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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 6:46 a.m. PST

My Classic Mars project has come back to life, which of course means buying or making stuff. Can anyone recommend some sort of fantasy/alien back beast to which a 28mm howdah might be attached? An ambush scenario with a princess almost requires one. (Yes, of course I can buy a brontosaurus, but the poor things only have four legs. It seems like cheating, somehow.)


bsrlee10 Jun 2019 7:36 a.m. PST

One idea – buy two (or several) dinosaur toys, cut into segments, glue and pins (made form nails), some putty and viola, multi-legged beast. Ceratopsians are more compact than Sauropods, and generally have a spiky head frill.

Tom Reed Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 9:40 a.m. PST

What about a turtle?

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 2:11 p.m. PST

A six-legged turtle would be blindingly fast!

phssthpok10 Jun 2019 2:49 p.m. PST

How classic are you trying to be? I don't recall Burroughs ever describing zitidars as anything other than "mastodon like" or "mastadonian".I've been toying with the idea of a walrus head and neck on a rhino/hippo/mammoth body.

altfritz10 Jun 2019 4:39 p.m. PST

Bronze Age Miniatures

The scale is 28mm but his Tharks are 54mm, to give you an idea of scale.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 7:01 a.m. PST

Thank you one and all! I am, if you will, only so-so classical. I tend to mix some Leigh Brackett and CL Moore in my Barsoom, and I'm not above stealing a custom, vice or setting from lesser lights. And no, ERB gives no description of Zitidars except that they're big, which gives me some flexibility. Alt Fritz, that thoat is truly beuatiful. If I ever had serious money, I'd buy a dozen of them. But it's so clearly a thoat I hate to use it for something else.

So a trip to a toy store today, and then it's off to the mad scientist laboratory. And some day, caravans will be trooping down the beds of dried-up canals.

altfritz12 Jun 2019 4:46 a.m. PST

Try the dollar stores. They have been showing off plastic dinos combined with paint sets. Dollarama has them here in Canada anyway.

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