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Friday, December 7, 2012

The Dark Side of Evolution

The common Bushwoolie of the genus Bushwooligus Exampanitus evolved to thrive in a heavily forested environment.  Small in stature, the Bushwoolie has a dark green/blue spiky coat that enables it to blend in, thereby avoiding detection by predators. An herbivore, it's diet consists mainly of the woody stems of low hanging deciduous bushes.  Because the god that created it was a wee bit drunk at the time, he neglected to provide the Bushwoolie the enzymes necessary to digest the tough wood of the branches.


The species would have died out entirely had it not been for the curious nature possessed by one little Bushwoolie.  Tired of living with indigestion the little guy began chewing on the base of a highly toxic mushroom. Within minutes his tummy ache ceased and he began to experience a sense of well-being that transported him into another realm.  Soon all the Bushwoolies began eating toxic mushrooms and enjoyed feeling groovy. 

As is often the case with evolution, there was a side benefit for the Bushwoolie.  Over time, the toxins built up in it's bloodstream providing an extra determent to potential predators, further ensuring the success of the species.


The fearsome looking mouth of the Bushwoolie, which had been designed as nothing more than a display to ward off predators, was now deadly. 

And all would have been well had the behavior of Man been factored into the equation. But evolution doesn't think, it just does. For Man, in his never ending desire to expand his territory, would one day encounter the Bushwoolie. The consequences would be dire.

Well folks it's Friday and time to shake the dust of the week off your boots.  Whatever you decide to do this weekend, do it with a light heart and a smile on your face. I know I will.

90 comments:

  1. So it eats like a panda, and absorbs poisons from weeds like some butterflies?

    Nice.

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    1. No it eats toxic mushrooms and acquires a venomous bite.

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  2. those things are awesome! just the right mix of fluffy cuteness and vicious death =)

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    1. That's the idea, they draw you in with cute and then they kill you!

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    1. You've got to buys some Ferret, they're so cheap.

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  4. Hello Anne
    Very funny models ;) , great paint .
    Slainte!

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    1. Thank you Vincent. Looking forward to seeing your lady painted.

      Slainte!

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  5. I just hope it wasn't the hippies that found them. Unless this is how hippies came about.

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    1. No, something far more hideous that hippies come about!

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  6. They are wonderful and I love the colours

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  7. Hi Anne,

    really some nice miniatures and a jolly story. I'll go into my weekend with a smile.

    Thank you
    Monty

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    1. I'm glad to here that Monty and Thank You!

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  8. Ouch, they teeth could really hurt. Blood may surely spurt. Those mushrooms sound like quite a trip, I hope they gave that god some lip. The cat would never do such a thing, he'd ignore them altogether haha

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    1. No, you are not the god that created them, but you may have meddled a bit just for spites sake. You and your half brother don't exactly get along!

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    2. haha meddling I can do with ease, I'll give those furry things fleas.

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    3. Fleas wouldn't survive on these little guys. The toxins soak through there fur and kill the little bastards!

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    4. Hmph I guess I will have to break out the toxic poo and see if that works. Although it will prob come off as fertilizer for them and they'll multiply like gremlins or something.

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  9. Hola Amiga
    Que panda mas cachonda,molan un monton,muy buenos esos ojos
    un saludo

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    1. Gracias a mi amigo.

      Me gustan los ojos también.

      Slainte!

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  10. Nice set of models there Anne, great work as always!

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  11. Such fun little figures. I like your background for them.

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    1. I sculpted the mushrooms, they were so easy to do and fun.

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  12. Superb I love the one with the open jaws very scary amount of teeth.

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    1. I had fun painting that mouth and those teeth. Good practice for my Dragon.

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  13. They really are cute and well painted cailin, what big teeth you have dear!

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    1. Does this mean we're not fighting anymore?

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  14. Sounds like my kind of critter! So if you lick their bellies do you start tripping? I'm gonna start hunting these things. Because if I find one then I know there must be some magic mushrooms nearby!

    I love these things, their so cute and fluffy! In a fearsome sort of way!

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    1. You don't want to go near these little guys Dan. You'll change, but not in a fun spanky sort of way!

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  15. They look like evil Flumps! Look at Fran trying to kiss it, when he's in your bad books!! tsk tsk!

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    1. I should have named them Posie, Perkin and Pootie!

      You see how he does me Ray. First he's nice to me, then he's mean to me, then he's nice again. Ties me in knots he does. It's men like him that caused me to marry a foreigner!

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  16. Wow, I used to doodle something like this when I was in grade school. It's like it came to life. Also, "Soon all the Bushwoolies began eating toxic mushrooms and enjoyed feeling groovy." Nothing wrong with that! Hope you have a great weekend too.

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  17. A fertile imagination and extraordinary colors, it is really a great job ... even if they are not edible ...I know I am repeating myself, but yous blue colors are impressive!
    All the best,
    Phil.

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    1. Thank you Phil. I love colour, I really do. I'm slowly building an Orc Army and I'm going with Foundry because I can paint them a vivid teal. No grey orcs coming out of me!

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  18. I do love me Booshwoolies! They're the sweetest protectors of nature and the best inhabitants of gardens. I'd love to rule an army of Bushwooligi Exampaniti!

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    1. They also need protection from Men who have no respect for nature. The poor little things just trying to maintain the balance in their ecosystem and along comes Man and throws it all into chaos. You may be the ruler of the Bushwoolies darling.

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    2. I will protect them with my penguin, coon, possum and merecat squards, darling! And I will put Smurfs on alert too because they patrol in our forests.

      I've just made you the most beautiful Christmas banner, Annzie :) And I also made you a Christmas background too if you want me to give your place a festive makeover :) Will talk to you about it at Face :)

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    3. Just wait till you see what the horrid humans try to do to these little guys! Encroaching on their territory with their villages and garbage and trying to kill them as pests.

      Ooooh I was wanting a Christmas makeover!

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    4. I think that I have some hobbits-friends and Great Ents to help them!
      "Save the Bushwoolies Shire!!"

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    5. Great Ents could help us too in protecting the little Bushwoolies, but they're terrible to convince into a fight :)

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    6. yes! but don't forget that I'm a Hobbit!

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  19. So cute! Until those teeth get ahold of you.

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  20. I guess I won't be adding any of those to the cooking pot. I like what you have done with them. You might bring the blue highlight up a little bit more right on the top and maybe it the very edge of the teeth with a little ivory to make them pop a bit more. But they are fabulous!

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    1. I thought I had them light enough until I took the pictures and then found I have to go even lighter. That's what's missing on the teeth. I'll do that Kris as these guys are going to be seen again and I want that mouth to stand out.

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  21. Moral of the story: do drugs, kids. It ensures that the human race will live on! ...too bad that's not necessarily a good thing.

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    1. No it's not a good thing, but they won't listen to me. I think alcohol is the single biggest contributing factor to the population explosion in the human species!

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  22. Ah...a beautiful specimen of an odiferous, cobalt blue, spikey toothed little monster. Appropriate painting using an Anne's Attic color scheme; and a humorous character description to stir up the imagination!

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    1. If my imaginary world collided with your imaginary world, the results would be splendiferous!

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  23. Love the background story. Good job on the teeth, nasty little buggers, hope they don't mate with the MP Rabbit!!!

    Ian

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    1. The hybrids they'd produce would be horrendous!

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  24. Great looking models. Nice back ground story too :-)

    Jason.

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  25. Anne these are excellent, love the story and where do I find me some of them shrooms I need a bit of a lift :D

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  26. They look quite cute, like tribbles but with teeth. Lovely paint job.

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  27. I for one find this concept amazing Anne, absolutely fantastically painted pieces too, very impressed with the mammoth progress you've made in this.

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  28. Great work!!! those little things sure are cute but deadly... Just goes to show that you should always make sure the mushroom you eat is safe.... or atleast not that toxic

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  29. I think I could seriously hang with the Bushwoolies. I mean, they are a bunch of stoners, and stoners are laid back and fun! And they are pretty adorable too!

    Have a great weekend...I expect a full report from your kitchen!! xo

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  30. Nice Anne!
    Lovely Bushwoolies !
    I'm sure that the encounter between humans and the little woolies would be an epic story!

    Congrats Anne!

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  31. You can just see the joy and fun you've had in painting these, absolutely lovely Anne. Have a great weekend, my good lady.

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  32. Very cool, cute and dangerous critters Anne. The painting is wonderful too!

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  33. Highly original Anne, looks like something I smoked once :):):)

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  34. Anne, thank you for bring us every once in a colorful fantasy world!!!!

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  35. Whatever these things are , they're very cute!

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  36. How interesting Anne to weave the words with your beautiful creations ~

    Nature does have a dark side, so men better beware of these creatures ~

    Have a lovely weekend Anne ~

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  37. Just adorable and I love the story behind them

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  38. I think it's not the dark side of evolution. For me it's a very colorful side of evolution. You did a great job Anne! Wonderful.
    Regards
    Bruno

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  39. now that is a set of teeth....omg...ha...see i knew you needed to watch these guys...a cool story you came up for them as well...gotta watch where those shrooms transport you...smiles..

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  40. And that's why you should never judge a book by it's cover! Such an innocent looking creature proves it's bite is worse than bark. I love how your story is progressing, Anne.

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  41. I kinda wish these things existed. Cute little dangerous things. I like the detail you put into the story! Made me feel like I was reading Animal Planet.

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  42. Hi Anne! I am visiting you now. Its been awhile... anyways, that photos looks funny!

    Thanks!

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  43. The dark side, but the colours look lovely. Excellent!

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  44. I agree with Brian - that's some serious teeth on that creature!

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  45. I love the open mouth Bushwoolie in particular. As an owner of Venus Fly Traps, I wish I had a few of these around my house. Not so much for flies, but door to door salesmen.

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  46. It's darn cute, until it opens its mouth. Great colors, especially the eyes.

    xoRobyn

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    1. They're quite loveable until they're threatened, then watch out!

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  47. A shroom munching furball... I love it! Totally one of the coolest character you've done.

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    1. I loved these little dudes when I saw them. Also they're sculpted by one of the most famous sculptors in America-Tom Meier who in my opinion rivals the Germans and the Spanish in his abilities.

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  48. Annzie, I've noticed you have troubles with the background, you must unclick the tile option, the background should be stretched all over the screen :) I've made it that size for you so that the edges would fit the ends of your main bars.

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    1. if this doesn't work (and I reckon it doesn.t since Blogger allows only a very small size of pics) I will send you a HTML code for the background which you will copy and paste into a HTML box somewhere in your sidebar.

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  49. Those are...definitely out there...nice work on the colors

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  50. Lovely painted "bushwoolies" Anne! I find them cute!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://www.peterscave.blogspot.be/

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