Well following on from the awesome time that I had hosting the Fallout vs Rogue Trader game at BOYL/Oldhammer Day 2015 I have continued to expand my forces for playing games in Bethesda's popular post-apocalyptic universe.
My exceptionally supportive girlfriend actually took part in the original Fallout game at Foundry in August and really enjoyed it, taking an instant liking to the post-nuclear setting of the Fallout franchise. So it came as no surprise that when she found out that I was planning on expanding my Fallout forces she was keen to get involved and have her own faction to play with. I sent her off to do a little research on the setting and when she returned she told me that her favourite force was that of the New California Republic and more specifically their elite NCR Rangers. With this in mind I then set about locating, purchasing and painting up some figures to represent these characterful soldiers on the tabletop so that she would have some troops to command.
|Ranger Athena and her posse of the NCR's finest prepare to engage the enemy!|
If you have played Fallout: New Vegas you will know that the latest incarnation of the NCR Rangers is a very Western/Cowboy themed force who are very similar to the real-life Texas Rangers both in origin and background. Within the game the Rangers come in three distinct varieties: Civilian Rangers who dress and and are equipped like generic cowboys, Patrol Rangers who wear advanced combat armour and Veteran Rangers who are the elite of the elite and dress completely differently.
|Ranger Athena in all her glory! I have given her a Cowboy Repeater and a Ranger Pistol. As she is the group's leader she has a silver pistol with custom-pearl grips! Obviously she is a woman used to the best things in life!|
I decided to start with a team of basic civilian rangers dressed like cowboys as firstly I love a good western and secondly these would be a real challenge for me as they are very different to my usual sci-fi/40k projects. The models that I sourced were from the excellent western range of figures offered by Black Scorpion miniatures and I have to say the sculpts are absolutely fantastic, they are exceptionally evocative pieces of miniature art!
Regular readers of my blog will know that my girlfriend's alter-ego in RT/40k is the noble Inquisitor Athena; well I decided she would need a similar avatar in the wasteland and so Ranger Athena was born. The figure above is her proxy in the wastes and for those of you who met my partner at BOYL 14/15 you will notice a striking resemblance between the model and her!
|This Ranger just carries a pistol and a very impressive mustache!|
I used a variety of paints on these figures, again this was new to me as I am usually exclusively a Citadel man! Predominantly I used paints from Foundry's growing range and I have to say these are excellent, they really flow well and help to bring the model to life. I honestly can't recommend them enough, especially when used in conjunction with their painting guide authored by Kevin Dallimore!
|A second Cowboy Repeater enhances the Ranger's long-range firepower...|
I actually bought over thirty models from Black Scorpion as I wanted a good selection to choose from, my eventual choices were based on the overall look of the miniature, how well it fitted my theme and its armament. Weapon-wise I went for a mix of shotguns, ranger pistols and the ubiquitous cowboy repeater (Fallout's take on the classic Winchester Rifle) as I felt it would provide the troops with some long-range options coupled with some very strong short-range stopping power.
|...whilst twin pistols will give an increased rate of fire up close!|
Have no fear for the left-over models... these will inevitably be put to good use in the future either representing more Rangers...or Caravaners; Prospectors, Regulators or any other number of Fallout NPC's!
|For real close-up stopping power you can't beat a shot gun...and this one has two barrels!!|
The joy of these models is that I can easily use them in a variety of settings (hence why I have kept the bases pretty non-specific) in the future. I have never played any cowboy wargames, but should I wish to then I now have a small force available for action. Additionally I could quite happily use these guys as frontier colonists from a backwater planet in games of Rogue Trader, after all the universe is a very big place and if there are Feral Worlds and Feudal Worlds then why not have a few Western Worlds too!!
I am really excited by these models as they have opened a whole new avenue of modelling and painting opportunities to me that I had never considered before! I hope my wonderful girlfriend likes them and that we get them on the tabletop soon!