Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gashant Herds of Mars

Gashant Riders of the Boreal Cities

   As you can see, we have confirmation that some Martians have domesticated and appear to be riding these strange, bird-like creatures. They lack feathers, and have, in fact, a rather leathery grey-ish hide. Their legs are digitigrade, they are warm-blooded, oviparous and beaked all similar to a terrestrial bird's . They lack wings, and have only small, club-like forelimbs, which are perhaps atrophied wings. Earth zoologists have tentatively classified them as reptiles, but have not completed a taxonomic report on the species.

   The domesticated beasts seem to be used more in the newly-explored Boreal region of Mars, where they seem quite common. Pictured above in the photostat is a patrol rider of the city of Borea Major. The patrol our explorers encountered were quite restrained, obviously impressed with our advanced British technologies. It is hoped that our Viceroy will swiftly send a diplomatic mission to the Boreal Cities and enact treaties which will permit an exclusive trade between these advanced Martian societies and ourselves.

[Editor's Note: RAFM ( is the Canadian company responsible for the production of the official Space 1889 miniatures. Quite nice stuff, I have a lot of it.]


Eli Arndt said...

Straying from the true scale, are you? Those are pretty cool mounts though. Wish I could find some in 15mm.

J Womack, Esq. said...

Ditto. And I am no sculptor, so they are out of my ability to reporduce, honestly.

And I stray into the 25mm Heresy on occassion.

Eli Arndt said...

Hmmmmm...reaper has a fantasy Cockatrice that might be convertable or perhaps smallish raptors. Maybe I'll have a go at it. If it works, maybe I can get you a few done up if you have riders.

J Womack, Esq. said...

Riders I have, or can get. Heck, I can even mock up a saddle hump like I did for the rays.

For my 15mm Martians, I am using the Black Hat Martians from Scale Creep (

Eli Arndt said...

Is that a yes I should?

J Womack, Esq. said...

Yes. You should. It would be a Good Thing.

Help keep me from straying into heresies, if nothing else!