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surdu200512 Feb 2019 5:53 a.m. PST


I recently completed these two tripods that I purchased a couple of years ago.

See more here:

cybrt5412 Feb 2019 9:41 a.m. PST

Great job!

DyeHard12 Feb 2019 9:53 a.m. PST

I have always loved this vintage style of the tripod walker:


Buck, do you recall who made this kit/miniature?

DyeHard12 Feb 2019 10:02 a.m. PST

Found a nice DIY site for this style:

Ended up looking like:


surdu200512 Feb 2019 10:17 a.m. PST

I don't recall the manufacturer, but I'll look and see if I can locate it. They came in pretty nondescript white boxes.

surdu200512 Feb 2019 10:20 a.m. PST

Found them! Ironclad Miniatures. See them here: link

They also have some other suitable quirky-looking vehicles.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2019 11:45 a.m. PST

Very cool.

They don't make any sense on Earth, but they look cool. What were the conditions on Mars that gave an elevated target on long legs military value? Do they not have rope, nets, or holes on Mars for entangling the legs? Do they not have direct fire weapons that can take advantage of the easy target presented by the body of the tripod? Do they have very tall trees, or very tall rock formations, that make the body not tower over the landscape?

A fight between tripods probably starts with them blasting each other's legs. Whoever knocks out a leg first can then destroy the fallen tripod easily.

Aethelflaeda was framed12 Feb 2019 12:44 p.m. PST

The extensive swamps and wetlands of Mars make such legs quite useful.

surdu200512 Feb 2019 12:47 p.m. PST

As I recall, in the War of the Worlds book, the Earthlings did take out one or two of the tripods with towed artillery pieces. That's when they started using poison gas.

In general, I am not a fan of large stompy robots and walking vehicles, as I think they are overly expensive, so the cost-benefit still favors wheels, tracks, and MAYBE hover cars. Still, there is nothing so deafeningly VSF as the classic Wells tripod.

Winston Smith12 Feb 2019 7:25 p.m. PST

Yes. They are indeed impractical.
Now go out and defeat them. grin

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2019 9:52 p.m. PST

Very nice indeed!

bobspruster13 Feb 2019 2:30 p.m. PST

Long legs are handy dealing with all those canals on the home world. But I wonder what started the war? Was it the missing space modulator?

CaptainDarling13 Feb 2019 3:16 p.m. PST

Great work, nice Tripods!
I like Ironclad Miniatures range of figures/vehicles…

von Schwartz24 Feb 2019 7:19 p.m. PST

OMG!!!! The space modulator!!!!!!!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2020 9:18 p.m. PST

Those looks good…!



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