Nature's Wonders Sneak Peek Thread

Discussion in 'Show Me The Honey' started by Ken Gilliland, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    You're not the only one, so I guess we'll be waiting until next year.
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  2. Bonnie2001

    Bonnie2001 Extraordinary

    Wow, those snakeapillars really do exist!


  3. Rae134

    Rae134 Renowned CV-BEE Contributing Artist

    Caterpillars come in all sorts of wonderful shapes, sizes, colours etc
  4. Harimau

    Harimau Eager

    Interesting, isn't it? Caterpillars pretending to be something else. Here's one, a very poisonous caterpillar, the puss caterpillar, pretending to be President Trump's toupee (Megalopyge opercularis):

    President Trump' toupee:

    And here is a little bird nestling that pretends to be a poisonous caterpillar, the very same President Trump's toupee caterpillar, a Laniocera hypopyrra nestling:
    cinereous mourner (Laniocera hypopyrra).jpg
    Laniocera hypopyrra nestling development in lowland Amazonian forest in southeastern Peru. a, Day 1, nestling with long orange
    barbs with white tips. b, Day 4, nestling in nest next to unhatched egg. c, Day 9, nestling feathers have started to emerge and eyes have
    started to open. d, Day 14, most of the body feathers have completely emerged, eyes are completely open, and wing feathers are emerging.
    e, Day 18, all body feathers have completely emerged, and the wing feathers are ~90% emerged. f, Caterpillar (Megalopygidae) in the area
    that matches the nestling’s plumage characteristics.

    It even moves like a caterpillar! See here:

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  5. Bonnie2001

    Bonnie2001 Extraordinary

    So that's why President Trump usually seems grumpy, having to wear that thing on his head! ;)
  6. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    No Bonnie, that's just his natural "look", and attitude.
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  7. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Extraordinary HW3D Exclusive Artist

    Cool looking caterpillars and birds...

    x--x x--x x--x

    I guess I'm far enough along to let the cat out of the bag and share a couple WIP renders of my "secret" project. I'm still working on the textures and adding in more species/morphs
    Yes, Janet, one of your guesses was right :)

    The default species for the base set...young Red-eared Sliders. I still need to add the displacement to the shell on this. The slider will be the only species in the base set but will have adult, youngster and old textures (the species dulls and darkens with age).


    and the Desert Tortoise from "Volume I: Tortoises of the World". Other species will include the Russian tortoise, Yellow-footed tortoise, Leopard Tortoise, Common tortoise, Hermann's tortoise and Kleinmann's tortoise. ...and yes, the tortoise is in my Sagebrush Habitat and Habitat Extender which is pretty much their natural habitat. I will probably be adding an additional plant set with White Sage (Salvia apiana) and Desert Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua). The mallow is a favorite food of desert tortoises.

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  8. Satira Capriccio

    Satira Capriccio Distinguished CV-BEE Contributing Artist

    OOH YES! Tortoises!
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  9. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    The one in that last render looks so real. Can't wait to see more of these Ken.
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  10. Chris

    Chris HW3D President Staff Member Co-Founder

    Oh yeah baby. So cool to see this work of yours coming together! Loving it all.

    Let me know when it's okay to share these images. Would love to get them out on FaceBook for more to see, and link them back to this thread.
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  11. Janet

    Janet Extraordinary Contributing Artist

    That's so awesome! My neighbor son's had a tortoise and she watched it over the winter once while it was hibernating. It slept in a box under her bed. Once it woke up I saw it eating strawberries and it's cheeks would turn red! I can't wait to make this guy walk!
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  12. VortigensBane

    VortigensBane Busy Bee

    Looks amazing, as usual!
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  13. Chris

    Chris HW3D President Staff Member Co-Founder

    Agreed. This last project of Ken's is really nice. So robust. He's got it working very well. Love seeing it in the shell too.
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  14. Guardian Angel 671

    Guardian Angel 671 Motivated

    Will it have an option for the Eastern Box Tortoise and any other type of Box Tortoise? I'm partial to the Eastern's as they are natives to my area in Ohio :)
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  15. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Extraordinary HW3D Exclusive Artist

    Yes, I am planning to do that species in Volume II

    Here's my plan (and as always, I do a mix of both popular and endangered species)

    Nature's Wonders Turtle (Base Set)
    Red-eared Slider (Juvenile, Adult, Mature), Trachemys scripta elegans, Southern United States, LC

    Turtles of the World v1: Tortoises
    Russian tortoise, Agrionemys horsfieldii, Eurasia, VU
    Yellow-footed tortoise, Chelonoidis denticulatus, South America, VU
    Desert Tortoise, Gopherus agassizii, SW United States, VU
    Leopard Tortoise, Stigmochelys pardalis, S Africa, LC
    Common tortoise, Testudo graeca, Eurasia, VU
    Hermann's tortoise, Testudo hermanni, Europe, NT
    Kleinmann's tortoise, Testudo kleinmanni, Africa, CR

    Turtles of the World v2: Turtles of the United States
    Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina, Eastern United States, LC
    Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta, North America, LC
    Bog turtle, Glyptemys muhlenbergii, NE United States, CR
    Black-knobbed map turtle, Graptemys nigrinoda, Southern United States, NT
    Alligator snapping turtle, Macrochelys temminckii, SE United States, VU
    Diamondback Terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin, Southern United States, NT
    Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina, Eastern United States, VU

    Turtles of the World v3: Turtles of the Eurasia and Africa
    Asian leaf turtle, Cyclemys dentata, SE Asia, NT
    European pond turtle, Emys orbicularis, Eurasia, NT
    Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle, Geoemyda japonica, Japan, EN
    Striped-neck terrapin, Mauremys caspica, Eurasia, LC
    African helmeted turtle, Pelomedusa subrufa, Africa, LC
    West African mud turtle, Pelusios castaneus ,Africa, LC
    Black marsh turtle, Siebenrockiella crassicollis, SE Asia, VU
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  16. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Extraordinary HW3D Exclusive Artist

    Thanks, Chris... Yes, there are a set of control to easily fold the legs, head and tail into the shell.

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  17. JOdel

    JOdel Extraordinary HW Honey Bear

    Oh excellent. More reptiles!
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  18. LisaB

    LisaB HW3D Vice President & Queen Bee Co-Founder

    Sweet! I love the add-on packs you have planned, too!
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  19. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Extraordinary HW3D Exclusive Artist

  20. Bonnie2001

    Bonnie2001 Extraordinary

    :laugh: :laugh:

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