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Cacique Caribe09 Dec 2007 2:09 p.m. PST

Check out this photo:


I thought that this give some a few ideas on how to spice up their games. :)

PS. Yes. I know. Pterodactyls were not really dinosaurs.

Space Monkey09 Dec 2007 2:20 p.m. PST

I'd play that!

Chocolate Fezian09 Dec 2007 2:23 p.m. PST

Were these pictures taken on the Mysterious Island?

Cyrus the Great09 Dec 2007 2:24 p.m. PST


I first saw some these pictures on the old "Freaky Links" website after the T.V. show of the same name. Your link is better.

Cacique Caribe09 Dec 2007 2:33 p.m. PST


Here is the prop after they were done with the tv show promo:



Mick A09 Dec 2007 3:24 p.m. PST

Hmmm, the Perry's are bringing out 28mm plastic ACW and I have a few dinosaurs in about the right scale…

YoursInaWhiteWineSauce09 Dec 2007 9:32 p.m. PST

Thats great! Thanks CC!

Yours in a white wine sauce,

Cacique Caribe09 Dec 2007 10:18 p.m. PST

What background would you have for such an encounter?

Would you do a sudden invasion of the US by dinosaurs or would you have a few units of ACW troops "transported" through time via the Bermuda Triangle?


Space Monkey10 Dec 2007 12:09 a.m. PST

A young Dr. Miguelito Lovelace is messing about with his trans-temporal gate generator and ends up swapping a whole section of Louisiana with a primordial swamp… he then continues to travel around country creating pockets of time-swapped terrain… stuff from a variety of different eras.
That's how those mastadons go on the White House lawn…

Patrick R10 Dec 2007 12:30 a.m. PST

I always thought that Dinosaur Canyon was discovered later in the 1880's, the so-called Gwangi incident.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2007 8:20 a.m. PST

I'd say they were discovered by the Reb soldiers who fled to South America.

kahunna14 Dec 2007 11:06 a.m. PST

While not exactly ACW I have run Dinosaurs vs. The 7th Cavalry.

The Sioux found a lost valley full of giant creatures and found that by raising them from eggs, they could tame and use in war a variety of horned dinosaurs (Dollar General specials). This helped balance out the advantages the 7th Cav had with their steam-powered Gatling-armed cycles. They also sold eggs and young to various traders for repeaters and ammo (Dinos bring a pretty penny from European zoos).

I even through in a rule that only Indian horses could stand the smell of the Dinos (this allowed me to mix the two different makes of 25MM Cavalry I ended up with – the smaller are on Indian ponies).

11th ACR14 Dec 2007 5:43 p.m. PST


Stavka14 Dec 2007 7:03 p.m. PST


My dear man… why ever NOT? : )

Captain Crunch14 Dec 2007 7:44 p.m. PST

Hey kahunna, what rules do you use for that game? Sounds like fun.

kahunna15 Dec 2007 12:34 p.m. PST

I used Gaslight.

The Dinos had 2 or three wounds and a low (4 to 6) Vehicle Save (which meant that most rifle fire wouldn't wound them). They had to be accompanied by four Sioux warriors (who couldn't carry guns because the Dinos didn't like the way the smelled). Firing at a unit of one Dino plus minders meant you hit the minders on a 1-4. No minders caused the Dinos to go wandering off randomly (they wouldn't attack the Sioux but couldn't be controlled by then either).

To help out the 7th Cav I gave the sargents double barrelled muzzle lodaing 6 bore (gauge) elephant guns. The old style elephant guns were not rifled, so only musket range, but they penetrated better and did two wounds. If a cannon was used any hit would have been a kill.

Hundvig Fezian15 Dec 2007 1:46 p.m. PST

Seems to me that Ragnarok (the SFSFW magazine) had a scenario revolving around the Union army trying to hunt down the Confederate brontosaur mascot, who went by the name of Dixie.

No doubt the well-known German love for military dinosauria stems from the ACW period as well. What with all the dinos running around during the War between the States, all those "observers" over here had plenty of opportunities to see them in action. That had to have influenced the desire for African colonies (best source of megafauna, you know), and the successes of the "Kaiser Rex" training program during WW1 led to Nazi experiments to produce a legion of Ubersauri later on.

YoursInaWhiteWineSauce15 Dec 2007 2:14 p.m. PST

Obviously you are a gentlemen of some resource Hundvig, such information is hard to come by…

Naturally the popularity within the Prussian Aristicracy of ultimate big game hunting in the Saurian reserves of the Dark continent reinforced this popularity within the ruling and military elites. You can also see the influence of dinosauria in the nature of the bipedal steam walkers which dominate the Prussian Land Ironclad Corps.

Covert Walrus19 Dec 2007 4:40 a.m. PST

Well, Hundvig, with the advent of gay marriages we may well see Nazis again riding dinosaurs, as Princess Clara predicted . . . :)

Seriously, nice idea for scenarios, making the big assumption that dinos would both survive and remain unchanged until this time period; a more interesting take would be to have adapted dinos such as in "the New Dinosaurs" or from Spec World involved in the fray . . .

Hundvig Fezian19 Dec 2007 10:43 a.m. PST

You can also see the influence of dinosauria in the nature of the bipedal steam walkers which dominate the Prussian Land Ironclad Corps.

Ah, yes, the "Grimlock" series of combat striders. Fine examples of German engineering, and highly effective when properly supported by the Mk VI "Swoop" steam ornithopters and the various S-series quadruped walkers.

RabidFox20 Jan 2008 7:11 p.m. PST

Is not this whole idea the subject behind Goodman Games' Broncosaurus Rex game?

Cacique Caribe20 Jan 2008 7:28 p.m. PST

So cool!


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