25mm/28mm Western Buildings- 2011

•October 26, 2011 • 2 Comments

These are my first sets of commissions, for a friend for his new Wild West adventures.

Most of the buildings and interiors come from Old Glory.

Condon Bank

Example of custom interior wallpaper option

Grand Hotel

Sheriff’s Office

Shop counters, shelves, barrels, and crates.

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Conquest Miniatures Comanche

•October 25, 2011 • 2 Comments

These figs from Conquest Miniatures  are some of the nicest sculpts for American Indians I have seen on the market, and owner Eric Roof is an all around awesome guy.

Miners

•October 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

In a previous post I detailed how we created a mine for our Wild West town.  No point in having a mine without miners!

These are my favorite figs in this set. . . perhaps in my collection!

No group of miners is complete without their faithful pack animals.  . . they sure aren’t gonna haul all that ore off the mountain themselves!

Mine

•October 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The Lead Adventure Forum is a great resource for anyone who games in the Wild West, Darkest Africa, Victorian Scifi, and other periods.  Members are active, fun, and very talented.

This thread inspired me to create a mine for my Wild West town.

We had been hoarding Styrofoam for a long time, and purchased some foam tunnel entrances made for model railroads from a local hobby shop.  Here’s our original idea for how we wanted to build the height and where we wanted to place the mine entrances.  The next step was to start cutting the styrofoam into a more mine/mountain-like shape:

Here we have done that and glued our pieces into place.  We have also begun to build the mountain out using newspaper.  These styrofoam pieces came from a box that contained my HP printer/scanner/copier, so there are plenty of odd angles and curves that we need to build out or that we can use to our advantage to create caves:

We want the back to have an Anasazi cliff dwelling feel because in our scenarios this mine is damned as it is part of a sacred Indian burial site.

Now that the basic shape and structure of the mine is there, it’s time to apply a layer of plaster tape and plaster of paris in order to cover over all the newspaper and also to create a surface that is more textured and more durable so that we can apply paint, flocking etc:


Looking more like a mountain mine, but we need some boulders and rocks!  We purchased silicon molds and a casting material from a local hobby store:

The rock molds were $9.00 US each and the casting material was $5.00 US for 2lbs.  Yes, the molds are a bit pricey, however they are extremely easy to use, should last forever, and the results are great.

What fabulous rocks!  I would really recommend these types of molds to any terrain builders out there, well worth the investment.

Now that we had rocks, it was time to add the rocks to our mountain.  We used hot glue for this task, and it worked fairly well.  We then primed the whole piece in brown:

Painted and flocked. . . please excuse the drying glue, it will show as white:

And now some action shots from Historicon 2009!  We were awarded a PELA for this game, and I think the mine played a large part in that.

Miners 🙂

Ghost Town

•October 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

In April of 2009, the Band of Gamers put on a mini convention at a local gaming and hobby store, Legions.  The goal was to meet other, local miniature gamers and introduce them to our club, and also to introduce any non-miniature gamers to the hobby as well.  We put on a variety of games, including a Wings of War game, and more details can be found in our Newsletter from that time.

At this time, I met J. Lee Howard who put on a lovely Legends of the Old West game which featured an awesome, scratch-built town:

I loved the way the buildings looked, and the fact they were mounted on a textured board that had rutted roads in it.  I thought that Lee’s building style would lend itself perfectly to a ghost town, so after the con I commissioned him to make one for me!

Here are the awesome results, enjoy!

Remains of a General Store, named after Band of Game member Steve Boley!

Indian Tipis

•October 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

A while back I stumbled upon this site while doing a Google image search for reference images.

It even featured a lovely template:

I decided to give it a try, so I spent some time in Photoshop sizing the template for 25mm-28mm figures.  For the bases we used old AOL CDs. . . yes, we still had a bunch laying around the house, talk about hoarding!

Perry Miniatures North American Farmhouse

•October 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I had been looking for an appropriate building to use as a farmhouse. . . a small house that you’d find far out on the frontier, inhabited by a family of homesteaders trying to eek out a living on the edge of the known US.

I struck gold with Perry Miniatures!

North American Farmhouse 1750-1900

My only complaints are that the roof is a bit tricky to fit onto the house, the porch posts are rather delicate, and the fence is a bit tricky to put together. . . hence why it is not pictured ><

It’s a beautiful building and looks just the part, and I plan on getting a few more to add to my town!

 
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