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Making holydays with Shrike aren't easy, i know. This year i choosed a remote location, because Shrike wasn't accepted by other people... Even if Shrike accept other people... at least as food!
Okay, so this year i choosed New Mexico/USA. Lot of deserts, rocks, mountains and so on. But it take only three days... three lousy days, and she get in trouble again... Last year in central america she was mistaken for Quetzalcoatl... (Hello? Did someone saw feathers? Shrike is a Wyvern!) and this year she only make some flies... no, she eat nobody, really no-bo-dy, she took only one or two calves... and i instantly heared some rumors about some legend of the Navajo people in this area... Something about a monster bird called Tsé Ninájálééh or so...
Hello??? I repeat it for the records once more: Shrike is a Wyvern! No feathers!! No bird!!!

Nevertheless, some trigger happy idiots from an airbase nearby spotted her and tried to shot her down!
Fortunately the pilots were rookies, they used the Sidewinder-rockets instead of their Vulcans, Shrikes temperature was too low for the infrared-sensors of the rockets and the firing-range was way too short... so they only punched some nasty holes in the rocks and Shrike made it to escape!
I found her later totally intimidated in a cave in one of the rocks! Hey, that was animal-cruelty... my poor Shrike!

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The idea to bring Shrike in serious troubles by modern warbirds or helicopters and let her barely escape was in my mind since a couple of months. And first it was planned as a scene over a jungle. But on the other side, i made so many jungle-shots for Sucuriju, so i changed my mind and planned to set it somewhere in the high, snow covered mountains to try something new... A few days ago the episode "Monster Bird" from the series "Beast Legends" brought me this new inspiration and i changed my mind again: Shrike was mistaken for this legendary bird! She has almost the same dimensions and capabilities... and eat humans too! :evillaugh:
On the other side it's a sad truth too: Monsters from old legends would have a damn bad stand today!

Technical side:
Shrike, Jets and Sidewinders posed in DAZ-Studio 3 and imported into Vue 9 Studio. Scene set and rendering done in Vue too. Render-Time: 0h 19' 54" (!), 65,090,716 Polygons, 504 Objects, 1 Light.
I think, lensflares ar often overused in3D and normally i avoid using them, but for this scene they fit very well. Post-production (motionblur, smoke and rocked-flames etc.) done in PSP X.
F15A Eagle modeled by Neil Wilson and available at sharecg.com: [link]
Thank you, Neil, for this gorgeous freebie! :bow:
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starsatyr's avatar
It reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle I saw years ago with a standard-issue fighter cockpit in the foreground, complete with a weapons status display showing one missile already fired. On the canopy were several dragon head stencils, and the word "Slayer" on the other side. In front of the jet: a huge golden dragon which seemed to take exception to the airborne interloper. On the jet's HUD, the word "Locked". You can guess the rest...On that note, I think a short fellow named Thorin Oakenshield might have loved to have Slayer's help with Smaug;p
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ancestorsrelic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... it's really hard for dragons today :cries:
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ancestorsrelic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, sometimes a beloved pet may attracting troubles... Especially when your pet is some kind of an oversized, flying raptor ;-)
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human72's avatar
When it come to dragons they are not counted as animals in the rule book for the SPCA so they are fair game.
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ancestorsrelic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's still just a cute, little child of only 9 meters wingspan and a weight of 250 Kg now. She's sometimes a little bit impetuous, absolutely normal for a female Wyvern of her age. It's only a little bit difficult to train her to stop eating (too many) people... I am continuing working on this! ;-)
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Ah, what You own her and what not. You train them? Intresting. And I added you to the watch.
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ancestorsrelic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ehhh... yes, the story in a nutshell: I saw "Avatar", i wanted a pet-ikran, found out, that they are not available on earth, but some dubious dealer sold me a big egg with the words "Forget the Ikran, something real better will hatch out of this"... And now i have a Wyvern ;-)
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BlackDragon-kin|Student Digital Artist
Oh no, Shrike watch out!!! :nuu:
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Die Umgebung sieht ja wieder nett aus. Alter Schwede, Vue :D
Und arme Shrike! ^^ Jetzt fangen die schon mit Raketen an. Aber is ja noch mal gut gegangen – und hat uns eine actionreiche Szene beschert – yeeha! :)
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Cool image and I love the narrative...thank you for letting me know about this...
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Skaramine|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh no, Shrike! RUN!
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i like your pics with shrike she is cool
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solidzesnake|Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow very nice work as always man, I am a fan!
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ancestorsrelic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :bow: You are welcome!
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solidzesnake|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just love your work especially the snakes. Any eta for the next snake one?
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Yes, Sucuriju will return this month. The 3D-scene is almost completed, but need to be rendered and post-production. Story-part is roughly in my mind, but not written yet. I guess, somewhere in the 3th or 4th week of Juny.
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