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Personal logo Ed the Two Hour Wargames guy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Aug 2008 7:58 p.m. PST

Getting close to finishing off Larger Than Life, Pulps adventures from Two Hour Wargames and looking for ideas on what should be included the the way of people and creatures.

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Have quite a bit now but would like to include more. Ideas?

Thanks,
Ed

joekano Inactive Member12 Aug 2008 9:03 p.m. PST

How about:

a gorilla city
Garuda-like bird people
fish men (Lovecraft style or Amazon pirahna)
Shangra-La
mole men

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Aug 2008 9:04 p.m. PST

Are we talking figs, or characters?
For figs…
Wow…well…We always needs more "Sleezies"…you know…the guys wearing the suits and hanging out in alleyways waiting to sell you information or stolen diamonds…

I'd like to see more 1930's era Civilians…average joes…the ones that get caught in the mess…oh..and a bar with bartender and a band also…

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Aug 2008 9:05 p.m. PST

Oooohhh…fish men….

yes..and "devil men", too…and Angy Tiki Mask wearing natives…and witch doctors….

kyoteblue Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2008 9:13 p.m. PST

Hillbillys and Moonshiners.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Aug 2008 9:27 p.m. PST

There are things from Privateer Press's hordes line called Bog Trogs or some such thing that make great deep ones.

The Shadow12 Aug 2008 10:11 p.m. PST

Do you have all of the famous characters from the "pulp magazines", comic strips, radio programs and serials?

Doc Savage, The Shadow, Tarzan, G-8, Operator #5, G-8, The Spider, etc.

kyoteblue Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2008 11:40 p.m. PST

Pinkerton Agents and Union Strikers.

Grizwald Inactive Member13 Aug 2008 1:30 a.m. PST

"that make great deep ones."

EM4 Miniatures do some Deep Ones as well.

alex75713 Aug 2008 2:00 a.m. PST

For all of your Pulp hero needs:

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Hope this helps,
Alex

Kampfgruppe Cottrell Inactive Member13 Aug 2008 4:10 a.m. PST

Texas Rangers! Can't think of a cooler cop thin these guys.

Brian

Tom Reed Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2008 6:24 a.m. PST

Mystery men (and women).
Stoopid henchmen.
Boxy robots.
Comic relief sidekicks (Gaby Hays).
Abbott & Costello.
The Bowry Boys.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART13 Aug 2008 6:25 a.m. PST

Aviators are a good mainstay. Dashing pilots and trusty mechanic sidekicks Are mandatory mainstays. This would need rules for parachutes,fistfights on wings,wingwalking in general and all the shady aviation exploits of the earlies.
Mad scientists with appropriate era-specific pseudo-science.
All need approproate henchmen with their special incompetent reaction tables. Good scientists are dotty,clueless old geezers (rep 1-2). Manly undergrads with jodpurs and newly discovered fist fighting and revolver skills (rep 4-5).
Evil crime bosses and their minions are probably there already but they may be included in any incompetent reaction tables.
Planes trains and automobiles should be included. Not only in regards to time/motion rules but the mandatory embarking/debarking in innapropriate but heroic fashion.
Examples being the odds of getting off an aircrafts rope ladder onto the back of a speeding train/flivver. Probably this could all be conveniently stuffed into the same rules you use for jumping across roofs (pass only one die, try again at reduced odds etc)
I could go on but everyone is starting to nod off about now. I guess a few rule that cover anything is better than a lot of rules that don't cover what a player really wants or needs. ….should have just said that at the start, sorry.

Evil Bobs Miniature Painting13 Aug 2008 6:34 a.m. PST

BTW, nice work on the cover, Ed!

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2008 7:15 a.m. PST

Almost every type of figure mentioned above exists already. Among Copplestone, Murch, Blue Moon, Brigade, Foundry (natives in masks) there are all types you need: the gangsters and average joes, leaders and minnions, Pinkertons, flyers and mechanics, Hillbillys, Texas Rangers, side kicks, scientists, henchmen, Bing & Bob, mysterious and masked men, Dolls and Dames, and lots more. No Bowery Boys ( a nice pack for Murch) or Abbott & Costello or the 3 Stooges. Creatures abound too from Partha, and other fantasy ranges.

Tom Reed Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2008 8:49 a.m. PST

Yeah Bob, howz about doing a not the Bowery Boys pack. And while you are at it, how about a not Our Kids and not the Newsboy Legion too.

Doctor Bedlam Inactive Member13 Aug 2008 10:37 a.m. PST

Masked guys in mask, cape, .45 automatics, cape, fedora, and business suit.

Rocket pack troopers.

Mechanical men, both the seven-foot and seventy-foot varieties.

Terrement Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2008 2:02 p.m. PST

"Masked guys in mask, cape, .45 automatics, cape, fedora, and business suit."

As opposed to masked guys without masks?

Terrement Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2008 2:14 p.m. PST

Leopard women from the Tarzan movies.

Giant man eating plants.

Mentat / Magician in modern suit and turban

Waterfront toughs.

Reporters /photographers from the period.

The Yellow Peril – from Fu Manchu to Mrs. Mears

Cabbie

As for the cover, what self respecting pulp wouldn't have the damsel in distress about to be done in by (Giant gorilla, mad scientist, giant saw blade, Nazi Cultists, take your pick) as the hero is busting through the door and tangling with three mooks?

Mikeeeean Inactive Member14 Aug 2008 6:09 a.m. PST

Hellboy,and crew including assorted Nazi villains. JK

The Shadow14 Aug 2008 7:59 a.m. PST

>Yeah Bob, howz about doing a not the Bowery Boys pack.<

I know that this thread is about character types that Ed can use in his rules set, but when it comes to rules *and* figures I'd rather see "East Side Kids" or "Dead End Kids". Yeah Yeah. I know. Some would consider them basicly the same group, but I like the tough kids look better than the dimwitted men look. And by the time Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Billy Benedict and all morphed into the Bowery Boys they lost one of the best characters, the Black kid "Scruno" played by Sunshine Sammy Morrison. It wasn't really a gang anymore either as "Slip" and "Satch", played by Gorcey and Hall, did almost everything and got all of the lines and screen time. Two figures would be easier to do, but i'd rather see a whole gang like the "East Side Kids"; Muggs, Glimpy, Danny, Scruno, Skinny and Peewee, or the "Dead End Kids" from "Angels With Dirty Faces" and of course "Dead End"; Soapy, Swing, Bim, Pasty, Hunky, and Crabface.

The Shadow14 Aug 2008 8:00 a.m. PST

Further to my last post, The "newsboy Legion" could be an interesting and useful figure set and group of characters in a rules set too. Use them all or just one or two as kid companions. No "The Guardian" though please. Too comic book-ish for me.

I'm not crazy about "The Three Stooges" or "Abbott and Costello" as figures or types for adventure gaming. I think that their use would be pretty limited.

The Shadow14 Aug 2008 8:01 a.m. PST

I've mentioned this before, but I still think that a pack of "B" western cowboy heroes and rules for them would be great as so many of those flicks and serials featured cowboys in modern settings fighting Japa-Nazi saboteurs as in "King of the Texas Rangers" and "Texas to Bataan" and in sci-fi settings like "Radio Ranch" with Gene Autrey. The figs would have fancy shirts, tooled boots, ten gallon hats, two gun holsters, and long neckerchiefs knotted on the side of the neck. Two heroes, one tough looking like Ray "Crash" Corrigan, and one handsome like Bob Livingston or Roy Rogers, and two side kicks, one chubby like Pat Buttram or Max Terhune, and one bearded and grizzled like Gabby Hayes, Al "Fuzzy" St John. Several B movie duos and trigger trios could be configured from that set.

Personal logo Ed the Two Hour Wargames guy Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Aug 2008 9:06 a.m. PST

Excellent stuff folks, much appreciated!

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART14 Aug 2008 10:07 a.m. PST

…Hey, it's in our interest.

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