This pageÂ replicates the Triggernometry webpage I maintained (sporadically) on my old Circa Games website. As a number of Kind Souls have mentioned through the years that they’ve found it useful, I decided to rescue it from Ã¦theric oblivion when I pulled the plug on my old site.
As I have simply cut and pasted, the entries on this page benefit from none of the bells and whistles of modern day blog organization â€” tags and categories and what-not. I’ll work my way through them, checking for dead links, and perhaps, Heaven forfend, even adding some current content. I’ll record my progress in blog entries, so everything here (that still works) will one day be categorized and searchable.
ThisÂ website isÂ an attempt to gather together some of the resources available for gaming the Old West. Here youâ€™ll find annotated links to miniature manufacturers (both metal and cardstock), sources for western buildings and terrain and tips for constructing your own, rules for roleplaying and skirmishing, links to online resources, and finally, some inspirational cinema, fiction, and nonfiction.
Let me say right up front that Eric Hotzâ€™sÂ Whitewash City LinksÂ page is far and away the most complete resource for western gaming that one could ever wish to find.
Lead Miniaturesâ€” 25-30mm
Artizan DesignsÂ has an extensive range of Wild West figures, including gunfighters (The Good, the Bad, and even the Ugly), Alamo personalities, 7th Cavalry, Apaches, &c., &c. You can get â€˜em fromÂ Brigade GamesÂ in the US.
Blue Moon ManufacturingÂ has a line of all the usual suspects in their Slice of Americana – The Wild West line.
Britannia MiniaturesÂ (sold throughÂ Combined Arms Inc.Â in the US) has a line ofÂ Wild West,Plains Indians,Â Apache Indians, andÂ Little Big HornÂ figures (there arenâ€™t any pictures and the western figures donâ€™t seem to be available online in Europe).
EM-4 MiniaturesÂ has a small (but growing) line of prepainted Old West Heroes.
Firing Line MiniaturesÂ is under the Ã¦gis of Bicorne Miniatures. From the website, it appears that the line comprises four figures, three of which have separate heads for customization (they in turn sell twelve different heads).
The FoundryÂ features an expansiveÂ AmericanaÂ line which includes various western personalities, plains wars, and Victorian bystanders.
Knuckleduster PublicationsÂ now produces their own line of western civilian miniatures, including Beer Drinkers and Hell-Raisers, pool players, incapacitated gunfighters, and a â€œsharp dressed bandâ€ (youâ€™ll understand when you see them). Forrest also sells Foundry gunfighters, all minis available painted or not (subject to availability, as they say in small print). Recent releases inÂ Wild Bill HickokÂ and a feller wielding aÂ LeMat.
MirlitonÂ has a pack of tenÂ Far West Gunfighters, which were apparently originally available years ago from Grenadier.
Monday Knight ProductionsÂ has a line ofÂ gunfighters,Â mounted figures,Â banditos, andÂ Apache Indians. Note that the scale varies within the lines: the Magnificent Seven and Man with No Name figures seem to be classic 25mm while Belle Star and Annie Oakley tower over them at 28mm.
Old Glory MiniaturesÂ has the extensiveÂ WarpaintÂ line of figures, which includes Native American Indians (plains tribes and Apache), US Cavalry, lawmen and shootists, and a variety of conveyances: a conestoga wagon, stage coach, buckboard, and doctorâ€™s buggy. Old Glory also sellsÂ Cowboy WarsÂ figures by West Wind Productions.
RAFMÂ has a small line ofÂ Plains Indian WarsÂ figures that include mounted cavalry, indians, and one set of gunslingers. The RAFM website is currently being redesigned and few links seem to work. You have to go to the online store to see the listing of figures, but pictures did not load at the time of this writing.
Redoubt EnterprisesÂ specializes in British colonial figures, but also has a line of American Civil War figures which are appropriate for Old West gaming. They also sell aÂ 25mm scale trainÂ which is beautiful.
Jeff Valent StudiosÂ producesÂ miniatures for Deadlands and the Great Rail Wars. The line contains typical Old West types and the more fanciful denizens of the Deadlands milieu. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for some great steampunk vehicles, including an ornithopter, steam wagon, and auto-gyro.
Lead Miniatures â€” 15mm
There are (perhaps surprisingly) a variety of options for gaming the old west in 15mm. While this might seem a bit fiddly for thick fingers, think about the scenarios that become possible with the added table space: train and stagecoach chases will suddenly become exciting!
See also myÂ Ingenious Engines & Clockwork EnigmasÂ page Â [Coming Soon]Â for a more comprehensive listing of 15mm miniature suggestions for Victorian Science Fiction, which has occasional overlap with Western gaming. [Thanks to Greg Marker for reminding me to update this listing with Irregular, Freikorp, Hovels, and Stone Mountain!]
Freikorp 15s, now owned by LKM Direct, have theÂ Yellow Ribbon RangeÂ which features indians, cavalry, settlers, buffalo, and a stagecoach to chase.
Irregular MiniaturesÂ 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.
MinifigsÂ has a new line calledÂ Best of the West.Â Lots of indians and pretâ€™ near everyone is available both mounted and dismounted.
Lead Miniatures â€” 10mm
Iâ€™m just starting this category, so bear with me. I just had to mention the fabulous 10mm civilians from Thoroughbred Miniatures!
Thoroughbred MiniaturesÂ have a line of 10mm civilians to populate your N-scale cowtowns.
Sparks: Sunburned and RustyÂ 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 Western DenizensÂ from Microtactix are cardstock figures available for immediate download from RPG Now ($5.00 US).
Buildings & Terrain
is wasÂ a great new line of resin buildings. Hawgleg Publishing bought the rights to the line and have them lavishly photographed as Arnica Real Estate, but they don’t seem to be on sale. Nice eye candy for inspiration, however.
Acheson CreationsÂ has a collection of resin buildings including a fort and log cabin, in 15mm, 25mm, and 28mm (!).
At Cowtown Chronicles, Tim “Gisby” Peterson demonstrates kitbashing and scratch building old west buildings.
DavestownÂ is Dave Bezioâ€™s primer on building a compact western gaming table on the cheap, hosted on Matakishiâ€™s Tea House. I completely forgot about this! Nice to rediscover it.
Frontline WargamingÂ (distributed byÂ RLBPS) has a line of resin buildings and accoutrements.Â [Sigh] This is all gone… The website hasÂ had pictures of some of the items (mostly furnishings, not the buildings themselves):Â homestead,Â saloon,Â store,Â Boot Hill,Â hotel lobby,Â hotel room,Â bunk house,sheriff’s office,Â potbelly stoves,Â miner’s campsite,Â church,Â train station, andÂ mill.
Hovels, Ltd.Â makes a line of 28mm Wild West buildings in resin and they have buildings in the15mm Civil WarÂ line that might be of use. There are also some useful 15mm bits and bobs such as a well and gravestones.
Kilroy, Ind.Â producesÂ produced a new line ofÂ Wild, Wild West buildings. Gone…
Laser Craft Workshop have a Wild West Boomtown in mdf which looks very nice.
Monday Knight ProductionsÂ has a fewÂ accessories
producesÂ produced? an extensive line of 15mm resin old west buildings? I don’t find them now.
Old GloryÂ sells a number of appropriate structures:Â American southwesternÂ andÂ American Civil WarÂ buildings from Architectural Heritage (there seem to be no pictures), and aÂ large, modular resin fort.
Old West Buildings: A Step by Step Building GuideÂ by David Marshall of TM Terrain. [I don’t find this one now]. Detailed instructions with accompanying pictures. Youâ€™ll have to draw your own plans, or use Vulture Gulch or Whitewash City as your starting point.
PMC GamesÂ sells a number of styrofoam terrain boards that you can use to recreate the Old West on the tabletop, includingÂ Terrain 2000Â (300mm square boards),Â Hex 300Â (300mm hex), andÂ Total System ScenicÂ (2 foot square blocks).
Stone Mountain MiniaturesÂ has a line of 15mm Civil War/ American War of Independence buildings that could be pressed into service.
Terrain [and Buildings] for The Deadlands Role Playing Game and The Great Rail Warsby Matt DeForrest â€” This beautiful site describes how to scratch build western buildings and terrain, including a nifty Boot Hill with popsicle stick tombstones!
Victorian Adventure Gaming: Wild WestÂ by Tim â€œGisbyâ€ Peterson. Tim is a genius when it comes to scratchbuilding western buildings from candy boxes, Dollar Store toys, &c. Lots of instructions, inspiration, and links to other folks who make great buildings.
Wild West Scale Model BuildersÂ features laser cut wooden buildings in a variety of model railroading scales â€” HO works well for 15mm and I believe people use S with 25-30mm. A bit pricey, but stunningly beautiful and they include interior details.
Wild West Structures You Can BuildÂ by James Publications. A book of 21 plans for building a western town in HO or N scale. I imagine that the plans could be enlarged for 25-30mm figures. The sample pictures on the website are also inspirational.
Buildings & Terrain â€”Â Cardstock
BoomtownsÂ from Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Intended for Deadlands, a set of 16 map tiles of western buildings scaled to Deadlands miniatures (30mm).
Shadowolfâ€™s Western BuildingsÂ â€” A chap named Paul â€œShadowolfâ€ has posted a nice set of cardstock western buildings gratis! (Although, sadly, the website has been suspended.)
Vulture GulchÂ fromÂ MicrotactixÂ is a wonderful cardstock cowtown. In separate sets, you can get an expansive town (in black and white), a modular fort (so you can make it any size, also black and white), and a train which comes in color or b/w versions. The pdf files are not secured, so you can open the files with a paint program (with Photoshop, at least) and color them yourself. Or, there is always the low tech way with colored pencils.
Whitewash CityÂ from rpg illustrator Eric Hotz. Recently updated and enlarged to 30mm. This set is stunningly beautiful â€” each building comes in full color, prints nicely in grayscale, and includes detailed floorplans.
Gaming Rules â€” Role Playing Games and Supplements
Boot Hill 3/eÂ by Steve Winter (TSR, 1990, out of print, but available from various used games vendors, such asÂ Noble Knight Games). Boot Hill is the granddaddy of them all â€” the first edition was by Gary Gygax in 1975. The book details stats for a plethora of historical, fictional, and cinematic gunfighters. The core rules include an 18×24 inch map of (fictional) Promise City with a large scale wilderness map on the reverse. There are several adventure starters but no complete adventure. The Boot Hill line comprised the following supplements:
Boot Hill Refereeâ€™s Screen and Mini-ModuleÂ by Tom Moldvay. Includes trifold refereeâ€™s screen and information (maps and game statistics) for the James-Younger shootout in Northfield, MN
BH1: Mad MesaÂ by Jerry Epperson and Tom Moldvay. A solo adventure (with numbered paragraphs) and notes for using as a multi-player, refereed adventure.
BH2: Lost Conquistador MineÂ by David Cook and Tom Moldvay.
BH3: Ballots & BulletsÂ by David James Ritchie. A campaign module in which PCs are encouraged to run for mayor in Promise City.
BH4: Burned Bush WellsÂ by Jeff Grubb. Includes the detailed town of Burned Bush Wells.
BH5: Range War!Â by Philip Taterczynski. Extends the Promise City map from the core rules, set this time in Oregon. Concerns a range war between cowboys and shepherds.
Dust DevilsÂ by Matt Snyder (Chimera Creative, 2002, $5.95, pdf download or $14.95, print version). A slim volume of terrifying power, as they say in the funny papers. Thirty-six digest sized pages are primarily devoted to an original game mechanic which uses poker hands for action resolution and roleplaying your characterâ€™s Devil, â€œthat ugly side you donâ€™t want the preacher to know about.â€ Includes a brief adventure and stats for some original characters.
Gunslingers: Wild West Action!Â by Mark Arsenault, Rob Stone, Ann Dupuis, et al. (Gold Rush Games, 2004, $24.95, 168 page softcover). Uses the Action! system. Check the list of authors to see Grey Ghost Pressâ€™ own Ann Dupuis (author of GURPS Old West). You can download a free preview to get a taste.
GURPS Old WestÂ by Dupuis, Manning-Schwartz, Smith, and Tornabene (Steve Jackson Games, 1991 and 2000, $19.95, print). A great one-stop source for information about the Old West. Requires the GURPS Basic Set or the free GURPS Lite to play using GURPS rules.
Knuckleduster Firearms ShopÂ by Forrest Harris (Knuckleduster Publications, 2000, $14.95, print). A compendium of firearms common in the Old West. Harris provides stats for each using theÂ FudgeÂ system.
Knuckleduster Cowtown CreatorÂ by Forrest Harris (Knuckleduster Publications, 2001, $19.95, print). Indispensable collection of information concerning what one might find in a western town. Includes a list of names, adventure ideas culled from the Police Gazette, floorplans, &c., &c.
Link:WestÂ by Rodney Brazeau and Lee McIlmoyle (LinkMedia, 2003, $19.95, 110 page softcover). A Guardians of OrderÂ Magnum OpusÂ product using their d20 Silver Age Sentinels rules. Old Wets with a Deadlands type of twist. You can read aÂ Ken Hite reviewÂ to see what he thinks.
OutlawÂ (for Rolemaster) by Matt Forbeck (I.C.E., 1991, out of print). This and Western Hero (below) are the same book, repackaged for two different systems (Rolemaster and Hero).
SidewinderÂ by Burns, Masterson, Peck, and Spakes (Citizen Games, 2002, $24.95, print). Critically acclaimed western game using the d20 system. I find the formatting frustrating to the point of distraction â€” interminable quotations from Bat Masterson (who is listed as an author) are split over multiple pages and it seems that the last third of the Dodge City building descriptions are missing. Loads of adventure ideas and two complete adventures.
Sidewinder: RecoiledÂ by Hindman, Spakes, Warner, Keesler, and Gregory (Green Ronin, 2004, $34.95, print) is the d20 version of Sidewinder, updated to the d20 Modern rules. The Dog House Rules website has samples of many of the chapters. It is slated to be brought out in paperback by Green Ronin as part of their Mythic Vistas line.
Western HeroÂ (for the Hero System) by Matt Forbeck (I.C.E., 1991, out of print ). See Outlaw, above.
Gaming Rules â€”Â Skirmish Wargaming
Bite the BulletÂ by Tom Dye (Minifigs, 2003, free). Rules for the 15mm Best of the West line from Minifigs.Â Drop Tom Dye an emailÂ and heâ€™ll set you up right.
Blaze of GloryÂ by Tim Eagling (online, free). A nice online set of skirmish rules. The site also features a gallery of some impressive scratchbuilt scenery.
GutshotÂ by Michael Mitchell and Michael Murphy (Hawgleg Games, 2005, $24.95, print). This is the one Iâ€™m currently getting to know. Winner of the 2006 Origins Award for Historical Miniatures Game of the Year! The great guys at Hawgleg are currently running a year-long contest â€”Â Showdowns & ShootoutsÂ â€” and releasing all the adventures free.
Hey You in the Jail!Â by Martin Goddard (Brookhurst Hobbies, 1997, $10.00, print). 15mm skirmish rules designed for Peter Pig minis.
High NoonÂ by Andy Watkins (free, html, 2002).
Legends of the Old WestÂ by Mark Latham (Games Workshop, 2004, $34.99, print).
TheÂ Wild West: New Rules for Western GunfightersÂ is Blue Moon Manufacturingâ€™s (free) adaptation of their gothic horror skirmish rules Chaos in Carpathia to western gaming. Youâ€™ll still need to purchase CIC, but the character information would be useful with any of the fine rulesets mentioned here.
Showdowns & ShootoutsÂ â€” A free series of contest winning skirmish adventures from the friendly folks at Hawgleg. Written for Gutshot, but inventive folks could adapt to their favorite system, couldnâ€™t theyâ€¦
TheÂ Covered Wagon Western GamesÂ is a grab-bag of western gaming information.
TheÂ Deadlands Resource CenterÂ â€” An impressive collection of Deadlands material.
â€œGet Three Coffins Readyâ€Â â€” Walt Oâ€™Haraâ€™s Old West site. Downloads include the Scary Monsters of the Golden West, a 35 page document for using classic movie monsters with the Rules With No Name, mission builder cards to help give some purpose to your skirmishing, an annotated list of western miniature manufacturers, and some good links.
TheÂ Jackson Gamers Western PageÂ has some great images, loads of great descriptions of games, variant rules for Desperado (calledÂ Fill Yore Hands), variant rules for the Sword and the Flame (called theÂ Tomahawk and the Flame â€” LarryÂ Brom was once a member of the group).
The Mexican AdventureÂ by Tim â€œGisbyâ€ Peterson. Rules and suggestions for gaming in Mexico during the French Intervention
Tim â€œGisbyâ€ Petersonâ€™sÂ Rules With No Name pageÂ â€” Has a link to an html version of TRWNN, lots of good resources for western buildings, scads of scenarios and loads of rules addenda and variants.
Walt Oâ€™Haraâ€™s Rules With No NameÂ page â€” This is the RWNN portion of Walt Oâ€™Haraâ€™s Old West site (above). Have a look at these pages to see the Rules With No Name in action. Great pictures!
CL Western Town Studio and BacklotÂ â€” Located near Calgary, Alberta, this backlot town was used in the recent movie Shanghai Knights, the Lonesome Dove television show, and a favorite of mine, Little Big Man (1970). Click the red numbers on the map to bring up an image of each building. Great for guidance on architecture in the Old West.
DesperadoÂ â€” Nothing to do with the skirmish game and please pardon the musical accompaniment.
The Gold RushÂ â€” Companion website to a PBS documentary.
Lenexa (KS) Historical Society Santa Fe Trail PageÂ â€” Contains information and timelines concerning Kansas and the Santa Fe trail.
The Oregon TrailÂ â€” Companion website to a PBS documentary.
Best West WebringÂ â€” A large (100+) collection of websites concerning all aspects of the American West, past, present, and future. Recommended for adding spice to your gaming.
The Old West Gunfight RingÂ â€” This ring has a rather small circumference at this point (five sites at the time of this writing), but it links together some of the sites above listed.
TheÂ TV Cowboy RingÂ â€” Contains sites devoted to television cowboys.
The Weird West ExpressÂ â€” Devoted to Deadlands.
Films are the predominant medium for creating the western myth. I can only list a few notable films here. TheÂ Internet Movie Database (IMDb) lists over 7000 westerns, so you should check it out for detailed information on your favorite movies.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Paul Newman, Robert Redford, 1969).
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; A Fist Full of Dollars; For A Few Dollars More (Clint Eastwood, 1966, 1964, 1965).
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, 1957).
High Noon (Gary Cooper, 1952).
High Plains Drifter (Clint Eastwood, 1972).
Lonesome Dove (Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, 1989).
The Magnificent Seven (Brynner, Bronson, Coburn, McQueen,Â et al., 1960).
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (James Stewart, John Wayne, 1962).
My Darling Clementine (Henry Fonda, 1946).
Once Upon a Time in the West (Henry Fonda, 1969).
The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood, 1976).
Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood, 1985).
Red River (John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, 1948).
The Searchers (John Wayne, 1956).
Shane (Alan Ladd, Jack Palance, 1943).
The Shootist (John Wayne, 1976).
Stagecoach (John Wayne, 1939).
Tombstone (Kurt Russell, 1993).
True Grit and Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne, 1969, 1975).
The Wild Bunch (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, 1969)
Winchester â€™73 (James Stewart, 1950).
Young Guns (Estevez, Sutherland, Phillips, Sheen, 1988).
ShaneÂ by Jack Shaefer.
The American WestÂ by Dee Brown (Touchstone [Simon & Schuster], 1995).
The Mammoth Book of the WestÂ by Jon Lewis (Carroll & Graf, 1996).
The West: An Illustrated History by Geoffry WardÂ (Little. Brown, 1996). Companion volume to a PBS series.