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Cacique Caribe12 May 2018 4:06 a.m. PST

These 1928 magazines made me wonder about which specific decades most 15mm Pulp gamers tend to focus on?


A) What era do your 15mm minis typically reflect?
- Do you pick figures that are mostly for the pre-Nazi Interwar Period?
- Or do you go more for "Nazi" period (mid 30s to mid 40s)?
- Or do most of your figures reflect a later time?
- Or do you mix it up and blur the lines on purpose?

B) And where are you getting those specific 15mm figures from? Or are they mostly rare lucky finds and conversions?

C) Are your game settings mostly urban, or do you go for more exotic locales around the globe (or perhaps even space)?

D) Do you get most of your inspiration from films/shows, literature, or both?

E) What is still missing when it comes to Pulp gaming in 15mm?



Katzbalger12 May 2018 4:31 a.m. PST

I really only have 28mm pulp figures, and they are from a mix of periods (20s through 80s).


deephorse12 May 2018 4:51 a.m. PST


rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 5:40 a.m. PST

I like mostly the 1920s and my figures are mainly from Blue Moon's Chicago and Egypt/mummy/archaeologists. That being said, I also add figures from the earlier Old West, Boxer, and Victorian ranges. I justify this period mixing by contending that an old professor, mad scientist, Tong gangster, etc is not going to vary much over time. An eldritch sorcerer might wear clothing from a generation before. He's concerned with cosmic horror, not high fashion.

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 5:46 a.m. PST

I didn't answer some other questions. My settings are both rural and urban, but I am a real pushover for jungle adventure/lost world stories.

I'm inspired by both literature and films.

Suitable cars and trucks are lacking for the Prohibition and Depression era. Most available are 1/87th kits that are slightly too big and mainly OOP. I'm old now and lack the vision and patience to install brake pedals, gas pedals, and a stick shift on a tiny plastic kit, but it looks lame if you leave them off.

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 5:52 a.m. PST

Thanks for the A. Hyatt Verrill giant ant cover. I've never heard of him, but read his WIKI entry and now want to hunt down his stories.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 7:35 a.m. PST

Moonshiners and Martians in Kentucky.

Vigilant12 May 2018 10:31 a.m. PST

My 28mm Pulp figs are mostly 20s and 30s with a growing number of 60s (curse you Crooked Dice for such beautiful figures). 15mm Pulp figures seem to be more of an American thing. Don't recall seeing many here in the UK beyond the Blue Moon stuff that Old Glory carry.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 11:01 a.m. PST

Don't recall seeing many here in the UK beyond the Blue Moon stuff that Old Glory carry.
That's cause there isn't much. Some Rebelminis and Khurasan … I think that is it

Cacique Caribe12 May 2018 12:03 p.m. PST

- Rebel Minis (including the sets acquired from Splintered Light)
- Khurasan
- Blue Moon

Yes. Those plus Highlander Studios' jungle man sets … and whatever individual figures you can occasionally pick out from other 15mm manufacturers (like Irregular Miniatures, Eureka, etc.) and that you might be able to mix in with the more dedicated Pulp stuff.

For Pulp SF, one has to look through and pick out from the above ranges, plus some of the figures done by RAFM, Alternate Armies (formerly and Black Hat.

PS. I think Brigade Games used to have a couple of sets useful for "Indiana Jones" themes. Not sure if they still do, or if they were passed to another company. Anyone know?

EDIT I think I found those Brigade Games 15mm "Adventurers" sets:
Better pictures here:
TMP link

Cacique Caribe13 May 2018 3:15 a.m. PST


Did I miss anyone?

By the way, the Sand Pebbles (1966) airs once this month. I plan to take my time watching that flick. It's been decades for me. I think it's set in the mid 20s.


rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2018 10:41 a.m. PST

The Sand Pebbles has one of my favorite battle scenes. The gunboat trying to force the barrier across the Yangtze.

I'm pretty sure the scene is fictional, but it has a nice historical "feel" with tin hats, BARs, and 1905 Springfield rifles.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2018 10:05 p.m. PST

I do 1/72nd scale and I convert plastic figures mostly. I range from about 1890 to about 1960. There is a lot of overlap with cowboys, Indians, African Native peoples, and of course the giant ants/apes and dinosaurs are all the same.

Japanese soldier with lung mine.


Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog

Cacique Caribe04 Jun 2018 10:41 a.m. PST

Here are some excellent characters also:


deflatermouse07 Jun 2018 2:42 a.m. PST

Today I was talking with a fellow gamer I'd happily bumped into.
We got to things Cthulhu and pulpy. I said I had the Lone Gunmen Snakemen I was also using for Conan games.
He suggested that as I had Indiana Jones and Snakemen, maybe they could throw Indy into a pit of Nazis.
Interesting twist.
I'm happy to use my WWI figs for Innsmouth type raids in the 1920's. Or in the Back of Beyond type games in Tibet, South Seas and China.

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