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Your Going to Need More Than Just Salt – Lancer Snails:

by on Sep.14, 2013, under Beasts, Creature Design, Environmental Designs, Fiddzy's Artwork, Studies & Sketches

Having spent the vast majority of the summer months outside in the garden my fascination with the natural world flourished, particularly the creepy crawly world of the invertebrates. When I therefore found out that many species of land snail produce harpoon like spikes (called gypsobelum) that they fire into one another during copulation it sparked an idea I had to draw, the Lancer Snails. I also set myself two goals when designing this piece, firstly I wanted them to feel like monsters you could run across in a computer or role playing game, and secondary I wanted to show two closely related species together, something I have not done since the Zear birds.

Lancer SnailsLancer Snails – Patriot Driller & King Lancer

With no relation to true snails the so called Lancer Snails where named by the human colonises of the planet Fable. So named due to their similar appearance to the humble mollusc, however ascetics aside the Lancer Snails have very little else in common with their Earth namesake. The two most striking features of the Lancer Snails our their long tusk like spikes and their domed shelled back, with the later being the dividing feature between the two major families of the group, the fused shells and the plated shells. The fused shells, to which the King lancer belongs, are the older of the two groups, they are typically larger in size and sport two lances with limited movement. The plated shells, to which the Patriot Driller belongs, are typically smaller and often sport a single more specialised lance that is often more moveable and even rotary, their shells are also divided into three segments with one enlarged plate often acting as a reasonably adjustable shield as seen in the Patriot Driller. Both groups are herbivorous and typically always found in marshland habitats and along rivers. They are regarded as being extremely dangerous, particularly in the breeding seasons where the larger bulls defend their territories and females. The lances in both groups are fundamentally used in defence and combat, but can also aid in foraging such as breaking up soil to expose roots. Lancer Snails of all kinds are too aggressive to be fully domesticated, however the natives of Fable do occasionally hunt them for their shells, lances and fat reserves. They are not often eaten due to their distastefulness, particularly to human taste buds. It is said that if you ever encounter an elderly Lancer Snail without any battle scars you will gain great wisdom.

Lancer Snails - StagesLancer Snails Development Stages

In addition to the final piece I thought I’d upload the above sheet showing the five main stages that one of my drawings typically goes through. This is something I have been attempting to portray on Twitter and am planning on continuing with greater depth in the future. Although work is going to be demanding over the next few weeks I shall endeavour to start my next project as soon as possible.

 

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