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As every space-cadet knows, life exists just about everywhere it can. Our spiral arm is just teeming with sentient species, Space Monsters, and things in between.
These silicious stalagmen, the Slishans of Titan, are probably in-between. They're from Hydra's Retro Raygun series, and their grumpy expressions and rugose crusts are delightful.
Meet Gak and Yurk:
And their colleague, Vork. Wait! Vork's got a gun! How did it get a gun? IS it actually a gun? Does it know how to use it--and if so, will Vork be a benevolent leader?
Last but certainly not least, Old Grandcestor One-Tusk. I got a Roper in one of those WotC random boxes, and then never used it for a year. So I got some Green Stuff and put lips, tusks, a tongue, and an extra pair of eyes on there.
What great spacebastards they are!
A wonderful piece of pulp adventure terrain, suitable for the Serpent Men of Valusia, the Yuan-Ti or Lizardfolk, or any game with dinosaur cults or a reptilian civilization. @Glitterwolf might find this useful--and it's a very painter-friendly sculpt.
For scale, we have a 28mm Kirangozi and a 32mm safari explorer.
If anyone looks qualified to declaim the Litany of ZAREK into an Omnicrophone from atop a golden hover-chariot, it is surely 62107, the Aeon Priest from Reaper's Numenera line. Look at this robed and jowled hierophant!
I feel like I should put more patterning on the robe, besides the Eye of Marduk. Any suggestions?
There was also a Githzerai Monk I got in a grab-bag some years back and never used. A quick repaint and a pair of chainmail rings later, and hey presto! an Imperial assassin.
And here's the landing party in total. If they need to conquer a *second* planet in the same day, they might ask for backup.
(A lot of alien worlds look like the southern California Desert; this is well-known.)
The Hype Priest spoke, his amplified voice shattering windows for blocks around.
"Who is like unto ZAREK?" he said, "Or who dares to oppose ZAREK?
ZAREK, the Ineluctable!
ZAREK the Subjugator!
ZAREK, the Undefeated!
ZAREK--merciful to his vassals!
ZAREK--cruel to the rebellious!
ZAREK of the Shining Hawks!
ZAREK of the Galactic Throne!
ZAREK the Ever-Living!
ZAREK the Conqueror of Suns!
Prostrate yourselves before ZAREK and live!
Surrender your abject planet to ZAREK and live!
Resist ZAREK and be swept from existence!
Glory to ZAREK!"
Any good spacefuture game needs an expansionist god-king with a cult army bent on planetary conquest, and Lord Zarek of Hydra's Imperials seem up to the task. I went with blue skin partly to emphasize them as aliens, partly to evoke blue-skinned gods and demons of multiple cultures (and also the Kree, various X-Men and Smurfs), and partly because I'd already used a lot of non-blue color schemes.
The green and gold and metallic red are garish, but garish in a way I could see Frazetta paint, or imagine from Buck Rogers or Ming the Merciless.
Zarek is seen here with his Psi-Mages, Nodens and Oannes.
Better views of the Psi-Mages:
Commander Shamash keeps the legions in line with draconian discipline:
Lugalbanda and Urartu, a pair of troopers.
They drop out of the sky, take over a world, run it for a few hundred years, and set off for the next one. No one is quite sure why, but most of the sentient species in this sector have a cultural memory of the blue conquerors that came from the sky at the dawn of civilization.
One such species, apparently very far advanced technologically, just up and *vanished* in the galactic recent past. Their ruined crystal sky-cities hung abandoned over a planet whose crust had been cracked into the familiar Eye motif. Glyphs a hundred kilometers long overwrote the main continent. Xenolinguists are still working on the translation, but have come to a consensus that one of the letter-groupings translates roughly to
Hydra's Robot Legion is fantastic. These are considerably taller than 28mm scale, and are big even on a heroic-scale standard.
These 'bots are how we learned tinkering with the First Law is a bad idea. Older models popular for security applications came with rheostats that would adjust "how harmful does a thing have to be to be Harm" and "how human is Human, anyway?" This allowed them to rationalize the use of nonlethal force to protect Earth (and Company) interests.
Hoooo boy. THAT was a lesson Earth learned in short order. Half of the Kuiper Belt is under the Moravec sphere of influence now.
Here is a Heavy Support Legionnaire on patrol with a Neural Inhibitor. Be prepared to prove you are, in fact, human. or it will shoot. Documents are not sufficient as proof.
And an Optio out with a Legionnaire on perimeter duty.
Their commanding officer, the Centurion (memetic viruses have become widespread on the outer settlements, and some of the robots have developed...eccentricities.)
And the entire hegemony under the literal iron fist of their gracious hierarch, Queen Mechanika.
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