Gisby's Gaming Blog

September 25, 2019

SPACE 1889: Wild Men of Mars

cavemartians1

SPACE 1889 has various races of Martians, each a distinct branch of a common evolutionary tree. There are Steppe Martians, and Canal Martians, and the bestial Kraag Martians. In my campaign we also have the primitive Wild or Cave Martians.

Unlike the other races on Mars they are hairless, with large skull-like heads. They are also unique in having long, pendulous wattles, resembling human beards. (This has led to anti-human propagandists claiming that Humans are related to the Cave folk.)

cavemartians3

The Wild Martians have been forced to live in the worst parts of the most uninhabitable areas of the planet. As a result, to many Martians, they are a mere folk-tale, of savagery and cannibalism.

But they are fierce warriors, armed with stone-tipped spears and simple shields. They can be found as cheap cannon-fodder in other people’s armies, or fighting on their own behalf, trying to hold onto what land they have.

cavemartians2

The figures are North  Star ‘Steampunk’ Alien Tribal Warband. They are good sculpts, open -handed, and come in a random assortment of 10. Size-wise they match well with SPACE 1889 Martians, and their feet and ears suggest a common ancestry.

I could have tarted them (and their wattles) up with more war-paint, but was prevented by my lack of imagination.

I replaced the supplied weapons with wire spears, and used some Darkest Africa shields.

cavemartians4

They make for a frightening warband, and a useful threat to any party in the wilderness.

 

 

 

4 Comments »

  1. I like what you’ve done with these. I have the very same figures and have been trying to decide how to paint them.

    Comment by Randy Seybert — September 25, 2019 @ 16:24

    • Thanks! I do wish I’d increased the contrast of their ‘wattles,’ but on the whole I’m happy.

      Comment by gisby — September 25, 2019 @ 17:05

  2. Oh I do like those, love the white faces, scary looking bunch!

    Cheers Roger.

    Comment by rantingsfromunder — October 1, 2019 @ 12:58

    • Thank you Roger!

      Comment by gisby — October 1, 2019 @ 13:41


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: