Monday 1 April 2024

Old West Wagon - Brigade Games

 I signed up for Brigade Games' Plains War Kickstarter, and received my new toys a few weeks ago.  Although I primarily focussed on Native Americans (Lakota, Crow, Cheyenne), I was unable to resist adding a cargo wagon to my order.  So naturally, this was the first model from the KS that I decided to assemble.

There was an option to get 2, 4 or 6 horses.  Based on previous experience building Napoleonic artillery limbers, I decided that 2 horses would be plenty - more horses means a larger footprint, which leaves the vehicle dominating the game table a bit too much.  There were also options of getting a covered wagon, a Gatling gun limber or a full on stage coach, so I am bravely claiming that I managed to show at least a little restraint by "only" getting the 2-horse wagon!

The crew are sculpted to be a US Army driver and guard.  As I'm not planning to build US Army for my wild west games, I painted them as civilians, so they can show up in any old west setting.  I also inserted magnets into their bums, with matching magnets in the bench seat.  This allows an unoccupied wagon to be on the table if needed.

I also got a bit carried away and built the harness and reins for the horses.  I'm sure no one would think of it at all if I'd left this out, but once I got the idea in my head I had to carry on and do it.  Naturally, this created a problem as the reins could not be connected to the driver if he was to be removable!  My compromise is to leave a gap of a few mm between the driver's feet and the front of the wagon.

Coming up next, First Nations horsemen!


  1. Good GS work on the reins. With your paint job, not noticeable they are “ex-soldiers”!

    1. Thanks, Doug! Having fun now with the horsemen :)