Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Deadwood train is'a commin on over the hill!

On a lazy Sunday morning, No 1 son asked to play games, the answer was YES! 

"How about a cowboy game?"  To my delight, he said Yes...

A small part of town, with the train approaching the station
The Lad designing his gang  (we used Fist Full Of Lead)
The Lad picked the 4 in the front as his gang, his names: 'The Dad', 'The Groom', 'The Mom' and 'The Bride').  Mine are in the back;  Mumford, Slick Willie, Uncle Fustus and Pistol Pete.
The Lad's gang deployed in the left-most street, their goal is to capture the train and escape.  My gang started opposite corner, my goal is to block the capture of the train.
Git 'er done boys!
Yeehaw!, Thar's tha Train!
"So, how do I shoot?"
Like this, The Groom gets the drop on Uncle Fustus
Slick Willie moves to flank
The Bride is having none of that
Slick Willie gets pinned
Mumford rushes to cut off the route to the train
The Mom runs for the train
Lookin' good!
Pistol Pete charges at The Groom, opening up with his six-shooter
The Groom is pinned
The Dad tries a long-range shot on Slick Willie
Kapow! wounding him
Mumford gets a drop on The Groom and The Mom
Blammo! Mumford wounds The Groom
"I am going to make you pay for that..."
The Mom pins Mumford
Uncle Fustus blazes, wounding the Groom
"That's OK, Dad"
The Groom tries a recovery, but bleeds out instead
Slick Willie runs for cover
The Dad does a quick unopposed run for the train
The Bride lines up on Pistol Pete, and...
...Blam Blam, Pete goes down, stone dead
Mumford rolls for recovery, only to lose his nerve and run like the yellow-belly he really is
The Dad gets ready to hold-up the train
"I'm going to win!"
The Mom lines her six-shooter up on Uncle Fustus
Fustus gets pinned
The Trains slows into the station
The Mom takes her time and finishes Fustus, deader than a doorknob
The Bride goes hinting for Slick Willie
She hides in the outhouse
Willie stalks forwards looking for The Bride
The Dad captures the train
Just like that
The Bride pops out and shoots at Slick Willie, pinning him
Willie crawls into cover
The Dad plays out his inner schoolboy and climbs into the cab of the train
The Mom edges closer to Slick Willie, ready for a killing shot
Aim, ready...
...Fire!  The Mom guns down Slick Willie
The Lad's gang are victorious, they capture the train and ride off into the sunset.

What a fun game, FFoL proved to be a great game for the lad: fun, quick, simple rules.  Again,  it proved to be a 'play the game, not the rules' type of game, Excellent!

The Boy was buzzing, "Can we play Indians?"  YES, is the answer, but as it was a nice sunny day we went for a bike ride instead.  Cowboys and Indians it is next time then.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

20mm Old West - Where I got my toys

I got asked where my 20mm Old West Stuff came from, so here's what I can remember (vendors/ranges in caps)

 The stagecoach is from IMEX
 Wagons/buckboards are IMEX too.  They have a few really useful pack of civilians and terrain (cacti, ladders camps etc)
 This is six of the seven RAVENTHORPE poses, the missing one is a kneeling rifleman I wasn't keen on
 QUALITYCAST, sadly no longer in business
They also had some useful figs in their WW2 ranges, like this golfer with a revolver and hunter with shotgun
 These are old DARK FUTURE by GW.  Blind Jorge and Maisy
 These are either AIRFIX or the reissued REVELL, can't recall which.  Soft plastics as you can see on the damaged gun on the LHS
 Now for the wacky, these are supposed to be Boers by STRELETS, I'm not sure if anyone in Strelets has ever seen a pic of a Boer before
 However, they do make excellent cowboys, especially the Dynamiteros
 And more, they are firmer plastics so take paint better than the Airfix/Revell figs
 Injuns, these are IMEX I think
 Buildings are mix of MUSKET MINIATURES (some bought pre-painted from GAJO) and old KIBRI kits, from Ebay
 I did find recently that the old KIBRI kits have been rereleased by BCH from the US
Wild West Gunfighters
I don't have these yet, they are in the mail.  These are the new gunfighters from NEWLINE DESIGNS.  I'm looking forwards to getting these painted.