Many years before the 1933 film “King Kong” was made the great film maker, Curly Toanayles needs to finish his movie and has found the perfect location on the previously undiscovered Skull Island.

He has chartered a steamer and persuaded a number of wealthy men to back his venture.  This was especially easy as he offered to take passengers on the trip.  Many of the backers sent their mistresses or troublesome relatives on the voyage in the hope that at least some would not return.

Curly could not persuade any famous actresses to play the part of the Leading Lady so he found an unknown singer to play opposite the star Noah Peele. This 'soon-to-be-unfortunate' soul is Sue Flaye. No one knows what they will encounter on this island and why it is so mysterious, but once they reach it, they will soon find out.

Yesterday the film crew went ashore and after interrupting the natives at a ceremony they returned.  During the night Sue Flaye was abducted.  Living on this hidden island is a giant gorilla and this beast now has Sue in its grasp. You must travel through the jungle looking for Kong and Sue , whilst avoiding all sorts of dangers, creatures and beasts.

Our version of Skull Island is almost all hand made from simple materials by Alan Hamilton, Slim Mumford and the Skull Mountain itself was made by Callum Campbell (aged 7) the skull on top came from Poundland at Halloween.  The main materials are polystyrene, card, string, aquarium plants and so on all coated with emulsion paints.

These walls were made by Callum from some polystyrene packing from a printer.  It was cut into sections and various off cuts used to decorate the back and also so that it stood easily.  The stone block pattern was melted on with a hot wire cutter.






The huts are made from Pringle and other card tubes decorated with African pictures from the internet.

 The Cast

The figures come from the collection of Alan Hamilton from a variety of sources.  The figures used by the players are provided by Mark Copplestone’s Back of Beyond and High Adventure ranges, Foundry’s Darkest Africa range, Bob Murch’s Pulp Figures and other ranges.  The Pygmies are from Kalistra and the tribesmen are from Wargames Foundry led by the Volcano King and Queen from Pulp Miniatures.  The dancers are from a fantasy set but I forget which (sorry).  You can also see plastic figures from various Heroclix and Doctor Who Ranges.


The various characters scattered around the table are from various Foundry, Reaper Fantasy, Pulp Figures and West Wind ranges.

 The plastic dinosaurs are from the Poundshop, ASDA, Sainsbury, The Early Learning Centre, Edinburgh Museum and many other places.

 KING KONG was bought in the sale when the Early Learning Centre in Livingston closed down.

 The Balloons are converted from a gift in a “My Little Pony” Happy Meal picked up at a car boot sale.  They are sometimes on e-bay. 

 How to make the balloons

Skull Island Introduction

Skull Island Download Page

Skull Island at Carronade Gallery of Photos

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