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flooglestreet25 Feb 2012 4:10 a.m. PST

@shadow I'd rather tell everyone about something they know then leave someone clueless about something great. It's possible somebody only knows the yellow peril incarnate from the Christopher Lee movies. People in this thread have been wondering how to use the thuggee in other eras, and dacoitry gives them that option.

Does that sergeant have a rupee in his boot?

The Shadow25 Feb 2012 6:55 a.m. PST


I thought you were explaining Fu Manchu to me, not in general.

flooglestreet25 Feb 2012 8:11 a.m. PST

@ I'd have to have a pair of brass ones to explain anything pulp (save a one day sale by a new publisher) to you Shadow.

The Shadow25 Feb 2012 6:51 p.m. PST

Thanks Floog. Nice compliment. :-)

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2012 2:04 a.m. PST

I think it's fair to say the Colonial wargaming world is somewhat abuzz regarding the forthcoming Pulp Figures' Sergeants Three. Part of this buzz seems to concern how to "accurately" paint them to match the uniforms from the movie. Of course, it's a black-&-white movie, so I'd say paint them however you want, but… by total fluke, this past Fall I went camping with my son's Scout troop in the area where the movie was made and we visited the local museum, which has a few props and costumes from Gunga Din on display. I just put some pics I took of them up on my Maiwand Day blog. If interested, please check them out here:


The Shadow28 Feb 2012 9:18 a.m. PST

Here's a link to my photobucket that shows a vintage lobby poster from 1939 with the uniforms in close-up with what I believe are the correct uniform and insignia colors. It's from a studio colored B&W photo, but they probably had a uniform from the film to use at the time:


The Shadow28 Feb 2012 9:24 a.m. PST

Here's another photo of the classic movie poster to show you what a great job Bob Murch did with the figures:


Bob Murch28 Feb 2012 9:27 a.m. PST

Thanks for that Mad Guru! The color seems to match the movie posters quite well-that slightly yellow khaki.

I suspect that much of the equipment in the movies of this time was actually the real thing. Not the cloth costumes per-se but things like surplus pith helmets, sam brown belts and period rifles were still quite available.

The 1927 Bannerman Catalog, of which I have a reproduction copy, shows an enormous variety of military surplus which a studio prop department could have purchased in bulk. The intro to my repro catalog says that film and theater groups used their services readily.

Bob Murch

Bob Murch28 Feb 2012 9:34 a.m. PST

Great poster Shadow. I'll be adding the chevrons to the right arms today.

One thing I didn't sculpt was the pencil moustache on McLaglen & Fairbanks. Its so small that paint would be more suitable and those who want period figs might not like them.


axabrax28 Feb 2012 11:07 a.m. PST

Sweet! Bob's my hero!

The Shadow28 Feb 2012 11:58 a.m. PST


I started a Gunga Din folder at the Yahoo Colonial group. You can enlarge the lobby card with MacChesney holding the knife to the Guru's throat to Original there and it shows incredible detail of the insignia. You can actually see the RE on their epaulettes, and you can even get a fairly detailed view of the bomb insignia above their stripes!

One of the guys at the Colonial Group says that they were probably Royal Engineers attached to a "sapper" unit. I didn't know that!!

spontoon01 Mar 2012 12:32 p.m. PST

Which movie has the scene with the Highlanders at a social event being ambushed and one of them throw his Skean Dhu at the attackers? That's a figure I'd love Bob to do!

Bob Murch02 Mar 2012 10:46 a.m. PST

I've just posted the next preview in the 'Whats New' section of the Pulp Figures site.


The Mad Guru gets a pack of his own with a Shrine to Kali and young Toad Face. Din will join the Sergeants 3.

Bob Murch

Erasmus Philomel02 Mar 2012 12:48 p.m. PST

Those figures ROCK!

Does anybody know where you can get a small statue of Kali, it would make a super background bit for all this. I have checked with a couple of Eastern stores in my area but they don't carry such things and looked at me oddly when I asked.

The Shadow02 Mar 2012 4:44 p.m. PST


Outstanding job on Din and the Guru. You've really outdone yourself on this line so far.

So, it looks like the Sergeants pack will have four minis. Does that mean extra equipment/hands for them? I'd love to see dynamite and pistol variations.

BlackWidowPilot Fezian02 Mar 2012 7:07 p.m. PST

My God that Din is outstanding! Brilliant work once again, Mr. Murch!evil grin

Leland R. Erickson

Bob Murch02 Mar 2012 8:32 p.m. PST

Sorry Shadow. No extra equipment this time.

flooglestreet02 Mar 2012 9:08 p.m. PST

These 5 thuggee packs will also be a most worthy addition to… the Si Fan! YouTube link

The Shadow03 Mar 2012 5:46 p.m. PST

OK Bob. They'll be easy enough to modify. :-)

Bob Murch30 Mar 2012 9:46 a.m. PST

The Sergeants 3 & Gunga Din as well as the Mad Guru set are now cast and available.



Thanks for all of the helpful info on this subject gents!

Bob Murch
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Lion in the Stars30 Mar 2012 10:07 a.m. PST

Oh, wow!

Stop tempting me back into 28mm, people!

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