Television is rather a frightening business. But I get all the relaxation I want from my collection of model soldiers.
Peter Cushing

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Welcome to Ratwater

From Preacher

And from Deadwood:

Is born my new town:

The proprietors of the General Store are named after two of my favourite poets (and also my sons' middle names). 

The posters are a mishmash of real posters from the period; one for land in Idaho, one of Stetson hats, one for the funeral parlour in Tombstone... The signage was a bit of poser. I did fancy doing something quite ornate and then reconsidered. The town of Ratwater is currently a tiny little outpost and, when and if it grows, these will become sidestreet buildings. So it seemed a little more fitting to go with the rough and ready frontier look of the towns in The Outlaw Josey Wales. 

The signs were done following the lovely simple method suggested by the marvellous Mason of Lead Adventure fame.

And Friday will see the christening of Ratwater when I play my first game of the good Baron's Fistful of Lead rules. I have Morricone cued up and I've broken out my old Deadlands deck. I am ready. 

"Skin it. Skin that smokewagon and see what happens."


  1. Looks great! The signs and posters really add some flavor and make the place lived in.
    Just be careful is some gunman with no name decides to paint the town red.

  2. I just love the name and all looks superb!