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FTL Mantis by nigillsans FTL Mantis by nigillsans
Woo, buuuuuuuuuuuuuugs!
The mantis are FTL's bug Klingons, which is a pretty fun concept to work with. The pixel art makes them seem very similar to the kind of mantis you'd find on earth, so I wanted too keep that familiar look while still presenting something that functions in a more alien way.
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J-Omega2 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
"I wonder which eye I should be looking at."
These guys remind me of the Nulians from the other FTL.
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rafaelzrt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015   Digital Artist
Great work on FTL fan art, really cool. Just missed the Lanius :)
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Mudkipy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
You easily rank up first in my favorite interpretention of the mantis from FTL in fan art
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BrossUno Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Man, what a great portrayal of those ship-raiding jerks. I've always liked the idea of space bugs, especially since they're so freaky on earth. All the little alien touches like the pincers and the eyes are a great too.
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Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Writer
...And yet the game names them names like Martin or Nigel. Scary bug monsters named Nigel. That gets a chuckle from me.
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knuxpwnsstuff Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
i always get a mantis named Mr Buga XD
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Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Writer
Hehe, really? I've never got that. I did make a story off-DA about a TypeB Kestral named the Fairweather, where a mantis female named Kaleska had married the human captain, named Mark Fairweather, and they had a mantis child, named Susan... They died in a fire. :(
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knuxpwnsstuff Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
oh no Waaaah!, children and spacecraft are not the best combination, and fires are how most of my crew die, that and 

1. lack of oxygen

2. boarding parties 

3. random occurrences (giant space spiders, diseased miners etc)

and damage from missiles/bombs   
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Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Writer
Yeah. There were some other crewmembers, including some Lanius, but in the end, they got chewed up by the Flagship. As normally happens when I play, sadly...
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knuxpwnsstuff Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
ermahgerd i know right, i just got to the rebel flagship and had such a good crew, then i died from that stupid triple chuck norris powered missile launcher Rage 
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Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Writer
Yeah, I hate that thing.
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Erednay Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Really cool drawing. I really like the mouth... or mandibles? The carapace is really well done - reflects why they are considered the "warriors" in the game, well done. 
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nigillsans Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.  On the mandibles, I figured a species with giant knife hands would probably need some way to manipulate objects, so I kind of imagined some real elongated mouth parts that they could use to hold things in place while they used other horrible mouth bits to work out the finer details.
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Erednay Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Ah that does make sense, well, look forward to your eventual crystal men portrait :)
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useraccount Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
If the Mantis are like Klingons, would that make the Slugs like the Hutts? (Slimy, greedy, manipulative, are often total jerks)
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nigillsans Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You know, the Slugs always reminded me of another race but I could never quite decide what it was.  Now that you've mentioned the Hutts I feel kind of stupid for noticing the similarities sooner.  
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Arkkeeper Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Slugs are based on a combination of the Hutts and the Ferengi.
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nigillsans Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I see someone remembered rule of acquisition number 74.
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BokdusUtatari Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good series of portraits. Please make the crystals!!
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Aramaru Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay FTL fanart! And it's awesome on it's own merit too! <3
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nigillsans Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, glad you like it :D.
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Mechsiggi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
NOW I am so fucking excited of the Crystal *-*
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Gamerspirit Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
This looks awesome!
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nigillsans Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :).
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