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Wells - Martian Fighting Machine by KingOvRats Wells - Martian Fighting Machine by KingOvRats
The first and most iconic of Martian machines. The giant tripods were used as a primary offensive force using Heat Ray for direct attack and poisonous gas for exterminating the population/resistance in larger areas. The long metallic tentacles were used for catching human victims which were then employed as food by the Martians. The victims were kept in the large metallic "basket" on his back. 

The most distinctive part was likely the head of the machine, which was on multiple occasions likened to a hooded man's head, hence the design. Overall, my take on it is supposed to invoke the images of Grim Reaper, from the hood shape to the ribcage/bone-like structure of the central body. 

Apparently they are made from an advanced amelinium aluminium alloy


1/8 of the WOTW series I am making. 
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ByRobF Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi KingOvRats! I'm working on a podcasted reading of The War of the Worlds; could I use this as part of the episode cover art?
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018   Traditional Artist
I do not mind it at all, as long as it is a free, non commercial project. Just be sure to credit me :)
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ByRobF Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I have given full credit in the post and image!
www.robf.com.au/2018/02/07/war…
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018   Traditional Artist
Excellent.:D
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EEEnt-OFFICIAL Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Very Ted Backman-esque. Good work. :)
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018   Traditional Artist
Quite distinctive style. Thanks.:)
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EEEnt-OFFICIAL Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha it is. No problem!
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PJ-K21 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017
I love this redesign of the Martian Tripod, I'm a huge WOTW fan, I have both the 1953 and 2005 movies on DVD, and have both versions of Jeff Wayne's Musical versions on CD.
I always tried to make my own unique tripod design as a kid, but it would always look too similar to other designs, maybe I should try it again.
There was one sketched design a couple years ago that I was quite proud of, but the sketch got lost throughout the years. ^^;

The tripod had three segments like an insect body, the head was long and oval shaped, with long beetle like pincers on the front that housed search lights, the window would resemble an organic eye, and antenne that looked like whale balines (I hope I spelled that right) stuck out from the back of the head, from which the black smoke would vent out from.
The middle segment of the body would have all the tentacles of the tripod, and a bulkier tentacle that housed the heat ray.
And the lower segment/abdomen would have the three signature legs, they'd start out thick and would get thinner and slender as they went down, and would end in 3 mechanical claws that looked like crows feet.

My description probably makes it sound cooler than it really is. XD
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017   Traditional Artist
Maybe its the good time to make your own WOTW series?:)
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PJ-K21 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017
Yeah, perhaps, I've been kinda unmotivated and stressed lately because of some real life problems, so this could be something to take me out of my drag.
I also found out about a dutch legend/myth, but I think it's also known in other cultures, it's called "Dwaal lichten" or wandering lights, and it's about these small lights that appear in forrests and swamps after midnight, nobody knows what they are, some say they're the spirits of children who haven't been baptized, and lead people to lakes or rivers for them to be baptized, others say they lead people to treasure, others say the lights are from the devil, trying to set travelers on the wrong path, their appearance also seem to change, sometimes they appear as just a light, other times a person holding a lantern, and other times they're a complete building that glows in the dark.

Sorry if I was rambling on, but I'd thought you might find this interesting. ^^;
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! Not sure about exposed organics tho.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017   Traditional Artist
Nothing here is organic :)
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not even the cage?
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017   Traditional Artist
Yee, all metallic
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O
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Imdraproc Featured By Owner Edited Dec 5, 2017
Cool pic that combines the organic and mechanical in a deliciously Giger-esque manner. It also brings the mind to octopi, phasmatidae, and carnivorous plants (or indeed, a hooded man's head, with a fleshy/metallic basket on his back) which is particularly nice compared to the more rigid, stilt-like attempts I've seen from others who've tried making their own art of the WotW's Martian fighting machines. Your WotW art is excellent! 

It is admirable, in a brutally practical way,  to have the aliens not wasting any useful organic matter. Too bad for them that earth-germs turned out as well for them as a Conquistador with smallpox did to the Aztec Empire, eh? 
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017   Traditional Artist
Yeah, that was intendes :D thanks!!
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
VERY alien-looking! :)
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017   Digital Artist
FANTASTIC design  Clap 
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Kaifeii Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Reading this book right now, I love this interpretation of the tripods.
Amazing work as always. -b
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thanks, I hope you will like my other stuff in this series.:)
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shockaLocKer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
amelinium
aluminium
aleluminium
allullilluminaminum
alleminemomillimenum
aleleielele-

F*ck
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017   Traditional Artist
I wasn't expecting someone out of Poland to notice xP You see this is one of the classics of Polish internet, a scene where some guy explains to his friend that he needs a special paint for aluminium... and notoriously misspelling it as amielinium not even realising that he's making a mistake XD (and swearing a lot XD) www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8lnCA…
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
ariloulaleelai X3
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017   Traditional Artist
 "You can't paint it, that's fucking amelinium" www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8lnCA… XD Polish internet classic :D
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, i see now XD
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shockaLocKer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
AMELUIMINIELELELELELELEL
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Xenovolve Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Looks cool
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thanks:)
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Clone-Artist Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool! :)
Also, you quite nailed that bit of description that martian machines looked more "alive" than their creators. :)
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017   Traditional Artist
Well, it was meant to look like the Reaper so not so alive xP
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JorgeLoArt Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks awesome, poor little stickman must be scared
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017   Traditional Artist
Yup, he sure is :D
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dang! Cool design. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you!:)
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017   Traditional Artist
:D
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AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Student Filmographer
WOW awesome
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thanks:)
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AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Student Filmographer
your welcome
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single-leg Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Go Martians! Take over the earth! Humanity has proven unworthy!
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017   Traditional Artist
Well, martians attacking another planet on a large scale without some prior space program to check what conditions would be there also don't seem very worthy XD
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single-leg Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
Nobody's perfect!
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AntivsArtlessPage Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always thought that 2005 movie's Tripod design was the best one. So glad to reconsider now! Your version of the iconic alien death machine looks way creepier because of its quasi-biological appearance. If we also consider the time in which WOTW was written, and we imagine such a "demon" from the stars ravaging the human world, then it makes it all the more frightening.
Your creativity and originality never cease to amaze!
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017   Traditional Artist
I hope you will enjoy my take on the other pieces of martian technology as well.:) Thanks!
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DiplodocusDinosaur Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful. The biomechanical look of it is simply gorgeous.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Oreeaak Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Look kinda organic.
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