Cowboy and the Kid

By Michael Cannon / November 8, 2012

Some miniatures are to game with, some to look at. I wanted these to be the former. I mounted the cowboys on round GW 25mm bases as suggested in Legends of the Old West (LoTW). In their base, I placed a couple of magnets (<ad alert> I sell these at my store which will be reopening after XMas –</ad alert>). These are terrific magnets and work well as mounting pieces or for holding arms and such on to systems you want to give the ability to swap out.

Here’s a picture of the look of the diorama.The bottom piece is just a square of Airplane plywood that I got from Litko for another project. I used Reaper Master Series Paints on these and I can’t sing their praise highly enough! Drat, one of the things I *did* forget wsa to enter these into my painting journal. Derek Schubert suggests that you record paint colors, techniques, etc. in a journal so that if you have to come back to a miniature or do another, you’ll have a reference as to what worked and what didn’t!

I have posted some of the pictures of the individual miniatures below. The Cowboy is meant to be an old timer – a veteran of the Civil War. The Kid is an upstart and I like the way they sculpted the face on him, as if he’s ready to get started!

I  used Liquitex Resin Gel on the bases, GF9 scatter grass and Woodland Scenics Clump Foliage. The gel is not my preferred basing material, I like parakeet grass better but the gel dries fairly quickly. The gravel gives a nice rough texture that dry brushes better.

The final diorama is shown in more pictures below.




About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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