Community Spotlight: Wild West Gangs, Trench Offensives & Dragon Dioramas

November 1, 2023 by brennon

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Come and join us for another delve into the Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great-looking miniature wargaming painting and hobbying this week...


...make sure to always let us know what YOU have been working on and share it across the site.


Wild West by orinoco

We start off with some work by orinoco who has been wombling free in the Wild West with some awesome painted miniatures for use in games of Dead Man's Hand. A whole host of characters have come together including some classic Gunfighters using the plastic miniatures from Great Escape Games.

Wild West #1 by orinoco

The painting on these miniatures is awesome and properly gets across the ace "dusty frontier" look that you get from the movies and in pictures from the period. I really like the dark outfits for the head honchos in this set and the faded look of the clothing as a whole. I also appreciate the amount of effort going into that facial hair, especially the minty bearded gentleman on the right hand side!

As well as some fellows doing a bit of shooting, there's also this set of ladies from the frontier!

Wild West #2 by orinoco

These Daughters Of The West are looking just as awesome as their male counterparts and would be great for all manner of encounters in the middle of town. These are going to be great bandits and outlaws as well as townsfolks and heroines who are looking to put things right. I like the lady in the middle with the pink/purple waistcoat as she has main character energy!

Wild West #3 by orinoco

It's neat to see the miniatures all painted up and I really like the photography as a whole here. Also, orinoco's terrain is major goals! It is making me think again about my own terrain and how much effort I should probably be putting into it.


Trench Offensive by warbossd

Next up, we turn our attention to warbossd who has been doing some great stuff when it comes to their Trench Offensive collection which is to be used in the game by Pandyman Entertainment. We've got some British and German troops slugging it out in the trenches.

Trench Offensive #1 by warbossd

The miniatures here look to come from the two-player starter set for the game which impressed warbossd after playing a demo at Diceni in Norwich 2023. Some great research has gone into painting up the British as you can see here as well as the Germans. There are some nice reference pictures in the Project showing off what was used as guidance for the uniforms and kit that they're lugging around with them.

Trench Offensive #2 by warbossd

I really like these as guidelines for painting up World War I troops beyond their use in something like Trench Offensive too. You could use this to help out with your miniatures for all manner of games so make sure to bookmark that project!

Capping things off, we also got a look at this impressive board set up which gives you an idea of what Trench Offensive could be like to play on a lovely board!

Trench Offensive #3 by warbossd

It seems like that demo did the trick and it was great to see the miniatures coming together so nicely from warbossd. They're for a game that I've not really seen much of before and so I am now intrigued to go and do a bit of digging to find out more about it. If it features rampaging geese (see above) then I might be drawn in.


Dragon Diorama by demonsub

Last but not least, we have demonsub who has been working away on an impressive 15mm Dragon diorama which uses some wonderful miniatures from Alternative Armies.

Dragon Diorama #1 by demonsub

The diorama shows off a clash between a band of adventurers who are traversing the countryside and the dragon who has lodged a complaint with them concerning their direction of travel! I like to think that maybe the heroes are trying to make off with the dragon's treasure and they have finally met their match!

Dragon Diorama #2 by demonsub

The painting on the 15mm miniature is great and the attention to detail throughout the build of the diorama is also properly impressive. I really like all the little stories being told with the miniatures and the work that has gone into the landscape to make it feel natural. Of course, the Heroic Stupid Knight/Paladin is facing down the dragon whilst the Rogue hides in the shadows ready to strike and the Wizard runs for cover!

Dragon Diorama #3 by demonsub

A great use of miniatures and materials as well as a wonderful project that helps to nail down the process of bringing all of this to life. I could see folks, much like with the Trench Offensive project, using this as a guide to help them with their own painting. Not only that but it's also bloody inspirational!

What Are You Painting Right Now?

Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it! We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

What do you think of the entries this week?

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