||I've always had a fascination for the work of H.G. Wells, so I was interested in seeing how Skirmisher Publishing portrayed the Morlocks in paper miniature format from his 1895 novel, The Time Machine.
These paper miniatures are provided without explanation. If you're unfamiliar with Morlocks, they are the cannibalistic underground race that the Time Traveler encounters in the future. They feast on the Eloi, the more advanced race who lives above ground.
The miniatures consist of a set of 15 Morlocks. All the Morlocks have sickly pale skin, gray hair, and large, luminescent red eyes. Their description rings true: ape-like, with gray fur and large eyes. Some license has been taken with their clothing and weapons, but for the most part the figures are true to the source from where they were inspired.
The majority of the adult male Morlocks have sideburns and beards, with additional hair on their forearms and calves. The females have similar hair arrangements, including a beard. Although the Morlocks are portrayed in various states of undress, with the females topless, the lower groin of all the figures is appropriately obscured.
The first male Morlock wields a polearm with a flail dangling from it, clothed only in a loincloth. The second male has a wrench in one hand and a hammer in the other, befitting the Time Traveler's theory about the Morlock's working class roots. The third male is naked except for a shoulder guard and wields a weighted net and a looped pole – the better to catch Eloi with.
The fourth figure is obviously female, wearing only a loincloth and wielding a huge sickle. Another male is completely naked except for a wicked knife in one hand. The sixth figure is a female in pigtails (?) with another wicked polearm. The seventh figure, a female, carries a pair of manacles – the better for catching Eloi. If it wasn't clear that Morlocks are cannibals, the eighth male figure has an Eloi haunch dangling from a hook in one hand and a meat cleaver in the other.
The last of the medium-sized figures is problematic. The Morlock wields an arc-welding torch and visor. Thing is, Morlocks are afraid of fire. It's easy enough to exclude the Morlock from the set – you cut them out and assemble them, after all, but the fire-wielding Morlock is a curious inclusion in an otherwise faithful adaptation.
Four smaller Morlocks are also included, presumably younger versions. One wields a huge wrench, another chews on a hunk of meat, a third wields two hatchets, and the fourth has a pair of nasty-looking pliers. The second page has a variety of weapons, nets, and an Eloi leg bone. It also has two large figures, one wielding another leg bone and the other a polearm.
The subsequent pages include black-and-white versions of all the figures and instructions on how to put them together. The instructions are a little awkward; at times it alternates between "we" and "me" and concludes with "we go ahead and glue the join while we're putting the figures together."
Overall this is a great set of cannibalistic mutants for any post-apocalyptic game. With the exception of the one blowtorch wielding Morlock, they could even double as orcs or goblinoids for a fantasy game.
[4 of 5 Stars!]