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  • #47241
    Avatar photozippyfusenet
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    “Bugs, Mr. Rico. Zillions of em.”

    A friend has started a “Them” project – US National Guard vs. Giant Atomic Mutant Ants c. 1952. It looks like a lot of fun. I’m inspired. Probably nothing will come of that, but at the moment, I’m inspired.

    He’s doing the project using 1/72 plastic figures and kits. However…the image has entered my mind of this game done using 3″ plastic armymen and corresponding vehicles, all left in their original raw plastic. The question I have is – where can I get suitable ants? In quantity and not too expensive.

    The ants in the movie are really huge, but I think I could settle for maybe six inches long. Also, I might could use bugs that aren’t necessarily ants, if they’re intimidating, maybe giant spiders.  I thought that the old “Cootie” game might have an appropriate raw-plastic aesthetic, but it seems the new, redesigned sets are far too kawaii for my needs:

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/COOTIE-Game/6486362

    Can anyone here source a product for me?

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #47249
    Avatar photoMike
    Keymaster

    Too big, expensive and in the wrong part of the world?

    BIGBUGS

    Oooh these may be OK?

    #47253
    Avatar photoPatG
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    I get my dinos from the dollar store. I recall seeing some really big ants and grasshoppers as well in the 6″ range.

    Now I want to game Robert Aprin’s The Bug Wars

    #47526
    Avatar photozippyfusenet
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    Thanks for the research, Mike. The Wild Republic bugs look good, but still expensive. I’ll have to check the dollar stores, a source I’ve neglected lately while I catch up on my backlog.

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #47983
    Avatar photozippyfusenet
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    Well woudja lookitthat. After I poked around on their website, the Amazon sales-bots emailed me a whole list of options to meet my giant plastic bug needs. Some of the more economical choices were:

    The gross of creepies for just $15 is mighty tempting, although the Bucket of 30 for $19 may include more actual ants – it looked like four different ants in that set.

    It’s a golden age.

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

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