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About the Project

This project has been percolating for many a year in my heart as I have always had a fondness for the old West. As far as I can remember, I spent many hours play fighting with friends, dressed as the typical Hollywood cowboys, ridding a mechanical horse and brandishing a wide variety of toy Colts, Winchesters and Bowie knifes. And then there were all these plastic cowboys, outlaws and lawmen (Airfix were my favorite), Sioux and Apaches Indians and cavalrymen, constantly warring over a small wood and carboard Western town and hardboard cavalry fort. This project is the spiritual descendant of my childhood daydreams, Le Gaming Dude Western playground, 'Dude City'.

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Outlaw Posse

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Following the introduction of the lawmen, and in prevision of an initial battle report for Fistful of Lead, it was necessary to paint a few outlaws to bring their dastardly antics into town. Miniatures come from the Outlaws by Great Escape Games (creators of Dead Man’s Hand).

Outlaw Posse

Dude City has a Grand Hotel

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I just completed the assembly of the Grand hotel (from TTCombat ). Dude City has now 2 hotels for visitors to choose from.

The hotel is not difficult to assemble, despite the absence of pieces numbering and the end result is quite nice.The hotel is not difficult to assemble, despite the absence of pieces numbering and the end result is quite nice.
I painted the façade red and the rest of the building gets the usual weathered wood treatment (see one of the earlier posts).I painted the façade red and the rest of the building gets the usual weathered wood treatment (see one of the earlier posts).
Dude City has a Grand Hotel

Dude City Gets Some Lawmen

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I started my posses by painting a group of lawmen from Great Escape Games’ Dead Man’s Hand. They were rather easy to paint and some of them have very nice poses. Being metal, I had to ensure that two thick layers of varnish were applied to the miniatures (one gloss, one mat) to prevent chipping during pay handling.

Dead Man's Hand lawmenDead Man's Hand lawmen
Dude City Gets Some Lawmen

Next, the outlaws…

Wild West Buildings Painting Tip

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As I would rather not use hobby acrylic paint to cover my Wild West buildings, given their cost, I decided to go the craft paint route and propose below my main formulae. As a bae, all building are spray painted dark brown (I chose one of the dark brown camo paints as I love their mat aspect).

Colors selected for brown town buildings. Use added white to vary tone. Dry-brush all layers on the building, accentuating the weathering wherever it is most exposed to elements.Colors selected for brown town buildings. Use added white to vary tone. Dry-brush all layers on the building, accentuating the weathering wherever it is most exposed to elements.
For older buildings, I start with a grey layer which I bring back over the brownish layers with added white.For older buildings, I start with a grey layer which I bring back over the brownish layers with added white.
For roofs, I decided to add a red brown tone, weathered with light beige and grey.For roofs, I decided to add a red brown tone, weathered with light beige and grey.

As a wash, I use a home made brown wash which I learned to design thanks to Black Magic Craft – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5U7UFFuX-Q&ab_channel=BlackMagicCraft

First Street - 3D Printed at High Noon

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The first few buildings come from Digital Taxidermy, a 3D file source I ahve used before for SciFi and modern. Find them at https://www.digitaltaxidermy.co.uk/

WARNING: As an afterthought, it appears that the Digital Taxidermy building may be at a different scale than the Printable Scenery buildings (so much for my reading the descriptive files and side notes!). Once I figure it out and moving forward, I will correct the proportions of my printed buildings.

The hotel is a no frill building that will nicely line the street.The hotel is a no frill building that will nicely line the street.
Following the hotel is a two story house, easy to print and paint.Following the hotel is a two story house, easy to print and paint.
Every wild west town needs and undertaker and this one is very small and easy to paint. I went with a sober grey and light blue scheme.Every wild west town needs and undertaker and this one is very small and easy to paint. I went with a sober grey and light blue scheme.
I close this phase of DT printing with another 2 story building, this one quite interesting and a ;little harder to put together. I added an mdf board for support due to the existence of support columns.I close this phase of DT printing with another 2 story building, this one quite interesting and a ;little harder to put together. I added an mdf board for support due to the existence of support columns.
First Street - 3D Printed at High Noon
Next, I picked a few Printable Scenery models. I have long loved the quality of their files and you can find them at https://www.printablescenery.com/ . One of my oldest #d printed models was this bank, a fruit of my early drive to create Dude City.Next, I picked a few Printable Scenery models. I have long loved the quality of their files and you can find them at https://www.printablescenery.com/ . One of my oldest #d printed models was this bank, a fruit of my early drive to create Dude City.
I love the Sheriff's Office and printed/cut and glued a few wanted posters near the door for added flair. I love the Sheriff's Office and printed/cut and glued a few wanted posters near the door for added flair.
The jail has a fair amount of cracked plaster over the bricks, which I quickly treated with craft white paint and dry brushed white paint, covered with a sepia wash. For bricks painting details, see my MCP project.The jail has a fair amount of cracked plaster over the bricks, which I quickly treated with craft white paint and dry brushed white paint, covered with a sepia wash. For bricks painting details, see my MCP project.
The general store is pretty nice, except that it does not seem to have a sign (something I may correct later). I painted the façade green by dry brushing the wood color.The general store is pretty nice, except that it does not seem to have a sign (something I may correct later). I painted the façade green by dry brushing the wood color.
First Street - 3D Printed at High Noon

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