“He is among the first to discover that the object is an artificial cylinder that opens, disgorging Martians who are "big" and "greyish" with "oily brown skin", "the size, perhaps, of a bear", each with "two large dark-coloured eyes", and lipless "V-shaped mouths" which drip saliva and are surrounded by two "Gorgon groups of tentacles". The Narrator finds them "at once vital, intense, inhuman, crippled and monstrous". They emerge briefly, but have difficulty in coping with the Earth's atmosphere and gravity, and so retreat rapidly into their cylinder.
Thanks to Wikipedia, eventually you probably need a protective suit, for any Martian expose to Earth’s atmosphere. A steampunk version of this “land octopus” with your sniper mini moving in for the kill.
They could try to repair it on the spot, or, tow/carry the damaged Walker. From the description of the Martians, as they leave their craft, to help their wounded comrade, Boom another sniper team goes into action.
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