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Cacique Caribe22 Feb 2018 8:08 p.m. PST

If so, I'd sure love to see how you did the interior of that camp, specially the laboratory.

I'm looking for examples of something resembling the jungle buildings in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) or Island of Lost Souls (1932).

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Would Devil's Island (French Guyana) be a good example of the colors of old concrete buildings (stucco?) that is exposed to the elements of the jungle/tropics?
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I'm thinking that most buildings in the compound would be of wood but the lab and holding cells would be more solidly built. Make sense?

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Dan
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Cacique Caribe22 Feb 2018 9:15 p.m. PST

In case you need some added visuals, here are some old trailers of those two films …

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977):
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Island of Lost Souls (1932):
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Dan

capncarp23 Feb 2018 12:51 a.m. PST

Check out "The Most Dangerous Game" from the 30's too, a tropical island where the most interesting hunts are held.

The Shadow23 Feb 2018 7:52 a.m. PST

Capncarp: Those sets were from the earlier "King Kong".

Cacique Caribe23 Feb 2018 11:15 a.m. PST

I bet this would be fun to make.

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PS. Hmm, maybe there's even a canal for a sub: :)

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Covert Walrus23 Feb 2018 3:51 p.m. PST

I deny ever doing so, especially not in Costa Rica . . .

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2018 5:23 p.m. PST

Musket Miniatures used to make a set of Rorke's Drift building in 15mm. These are large buildings with lift-off thatch roofs, interiors, etc. I have them and use them for my jungle outpost/lab for VSF, Africa, and Pulp games. Sadly they are OOP. For laboratory equipment I use the pieces from the Blue Moon Frankenstein and Mr. Hyde sets.

It would be cool to scratch build a desolate walled hacienda with vines and roots climbing over the walls.

Cacique Caribe23 Feb 2018 8:34 p.m. PST

Rvandusen

That's exactly the kind of building I want to make! And I want the building to look like it's at least 50 years old before the mad scientist moves into the compound in the 1920s or 30s.

By the way, I just googled abandoned jungle hacienda and there are tons of photos out there for inspiration.

Dan
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I just had another look at those Blue Moon pieces, I think I'm going to have to buy them. They look excellent!

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deflatermouse24 Feb 2018 4:04 a.m. PST

A rack of test-tubes would be very easy to knock out. Lengths of acrylic rod cut to size.

Cacique Caribe24 Feb 2018 1:58 p.m. PST

That's a great idea!

Dan

hocklermp524 Feb 2018 7:45 p.m. PST

Dan…..That pic of the sub with two modern soldiers on the deck requires some explanation. Is it from a movie or what?

Cacique Caribe24 Feb 2018 8:26 p.m. PST

Oops. I meant to add a link. That is a drug smuggler submarine.

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hocklermp525 Feb 2018 2:38 a.m. PST

Thank you, Dan. In my wildest ravings I never would have come up with that one!

Cacique Caribe25 Feb 2018 10:27 p.m. PST

Just remembered that in South America, Dr. Cyclops had some hardware above ground, but that his lab was underground.

In fact, in some of the scenes it looks like his lab may have been within the ruins of some Inca building:

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I've never done a dual level piece of jungle ruin terrain with a lab before. Tempting.

Dan
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Cacique Caribe09 Mar 2018 10:31 p.m. PST

I wonder if this Devil's Island (Ile Saint-Joseph, Bagne de Cayenne) setup, with the overhead walkway, could work for the holding cells of the Doctor Moreau's "patients".

Dan
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