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FTL Mantis

By nigillsans
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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's avatar
"I wonder which eye I should be looking at."
These guys remind me of the Nulians from the other FTL.
rafaelzrt's avatar
Great work on FTL fan art, really cool. Just missed the Lanius :)
Mudkipy's avatar
You easily rank up first in my favorite interpretention of the mantis from FTL in fan art
BrossUno's avatar
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.
Ddraigtanto's avatar
...And yet the game names them names like Martin or Nigel. Scary bug monsters named Nigel. That gets a chuckle from me.
knuxpwnsstuff's avatar
i always get a mantis named Mr Buga XD
Ddraigtanto's avatar
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. :(
knuxpwnsstuff's avatar
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   
Ddraigtanto's avatar
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...
knuxpwnsstuff's avatar
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 
Ddraigtanto's avatar
Yeah, I hate that thing.
Erednay's avatar
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. 
nigillsans's avatar
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.
Erednay's avatar
Ah that does make sense, well, look forward to your eventual crystal men portrait :)
useraccount's avatar
If the Mantis are like Klingons, would that make the Slugs like the Hutts? (Slimy, greedy, manipulative, are often total jerks)
nigillsans's avatar
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.  
Arkkeeper's avatar
The Slugs are based on a combination of the Hutts and the Ferengi.
nigillsans's avatar
I see someone remembered rule of acquisition number 74.
BokdusUtatari's avatar
Good series of portraits. Please make the crystals!!
Aramaru's avatar
Yay FTL fanart! And it's awesome on it's own merit too! <3
nigillsans's avatar
Haha, glad you like it :D.
Mechsiggi's avatar
NOW I am so fucking excited of the Crystal *-*
Gamerspirit's avatar
This looks awesome!
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