Saturday, December 3, 2011


With all the sculpting I do, I don't have nearly as much time to paint as I would like, but I did manage to scrape together a few hours to paint samples of my third mounted cowboy pack, OW28-203, Curly Bill and Billy the Kid.

Now as we know from our history lessons, Billy the Kid was a tiny man with enormous teeth. He had three arms; one for shooting, one for drinking whisky, and one for in case something happened to the drinking arm. And as we all know, he was a stark raving mad, murderous lunatic. 

But my favorite part of Billy has got to be those teeth; you could pick corn through a picket fence with those incisors. He sports the hat and bulky cardigan featured in the only known photo of him. I've given him a Colt Peacemaker, in step with the times in which he roamed Arizona; cap-and-ball pistols were long gone by that time.

And then there was Bill Broscious, also known as "Curly Bill." He was portrayed vividly and, from what I've read, fairly accurately in the movie "Tombstone." He was charismatic and intelligent, but unpredictable and utterly without any moral sensibility whatsoever. His acts of violence were infused with a dark humor and a penchant for novelty that made them particularly disturbing, like a nineteenth-century version of a camp Batman villain. There is absolutely no evidence to support the red sash the cowboy faction wore in "Tombstone," however cowboys were right dandies at times, and sashes were not out of place, so I have given Curly one of his own.

Don't forget, these figures are made to match dismounted figures in the product line; in this case, figures from OW28-102, Cowboys. Along with OW201 and 202, the entire pack is available mounted.

Forrest Harris