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Mooseworks815 Mar 2010 12:53 p.m. PST

Besides GW Kroot, what else would you use for native martians for a VSF game?

Battle Works Studios15 Mar 2010 1:09 p.m. PST

Parroom Station and Rafm's Space 1889 have them covered for me.

Chris Palmer15 Mar 2010 1:26 p.m. PST

Bronze Age makes great Martians too.

Pole Bitwy PL15 Mar 2010 1:28 p.m. PST

You could use some 1:72 plastics like the Italeri Zulu Warriors.

Mooseworks815 Mar 2010 1:40 p.m. PST

I thought about trying to do a conversion on zulus or native americans from old glory just not sure how to go about that, aside from painting skin a reddish/orange.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2010 1:45 p.m. PST

You can also use Skinks.

Battle Works Studios15 Mar 2010 1:59 p.m. PST

Lizardmen too. Both seem more Venusian to me, though.

Black Cavalier15 Mar 2010 2:20 p.m. PST

I just went with the skin color. Check out these directories:

Azuregs (Askari Mini's Touregs painted blue) &

Purplites (Foundry's Darkest Africa Tribal Musketeers painted purple)

I too will be using lizardmen & skinks too.

CommanderCarnage15 Mar 2010 2:23 p.m. PST

I use rafms space 1889 martians and parooms martians. RAFMs stuff is much more price friendly than Paroom station.

dick garrison15 Mar 2010 2:39 p.m. PST

Irregular Miniatures, Raymen might be worth a look….

goto 25mm Science fiction.

Cheers Roger

Mooseworks815 Mar 2010 2:48 p.m. PST

Nicely done Black Cavalier. You may have saved the day. Thanks for the link Dick G.

Greylegion15 Mar 2010 7:10 p.m. PST

They maybe expensive but I like Privateer Press Skorne.

Greylegion16 Mar 2010 5:30 a.m. PST

Something else you might try; Going with the "paint them different colors" theme, And depending on how techy you want them. Crocodile Games minis.

abdul666lw16 Mar 2010 7:06 a.m. PST

Within the 'John Carter' canon:
currently a few characters only, but… deserving a look!
Bronze Age 'We emphatically never read those Barsoom novels' look great.

Parroom and RAFM reflect more or less the S. 1889 canon (differing from the previous one mainly at foot level…).

In the 'John Carter' type but with some armor, there was a TMP thread about the use of Elves with a link to pics of (Grenadier) ones in action as Martian musketeers who really looked the part.
TMP link

Alternatively Crocodile Games 'humans' could probably be of use.

With even more armor, minis for Tekumel were also mentioned.
Then, Privateer Press: Skorne (infantry) link
indeed & other

Now, explorers from my own Imagi-Nation would nor mind to meet Maidenhead 'Babes' link or even 'Ferals' link -or Shadowforge Tribals, for that matter.

The 'skin color conversions' are another, very interesting approach thanks for sharing.

For me any lizardman birdman is from Venus, not Mars.

CaptMors16 Mar 2010 3:08 p.m. PST

Ironclad do a range of Martians based on the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic book , actually Im going to use them for a VSF Turkish force becuase my martians are Parroom although I intend to do a few different races from others mentioned above, however they would go very nicely with Black Cavaliers Azuregs (nice job btw)


Mooseworks816 Mar 2010 5:13 p.m. PST

Thanks Jean!

Allen5716 Mar 2010 7:08 p.m. PST

If you are looking at Barsoom martians. There are a lot of the clix figures from the Mage Knight games which work very well.

IRONCLAD????? Could someone provide a link please neither of the Ironclad in the manufacturers directory seem to make martians.


MiniatureReview16 Mar 2010 7:35 p.m. PST

If you looking for greys look no further.


I include both 15mm and 28mm

Skrapwelder Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2010 7:28 a.m. PST

Ironclad Martians.


The Gray Ghost18 Mar 2010 4:59 p.m. PST

Look more like Ottomans in space.

abdul666lw02 Apr 2010 7:54 a.m. PST

Crocodile Games 'Aegyptians' were put into good use in the past and the new ones TMP link certainly have potential.

A previous thread here about this very same topic TMP link had links to interestingly converted (ex-Grenadier, now Mirliton link ) Elves link .

J Womack 9405 Apr 2010 8:18 a.m. PST

Seperate from this thread, I was wandering through the Ironclad website yesterday. I saw the Martians and thought "How sad – not Martian at all. Look like sultans of Araby." Since I am looking for a Turkish force anyway, I may pick up at least a command pack of them.

I like the Sanwar models that Ironclad makes for deep desert Martians. Subterranean dwellers. Eventually, I want about 40 of them.

flooglestreet05 Apr 2010 4:24 p.m. PST

For a different look altogether try Zombies of the Stratosphere. Pulp figures has them here in the PWM weird menace section as zombies of the Ionosphere. In the Zombies serial, they were martians and not zombies at all.

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2010 8:54 a.m. PST

I just found these over on shapeways.


The best cephalopods I've seen yet.

28mmMan09 Apr 2010 10:22 a.m. PST

Best for savage Martians IMO would be the basic Kroot picture easy to modify and look great along with dozens of possible other additions/swaps

Best cephalopods, with out a doubt and without rivals picture and for related alieness picture

abdul666lw13 Apr 2010 11:37 a.m. PST

For sepoys, what about some Alternative Armies 'Napoleonic' Elves link
link ?

Despite their 'Egyptian' look, animal-headed Crocodile Games Aegyptians link would be great to play in that excellent 'quasi-Barsoomian' setting: A. B. Akers' Kregen under the suns of Scorpio (the Dray Prescot series) link (53 volumes).

28mmMan13 Apr 2010 3:35 p.m. PST

For red/black/yellow/white martians I would second the Bronze Age Miniatures lines…quite heroic and perfect for the style/theme IMO.

SheriffLee13 Apr 2010 5:59 p.m. PST

I use RAM Space 1889 Martians and made Green Martian from GW Space Orks.

Pictures jere under GASLIGHT On Mars


Knockman11 Feb 2011 9:42 a.m. PST

Apologies for resurrecting an old thread, but I seem to recall someone using 28mm Aztecs or Inca figures? I saw pix of painted conversions, and just know now I should have saved that link :o(

abdul666lw04 Aug 2011 1:39 p.m. PST

Maybe these:
though they may rather be 'humans' from Crocodile Games 'Gods of Aegyptus'?

relevant threads:
TMP link
TMP link
TMP link
TMP link
Tekumel minis were carried from eureka to the Tekumel Club and the range initially of warriors link is in full expansion with priests, civilians, slaves.. Often heavily armored, but suitably exotic.

Privateer Press (Hordes) Skornes link with their vaguely Japanese yet original look could also provide a Martian culture favoring armor. link

TMP link

Some of the Alternative Armies (quasi-human) 'Napoleonic Elves' could provide the basis, not for 'free' Martians, but for Askaris / Sepoys: specially the Dark Elves Light Infantry


For 'true' Martians don't forget the 'emphatically NOT Barsoomian' minis from Bronze Age


and Tin Man

Now I'd like to add the pleasant (cute, indeed) Reaper Andromedan Huntress


A lot of potential -not being less 'human' than Parroom Station S1899 Martians, Reaper 'Andromedans' could provide another Barsoomian / Martian species.
BUT the 'range' is restricted to *3* specimens
the Empress, her vizier and a single 'active' figurine. Given the ruler and the only 'armed' Andromedans are female, their society may be matriarchal?
Thus, with a *single* 'active' miniature (and not in a 'generic' / 'multipurpose' one, in addition), no way to build a whole unit / tribe of them, no way to play the discovery / exploration of the 'Martian Amazons Land' by your explorers or spaceshipwrecked crew.
One could think of completing them with Black Orc Games Donellas who look not that different

(the two series seem to be within the diversity range of any human population, giving them 'exotic' skin and hair colors would make them even more similar, excessive residual differences would be minimized by 'paint conversion' and 'high grass' flocking). BUT the weapons types are not very compatible, and chiefly the Donellas offer only *2* usable types.

Unfortunately the same applies so far to Calvalcade Amatz link As I remember the first description of Red Martians had them feathered, a feature no longer mentioned later (as for the ability of Green Martians to run on [not all!] four).


Now, I like the idea of MaidenHead 'Babes that time forgot' as Martian Amazons..
Readers can be obtained separately, allowing to mount them on 'Martian' saddlebeasts


abdul666lw04 Aug 2011 2:25 p.m. PST

To use Aztecs would make sense, the Red Martians as first described certainly had a 'Mesoamerican feel'.

As for Wells' Martians, the illustrations of the early editions of WoW did not show them looking like cephalopods ( octopus-like) at all, but as *jellyfishes* with two big eyes. Their tendrils obviously too thin and weak to crawl, even under the reduced Martian gravity; able only to manipulate buttons and knobs. Thus I suppose they are under normal circumstances set in individual mini-tripods (human [motorised] wheelchairs are basically built as human cars: WoW Martians favoring tripods as AFV would 'logically' use the same design for individual carriages).

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