A Right Pair of Weirdos

Here are two very early pictures from the world of Mortal Engines, done in '89 or '90, around the time I started work on the earliest version. The rather gamin Hester already has her scar, but it still looks like a bit of a fashion accessory; it got worse and worse in later drafts, and the steam-powered machine gun proved too cumbersome! I like her tattered coat-tails, though.. I wonder what the keys were meant to open?

The WOME was a lot more steampunky at that early stage, hence Shrike's iron topper! He ended up considerably more robot-like.