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Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member11 Mar 2017 2:09 p.m. PST

Who doesn't find use for lots of "hillbillies"? I've recently finished work on a small horde of scrappy hill folk ready to take on outsiders of any stripe or fight among themselves if life gets too dull.

In the past, I've matched some against gangsters, aliens, zombies, lawmen, cultists -- really, only your imagination limits you. The movie "Next of Kin" has been discussed elsewhere as a good scenario builder for a mobster/mountain people gang war, for example.

A couple are still on the painting table, but here's a roundup so far -- mainly Copplestone (?) and Blue Moon 25mm figs.


Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member11 Mar 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

Nice work--especially on the prints for the grannies!

Waco Joe11 Mar 2017 3:42 p.m. PST

You are set for the Battle of Blair's Mountain link

One of the origins of the word "redneck", from the identifying bandanna of the miners.

Jeigheff11 Mar 2017 5:18 p.m. PST

They all look great!


Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member11 Mar 2017 5:30 p.m. PST

Thanks, Jeff!

A number of the womenfolk from the Blue Moon set have open hands, so I gave farm implements to many of these (cannibalized form various medieval peasants) just to get them armed; but one could easily get inventive with how you equipped them li'l spitfires.

Blair Mountain, wow! Have been reading up on this. MORE stuff they don't teach you in American history classes. Yes, game possibilities there, sadly.

-- Granny Van Winkle (in the purple) has been a demon shootist in the games she's been in -- no untrustworthy bootlegger or revenooer better look crosswise at her, or else! That figure is building up a rep!

Sobieski11 Mar 2017 5:41 p.m. PST

Creative new genre there; impressive. Action pix, pliss.

Twoball Cane11 Mar 2017 8:24 p.m. PST

We're hankering for a hootenanny with that bunch.

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member11 Mar 2017 11:37 p.m. PST

Great-looking figs. Really!

And an extra WOW for WJ for an amazingly interesting link!

mghFond12 Mar 2017 10:02 a.m. PST

Part of the link the Matewan gunbattle is covered in the Sayle's movie Matewan. Really good flick.

YouTube link

Also for those interested in seldom covered conflict in the US, look up the Colorado Coalfield War of 1914. Lots of shootouts (and sadly a massacre too at Ludlow) and both sides had large numbers of armed men. The company men even had an armored car. Dynamite, machineguns were used. Pitched battles at mines. Fascinating story.

Oh and nice paint jobs on the hill folk!

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

I love the whole concept of early 20th century USA "union wars" -- It's in my mind to do a 28mm range sometime ?

Russ Dunaway

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member12 Mar 2017 12:58 p.m. PST

This has been an educational thread. Just ordered the film Matewan for further inspiration. My own dad comes from Kentucky (but the west, not the coal mining regions), just a dirt farming family, so I have great sympathy for Appalachian people and the mountaineers, so often abused and mocked. It is an unfortunate thing that so many of the models in Blue Moon's "Hillbilly" set are based on grotesque caricatures. A company couldn't do that with other ethnic types or minorities (altho' the issue of overly busty cartoon females is an ongoing concern in the hobby…. and one not restricted to the hobby).

PS: I'll look for any action pix from the tabletop but I'm not sure I took any from our past games -- held at a friend's house or a game store mainly -- or if I have copies of any pix taken by others. But will keep looking in my folders. I've also got some trucks and other vehicles for these figures to hitch a ride on.

doug redshirt12 Mar 2017 1:56 p.m. PST

PBS has a great show from American Experience, "The Mine Wars". You can watch it on line from PBS. It covers when the first union organizers tried to get into the area to organize and what the mine owners supported by the state governor did to stomp all over them.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2017 6:01 a.m. PST


"A company couldn't do that with other ethnic types or minorities".

Every see Bobby Jackson's Thugz?


Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member13 Mar 2017 1:52 p.m. PST

Frankly, those "Thugz" look fairly authentic as black street toughs, apart from maybe the Robert Crumb-influenced female. It's not like they're "Sambo" stereotypes, unless street thug is the new "Sambo." I see drawings just like these in comic books for both black and white and Latino punks and muggers. With these hillbillies, you see a bunch of quasi-Neanderthals mixed in; acromegalic, splay-footed, bucktoothed demihumans, altho' the gals are all Ellie Mae beauties semi-dressed. (Unless they're Grannies.)

The Angry Piper Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 6:57 a.m. PST

Ever check out "Outsiders" on WGN? It's about a mountain clan of moonshiners in rural Kentucky fighting to keep their mountain out of the hands of the coal company. Plenty of scenario ideas and not a bad show.

The Angry Piper Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 10:43 a.m. PST

Also: great job on those hillbillies!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 6:38 p.m. PST

Now you can do Alien Pig Farm 3000:





Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member16 Mar 2017 2:04 p.m. PST

Wow, fresh ideas and inspirations! Thanks! I only recently got WGN back on my cable options, I'll have to look for this show in the schedule. And new comics to scout at the store!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2017 6:31 p.m. PST

Shirtless with overalls is a classic look:




Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member28 Mar 2017 2:49 p.m. PST

Man, those look like Embleton paintings from an Osprey Men-at-Arms title!

Henry Martini28 Mar 2017 7:25 p.m. PST

They are: 'Dentally Challenged Irregulars of the American Backwoods, 1850 – 1950, Volume 1.'.

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