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Lampyridae26 Nov 2009 9:14 p.m. PST

Hey folks,

Just thought I'd share what I'd come up with trying to game District 9. First off, this is a useful website:

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It gives all kinds of extra details about the Prawns, such as them working in factories, etc. (in the movie they just seem unemployed and penned up in the slums, however in all the marketing fluff they are portrayed as mingling more closely in human society). It also has Prawn font for you to download.

MNU uses Casspirs and Ratels for their armoured vehicles. You can get these in 15mm from QRF.
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The D9 blog also refers to an FA-155 Skyhawk, so obviously there's some Near Future modeling opportunity as at least some Prawn technology has been copied, contrary to the impression the movie gives (possibly the power source is the issue).

The SADF (South African Defence Force) uses the R4 rifle, essentially the same as the Galil. PPig Israelis would do to model them, although the helmet is different. The South African Army also has some female infantry, so you could use any appropriate models for that (probably only PPig). SA Police also regularly pack a lot of heat, lots of opportunity for mayhem there (even without District 9 stuff).

An interesting blog on the South African military (together with some funky SF ideas):
rsasoldier.blogspot.com

Anybody got any other interesting tidbits, any District 9 AARs or pictures of their painted stuff?

Cacique Caribe26 Nov 2009 9:20 p.m. PST

This Shanty Town looks sooooooo cooooool, and he makes it look easy to do:

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Pretty close to the real thing, I think:

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More options here:

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Dan
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Undead Sock Puppet26 Nov 2009 10:03 p.m. PST

Just doesn't do it for me, somehow. Minis battles betweem aliens and social workers? Might be worth about five minutes' visceral enjoyment to watch a few children's services case workers get blown to bits, but after that, I fear the magic would be gone.

Captain Apathy26 Nov 2009 10:07 p.m. PST

Did you actually see the movie fire starter?

Cacique Caribe26 Nov 2009 10:18 p.m. PST

LOL.

Dan

AndrewGPaul27 Nov 2009 6:09 a.m. PST

GZG has some "not-Prawns" in their 15mm range. Not sure what you'd build the battlesuit out of; kitbashing from DP9's Heavy Gear and Jovian Chronicles lines perhaps?

In a larger scale, the Dragyiri Slaves from Dark Age suit the bill, at least from the neck down; you'd need some head swaps. Plus, they've all got spears – time to scratchbuild some guns.

Captain Apathy27 Nov 2009 7:12 a.m. PST

How about some of the Geonosians from the WOTC Star Wars Clone Strike line? Some conversion work would be needed.

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Inquisitor Thaken27 Nov 2009 12:56 p.m. PST

Captain Apathy "Did you actually see the movie fire starter?"

Well, I saw it, and that's pretty much what I got out of it.

Cincinnatus27 Nov 2009 5:53 p.m. PST

I don't think there's a scene in the movie where the humans "visit" the prawns without being heavily armed. What kind of social workers do you people have in your area???

chronoglide28 Nov 2009 2:38 a.m. PST

I'm running with WotC Verpine figs for Prawns…the closest thing in my box to the mech suit is a Clix Mongoose figure….planning on adding a couple of Tau suit guns to the arms and a repaint….

Lampyridae28 Nov 2009 3:57 a.m. PST

Just doesn't do it for me, somehow. Minis battles betweem aliens and social workers? Might be worth about five minutes' visceral enjoyment to watch a few children's services case workers get blown to bits, but after that, I fear the magic would be gone.

Sort of like saying Ambush Alley is like minis battles with civilian contractors and guys with AK47s :)

Just read the South African news. There's plenty of gaming potential even in real life.

Cacique Caribe28 Nov 2009 5:27 a.m. PST

Hmm. I did a quick Google image search for "Apartheid" and came up with some stuff about South Africa, and lots and lots on similar measures elsewhere. Won't say where.

Perhaps one could play the "Prawn" game in a different geographical setting, where the "Prawn" are the indigenous population?*

Dan
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Mad Dog28 Nov 2009 9:01 p.m. PST

I think the AT-43 Cogs Hunters would be a good start:

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