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  • #1558206

    pagan8th
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    I’m running a Wild West RPG and as every wild west game needs a train combat scene, I need a locomotive and some carriages for the PC’s to run along the roof off.

    The train will be good for terrain in skirmish games too, I have Wild West Exodus and Wolsung which can both benefit from a steam train.

    Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced solution for something in the 28mm to 32mm scale?

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    #1558208

    robert
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    Sarissa Precision do Western Trains – https://sarissa-precision.com/collections/old-west-28mm/products/oldwestrailwaybundle (just an example of stuff they do)

    You may not call it reasonably priced and depending on how you have based your minis, might be hard to keep models balanced on certain pieces of rolling stock.

    #1558209

    pagan8th
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    Thanks. That’s some nice stuff, but I was hoping to pay about half that… which I know is a bit unrealistic… nice loco though.

    And they have a good stage coach too, amongst other things, so I may be picking some bits up.

    #1558210

    robert
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    TT Combat also have stuff designed for Westerns – https://ttcombat.com/collections/wild-west/products/steam-train-and-track (again a sample).

    Looks cheap in my humble opinion, which is why I have never bought any of their train things.

    #1558212

    pagan8th
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    Seen the TT Combat stuff. The coaches are ok, but the engine is a bit chunky.

    I did find this, but no rolling stock to match it.

    19th C. American Steam Locomotive (Black)

    #1558214

    robert
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    i knew someone else did stuff in MDF but couldn’t remember who… you link jogged my memory

    https://www.greatescapegames.co.uk/online-store/deadmanshand/dead-mans-hand-trains

    https://www.4groundpublishing.co.uk/28mm-model-kits/28mm-vehicles

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  robert.
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    #1558227

    pagan8th
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    I have a bad feeling that I may be spending more than I intended on wild west terrain.

    Thanks for the links, very helpful, but the moths in my wallet may go hungry.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  pagan8th.
    #1558229

    robert
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    One thing to note, not sure how compatible the different ranges will be with each other.

    #1558230

    pagan8th
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    I assumed that would be the case, which is why I want all from one source if possible…

    However… this is a gaming project, not a modelling project, so it doesn’t have to be a perfect match.

    #1558282

    sundancer
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    Have you looked in the toy section of your local supermarket? Take a mini with you and compare the scale. Repaint a Thomas or something 😉

    #1558287

    pagan8th
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    It’s a thought, but if I don’t sand the face off the train there will be comments from my players.

    Going for the 4ground stuff I think… or maybe Sarissa… weighing up pros and cons.

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    #1558334

    somegeezer
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    I think a toy train is a good fit for your budget (and no weird octagonal MDF boilers 😁) but you would need to see it in the flesh to judge.

    Ogauge is generally a good fit for 28/32mm so any toy that’s close to that could be a good match. Actual O gauge would likely make the MDF trains look cheap though.

    #1558337

    pagan8th
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    I gave up on my budget. Went for the 4ground Loco and coaches.

    #1558338

    somegeezer
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    Ha! Classic wargamer response! One of us! 😁👍👍

    #1558341

    robert
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    O gauge is about 1/43, so plenty of space to game on.   Some of Sarissa stuff is designed to be converted into O Gauge by fitting appropriate wheels.  Finding it cheap is the problem, one plastic coach kits would be £100 plus…

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