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Cacique Caribe24 Apr 2018 10:46 p.m. PST

Anyone know?


The enlarged eyes look interesting to me. If the figures were sculpted with a shorter or rounder tail and had smaller claws (capable of holding weapons), they might make an interesting naturally-armored adversary SF species for 15mm.

Don't you think?

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Dezmond25 Apr 2018 1:38 a.m. PST


Suggests it is from the 1942 edition of Astounding Science Fiction.

Says the stories in that issue were:-

Breakdown (Jack Williamson)
Mechanistria (Eric Frank Russell)
The Invaders (L. Ron Hubbard)
Second Stage Lensman, part 3 of 4 (E. E. Smith)
Soup King (Colin Keith)
Fugitive from Vanguard (Norman L. Knight)

Dezmond25 Apr 2018 2:03 a.m. PST


Would imply the picture is from Mechanistra by Eric Frank Russel. The lobsterish creatures and the protagonists have been captured and scheduled for dissection by the machine inhabitants of a mysterious planet.

It apparently doesn't occur to the rigid thinking machines that someone might attempt to escape captivity, and the lobster aliens feel it would be immoral to do so. Our hero's have no such limitations!

JimSelzer25 Apr 2018 2:12 a.m. PST

where do you find these pictures with no background info?

Cacique Caribe25 Apr 2018 2:13 a.m. PST


Thanks to your clues I found it is from the second story, Mechanistria:


Thanks so much!

Oops, you beat me to it. Thanks again!

Cacique Caribe25 Apr 2018 2:16 a.m. PST

Jim Selzer: "where do you find these pictures with no background info?"

I Googled Pulp SF images, selected line drawing, and lots of the ones that pop up are Pinterest images with nothing else to really go on.

I think that's how I came across that one. I've been glancing at SF sketches all night.

I really need to finish the two "crustaceans" I started sculpting last year. I hope they are simply lost in one of my bins and not gone with the flood.


Old Wolfman25 Apr 2018 6:43 a.m. PST

And where's Prof. Zoidberg? ;^)

advocate25 Apr 2018 6:57 a.m. PST

I'm disappointed the picture wasn't from 'Soup King'

emckinney25 Apr 2018 8:11 a.m. PST

You can also go to, drag the picture from this page into the search field, and see what pops up. Reverse image search is incredibly useful.

I use it with BoardGameGeek a lot, for an odd purpose. People often write posts. and embed images from their personal galleries. When I go to look at the image, I may find another image, for another game, that looks very interesting, but there's no caption or other information to find where it was used. With Google image search, I can track down the post it's in and read that or find out more about the game.

Cacique Caribe25 Apr 2018 8:31 a.m. PST

Wow! So that's how it's done?

I'm going to give that a shot.



Cacique Caribe28 Apr 2018 11:05 a.m. PST


It works on most pictures so far. It still beats asking about each one. :)

Thanks again.


Legion 401 May 2018 8:03 a.m. PST

I think I saw something like that AT Red Lobster …

Metryx08 May 2018 1:08 p.m. PST

About this…

had smaller claws (capable of holding weapons)

Part SF part Reality, a society of lobsters would include other crustaceans and develope his claws as tools or weapons, so many kinds of claws could ve possible.






So they could perform activities depending on their kind.

Cacique Caribe08 May 2018 7:10 p.m. PST

I just noticed that Eli from Loud Ninja Games was working on something like those guys back in 2012. I wonder if he ever got to produce it.




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