Blackwater Gulch is a Wild West skirmish game. It’s been through a lot of revisions based on tons of feedback over the last year or so and we’re happy to announce the latest version is finally done. You start out with a small gang and after each game your gang members earn experience, and learn new skills, buy new weapons, and add more members. It’s kind of part wargame, part rpg.
The rules are are in 2 separate pieces now:
Gangfight Skirmish Game System – These are the core rules that will be used for all Gangfight Games. Planning to one day have several different game settings all using this core ruleset.
Blackwater Gulch Expansion Guide – The additional rules for playing Blackwater Gulch, including Professions, skills, equipment, etc.
The preview rules are just plain text. Now that we’re closer to having things finalized we’ll soon be adding photos, diagrams and more. Also, the Blackwater Gulch Expansion Guide is lacking a lot of fluff and background, it’s really just the rules. That will all be coming later as well.
There’s also 2 versions of these rules, a PDF version and an ePub version for if you want to use tablets or e-readers like the iPad or Kindle.
We are very happy to announce our 28mm Old Barn (North American-but useful for Europe as well) is ready to be sold at Cold Wars and then on our website afterwards.
The Original model was a VERY popular Barbs Bunker item, but just casting one in resin wasn’t getting the job done. It was based on a barn in NC that was built, or so they say, in 1850 something. One of the best things about the original was its board by board construction, the kind a real farmer, rather than a carpenter would do. It had see through siding and was quite well used.
To capture that in our new model, and maintain easy assembly, we had to laser cut an inner frame and then sides to get the same effect. The entire upper portion of the barn is only 10 pieces, plus 2 doors and and some stall walls. The base is in our new bubble free, ready to paint polyester resin. The tab and slot construction is very easy.
Knuckleduster have added new figures to their Western and War of 1812 miniature ranges.
From their website:
Today I’m releasing five new packs, three 1812 and two 28mm Old West.
For the Old West, I’ve replaced the Saloon Gals and the Onlookers. The new packs are Working Men and Soiled Doves.
(The saloon gals are G-Rated due to judicious placement of soap bubbles and yes, Working Men is a Rush reference . . . )
For 1812, the new releases include Generals Jacob Brown with his aide Colonel Gardiner, Brigade commanders Scott and Ripley (Scott’s horse rearing as in McBarron’s famous painting), and 1814 US line advancing in the ubiquitous “high porte” pose that is useful for both formed and skirmishing units.
The new board game inspired by the conquest of the West is now available in Europe and will hit the stores in USA on February
Take part in the epic history of the Wild West colonization, leading a group of settlers or a tribe of natives: NG International announces the release of Dakota, an “euro-style” board game for 3 to 5 players with linear mechanics inspired to the conquest of the West, created by Piero Cioni and published by NG International in Italian and English languages, with partners for the German (Heidelberger) and Japanese (Hobby Japan) editions. Dakota is now available in Europe and will arrive in America by the end of February.
In Dakota, each player belongs to one of the two factions, settler or native, and tries to achieve his objectives by making alliances from time to time with the others, independent of their parties, thanks to a game mechanic that allows to play in a balanced way even with a different number of settler and native players. The settlers try to exploit the territory in order to make it productive for industry and agriculture, while the natives must make all efforts to keep the territory virgin as long as possible, while at the same time using its resources for the prosperity of their own tribe.
Dakota is the first game published by NG International with the Tenki Games brand. The suggested retail price is US$ 59.99/€49,90. Further information about the game and its rulebook in PDF format are available at www.nexusgames.com.
Knuckleduster have posted an update with information about their upcoming releases.
From their website:
I’ll be releasing more new figures around the end of this month. Among them will be Canadians in round hats skirmishing, as well as a new set of six lady gunfighters (including a shotgun-armed “granny” figure that will play hell with the law).
I’m sculpting American officer’s horses for 1812. After making production casts of them, I can sculpt the riders themselves–doing them simultaneously will fail to take into account the shrinkage of the width of the horses which will occur during mold-making. This is probably why some manufacturers have riders that wobble around atop their horses and compel to you glue one leg to the horse and let the other dangle.
Also, be sure to visit the Gallery for new images of painted figures sent to us by Combatpainter and John Hansen. Please be sure to photograph and send any photos you might have of your painted figures. I’m not always very quick about posting them, but I will eventually, and if you’ve sent any and I’ve forgotten, please remind me. I really enjoy seeing what people have done with my figures.
Knuckleduster will be releasing two new sets of figures at Fall-In.
From their website:
I’ll be releasing two new 1812 sets, and one new 28mm Old West set at Fall-In (visit the RLBPS booth):
The first are Glengarry light infantry and US Rifles in short Kersey roundabouts. The Glengarry infantry were dressed as rifles, but armed with muskets, giving them different kit to actual rifles. The US rifles wear the short grey coats that were issued at the start of the Niagara campaign, and don leather “yeoman crown” shakos (with one in a fatigue cap). The rifles switched from felt to leather, but the new caps did not have a false front (see Osprey 345, The United States Army, 1812-1815). Also, I’ve depicted an order of dress that includes a cartridge box in addition to a shot pouch, powder horn, and cloth belly pouch (they eventually switched to leather, but did not carry a belly box, which was more bulky). The cartridge box is favored by re-enactors in the assumption that prepared rounds would have been made up and carried to make life easier in the field.
The Harper’s Ferry 1803 rifle had no carrying strap.
Here are seven gunfighters for the price of six. This set is entitled “The Marvelous Seven,” which is not me being immodest about my sculpting, but rather an obvious pop culture reference . . .
I will have these ready to put out there on the web next weekend. I will be off the grid the remainder of this weekend.
p.s. Command for the Canadians in round hats will be ready by then as well.
The latest playtest version of Blackwater Gulch has just been released.
Blackwater Gulch is a skirmish miniatures game based on gang fights in the Wild West. The game’s playtest rules are available for free online, and active testers will be rewarded with free miniatures once the final game is released.
Please visit our website at http://www.blackwatergulch.com for more information. In order to download the rules, you will have to sign up for our message board with a valid email address. After that, you will be able to download the rules in the playtest forum.
This new version contains lots of great enhancements brought about by many suggestions from current testers and the game is really turning out great. We expect to be fully releasing the game early next year with a line of highly detailed 28mm miniatures, and the rules will be available for free online.
Knuckleduster have posted an update on their 1812 and Western miniature releases.
From their website:
‘m nearing completion of another round of 1812 figures. This batch will include Glengarry lights skirmishing, as well as a mix of other lights and command figures to fill in the gaps. I was dealt a setback during my father’s illness and death last month, and although there are still family issues to resolve, I’m working again and releases will be forthcoming.
I also have a set of old west 28s to release, and I have only the removal of parting lines on the masters to do and a production mold can be made.
Blackwater Gulch is a new skirmish game based on the Wild West. Players control a gang of 5-10 members in special storyline missions, earning fame & fortune along the way. The game takes place in a fictional setting, based on wild west history and folklore.
We are looking for testers to help make the game great! To have access to the rules you must sign up for our message board at http://www.blackwatergulch.com/. You will then be able to download the rules.
We intend to fully release the game early next year with rules available online plus miniatures and modular terrain kits. For now, our goal is to just make sure the game “works”.
Those who test and provide ample feedback will be rewarded with free goodies after the game is released. For more info, visit our website!
Hawgleg Publishing have posted the last adventure from their Showdowns & Shootouts scenario contest.
From their website:
At long last, and with great jubilation, Hawgleg Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of the final winning entry in its Showdowns & Shootouts Adventure Writing Contest.
The final winning entry is “Judge, Jury & Executioner” by Rob Edwards. In this exciting adventure for use with the Gutshot rules system, two bounty hunters and a sheriff search a small town for the identity of an elusive gunslinger known as The Executioner. In addition to having the potential for bloody combat, this scenario also features a new search/investigation mechanic and random NPC actions that allow this to be played as a solo game.
Blue Moon Manufacturing has just released the next range of beautifully sculpted 15mm figures. This next range is War Paint (Little Big Horn). This line line features 10 codes of US Cavalry and Plains Indians. It is filled with a wide variety of poses both in the mounted and the dismounted figures. There is also a package of Resin tepees for those raids and campaigns against Indian Villages.
Today I have finally released the long-promised 28mm Banditos. OW28-109 Banditos $10.00 (unpainted).
As always, they’re available from Knuckleduster and RLBPS.
In other news, I have had to temporarily discontinue the farm wagon, due to a problem with availability of the resin parts. It make take some time to resolve the issue, so it may be this fall before wagons are available again.
Just a reminder that I have Bob Boze Bell books again. I’m no longer carrying many items made by other manufacturers or publishers, but I believe so strongly in these magnificent and beautiful history books that I began carrying them again. Bell turns up on the History Channel now and again. His books profile a single gunfight in each chapter in an extremely detailed and entertaining way that includes diagrams, photos, original artwork, and lots of sidebars with little-known and newly discovered facts. There are three volumes with around 25 gunfights in each one, and I highly recommend them all.
Blue Moon Manufacturing is running 3 Special 15mm Deals through the month of May to highlight the Train Set we have to go with our 15mm Old West figures. This is a fully operational HO scale electric train set that comes with the train engine/coal car, 2 passenger cars, 1 combine car, a 45′ x 36′ oval track and the power pack.
Special Deal # 1
Purchase 15BOW-109 Train Set and receive the 15OW-108 Water Tower free.
Special Deal # 2
Purchase 15BOW-109 Train Set and the 15BOW-108 Train Station and get the 15OW-108 Water Tower and 1 pack 15OW-100 Cowboys free.
Special Deal # 3
Purchase the 15BOW-109 Train Set, 15OW-108 Water Tower and either the BOW-106 Saloon or one of the Western Building Sets (15BOW-100 – 105) and get the Train Station 15BOW-108 free.
Blue Moon worked hard to put together a train set that would reflect passenger trains used from the 1860’s through the growth of the rail road in the Old West. Our goal was two fold, to have a train set that resembles those seen in many of the Western movies, as well as having something useful for the Civil War gamer and future Blue Moon 15mm releases.
Knuckleduster have added several new packs of 28mm Western figures to their online store.
From their website:
I just returned from Little Wars 2010 in Lincolnshire, Illinois (near Chicago). It was great to see so many familiar faces at the booth, and to welcome so many new folk into the family of Knuckleduster customers. I released several new sets at the show, and I’ve put them in the shopping cart for the rest of the world. Here they are:
These new sets replace some of the old ones as well, and you’ll notice that the midget gunfighter (Malachai) is repeated in the Sidekicks pack. The rest of the sculpts are entirely new. The packs taken out of circulation include the Idiot Deputies, the Duck, and the Renegades. I’ve left the old wounded gunfighters (kdp-ow005) in the shopping cart, because you can never have too many wounded figures.
I’ve also begun carrying Bob Boze Bell books again, and they sold like hotcakes at Little Wars. I’m no longer carrying many items made by other manufacturers or publishers, but I believe so strongly in these magnificent and beautiful history books that I began carrying them again.
We’ve just added our new releases for Salute 2010 to the website. We’ve also done another limited resin figure for the day which we’ll be previewing shortly. Click on the workbench and scroll through to see the troll and Orc team at the end.
All releases available on the day in limited numbers, first come first served. Amongst many new miniatures we’ve made 2 entire fantasy football teams. Orcs and Humans, together with an Ogre and Troll for each.
You’ll also find some special deals on the day for the 2 teams. Once the teams are online they will be available in smaller packs and teams. But for Salute they will be sold as teams, whilst the Ogre and Troll will be available separately.
Prices are as follows:
Orcs team (11 figures): £25
Orc team and troll combined: £30.00
Human team (11 figures): £20
Team and Ogre combined: £25.
Knuckleduster have removed some packs of their western figures in advance of replacements being added to the system.
From their announcement:
I’ve just eliminated several old packs from the shopping cart because they are about to be replaced by packs that include complete replacement sculpts of them. If you’ve had your eye on a particular pack and can’t find it on the site, e-mail me. I’ll have the new packs posted early next week.
The old packs eliminated include (all 28mm):
Jesse and Friends (Renegades)
The new packs are sets of six, and will include a total of 12 figures that will make these old packs redundant, plus add lots of new characters.
Howdy one and all. In case you hadn’t noticed, the Arnica store has been partially open for a while now. We’ve been accepting orders on eight buildings and most of our Add-On Kits.
We didn’t make a big splash about it because we were mainly using this as an opportunity to test our production line and processes while we ramp up to full production. This has been very useful, as it’s helped us spot a lot of small problems with our molds and identify areas where we need to improve.
But if we’re going to be able to move on to the next stage – which includes finishing the rest of the molds for the Western line, and then moving on the Adobe line – we need to take a short break. So, we’re going to shut down the store for 4-6 weeks so we can focus on getting everything finished and up to full speed.
Today Black Orc Games announces the next release in the MiniSculpt line. Clint “Wild Gunman” McPherson sculpted by Juan Montano is now available for purchase at $1.25 each.
Wild Gunman” is a loner, without friends nor family, he never stays long time in one place, the people in the street avoid him. Just people of the worst sort looking for him to do business, because he is the best doing his work, and his work is kill.
Knuckleduster have released two new sets of 28mm western miniatures.
?From their website:
I’ve got two new 28mm releases to kick off March. The first is a set of gunmen of various sorts. Some are thieves, some are hard cases, and some are simply misunderstood (awww).
The second set are US Marshals, meant to represent the officers sent into the Indian Territory (Oklahoma) by Judge Isaac Parker to hunt down outlaws. This was probably the most violent “theater” of the Old West. This force included Bass Reeves, the African-American officer at the left end of the photo (he made over 3000 arrests and spoke several Indian languages), and also included Indian scouts as well as American Indian officers who worked for their tribal police.
These two sets include only one re-sculpt, Heck Thomas. All others are totally new.
I will continue to fill out and improve the 28mm line until Little Wars in April, after which time I will sculpt some more 40mm sets. I have some other historical lines in the works as well, but more about that another time.
Here are some new 28mm greens. I’m going to make the master mold Thursday morning, and thought I’d snap a few pics before they get roasted in the vulcanizer.
The first set are Federal Marshals who hunted outlaws in the infamous “Indian Territory,” which is now Oklahoma. They included the illustrious Heck Thomas (suspenders, firing winchester), and were a diverse force, including Native American police (the “Light Horse”) and an African-American lawman, Bass Reeves (pointing). This set includes six figures
Three new sets of 28mm figures are available for sale. The first is sure to be a favorite–it’s the ubiquitous cancan line. This six-figure set includes lovely ladies dancing every cowboy’s burlesque favorite, the French Cancan. A bit racy for 1870, but tame by today’s standards, the cancan could be seen at “concert saloons,” and music halls throughout the west, and especially in places like Denver and San Francisco.
The next two sets of re-sculpted figures are available for sale. The first set is a six-figure combination of the old “Cowboy I and II” sets, with all the figures reworked to one degree or another. I’m particularly proud of the new version of the LeMat pistol carried by one of the cow punchers.
The second set is a combination and re-interpretation of the old Ellsworth and Abilene sets. It’s called “Cowtown Chaos,” and features a complete re-sculpt of my favorite gunfighter, Wild Bill, and different versions of the gambler with pepperbox and big improvements made all around. The drunken Billy Thompson and old Sheriff Chauncey Whitney are almost entirely unchanged. These two figures recount an incident in which Sheriff Whitney died trying to disarm the cowboy who was roaming the streets drunk as a skunk, waving a loaded shotgun around. What made it particularly poignent was that the kindly sheriff was a close friend of Billy, who was too drunk to recognize him.
I’ve been working hard to get these finished, and photos will follow tomorrow.
Knuckleduster have posted an update on the status of their efforts to rework some of their miniatures.
From their website:
The process of re-sculpting some of the older packs of figures continues. It is admittedly an uncomfortable process, but absolutely necessary as molds wear out and my sculpting skill makes strides foward. When shopping in the next few weeks, please read carefully; some of the packs are being re-sculpted now, and new versions will be available soon in the new series of six-packs. For instance, Cowboys I and II will be combined into one pack, with some figures re-sculpted or improved in one way or another. Ellsworth and Abilene packs will be combined into one with major changes to most of the figures. Hardly any of the figures will be remade from scratch, but they are undergoing significant improvements. This process will continue until I have worked my way through the entire catalog. I believe that providing quality products involves making constant improvements, even if they are sometimes a bit disruptive.
The two packs under construction right now (it really shouldn’t be long before they can be released) are:
OW28-102 Cowboys: six cowboys; one with Lemat, one with Shotgun, one with Lasso, one with rifle, and the other with pistols.
OW28-103 Cowtown Chaos (working title): Wild Bill, JW Hardin, Texas Jack, Gambler wearing tophat w/pepperbox and revolver, drunk with shotgun, pudgy old sheriff.
I’ll keep you posted about future re-sculpts. I will of course be adding new packs as well.