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    Avatar photovenusboys3

    I wasn’t quite sure what section to put this in…

    I’m wondering what figures might be available for early humans, proto-humans… hominids… whatever. Cavemen and cave humanoids. Smaller progenitors… armed with primitive weapons.

    Are there any games that aim particularly at that ‘genre’? Primitive humans vs. each other or whatever, I’m fine with cavemen vs. dinosaurs or serpentment or aliens or cthulhuoid monstrosities… that’s why I decided on putting this in the Fantasy area… the weirder the better.

    I’m aware of the, I think Copplestone, cavemen… but assumed there must be others.  Ideally something like those small plastic cavemen sets that a lot of folks had as kids.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    Avatar photoGeneral Slade

    There is Tusk from Irregular Miniatures, which is described as “the classic game of mammoth hunting from 12,000BC to 1914AD (and on into the future).” I haven’t played it but I assume it would include rules for caveman on caveman action. http://www.irregularminiatures.co.uk/ They also make 15mm figures to go with the rules.

    Avatar photoPiyan Glupak

    Must admit that I have always fancied having a go at Tusk.  Never tried any of the Irregular Miniatures rules, but they don’t seem expensive.  The next time I feel like doing an order to IR, I might add Tusk and some figures on.  If I didn’t like Tusk, I am sure that I could use the figures in HotT some time.


    Edit:  I know that they do figures for it in both 6mm and 15mm, but I would probably go for 15mm figures.

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    I’d heard of Tusk but for some reason thought it was a Victorian ‘Lost World’ sort of game.

    I was thinking 28mm but I do like 6mm as well so it’s worth a look.

    Avatar photoPiyan Glupak

    <span style=”font-family: andale mono,times;”>From what I can see in the Irregular Miniatures 15mm Tusk page, you have a variety of options.  There is a ‘Caveman Pack’, with cavemen, dogs, 3 adult and one baby mammoth.  They do the ‘Sir Harry Pack’, with “Victorian adventurers in The Land that Time (can be supplied with mammoths or slightly undersize dinosaurs)!”.  Then there are the options for ‘Tusk 2’ and ‘Tusk 3’.</span>


    <span style=”font-family: andale mono,times;”>Must admit that both the 6mm and 15mm options sound interesting to me.  On the other hand, MY Miniatures do some Ice Age animals in 15mm that you can use with their Inuit range that you might be able to include.</span>



    Avatar photoHoward Whitehouse

    Can I shill my own incredibly stupid rules, Caveman? All measurement in body parts, some chanting and dancing. Only use for a ‘die’ is a flat rock smeared in red ochre on one side, black on the other.


    I do all my own stunts.

    Avatar photoMike

    The premise behind TUSK (all periods) is men vs a beast.
    The beast could be a dinosaur, a monster, great ape, dalek or a walker or big alien.
    The players are the hunters, they are Working to be the first to take down the beast.

    The beast uses a reaction chart which determines what it does, it is based on hunter proximity and actions.

    It can be done solo play.
    Rocket science it is not, a giggle however it is!

    Avatar photoPiyan Glupak

    I think that Irregular Miniatures do packs for cavemen v. mammoths as one alternative, and Victorian explorers v. either mammoths or small dinosaurs for Tusk.  There are also a couple of extensions to the Tusk rules for 15mm figures, Tusk 2 and Tusk 3, that give more options.

    Tusk in 15mm interests me because MY Miniatures do stuff in 15mm for the Ice Age.  On the other hand, 6mm would be easier to paint.  Decisions, decisions….

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    Bombshell Miniatures has a cavegirl figure that always gets noticed when I break out the 28mm figures. Copplestone cave men in 28mm are hard to beat. Reaper also have a few nice figures. There is a Yahoo group called “Cave Wars” IIRC that has lots of ideas for this sort of gaming.

    You know, fightin' in a basement offers a lot of difficulties. Number one being, you're fightin' in a basement! --Lt. Aldo Raine

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    Tusk seems like it’s well worth a further look.

    The Copplestone sculpts are mighty nice.

    I’ll have to check out those Caveman! rules… if only because the bloody rock idea is hilarious.

    I’ll own up that the inspiration that got me looking for a good caveman game was watching the original Quatermass and the Pit… the idea of ancient martians manipulating human genetics… the suggestion that those early humanoids (depicted as being small bipeds) were martian colonists… that there may have been a high point before the colonists descended into anarchy and barbarism (because of the death of Mars?). So I was seeing a prehistoric setting… with Martian-bred cavemen of various distinctions (some with Martian technology?) trying to survive and maintain their inherited/transferred culture. Might as well toss in some a-historic dinosaurs as well.

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    Maybe the Martians had time travel….could be fun…

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