Miniatures and terrain are not for everyone, but many gamers like to enhance the visual experience of their game or require physical portrayals of the action for tactical reasons. If you’re looking for miniatures and terrain for a Wild West game, look no further, this article is your ultimate resource. I will highlight few of my favorite figures/lines.
At the end of the article you can find a Wild West Miniatures Database that compiles 75+ different miniature and terrain lines to fit the needs of anyone gaming in the American Old West. If you know of a manufacturer that isn’t on that list (or find that one of my links are broken), do not hesitate to inform me.
Witchtown Tales documents a private Old West miniature collection. It shows some excellent paint schemes for figures as well as terrain. However, one of it’s best resources is its manufacturer scale comparison page.
Dixon has a solid range of figures and considering that the same figure can come with multiple head variants, it makes their line surprising large. I think my favorite mini from Dixon are the Lying Wounded and Lying Dead figures.
Blue Moon Manufacturing
Blue Moon’s lineup features a lot of famous names from the legendary West. The Earps, the James, and most of the names you hear while watching Tombstone are there.. I really like the Tombstone Civilians set and the Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane pack. Of particular coolness is Blue Moon’s Wagons Ho! line.
The Foundry probably has the most expansive selection of Old West miniatures available. I especially like their Townsfolk and Mountain Men lines. For the gamer with deep pockets, they have two excellent army packs. The Plains War Indian Army comes with 99 figures (51 horses), but will set you back $450.
Black Scorpion has some of the most gorgeous Western themed lines available. They are a little taller than your average heroic sized minis (32mm vs. 28mm), but those extra millimeters allows for some additional detail. Particularly, I like the Billy the Kid and Bobba Fat Mexican sculpts.
Hotz’s Whitewash City is probably the most affordable, dynamic and re-usable terrain available for Old West gaming. It’s cardstock, but that means you can easily modify the images to change up the look and feel of building. I also like the game mat they have as a base for building an Old West town.
Hovels provides their resin buildings either plain or already painted. In addition to the 25mm Wild West line, they also have an American Civil War line which could easily be used in an Old West setting. My particular favorite is the Grand Hotel.
Roll Your Own
For the crafty gamer, you could also build your own terrain out of balsa wood or cardstock. A tutorial by David Marshall and another from Dave Bezio should give the DIY gamer a good place to begin.
Wild West Minis DB
Wild West Weeks
- Welcome to Wild West Weeks
- Wild West RPG Database
- Into the Far West
- Aces & Eights: Shattered Frontier
- Deadlands Reloaded
- Red Dead Redemption
- 24 Hour Old West RPG, Part 1
- 24 Hour Old West RPG, Core Mechanics
- 24 Hour Old West RPG, Traits I
- 24 Hour Old West RPG, Traits II
- 24 Hour Old West RPG, Traits III
- Wild West Minis Database
- Legends of the West RPG: Vitality & Experience