Wednesday, 6 August 2014

"We don't need no steekin' badges!"

Introduction

I've got several small projects that I'm dying to show you, but none of them are quite ready yet.  This means that today's post will be a good opportunity to carry on my work in documenting my collection of figures.  Actually I doubt that I'll ever come close to completing this self-imposed task, but I'll give it a good shot!

It occurs to me that I've described a number of games of The Rules with No Name, but I've never shown any of my Old West figures.  That's an omission which needs to be remedied, so without further ado here are my 28mm Mexican banditos!

Oh, the title of this article?  It's a very famous misquote, possibly the best known line in any Western.  The original encounter between Humphrey Bogart and a group of banditos from which this line derives is, of course, in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

The Leaders

I have 2 models that I use as El Jefe, depending on the role that the Mexicans are to play in a game.  Santos is smartly dressed, well off and honourable.  He's probably the owner of a ranch south of the border and not really much different from his American counterparts.  Santos comes from Knuckleduster Miniatures.

On the other hand, Tuco is just plain evil!  Don't be fooled by his unkempt appearance; this man is a ruthless and sadistic killer.  He'd shoot his own men just as happily as anyone else's if he thought it would help his cause.  Tuco is made by Artizan Designs.

Lieutenants

Rafael is known for his habit of firing 2 revolvers at once.  He thinks it makes him look tough, though in reality all he achieves is to make a lot of noise and smoke.  Rafael doesn't have much in the way of brains, but he'll willingly undertake any dirty task that his boss commands.  Put plain and simply, he's a thug!  Rafael is from the same Knuckleduster pack as before.

Unlike the other lieutenant, Emilio is quieter and more reflective.  He's intelligent but not particularly strong-willed; he'll try to please his chief by following orders.  Also, Emilio is a very good shot with his rifle.  This model also comes from Artizan, though not from the same pack as Tuco.

Foot Soldiers

The banditos gang has a lot of cannon fodder at the bottom of the pecking order.  These are a mixture of disenchanted peasants, low grade crooks and aged has-beens!

To be honest, in all the games we've played, these characters tend to blend into each other.  I find it difficult to remember one such bandito from another.  The only exception to this is Rico, the drunk.  He's always been crazy and unpredictable; sometimes passing out without firing a shot and sometimes charging into fistfights with hostile shootists.  Never a dull moment, except when he sobers up!

The first 4 of these models are from Knuckleduster, whilst the last 2 are Artizan, again.

Conclusion

I've always liked the banditos.  They may just be used as generic bad guys, but in my mind they're more than that.  Perhaps they're displaced farmers who have resorted to banditry to try to feed their families?  Maybe they're misunderstood revolutionaries fighting for a better world?  Or possibly they're just 2-bit outlaws after all!

Obviously I need to get some more guys for this gang sometime.  The Magnificent Seven wouldn't even get to shoot 2 banditos each, let alone an entire village full!  I'm also lacking any mounted models or casualty figures, though I do have an as-yet-unpainted Mexican taking a siesta under his sombrero!

24 comments:

  1. Mexican banditos are a must have for any Wild West skirmish game. You might have many, Hugh, but the ones you do have are all excellent. Tuco has to be my favourite, simply because he is such a nasty piece of work.

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    1. My feelings exactly - banditos are a very useful gang; the more the merrier!

      Tuco is the classic embodiment of "chaotic evil", in my view.

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  2. I always loved tour western games, and the Mexicans are a good part of it. I didn't like western type of games before the Rules With No Names. Always gave me a Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill feeling.

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    1. replace tour western by your western and the post makes sense

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    2. Hmm, I hadn't heard of Bud Spencer or Terrence Hill before, so I don't really know what type of films they made.

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    3. They are on the funny western, from the 60-70. Great picture with very rundown atmosphere of wild west town. Bud Spencer is a big guy who is the pragmatic but too kind criminal while Terrence Hill is a handsome idealistic con man. There are gunfight and fist fight. It was very popular on TV in the 90's in France and Germany at least. Here are some youtube extracts: http://youtu.be/eWn5rR6a1AI and http://youtu.be/OeURt5VTJJY

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  3. Lovely job dude! Quality over quantity.

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    1. Ah, but I need quantity as well! Some day, perhaps...

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  4. Mexicans are always a favourite in my wargames club. These look very good and I am sure they will have seen loads of tabletop action. Nice one mate.

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    1. I do tend to use them as generic bad guys; I suppose it's an easily recognisable part of the story (are there *any* Westerns where Mexicans (plural) are the *good* guys? Maybe in Spanish, but not in English?)

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  5. These all look marvellous Hugh great job. Full of character.

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    1. Thanks, Simon. I've tried to keep the lower gang members fairly drab; only the leaders have much colour in their clothing.

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  6. Ha, they are great. I like the two leaders - a ruthless looking man can't save the world and a mexican Robinjo Hoodo can't really kill people all over the place, either!

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    1. They don't really go together, do they :-) ? I probably shouldn't use both of these guys at the same time...

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  7. These are great C6 and it's good to see them close up. The 'cannon-fodder' are each unique in their own way but together look very uniform, a feature I really like. I think they need a rival Mexican gang to fight, that can also double as allies, just to add to the confusion.

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    1. Hmm, I'd never thought of having a rival gang of banditos before. Apaches, Americanos or perhaps Mexican regulars have crossed my mind, for sure...

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    1. Thank you, Robert. Of course, I've realised whilst writing this article that I don't really have enough of them!

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  9. Lovely collection there. I think the knuckleduster ones have real character to them, interesting my one with the two guns is also called Rafael.. Spooky eh.

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    1. Thanks, Dave - I like the Knuckleduster figures a lot.

      Spooky? Perhaps, but the odds are quite high that I'll have given some model the same name as *someone* else!

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  10. Very cool. I think Emilio is my fave

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