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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2010 7:49 a.m. PST

Ok. I've got a challenge for you guys . . .

. . . and I'm widening the net to see if you Fantasy, Horror and other gamers may provide additional suggestions to this SF question.

QUESTION:

What miniatures are out there that would fit well as HG Wells WOTW Martians, in shape and size (when compared to a 15-18mm human), as he describes here?

"They were, I now saw, the most unearthly creatures it is possible to conceive. They were huge round bodies--or, rather, heads--about four feet in diameter, each body having in front of it a face. This face had no nostrils--indeed, the Martians do not seem to have had any sense of smell, but it had a pair of very large dark-coloured eyes, and just beneath this a kind of fleshy beak. In the back of this head or body--I scarcely know how to speak of it--was the single tight tympanic surface, since known to be anatomically an ear, though it must have been almost useless in our dense air.

In a group round the mouth were sixteen slender, almost whiplike tentacles, arranged in two bunches of eight each. These bunches have since been named rather aptly, by that distinguished anatomist, Professor Howes, the HANDS. Even as I saw these Martians for the first time they seemed to be endeavouring to raise themselves on these hands, but of course, with the increased weight of terrestrial conditions, this was impossible. There is reason to suppose that on Mars they may have progressed upon them with some facility.

The internal anatomy, I may remark here, as dissection has since shown, was almost equally simple. The greater part of the structure was the brain, sending enormous nerves to the eyes, ear, and tactile tentacles. Besides this were the bulky lungs, into which the mouth opened, and the heart and its vessels. The pulmonary distress caused by the denser atmosphere and greater gravitational attraction was only too evident in the convulsive movements of the outer skin."
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Thanks,

Dan
PS. For suggestions for larger figures (like for 28mm), see here:
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Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2010 2:16 p.m. PST

Black Hat?
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A few more tentacles could be added.

28mmMan Inactive Member25 Sep 2010 2:54 p.m. PST

18mm line but when you are talking about squishy types link Black Hat

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And there is this one, larger tan you wanted I think picture link Eureka

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Parroom Station link

spontoon25 Sep 2010 4:00 p.m. PST

Reviresco!

28mmMan Inactive Member25 Sep 2010 4:17 p.m. PST

Reviresco miniatures tin-soldier.com/tripod.htm

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2010 4:23 p.m. PST

How big are the ones from Parroom and Reviresco, when compared to 15-18mm humans?

Dan

28mmMan Inactive Member25 Sep 2010 5:08 p.m. PST

Dan they are squishies…sculpt it for yourself…after you finish your 15mm chupa and give him some equipment and a gun for a non-humanoid alien :)

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2010 5:06 p.m. PST

Does anyone have a comparison pic or perhaps could tell me how big are the Parroom and Reviresco ones?

Thanks,

Dan

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2010 10:31 a.m. PST

Here is a pic of 28mm game I did at Cold Wars '10. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vs Martians. Doing again at Fall in.
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One in front is Reviresco, back is Scheltrum. The latter is very plain but easy to build. The former is more detailed and a real pain to build with no instructions.

Here is a 15mm tripod. Eureka ad says 80mm high
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Would this work with 15mm.

The Parroom tripods are very nice, but small, a one "person" vehicle. Maybe perfect for 15mm.

kragon Inactive Member27 Sep 2010 12:40 p.m. PST

I'm not sure if the GZG ones are big enough for you, but here is a pic from Boromir and Kermit Blog:

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2010 1:39 p.m. PST

What about the actual Martians (not the tripods) done by Parroom and Reviresco? How do they compare in size with a 15mm human?

Dan

Personal logo Dances With Words Supporting Member of TMP Fezian28 Sep 2010 3:26 a.m. PST

@Bob and his dog, where did you get the SAUCER hovering in the background???? and was that part of the MARTIAN (tentacled) faction????

Slishfully,
Sgt DWW-btod

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2010 9:32 p.m. PST

1) I know these are supposed to be ships but, could they be used as actual HG Wells Martians instead?

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2) Also, would something 'like' this sell?

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Dan

Legion 402 Oct 2010 7:41 a.m. PST

That Reviresco kit is pretty nice !

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2016 10:39 a.m. PST

Sorry I never answered you, dances with words.

This is from the Bluemoon 25 mm range. It's the Renaissance saucer.

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It's part of the Martian faction, not mentioned in Wells's book, but I'm sure the Martians had something like that.

deflatermouse21 Oct 2016 3:44 p.m. PST

I would add to CC's original question
The Brain Collective from 15mm.co.uk
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or the SHM12 Tentacle Brain Monster. Reposition his tentacles to place him on the ground.
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also there was another question by CC about Martians from the 1950's movie War of the Worlds. Have a look at the HOF71 Triorbs
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Lastly, classic '50's Flying Saucer.
Reaper Bones
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