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i dont think starship troopers is a rip of off the Nids, simply because alot of people see aliens as bugs, even people who have never seen Nids. Also, its easy to make aliens into bugs because they are very organised and can therefor make terrific cinematic evil bad guys...
The GW staff at my shop told me that when the new Alien movie was out they sold many Tyranids...
actully star ship troopers = tyranids vs. impereal gaurd ;D
After Aliens came out the exo-skeleton, carapace, sleek dangerous look became the average representation/embodiment of aliens. So its only natural for GW to remodel their 'nids to match some of what we have come to expect and love as an alien look.
By basing the looks of armies on things we already have an image of through pop-culture, we can all connect and like the look of the armies.. somehow feeling that the models SHOULD look that way...
still everyone has their own thesis.
Actually, although the "Aliens" from Alien do operate under orders from the queen, you never learn that in the actual movies until Resurrection, you gleen most of that information from the books/graphic novels, which I own almost all of the books (minus one or two after I lost interest).Hive mind- Aliens and Nids are connected by hive mind
The only similarities that I can gather, were mostly from the first sets of models of the 'Nids by GW, but even they don't look too drastically similar in my opinion to make much of a connection.
That being said, and as I read most of the posts, most of you tend to agree that yes GW did take a lot of ideas from Aliens, why then would GW turn around and sue those that made Starship Troopers?
I can kind of see why, considering the book and the movie have only one thing in common, and that's the name. I don't recall at any point in the book them fighting "bugs".
But, you have to also look at the Starship Troopers movie; none of their stuff looks REMOTELY close to that of GW products. Not only that, there is no similar storyline other than the basic "Alien Threat to Humanity, Humanity responds by mobilizing armed forces to eradicate aliens". If they were able to win in a court case...*sigh* That's like, who is it, Donald Trump who is currently trying to copyright the phrase "You're Fired!" from his TV show or something (I believe it is Donald Trump). In other words, it's a greedy, already very wealthy man *coughandgwcough* trying to make more money be being nit picky.
If anything, the critters from Starship Troopers look like the Zerglings more to me, and then that's it for that connection. I'll admit the Troopers look slightly like Cadian IG, but...they didn't give them lasrifles or anything like that either.
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Church: "Ok, so we're agreed? You first!"
Sarge: "Get on with it, Griff."
Griff: "I'd just like everyone to know: that I suck."
Griff: "And that I'm a girl..."
Church: "What else?"
Griff: "And I like ribbons in my hair, and I want to kiss all the boys."
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Well Star Trek explained the similarities away by having the Next gen. episode where they find the "template race". It's the one where Piccard is pretending to be this scoundrel fellow and where all the races have to work together to piece the genetic puzzle thingy together...
I really don't mind seeing something being taken from somewhere else. As long as it aint directly copied or blatantly obvious.
But in SG-1, it's not the looks that concern me (they do have some races that are atleast abit different, the Asgard for example). What concerns me is that they all speak english...fluently. Hey i don't feel strongly on the matter, but it is pretty strange...funny though.
Your fluffraping hurts my eyes. - TehDarkPredator
I duno if this has been said yet, but how about Ender's Games and the bugger fleet.
The Buggers are Insectoid like creatures with no individuality. The queens of the bugger fleet controlled all actions of the lesser Buggers.
Ender's Game was a really good book.
Also don't talk about it like its stealing. It is all just imspiration. Like many fantasy games were influenced by Tolkien. And I honestly do not think Aliens was the first to have the idea of insectoid aliens running amok.
It is obvious that all these people where directly or indirectly influenced by real life ants and their way of life.
this is a little off-topic, but did you paint that 'fex in your avatar Bustin'Out'da'Carnifex??
is it posted on galleries?? I wouldnt mind seeing your carapace work and skin fading! it looks quite solid!