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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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:iconveeswan:
VeeSwan Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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NICELabs Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:kiss: :love:
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VeeSwan Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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:iconrarier:
They also look great mounted as a centerpiece of your salon wall aboard a safari ship... just sayin'
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NICELabs Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
true true... if you live that long. just sayin' ;)
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:iconrarier:
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 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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:iconrarier:
Not sure what woulda been worse... bots had their own issues when being shot at.
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NICELabs 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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:iconrarier:
As I said, glad we were 'only' after the real thing.
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