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Offline Andy in Germany

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #270 on: April 06, 2024, 07:11:42 AM »


Time for another story from Ascension Island. In our previous story a new gang calling themselves the “40 Elephants” has turned up on the island. London has become a bit to hot for them, so they are trying new territory and this new travel hub/destination of the rich and famous seemed ideal. In the last episode they managed to get away with a mysterious “Jewelled tome” in a security van. Now they have hidden the Jewelled tome in the islands power station and are trying to make contact with a buyer, but the military police aren’t far behind…




The Buyer, a “mysterious Heiress” has pulled up at the agreed meeting point in front of the casino.



The leader of the gang, Alice diamond, and her sidekick, Jim Bullock, approach from a side alley…

Suddenly the Island’s military police force arrive, having had a tip off that the deal is about to take place. As they have two cars now, they can approach from two different sides of the town…



This is a serious inconvenience to two of the gang, who were quietly sneaking into a factory yard to steal some small machinery for other nefarious purposes.



Alice sees the police and hesitates, but despite her orders Jim carries on to go and talk to the Heiress about terms and delivery.



This does not go well. The Heiress is not interested in talking with one of the labouring classes and ignores him.


Meanwhile two other gang members are running as fast as their heels will allow, to get to the machinery that Alice told them to steal. Unfortunately Captain Bryant has noticed them and approaches to investigate.



The 40 Elephants don’t seem to have got their various tasks very well allocated today; while Shirlie and Florrie risk damaged nails while dragging the heavy boxes, Mary Carr, who is quite at home dealing with Explosives, is sent to deal with some turf negotiations between the gang and Col. Lawrence. It turns out that she is to negotiations what Jim is to smooth talking heiresses. Unfortunately Alice has also forbidden any shooting which rather cramps her style.



Meanwhile Alice has taken over negotiations from Jim, and Lieutenant Cain of the RNAD Police has noticed the commotion. Jim grins; this is more his thing. He takes a swing at the policeman and fisticuffs ensue.



Meanwhile Shirley and Florrie try to steal the mysterious machine Alice has sent them to get. Unfortunately the area around it is ‘perilous’, so I have to turn a card for a random challenge. This reveals that both need to roll a four or above in their ‘finesse’ skills. Unfortunately, they don’t.



Williams, who has managed to avoid whatever peril is lurking in the box, offers help, but Florrie tells him in some well chosen words what he can do with such an offer and the two pick themselves up and leave the area. (again, a dice roll; they’re both “out” which I take to mean fed up and leaving.



As Bryant and Williams assistance is not required by the two women, they head for the alleged hiding place of the tome. Bryant is confronted with a locked door, but as he turns to ask Williams to go and get the key, his Sargent deals with the problem using a size 12 boot. They head for the boiler room…



At the same time Alice has the information she needed from the Mysterious Heiress and Jim pushes a way through the police. The pair run to the power station, where Jim applies the Sgt Williams approach to locked doors. It doesn’t work.



Recognising that this requires more finesse than muscle Alice yells at Jim to keep the police at bay and picks the lock. She runs inside and…



Amongst the machinery Sgt. Williams is searching for the Jewelled tome; I really need to paint the machinery because I couldn’t see anything. Fortunately the Sargent could and he collected the Jewelled Tome.



Jim ran into the power station to help Alice, followed by Lieutenant Cain, meaning that on a table 1m x 1m (3″ x 3″) almost all the characters still in the game were battling it out in a tiny space in one building. Still, that’s how Pulp is supposed to end, in a big cliffhanger ending full of fisticuffs and drama…



The arrival of Lt. Cain tipped the balance. Outnumbered and realising the Jewelled Tome was in Sgt. Williams possession, the 40 Elephants turned tail. Jim escaped through the back door while Alice ran out the front…



…where she leapt into the limousine belonging to the Mysterious Heiress. This sped off in a screech of tyres and a clatter of bullets…



So the 40 Elephants escaped, but without their prize. The police will now try and return it to its rightful owner, but the criminals aren’t going to give up that easily. Who will have final possession of the book, and what secrets does it contain? Find out (maybe) in the next thrilling instalment of “The Jewelled Tome”…

Offline Moriarty

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #271 on: April 06, 2024, 07:39:52 AM »
Cue ‘cliffhanger’ music!

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #272 on: April 06, 2024, 05:04:40 PM »
Nice! Love all the figs and scenery. Your Ascension Island campaign is a perfect fit for the Pulp Alley rules.  ;D

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #273 on: April 09, 2024, 09:15:46 PM »
I'll have to review this latest report here in a bit.  I'm sure I'll have something useless to say afterwards.... 
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Offline Andy in Germany

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #274 on: April 14, 2024, 10:47:04 AM »


The next project on the list is a bank, and for once I actually started the model instead of getting distracted.

The Bank of Ascension naturally wants to project wealth, stability, and reliability to attract the custom of wealthy tourists. To do this they have commissioned a classical frontage, made from stone brought to the island at great expense. It will feature all kinds of cornices, accolades, scrolls, quoins, and other things I learned about online while researching this project.

In keeping with the general theme of Ascension, the less visible parts of the bank will probably be made of any old rubbish…

Offline Moriarty

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #275 on: April 14, 2024, 01:39:29 PM »
See? Steps make all the difference :-) Now, on to the dancing girls!

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #276 on: April 14, 2024, 02:51:32 PM »
A well-greeblied bit of architecture.
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Offline Andy in Germany

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #277 on: April 16, 2024, 06:09:07 AM »
See? Steps make all the difference :-) Now, on to the dancing girls!

I suppose that'd be easier than a Zeppelin...

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #278 on: April 18, 2024, 05:59:53 PM »
Well, I've now reviewed the latest story.  I'm not particularly impressed by the 40 Elephants, at least not in this encounter...

And a hearty "Well done!" to the local constabulary... 

Offline Andy in Germany

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #279 on: April 21, 2024, 01:07:51 PM »


After much effort the bank of Ascension is taking shape, such as it is.

After feeling rather smug at being able to make the window and door prints fit as designed, I realised that I now have to paint the rest of the frontage to match the off-white I used for the window surrounds. I’ll also need to extend those corner stones around the um… corners, so that it’s at least pretending to be built of solid stone.

As usual this would be much easier if I actually planned ahead instead of trying to sort out problems as I go along…

Offline Andy in Germany

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #280 on: April 21, 2024, 01:11:57 PM »
Well, I've now reviewed the latest story.  I'm not particularly impressed by the 40 Elephants, at least not in this encounter...

And a hearty "Well done!" to the local constabulary...

Yes, it turns out that shoplifting in fashionable stores with deferential staff in central London is very different from running a Heist on Ascension. They're now in a lot of trouble with the Mysterious Heiress who is paying them to purloin the mysterious tome.

However, they have been tipped off that the tome is now deposited at the Bank Of Ascension, so maybe their unique mix of distraction and violence will work there...

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #281 on: April 21, 2024, 05:03:40 PM »
Yes, it turns out that shoplifting in fashionable stores with deferential staff in central London is very different from running a Heist on Ascension. They're now in a lot of trouble with the Mysterious Heiress who is paying them to purloin the mysterious tome.

However, they have been tipped off that the tome is now deposited at the Bank Of Ascension, so maybe their unique mix of distraction and violence will work there...

I guess we'll find out in due time...and I kinda like how the bank front looks with the stone facade and white-ish windows....

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #282 on: April 22, 2024, 04:44:51 PM »
That turned out very nice! Love the facade.

Offline Andy in Germany

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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #283 on: May 04, 2024, 07:51:11 AM »


The Ascension Savings Bank is now open for business, despite being an empty shell at the moment; that seems strangely appropriate.

Ascension is a boom town; first to come were the traders and merchants, taking advantage of its “free port” status to get around trade blockades, and later the jet-setting elites of the late 1930s on the newfangled airships. Originally the travellers would just transfer and travel to their new destination but many now party or gamble the night away before continuing onward; Some even come just to experience the night-life in Ascension, now selling itself as “The Atlantic Vegas”



Despite the name, I doubt savings are much of the bank's business. In the days before internet banking and credit cards, all these wealthy people also needed access to cash (or more likely, credit); exchange currency for their destination country; and if they are very fortunate, somewhere to pay their winnings into their account before travelling onward.


Add to this the opportunities for black marketing and money laundering, and it didn’t take long for someone to realise that whoever was the first to provide all these services would get quite ridiculously wealthy, and surprise, surprise, many of the consortium behind the casino are backing this project as well.

Equally unsurprising, the bank is already attracting the attention of a number of less official organisations who have heir own views on where some of this money should go…








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Re: Andy's Pulp misadventures...
« Reply #284 on: May 04, 2024, 04:01:24 PM »
An inviting looking establishment indeed!