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Verunas Pigmentary Diversity by Rodrigo-Vega Verunas Pigmentary Diversity by Rodrigo-Vega
At this point I probably have more drawings of verunasi than any other creature either real or fictional, but none of them clearly shows how they are colored.. thing people even in the studio have asked more than once.
The Verunas were an extremly ancient race by the time they meet humans for the first time, having been around building civilizations on diferent planets for some good millions of years. Theresicne they have achived a wide degree of diversity, covering a couple of species, a good bunch of subespecies and a miriad of ethinicities.
Insolation on distant planets and an often genetically-driven society, has lead them to divesify in as many colors as canaries.
The patterns and colors found on the verunas includes, but is not limited to, those show on this picture and any combination of them.

Made to build up backstory for the upcoming MMORTS game Novus AEterno by Taitále Studios.

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:iconmeylek:
Meylek Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know which I like best! They're all so good.
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Nicolethebomb Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love the albino :D
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:iconlieutenantmatt:
LieutenantMatt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist
Way coo!
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Roflhoundx Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the albino and black and white.
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SteampunkSoldiers Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These are amazing looking creatures! I absolutely love the smoked gold.
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2KAD Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Absolutely love these - thinking of starting a Tyranid army in Warhammer 40K - this is a perfect reference sheet for me for colour schemes, as I actually want them to look mildly realistic rather than using an outrageous colour scheme.
I particularly like the Cardinal Red, and also the Calico - Great work! :D
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Haotaus Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
So this is what they look like awesome! :D
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jonkiser Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What can be said-but-, "WOW!"
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Chardor Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
hmm, how exactly their eugenics include skin patterns interrests me, consdiering they cannot see in the traditional sense. wouldnt colours be meaningless to them?

also i wonder, how will we be represented if one chooses to play a veruna in game? Will we get one of those portraits weve seen for the humans?
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great question! color display is not limited to the perseption of the wearer, many completely blind animals have striking color patterns (think deep sea creatures of bright red and shifting colors). Verunas were small on their home planet, but grew to be dangerously armed (with technology) so it makes sense that much like poisonous small animals on earth they would display bright colors to avoid an unwanted fight with giant watching predators.
Evolutionary explanations aside, from a cultural perspective verunas are well aware that other species can see the chromatic spectrum. They have long since developed the technology to do it themselves (much like humans have infrared goggles and X-ray devices) they can implant into their bodies and connect to their nervous system. The device and implants are not expensive or rare (you will see plenty of concepts with eye-like deviced or implants)and their cultural attitud of leting other races know how superior they feel has led them to favor some interesting color patterns enhanced from their evolutionary hue.
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lxblack Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This info is mentioned ingame too right?
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:iconchardor:
Chardor Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
i start to like the vernuas, at first ive pictured them as beeing "not caring" for the little races. i mean it would kind of make sense since the verunas are physically, intellectually and technologically superior to the other spacefaring races.
But it seems they go in a rather interresting direction.

I supose they would look down on any other racer that does not perfect their genetics such as they do. then again. Could be an interresting dynamic with the aceans. woudlnt that be a natural inspiration for the verunas? since i heavily doubt that they would have any moral obligations to... anything.

as for the eye like devices. One of the forum avatars has some contraption strapped to its head with spheric attachements, is that such a thing?
Im interrested in the cultural perception of those, reading the canon on the firstborn. Wouldnt using this technology be considered as a sign of weakness by the verunas?
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Alislam274 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
how does your mind conjure such fictional creativity o_0

...and does it have eyes?
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
No, they see throught echolocation and infra-red.
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Katarjana Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
It feels like koi colors. LOL It goes very solid with the plating of the creature. :D
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I used coi and cat colors for main inspiration.
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:iconkatarjana:
Katarjana Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Wonderful! It looks very natural and realistic. :heart:
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mar16cris Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
taking in account the anathomy, i would see them with blue tons to be honest, maybe some purples and reds, maybe some green in the mixture.
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TrixieRyuu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I couldn't decide which is the most beautiful
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Paletero-J Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love the piebald
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Hardvaro Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Solo por curiosidad: tienen aspecto de ser animales corredores, como felinos o perros, pero esos tentaculos tienen toda la pinta de ser un estorbo para correr. Si es que corren, que hacen con ellos mientras tanto?
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
En carrera para espacios abiertos los mantienen ligeramente extendidos con una cruva abierta a cada lado usandolos como contrapeso.
Imagina un movimiento similar al que los canguros y guepardos realizan con sus colas al saltar, pero a los lados del cuerpo. Son asi animales muy estables incluso a grandes velocidades, ya que la cola cumple una funcion de balance igual y contraria del otro lado del cuerpo.
En espacios mas cerrados u obstaculizados los tentaculos pueden contraerse ligeramente y enroscarse en una espiral a cada lado del cuerpo ocupando asi mucho menos espacio.
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Hardvaro Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Ya veo... ademas asi les basta con hacer un minimo gesto para engancharse de un latigazo a lo que sea que van persiguiendo. Bien pensado ^^ (Lo unico que me descolocaba es que incluso comparados con la cola parecen mas bien languidos, flacidos, no tienen aspecto de poderse mantener erguidos ante sacudidas asi. Supongo que las apariencias engañan).
Por cierto, me acabo de fijar, (despues de esto te dejo en paz, lo prometo) para que son las "alitas" que tiene en la espalda?
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
exacto!
Bueno, la robustes de los tentaculos es una de las cosas que varia bastante segun raza y especie (de forma similar a como lo hacen las tenazas de los escorpiones por ejemplo) pero debajo de la piel esconde una estructura muscular notable, similar a la de las trompas de los elefantes, que fueron de hecho la inspiraccion original y con las que guardan mayor similitud que con el tentaculo de un cefalopodo... Por lo tanto son instrumentos capaces de tener precision y sutileza, asi como una fuerza considerable.
Sucede claro, que en muchas de las razas más civilizadas, estos apendices perdieron gran parte de su fuerza bruta como instrumentos de depredacion en favor de la practicidad y destreza más necesarias para crear circuitos de computadoras.
Las "alitas" son justamente eso, los verunas descienden de criaturas voladoras y las alitas son organos vestigiales. Estoy tambien pensando en hacerlas tambien el centro olfativo del animal. Es facil imaginarlos extendiendolas al viento para captar algun aroma pasajero o agachandose y posicionadolas planas al piso para ayudarle a seguir un rastro.
Pero nunca se lo conte a nadie..
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Hardvaro Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Ya veo... ademas que tenerlos a los lados es perfecto ya que les basta con hacer un minimo gesto para lanzar un latigazo y agarrarse a lo que esten persiguiendo. Bien pensado ^^ (Lo unico que me descolocaba un poco es que, incluso comparados con la cola, parecen mas bien flacidos, no tienen aspecto de poder mantenerse erguidos ante sacudidas asi. Supongo que las apariencias engañan).
Por cierto, acabo de fijarme (prometo que despues de esto te dejo en paz), que son esas "alitas" de la espalda?
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Innerwolf88 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not against non-anthropomorphic intelligent creatures, but I'm not completely sold about them being smarter and more technologically advanced than humans.
Evolution of high intelligence and technological thought can be easily explained on relatively weak, unfit creatures like the human ancestors, but I can't see it happening on such a fierce, physically gifted species.

For example, Aliens (from the movies) could be labelled intelligent (to a certain degree), but they don't have any technology, as their physical adaptation and prowess avoids any need for the evolution of it.

That's just my opinion, by the way!
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are right in theory! however you have not seen their homeworld. They are comparatively small and feeble in a world of super-beasts, much mightier than those of the terran mesozoic period. As firce as they would look on one of earth's biomes, in their own planet they were little more than the equivalent of a shrew.
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Innerwolf88 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's all the incentive they need for evolution to make it's magic ;)
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deskridge Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Cool!
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm so happy to see ethnic diversity in a nonhuman species! Kudos to you, sir! It would appear that the Verunas practice a pretty strict genetic maintenance policy; i.e., no radical speciation allowed in the dominant race. Since your text indicates that there's wiggle-room for that edict, I'm interested to see what adaptations to other environments have done to the species and subspecies you've mentioned.

I hope you share that information with us sometime.
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jbodwell80668 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
how do verunas see?
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Echolocation (the melonh in the forehead) and electrosensitivity (the protunding thing in the lower jaw)
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jbodwell80668 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
thanks
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firestars-hunter Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
coolio~!
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StygianEmperor Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Brimstone's pretty good. I'm glad these intelligent xenos aren't humanoid.
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labgnome Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
First let me say I love how you are giving the Veranus comparable diversity to the Humans, this is something I find rather rare in sci-fi, I hope this is continued with the other species.

Secondly, I want to say I live the strikig colors on the royal blue.

Thirdly, given the somewhat metallic tones, is it meant to imply that the Veranus have some kind of different biochemistry from Humans?

Fourthly, given the domestic cat theme, you forgot Siamese.
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LostHellAngel Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love the Melanistic, brimestone, Black/white, and Silver blue!!! THEY are So AWESOME!!!!
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dderyubtaeb Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I love the royal blue and cardinal red! so cool!
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Greenfox21 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
TOO MANY GOOD CHOICES ! q.q...
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Sweetness.
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shaoran100 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
brimstone-cardinal red-calcio
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TURNIP-SLOP Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm a big fan of silver-blue :)
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SaucyLobster Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
These are lovely, I have a particular fancy for the smoked gold and brimstone varieties but as with many aliens melanistic (black) is a very sleek choice.
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Haaloe Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love tri-colored animals, so the calico is definitely my fav... beautiful work, keep up the awesome thoughts! :D
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RiPaSi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Very good concept :D
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flaketom Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Super!
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
An albino, and a black and white, with extra cheese! To go.. Nice creature.
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Toby-Phealin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I really want one as a pet. Can I have a pet one? please?
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Seeing as they are smarter and usually more technically advanced than us and own a long tradition of enslaving other sapient races, I think it's way more likely than they would have -you- as the pet instead.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Vicious. ;)
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