Gisby's Gaming Blog

September 25, 2019

SPACE 1889: Wild Men of Mars

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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

 

 

 

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