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.

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!

Old Glory Buildings

•October 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This is a set of buildings I purchased from Old Glory.

The Gun Shop is resin and is listed as the Chinese Laundry, I believe.  The others are a foam set that are a single mold.

These are very well made buildings, they are easy and enjoyable to paint, and do not need a lot of prep work.

The town Dentist and Undertaker!

Extreme Makeover: Cowtown Edition

•October 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I was able to get my hands on another ERTL Cowtown set via Ebay! 🙂

Here is the repaint:

Fall-In! 2007

•October 26, 2007 • Leave a Comment

This year I went to my first HMGS convention, Fall-In! The convention was held in Gettysburg, PA and the theme this year was Westward Ho! American Expansion from 1789-1889.

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This was the perfect convention to serve as my first convention. . . the Wild West fit right into the Theme! So, my dad and I came up with a game scenario to host at the convention. Our Game was called Canyon Diablo, and it was based on the historical Arizona town of the same name. This is the game information as listed in the Newsletter and the PEL:

F-119 Canyon Diablo – Theme

19th Century; 1 PM; Length: 3; Hosted by: Christin Sciulli, Steve Boley, and Frank Sciulli; Scale: 25mm; Sponsored by: Highlander Studios; Prize: Canyon Diablo; Rules: THW Six Gun Sound; No. of Players: 6.

The year is 1880 and you have the misfortune of stepping off the stagecoach in the meanest, toughest, most lawless town in all of the wild west, Canyon Diablo; Tougher than Tombstone and Dodge City combined! The first town lawman was sworn in at 4:00 in the afternoon and buried at 8:00 pm! Main street, dubbed hell street, featured 14 saloons, 6 brothels, 4 dance halls and a couple of eateries. Only one resident was recorded to have died of natural causes. . . can you survive long enough to catch the next stage out of town? This semi historical scenario is based on the real Arizona town of the same name. . In the game, each player will take on a faction that will have its own specific set of goals. Rules for this game are Two Hour Wargames Six Gun Sound, modified for d10, and these rules will be taught.Gun check will be enforced. Prizes will be awarded.

Adult supervision if under 15yrs. Game not recommended for kids.

We hosted this scenario twice on Friday in back to back games starting in the afternoon. As you can see from the event listing, we designed the scenario for 6-7 players and 3 walk-ups. The factions were:


Sheriff
Arizona Rangers
Two sets of Gunslingers
Bounty Hunters
Angry Homesteaders
The South Street Gang
The Silver Palace Gang
The Shanghai Jones Cattle Drive

During the first game we had 4 players. . . The man standing in green is my Dad, Frank, and that is me next to him in the Marshall’s badge.

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My Dad and I are explaining the rules and whatnot. The young boy present in the picture rolled his die so well he pretty much killed all the other players single-handedly! We will no longer play with anyone under the age of 15. . . young kids just roll too well!

We had 10 people show up to play our second game- a full house!

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The Sheriff walked out of his office and was promptly gunned down by a gunslinger hiding in the large livery at the end of town. Don’t worry folks, it was merely a flesh wound and the Sheriff and his deputy ended up surviving all the way until the end of the game! A first for this scenario:

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Gotta love the flea market; My dad picked this color piece up for me in between the two games:

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As you can see, this guy is no dummy and is high-tailing his way out of Dodge- err Canyon Diablo!

All in all it was a fun game to GM, and I think that our players in both games had a good time as well. Looking forward to hosting some more Wild West games at Fall-In 2008.

And speaking of fun, take a look at our “Fallen Soldiers” from one night of “serious gaming discussions”:

Pretty impressive, huh? Miniature War Gamers don’t mess around!

After that rousing night of discussion, my father hosted a Bibracte campaign on behalf of Phil Viverito, the creator the the Classical Hack ruleset. In 58 BC, at the Battle of Bibracte, Julius Caesar’s armies defeated the Helvetii 16 miles south of the fort.

After the Bibracte game, I came across a very nice Wild West game with some very inspiring buildings:

One of the most enjoyable games we played at Fall-In! was a pick-up Classical Hack scenario with Phil himself! It was Boudica vs. those Nasty Romans; Steve was the General for the Romans, the Forces of Darkness according to Phil, who was the General for the Celts:

Holy Kilts, batman, that’s a lot of figs!

Whoops! Looks like my Dad made a bad roll!

It was a hard fought battle, with much carnage and bloodshed on both sides, and in the end the Romans won by a thin margin. To help ease the pain of defeat, I did what any good gamer would do. . . I went shopping!

As you can see, I have more than enough to keep me busy until Fall-In! 2008 🙂

See you all there!

 
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