Gorby 18,713 Posted May 13 Report Share Posted May 13 Way, way back when the world was young. Back before the continents spit up due to artistic differences and even so far back it was in the time before David Attenborough!!! It was when dinosaurs would have been considered science fiction and even the 'one small step' of the first Neil Armstrong lungfish onto dry land was many million years in the future. Nature was just starting to experiment with designing life and more often than not it was told to rub out that mess and start again. Hallucigenia existed almost half a billion years ago during the Cambrian Explosion and is thought to be the ancestor of the present day Velvet worm, and how embarrassing is that, being out evolved by a worm. Life had yet to emerge from the the oceans and I'm still not convinced it was good idea. As Tamiya is yet to release Hallucigenia in kit form (come on, what are you playing at!) I had to have a go at making one from scratch. As it was quite small creature I went large – twice the size of the largest fossil found to date - although it's still less than 10cm (4') long. Not quite the success I hoped it would be as it turned out to be a grossly over-fed example of the species who could have done with ten pairs of platform shoes to be tall enough to get on the rides at Cambrian theme parks. There were nearly occasions when I considered just abandoning him by the side of the road to let him fend for himself. That probably wouldn’t have been a good idea for an aquatic creature. I looked into those sad, crossed eyes and couldn't bring myself to dump him. He doesn't ask for much (he's not much of a talker) just fourteen square meals a day and he's happy. Although I'm not sure he cares what shape his meals are just as long as it's food. I managed to fit in another potential factual inaccuracy – the white sand. I have a good reason for doing so….because I like it - and I've got some white sand. Good enough reason for me. I hope you like my reeeeeeaaaaaly old blue eyes. Thanks for havin' a ganders. If you want to read how I built him and why I painted him in a low-vis, boring scheme, this is the build log: 11 1 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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