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Cacique Caribe09 Feb 2012 4:26 a.m. PST

Will YOU be the one to finally game "The Thing"?
Are YOU ready to be the first to give it a try?
Will YOU open the way for the rest?

If so, there are at least 3 areas you will need to to look at more deeply:

1) What terrain (station and iced areas)?
2) What figures (winter dressed)?
3) What rules?

I might be able to give some pointers on the first, particularly the station. But the other 2 points will have to be discussed among you guys here.


Here are a few diagrams for your use, though I have yet to figure out the full extent of the station's footprint:






Source: link

And, for a more 3-D feel, here are some computer reconstructions:





Source: link

The director of The Thing (2011) apparently used that Norwegian station map for his film.



At 1:45 in this clip of the 1982 film, you see the very first time the Norwegian station is shown:

YouTube link

I'll keep looking for more maps, etc. of the Norwegian Station. For now, here's some info and ideas on that:

TMP link
TMP link

So, I hope this gives you a little head start on your project. Hope to finally see someone give it a shot.

NOTE: There's no telling how long those pics and links will be functional. So, if you are planning on taking on this project, now is your time to start a folder with pics, diagrams and other notes.

Have fun!

PS. More information and ideas available here:
TMP link
TMP link

BlackSmoke09 Feb 2012 4:39 a.m. PST

I've been toying with the idea of doing this and for rules I thought that Strange Aeons might make a good fit. Clearly there's some need for a mechanism on top to deal with players getting infected, etc, but I'm sure it's doable.

isdblues09 Feb 2012 4:47 a.m. PST

I believe the time has come… should I start some sort of Blog thingy to keep track of this idea that I have?

Seems to be all the rage these days…

TheCount09 Feb 2012 4:59 a.m. PST

Thing, Blog, Blog thingy…..yes! Assimilate everything!

bandit86 Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2012 5:02 a.m. PST

I used GZG civilians and some putty they work great They also have 1 pack of troops in winter gear.

Cacique Caribe09 Feb 2012 5:55 a.m. PST

One more detail . . .

Check out this map of Outpost 31, from a fan-made game:


Source: link

And are some pics of the Norwegian station as they filmed the 2011 version:


Of course, the goal is to finally see someone make this (or the Norwegian station) into a miniature gaming terrain.

TMP link


khurasanminiatures09 Feb 2012 5:57 a.m. PST

I have men in parkas with a variety of firearms, including a few military (that is, a SAW and a flamethrower), and two strange monsters which are being moulded right now, I was supposed to get the castings at the beginning of the month but there's been a delay, hope to get them mid-late month.

By the way, apropos of nothing, the sentrybots, armed versions of the robot from the DPLS crew, are in the same batch so hope to have them available by March too….

isdblues09 Feb 2012 6:18 a.m. PST

Woohoo! Khurasan – most awesome.

I'm still painting the Space Demons I got off you a month or two ago, really need to get my proverbial in gear…

Lemme know when they are out!

TheCount09 Feb 2012 6:49 a.m. PST

@bandit86 – nice conversions!

Here's the link for GZG Scandinavian Federation minis in winter gear:


jpattern209 Feb 2012 6:59 a.m. PST

This thread reminds me, there was a series of comics that were sequels to the original Carpenter "Thing," and about 2.5 years ago (!) I promised Dan that I'd type up the basic plots and post them here on TMP. Well, I think it's high time I did just that, so look for those write-ups in the next day or so. Sorry about the delay, Dan!

isdblues09 Feb 2012 7:00 a.m. PST

@TheCount: Cheers for that! They'll be on my GZG order no doubt about it!

I think I've got a pack of Civvies (pack A) and 2x Civvies with Guns (pack A) on order at the moment so when they are done, these will be next on the list!

Cacique Caribe09 Feb 2012 7:07 a.m. PST

ISDBlues: "Seems to be all the rage these days… "

Then this is the perfect time for miniature figure manufacturers to let everyone know what they plan to do to make the most of that "rage".

If they are smart, they'll realize that the timing is right for making winter-dressed figures, BOTH armed and unarmed.

Don't you think?

By the way, here are some 1982 "shooting plans" for the Norwegian station:


isdblues09 Feb 2012 7:23 a.m. PST


I'm currently painting up figs for gaming: The Thing, Alien/s, Star Wars (w Blasters & Bulkheads rules), Fallout-esque and even thinking about Star Trek, all in 15mm.

I think I will start a blog to keep track of it all or I'll lose the will!

hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to blog I go…

BrotherSevej09 Feb 2012 7:33 a.m. PST

Try the board game Panic Station, I believe the rules available online. Very "the thing", but players need to get into the spirit of the game.

Cacique Caribe09 Feb 2012 7:33 a.m. PST


If there's anything you need me to dig up, let me know. That can be my contribution.

I might not be currently in a position to make this project my own, but I'm willing to help anyone else who might have the drive and stamina to make a miniature version of this a reality.

I would love to see a step-by-step of how this was made, or if someone is actually producing it:




richarDISNEY09 Feb 2012 8:08 a.m. PST

Jeez Dan.
Just when I thought I'd put that game to rest, you gotta bring all of this up again and get my creativity going…
thanks…. wink

isdblues09 Feb 2012 8:09 a.m. PST

Cheers Dan, I'll let you know!

With any luck I'll have some time tomorrow night to get a blog up and running and at least get some content up over the weekend.

Got a day off on Monday as well so should be able to give it a good bash then too. Will get some civvies painted up and let's see how it goes!

Personal logo MrHarold Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Feb 2012 8:25 a.m. PST

@ khurasanminiatures

That's great news!

leidang09 Feb 2012 9:27 a.m. PST

CC… that "Thing" looks to be assembled from parts from the GW chaos marine and chaos Spawn sprues. Probably melded together on a greenstuff torso.

Cacique Caribe09 Feb 2012 9:39 a.m. PST

Ooo, that sounds do-able!!!

Thanks, Leidang.

By the way, I almost forgot this The Thing boardgame:



I'm sure that someone here can turn some of those ideas into something useful for miniature gaming.

Also, as mentioned above, unarmed 15mm versions of the miniatures are a must (or with improvised weapons), as these that Ebob produced in 28mm a long while back:




Thomas Whitten09 Feb 2012 1:53 p.m. PST

Gaming The Thing is something I want to do. A worthy endevour for me in 28mm. Though I could see someone else doing it in 15mm. It would be a good deal easier I think.

If only I could get my hands on some of those Outpost 31 figures!

Cacique Caribe09 Feb 2012 2:35 p.m. PST

Regardless of scale, I believe that one of the hardest things would be to incorporate some sort of hidden body-snatcher mechanism into the rules.

MacReady: "Somebody in this camp ain't what he appears to be. Right now that may be one or two of us. By spring, it could be all of us."

Childs: "So, how do we know who's human? If I was an imitation, a perfect imitation, how would you know it was really me?"

TMP link

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2012 7:03 p.m. PST

Have you seen the Regiment Games Ice Station Zebra miniatures.


They have some possibility I would think.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2012 9:33 p.m. PST

I just cannot believe any of this voodoo Bleeped text.

Cacique Caribe10 Feb 2012 3:07 a.m. PST

I love that line!

Childs had some good ones in the film.


snodipous10 Feb 2012 1:35 p.m. PST

I did a bunch of vfx work for the 2011 version of The Thing. I would love to see the station realized in 28mm scale.

I'm too busy building my District 9 diorama at the moment though!

isdblues11 Feb 2012 3:34 p.m. PST

By the way:

Just getting it up and running for now, will get some tiday content on there soon!

Cacique Caribe11 Feb 2012 4:49 p.m. PST

Awesome ISDBlues! Can't wait to see what you post next.


Guys, based on the maps provided in the initial posts, about how big across would you say is Outpost 31?

In case this helps a little with your calculations . . .


"Front shot of the Outpost, taken from atop Mac's Shack"


"Construction picture taken from behind the Outpost"




isdblues11 Feb 2012 4:57 p.m. PST

Cheers Dan, I plan to get a few more colour tests done on the GZG civvies before going for it properly with Thing related content!

jpattern213 Feb 2012 7:25 a.m. PST

I finally typed up the Dark Horse comic sequels to Carpenter's movie. You cna find the write-ups here: TMP link


Cacique Caribe13 Feb 2012 8:09 a.m. PST


I'm gonna take some time tonight and go through the notes. Looks awesome.

Thanks so much!


Dathbain13 Feb 2012 1:30 p.m. PST

This is killing me, I would REALLY like to do this, but will wait for the Khurasan Minis……

Cacique Caribe13 Feb 2012 2:55 p.m. PST


Then start work on the terrain now!

Build it and they will come. :)


isdblues13 Feb 2012 4:14 p.m. PST

Dan – do me a favour, have a look at my blog and let me know which bases look better – picked up some different basing material earlier thought I'd try it out…


Cacique Caribe13 Feb 2012 9:09 p.m. PST

With 15mm, my suggestion is to definitely go with the smaller "Moon" rocks, with a little tiny bit of sand in between.

You don't often come across ground that has rocks so evenly sized, so more finely crushed rock or a tiny bit of sand might break up that uniformity.




As for color preference, it all depends on what climate you want to evoke. I always feel that gray gives the impression of coldness, whereas tans remind me of warmth.


isdblues14 Feb 2012 3:01 a.m. PST

Cheers Dan, need to work a bit on them I think. Might stick to the Grey for the alien-esque ones and the desert tones for the B&B ones.

Now to work on snow bases…

AVAMANGO14 Feb 2012 11:17 a.m. PST

Thanks for the Dark Horse comic sequels write up jpattern2 its much appreciated. :)

jpattern214 Feb 2012 11:31 a.m. PST

Sure thing. Hope some gamers find them useful.

Plus, now they're archived here on TMP for posterity. :)

Cacique Caribe14 Feb 2012 11:55 a.m. PST


Great work, without a doubt.

Thanks so much.

PS. By the way, this site has several nice pics:

Cacique Caribe14 Feb 2012 6:10 p.m. PST


Check out this map for a polar station:




khurasanminiatures16 Feb 2012 6:23 a.m. PST

Guess what castings I got into stock yesterday?

Exterminators in vac suits….
Federal police….

And ….

Men in parkas with guns!

Unfortunately the caster has not yet got to the strange Antarctic monsters, but apparently they are in the queue for casting soon. Also plan to make US army rangers in parkas to add to my modern warfare line, who can be the cavalry in the scenario (or, perhaps more likely, the way to introduce the thing to the wider world…).

crusher10016 Feb 2012 9:05 a.m. PST

Interesting idea!… My 15mm dogsleds are heading to the Polar Station… ;)

TMP link

I am willing to know what rules would you use? What type of game are you thinking about?

deflatermouse17 Feb 2012 3:09 a.m. PST

for armed men in parkas, QRF have modern US infantry in Artic gear.


GeoffQRF17 Feb 2012 3:55 a.m. PST


Only M16 armed for now. I've just painted some up, so I'll try and get them online shortly.

Cacique Caribe18 Feb 2012 10:24 a.m. PST


Check out this other map:





Cacique Caribe18 Feb 2012 2:02 p.m. PST

Maybe someone from this hidden Antarctic base also found the UFO that carried The Thing:


TMP link
TMP link


Cacique Caribe18 Feb 2012 6:24 p.m. PST

Or within some other Cold-War base?

TMP link


Cacique Caribe19 Feb 2012 9:58 p.m. PST

OMG. You guys need to watch this!!!

YouTube link


deflatermouse20 Feb 2012 12:15 a.m. PST

where the H*ll did you find that? That is so cool. Is it your own work?

Cacique Caribe20 Feb 2012 12:59 a.m. PST

I wish I had come up with it!

Found it while looking for images and such.



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