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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2009 1:51 a.m. PST

I've ordered quite a mix of 15mm figures that I plan to use on Lost World settings*.

However, there's more to an expedition than just the explorers, right?

Tents – Suggestions here:
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Pack mules – QRF has some truly amazing sets:


1) What about makeshift camp defenses?
2) How about figures for native porters/bearers?
3) How about river transportation?
4) Any other items I may be forgetting?

I would love to hear your suggestions on those.


* Based on suggestions here:
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Dragon Gunner07 Aug 2009 4:16 a.m. PST

I have been thinking along the same lines as you CC.

1. Spiked logs stuck in ground facing outward. Cut down trees arranged around camp to provide cover.

2. I can't think of any porters so I planned on sticking with mules.

3. Various gunboats in 15 mm from civil war river warfare.

4. Train (Peter Pig Western springs to mind) I was considering a single rail line running to a settlement in the interior with the intention of creating Dark of the Sun scenarios.

4. Guard Dogs / Hunting Dogs

Dragon Gunner07 Aug 2009 4:21 a.m. PST

4. Goats / Sheep / Pigs and a herdsman if your expedition is not planning on hunting and foraging.

Dragon Gunner07 Aug 2009 4:22 a.m. PST

4. Hot air balloon or zeppelin

boggler07 Aug 2009 4:29 a.m. PST

There's lots of potential for Lost World gaming in 15mm but there are a few gaps in what's available.

For defences, I'd suggest a bit of scratchbuilding using boxes, mealie bags etc. I think that you can get some useful sets in the Italeri 1/72 scale plastic napoleonic range that might provide some useful bits and bobs.

Porters can be converted from Zulu figures or similar?

Pete¨r Pig makes an excellent victorian steam launch in the WW1 range as well as a nile gunboat in the Sudan range, althouhj that would be a bit big. There's an excellent article on scratchbuilding a nile gunboat on the web somewhere. I'll try to track it down.

Don't forget pot traps, fire markers etc..scratchbuild or have a look at the Irregular Tusk range.

And you'll need some native lost tribes too. Try Eureka, MY Miniatures or Peter Pig's Pirate natives for starters.

Grelber07 Aug 2009 4:55 a.m. PST

1) Tan lichen can be used to model a zariba for North African games.

2) Irregular's Colonial Line includes FZ120 Native Porter carrying box, which might work.

3) For river transportation, the Old Glory Shipyard has some nice 15mm vessels in their ACW and Colonial ranges: link Peter Pig has a steam picket boat in their WWI range:


GeoffQRF Inactive Member07 Aug 2009 6:10 a.m. PST

We do have some porters in our 1950s Korean range: link No picture yet… I'll have to get one sorted.

Our generic range is often worth looking through for odd bits like cows, sheep, pigs, tents and wagons: link

Deadmans Click Inactive Member07 Aug 2009 2:40 p.m. PST

Ah! CC If I'd have known you were after some bearers I could have put some in the package I sent today. Irregular Miniatures do some Bearers which do the job nicely.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2009 7:47 p.m. PST


That's ok. After I get to see samples of Irregular figs, I have a feeling I will be placing an order soon after.

Thanks for everything.


Early morning writer10 Aug 2009 2:11 p.m. PST

CC Dan,

Go to your local bead store (if they have them in your neck of the woods) and look for wooden beads in various colors. I've found bunches for use as barrels, boxes, crates, etc.

Beasties. I have about 30 dozen beasts to roam around my "African" plains (I base in multiples of 3) For me, you just can't say Africa without herds of critters.

For the sculptors listening, two missing figures for us dedicated gamers in 15 mm are porters toting ivory and porters toting bananas. If you sculpt them, we will buy them. (Nes pa, gentle hommes?)

The G.

Irregular has good porters with variations. So does Essex, hunt carefully. Check the various Peter Pig ranges, AK47, Vietnam both have.

Check the Quartermaster. I know people have had challenges with them but my most recent request got a reply the following day, just be prepared to wait a few weeks for your order to come through. Their CUB range has some great figures, lots of civilians – you'll be dazzled. I ordered a bunch a while back (and am ordering more soon, hopefully) and they are great, a little small but not too small to be useful.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2009 4:51 p.m. PST

Excellent. Thanks so much!

The hunt is on.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2009 8:22 p.m. PST

Any suggestions on canoes for their African or South American expeditions?


CAPTAIN BEEFHEART11 Aug 2009 6:48 p.m. PST

Toss in the odd bicycle. Anything that looks like a Patented Whatsis adds chrome as well. Steamer trunks,umbrellas and camp chairs never hurt either.
Forget defenses, these are explorers. Nothing out there that a good over and under or a nitro express shouldn't solve.
…So they thought.

Early morning writer12 Aug 2009 9:12 a.m. PST

CC Dan,

Peter Pig has bicycles. Museum Miniatures has some canoes, I think Eureka has some in one of the ranges they show on their site (Australia isn't it?).

The G.

poiter5013 Aug 2009 4:40 p.m. PST

Essex has various porter types in their Ancients ranges.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2011 8:14 p.m. PST

Check out what Russ (Old Glory – Blue Moon Manufacturing) says here: "We will have alot for historicon. Tarzan characters, porters, pygmies,chieftans and witch doctors, villagers, prisoners, adventurers,missionaries, explorers.
More later such as wild beasts, several types of villages, and things for the Congo."

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Their upcoming 15-18mm African tribesmen look amazing:

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Add to that the awesome figures Rebel Minis has come up with and things are looking good for a 15mm Tarzan adventure game:


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Personal logo J Womack 94 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member12 Jun 2011 3:39 p.m. PST

Someone just released some porters in 15mm. Khurasan, maybe?

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