I have been trying out some more “Lunge Cut and Stop Thrust” duelling skirmishes using the Gerard De Gre rules set out in Donald Featherstone’s Solo War-gaming:
These rules suggest many different two or three figure bouts, contests or wallopings.
The figures used are Steve Weston’s Mexican Peasants – I got mine through a good deal on his website or EBay site for some sets with water damaged packaging. This got me two packets for the price of one. Not quite Pound store prices but still cheap.
For a quick and lazy paint job on these white plastic figures, I used the “Pewtering” technique. I learnt this from the Prince August website, giving them a quick brush over with black acrylic paint, them wiping the paint off a minute or two later before it dries. Details are revealed as highlights and shadows, whilst you can always repaint in more detail at a later time.
Some of the peasants are armed with rifles, very useful for irregular forces, guerillas and settlers. Not so useful for the duelling games.
Here the Mexican lady is the attacker – I threw a coin to choose. The man is the defender.
Playing as the attacking angry Mexican lady I have a limited choice of three duelling moves – cut or swipe to head, parry and lunge and stop- thrust.
Playing solo I will be drawing the man’s cards from the top of his deck each time, replacing them to the bottom.
Mexico Gold Rush: A renewed duel between angry Mexican machete guy and man with shovel over the golden nuggets in the basket.
In his comments on Alan the Tradgardmastre’s use of this limited fast game in a school masterclass club, Kaptain Kobold came up with a very useful dice simplification of the Gerard De Gre duelling rules http://tradgardland.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/master-classes.html
Flint, Feather, Scissors, Paper, Stone
Dan Foley in the same comment section pointed out an extension of these limited scissors paper stones type rules in the melee section of some beta play test Native American conflict rules : “For a similar idea taken a bit further check out the beta version of Flint & Feather”
These look an attractive set of miniatures and some interesting rules or games mechanicisms which give me a few new ideas for expanding the limited choices of these fast duelling games.
Steve Weston’s Mexican Peasants are very versatile figures that could stand in for many eras and nations such as Boxers or Chinese figures from Asia, peasants from Europe as well as the Wild West.
Lots of interesting conversions on the web.
Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN blog.
3 thoughts on “More Duelling Inspiration – Mexicans!”
The pewtering technique works really well on these figures, I saw a similar method being used on Elastolin figures when I visited their factory, they dipped the whole painted figure in a watered down mix of acrylic varnish and black paint then wiped the excess off.
I think pewtering is a quick and ready way to get Games figures onto the table, metal or plastic. If they have a suitable base colour. Interesting to hear how some of the Elastolin figures were made or finished in the same way.
I have just been rereading your article Big Wars in the Battle for Wargamers / Military Modelling Manual that I enjoyed so much when it came out in 1983 – is it alright for me to scan and post some of the garden game pictures on my blogpost?
Mark, Man of TIN blog
Gosh is it really 35 years since I wrote that! the pics weren’t very good I’m afraid but you’re welcome to use whatever you want.