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Modelling experiments and/or weird ideas that don't really fit anywhere else.  NOT TO SCALE

TOP:  Primitive frog-derived rainforest recon drones. This model was a testbed for extruding a complex appendage (the legs) as a single convoluted form rather than building it in pieces the way I usually would. It didn't work out quite the way I'd envisioned due to the limitations of surface geometry imposed by the technique, but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

In keeping with the game theme, these guys MAY be at least partially inspired by briefly glimpsed hopping enemies from TAITO's 1991 Metal Black:

METAL BLACK FTW

MIDDLE:  Venomous barnacle-derived biotech melee weapons, spike ring + push-dagger. The surface shader here is actually a fossilized Megalodon tooth.

BOTTOM:  Larval agrivitic glyptodont mummies, wrapped and unwrapped. It's possible the gravity-cancelling field effects generated by the protein crystals in the counterbary organ have a relatively long half-life, allowing the corpse to hover freely for decades or even centuries after the organism's death.
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BassoeG's avatar

(...Larval agrivitic glyptodont mummies, wrapped and unwrapped. It's possible the gravity-cancelling field effects generated by the protein crystals in the counterbary organ have a relatively long half-life, allowing the corpse to hover freely for decades or even centuries after the organism's death...)

Are they actually dead, or is the 'mummification' actually a cocoon, secreted while they undergo a centuries-long metamorphosis into the next stage of their lifecycle?

thomastapir's avatar

You know, that's a damn good question...I'd taken it at face value, that they were juveniles who had died and been mummified at an early phase in their life cycle. But it's also very possible that the protracted interim phase of their metamorphosis was misinterpreted as true death, even that they were revered for their apparently posthumous agrivitic abilities. Perhaps their "resurrection" and subsequent transmutation after centuries of inactivity is the basis for an entire religion in this case.

newtman001's avatar

Love how you got the textures looking bright & tight - all photo-reference, I assume?

thomastapir's avatar

Thanks! Yeah, or tiny crops from scans of print reproductions in this case, hence the halation effects and moire patterns etc. : p

neotheropod3's avatar

are the frog drones poisonous? I want one as a pet.

thomastapir's avatar

I'm sure they lose their toxicity if you feed them on farmed crickets for a coupla months. =P

mr-author's avatar

Always such good stuff

thomastapir's avatar

Thanks so much, Adam!

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