The Nandy Duke, discovered on Venus in 1919 by discredited biologist, Sir Hubert Remington Nandy is famed for its vivid pink skin pigment and delicately subtle patterning.
Quite the show-off, this skittery little tike is like in many ways to Earth's own pompous exhibitionists, the butterflies.
Flittering and gliding from bough to branch, these sordid sky sluts seem to be mocking us from on high with their oh-so pretty patterns and colouration.
Yes, very important I'm sure, 'look at me - I'm oh so exquisitely pretty and perfect, fluttering majestically through the air like Trampy McWind Prostitute!' they seem to cry.
Well not this one anyway. It's dead.
But that shouldn't matter to you, because 50 of these preposterously rare beasties have been secured and presented for your appraisal within a finely wrought wooden frame, against a supremely high quality art paper stock.
Immaculately prepared, this high quality specimen is the second in the series of fantastical insectoids from the Universe of Dr Grordbort's, hand made by the world class artists at Weta Workshop.
The Nandy Duke was sculpted in 2009 for display at The Exceptional Exhibition in Chengdu in China by long-time Weta sculptor Jamie Beswarick, who was instrumental in sculpting both Gollum and Kong and who has put his name to a long line of Weta collectibles. Greg Broadmore has served as the art director for this piece. The interest has been so widespread that we cannot withstand the pressure any longer.
Weta paint virtuoso Dordi Moen painstakingly puts every single hair in place and applies the fabulous pink colouring. Only when it has been approved by Greg Broadmore and Richard Taylor will it be passed on. This rather lengthy process is repeated for each of the only 50 pieces made. Please note that in the photos on a black background, the Duke is back lit and perhaps appears more luminescent than when it's mounted in its frame. For the most accurate colour reference, please refer to the photo of the mounted specimen.
The finished specimen is then moved to Weta's woodworking area where it is mounted and framed behind perspex in a solid wooden frame before it's carefully packaged and prepared for shipping straight from our workshop into the hands of the international couriers that will bring it to you. The whole process from order to shipping will take up to a month as these are made to order.
As you can tell - no effort is spared to ensure you receive an outstanding piece of art. We're doing this the Weta way.
In the pink
The specimens all have quite obvious individual markings, demonstrating their genuine provenance,... Read more.
The specimens all have quite obvious individual markings, demonstrating their genuine provenance, and are finely displayed in a sturdy case. Firstly, lets discus the case. It is made of real, sturdy wood (none of your Venusian Worm Wood here), with a very nice finish, and it feels solidly made. It has two brass hangers attached to the top, and a perspex frontage, which I imagine seals in a Venusian atmosphere to maintain the sample in peak condition. As such, the case cannot be easily opened.
The case is surprisingly thick, to house the specimen comfortably. It has a small plaque made of imitation metal with the Grordbort's logo at the bottom. The rear of the case is sealed with heavy parchment-type paper, and stamped, numbered and signed by Head Lackey Broadmore. The paper shows the signs and stains of either aging or incontinence.
The actual specimen is handsomely mounted on quality paper, with the specimen name and the person who collected it (Sir Jamie Beswarick) written in copperplate, and a tasteful stamped golden Grordbort's logo.
The sample is mounted in place by a sturdy pin, although suspect some glue behind the wings may be involved as well. Perhaps the pin is just to ensure it really is dead.
The pin is placed through the central metallic-blue coloured section of the body.
The description by Dr Grordbort's is: "The Nandy Duke, discovered on Venus in 1919 by discredited biologist, Sir Hubert Remington Nandy is famed for its vivid pink skin pigment and delicately subtle patterning." It is definitely very pink, but with electric blue highlights, and white stripes at the base of the tail. Even the five eyes have a pinkish hue.
Below the body are what can only be described as "pink furry parts", a striped area coated with fine pink hairs. These surround what may be a tube-shaped entrance to a cloaca-like organ.
Below these furry bits is a complex tail, which consists two wings and blue coloured appendages, also coated in fine pink hairs.
The splendid spotted wings are the main feature of the Nandy Duke, each one having a unique pattern of spots. They seem slightly translucent as well. Like the tail, the wings also have many fine lines in their surface, and prominent veins.
Finally, atop the wings are a pair of subtlety coloured metallic blue antennae.
All in all, I am extremely impressed by the Nandy Duke. It is beautifully modelled, painted (by Dordi Moen) and presented, and is much more impressive in the flesh than I expected from the images. I never thought to buy one before, but I may now be on the hunt for a Xenodefugio Subtilis!
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