Monday, October 05, 2015

Raptors in Spaaaace!

The Chuhuac
15 mm

A boisterous race of social carnivores who appreciate a good hunt or aggressive play more than anything, the Chuhuac had long been troubled by the suspicion that something was amiss with their origins.  Only once they developed the paleontological sciences were they able to confirm what several major religions had long argued - that while their species had inhabited their lushly biological world for eons, they did not originate there.  Their fossil record began abruptly about 65 million years ago, preceded by faint traces of a previous, unrelated early ecosystem.

Though first contact between humans and the Chuhuac was initially distrustful, it was still existentially stunning for both species to discover blood relatives across the vastness of space.  As relations improved, both species' scientists eagerly began to work together to learn how an entire ecosystem descended from Cretaceous fauna and flora came to exist on a world dozens of light-years away from Earth.

Although individually aggressive by nature, historical interludes of catastrophic internecine conflict have left the Chuhuac with a distaste for actual warfare.  Their military forces, like this pack leader and his troopers, exist largely for self-defense and to assist allies in ventures deemed ethically justifiable.


  1. It's nice to see feathers finally making their way onto 'dinosaur' miniatures.

  2. Great job. Bases also look great, as always. I love those sculpts. I like the back story, but I just can't help but make lizardmen as bad guys. (A hang over from my 1980s RPG days, I guess!)

    1. My fluff is a lot like Eli's, but mixed up with the background of RJ Sawyer's "Quintaglio" books (intelligent theropods living on a distant planet, seeded there by ancient aliens; good books). I do think it would be way weirder to find aliens related to us than ones that weren't.

      In my view (even as a vegetarian), predatory carnivores don't have to be evil... I mean look at humans. We can be pretty evil, but not necessarily. I do have lizardmen bad guys here too, the Kada. I've only painted one though. He was quite labour intensive.

    2. I wanted to avoid the usual trope of bad lizards. My intention in designing the Chuhuac was to create a race that was presented as a people and not an opposition.

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    1. Thanks! I didn't even Photoshop the shrubberies this time :)

  4. Good work!



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