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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wagons Ho!

This Old West wagon is a Great Escape Games product for Dead Man's Hand.  The kit went together with the ease and precision we expect from 4Ground.  There's an option to build the wagon with ribs up for a different look. I primed it black and hit it with a light overspray of gray to get the look of weathered wood. A bit of drybrushing and mudsplatter sealed the deal.

The wagon lacks the Old West appeal of a Gatling gun, saloon gals or the Treasure of the Sierra Madres. Even so, the crusty old driver says that his conestoga wagon was how the West was won.

The wagon is a warmup for a big run of Old West painting for Dead Man's Hand.  With summer in full swing, my painting has slowed to the speed of a desert tortoise.  Last weekend, I didn't even get 1 minute of painting in! The gang is getting restless so I better get back to the brushes.

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  1. "...my painting has slowed to the speed of a desert tortoise."
    Welcome to my world! : )

    The wagon looks the business, alright - I can't deny I'm tempted to paint a few Western figs! But no, I must remain focused on the task (and pile of unpainted figs) in front of me...

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    1. Lol, slow and steady may win the race. It doesn't get figs out on the table quick enough. Evan, I'd love to see or hear an account of your lead mountain.

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  2. Great painting Monty! I think you got the weathered wood look of the wagon spot on!... Beautiful...

    cheers.

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    1. Thanks Phil, its a bit tricky painting wood. Your first temptation is to paint it brown. I pulled up some pics of old wagons and that was all I needed to lock down gray.

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  3. Now, see, if you were really on the ball, you'd have done a wagon of saloon girls. Looks great, Monty.

    FMB

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    1. Funny you should mention Saloon Gals. Phil was kind enough to send me an an El Zorro set over the winter. I just picked the ladies out of the set and they're slowly making their way to the queue. Slooowly.

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  4. The overspray of gray on black is perfect for a weathered effect!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! It was quite a bit of flat surface to paint so I set the brushes aside for most of it.

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  5. Great looking wagon - makes me think of Eastwood flicks. Warm, sunny weather is not conducive to painting miniatures, IMO. Best, Dean

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    1. That is so true, Dean. That, and its the summer before my daughter heads off to the University of Minnesota. I've avoided the paint table at times just to soak up more family time.

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  6. Wonderful work Monty. The weathering is superb. Now you need some interchangeable wagonloads of goods to go in it.

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    1. A wagon without supplies is an empty promise. Thanks Michael!

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  7. Really lovely piece. Those MDF kits just get better and better.

    Darrell.

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    1. Thanks Darrell! I continue to be amazed by the folks who can turn anything into a MFD kit.

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  8. This is a great looking wagon, for sure , nice work Monty!

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    1. Thanks Phil! Once again, I found your latest AAR to be a real treat!

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    1. Thanks Monty and congrats again on baby Anna! She is a game changer, I'm sure!

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  10. Exelent work Monty !!!

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael. Really enjoying your diversion into fantasy!

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  11. Very nice Monty! The weathering on the wagon is excellent.

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    1. Thanks Jonas, I could dirty it up a bit more. Hmmm, always more!

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  12. Excellent work Monty! Such stuff always brings lots of flavour to any battlefield.

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    1. Thanks Moiterei, I LOVE your latest Late Romans. Drool!

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  13. Very nice looking wagon Monty!

    Christopher

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  14. Love the wagon. The gray is spot on.

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  15. Thanks Mark, I did have to look at pictures of weathered wagons to get here. Mind you, there is no 1 right way to come at this. If the driver had any energy or spirit, he could've painted his wagon. ;-)

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  16. No Monty, not another period where you can humble us with your fast yet great painting! ;-)

    Lovely looking wagon. I agree with Mark, they grey is spot on!

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    1. Thanks Burkhard! I've definitely slowed down this summer, but that's ok.

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  17. Have to agree with everyone on the wagon, the painting of the wood looks superb.

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