Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Another project, Señor!

Ah, sigh... yet another distraction has led me to an altogether different path(ology). The good news: I'm done, finitoabgeschlossen, completado. Just like that, badda bing - badda BOOM! Thankfully, it was a small enough project to complete in a few, short days. 

Not to worry, b/c I'm still diligently working on my Vikings and SPOILER ALERT: my Moria Goblins have been done for sometime but I haven't staged them yet for their photo shoot. You know how they are. It's a real cast iron bitch trying to work with these idiots! I haven't gotten a call back or an email from their agent and they're such prima donnas... But I digress. 
The derailment of my train of thought.
Since the completion of my buddy Willy's paper models of a western town in his blog post titled West World: http://tacticalminiaturesgaming.blogspot.com/2010/09/west-world.html I knew that sooner or later I'd have to paint me some bad ass bandidos to slug it out with an assortment of all comers: ornery critters, varmints and bushwhackers! I mean, come on, anybody who grew up in the 60s definitely had a steady diet of Westerns. Be it the Hollywood or the Spaghetti variety. 

Eli Wallach as the archetypal Mexican bandido and definitely one of my favorites aside from Charles Bronson as an Apache (Chato's Land) or Yaqui (Guns for San Sebastian). But that's another story...
And let's not forget the classic black and whites...
"Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges..."
As a kid growing up in California, circa 1969, I was also bombarded with commercials that further reinforced the stereotype (all in fun, IMHO).
Anyone recall the song? I still do...
With that said, I've always been particular about colorful characters and unit types. Introducing Los Hermanos Volandos (The Flying Brothers). This is what happens when a mariachi band has gone bad(ass). After a few setbacks with bad managers and equally bad bookings the Brothers decided that crime does pay, at least, better than their musical gigs ever did. 
Left to right: Indio, El Jefe (mounted) and two gun wielding Churro.

Left to right: Torpe, Panson and Chile Relleno
Some action shots using Willy's Western Town including his collection of Heroscape Cowboys and acquired Mexicans.
Forgive my lack of focus.
(Yes, there's actually a couple references here that I hope you got.)
I'm preemptively mentioning this b/c Willy already whined to me about it.
Willy's boys are in the background (heehee).
Is this better, huh, Willy?!!
Willy's 25mm Mexicans and Cowboys from an unknown manufacture (at least to me).
Here's the Heroscape Cowboys that are pretty cool for pre-painted plastic and are completely compatible to 28mm. Re-basing optional but recommended.
Eventually, I need to find and paint up a Chinese Tong (I've already checked TMP and haven't been satisfied with the results). Please, please, please, let me know if you have any suggestions.

Then, I recently made a *GASP!* discovery thru my never-ending, serendipitous surfing thru the web. The Apache band (not musical!) I'm hankering for is made by Black Scorpion and looks great. It's now added to my Wish List. Coming soon... 


  1. Black Cat Bases stock the Obelisk Miniatures Chinese Tong figures. Very nice miniatures:-

  2. The 'wild' west is a must for any tabletop skirmish gamer. Great stuff.

  3. thanx all for the link and comments!

  4. Reviresco ( http://www.tin-soldier.com/ ) also has Chinese Tong figures.


  5. Really quite wonderful stuff - I cant believe how diverse your gaming genres are, and all at such amazingly good quality too.

    Love that old B&W Bandito scene: I often re-enact it with my scout group when handing out acheivement badges!

  6. @man cave, seems like we're of the same generation which probably explains our comparative wackiness. a friend emailed me and asked why i didn't include 'el guapo' from 'the three amigos. dough!!! i just plain forgot.

  7. Nice figures and really good painting and we don't need no stinking badges (blazing saddles badges).

  8. Great work man! Just started following your blog!

  9. thanx again, everyone!

    @matt nuemann, welcome aboard!



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