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Crested Jabberwock by NICELabs Crested Jabberwock by NICELabs
For the Weekly Challenge for :iconthetravellergroup: This time was favorite Traveller Critter. For me it's one of the classics. The Crested Jabberwock. Unfortunately I can't draw, but I can paint and I happen to have a miniature of one from the old 1983 Grenadier Alien Animal boxed set for Traveller. Sadly my photography skills are lacking so it looks much better in person. Used metallic copper to highlight it's skin and back ridges. The crest is iridescent as well.

From the game:

Jabberwockiscristatus saevitia)

Sometimes called the nightclaw, or the fanged death, the Crested Jabberwock is a medium-sized carnivore native to Kassan/Vega (Solomani Rim 0101 A-785757-E). Only a few members of the species have been transported offworld.

Fully grown Jabberwocks mass about 400 kgs. They are bilaterally symmetrical, homeothermic quadrupeds, standing about 1.2 meters tall at the shoulder and measuring some 2.6 meters in length. Their anatomy is unusual in that the animal has four two-chambered hearts.

The Crested Jabberwock is noted for its magnificent, multi-colored crest, which is used in displays of territorial aggression and courtship. This gorgeous crest is highly prized by hunters and trophy collectors throughout the Solomani Rim, and have made the animal a highly prized and much-sought-after target. Inasmuch as the Crested Jabberwock is one of the most aggressive carnivores known in modern exobiology (they have been known to attack prey five times their size), the challenge of Jabberwock hunting has long been considered the ultimate proof of courage and skill in some circles.
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VeeSwan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:kiss: :love:
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VeeSwan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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rarier Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
They also look great mounted as a centerpiece of your salon wall aboard a safari ship... just sayin'
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
true true... if you live that long. just sayin' ;)
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rarier Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
We gave a few 'gog spear carriers a fine burial and the one PC was leaning heavily cyberpunk anyway. Loved his new eye and shiny new lower arm. Told 'em to NOT do it that way but it had to be all primal and crap... listen to the Hunter, not the Barbarian! ;-)
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
We never met the real ones. The Pan Galactic Friends of Life were too twitchy about protecting them, but we once ran afoul of some realistic hunting target-bots whose safeties had been shut down. That was bad enough.
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rarier Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Not sure what woulda been worse... bots had their own issues when being shot at.
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True... sort of the worst of both worlds. Bot issues but also designed to have the same speed, agility, and lethal attacks of the Jabberwocks. Nasty combination.
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rarier Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
As I said, glad we were 'only' after the real thing.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Now that's an old fig.
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup... Not the oldest one I have I think, but one of the best :)
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Martian Mins 15mm! Still the best!
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep yep :) Friends of mine had those. All of mine though are the Grenadier 25mm... got the alien Animals, Adventurers set, and Imperial Marines :)
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Got those too. Ah yes, back in the day...:nod:
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup :) Love the adventurer ones... the minis in the set that <cough> were copied off sci-fi characters. Do not suspect that one looks like Han Solo :P. My favorite though are the two guys with shotgun. They're wearing the right clothing that if you paint them up right, they're the two hired assassins from the movie Outland :D
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Hey! I had bunny troopers! And no.... I *never* suspected a thing... :no:

:roll:

It's a shame the minis market went to plastic and lead was discontinued. All the great companies for figs have gone the way of GDW's partnership or been bought up by other companies and gone the way of GDW's partnership.

Yeah... Those were the heady days.
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yah indeed...I was working at a hobby store when the shift from lead happened. A handful of uppity mothers got all twitchy and said somewhere, sometime a kid might be stupid enough to swallow one so rather than oh I don't know, teach their kids, they made the mini companies shift from lead to a lead-pewter mix, which was far more expensive and harder to work with. No wonder some of 'em didn't have much choice to go to plastic or fold.
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Mad-Geo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Awesome. I have one of these!
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool cool :) I'm lucky enough to have the boxed set of the alien animals, but this is one of my favorites. Had it forever, but just got the nerve to paint it this year ;)
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