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Cacique Caribe19 Oct 2010 8:32 a.m. PST

Aptly named too.

They sure would make nice SF figures (with tech and/or primitive weapons), don't you think?



28mmMan19 Oct 2010 9:00 a.m. PST

Such pornography! Those aliens should be ashamed…cover your nodules! :)


Good looking aliens to be sure.

Yonderboy19 Oct 2010 9:05 a.m. PST

Nice design, and I love the "thumbs up with the native aliens" sketch for scale. Classic.

Farstar19 Oct 2010 10:01 a.m. PST

"Amphoran"? They're pot heads?

Cacique Caribe19 Oct 2010 10:20 a.m. PST

LOL. More like jar bods, I think.


Rubber Suit Theatre19 Oct 2010 2:12 p.m. PST

They look like a reimagining of the Edestekai, from the classic Star Frontiers Volturnus adventures. Not sure having one's cloaca so close to one's mouth is such a workable arrangement, though.

Cacique Caribe19 Oct 2010 2:22 p.m. PST

What do you think of it as the inspiration for a miniature range?


SirFjodin19 Oct 2010 2:39 p.m. PST

I love that you always inspiring sculptors. By the way chech these deviant art alien artist out:


SirFjodin19 Oct 2010 2:44 p.m. PST

By the way, Gas Giant Flying Creature, wich I drew many years ago :)

SirFjodin19 Oct 2010 2:48 p.m. PST

Some say I wish to sculpt this alien humanoid bird, I made in Spore

28mmMan19 Oct 2010 2:49 p.m. PST

I like the design.

Unlike many aliens, the Amphoran has a biological balance. Most times you find a five toed foot and a three fingered hand, two ears yet five eyes, etc.. Symmetry and commonality be damned.

I genuinely appreciate the sense of biology of this alien.


Perhaps the cloaca is misnamed and is actually a pyloric cecum or the like; radiated duct of the digestive tract producing digestive enzymes and also allowing digested food to be stored. Maybe a multi-functional pseudo limb, like a prostomial tentacle.

Oh course the assumption is that this alien is a non-efficient type that produces a large amount of toxic waste…perhaps it is as the saying goes "like roses"…or compact dry pellets.

Science is fun.

Covert Walrus19 Oct 2010 4:28 p.m. PST

Oh, that is terrific, CC! Nice symmetry, a good balance of differences with similarities to living things on Earth, and my personal favourite – NON-HUMANOID WITH CLOTHING! :)

Sculpt it, someone! :)

Legion 419 Oct 2010 4:34 p.m. PST

Well they certainly look like aliens … Nice work !

28mmMan19 Oct 2010 5:37 p.m. PST

"Sculpt it, someone! :)"

Waiting on the letter of intent, hopefully tomorrow. Working out the rights; just for the miniature form and nothing else.

Sargonarhes19 Oct 2010 5:40 p.m. PST

Isn't that kind of what the Rigelians in Lensman are supposed to look like?

tnjrp20 Oct 2010 2:00 a.m. PST

It certainly does look like a reasonably well thought out nonhumanoid. I would buy the miniatures for that, and twice the amount for a non-primitive version (-;)

28mmMan20 Oct 2010 7:42 a.m. PST

"Isn't that kind of what the Rigelians in Lensman are supposed to look like?"

Best I could find…"oil-drum of a body, the four blocky legs, tentacular arms, that immobile dome of a head, the complete lack of eyes and of ears" and a book cover link So, yes I think the Amphoran's make a great Rigellian!

Moonbeast20 Oct 2010 11:32 a.m. PST

"It certainly does look like a reasonably well thought out nonhumanoid. I would buy the miniatures for that, and twice the amount for a non-primitive version (-;)"

I'm with tnjrp on this one.

28mmMan20 Oct 2010 5:09 p.m. PST

Ok I have the basic ok to start…wants to see what they look like before grants rights…it is what it is.

28mm and 15mm

primitive and high tech weapons/equipment

and a 1/6th maquette

So my month(s :) is set in stone.

Moonbeast20 Oct 2010 8:28 p.m. PST

That's fantastic news 28mmMan, I hope the final product looks as cool as the pictures and both of you are pleased. I'd really like to add a platoon to my 15mm sci-fi forces.:)

tnjrp20 Oct 2010 9:34 p.m. PST

28mmMan 20 Oct 2010 8:42 a.m. PST:

I think the Amphoran's make a great Rigellian!
Apart from having only three thin legs, jointed instead of tentacular arms, no dome head and eyes on stalks (-;)

It's good to hear there's actually a chance these'll get made. Hopefully it won't end up an excercise in "I say jump, you ask how high".

I suppose you'll be starting with the primitive version as the artist likely will want to give input on the non-primitive equipment?

28mmMan21 Oct 2010 5:41 p.m. PST

I will be starting with the basic form and then adding elements that would be common between the lo tech and the hi tech…under garment, shoulder shawl (Skilt…shoulder kilt :), or the like…then provide alternative arms with spear and raygun.

Should be fun…the good thing is there are no managers or second parties involved.

I am getting a client of mine (marine electronics) who is a lawyer to write up a contract that protects the artist in question; so there should be no issues.

Cacique Caribe21 Oct 2010 6:21 p.m. PST

Does that mean I get a finder's fee?

Just kidding. Glad I had a small part in the attempt at bringing a creature from page to miniature.

I'll keep my eyes open for more such finds.


Cacique Caribe23 Oct 2010 9:10 a.m. PST

This sure looks pretty close:



Covert Walrus23 Oct 2010 1:36 p.m. PST

That's from a different book, IIRC. But yeah, apart from having eyes whcih Rigellians don't that is a similar body form.

28mmMan23 Oct 2010 3:12 p.m. PST

…started on the 1/6th model, the 28mm, and 15mm basic body…the mass of the body requires a consideration to the legs, I am working on a flared edge on the outside surface, this should give strength without beefing the limbs too much.

Cacique Caribe04 Nov 2010 11:40 a.m. PST

28mmMan: "started on the 1/6th model, the 28mm, and 15mm basic body"


Is THIS one of those Amphoran models, running away from 28mmMan's shop?

YouTube link


28mmMan04 Nov 2010 3:01 p.m. PST

I will post the WIP greens/browns as soon as the artist/IP owner signs his paperwork and gets them notarized…and gets the same to me :)

Work caught up and had me occupied but I have made progress.

If he doesn't sign or for some reason backs out, I will modify the form to make it new but still viable to the ideal.

Cacique Caribe18 Nov 2010 9:48 p.m. PST


So, how are the Amphorans progressing?



28mmMan19 Nov 2010 3:40 p.m. PST

I have armatures but still no permission…no return emails from the artist in question, I have moved on…the features are found in several of the miniatures I am working on.

Cacique Caribe21 Jun 2012 8:44 a.m. PST


Any progress with those other creatures you were working on, after the Amphorans were tabled?


28mmMan21 Jun 2012 5:58 p.m. PST

He has printed a book and is in the process of making a video/movie deal…so the answer was a clear "thank you for your interest but no".

Cacique Caribe26 Jul 2012 2:24 p.m. PST


What do you think of this fella so far?

TMP link



Ghostrunner27 Jul 2012 10:18 a.m. PST

Not sure having one's cloaca so close to one's mouth is such a workable arrangement, though.

The Hivers from Traveller used the same opening for both…

Dinner with a Hiver was said to be something less than elegant.

Farstar27 Jul 2012 1:36 p.m. PST

Yup. You won't get gourmet-class tastebuds with such a arrangement, but quite a few sea creatures do it. L. Neal Smith's Freenies also come to mind (best described in Nagasaki Vector, IIRC).

[Political warning sidebar: Smith is deeply Libertarian, and portrays a Libertarian utopia as his ideal human society ("Taxation!" is a common swearword). Nagasaki Vector doesn't beat you over the head with it, but several other books in that series *do*. My dear, lifelong Republican father, who kept up with my SF reading habit for years, wouldn't read these at all after a brief exposure in the first book. They are fun reads if you can disengage your internal political creature; if you can't, stay away.]

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