Strawhat wrote:I think that ghosts and banshees would be easily handled by a suitable paint scheme on some "robed cultists".
Everybody always seems to want robed cultists.
Strawhat wrote:Hmmm...6-8 Robed Cultists in a variety of positions (standing straight, moving, upright in a wide stance, etc.), a mix of hooded, unhooded, and mutant heads, a male "offering", a female "offering", some arms (various poses, ceremonial blades, etc.) and half an altar (combine with the other frames to make a complete one, maybe even one side molded as wood, the other as stone)?
I don't even have a use for them, but I think I want them!
It was a slow afternoon at work, so I had some fun instead of doing a bunch of boring reports and writing dreary procedures. Please don't tell the bosses as it upsets them when I'm not miserable. Actually, once I started really thinking about this I wasn't likely to get much work done.
So let's start with the basic assumptions:
- 8"x6" frames.
- 4 frames per box.
- Suitable for three product lines: Alien Suns, Dark Futures, and Myths & Legends.
The frames shouldn't need a new size, and I'm sure Lonnie's blood pressure would spike through the roof if I mentioned it even half-seriously.
But why four frames? The main reason I'm suggesting four frames per box is because I'm suggesting "half" of an altar be on the frame to save space. As a customer, I would be a little miffed if I "needed" to buy another set. Of course, it would be possible to model a broken altar to use up that third piece and that's certainly not a bad idea; If this set (or one very like it) comes about, I'll certainly consider it! But I'm also suggesting four frames because I think it's unlikely that WGF would consider making multiple sets of Robed Cultists (and Robed Cultists fit in so many genres) so this set will need plenty of spare parts, which will cut down on bodies. Whereas most WGF have lots of figures, this would only have 20ish miniatures and 2 altars. Which leads us into point number three.
It might be tricky business, but I'm going after three birds with one proverbial stone. I know some of us have some pretty substantial conversion skills, but I'm not one of them. So it's important for me to have this as ready to go straight out of the box as possible. Go big or go home, eh? One thing that works in favor of the fantasy-world I've contrived for these cultists is that such cultists are often not terribly well equipped, so some melee weapons and more "primitive" firearms might not be all bad. I fully admit that I did not focus on Alien Suns' themes when putting my thoughts together (beyond "cults wouldn't have access to a lot of advanced weapons"), but I think it would work. Sort of.
So what do I see being part of the (frame) kit?
- One-half of an altar--modeled as a stone slab on one side and wood on the other. The breaks necessary to show the different planks of wood could lead into grooves on the stone side that could either be generic cracks or actual grooves to collect blood. I really like the idea of having an altar set up to make collecting blood easy, but recognize that might be a bit gruesome for some people (especially if you're involved with younger gamers). The altar would have two metal reinforcement bands (one at the top, one at the bottom) that would serve to anchor the manacles for both the stone and wood variations and would also serve to bind the planks together for the wooden altar. I imagine the altar would be about the size of a pool table (4'x8') when assembled.
- One altar support--modeled as a stone slab on one side and wood on the other. Since this will be under the altar in the first place, just place the side you don't like towards the center. It will be very difficult to see, especially if painted to match the "good" side facing out.
- Two sacrifices: One male, one female. I would expect to see a man stripped to waist wearing some form of indeterminate breeches or shorts (probably to the knee). The female sacrifice would be wearing a pretty non-specific dress, probably with a plunging neckline and high slit on the skirt. This is, admittedly, quite a bit of cheesecake/beefcake. Both sacrifices will need manacles and possibly short chains to attach to the reinforcement bands on the altar.
- Five 25mm round bases.
- Four robed cultist bodies: two male and two female. This one hurt. I hate limiting the number of poses like this, but gender diversity is important to me. If the robes are bulky enough, I could live without specific female bodies. I'd still really prefer it, but circumstances are what they are.
- One set of robed legs. These will belong to either the priest/priestess, higher level acolytes, or to freed sacrifices!
- One open-robed male torso to serve as a manly-man high priest or freed sacrifice (depending on the head used).
- One semi-open robed female torso to serve as a slightly naughty high priestess or freed sacrifice (depending on the head used). Any cleavage adornment (chain holding together the plunging neckline, etc.) on the female sacrifice should be repeated on this torso.
- One female robed torso; this may serve as a rescued sacrifice, additional cultist or acolyte, or a more modest leader.
- One male robed torso; this may serve as a rescued sacrifice, additional cultist or acolyte, or a more modest leader.
- Fourteen heads:
- Four mutant heads modeled after the "squiddie" heads from the Shock Troopers. Not completely squiddie, but certainly not human.
- One mutant priest/priestess head.
- One male unhooded leader head.
- One female unhooded leader head.
- One hooded leader head--although I'm not certain how this would be distinguished.
- One male sacrifice head.
- One female sacrifice head.
- Four hooded heads (faces obscured).
- At least thirteen(!) sets of arms:
- Four sets of mace/club wielding arms.
- Three sets of pistol wielding arms.
- One set of Thompson submachine gun wielding arms (I'd prefer the drum over the magazine).
- One set of shotgun wielding arms.
- One set of ceremonial dagger wielding arms.
- One set of ceremonial staff wielding arms.
- Two sets of non-specific arms (open hands, folded into the sleeves, etc.)
I believe that will pretty well max out any available space. Should there be more, I would like to see some more modern weapons and maybe a book and pedestal of some sort--the pedestal could be done as half an item, to keep from having an absurd number of them just laying about. Should there not be enough, I'd let go of the non-specific arms first, then the two sacrifice heads, then the individual robed torsos.
Just for fun, these are the notes and the mock-up that I used to help organize my thoughts.
OK, I guess I can't delay this any longer (I hate the review process ). Time to hit "Submit."