This page 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 ætheric 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 — 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.

This website is an attempt to gather together some of the resources available for gaming the Old West. Here you’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 Hotz’s Whitewash City Links page is far and away the most complete resource for western gaming that one could ever wish to find. [Now gone, alas.]

I’m updating this page on December 29, 2023. Broken links are being repaired; dead links pruned; NEW LINKS ADDED!


Miniatures

Miniatures — 25-30mm

Artizan Designs 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 ’em from Brigade Games  or Badger Games in the US.

Bicorne Miniatures apparently sells “Firing Line” Western Gunfighters as well as Pony Wars figures.

Black Scorpion Miniatures has an extensive Tombstone line of miniatures.

Britannia Miniatures (was sold through Combined Arms Inc. in the US) had a line of Wild West, Plains Indians, Apache Indians, and Little Big Horn figures (there weren’t any pictures and the western figures didn’t seem to be available online in Europe).

Crusader Miniatures has a tiny range of Old West miniatures; you will find your Rooster Cogburn here.

Dixon Miniatures has an impressive range of “Old West Gunfighters, Bandits, and Civilians” as well as Plains Wars figures. Note they are described as “Large 25mm,” so likely more petite than more recent offerings.

EM-4 Miniatures has one pack of prepainted Old West Heroes, currently “out of stock.”

The Foundry features expansive lines of  Old West, Victorian Bystanders, and Plains Wars miniatures, as well as all-important American Animals.

Irregular Miniatures has some suitable Characters of the Old West. (You have to look for them on the left side — it is a delightfully “old school” website.

Knuckleduster Miniatures has created Gunfighter’s Ball, a game and line of miniatures based on historical and cinematic archetypes. They look lovely (I don’t have any yet), though an investment at $7.50 a pop. They did resurrect the “Sharp Dressed Band,” an homage to ZZ Top.

Mirliton has a pack of ten Far West Gunfighters (which were apparently originally available years ago from Grenadier); available from Badger Games in the US.

Monday Knight Productions has a line of gunfighters, mounted figures, banditos, and Apache Indians. Note that the scale varies within the lines: the Magnificent Seven and Man with No Name figures seem to be “classic 25mm” [which I only recently learned really means 20mm/1:72] while Belle Star and Annie Oakley tower over them at 28mm.

North Star Military Figures has a range of “weird west” figures in support of the game Dracula’s America.

Old Glory Miniatures has hosts several relevant lines — Blue Moon 25mm Old West;— West Wind Productions’ Cowboy Wars figures;— and finally, the extensive Warpaint 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 doctor’s buggy.

RAFM has a line of Plains Cavalry and British Canadian Colonials figures that include mounted cavalry, Indians, and one set of gunslingers.

Redoubt Enterprises [“now owned by Andy Grubb of Grubby Tanks fame”] specializes in British colonial figures, but also has a line of American Civil War figures, some of which are appropriate for Old West gaming. They also sold a 25mm scale train, though I find it not now.

Jeff Valent Studios produced miniatures for Deadlands and the Great Rail Wars. The line contained 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.


Miniatures — 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 my Ingenious Engines & Clockwork Enigmas page [Coming Soon] 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!]

Checkpoint Miniatures has a small range of “[g]unslingers and cowboys, figures suitable for the Wild West.” Includes Apache indians with hand weapons, bows, and rifles.

Freikorp 15s, now owned by QRF Models, have a Yellow Ribbon Range which features Indians, cavalry, settlers, buffalo, and a stagecoach to chase.

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.

Minifigs had a new line called Best of the West. Lots of Indians and pret’ near everyone is available both mounted and dismounted. Looks like you have to seek out this fabulousness from eBay, Noble Knight, &c.

Peter Pig makes the original line of 15mm cowboys. Available expeditiously in the US from Brookhurst Hobbies.


Paper Miniatures

Cardstock Cowboys from Pinnacle Entertainment Group. Intended for Deadlands.

Sparks: Sunburned and Rusty from Cumberland Games and Diversions. While the other Sparks sets are available on Drivethrurpg, the cowpokes do not seem to be there. Sparks are paper miniatures rendered as a font so that you can print them out at any size.

Vulture Gulch Western Denizens from Microtactix are cardstock figures available for immediate download from RPG Now ($5.00 US).


Buildings & Terrain

Arnica, Montana is was 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 Creations apparently used to sell a collection of resin buildings including a fort and log cabin, in 15mm, 25mm, and 28mm. Currently all I see of relevance are 28mm teepees.

Black Scorpion Miniatures will evidently soon be releasing a Tombstone line of STLs to 3D print.

At Cowtown Chronicles, (Yayyy! still there!) Tim “Gisby” Peterson demonstrates kitbashing and scratch building old west buildings.

Davestown is Dave Bezio’s primer on building a compact western gaming table on the cheap, hosted on Matakishi’s Tea House. I completely forgot about this! Nice to rediscover it.

Frontline Wargaming has a line of resin furnishings and accoutrements — homestead, saloon, store, Boot Hill, hotel lobby, hotel room, bunk house, sheriff’s office, potbelly stoves, miner’s campsite, church, train station, and mill.

I have several mdf buildings from GameCraft Miniatures’ Wild West Series in 28mm. They do them in 15mm as well!

Guardian Hobbies will 3D print western buildings in your choice of “scale.”

Hovels, Ltd. makes a line of 28mm Wild West buildings in resin and they have buildings in the 15mm Civil War line that might be of use. There are also some useful 15mm bits and bobs such as a well and gravestones.

Kilroy Industries produced a line of Wild, Wild West buildings. Gone…

Laser Craft Workshop have a Wild West Boomtown in mdf which looks very nice.

Miniature World Maker is an Australian company that offered a variety of resin buildings and terrain features, including 15mm Wild West Buildings. The apparently no longer do so.

Monday Knight Productions  have stables in 28mm.

Musket Miniatures  produced? an extensive line of 15mm resin old west buildings? I don’t find them now.

Old Glory sells a number of appropriate structures: Western Buildings  and Western Building Accessories, Stucco [Adobe] buildings, and a Stockade Fort. They have Blue Moon Old West Buildings in 15mm as well.

Peter Pig produces a line of 15mm one-piece resin buildings [you’ll need to scroll down] to accompany their Wild West line (Range 15). Available in the US from Brookhurst Hobbies.

Sarissa Precision have fabulous mdf buildings in both 15mm and 28mm. I’ve ordered from Sarissa (in Nottingham) to North Carolina; the wait is not bad.

Stone Mountain Miniatures 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 Wars by Matt DeForrest [courtesy of the Internet Archive]. This beautiful site describes how to scratch build western buildings and terrain, including a nifty Boot Hill with popsicle stick tombstones!

Things From the Basement has a wonderful line of mdf Wild West buildings. While this set is not available in 15mm, there are a handful of Historic American Buildings intended for American Civil War gaming that could be pressed into service — you’ll have to scroll around a bit in the 15mm section. I own a bunch of the Mediterranean buildings in both 15mm and 28mm (I admit to having a problem) and they are a joy to assemble, have lots of details, and look great.

The Town With No Name (another view here) [both courtesy of the Internet Archive] was built by two New Zealanders, Tony and Morris. Strictly speaking, it’s cardstock, but it goes beyond most I’ve seen.

Tre Games Inc. sell appropriate mdf old western buildings in both 28mm and 15mm “scales.”

TT Combat has a very nice line of Old West buildings, with a different architectural and geographical focus than most.

Victorian Adventure Gaming: Wild Westby Tim “Gisby” Peterson [Courtesy of the Internet Archive]. 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 Builders features laser cut wooden buildings in a variety of model railroading scales.” 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.


Gaming Rules — Role Playing Games and Supplements

Boot Hill 3/e by Steve Winter (TSR, 1990, was out of print, but available now from DriveThruRPG and various used games vendors, such as Noble Knight Games). Boot Hill is the granddaddy of them all — 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 Referee’s Screen and Mini-Module by Tom Moldvay. Includes trifold referee’s screen and information (maps and game statistics) for the James-Younger shootout in Northfield, MN
BH1: Mad Mesa 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 Mine by David Cook and Tom Moldvay.
BH3: Ballots & Bullets by David James Ritchie. A campaign module in which PCs are encouraged to run for mayor in Promise City.
BH4: Burned Bush Wells by Jeff Grubb. Includes the detailed town of Burned Bush Wells.
BH5: Range War! 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 Devils by Matt Snyder (Chimera Creative, 2002, $10 pdf download; no longer in print, it would seem). 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 character’s Devil — that ugly side you don’t want the preacher to know about. Includes a brief adventure and stats for some original characters. I owned this one back in the day, but sold it to Noble Knight.

Gunslingers: Wild West Action! by Mark Arsenault, Rob Stone, Ann Dupuis, et al. (Gold Rush Games, 2004, $24.95, 168 pp. I found it on Scribd.). Uses the Action! system. Check the list of authors to see Grey Ghost Press’ own Ann Dupuis (author of GURPS Old West).

GURPS Old West 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 Shop by Forrest Harris (Knuckleduster Publications, 2000, $14.95, print). A compendium of firearms common in the Old West. Harris provides stats for each using the Fudge system. Apparently no longer in print.

Knuckleduster Cowtown Creator by Forrest Harris (Knuckleduster Publications, 2001, $9 pdf, $22.95, 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:West by Rodney Brazeau and Lee McIlmoyle (LinkMedia, 2003, $19.95, 110 page softcover). A Guardians of Order Magnum Opus product using their d20 Silver Age Sentinels rules. Old Wets with a Deadlands type of twist. You can read a Ken Hite review to see what he thinks. Apparently out of print; one would need to tracvk it down.

Outlaw (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).

Shady Gulch by Brett Bernstein (Politically Incorrect Games, 2002, $5.00, 49 page pdf download). Now may be to be rolled into a new product by Precis Intermedia.

Sidewinder by Burns, Masterson, Peck, and Spakes (Citizen Games, 2002. Out of print, but can be tracked down). Critically acclaimed western game using the d20 system. I find the formatting frustrating to the point of distraction — 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: Recoiled by Hindman, Spakes, Warner, Keesler, and Gregory, on DriveThruRPG. is the d20 version of Sidewinder, updated to the d20 Modern rules. The Dog House Rules website has samples of many of the chapters.

Sixgun 1PG by Todd Downing (Deep 7, 1999, 10 page pdf download).

Sixguns and Whiskey (plugin for the Story Engine) by Christopher R.L. O’Neill and Daniel Landis with Christian Aldridge (Hubris Games, 1999) Would need to be tracked down.

Western Hero (for the Hero System) by Matt Forbeck (I.C.E., 1991, out of print ). See Outlaw, above.


Gaming Rules — Skirmish Wargaming

Bite the Bullet by Tom Dye (Minifigs, 2003, free). Rules for the 15mm Best of the West line from Minifigs. In the past, one could “Drop Tom Dye an email and he’ll set you up right.”

Black Scorpion Miniatures has a set of Tombstone skirmish rules.

Blaze of Glory by Tim Eagling (online, free). A nice online set of skirmish rules. The site also features a gallery of some impressive scratchbuilt scenery.

Code of the West by David P. Gundt (Melees Gloriosus, 2000, $10.00, print). Gone, like the Old West itself …

Cowboy Wars (West Wind Productions, but not on their website [that I can find]. Available from Old Glory Miniatures in the US for $20).

Dead Man’s Hand from Great Escape Games will apparently be “Reduxed” in 2024 via a successful Kickstarter: “Dead Man’s Hand Redux will be released as a new starter set complete with plastic miniatures and plastic terrain.”

Desperado 1/e and Desperado II by Tom Kelly (Was Distributed by Knuckleduster Publications, 1992 and 1994, each $7.00, print).

Desperado 3/e by Tom Kelly, William Thompson, and Dale Doane (Monday Knight Productions, 2002, $17.00, print).

Desperado: Knuckleduster Edition. Knuckleduster Miniatures, print $30. From the website: “Originally published in 1992, Desperado holds a special place in the hearts of anyone who went to game cons in the 90’s. Originally photocopied and comb-bound, Desperado had an outsized influence on tabletop skirmish game rules. This edition includes the original rules verbatim, with additional house rules, design notes, photos, and modeling reference from Knuckleduster Miniatures.”

Dracula’s America is Osprey Publishing’s recent (2017) offering in the “weird west” sub-genre.

I have been looking at Wiley Games’ Fistful of Lead: Reloaded for years, yet never “pulled the trigger.” While the core rules have been adapted to a variety of genres, the cool playing card mechanic makes it perfect for the Old West.

Gutshot by Michael Mitchell and Michael Murphy (Hawgleg Games, 2005, $24.95, print).

Hey You in the Jail! by Martin Goddard. pdf; NB. Peter Pig has an elaborate process for buying pdfs. 15mm skirmish rules designed for Peter Pig minis.

High Noon by Andy Watkins (free, html, 2002, courtesy of the Internet Archive).

Legends of the Old West by Mark Latham (Games Workshop, 2004). You would have to track this one down.

The Old West Skirmish Wargames 1816-1900 by Steve Curtis, Mike Blake and Ian Colwill. Available from John Curry’s History of Wargaming Project (reprint) or, when I typed this, an original edition on Amazon for a lot, or a 3rd edition on eBay for even more.

The Rules With No Name by Bryan Ansell (The Foundry, print £25.00).

Six Gun Sound by Ed Teixeira (Rebel Minis, 2002, $9.95, pdf).

Warpaint by Stephen Lawrence (Old Glory, 1996). Would seem toi be out of print.

Western by the RFCM Team (Peter Pig, 2018, print £16.) A newer set of rules from Peter Pig.

What a Cowboy is a newish set of rules from Too Fat Lardies.

The Wild West: New Rules for Western Gunfighters  [the links still work! Click on the sheriff’s stars!] is Blue Moon Manufacturing’s (free) adaptation of their gothic horror skirmish rules Chaos in Carpathia to western gaming. You’ll still need to purchase CIC, but the character information would be useful with any of the fine rulesets mentioned here.


Online Resources

Adventures

Cray Canyon Cold Snap by S. John Ross (Cumberland Games and Diversions, free, courtesy of the Internet Archive).

Showdowns & Shootouts 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, couldn’t they …


Gaming

The Covered Wagon Western Games is a grab-bag of western gaming information.

The Deadlands Resource Center  An impressive collection of Deadlands material.

Get Three Coffins Ready Walt O’Hara’s Old West site [Which still works!]. 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.

The Jackson Gamers Western Page [Still works! Still works!] has some great images, loads of great descriptions of games, variant rules for Desperado (called Fill Yore Hands), variant rules for the Sword and the Flame (called the Tomahawk and the Flame. Larry Brom was once a member of the group).

The Mexican Adventure by Tim “Gisby” Peterson [courtesy of the Internet Archive]. Rules and suggestions for gaming in Mexico during the French Intervention

Tim “Gisby” Peterson’s Rules With No Name page [courtesy of the Internet Archive]. 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 O’Hara’s Rules With No Name page This is the RWNN portion of Walt O’Hara’s Old West site (above). Have a look at these pages to see the Rules With No Name in action. Great pictures!


Historical

Cybersoup’s The Wild West Nicely designed site with information concerning cowboys, Indians, rodeos, &c.

CL Western Town Studio and Backlot 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.


Films

Films are the predominant medium for creating the western myth. I can only list a few notable films here. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) lists 39,993 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, 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 ’73 (James Stewart, 1950).

Young Guns (Estevez, Sutherland, Phillips, Sheen, 1988).


Fiction

Shane by Jack Shaefer.


Nonfiction

The American West by Dee Brown (Touchstone [Simon & Schuster], 1995).

The Mammoth Book of the West by Jon Lewis (Carroll & Graf, 1996).

The West: An Illustrated History by Geoffry Ward (Little. Brown, 1996). Companion volume to a PBS series.