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mbourgeois Inactive Member31 Mar 2008 10:05 p.m. PST

I could use a bit of help please. For those of you familiar with the game Awful Green Things from Outer Space… I'd like to try a minis game of it. The Green things are easy… green clay for everything up to adult or super adult. I need suggestions on what current minis lines could sub in for the Zutnar crew? I think that if I added little stats cards to the crew bases I could play a fun game on an expanded map. Help would be appreciated.

Bardolph Inactive Member31 Mar 2008 10:14 p.m. PST

Check the image gallery for Awful Green Things on Boardgamegeek. Someone has done the figs out of Sculpey and they look pretty damn good.

Matakishi Inactive Member31 Mar 2008 11:45 p.m. PST
Dn Jackson01 Apr 2008 4:10 a.m. PST

Those are GREAT! I was going to say that I thought someone had made figures for the game, probably some 20 yaers ago. I wonder if they ever turn up in flea markets at shows?

Thieses Inactive Member01 Apr 2008 5:14 a.m. PST

Matakishi, nicely done as always. An entire game very cool.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian01 Apr 2008 5:42 a.m. PST

We played this at a con as a "Live Action Game" (each person was a playing piece, the board taped out on the ballroom floor).

Great Game!

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2008 6:26 a.m. PST

These look unbelivably good. Genius.

BlackWidowPilot Fezian Inactive Member01 Apr 2008 7:01 a.m. PST

"I was going to say that I thought someone had made figures for the game, probably some 20 yaers ago."

There were, made by either Heritage or Grenadier waaaay back in the late 70s. They were available along with figures for the(in)famous "Snits Revenge" boardgame as well. They weren't out for very long IIRC…

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Eclectic Wave Inactive Member01 Apr 2008 8:20 a.m. PST

You might just drop a email to Tom Wham, over at his website, if anybody knows if the minatures are still around, he probably would.

Doctor Bedlam Inactive Member01 Apr 2008 8:23 a.m. PST

Seems like the figs would be simple to make from sculpey or Model Magic. They weren't all that complicated. Get the basic shape down, add a couple little balls for eyes, and paint the rest of the details on yourself.

Steve Hazuka Inactive Member01 Apr 2008 9:56 a.m. PST

I loved the Snits. I had a couple of games if I remember right. I remember the figures even having little daggers tied to their noses.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2008 10:33 a.m. PST

Tom Wham's cartoons are perfect for Sculpey/Fimo, charming and blobby. I've wanted to do Sculpey Snits for a while, but it looks like I got beat on the AGTs.

I love that game.

Having done a few things with polymer clay (and my wife is a fanatic), I'm going to make a couple of suggestions. This is how I will approach it when I get around to it.

1) Use wire for the thinner legs. Polymer clay can break with handling. Premo/Fimo and particularly an obscure product called Cato Clay are supposedly stronger, but I find it best to make a skeleton out of paper clips or even baling wire, and put clay over that. You could cover your wire legs with clay or paint them later but I think its worth it to reinforce thin parts.

2) I'm planning on making a double-sized map and 1-1.5 inch bases for my polymer clay snits/AGTs. Trying to make them fit the counters in any published set (I have many, many editions of these two games) would be frustrating and unsatisfying.

I actually made a pair of giant AGT sets, with 2 inc counters and a five by six foot board. They're awesome, and they need some maintenance. But they're flat.

Now that I think about it, the map will probably need to be scaled up *more* than the counters->bases ration, since you often need to stack quite a few counters in a room and you won't be stacking your models. Hallways, hangars, and occasionally unpredictable other locations will have ten or even twenty individuals crammed in a giant melee. I love this game.

3) I see the Matakishi set has sculpted weapons. Very nice, very very nice, but since weapons have to stack with the character carrying them, I'm not sure how you pull that off. I plan on making flat wepons markers, scanning the art, scale it, print it, and attach it to vinyl floor tile, which I think will make a sturdy base.


Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2008 10:39 a.m. PST

I've been looking at the Matakishi for a week now.

They are really awesome. From the eyelids to the welding torch flames to the AGT egg with the beanie on it, they're just fantastic.

I'm going to keep looking at them.

How big are they? What will you use for a board?


Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2008 11:42 a.m. PST

I saw the figures at Matakishi with envy. I have been playing that game with miniatues since it first came out. Did it at a couple of Detroit cons in the 1980's. Our group did a version a couple years ago at UCON in Ann Arbor. We have use much simpler figures, assorted space creatures for the aliens and other SciFi types for crew men. The original board was just hand drawn, recently we were able to get access to enlarger xerox to up size it to "25mm scale.

I have loved this game for 20 years

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2008 12:57 p.m. PST

I walked "Pickett's Charge" with Tom Wham and DOn Perrin one year.

IttyBitty Inactive Member01 Apr 2008 4:19 p.m. PST

I believe they were made by Grenadier

Azantihighlightning Inactive Member09 Feb 2009 3:51 a.m. PST

Andrew did you ever make your big game?

Last Hussar29 Mar 2009 3:13 p.m. PST

Matakishi – That's just showing off. Say sorry.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member22 Feb 2010 12:00 a.m. PST

These are absolutely amazing! I'm inspired (but also intimidated).

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member22 Feb 2010 2:27 p.m. PST

Note in the Marketplace forums, I'm also looking to buy the latest edition of this game.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Mar 2010 9:30 a.m. PST

I've discovered that Khurasan miniatures produces a green slime tentacled cyclops monster in about 18mm scale that could make a dandy adult Green Thing, if you allow that Tom Wham just didn't bother drawing tentacles. This is good progress! They also make another one-eyed monster in this same range that might do for a baby Green Thing or juvenile version of the tentacled monster. This is progress!

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Mar 2010 2:47 p.m. PST

So, now: where to begin to find acceptable 15mm sci-fi or fantasy figures that can serve as stand-ins for the Znutar crew? Obviously exact matches are impossible -- but what I'm looking for at this point are reasonable facsimile types. I'll need four distinct races plus a "mascot". The Robot I've gotten from a set of plastic space robots. I'm not likely to stumble across the perfect ranges or figures on my own, out of the scores or hundreds of possibilities, so I throw myself on the mercy and good guidance of TMPers. Please post your suggestions and links here!

Gravity Thief Inactive Member01 Nov 2013 10:12 p.m. PST

Hey there! Looks like this is an abandoned thread, but to give a little life back to it, I humbly present some figures that I made. Check out the details over on BoardGameGeek:

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2013 12:07 p.m. PST

Well done!

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