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abdul666lw25 Nov 2011 9:21 a.m. PST

These were already published, but the links changed with the forum server:

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The links to the new forum rebuilt from the ruins of the Fortress:
Moonlit night in Pangaea: link
SYW Pulp (bulk transfer initiated): link
Hellsing in 18th C. Pangaea? link
(Currently one has to be recorded and logged to read, but the Administrator, our dear Cardinal Hawkwood, hopes to change it soon).

But now, the (Imagi-)Nation of Ardoberg-Holstein, disturbed some months ago by rumors of werewolves, is now obviously harboring one (or more?) vampire(s):
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Btw, according to an article I read long ago in an academic journal on our univ. on-line library (sorry, did not writr down the ref.), according to an official report of Austrian officers about local 'superstitions', "authentic" Transylvanian vampires reportedly did not leave their coffin. Their 'spirit' escaped the grave at night in some 'astral form' and fed on the 'life force' ¿

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? of peoples whose dreams it haunted. And, somehow, the blood of the victims was 'teleported' to the undead body, which when discovered looked pink and plumpy.
This is as a matter of fact the way the 'living corpse' of a sorcerer kept feeding for centuries in Lovecraft's 'The shunned house' gutenberg.org/ebooks/31469 the only difference being that the corpse here kept *growing* underground.
Not much gaming potential? Two possibilities immediately come to mind:
- the vampire can be 'enslaved' ("do what you are told, or this wooden stake…") and his / her coffin carried to the vicinity of an intented victim (as I remember, the 'range' was rather limited) and given a target: the perfect assassin tool, invisible, immaterial, beyond suspicion and even detection, the victim dies from 'languor' (not material bite, remember). Only very knowledgeable occultists / sorcerers could suspect the truth.
- like Cthulhu Itself the vampire can 'mesmerise' humans through their dreams and build a retinue / small army of 'suggested' hirelings / Cultists. Gypsies are a possibility, but since they are dreaded, scorned and suspected everywhere better to 'recruit' ordinary people next door, + possibly one or two high-placed 'Brass'.

A complementary possibility: rather than immobilized in the ground, the undead corpse kept some mobility in a (secret, of course!) underground dwelling, à la 'The rats in the walls' link . If the corpse kept growing over centuries, that of a sorceress could now look like Kingdom Death's 'Wet Nurse' (without the 'peripherals'): link repulsive more than enough to be 'lovecraftian'! For a male, MacFarlane Humpty Dumpty link with a 'Darth Vader' scalp instead of the silly cap could fit the bill. Of course such huge and (semi-)*active* body would probably require more than 'etheral energy' to thrive: read 'Rats in the walls' for a rather obscene possibility (involving cultist to grow the vegetables..).

skippy000125 Nov 2011 10:14 a.m. PST

Nice! I would also recomend Colonial Gothic

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(And yes, still working on Prester Johns' Lost Celestial Kingdom.)

Personal logo Eli Arndt Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2011 10:16 a.m. PST

These pictures are lovely. Thanks for transplanting them.

I can definitely see some Van Helsing/Sleepy Hollow sort of action going on in Alcovia.

-Eli

abdul666lw25 Nov 2011 10:38 a.m. PST

Speaking of Van Helsing: YouTube link
But without Kate B. -sensible directors should not kill (female) heroes before a blatant commercial failure forbides any hope of sequel! Of course 'Van Helsing' was a patchwork of pastiches (homages?) and the funeral pyre of Anna Valerius refers to that of Valeria in 'Conan the Barbarian' -implying her death, unavoidably. As a consolation: YouTube link grin


skippy0001: thanks for the news -you'll *really* have to blog your brainchild, in due time!

Pauls Bods25 Nov 2011 10:41 a.m. PST

WOW!!! The vampiress is great!!! and I see a lovely dappled horse in the first pic.
Cheers
paul

Personal logo Eli Arndt Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2011 2:46 p.m. PST

Always liked this Vampiric monstrosity from GW

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abdul666lw26 Nov 2011 5:37 a.m. PST

"this Vampiric monstrosity from GW: Wow indeed! Mordheim or WHFB?


Link to the whole series (now 'labelled' of 'Horror in the Age of Reason' in Ardoberg-Holstein:
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Who will combine 'Chaos in Carpathia" with 'Carnevale' TMP link ?

abdul666lw29 Nov 2011 1:53 p.m. PST

Relevant link: TMP link

abdul666lw01 Dec 2011 6:31 a.m. PST

The seminal novels, Carmilla and Dracula, agree on several points: specially that vampires may dislike full sunlight, but are not harmed by it; and that vampires can walk among us unnoticed, meaning that miniatures figurines notwithstanding one does not need special 'vampires in human form' minis. For those really wishing to use 'vampires in quasi-human form' figurines (the 'Sunnydalle vampires' syndrome?), Foundry Revenant Elves are fitting and in almost 18th C. cress, specially the female *:

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(as for a male, Reaper skinsaw man has potential: paper / greenstuff cuffs and he is perfect:

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link -and since he is holding a mask he would fit well in Carnevale TMP link TMP link.


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*: I confess, I favor the Carmilla tradition as maintained by Jean Rollin over the Dracula one as illustrated by Bela Lugosi: and remember, Bela Lugosi is dead YouTube link!

abdul666lw01 Dec 2011 12:27 p.m. PST

Seemingly, the New World is specially propitious to 'weird' encounters: TMP link

abdul666lw01 Dec 2011 1:10 p.m. PST

"Swashbuckling" but with 'Pulp adventures' features:
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The masked warrior monks are reminding of the (unwillingly?) funny 'Neo-Nazi Ninja Monks on Amphetamines' of 'Crimsom rivers 2' link.

abdul666lw02 Dec 2011 5:13 a.m. PST

Potentially useful:
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Old thread, still relevant: TMP link

abdul666lw04 Feb 2012 9:54 a.m. PST

For an 'Alpha' werewolf if full beast form (and if one forgets the Law of Mass Conservation -well, 'Lacepulp' is set before Lavoisier formulated it wink), the 'Banebeast' link Creoda is quite impressive:

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(I read there is one such in the last 'Underworld' – but who knows of a 18th C. K. B. in 28mm miniature?)

Great AAR: link (peruse the whole campaign thumbs up!)

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Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2012 3:31 p.m. PST

well yes re the a Moonlit night in Pangaea , we might have to go to a brand new forum, yet again..

abdul666lw15 Dec 2012 1:25 p.m. PST

Sorry for the thread necromancy, but our Venerated Editor restricted this post to not-18th C. boards, and I guess the movie referred to could be inspirational for a 'Lacepulp' link adventure e.g. set in Canada during the FIW link (with a native girl as the 'heroine'): Thale (2012) imdb.com/title/tt2112287 ["NSFW" (??)]: TMP link

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Not from the movie, but giving a more explicit spoiler:
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± related:
about 'Werewolf: the beast among us' link / link
about 'Le poil de la bête' TMP link
(& TMP link / link / link / TMP link for the minis)

and also:
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abdul666lw15 Dec 2012 3:51 p.m. PST

Related thread on the LAF: link

abdul666lw17 Dec 2012 6:44 a.m. PST

For another 'unexpected encounter' (more so than the Spanish Inquisition grin

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after the Huldra, and also not having a 'monster' (she could be on the 'good guys' side, like Dracula himself in Hellsing link ) what about a Shambleau link?

PP Cygnar Arcane Tempest Gun Mages could be used as not-so-secret 18th C. 'monster hunters' TMP link

abdul666lw04 Jan 2013 1:10 p.m. PST

Relevant thread: TMP link
Cross-posted on the 18th C. Imagi-Nations board because several of them are facing werewolves:
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More generally Lacepulp link adventures are not rare in 'alternate 18th C.':
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bucksurdu.com/blog/?p=1345
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Even hard-boiled 'historicals' now and then succumb to the temptation:
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And commercial sets of rules
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are now available on the 'mainstream' market.

abdul666lw11 Jan 2013 2:26 p.m. PST

This Indiegogo The Curse of The Buxom Strumpet link 'A 18th century romantic zombie comedy' (imdb.com/title/tt1879068) is relevant thread.
Ah, the Buxom Stumpet is a *ship*

vimeo.com/27121658#t=158

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Could be gamed with 'Pike & Sot & Zombies' or 'Colonial Gothic' link
A golden opportunity to play 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' by the time of Barry Lyndon YouTube link (love the reference to the Little Red Riding Hood) YouTube link

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Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2013 8:03 p.m. PST

yes "On a moonlit night in Pangaea" is best seen here
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abdul666lw15 Jan 2013 3:11 p.m. PST

To fight 18th C. vampires, werewolves and zombies, what about the Gulliver Fellowship and 18th C. Torchwood? link

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(they look too aged here -at least the men, the women don't age- and tricornes are passing out pf fashion: set them by the time of the War of Austrian Succession)
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abdul666lw15 Jan 2013 11:51 p.m. PST

Potentially inspirational movies?
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abdul666lw08 May 2013 4:47 a.m. PST

Given the subject, thread necromancy does not seem inappropriate: Tricornes and zombies!
A fellow 18th C. wargamer who regularly regales us with eye-candy and excellent action reports starts to do 18th C. Horror: link

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And just because I like the image:

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abdul666lw16 May 2013 9:43 a.m. PST

On a relevant LAF thread link someone mentioned the Japanese anime Le Chevalier d'Eon link as relevant to the genre: indeed with secret societies, talking skulls, sorceresses and undead swordsmen it looks like full of 'Lacepulp' link potential.
On-line reviews are contradictory, for the images on the web we are not spared the Japanese habit of giving silly napoleonic épaulettes to Lace Wars officers, but a series about 'a secret agent -a man who transforms into his dead sister- of Louis XV facing a bunch of wizards who want to use poems and psalms to create a new world' and featuring tarot cards and attacks by attacks by mercury-zombie-parisian-prostitutes and swarms of rats has much to command. And even if slow-paced, a series which'tries to turn some of the bad guys into sympathetic figures and the good guys into bad guys' cannot be totally bad!

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abdul666lw19 May 2013 9:15 a.m. PST

For a 18th C. vampire countess or sorceress, what about GW (Mordheim) Marianna Chevaux?

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At least her garters look appropriate grin
Actually she looks like 'Emma', a poetess – sorceress associated with the Comte de Saint Germain in Le Chevalier d'Eon -here translated in cosplay:
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To have her looking definitively 'Lace Wars' she could receive a tricorne, like Lahmia here:
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