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Turning the Tables, v1.0 by pilsator Turning the Tables, v1.0 by pilsator
In post-Soviet Mongolia, ornithomimid kills you (if you're a tyrannosaurid)!

Inspired by the last line of this LITC post. I'm sure my skill is nothing compared to Niroot's, but the idea sounded fun. Idea courtesy of Dave Orr - so this pic is dedicated to him. Who also brought along the soundtrack for drawing it.

An adult Gallimimus bullatus - a 6 m ++ ostrich mimic standing as tall as a human at its hip - kicks a very young Tarbosaurus (yeah, it's not a half-arse Adasaurus ;)), who has come too close to the ornithomimid's chick(s), into nowhere. Turning the tables, and showing just how damn big Gallimimus was. I will probably update it with a bigger, ~5 m Tarbosaurus subadult though.

The Tarbosaurus baby's right hindlimb is partially disarticulated from the hip joint, right where the ornithomimid kicked at, at the moment I "captured" in the drawing. Making more complete contact with its body, it probably bashed in several ribs of the unfortunate young predator and maybe parts of the sacrum, ripping the backbone at hip level, not to speak of internal injuries. Ostriches can kill lions with kicks, so go figure what's a kicking 1000 lbs ornithomimid is gonna do to a tyrant chick a whole order of magnitude smaller.

I certainly agree that ornithomimosaurs need more love. That's why they're widely present in the very small sample which is my dA artwork.

Refs for the adult Galli by Scott Hartman, for the juvenile Galli by GSP, for the baby Tarb by Ville Sinkkonen.
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Dinopithecus Featured By Owner Edited Oct 16, 2015
"Ostriches can kill lions with kicks"

Not only have I never seen a scholarly, reliable source that substantiates this claim, but the claim itself just sounds highly extraordinary and exaggerated. So I'm highly skeptical of this notion.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I'm afraid that might be true, because all I could find was anecdotal stuff when I actually went to check that claim.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you mind if I use this Gallimimus as a ref? 
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. Just credit me, and go ahead.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, thanks :)
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NinjaMonkey38 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is awesome to me for two reasons: 1. The "In Soviet Russia" joke in the description. and 2. Your drawing skills FAR surpass mine. Also, I love how the Mama Bear trope is used here!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks!
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NinjaMonkey38 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem.
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool idea for a pic. If I may make one comment: the tarbosaur baby would likely be rather bent at the moment in time depicted here, especially when kicked so hard.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Algoroth! Yeah, I see that the tarbosaur would probably be a writhing mass of whatever, but didn't know how exactly that would look. Part of the reason I opted for a different scene.
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Don't worry too much about how "exactly" that would look. Poor thing looks like it's getting its spine busted. The skin would go floppy at the point of the kick and it would travel along the body. The baby's body would also be bent around the foot, with a quite severely noticeable kink pointing away/opposite the Gallimimus' foot. Also, the baby's tail would likely have writhed/curved like a snake. Not quite as flexible, but it definitely would whip around. Remember, even though a reptile, the tarbosaur would be in agony.

Don't worry too much about whether the baby's skeleton could normally have bent in the manners described; a kick like a half ton ostrich could deliver would likely make it do what I described. Give it a shot!!!!
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Deinowilly Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So bautiful this scene, i love the dinamic it is, but i miss some background wich in my opinion would make the whole scene much more beautiful.

And i totally agree that ornithomimosaurs need more attention, they're awesome.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!

I suck at drawing any kinds of background. However, as this drawing is not the end of the Galli vs Tarb deathmatch, there might be one with a background ;)
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
KickAss! Always loved ornithomimosaurs, they deserve more attention and this is one hell of a drawing that gives 'em justice!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Smnt!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Waaah, I don't believe it; I've been beaten to it again. I knew this would happen. :XD: :giggle: I've just been working on something myself -- though my version is once again sadly of the absurd kind. This is wonderful!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, then I'm truly stoked to see your artwork in its full absurd glory, sir :)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Here it is in all its ridiculousness. >_<
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally awesome! And bonus Chatterjee points for a _climbing_ ornithomimosaur :D
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Durbed Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Really nice concept. But why not a Deinocheirus kicking the butt of an ADULt tyrannosaur? :P
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acepredator Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Or better, killing an adult tyrannosaur.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, and besides, I _really_ dislike drawing such fragmentary creatures, although I certainly agree on the intrinsic, barely fossilized awesomeness of Deinocheirus.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe because Gallimimus could have been damn close in size to Deinocheirus? I actually try to do various versions, with an ever-bigger tarbosaur getting its ass handed to it.
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Durbed Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Just a suggestion! but on the other hand, maybe "smaller" ornithomimids could be a better choice since a lot of people asume they were puny and defenseless, while Deinocheirus is perceived as, well..a monster (which most probably was, perhaps larger than Tarbosaurus).
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Right now, I imagine several adult Gallis mob-attacking away a more or less adult Tarbosaurus from their offspring, goose-style. Hope one of them pecking at the predator's kicked-in face wouldn't be too far off, but I think I should rather be glad for once having a more or less new idea in paleoart :D
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Interesting. Why all the worry about IF a dinosaur species might have done something? Unless you're going WAY off the posibility of reality, I see no reason to suppose something could not have happened, especially with the likelihood of flocks of dinos like Gallimimus. Geese can be nasty, and here we have dnos that could have kicked a lion's head off or close to it. Mob dem tarbosaurs!!!!
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pilsator Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, that's pretty much the point.
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Yes, yes, yes! Butt-kicking ornithomimosaurs at last, and Gallimimus gets its due. Awesomely wonderful stuff.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, Albertonykus!
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
You're welcome!
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marcoornithodira Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Poor baby (or chick)! I've read that estimates put Gallimimus up to 8 meters in length, so the Tarbosaurus itself could be reasonably big.

Interesting drawing anyway. I might steal the idea at some point.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
After seeing what it looks like now, I'm actually playing of the idea of re-doing it with a ~5 m teenager tarb. Also read about the 8 m estimate, but would love to know which specimen this is based upon.
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marcoornithodira Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The specimen is IGM 100/11. The estimate is from the Beishanlong paper (Makovichy et al., 2009), Andrea Cau mentions it here [link]
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, thanks!
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marcoornithodira Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I actually thought of doing something similar when I read that post.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hooray for LITC becoming a paleo meme factory then ;)
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