Sunday, July 24, 2016

Martian Figure Masters

I have recently completed the sculpting of several new figures for "Edison's Conquest Of Mars" and I thought I would share them with the public.
Charontis Empire
 The Empire takes up the majority of the land in the Western hemisphere. The Empire is bounded by Syrtis Major in the east, the Mare Acidalia in the north, and the Hydraotes canal in the west. The Charontis Empire resembles that of Imperial Rome in Earth’s history. The Empire boasts the largest army, sea navy, and air navy on the planet. Figure 1 is cavalry mounted on the Moa-nui. He can be a regular trooper, mounted officer, or Standard Bearer. Figure 2 is an officer on foot. Figure 3 is a foot soldier. The foot figures will also have a rectangular shield

 This city-state is similar to Earth’s medieval Japan. Figure 1 is an archer. Figure 2 is a spearman. Figure 3 is a leader/standard bearer. Figure 4 is a swordsman.

Domesticated Amnimals
Bumatak – This large mammal resembles an earth rhinoceros with a single massive horn. It is covered with a thick short hair. The bumatak has been domesticated and is used as a beast of burden, pulling Martian wheeled transports or simply loaded down with various trade goods.

Ibuezi – This animal is similar to a wart hog only of a giant size. In the wild it is very aggressive and territorial. If they or their area is threatened, they will attack regardless of the odds. The aggressive behavior of the Ibuezi makes it well suited as a mount for shock cavalry.

Moa-iti – This is the smaller cousin to the Moa-nui. In most aspects, it is the same as the larger animal. However, its smaller size makes it less suited for mounted combat. As a result, the Moa-iti is used by mounted infantry for rapid movements to the location where the troops will deploy on foot. 

Moa-nui – This giant flightless bird is a native of the Martian deserts. It stands 12 to 15 feet high, has powerful legs and the hooked bill of a raptor. It’s wings are vestigial and are usually removed on the domesticated riding animals. The Moa-nui is a carnivore, using its speed to catch up to prey then dashing out its brains with its heavy beak.

The Moa-nui is a fierce fighter in close combat. Its long neck allows it to attack humanoids with swords without exposing its body to attack. This gives Moa-uni cavalry a distinct advantage against foot troops and those mounted on smaller animals.

 Wild Animals
Mang-aso – These giant dog-like creatures roam the desert and marginal areas bordering the canals. They hunt in packs of 7 to 12 animals. They are cunning and usually attack by ambush, springing from cover and quickly mauling their unsuspecting prey.

Nepara Garnela – This strange creature lives in the forests of Mars. They appear to be some sort of arthropod, but of an extraordinary size.  The garnela’s exoskeleton has the same lighter than air properties as the Hewakuni wood which enables the creature to fly.

The Nepara Garnela is a predator that is known to attack large animals, including men. They sit up in the treetops and when potential prey passes by they swoop down from behind and grab the victim with its barbed tentacles and sinks in its teeth. If the animal is small enough, it will carry it back up into the trees to finish it. Otherwise, it tears off a chunk of the animal to take back to its lair.

Ahvasi – This seems to be a hybrid creature, a cross between a giant ape and a bear with peculiar features of unknown origin. The creature’s Legs are short in comparison to its body, resembling the hindquarters of a bear. Its long body, above the hindquarters, and its exceptionally long arms are distinctly ape-like. The head of this creature is very bear-like, but its long neck is anomalous to both bear and ape. In its normal “knuckle walking” posture, the Ahvasi stands about 12 foot tall.

The Ahvasi is omnivorous. Its main diet is made up of plants and berries, but this is supplemented with meat. They have been known to hunt in packs of up to 8 animals. Typically, they hunt small to mid-sized animals, but attacking Martians/Humans is not uncommon.

These are from the "Rough Riders On Mars" serial. They are: August Edgren, Laura Linton, Franz Boas, and Theodore Roosevelt.