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!

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Market stalls

In order to make our Martian settlements look inhabited some market stalls were in order. Just the one for now as it's a test for further versions but it turned out quite successfully.

The first thing to do was to make the frame for the canvas. The frame and canvas is a recurring theme throughout City Martian architecture (although I've yet to add canvasses to most of the completed terrain).

Once the frame was made the base was textured and painted as it would be easier to do this now rather than when the canvas was in place. A start was made on the merchandise table.This used some readily available 'goods' from various sources but the idea is to design something for the City Martians specifically and have them for sale.

Once the goods and table were painted I added the canvas using industrial white towel (an over the top name for some thick tissue) and gave it a wash of watered down pva and ink. It was given a quick drybrush once stuck in place and the vendors sign was made from paper and stuck on the front. A start has also been made on a larger stall and soon I'll also have several more on the go as they will help populate the City Martian settlements.

Here are the photos of the finished article. I forgot to take some pictures with a human figure next to it as it's quite large because our Martians are a good 35mm tall.