Thursday, 25 July 2019

Gonna Shoot Me Some Varmint

   As I said in the last post, I had been watching a lot of films that have been inspiring my hobby and this is another one of those. In the last few weeks I've watched Tombstone (not hugely impressed) and the first 3 of the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns (A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - which I love even if the dubbing is terrible) and this got me thinking. Then when I heard that 4ground had gone under (hopefully just in the short term) it gave me the kick up the arse to really get on with some ideas I had been brewing for Dead Man's Hand and this is the first* of them.
   Dead Man's Hand is one of my most played single ruleset in the last 4 or 5 years** but we have basically just played the same Lawmen vs Outlaws based games since we first picked up the game, ignoring the odd Kelly gang or Cowboy/Desperado diversion. I picked up Legends of Dead Man's Hand at Salute (and have just picked up the Curse of Dead Man's Hand to complete my collection) so we could try some different scenarios and after a quick flick through and a quicker chat, it was decided to pick up another gang, which with my recent film history turned out to be the Banditos. Looking at their rules they should play differently enough to mix the game up a bit, plus they look different enough to change the aesthetics of our games.
*Of many
**There are just too many good games

   The models themselves are from Great Escape Games and are only the second of their boxed gangs I have actually bought*** and are really nice sculpts with a lot of detail. When it came to painting, the detail was a tad daunting, so I did the only thing I knew how, bring up a picture of their painted gang and copy it. Although, I did swap the colour schemes of some figures and change a few colours around to make them my own.
***At the moment

Thanks for reading


  1. Another fabulous project for me to enjoy and be tempted by! I seem to have missed the news about 4Ground being in trouble, when was that?

    1. It was a few weeks back.
      I'm pretty sure the range is moving to another bit of the same company, but when I first saw the news it felt like the right time to pick up a building or two that had been idling on my list for a bit too long.

    2. Wow, as I said, completely missed that, but pleased to hear that there is a plan in place.

  2. Those look brilliant Mike! That's a bit mad that you didn't care for 'Tombstone'!!?? That's a top 5 western for me lol! Have you seen 'Open Range'? The gun fight at the end was what Stuart at GEG said made him want to create Dead Man's Hand.

    Are there any distributors in the UK who sell the Knuckleduster figures? The GEG old west models used to be my favorites until I found the KD stuff, I think you'd absolutely love them :)

    1. Added Open Range to my to watch list.
      My mate said the same about Tombstone, so maybe it deserves a second go?
      I've got my eye on a handful of their figures, I just suspect the postage will be extortionate.