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Painting Desk – Week 5

Five weeks into 2019 and I've finished a few more miniatures from the massive pile of miniatures waiting to be painted.  I didn't get to paint as much.  It turned cold, not as cold as what folks experienced up north, but cold enough that the Floozy spent more time with her hands wrapped around a… Continue reading Painting Desk – Week 5

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Ranald S. Mackenzie on the Texas Frontier

A Book Review I've always loved history. The past is filled with remarkable stories both triumphant and tragic. When I was in my early 20s, I wanted to be a Classical Languages teacher. Something kind of weird for West Texas, I know. But I loved Greek and Roman history (still do). Texas history, on the… Continue reading Ranald S. Mackenzie on the Texas Frontier

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Fort Davis and the “Child of the Fighting Tenth”

  "I was graduated at a private school near Philadelphia the last of June 1884, when I was barely past my seventeenth birthday, and went with my parents, brother, and sister to Fort Davis, Texas, where the Regimental Headquarters of the Tenth Cavalry was then stationed. Regimental Headquarters meant having the band at our garrison.… Continue reading Fort Davis and the “Child of the Fighting Tenth”

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The Indian Fight at Van Horn’s Well : An Encounter for Six Gun Sound

Part 1 - The Inspiration and History I live in one of the northern suburbs of Dallas. There are a lot of benefits to living here, both economic and social. But my heart lives out on the Llano Estacado. It is that place where the Great Plains transitions into the Chihuahuan Desert. It is where… Continue reading The Indian Fight at Van Horn’s Well : An Encounter for Six Gun Sound

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Painting American Indians – Buffalo Hump

Buffalo Hump was a chief among the Penateka Comanche. He is famous for leading the Great Linnville Raid of 1840 where the Comanche raided all the way to the gulf coast in Texas. Victoria and Linnville were attacked and looted. Linnville was burned to the ground and never rebuilt. The raid was a revenge raid… Continue reading Painting American Indians – Buffalo Hump

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Six Gun Sound – Roof Top Example

Private Tom Murray deserted to join up with Frank Wilson to hunt buffalo. Unfortunately for Tom, Captain Lawton didn't like deserters & he dispatched a detail to bring Tom back. It didn't take long for the detail to find the two would-be buffalo hunters. The detail had cornered them in a livery stable at the… Continue reading Six Gun Sound – Roof Top Example

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Book of the Week: The Buffalo Hunters

What do the following western personalities all have in common?: James "Wild Bill" Hickok, Lonesome Charley Reynolds, Bill Comstock, Buffalo Bill Cody, Billy Dixon, Frank Collinson, Bat Masterson, Pat Garret, California Joe, John Mooar, W.F. "Doc" Carver, Charlie Rath, Charlie Myers, Emanuel Dubbs, Johnny Cook, & many others. They were all professional buffalo hunters at… Continue reading Book of the Week: The Buffalo Hunters

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Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd

A few months ago I completed painting some 28mm American bison. We still call them "buffalo" out here. The miniatures are by 3 manufacturers, Dixon, Knuckleduster, & Westwind/Old Glory. The buffalo mix well together with the ones from Knuckleduster being slightly smaller. The sculpts from Westwind & Dixon are running whereas the Knuckleduster sculpts are… Continue reading Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd