Saturday, February 11, 2012

Western Gaming Inspiration: Warlock (1959)

I getting ready to expand my Wild West town and am looking to purchase some of the new GameCraft Miniatures Wild West 28mm buildings. As a result, I did some "research" early this morning (woke up way too early and couldn't fall back asleep) and watched (on Netflix) the 1959 classic western, Warlock, staring all my favorite actors: Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quin, DeForest Kelley, and more. The blurb at IMDB reads: "The town of Warlock is plagued by a gang of thugs, leading the inhabitants to hire Clay Blaisdell, a famous gunman, to act as marshal" You just know there will be problems! I won't spoil the movie for you!

As I often mention, I use the blog as a visual notebook for myself. Below are a series of screen shots I captured for inspiration, ranging from building shots to outfits. Why should I guess what colors to use for buildings or figures when I can screen capture? I know this post is picture-heavy, but the images are fairly small, averaging less than 200k each. If this is too many photos, please let me know. I'd hate to bring folks's readers to a crawl!

The opening scene of the town Warlock. I need a model of that water wagon!

The saloon, very muted. This will be repainted white later in the movie.

The stone sheriff's office is great. I love the other buildings, too. Must remember to dirty up my models!

This is a great outfit. Must paint stubble on my figures.

Seeing this photo, I realized we need figure facing rules in Western games, for that shot in the back.

A nice collection of dusty outfits for painting inspiration.
Inspiration for townsfolk painting.

Windows are not empty. Remember to add curtains!

The villain gamblers always wear flashy vests. I doubt the small print pattern will survive shrinking to 28mm.

Masked bandits. Remember to make a handkerchief green or blue! Red gets old.

Love the livery colors. I need water troughs (basic water boxes are fine it seems) and wagons.

Another collection of great costumes to paint. Notice how gun barrels are not black?

This doesn't look good!

Richard Widmark makes a stand. Again, love the costume.

Is Henry Fonda a good guy or band guy? Classic outfit and pose.

I love that jacket on the right! I must try it. Plus, buckskins! Nice inspiration for painting.


  1. I love this film ,can i suggest my free western rules FOR A FEW DICE MORE ?

  2. Downloaded them tonight and will take a look. They look like you put a lot of work into them! I've been eternally working on my own rules for years but always enjoy trying new rules. I just have to find time to play!

  3. Great stuff,

    BTW have you ever thought about using Red Dead Redemption (Yes I do mean the playstation/pc/xbox360 game ) as an inspiration ? Its loaded with inspiration and soms of the best horses you will have ever seen in a videogame !!


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