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Stinker Disc

By zenzmurfy
inspired by a scene from David Weber's Honor Harrington novels.

How's that for an underside view of the tail? :)
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deathstarshotput's avatar
It looks like a great depiction of the underside view of the tail :), from the description in the books.
Pokermind's avatar
Modified the modification of the basic lyre player added a bottle of fermented celery juice for a joke see [link] :)

Modified art here [link] as always I'll delete if you want.
Pokermind's avatar
I used your Stinker Disk art as base for my lyre playing buddy Mange, the Latest is a bumper sticker design for treecats I LOVE CELERY [link] Let me know if you want deleted. Posted in Bumper Stickers thread on David's site [link] too.
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Hi, Zenzmurfy Toni liked it, her comment on Toni's Table on the Bar "Treecat obviously having way too much fun.--Toni"
zenzmurfy's avatar
I was considering having the disc playfully thrown at the back of Honor's head, Not that he would be able to surprise her like that. :)

I opted for simplicity and the pure fun of seeing him toss a disc vs catching one( like a dog for example).
Pokermind's avatar
Treecat frisbee can get rough with several 'cats David discusses it in books, here is a Fan Fic that starts with the game: [link] The author is a 17 yer old girl, she writes a mean joke in Humor from time to time too.

But I agree simple is good and Nimitz (Laughs Brightly)loves playing practical jokes more likely throwing so Honor falls in the catch. Looks like Laughs Brightly is in for a tumble form one of honor's throws. He looks like he's having fun. Lots of life and action in this one. Most art shows the 'cats just sitting on a shoulder. I agree with the other from the Bar that your work should be mandatory viewing for cover artists. Hope to see more. You might try a pin and ink such s may be published in the book, might give Toni an idea <G> :buymyprints:
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Oh I think fingers are too short David has claws retracting into a sheath of the tip of the digit like switch blade knife. they are 10 mm long so digit tip is at lest 10 mm. To grasp minimum of three knuckles or three digit parts so finger are a minimum of 3 cm long. That's 1/20 of body length. This is the minimum I would guess they are about 6 cm and that's a 1/10 of body length. For further info try this [link] see question "What about those treecat toe nails?"

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Just noticed your signature on the Frisbee. Cool!

Mange, "Poor runsforcelery (David Weber's site name) he'll have to edit all the Honor Harrington novels references to Frisbee and change to a zenzmury"
Pokermind's avatar
I envisioned something like beaver tail with groves both directions making squares to allow either tubing or grasping slick surfaces. Kind of like snow tire tread to improve grip. My mind image is a round til with grasping palm like the long tentacles of the Giant Squid. No text evidence for this text description is just fleshy. I think a lighter flesh tone might be better, although beaver tails are very dark nigh on black.

Need a smile here's my treecat Mange's comments on David Weber's forums, [link]
zenzmurfy's avatar
I finally got a look at a beaver's tail on google. It's not as easy as one might think. Most of the pictures are from top view even the gruesome pictures. It looks scaly than tread-like to me. I was thinking the tail would be of softer consistency. Maybe the tail works like a gecko's hands/feet? [link]
Pokermind's avatar
The circular scales in the palm would work. The idea is to have a bit of roughness to grip icy branches. Since tail must curve vertically around branches or horizontally to tube. The stripe scales would grip better, but not allow tubing the tail. Smooth would louse purchase on icy branches like wearing smooth leather sole shoes in winter. Text evidence suggests smooth fleshy. Perhaps lines like the lines in human hands giving a bit of tread to grip icy branches? Must be two sets of muscles perpendicular, one to curl, one to tube, perhaps even a skeleton extending like a Terran cat's tail to the tip. By the by ate some beaver tail once, gristly with lots of fat definitely not health food, nor something I would recommend.

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zenzmurfy's avatar
Are you are aware of the research on gecko hands? It's really interesting stuff! If the tail or hands/feet did that stuff like a gecko but on a treecat, we'd be looking at Spiderman-like abilities.

I was thinking of the tail as a giant tongue, with similar flexibility.
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