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Conan - Forest Dragon, Retrosaurus III by KingOvRats Conan - Forest Dragon, Retrosaurus III by KingOvRats
Aaaand finally im satisfied with this one. A strange and disproportionate predatory "Dinosaur" is actually no late survivor but creation of sorcerers revived from ancient "dragon" bones. I think it's very plausuble that sorcerers have reconstructed the creature inaccuarately with purpose of being thheir guardian, therefore they chose the most badass elements of various skeletons they unearthed. And we've got Spinosaurus head (similar to the head of crocodile, that Conan have mentioned) sauropod-like body, but whi disproportionately short legs... and stegosaur spines. And thagomizers.  fuckin lots of thagomizers.:D
In summary Hyborian wizards made hybrids before it was cool. Oh wait, I. Rex wasn't cool. :icontrollfaceplz:


"Through the thicket was thrust a head of nightmare and lunacy. Grinning jaws bared rows of drippnig yellow tusks; above the yawning mouth wrinkled a saurian-like snout. Huge eyes, like those of a python a thousand times magnified, stared unwinkingly at the petrified humans clinging to the rock above it. Blood smeared the scaly, flabby lips and dripped from the huge mouth. The head, bigger than that of a crocodile, was further extended on a long scaled neck on which stood up rows of serrated spikes, and after it, crushing down the briars and saplings, waddled the body of a titan, a gigantic, barrel-bellied torso on absurdly short legs. The whitish belly almost raked the ground, while the serrated backbone rose higher than Conan could have reached on tiptoe. A long spiked tail, like that of a gargantuan scorpion, trailed out behind." 

Robert E. Howard, Red Nails
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Nyarloth Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
That's a very nice Creature Design !!!
He remind me of the " Mokele-Mbembe " a Congolese Cryptid...
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner May 15, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you. I think that cryptid is more of an aquatic plant eating sauropiod right? This one is neither plant eater not very aquatic looking...D
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Nyarloth Featured By Owner Edited May 15, 2017
It's true...
But the Mokele-mbembe can be extremely agressive towards others big animals (especially Elephant, Rhinoceros and Hippopotamus) and even toward the humans...
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner May 17, 2017   Traditional Artist
Maybe he's paranoid because all his buddies went extinct and he feels he's next... XD
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Nyarloth Featured By Owner Edited May 17, 2017
Haha !!! :)
It's true !!!
But if the Mokele-mbembe may be an endangered species, it's in fact also a very, very, VERY territorial Mythical Beast of the Congolese Jungles and Swamps... ;)
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner May 17, 2017   Traditional Artist
Do you think it's reasonable to believe it exists? Is there any evidence other than supposed witness accounts? I heard of some tracks that turned out to be an elephant or rhino tracks.
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Nyarloth Featured By Owner Edited May 17, 2017
It's originaly a creature from the Congolese Folklore and we had no real evidence of his existence...
But the strange thing is that a lot of Mythic Beasts of the Congolese Folklore look like Dinosaurs :
1) the Mokele-Mbembe look like a Sauropod.
2) the Emela-Ntouka look like a Centrosaurus.
3) the Ngoubou look like a Styracosaurus.
4) the Chipekwe look like a Ceratosaurus.
5) the Kongamato look like a Pterosaur.
Etc...
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner May 17, 2017   Traditional Artist
I don't think they are very reliable accounts though. I read on Karl's Shuker blog once that as he has shown some natives a picture of pteranidon they identified it as eagle. :P
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Scholarly-Cimmerian Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
Now THAT's a monstrous dragon! :D

Freaking love it. :D Red Nails was one of my favorite Conan stories just because of this guy. XD
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017   Traditional Artist
Yeah, that part in the forest was the best of whole story.
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PerfectChaos22 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
It's got stump legs, like a Weiner Dog XD
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016   Traditional Artist
True. xD
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Sareemi1028 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
Do u like the I Rex?I love it.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016   Traditional Artist
I don't.
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Usagiman Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
Being honest, i always imagined the creature described in this text like a sort of stegosaurus
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016   Traditional Artist
True, apart froom the neck which.is described as long and clearly predatory head, which makes me think of a hybrid. Still stego was the strongest inspiration here.
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Usagiman Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016
Yeah. Having in mind the yeras in which the stiory was wrote maybe Howard didn't have very accurate information. or simply decided to mix things, as you say
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016   Traditional Artist
I also had two possibilites in mind.
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Zgerken Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
It does look awesome and I agree with you I Rex was not cool!
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you :highfive:
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Zgerken Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
Don't mention it!:)
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BDMcKown Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
dat is so cool! Heart Heart 
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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aGentlemanScientist Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is is fricken' rad!
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thamk you:D
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite nice!
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thanks:)
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Lunatic38 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016
Nice work! I always assumed they had brought dead creatures back to life but not that it was undead or reconstructed to fit their needs. But it´s a cool idea. I think I had a little plastic dino like this when I was a kid. Of course people know more about dinosaurs today. I kind of see a giant Iguana when I read the text though...
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016   Traditional Artist
Early paleonthologists had problems reconstucting dinosaurs properly, so I think  ancient wizards wouldn't have an easy task as well.:D I had similar dinosaur toys in the 90s at least some of them.
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016
True enough; fictional worlds need some more legends based on fossils. Granted, in things like D&D, dinosaurs are still alive, but it would be interesting to see some mangled accounts of dinosaurs in the same vein as medieval bestiaries.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
I've seen some guy claiming that basilisk was inspired by surviving Yi qi.:D
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016
I'm personally of the opinion that it was inspired by Archaeopteryx fossils: in legends, you just had to show the cockatrice (Basilisks were the little snake ones) its own reflection, and its deadly gaze would be turned on itself, turning it to stone. People could have made up the story of the cockatrice to try and explain the fossils.

As for the basilisk, I think it was inspired by some kind of snake with very deadly paralytic venom. Garbled accounts would have made it seem like the creature had turned to stone.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016   Traditional Artist
What is your source? Basically all accounts of Basilisk (it was originally semi-synonymous with the Cockatrice. C, always being depicted as the chickien thing while B. either as that or the snake) that I know feature it using venom trough it's breath/stare and not turning people into stones. Mythological Medusa did that and maybe someone confused the two. Also one of the most well described "historical" encounters of Basilisk took place in Poland. You might find the article interesting. www.smithsonianmag.com/history… I believe it could have been some kind of mass poisoning, perhaps with the gases acumulating for some reason within the cellar that inspired this story.
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
Look, I'm just offering a theory is all.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016   Traditional Artist
 I appreciate it but due to the reasons I've given I don't find it very plausible. I've heard some theory that Medusa's legend or some other similar with man turning to stone was inspired by man-like in shape, natural forms of rock. Given this maybe fossils have inspired similar ideas. But I'd rather say they inspired giants, dragons and griffins rather than basilisks.:)
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016
I fail to see how bashing the Indominus will make this any more popular.
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TrilobiteCannibal Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I... don't think that was the point
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016
Then what was the point?
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TrilobiteCannibal Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
too add some comedy
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Well, I'm not laughing.
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TrilobiteCannibal Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well people have different senses of humour 
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016   Traditional Artist
Well that's good because there is no connection between this work and the fact i think JW and I rex sucks.:P
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016
Why? The Indominus' scenes were pretty good.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016   Traditional Artist
It might have had some nice scenes but there isn't really anything to redeem this movie in my eyes. Shouldn't be very surprised as every JP movie was worst than previous... Indominus itself was very disappointing, they could have included some cool existing dino instead or at least make a more satisfying mutant; there was plenty of excellent designs submitted as 'build a better fake theropod'. It's intelligence does not seem that much shocking nor impressive after JP3 raptors either. That's sad, however first JP might be outdated and inaccuarate today it still introduced the general public to more updated image of dinosaurs. With all the new discoveries JW had great potential to do the same but it failed miserably. Plot and the CGI (pteranodons!!!) Wasn't very good either, although that's much more of a subjective topic. I don't really mind people enjoying it though.
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016
Yeah, no. Quite literally everything in #BBFT is either just a bigger version of a regular dinosaur or a half-assed take on 'throw everything dangerous together'. Indominus was designed by corporate executives who basically went with "Take a T-rex and make it moar biggerer"-it's supposed to look the way it does, you skin-deep clod. It was meant to be a bioweapon, yes, but it was also supposed to be an attraction for a dinosaur park; apparently, not a single member of that little circlejerk thought of that.
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TrilobiteCannibal Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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have you looked at JUST THE FIRST THE FIRST PAGE of the submissions on DA? I didn't even scroll down all the way and found all these creatures that look way better than what was essentially a white Allosaurus.

I liked Indominus, but it was disappointing, if you just look at the makeup, there was a lot of things with no features even visible on the creature. why did it stay WHITE? what if it was constantly shifting colors while it was killing? or assumed a more solid theme similar to a flamboyant cuttlefish? or give it eyes closer too the end of it's snout taking after the snake? or actually give it Therizinosaurus claws
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
I have, actually; as dinosaur designs, they're quite good. But the Indominus isn't meant to be an accurate dinosaur; it's meant to be a monster. And as monsters, not a single one of those entries stacks up.

Entry #1: It's a fluffy entelodont. Not much potential for a military superweapon.
Entry #2: Goes way too far. I-rex was supposed to be a bioweapon, yes, but it was still supposed to look like a park attraction for a dinosaur zoo. The Indominus is essentially what resulted when a corporate board looked at their most popular attraction, the T-rex, and decided, "People like this, so let's take a T-rex and make it moar biggerer."
Entry #3: An aquatic ornithomimid? We've already got the mosasaur for that. There's no real way to integrate this into a monster movie, particularly one where most of the animals live on, you know, land.
Entry #4: Has some potential for a dark, cramped environment, but that's about it. Against a military task force like the ones that were after the Indominus, it would be torn to shreds.
Entry #5: Again, goes way too damn far. People want to see dinosaurs, not Lovecraft's nightmares.
Entry #6: Not really very interesting besides the jaw. If that 'buzzsaw' jaw could actually spin like a circular saw, you might have something, but only in the Asylum-style "so ridiculous it's awesome" variety.

The Indominus was a creature designed by a group of greedy corporate executives, and that shows with its generic-looking design. However, there's quite a few things that you probably didn't notice at first that truly make the Indominus stand out quite a bit. It looms emaciated at first glance, but it moves and attacks like a healthy animal, setting off warning bells for the 'should not be-o-meter'. The skin on its face is pulled tight over the bones, giving it a skull-like countenance, its eyes are blazing red like some form of demon, and its hands, well, they look human, setting it down the road to the uncanny valley. It looks like a dinosaur, yes, but at the same time, it looks like it clawed its way out of Skull Island or from some medieval bestiary.
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TrilobiteCannibal Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay, but what about the ones I linked you?you seem to have ignored those 

I get what your saying, and I did like Indominus for those same reasons, but " Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Carnotaurus, Giganotosaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops, and Therizinosaurus as well as modern animals like cuttlefish, tree frogs, and a pit viper snake." any one of those actual dinosaurs would have been better, let alone a hybrid actually made of those creatures. Imagine if it had a trio of exaggerated horns, and a ridged face. along with the massive claws of a therizinosaur and the facial shape akin to a hybrid of these? if it was a bio-weapon why would they not give it better murder tools and allow it change color like I said, and use it to horrify it's enemies.

your argument seems to be based around it not being designed for looks,but it is just a movie monster, who happens to be in a universe that clearly is different in several ways than ours, it's not meant to be realistic and they kinda crossed the line when they said "let's make our next movie star a hybrid", and the act of crossing that line really should have allowed then to go batshit insane, but they played it safe, and made a white, shrinkwrapped allosaurus with a thumb, which to me is kind of boring. people have other opinions, mine is that I want a better carnosaur ;)
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016   Traditional Artist
So what? I am aware of what you say. I think everybody is, actually. It's obvious that design was intentional but it does not make it any less of a boring one, neither does it make this movie look any better
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016
Yeah, no. Quite literally everything in #BBFT is either just a bigger version of a regular dinosaur or a half-assed take on 'throw everything dangerous together'. Indominus was designed by corporate executives who basically went with "Take a T-rex and make it moar biggerer"-it's supposed to look the way it does, you skin-deep clod. It was meant to be a bioweapon, yes, but it was also supposed to be an attraction for a dinosaur park; apparently, not a single member of that little circlejerk thought of that.
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