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Microtactix was on the leading edge of creating terrain for wargames and RPGs that you could download immediately and print on cardstock. The company has been quiet for some time (viz. the moribund Microtactix website), but a plethora of products remain for sale at RPGNow.

The early buildings, such as Vulture Gulch, are primitive by today’s standards — they’re just line-drawn and you have to color them in yourself(!) Yet, they’re not correspondingly inexpensive…

“Newer” sets such as Twilight Street (added 10 years ago) are fully colored and useful. I have many, many of these sets and retain a fondness for carefully assembling cardstock buildings.


Whitewash City

In addition to all of the wonderful products that Eric Hotz has offered to the gaming community, his Whitewash City: Links page is the sine qua non of online Old West gaming resources. If you’re looking for miniatures, scenery, rules — Eric has sought them out and provides you with a link. Many Thanks!


Pirates Under the Blue Moon

In addition to all of their other great 15mm miniatures, Blue Moon Manufacturing has a line of pirates. There are loads of pirates, ever utile civilians, and even some reasonably affordable resin ships.


Horror Under the Blue Moon

The current powerhouse in 15mm miniatures would have to be Blue Moon Manufacturing. They have a small but evocative horror line which includes zombies (of course), but also werewolves & vampires, wolves, and a Jack the Ripper vignette featuring a famous consulting detective.


Deep, Dark Africa from Blue Moon

Blue Moon Manufacturing has released a much-anticipated line of 15mm figures (really 18mm these days) for exploring Deepest, Darkest Africa.

The line currently comprises 12 tribes of natives (including pygmies), askaris, porters (with ivory, nicely complementing the Irregular bearers who have crates), witchdoctors, native villagers (in camp and canoes), and even captives being cooked in a giant pot (!), along with the usual Great White Hunters, Men & Women of Adventure. I’ll leave the quintet pictured above to the imagination.

Sparks Cardstock Miniatures

Sparks: Sunburned and Rusty from Cumberland Games and Diversions. Sparks are paper miniatures rendered as a font so that you can print them out at any size.

Vulture Gulch by Microtactix

Vulture Gulch Western Denizens from Microtactix are cardstock figures available for immediate download from RPG Now.

Cowpokes by Peter Pig

Peter Pig makes the original line of 15mm cowboys. Some packs available in the US from Brookhurst Hobbies. I find Peter Pig minis to be petite.

Best of the West from Minifigs

Minifigs has a 15mm line called Wild West with lots of indians and pret’near everyone is available both mounted and dismounted. N.B. There used to be a US version of Minifigs as well, but that seems to be long gone.

15mm Old West from Irregular Miniatures

Irregular Miniatures has a line of American Indians figures, which includes US Cavalry troopers and an odd cowboy or settler or two. Also check the American Civil War and Colonials lines for interesting characters.

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