Saturday, 23 March 2013

A Call to Muster show - 23rd March

The Old West Collection has been out on the road this week at the new show "A Call to Muster" in Middlesbrough. So a few shots of the the full town.

and a few more kindly provided by Count Belisarius

Plenty of action with a couple of participation games held - the undertaker has his hands full

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Indian Raid on Caspar. - Game 9

This was Dom's second game, in the previous he had encountered the Indians, and rescued the "Kid" who had joined up with the them. Big Dom was in town making his mind up what to do next , and the gang were stocking up on supplies ,including dynamite which the "Kid" is killed in. Just as they were thinking about perhaps causing trouble a lone horseman rode hard into town and announced there was Indian warband hot on his heels.

Just then the first of the Indians were spotted - it was the same band Dom had encountered before with some extra re-enforcements .The Medicine man had worked his magic on the warband - the whole band were"Charmed" believing themselves invincible. These were going to be a tough lot to tackle. But what were they after?  There leader appeared it was the legendary "Lone Cloud" - seeking revenge for "Two Clouds death".

The womenfolk took fright. Dom's gang, the two lawmen and the citizens armed themselves.  More Indians were spotted around the edges of town, shots and arrows began to fly.

 It was all quiet

The Indians had snuck around behind the buildings , Lone Cloud pounced upon a poor citizen , quickly overcoming him and relieving him of his scalp.

Lone Cloud his blood up continued his charge into town looking to dispatch town doctor. The "Kid" took Lone Cloud under fire trying to save the doctor. The "Kid" was up for revenge for his own family as well. The doctor luckily managed to draw a card at just the right time and ran away into the hotel covered by a lawman.

A number of townsfolk panicked in the face of the terrifying Indian leader, and took to hiding.

 Russ who had been at the far end of town sourcing dynamite ran into the centre to provide support , Lone Cloud raced and raced toward him brandishing his knife, two rounds of hand to hand later Russ lay on the ground . Who was going to stop this one man killing machine rampaging through the town?

Pete who had taken covered in the jail saw the Indian Leader with his back to him, shot through the window blazing away , a severe case of lead poisoning was dished out - and down Lone Cloud went knocked out.

Walt the remaining gang member was attempting to fend off 3 Indians from within the barricaded Dry Goods store at the other end of town, but he was running low on ammo - and not hitting anything to boot. He panicked looked to break away from building and move towards the hotel in the centre where most of the citizens had gathered. Grey Wolf a swift Indian set off after him closing in on a kill , just as Walt reached the hotel he was caught with two swift blows to the head Grey Wolf loomed over him. The "Kid" again came to rescue he had moved in and seeing the Indian blasted away and killed one of his hated foes.

The townsfolk and lawmen had finally got themselves organised and were able to unleash a number of shotgun and rifle shots on the Indians , this finally stopped the onslaught. The Indians retreated.

Dom upon searching the Indian leaders body saw a necklace, the "Kid" said it had been his sisters - so she had been captured - , but were was she , is she still alive?

 Dom had managed to not cause any trouble in town  before the Indians arrived , so the gang is still on the right side of the law. At one point the Indians threatened to overwhelm the gang and townsfolk. The "Kid" is getting a bit of reputation.  This was a fast and frantic game.- all good fun!

Smithville- The Mexican Gamblers - Game 8

Game 8 saw the 4 man Gonzalez brothers gang in Smithville, younger brother Rafa has the gambler skill and was at the poker table in the Cattleman's , trying his luck out with the gang funds. He was rolling successfully and building up a small a pot of winnings.

The Shootist leader Ramon and another brother Pepe had already had their share of alcohol - the pair of them being boozers - and were mounted up the the edge of town near the stock pens. The remaining brother Juan was in town to provide back up to Rafa.

Back in the saloon there were was grumbling and muttering at the poker table, was this Mexican cheating? There was an accusation, quick draw time, Rafa drew first and fired seriously wounding his challenger. The game was afoot.Time to make a swift exit. Rafa grabbed at the money on the tables and headed for the door.

The Smithville sheriff turned and headed for the saloon with weapons drawn. Juan looked on. He tracked the shootist sheriff across the street and waited for him to turn his back. Juan let a of shot but only grazed the surprised lawman. The town deputy leaving the jail turned and blazed away missing completely.

The two brothers on horseback were at the gate of the stock pen and slipped the rope from the gate and opened it. Using their horsemanship skills they moved into the pen and started to round up the steers and move them into the main town.

A town citizen angered at seeing the Mexicans sneaky act armed himself to aide the lawmen. The deputy started to cross the street just as Pepe and Ramon started firing to stampede the cattle through the town. Rafa leapt for his horse and spurred it away from the saloon. The citizen took aim at Juan, boom, one hit - FATAL HEAD SHOT!

They stood and stared at the stampeding cattle -seemingly rooted to the spot (well he was without his card or an action card coming out) . He even failed an urgent reaction test and was promptly trampled to the ground under a few tons of fast moving beef.

The 3 remaining brothers aided by their horsemanship skills were able to speed away while still firing, managing to wound the sheriff. Who was able to return fire with a serious wound for Ramon, who again managed to pass his skills test to remain mounted and the gang spurred out of town, looking for urgent medical assistance.

Phew - my first game using my gang- all would have bene fine apart from that pesky citizen!

No photos for this game due to camera problems I am afraid.