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Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 10:22 p.m. PST

Ready for action, here are some of my the Black Panthers (as the subversive army feared by whitey in the 1960s-70s), fighting The Man, outside mobsters, rival radicals, costumed crimefighters, jive turkeys, zombies, aliens, James Bond, or just about anything else you can think up.

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Not shown here: Blacula (but I have him!)

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 4:13 a.m. PST

Awesome paint job there! I specially like the shiny leather jackets.

Dan

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 5:18 a.m. PST

Pretty cool. I had lunch with Eldridge Cleaver in the 1980s. By that time he was a fairly nice guy.

The Angry Piper Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 6:26 a.m. PST

Those are awesome, Piper. I recognize some Geezers and Reaper stuff.

But I'm afraid I must insist on seeing Blacula. Present him forthwith!!!

Stryderg17 Apr 2017 7:31 a.m. PST

I would like to see your rendition of a 'jive turkey'. My mind runs to Thanksgiving themes, but others impressions may vary. Nice job on the paint. What rules do you plan on using these bad muth…What, I'm just talking 'bout rules.

Gone Fishing17 Apr 2017 9:07 a.m. PST

Another vote to see Blacula! Superb brushwork and very funny thread!

Personal logo Fergal Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 11:05 a.m. PST

Fantastic! I'd love to see a roundup of the places to pick these up.

Just great work, it would make a great 70's US Civil War type game, a la A Very British Civil War.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 2:23 p.m. PST

I'll get a scan made of Blacula ASAP (my scanner doesn't work at present so I have to make a special trip to a store and pay to use their machine). These guys are shinier than I'd like, actually -- too much Krylon spray lacquer that day. But at least the black leather looks appropriately glossy.

I just got a bug to organize a Black Panther battalion after reading up on the BPP and seeing some films and documentaries. Plus watching many classic "blaxploitation" films of the 70s (which are quite entertaining). I find them fascinating anti-heroes, and they have lots of game scenario possibilities (as good guys or bad guys or strict neutrals, whatever you cast them as).

There aren't many figures made specifically, but there is a "Soul Section" pack from … Copplestone? … and a few Reaper figures suitable, and some "Geezer" armed militants from a UK company whose name escapes me (please pitch in with a plug for them), and I've also taken some Pulp-ish secret agents or guards or spies from other ranges (Copplestone? North Star?) and given them berets and then painted them as Panthers. I wish I had more females (I have some who aren't scanned yet) but then, it was a somewhat male chauvinist organization, despite a strong feminist element.

The basic look is classic and simple -- the prescribed "uniform" for the Black Panther Party was a black beret and black leather jacket, but members often wore whatever mufti or Army surplus items they could get, along with a mix of weapons. Most everyone could afford and find a beret, at least. So there's a certain uniformity you can achieve but also a lot of variety mixed in, if that makes sense.

Rules: I'm going to use Pulp Alley, basically, which work as great skirmish-level rules for Pulp, Gangster, or any historical setting if you set up your player "leagues" accordingly.

Anarchy in the USA, c. 1968-1975, yeah, I can dig it! Pre-Apocalypse in the Bay Area!

JMcCarroll Inactive Member17 Apr 2017 3:37 p.m. PST

SOLID !!!
This must be from the 60's & 70's they are not holding there handguns sideways.

tancred17 Apr 2017 5:01 p.m. PST

You need a Black Dynamite mini!

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