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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Harook Feather Colours

I've painted my Harook up in a variety of colours for tailfeathers and coxcombs/head feathers to give them each a bit of individuality, and I've come up with a bit of nonsense in the way  of background to support the idea.

In the particular universe this bunch of agressive, willfully destructive bunch of chickenoids hail from, their natural feather colouring is a dirty off white, yellowish colour, a bit paler than their skin tones. At some time as they pass from juvenile to adulthood the Harook decides on a colour for their head gear and tail feathers and they dye them appropriately. The colour they pick is dependant on many factors, although the most predominant is the colours of individuals they admire or wish to emulate.

The tail feathers tend not to be same colouring as the coxcombs, the colouring of the coxcombs is chosen for logical (well as logical as a demented, murderous chicken can get) reasons while the tailfeathers are chosen for emotional reasons. However there are exceptions to this, as well as some individuals who chose not to dye either their coxcombs and/or tail feathers. There is also a growing naturalist movement who feel the need to pick fights on everyone else.

Harook are born into a society without human style family units, the eggs and hatchlings being looked after communally in each flock, so the colouring acts as a means of forming family like groupings within the flock. A Harook individual belongs to two familial like units, those matching colouration in coxcombs and/or tail feathers. As you can imagine this can lead to lots of petty violence and squabbling within the flock - this is regarded by the flock as a good thing.

Human anthropologists have likened the system to the system of chariot racing in ancient rome, with the supporters following the various coloured factions. Needless to say the Harook took offence to this and the next group of visiting human scientists were pecked to death.

There are no set colours, and a Harook could chose to pick any colour regardless of what other Harook choose, however the colours currently prevailant in Harook society are red, purple, light and dark blue, green and yellow. Harook also vary the shade of the base colour according to some insane theories mixing colour wheels and astrology.

Harook produced by Mad Robot Miniatures.


  1. Nice work, I really like how they've come out. The fluff is just wild!

  2. "Squaawwkk, squaaawwwwwkkk, squaaaaaaawwwwwkkkkkkk!" (roughly translates as: what a fine feathered brood you have there!)

    Great idea about the plumage

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    1. Durn, I tried posting an image of Foghorn Leghorn in my reply, but it does not look like the thread allows that, so I'll just have to say, "Ah say, ah say, these boys are looking purty cool there boy!"

      Are these guys going to be Irregulars in Tomorrow's War/Felon's of War?

    2. I think they need something a bit different to make them be more bird like, if I can implement some boid like flocking behaviour using modified morale rules so they have a realy sensitive fight/flee reflex might be good. Plus canibalism of course.

  4. Stay tuned for more Harook background nonsense...

  5. I came across your blog, saw these and thought, WTF? Not my bag but I love em.