I went on a minor manticore kick a while ago, but managed to produce only one satisfactory picture before I lost interest. Different sources say different things about the manticore's tail (whip-like with spikes, mace-like, or scorpion-like), and I've seen pictures of scorpions with tiny, spiky hairs on their tail, so I decided that that was probably the best compromise. Some legends say the manticore is always to be found grinning from ear to ear, but mine has a little smirk on his face and a twinkle in his eye. I'm guessing this is the moment where he first spots his prey, BEFORE he breaks into an evil grin. I'm sorry if the quality of the image seems a little out of whack: I was having some scanner issues.