A few years ago I did a whole set of 15mm cowboys and we played a couple of games with them, but they never got too much use. Although economical for storage and cost 15mm individual skirmish games are tough to get my local crowd really interested in. Note, you should expect to see them again (with reinforcements) with the release of rebel’s and patriots, as well as the recent release of Western by Peter Pig. I plan on using those figs with others for those games.
However, cowboys are a big favourite of mine and as has been seen on here already we are playing Dracula’s America (actually without magic stuff so far) and enjoying that. That love of cowboys comes from those old films and westerns which I grew up watching. For the recent spate of cowboy games in our group I have been providing, the lions share of the western miniatures. So it was time to show some of them here, as I always make sure to put all the things I finish on this blog.
As normal for such posts, I’ll just show the front and backs of the various figures. This post has 20 figures so sorry for it containing a few more pictures than normal.Most of these are miniatures are old glory or foundry models. In fact I got a load of them from the bring and buy at one of the local game shows cheap which was a bonus.I decided not to paint them up in ‘factions’ but to just go with the flow and paint them however I liked and felt the figure should be. I don’t believe there was too much of the matching gang colour style clothing going on in the west anyway. I was really torn on the basing – standard 25mm, or the larger 30mm black surround bases with an indent which some systems use. The figures from the bring and buy came on pennies and I thought that actually worked. So I have continued that for these – we will see if I do it for all the models but it does make the figure not the base the key visual item which I like.You hopefully can see that I have tried to vary the skin tones as well as the clothing colours for the models. Overall, this has worked ok but a few have come out better than others in this.One of the comments I have got is that I could have used more highlights on these. That’s true, but I was looking for a more realistic look rather than the clean Hollywood look for many of the models. I will take that as good feedback though and see if I can add more highlights to them.That realistic look though means they have to be a little more gritty and grim. It also reduces the chance for a true bright colour scheme to ensure they look appropriate for the time. Cowboys are the same time as Victorian England after all.I did a future floor polish varnish on these figures followed by an artist Matte varnish. That works and makes for a fairly hard wearing varnish coat – but it would not shock me that I have to do touch ups at some point. It’s also tough to make sure the coverage is good but does not pool with a brush. It takes a little time to get right.Doing 20 figures may seem extreme to some people but I have loaned out most of them already. When we have 6 or more people around a table all wanting loaner figures for a cowboy game I do need a good collection of toys to lend to others to play the game. So these are just the first set of cowboys I will be painting.I may go though and put some extra tufts and green/brown flock on the bases in the end but it depend a lot on the basing of the terrain I get for this setting. So far I have used my rocks which I use for Frostgrave and club terrain… I do have some 4ground buildings to make up though.So there we are. The first 28mm cowboys I have and these won’t be the last.