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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 7:32 p.m. PST

Well, under it.

Recent flooding in our neighborhood made me wonder about something creepy, specially after hearing reports of manhole covers being lifted up by the waters and people inadvertently falling into them. I'm told one person disappeared that way.

Anyway, imagine if you will … a planet tired and angry at the little human critters crawling all over it. So it suddenly evolves an entirely new species of flesh-eating "plants" to depopulate the heaviest urban centers.

But for it to go unnoticed long enough to make a dent on the population, the Mother plant and its buds must live under the cities they feed on, and carefully harvest the humans in the dark.

So during the day it lives in secret … under our very homes and businesses.

Would you paint the "plant" and its offspring in greens like you would a jungle plant? Or how would you paint it?

And would slimy manholes (don't laught!) be the telltale sign of an attack?

Dan
PS. Maybe I'm just trying to come up with excuses to build a replacement to the sewer terrain board I lost in the flood.
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War Monkey12 Sep 2017 8:57 p.m. PST

Yes build a new board! Plus post all the new additions you can add to it that the old one just did have!
Doug

RTJEBADIA12 Sep 2017 9:08 p.m. PST

Feels purple to me, possibly something more "fungoid" in appearance?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 9:52 p.m. PST

Fungoid! I didn't care about that a minute ago … but it's kinda starting to grow on me!

Dan

RTJEBADIA12 Sep 2017 11:05 p.m. PST

Ay, good one.

My thinking was that fungus is a good scary apocalypse-vector (Last of Us without zombies would still be a good frightening end of the world). But also, subterranean plants are rare, as most plants use photosynthesis.

That said:
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There is something spooky about imagining lots of little flowers growing through the cracks… slightly pink due to the source of their vitality.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 11:34 p.m. PST

RT

Whoa! Those have got to be some of the creepiest things ever.

Talk about inspiring too!

Dan

Prince Rupert of the Rhine13 Sep 2017 2:15 a.m. PST

Yeah don't paint them green. The green is caused by the chlorophyll, which plants use in photosynthesis, which requires sunlight which you don't get underground white is a more likely colour.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 2:40 a.m. PST

Prince Rupert

You are right. I will have to prime it white or yellow-tan, and then go with purples, blues and lots of translucent off-white glazes or something.

Dan

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 2:49 a.m. PST

The ones who have fed recently could have more reds.

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War Monkey13 Sep 2017 6:37 a.m. PST

Purple? Sounds like a good choice, How about a base coat of White followed purple with highlights of yellow.

Doug

By the way, does anyone makes a creature that looks like the one that Dan posted coming out of that manhole?

The Shadow13 Sep 2017 7:02 a.m. PST

There's a fungus among us?

Personal logo J Womack 94 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 7:05 a.m. PST

Dan,

I feel your pain on the flooding, as we have discussed elsewhere.

I appreciate how you are taking inspiration from all of this rather than feeling lost and overwhelmed.

Just to chuck in my tuppence, myconids (mushroom men) or fungoids in purple/reds sounds cool as heck.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 5:39 p.m. PST

Check out this stink horn fungus.

Dan

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War Monkey13 Sep 2017 9:00 p.m. PST

OMG! Could you imagine something like that bursting out of someone! huh?

Doug

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 2:30 a.m. PST

Doug

The octopus stink horn or devil fingers mushroom (clathrus archeri) is pretty creepy too.

Just imagine something like that bursting out of spores deposited in someone's lungs. Now imagine the spores coming out of sewers, manhole covers, pipes, etc. Ugh.

Dan
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 3:40 p.m. PST

Maybe, aside from a different painting scheme, the main evil flower could be affixed to a base surrounded by reddish or purple lichen and deep red static grass!

Dan

War Monkey14 Sep 2017 8:55 p.m. PST

Yup that is definitely the stuff nightmares is made of.

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