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SPACEFUTURE: Mole People from Sirius!! Mortar Crew (Black Cat Smoggers)

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From the smoking, slagged warzones of New Xibalba, overshadowed by the mighty gas giant Kukulkan, come these scenes of the MOLE PEOPLE FROM SIRIUS!!
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Black Cat Bases can be justly criticized for various reasons, but they do have a few amazing sculpts about which I will hear no wrong, and among them are the talpid Smoggers. Look at these weird bastards! So much implied culture and technological history in such simple sculpts. They are the right size, stockiness, and cthonicity to fit the 'dwarf' niche in a spacefuture game. The emphasis on mittens, furs, goggles, and respirators, and the ludicrous blunderbusses they use paints a really vivid and unique picture. 
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Look at this fellow. What a perfect, Munchian encapsulation of fear, agoraphobia, anxiety, and alienation, all with no actual facial features. That's genius.

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Here's a set of three Tunnelers, the excavating labor force. Details on the hands indicate the claws are somewhere between gloves and prostheses. 
Again, what expressive body language! Timorous furtive, and unheimlich. You would be as scared of them as they would be of you. 

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Propitiating the Machine Spirits: 

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(Scatter terrain is found objects and glue, the rusty Zap Howitzer is a broken pin vise and watch parts--everything that looks like it should swivel indeed does!--and the Slag Crucibles are repurposed Tork paper towel roll spindles. Paizo flip mat is the planet surface.)

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Wonderful! Not just the painting and the scratch builds are great, but your descriptions and impassioned defense have resulted in me now wearing an amount of my morning coffee. (it's ok I can absorb it thru osmosis)

 

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Love the scatter terrain - and these figures are so rat like, yet porcine somehow - nice painting and descriptions

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These are DELIGHTFULLY silly creations; I love them, AND they did get a laugh. WONDERFULLY imaginative & VERY WELL DONE!

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11 hours ago, Iridil said:

Love the scatter terrain - and these figures are so rat like, yet porcine somehow - nice painting and descriptions

Thanks! They ARE very much pig-rats, now you mention it! I can't unsee it! :lol:
 

19 hours ago, Lord of the Dish Pit said:

Wonderful! Not just the painting and the scratch builds are great, but your descriptions and impassioned defense have resulted in me now wearing an amount of my morning coffee. (it's ok I can absorb it thru osmosis)

 

Hope your clothes are okay (or at least coffee-compatible)! ^_^ I do love these stubby little chumps, and do maintain that the sight of a 5' tall pig-rat monk with shoulders a yard wide and hands like Freddy Krueger took up construction work would make most of us soil ourselves, clownish though the sight may be.

 

4 hours ago, malefactus said:

These are DELIGHTFULLY silly creations; I love them, AND they did get a laugh. WONDERFULLY imaginative & VERY WELL DONE!

Thank you; that is high praise indeed from the master of imaginative weird miniature comedy! 

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