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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Knuckleduster-I'm Addicted!

Hello, my name is Anne O'Leary and I'm an addict. Yes, I'm a leadhead and I've found a new manufacturer to supply me with figures to quench my nearly insatiable need.  And that manufacturer is Knuckleduster.

It started innocently enough, with the winning of a prize draw from Patrick at Dice of Legends for a voucher in the amount of $16.50.  Initially I planned on getting just an upright piano with a piano player.  I began cruising through their site and within minutes my shopping cart was full of 28mm Wild West goodness.


I got Cowtown Chaos, Sidekicks, Working Men, Singing Cowboys and Cancan Dancers.


In Vignettes I got, a Bank Scene (yeah, there's going to be a hold-up), a Faro Game and the Piano Set.


I also got a Billiards Vignette and finally the one thing no girl should have to do without-a Gallows.

These figures are just beautiful too. Full of character, well sculpted and well cast with no flash and very few mold lines. A painters dream..

The man who owns the shop and also does all the sculpting, Mr. Forrest Harris, is a fine gentleman. He contacted me by e-mail the day after I placed my order and I ended up getting both the Bank Scene and the Gallows for free.  My order arrived in 3 days-excellent service.

I have settled on the American Wild West as my historical period!!! What I'm most interested in is finding out what day to day life was really like. What did people eat, what were their clothes made of, what was the social structure like, what kind of music did they write and play, how did they spend their leisure time, how did they survive in harsh conditions, what was the price of goods, where did supplies come from, what roles did women play, what was the average life-span and on and on.

If any of you have now of reliable source material, let me know. Inexpensive books would be fine and free, but reliable web sources would be great as well.

Tomorrow I will be announcing the winners of my Prize Giveaway, so be sure to tune in.



90 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Anne, what a stash! I can certainly see the appeal of the period and look forward to seeing the denizens of 'O'Leary' come to life.

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    1. The period suits me perfectly I think. I don't have to focus on troops and regiments, I can focus on the people and a way of life.

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  2. Great haul Anne! :)

    I'm looking forward to seeing your Wild West town come to life, but I will admit to being a bit nervous about the singing cowboys having been subjected to Paint Your Wagon and other musicals! *grin*

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    1. I'm going to do a serious treatment of the music of the period as I'm a musician. I loved Paint Your Wagon btw :)

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  3. I'm not familure with knuckleduster miniatures so I will definitely be watching the progress with a keen eye. Again "singing cowboys" not my ideal choice, but I will not dismiss them out of hand. Really interested to see how this goes.... you never know you might inspire me.

    As for books you I picked up Stephen E. Ambrose "Crazy Horse and Custer" for 25 pence at a garage sale. From what I have read so far, not a bad place to start.

    And best of luck.

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    1. Music is an important aspect in defining and sharing the human experience. It is here that we find how much we have in common across history and across cultures. I'm very excited about this part of the history.

      I'll see if I can find the book somewhere at a reasonable price.

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  4. Aah another victim of the wargamers disease. That's quite a stash you've got there. Look forward to seeing it all painted up.

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    1. Oh yes indeed, I'm fully infected and happy to be so!

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  5. Nice haul.. and so it begins to head downhill in a ball of lead that just continues to grow! Hopefully you can at least get everything painted up before the next batch of goodies shows up!

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    1. The next batch of goodies is due to arrive today! I'm building lead mountain and I want to build it high!

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  6. That's quite a stash of metal you have there Anne. I'd have some trouble sneaking that under the radar here.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do with it all!

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    1. As long as I get the post before The Hubby wakes up, I'm safe. Sometimes he'll catch me with the bank statement, but by then, it's too late!

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    2. My last Knucleduster deal was about a year ago, my wife gave the ok during a sale that was near our wedding anniv...hehehhe...they are all painted! So she could not complain like some of my other unfinished projects. I pretty much bought one of everything in the gunfighters.

      I had fun with the Banditos, the short guy with two pistols, town drunk and so many others including the first black and native american sheriff in that set. I like that he appealed to the historical side of things.

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    3. If I could have gotten away with it, I'd have bought the place out. I'll be sneaking things in, in smaller lots next time. That big box, stood out a bit.
      The Hubby so far isn't noticing all the stuff I haven't painted yet and I hope he never does!

      The Bandito's are on my list of must haves.

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  7. Recommended reading from the Indian PoV - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0099526409 - 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'

    There's another one on my shelves at home - I'll get you the link tonight.

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    1. Thank you Mike. Any info you have will be appreciated.

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  8. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!!! You certainly DO have the bug!! I think we'll all be looking forward to seeing some of these painted up!
    BTW Your figures arrived in the post this morning, I'll get them started soon.

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    1. I've finally filled up four tubs with unpainted lead! Just wait till all my Kickstarter stuff comes in. Yahooo!!!

      I'm so glad they arrived and I can't wait to see them painted up. I hope you enjoy them!

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  9. The Wild West was an awesome time.
    For information, check with Sean - he runs a blog called Civil War Horror and has researched the period from then until the early 1900's.
    Or you could just watch Tombstone, but it probably won't be all that accurate.

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    1. It seems interesting because the sense of individuality is so strong, but in order to survive these people had to work cooperatively.

      Thanks for the tip, I'll try to find Sean's blog.

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  10. This happens to me to every time I browse my art suppliers website, somehow I end up with way more than just a brush. Can't wait to see this figures come to life.

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    1. It's easy to do isn't it. One thing leads to another....

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    2. next thing you know, you have your own jewellery making set...true story

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    3. I tried that and it was a miserable failure. Crocheting runs in my family and despite all my grans and great grans attempts to teach me, I couldn't do it. I can't paint on canvas either, although both my parents did. One of my sisters is a very good painter. It's strange what arts one can and can't do.

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  11. Yeah, you are addicted, but there was worse things to be addicted too. As for the wild west, I know it was never as clean as it seems on tv.

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    1. Sanitation definitely wasn't what it is now. That's one of the things I want to know about and write about.

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  12. Welcome to the "leadaddicted" family Anne... ;-)

    By the way...and your longhorns herd?

    Marzio.

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    1. Oh now that you mention it, a herd would be magnificent!

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  13. Wicked haul Anne, plenty of painting time ahead!

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    1. I will be chaining myself to the painting table for the next few months!

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  14. And doesn't it feel good??? Very nice haul there Anne and I too look forward to some painted up goodness!

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    1. It does feel good. Nothing like lead coming in the post to get my blood up!

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  15. How do you have an intervention for miniature purchasing? There's no AA support group for that habit. If you're looking for what the American Wild West was like, try watching Deadwood. Except for the way they talk, I think they got the tone of how truly gross life was back then. They rode horses as a primary form of transportation and there was no such thing as street sweepers, so everyone had horse poo on their boots. That's just a rule. Oh and racism. Lots and lots of racism back then.

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    1. If there was a support group, we'd go but wind up organizing a game.

      I'm after the reality, which would have been harsh and not very pretty by today's standards. I'm no stranger to horses or livestock having been raised on a farm, so nothing there will be gross to me. The racism I'm aware of as well and would be interested to find out if it was statistically less than today. I know the statistics on violent crimes is much higher today than back than.

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    2. I actually read, there were a lot less gun victims than made out in the movies.

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    3. That's what I read too. It wasn't nearly as violent as portrayed in films and more peaceful than today. So much for social evolution eh.

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  16. You've chosen an interesting period :) Would love to see your cowboys (of course!) and perhaps dancers and musicians!

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    1. I want to pick up their Soiled Doves too as the houses of ill repute were very important during that time.

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  17. I like that Knuckleduster line. Old West towns need the kind of 'local color' minis they produce. Now if only they would produce a 28mm Mariachi band.

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    1. Email Forrest at Knuckleduster, he is always looking for ideas.

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    2. He does seem very accessible and it looks like he knows everything about the period. I'd like to have a Mariachi band as well. I hope to get the Banditos on my next shopping extravaganza!

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  18. wow!!!!!
    that's a great project !!! I'm very interested with the subject!
    Unfortunately, we don't have such figures in 1/72!

    You can find some pictures of American Way of Life in the early XXth or end of the XIXth, and I think that many things didn't change since XVIII in many parts of the States!

    http://old-photos.blogspot.fr/ (just looks in the labels: you will find some good old pictures!)

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    1. I think learning about this will be fun and separating fact from fiction will be interesting.

      Thank you for the link!

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  19. Glad you liked the loot Anne! I have some of the stuff you got and plan to get some more at a later time. I always found the price and quality of Knuckleduster to be very reasonable and Forrest is just a great small biz guy to deal with. He has even helped cast some figures for a charity event to raise money for a young boy. I'm always more than happy to plug a biz of hard working and good people like him.

    I had a blast painting my stuff...the iconic set with the Magnificent 7 and the Duke/Clint Eastwood and others set was another I really enjoyed. Plus the short guy with the tall hat and pistols is one of my favorites!

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    1. I'm enchanted with this line. I have to buy some mounted figures, some towns people and the soiled doves as well. He also just put up a miner with a donkey, which I want.

      He seems ever so nice and the service was some of the best I've ever had. A great experience.

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  20. I can't wait to see as this all comes to life, Anne. Especially as you weave your tale to go along with it. I know I can count on you for a great tale, some poems and (fingers crossed) maybe a song or two. Thank you for taking us along on your journey!!

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    1. This one will be heavy on history. I have found some recipes from the period and lyrics to songs so I'll fit those in somewhere. I'm sure there are some really great stories out there about this period as well, along with photographs and I'll post those as I go along.

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    2. I love seeing you get into this so much. I can tell it's really captured your imagination and your heart. I am quite curious about the recipes. I imagine deer, right?

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    3. The ones I found were done by cowboys herding cattle so meat was beef and some rabbit as well. I'm not sure how far West you can find deer.

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    4. Oh no! Not rabbit, Anne. I can handle the cattle just fine. I can handle deer because I grew up in NY but the poor little bunnies. Not so much. Gosh, they'd be so gamey tasting, I'd think. What do I know? The craziest thing I ate was frog legs!

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    5. Rabbit is quite tasty, especially when you make a milk gravy from the fat. Frog legs are pretty good too, just not enough meat on them. Squirrel is yummy too. When you grow up poor, you'll eat anything :)

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  21. a gallows.....how cool is that? i think you could have a lot of fun with this set...and like elsie, as much as i look forward to seeing the painting, i def enjoy the story...and will look for easter bunnies this time around...smiles...

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    1. I hope you guys know I was just kidding around. But I may make a thing of hiding bunnies in the scenery of all my photos!

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  22. You are hooked real good. Nothing but fun and pleasure ahead for you, Anne (If you can afford the paint!).

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    1. The wonderful thing is that now I get to go paint shopping! I need more shades of brown for sure and some sedate blues too. I'll be going by the local hobby shop later this week and will get some Vallejo for this project.

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  23. There is no known cure for this illness once it has struck it will accelerate rapidly out of control. I look forward to seeing this project come to life Anee

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    1. I'm branching out into SF as well. And my Wood Elf army is slowly growing. That one is a bit on the expensive side so I'm sneaking those figures in under the radar a few at a time.

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  24. Wow you are going right to town the gallows may make some frown, as away they go to that hangman's show. The old west was no Silverado or anything of the like. There was a supernatural episode that showed it off well, all the companions had diseases and everything was as dirty as can be. Deadwood wasn't a bad representation.

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    1. I know what kind of gory things people watch these days, so those gallows will be posted and woe be unto him who acts squeamish about it. It's part of history and sometimes history was ugly.

      Netflix doesn't have Deadwood. I need to find some decent films to watch while I paint.

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    2. Could go old with the Eastwood ones, or Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, The Magnificient Seven and such, or of course John Wayne, but then none really show it exactly how it was prettying it up, Deadwood had it down though.

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    3. Right now I'm watching Ken Burns American West. Very good documentary and lots of good photo's from the time.

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    1. I had to have those, dead sexy. I'm almost done with the last Pirate Babe!

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  26. a big no to the gallows, but a yes to the cancan dancers :) You will have such fun putting paint on them since I know how much you love crazy colours ,darling!

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    1. I'm posting the gallows as that was a real part of history. In epic movies, they have people killing each other brutally and we don't shy away from it. How things really were is what I'm after here.

      Can can girls were a part of things as well as ladies of the night. So I'll be getting them up as well.

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    2. oh, you will have to build them a saloon or something, to protect the ladies from the cowboys, darling :)

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    3. There are some fabulous buildings out there for this period and one day I'd like to get some. A cat house would be great for them. One of them is a figure of a lady taking a bath. Very sweet figure.

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  27. Very cool, my vote is for can can girls first.

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    1. They'll go good with a vignette with the piano player. Those are going to be a blast to paint.

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  28. The first books to look for are the old Time Life Western series. You can usually find them for $2 - $10 at used bookstores I think there are 20 or so in the whole series. I'll dig up the list and send it to you. I'll see what links I have but most of mine are two movie set locations.

    I think you will really enjoy the western period, and we can always point you to yet even more miniatures out there for it. I probably can spare one or two from the collection. I might even have a building or two for you that I can't quite squeeze into Calamity.

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    1. Time Life did some excellent work and I hope I can scrounge some up somewhere. I'll do a good bit of reading and looking at pictures before I start.

      Figures from other vendors would be great. I'd also like to do a serious bit on Native Americans. They paid a heavy toll for the Westward Expansion and I can't ignore that.

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  29. Excellent stuff Anne , you will enjoy them. Looking forward to seeing how you go with them. Glad its not just me obssesed with an Old West Collection... I have had to set up a new blog for mine. www.blazingdice.blogspot.co.uk.

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    1. I remember seeing you Western stuff when I first began painting Dave. I didn't know you'd started a new blog dedicated to it. You'll be an excellent source for painting these for me then!

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  30. That's a very nice haul and freebies you jammy woman, Ray is bitching about the figures you sent...I can't stop laughing!

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    1. They're great aren't they. That little weasel, I sent him some top notch figures and he's bitching. He's whining because he's not a good enough painter to handle the detail on those things!

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    2. He's a lying shit!!!!! I'm gonna go kick him in the you know whats!!!

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    3. Now which one of you am I to believe. Hmmmm, let me think, let me think....
      Wait on it, wait on it.... Okay I've made my decision. I believe Fran.

      Bet you didn't see that coming Rousell :)

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  31. Oh, man... I'm gonna go over there and look and, then, I'm just gonna feel bad, aren't I?

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    1. Hopefully you'll give into the urge to buy. The prices are great. Six 28mm figures for 10 bucks. You just can't beat that.

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  32. That is a great price, but they'd just sit around for no telling how long if I did buy, so I'll have to put it off. The site is not very navigable. :/

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    1. The site was easy to navigate for me. You're just out of gaming practice :)

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  33. WOW that's a lot of lead! And a lot of questions, but I think it's a close enough time for you to be able to find all the information you really want. I look forward to the future of these pieces!

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    1. I've been looking on the interweb and have found a few things. But I don't want to buy books until I know they have what I'm looking for.

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  34. This is sooo cool! I've always loved the history of the Old West. It'll be a treat to see you bring this pile of lead to life with paint, stories and postings. And recipes and lyrics too! ;-)

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    1. I've spent a year thinking about what historical period I wanted to learn about. This period has all the things I like about painting-individuals!

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  35. Let me guess, the gallows is to ensure that your man is well hung?

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  36. Look forward to seeing your work Anne, a very nice lot of figurine and a beautiful subject Far west

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  37. I like a few of their mini's. Even though they may not well hung!

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  38. The Gutshot site for the same ruleset has several good sources. I'd try the local library too. Time-Life had a really nice western encyclopedia set that has lots of paintings, photos, and Artifacts from the periods. I spent many a day sketching from them.
    Also, preCivil War, post civil War, pony express or other...lots of different themes.
    For movies I like the old and new True Grit and Unforgiven.
    Have fun painting!

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