyons of dried out rivers in search for water and carrion. The great pointy protrusions on their back had several uses, the main being as storage of fat and liquid. Secondly, the sharp points and razor-like edges of these served as a defence against dinosaur carnivores, who would only hunt the Chelicon when at the point of starvation. Also, the patterned surface of these outgrowths is believed to have functioned as a sort of attraction at mating season, together with the vivid reds of the insect’s body.


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    artist: ikuru
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    This nasty little bug lives in the malariainfested suburbs on Haiti. It feeds on live cowflesh and leave some nasty, long narrow cuts in the flesh that make the cow look like its been slit open with thick razors.
    Some of the locals claim it is the product of voodoo and that if you kill it it comes back for you in your dreams, but thats probably not true, right?


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    artist: Alejjo
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    The razor fly its on top of the list when it comes to well adapted creatures, basing their main diet on Goni Goni fruit they have adapted their bodies to fit into the little dents of the Goni Goni tree making it able for her to reach their beloved food, never the less their slim bodies enable them to fit into the tightest places..weather it is for food or to make it imposible for predators to reach their larva. wich is exactly how they get so thin,the flexible larva grows up in the shrunken space making their bodies flatenned and soft as they grow up. being that thin and having those minuscule little grey hairs covering their bodies they receive the name of razor fly


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    artist: Baltasar_Ali
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    The Razor Fly (also known as the Lawn Mower Razor Fly) hovers over grass cutting it and hunting for prey. They do this in swarms until the grass is downsized almost to nothing. Then they move on to another field. It is dangerous to have any outdoor activities such as BBQ's or pool parties during Razor Fly season.


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    artist: Eric Gerhard
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    The Razor Fly is a typical bug which has the ability of making small cuts through human skin in order to lay its eggs.
    Here you have a male fly ready to cut the skin using its sharp blade.
    Razor flies born bladeless, but after 2 days (they live about a week) the razor grows.
    The female doesn't have this type of blade since it only lays eggs.


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    artist: Woodlandwalker
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    A new species has just been identified...Calliphora Razora or the “Razor fly" (as its affectionately become known)...is just the latest in a long line of what scientists believe to be a product of advanced evolution and one that is taking the insect world by storm. This mighty monstrosity won’t be squashed like a normal bug… oh no, it appears to have developed 3 blades upon its back and a hardened more robust body structure capable of withstanding up to 90psi, that makes killing one no easy task. Recently discovered by local entomologists this pest slices and dices its way thru nets, flyswatters, screen doors, even the occasional bumbling scientist’s hand! Caution must be used when encountering this species, in the event one is in your home call 1-800-BIG-BUGS and the appropriate authorities will be dispatched. Each new discovery will be captured for further study.


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    artist: ZonE
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    Razor flies travel as a swarm, the greatest of which numbering the millions. The swarm shimmers in the sky as the flat silvery bodies of the flies reflect sunlight.
    This results in a beautiful and spectacular sight as the swarm twists and swirls. Yet incredibly deadly to any caught within the vortices of its dances. (Kinda like Kuchiki Byakuya's Senbonzakura hehe)


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    artist: Antne
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    BEWARE THE RAZOR FLY!!!!!
    ...cuz you know... it's sharp... like a razor.


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    artist: El_Khan
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    Large Insectoids Cretures of an inhospitable planet.
    The characteristics of the planet and its fauna have caused that the creatures who live in it, present specially Resistant shells. RazorFly evolve to fight against this, becoming the Maximum predator of its planet.
    Its complete body is Sharp and Deadly, emphasizing its Forearms and its SpearRazor thing in its head, with wich it penetrate the shells of its preys.
    The arrival of the humans to this planet mean a prey too easy to hunt by these insects, which literally “shaved” extremities and devoured their interiors with special Joy and facility.
    The few humans who managed to escape, still remember the arrival from the sky of hundreds of these creatures, this massacre leave taxed for ever in their mind the name ... RAZORFLY.


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    artist: davi
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    The Razorfly is a variant of a murderfly who cannot live with the pain and sarrow he has caused. Each year the Razorfly cuts his wrists hoping to end his suffering, yet fails because his humanoid arms will just regrow to torment him.


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    artist: Tommoy
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    Gilletidae Wilkinsonia
    Experiment initiated by bodycare industry. A full shave of a large monkey took 15 minutes.


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    artist: Kevzip
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    In a highly dense forest, the flies has evolved. In order to help the baby flies to
    fly safely , the male flies are growthing a razor tail and razor teeth that are
    cuting all the vegetation behind them. So the babies can follow them easily.


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    artist: whiteeeeeee
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    The Razor Fly is a very rare type of an insect living deep inside the Amazonian jungles where it eats other smaller insects and even small birds. Razor Fly's body is covered with razor sharp spikes which protect him from attackers and also protect his delicate/vulnerable wings. The female razor fly lays only one egg every 3 years and then dies ... this insect has no natural enemies and most of the times dies of old age or is killed by another of his kind.


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    artist: edujante
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    The razor fly was create in a militar lab. Created as a letal weapon to sick and destroy futur targets declared by the leaders as enemies of the state.
    7 meters tall has 5 pairs of diamond razors abble to cut any material.
    But now, it scape and fly free...bzzzzzzz


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    artist: jchery
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    this creature come from brazil. this is an almost extinct specie. it acts of a crossing between two insects very dangerous, a watery specie and another being born in the ecorce from the trees.
    this specie born directly male and uses its appendix in the shape of circular saw to dig in the ecorce trees for hide. it is equipped with a paralyse poisonous dart, it eat generally fish...
    much of anybody reports that the last thing that one sees before being made spade its strange gleam blue of their head...


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    artist: Michael Jaecks
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    Beelzebub is Lord of the Flies. The Abadimbaal, or Razor Flies, are his foot soldiers in the wars he fights against heaven and within hell. On their native plane, the Abadimbaal stand 12 feet tall and are fierce in battle. On our material plane of existence, they're not much larger than our own insects. The Abadimbaal travel to our world for one purpose... to breed. Abadimbaal maggots must fester in the living flesh of a human, preferably a young virgin or a priest that practices celibacy. An Abadimbaal comes in the night when its victim is sleeping, slices open the flesh and spawns its fetid larvae. Newborn Abadimbaal must hatch, consume the host and steal back to hell by sunrise or die.


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    artist: Eriboss
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    About 6" long it survives by using its “fake chick head appendage” to lure birds and predators to it, then with its razor sharp “beak” decapitates and devours its prey.


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    artist: RabbitHole
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    The BASIS behind this fly is that it's fibers lined all over it's body are laced with an acidic venom generally used to escape the grasp of spider webs. When brushed against human skin, however, it causes an irritation that appears to be razor-rash. Hence the nick-name "Razor Fly".


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    artist: -Food]-
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    Razor Fly (Musca nondomestica razzata) no bigger than a fruit fly and found in tropical areas in the lower regions of Africa. The Razor Fly uses its Thermal Night Vision sight to hunt at night, it feeds on any insect in can stomach. In flight the fly’s Blue metallic wings flicker through the night sky resembling little razor blades, hence the Razor Fly’s name.(lights are used to attract there prey).


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    artist: Jasmin
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    The razor-fly is a large tropical species from the rainforests of australia, which can generally be found around the remains of dead animals during the months of its breeding season. It uses the bladelike ridges on its body and limbs to hack little grooves into the flesh of the animal, into which it lays million of tiny eggs with its spike-shaped ovipositor, before pulling the flesh closed again to protect the delicate eggs from the sun. The maggots grow and develop inside the moist rotting flesh of the host carcass, before hatching into mature razor flies and flying off to find their own nest-corpse. The spikes on its body also serve to make it a rather unpalatable meal for any hungry predator that might otherwise eat it.
    While they are normally quite harmless to those content to leave it alone, they have been known to form swarms and attack live animals when food and nesting opportunities are scarce. In this case, the victim is rarely killed immediately (the chitinous blades seldom manage to inflict serious wounds), but faces the horrible prospect of being eaten alive from the inside if they fail to remove all of the sticky, almost transparent eggs from their wounds before they hatch- indeed, the main reason these creatures seldom breed out of control is that, if the mother fails to rid herself of all eggs, she herself will be eaten long before the next breeding season.


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    artist: Kreator
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    with a tougue made up of hundreds of barbed filaments,
    this pre historic insect latches on to thick hides with its mandables and bores its way through the flesh with lashing inversion of its throat.


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    artist: t0eknee
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    About the size of a tennis ball, the females swarm after mating. Flying at ground level (hence the 'raze' reference... scraping the ground, stretching it i know! ) they hunt for hosts for their eggs, primarily large mammels. Hitting the host at great speed the needle like appendage pierces the skin, at the same time the impact compresses the abdomen, forcing the eggs into the host at high pressure. This ensures the safety of the females eggs but also kills the fly in the process - an eye for an eye!


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    artist: electric goat
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    The razor fly was a prehistoric insect that was defensive in nature. If threatened, three large blade like bones would pop out of its thorax with great speed. Some researchers have suggested that these sharp blades could have vibrated violently when extended. The stinger is acutally a useless appendage that only looks dangerous and usually falls off in old age. The second set of eyes on the legs of the razor fly were quite useful during an age with so many predators.


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    artist: eraserfoot
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    During World War 2 the Japanese BioWeapons department created the "Razor Fly" to covertly assassinate hard to reach targets. Armed with razor sharp limbs covered with a deadly neuro toxin the Razor Fly could go places regular assassins could not.


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    artist: ENBE
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    The Razor Fly was once a bain of early farmers life. Due to myths involving 'the white wings of the devil coming to take your youngest child away' and other nonsense stories, the Razor fly flourished with no opposition for centuries. Taking large portions of meat from livestock, rendering the remaining carcass useless for sale, the Razor fly was initially thought to be a fierce predator.
    Yet with the advent of technology scientologists studied the Razor fly intently, finding that due to its large 'razors' it was infact a cumbersome flyer and only took meat from already dead animals frozen from the previous nights blizzard. So the saying goes..."the razor fly will fly straight by, if only thy cow would have warm upper thigh"?


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    artist: xgabo
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    The Monk Razor Fly
    People in the warm regions of the world are familiar with the Domestic Razor Fly, and the inconvenience it can be when these insects, in search of blood, decide to cut your skin with their minuscule blades. But the public at large usually ignore the fact that, in some parts of the world, Razor Flies were once as large as a horse, and armed with blades capable of cutting a man's head clean off.
    In Tuva (a small country in Central Asia), the Monk Razor Fliy was the scourge of the land, attacking and sucking the blood of everything that moved. Since it was too big and fat to fly, the Monk only used its wings to create a infernal buzz which intimidated its prey, and to lift the desert sands to cause temporary blindness. Its body was covered by detachable plates that fell off in a fight, confusing an eventual attacker and giving the fly the chance to escape. Not that many animals would attack the Monk Razor Fly: its meat was poisonous for most living creatures, and its only rumored predator was the Roc Bird, a humongous bird that was never proved to exist outside of middle eastern legends.
    Fortunately, this living nightmare had a very short lifespan, like most common flies. in a week it reached adulthood, and a week later reproduced and died. Early inhabitants of the central Tuva region simply avoided leaving their dwellings during the fly season (between May and July), to avoid horrible death. Eventually, the species declined, mostly due to weather changes in the region. For such a fierce predator, the Monk Razor Fly was very sensitive to temperature variations.
    Not much of a fossil record of this incredible animal survived, except for small body parts preserved in amber rocks. The High Lama of Tuva was rumored to own a giant Amber stone which contained an entire animal, which was described by a Japanese traveler who came to central Asia to learn Buddhism. When the traveller came back to Japan, his sketches describing the armor plates and curved blades of the fly are told to have become the inspiration for the classic samurai armor attire. The amber stone containing the last Monk Razor Fly, if ever existed, was seized in the Russian occupation of Tuva and never seen again.


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    artist: scorge
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    A little bully in the insect world, the Razorfly (thought about changing the name but this one was too cool)has a knack for beating up his prey before dining upon their delicious innards.
    Since his diet consists mostly of beetles and the occasional housefly, this little brute has developed giant mandibles for flipping his victim on to their backs, then using his razor sharp tail to disembowel the unlucky bug that crosses his path. Even the carapace of the gentle ladybug has proven to be too tough for our little assassin so here too he must wrestle his meal to the ground.
    It is beleived that the Razor fly evolved from some sort of rare union between a dragon fly and the robber fly, but to this day none have been captured in a well enough condition to determine their evolutionary track.


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    artist: infinitemonkey
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    The razor fly, also known as the razorwing fly and the scissor bug, evolved a pair of hardened wings with razor sharp (or nearly so) leading edges. The fly uses a specialized set of fast-twitch muscles to flip the wings over and swing them forward, mimicking scissors. The remaining wings have nearly atrophied, leaving the bug only capable of short hops of a few metres at a time. The fly uses its wings only for defense.


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    All WIPs/sketches/not finished yet/placeholder/yaddayaddayadda images...AND (if not mentioned further) all entries which didn't pass the quality check


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    wow...i am impressed people!

    Whoever wins this round, (s)he deserves it fully...very strong entries...thanx!

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    Wow.. this one is pretty hard. Good quality entries. Must think about it.

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    whiteeeeeeee your work is awsome dont let us go any longer without your work in COW havent seen you in here before i dont think.

    top stuff with the fly the texture is easily the best aspect of it.

    keep it coming

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    Southern - My vote is for you, dude! Amazing concept you did here. Colors, composition and depth.

    Congrats.

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    Voted for DAVI
    i really like the other view on the topic and the really nice coloring

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    I voted for Davi. In addition to it being lovely, it inspired me to go researching the suicide rates of different countries around the world, allowing me to dispell some of my preconceptions and achieve a deeper understanding of the great nation of Sweden and its nine million inhabitants. Not to mention ABBA.

    Very close seconds include Sweden's greatest artist, Cloister, as well as Garret Hanna, whiteeeeeeeeeeeee and edujante. When I say "very close" I mean a razor thin margin between first and second place. har har.

    The high quality level this week is some of the most evenly spread out I've seen in COW. It reminds me of some of the most fierce battles like Hellish Beast. I guess we like bugs.

    Nice work everyone.

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    Voted for Alejjo. Love the concept. It really is a believable design. Like a lot of real life creatures which names are not literally what they are. For example, firefly, ladybird, bulldog, etc.

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    What happened to mine?

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    Voted for Baltasar_Ali the whole idea of havin the fly cut grass with its legs reminds me of razors cuting beards..and i think its a wonderful concept

    Zone thank you for the kind words, thats the exact reaction i wanted to get with my concept!!! so i already won...at least in my book

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    Voted Whiteee, Love those highlights.

    Close second were Davi and Kreator

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supervlieg View Post
    Voted Whiteee, Love those highlights.

    Close second were Davi and Kreator
    LOL. You see? Did I not predict this in the posting thread? Supervlieg loves the white hot speculars. Every single time. You can count on it like you can count on the sun rising.

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    An Awesome amount of entries and a really diverse range of creatures. Better than I expected to be honest with less duplication than I thought. For this one I ended up voting for Leosdels creature. I loved it from the first time I saw it both in terms of color and design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozzybar View Post
    wow...i am impressed people!

    Whoever wins this round, (s)he deserves it fully...very strong entries...thanx!
    Seconded. Incredibly strong round! I'll have to mull over this one for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Jaecks View Post
    LOL. You see? Did I not predict this in the posting thread? Supervlieg loves the white hot speculars. Every single time. You can count on it like you can count on the sun rising.
    Hehehe I missed that post. But I have to admit I love them specs. Especially if theyre in the right place. yummy.

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    I voted for ZonE because I really like his design. The fly really looks natural and unique compared to the other designs, I like his idea of it always flying in swarms, very cool man!

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    I voted for leosdel. His design seemed unique but still fly like and was well executed. Some of the better rendered entries felt like insects but not really like flies.

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    Too many to decide on!!! pld:

    After, literally, sitting here for an hour I finally voted for Leosdel. Mainly for the colors, lens effect and the realistic biological aspects. Absolutely amazing!

    Congrats!!!

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    ToeKnee gets my vote, great first attempt at the COW competitions, who knows what a bit of colour would have done for the picture but B/W seems to suit it perfectly. Cool description too.

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    So many to choose from, but in the end I voted for Whiteeeee. I love the rendering and design, it just looks like it would hurt if you accidently stepped on the bug.

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    So many to choose from, but in the end I voted for Whiteeeee. I love the rendering and design, it just looks like it would hurt if you accidently stepped on the damn thing.

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    ... As already mentioned...a tricky one to vote on.

    Finally the emotional faculties took over and made way for Kevzip. The design is perhaps not the most likely logically speaking, but for me it brings a sense of mystery which I think it's the only one to convey here ... some inexplicable alien intelligent lurking bug whose purposes remain obscure. The high-tech organic world-warping wings and mysterious head make an appealing contrast to the crude devise of razors. I’m surprised and charmed.

    Leodsel and whiteeeee gets to share the silver-medal.

    (I'd have preferred voting in several categories this time around... best idea, best artwork, originality, most likely and so on...and so on)

    Nice round! Perhaps I'll found some energy for the next one as well.
    Cheers!

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    haha, this was nearly impossible. Great work, everyone.

    voted for michaeljaecks; loved your concept, man! It was pure fantasy, a different approach from much else that I saw, and who knew a lilac-colored demon fly from Hell could look so cool?

    Close seconds were xgabo for style and kreator for a great rendering and cool idea. Here's to more rounds like this one (and I'll for sure participate)!

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    Voted for Southern.

    Other really close picks were cloister, el_khan, & whiteeeeeee


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    Quote Originally Posted by BEAR JR View Post
    haha, this was nearly impossible. Great work, everyone.

    voted for michaeljaecks; loved your concept, man! It was pure fantasy, a different approach from much else that I saw, and who knew a lilac-colored demon fly from Hell could look so cool
    That's awesome. I have to work that into my signature or avatar caption or something. "Lilac-colored demon fly from Hell."

    Thanks for the vote in this fierce field of competition.n

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