This commission is for a friend who's going to run them under Great Escape Games Dead Man's Hand. The figures are loaded with detail and each is a character in their own right. I thought the challenge here would be to keep a tight and earthy palette. It turns out that painting 36 unique characters is the bigger challenge. There are no economies of scale after you prime the figures!
Being young and blessed with loads of time, I spent many hours filling up binders with campaign materials. I rolled up hundreds of characters, drew up maps and missions. All the background material paid dividends every time my friends sat down for a game or campaign. Funny thing, kids who were too cool to play D & D were happy to play Boot Hill!
The week before we left for college, I let Pat find Doc Holliday. Even though Doc tried to talk him out of it, Pat wouldn't rest until they had a shootout. Pat was faster and better than Doc. He got off 3 shots that all found their mark before Doc could pull the trigger. Badly wounded, Doc's ability to shoot back AND hit were greatly diminished. I pitched the dice and against long odds, Doc got off a single shot that hit. I pulled out Bio One to find where the hit was, diced it and it was Pat's head. A headshot is never good but it could be the ear, the jaw or a grazing wound. I diced it again and it came up Pat's forehead. There was no saving throw. Just like that, Pat was dead and the campaign over. Pat fell into a stunned silence. Seeing how much it shook him, I felt quite badly about having rolled up the bullet that killed him.
This ended our Boot Hill playing days. When I'd suggest a new campaign, Pat would say "What's the point? I'll never top that." He was right. Sometimes, he'd reminisce about his character, look into the distance and say "Remember when...?" 30 years later, I still remember.