Mars is dying...

Mars is dying...

Not through fault or neglect or wicked reason, not even because of the Gods; though some would say this is so. Mars is dying because it is old.

For time beyond count, our world has floated with the orb of the sun god, basking in the everwarmth that it provides, the Martian brothers sailing around giving constant company.

The Ancients warned the death of Mars might be so. Long, long ago; before the Storm. It is said the Storm lasted for an age or more: I for one, do not believe this to be true even though the clan elders warn me against foolish words.

There are still some Ancient writings in the deep deserts for those who wish to learn and are willing to brave sandstorms and the creatures that live there. Most of our knowledge from before the Storm comes from stories told around the clan fires, told again and again, embellished ever so lightly with each clan teller so who knows what is true and what is not.

With each storm season, the Ancient houses and temples disappear and reappear so fast that is easy to loose them completely, Gods know how large their cites were or what final secrets they contain. Three whole clans have been lost searching for the chief city with no sign or call from them these long years past.

But now we have new troubles and concerns. The Earthers have come to Mars: to steal and pillage what they can and to take it away to their blue world. Curse them to the Gods! They have no right, no honour and no need to be here. Like parasites they come here destroying whatever they touch and leaving mayhem in their wake.

They must be sent back across the sky ocean to their blue world.

They must be stopped.

It must happen now!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

The toll bridge

As mentioned in the previous post, the canals of Mars are extensive and several of the major crossings are made via toll bridge.

This is the second piece of Martian terrain I've done with the first being the farmstead. It's certainly a large model and at the moment it's only a third...

As stated, the toll towers are tall, single structures with an attached small temple and are generally 'owned' by a single family.

The construction for this was the same for as the farmstead building but obviously on a grander scale, I was wanting to give the impression of an imposing structure and I think it worked. The ramp goes up to the reverse drawbridge and the passage goes through to a similar drawbridge on the other side which leads onto the bridge proper. The bridge and second tower still need to be made and when I'm better I'll make a start (after Christmas probably). 

I'm am working on designing a vertical ballista that the City Martians use for defence and we are also hopefully near to having the first City Martians ready for release.

I'll leave you with some pictures of the first toll bridge tower...

Thank you