I could use a bit of input here. I am developing a line of martial arts cardstock minis. I'd like to have sets of adversaries, kind of like Ninjas vs Samurai, that sort of thing. What would be a logical adversary for Shaolin Monks? Any requests?
Last Edit: Jun 16, 2011 16:56:28 GMT -9 by okumarts
Uh... how much "real" they have to be? I mean: could they be good for a "street fighter - like" game, or you are doing "historical" figures? Anyway, there's so much martial arts in the world (from china to brazil) so i guess you could just google for a list of them and draw the appropriate figures...
Awesome book cover, okumarts. I am tempted to buy this title. Character posing is not my strongest skill.
I think, Adam nailed it. Bandits and Imperial/Provincial soldiers (cannon fodder for 5-year-old-monks). Don't forget some real nasty Boss Fighters with special ancient China weaponry and multiple gadgets (storms of mini darts, flying guillotine, double blades of all kind, hooks, chain weapons, etc.) - you know, the old evil Imperial governor, plotting his own schemes. 70 years old, but strong and evil.
okumarts, you should watch YouTube, best of WuXia cinema. Lots of ideas there, I think. Or read a wikipedia primer about ancient China. People will buy, what they recognize. So, bowing water carriers with thin mustaches, yellow skin and large round hats spring to my simple mind, if I hear "Ancient China". ;D Very rich and colorful topic. I wonder, how this will turn out.
If you go the Fantasy China route, even more possibilities. China is rich of mythology. Lots of ghosts, witches, monsters. The game market has alot of material for you. Look for special supplements for diverse roleplaying systems or even rock-solid standalone Ancient China systems.
Post by highlandpiper on Jun 2, 2011 19:56:44 GMT -9
I watch Martial Arts movies all the time. If they don't get released in the western regions I order them straight from Hong Kong or Korea.
There are plenty of different types of Martial Art Themes. I will write a quick run down of some of the more popular themes.
Modern - Enter the Dragon, Ong Bak, Street Fighter
Shaw Brothers - You will notice many movies where instead of wearing the traditional Queue (long braid and half shaved head) they have a huge mop of hair with thick sideburns. This is because the actors would not shave their heads as it made them unable to play modern roles until their hair grew back.
1920-1940's China - IP Man, Once upon a time in China, even Kung Fu Hustle, Fist of Fury (Cheng Zhen). You get a mixture between western and traditional clothing. Japanese are the bad guys as they have invaded China.
Ancient China - There are tons of movies and books dedicated to the different time periods of china, each will focus on 2-4 different styles of martial arts. Spring autumn period is a famous one, such as Romance of the Three Kingdoms or just Three Kingdoms. Lots of video games, classic novels, comics, T.V. and movies based off of this period.
Wuxia - by far my favourite. This is the Marvel/DC of martial arts. Here you get some really colourful characters. They can walk on air, study poisons and by ingesting them inflict poisonous punches, LOTS of other things. Some good examples Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon, Hero, Warriors of Zu Mountain (love that one), Butterfly and Sword, Storm Riders and plenty more.
so here I've hit on just some of the Chinese ones. Japan and Korea also have a great selection to choose from.
Are you going to focus on a specific type or offer a bit of a mix? I can tell you that I would buy a lot of these if you kept making them, but I am a bit of a fan boy!
Post by highlandpiper on Jun 2, 2011 20:02:23 GMT -9
Adversary for Shaolin Monks would be if you want historical adversaries the Qing Dynasty as they set about the famous destruction of the Shaolin Temples. This scattered the monks and five fugitive monks Ng Mui, Jee Shin Shim Shee, Fung Doe Duk, Miu Hin and Bak Mei are credited for spreading Shaolin throughout China giving birth to all chinese martial arts in all its various forms.
You could also have bandits, Chinese ghosts and demons as well.
Martial Arts Heroes would be another cool set. I could supply a list of names and descriptions if you wanted of Chinese to Japanese heroes both fictitious and historical.
Thank you so much Adam! I hope the books can be of use. Almost all the characters in the books are from RPG campaigns I have run. OK. I'm thinking the first set will be Shaolin Monks vs Bandits. I want to keep it relatively historical, but the Shaw Brothers movies were a big influence on me when I studied Kung Fu in the early 80s. Then I'll do a Heroes vs Minions set followed by a Heroes vs Bosses set. I just need a name for the line.
While I think it would be great to see some period Asian figures, (especially samurai and ninja, which I think have been lacking in paper form for a while and would definitely buy) what I would really love to have access to is a set of modern-style Asian-inspired figurines, stuff like urban ninja, street samurai, corporate swordsmen, burglar/infiltrator types, etc.--things that would go great on a gritty urban table ala WWG Mayhem.
I'm not necessarily talking straight-up cyberpunk, more present-day or near-future (stuff like TMNT).
Ok sorry but you just made my day man. I love Kung Fu flix and these minis will be an instant buy for me. While I agree with dcbradshaw (one of my game group) that we could really use some urban ninja, I really really wanna see these sets first. (sorry dc)
Just the sketches are awesome...I cant wait to see the finished projects.
mproteau: I'm down to only a few sets by Okumarts to make cutfiles for. If I've missed any, can you please PM me? I think I've got a couple darkfast dungeon wall sets that might need cutfiles (if they fit!) and there's a set of Gilligan's Island minis...
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berneart76: I'll get back to work on my harbor/Wharves/Piers sets tomorrow night, been asked to be a photographer for a Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show that my youngest brother has put together for Sunday afternoon. See you all again next week!
May 16, 2015 19:32:22 GMT -9
mproteau: Save the Day: Ninja Clan Glitter Play Test Adventure cutfiles are up! If you use them, be aware you'll have to do some manual alignment and some slicing and dicing to line it all up.
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mproteau: Spot of Bother set two... I added cutfiles for the guards. I didn't do the props or walls because they don't fit inside the safe cutting area. If people really want them, I can make cutfiles and let y'all use it as raw materials to move bits around.
May 11, 2015 9:22:15 GMT -9
berneart76: Time to put on The Hobbit movies (Unexpected Journey and Desolation of Smaug) and work on coloring and accent layering remaining stair sets, Already have the wood graining texture done for them.
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mproteau: SOMEONE out there is thinking "Dang it all - I don't have enough corgis in my adventure!" Well, fret no longer, my friends! Spot of Bother Set 1 cutfiles are here! http://cardboard-warriors.proboards.com/thread/6882/spot-bother-royal-highland-guards
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mproteau: And, yes. I'm catching up... Spot of Bother set one is coming along nicely at work, while the dungeon props will come along nicely at home. Lemme know if you need ideas for more sets, David!
May 5, 2015 12:15:52 GMT -9
mproteau: Its tough with humanoids because it's pretty keen when it calls for someone with a *sling* and you don't have to say "that guy with the spear is the one with the sling"...
May 5, 2015 12:13:28 GMT -9
okumarts: I also wonder sometimes if those editable mini sets are really worth it or if I should just create regular sets and keep it simple.
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okumarts: This, of course, is good news.
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okumarts: Dangit, you are catching up to my output! I've got to step up my game!
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mproteau: Darkfast Classic Fantasy Set 5 cutfiles are "done" - I've updated the thread to include the bonus page and its layers. Next up is the Darkfast Dungeons prop sets - first one is almost done!
May 5, 2015 7:09:16 GMT -9
mproteau: Posted cutfiles for some more okumarts goodies. The supers from the pay-what-you-want Save the Day intro adventure is done, and I've done the first half of the Darkfast Classic Fantasy Set 5... Those layered PDFs can be tricky!
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berneart76: now on revision 4 for layouts for the stairs.. going to take a bike ride in a bit to go get some pictures of some ashlar retaining walls for texturing..
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