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Offline Vagabond

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This is a sort of follow on to a game I posted about a year ago on this board but is now on my blog here

https://vagabondswargamingblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/big-iron-western-adventure.html

It was set in Montana but the story has now headed south to New Mexico.

You may have seen my complete western town, well these are the stories behind the building of Little Whiskey.



This is Little Whiskey - New Mexico, it was in it’s infancy back then, just a Way Station on the stage route, but it was to grow fast. Whiskey Jack was the driving force behind the growth. So far there's only two buildings the Saloon and Livery but the lumber's arrived for a third one already.


That’s Whiskey Jack talking to his barman Ruben White, Jack is the one with the bottle in one hand and the sawn off shotgun in the other. He maintains it keeps his customers happy, well it keeps them quiet and that keeps Jack happy which is pretty much the same thing.

Jack had tried a similar venture in Wyoming you may have heard about it, but the weather, well the weather up north was not the same as here in New Mexico, he liked the feel of the sun on his face rather than that cold biting wind.
The outlaws in Wyoming were a little bolder then New Mexico, that's what he thought then, poor and bold was a very bad combination if you were a businessman trying to make a living just skirting around the law a little yourself.

Then the stage route through the Desperate Mountains was closed for three months due to snow and the final straw was the night an oil lamp was thrown through the window of the still unfinished saloon and the whole place went up in flames. It was time to move on.
There's a story there for the telling of the Great Fire of Big Whiskey if someone is brave or foolhardy enough to recount it but you'll not be hearing it from me.

His Wells Fargo contact had been transferred south so Jack went too and they pulled the same stunt, in New Mexico, Jack provided the Way Station and his contact provided the routing of the stages, a beneficial and profitable scam for both of them.


Here is Big Jim Smith he runs the smithy and looks after the horses, changes them when the stage comes in, in fact he does everything except run the bar. He works for Jack, but doesn’t like it. He came south with Jack but he didn’t like that either.


This could be why, but no one dares to ask!


Many folks round here think this is Jack’s best side, and you don’t want to get on the wrong side of him.


On the right is Ebenezer Douglas or Mr Douglas as he prefers to be called. He has his fingers in many pies, not all of them savoury which is why he is known behind his back as “Sweet Sticky Fingers”. He is inspecting the delivery of lumber that will be used for the next building in Little Whiskey, it will become the local Wells Fargo Office and bank. The stage coaching business is booming in New Mexico, although there won’t be a need for a bank yet because no one has any money. Whiskey Jack and Mr Douglas see to that.

He is talking to Marshall MacAlister who is just passing through on his way to the territorial capital, Mac is pretty much the only law in the Territory that has any jurisdiction in this area. There is a long standing enmity between these two men although neither will say why, there is some rumour of a woman but no one really knows.


Three unshaven desperado’s emerge from the rocks and scrub to the east of the way station heading towards the Tail Feathers Saloon.


Sorry - make that two unshaven desperado’s who are led by Alice Morgan one of the toughest outlaws around these parts.


Alice, Nasty Nick and Charlie Foster some times known as Lefty (you’ll have to work it out) are moving quickly to the saloon, they must be in need of a cooling drink after committing whatever crime they’ve been up to.

Rose is oblivious to them and Jim probably doesn’t care.


Ruben is just saying to his Boss – “Boss there’s someone coming” when Alice pulls her pistol and quietly tells Jack that they have business inside, and would he like to move into the saloon, - please!

He passes his Brains test and does the sensible thing and agrees.

Marshall MacAlister sees what is happening but fails to act, however Rose sees what is going on and starts to move to the saloon, did I say she drives the stage for Wells Fargo and moonshines for Whiskey Jack, she likes to look after her employer, especially if there's anything likely to interfere with payday.


She moves behind the illusory shelter of the veranda post and asks Jack if everything is ok. He says yes it’s OK but is wondering what Alice is playing at, - she has failed her activation again - 2nd time and is just looking menacing, quite lovely but menacing as well.


Mac the Marshall finally comes over and in a calm voice says “you’d better put them guns away we don’t want any trouble”. Alice and Nick are confused, not sure what to do but Charlie is cool. “It’s ok Marshall we just want a word with Jack here, don’t mean no harm”.

Alice now fails her guts test and is going to go along with Charlie but Nick has been drinking and spins round. “What do you want - you stinking lawman” and it all happens in a flash.


Nick, Mac and Rose all go for the shot at the same time, Mac and Rose miss but Nick doesn’t and the Marshall is on the ground, gut shot. Every one tests their reaction - Alice and Charlie keep their guns on Jack and he stays very still.

Nick felt the shotgun blast and a big Boom from behind him and spins around again.


Rose has time and fires first, just a fraction of a second before Nick but she misses with the 2nd barrel of the shotgun. Nick fires and doesn’t miss, Rose drops to the ground, hit in the right arm but it’s bad, there’s lots of blood.

It’s all over in a split second and the two guy’s are down - injured badly.


Indeed the Marshall appears dead and this is his first time on the table. He’s going to have to man up if he’s to make the grade in New Mexico.


Alice backs Jack and Ruben into the bar and explains what it’s all about.


To be continued...........


The next instalment after this one is here
https://vagabondswargamingblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/a-western-adventure-horse-thieves-in.html on my blog and the one after that is coming up in a couple of days on the blog.

The blog is pretty much just games, some I have posted here and some new, so if you're not interested in them you will save yourself a click.  ;)

If you're still here - thanks for reading.




« Last Edit: May 08, 2018, 10:05:11 PM by Vagabond »

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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2018, 07:02:55 PM »
Your AAR is fascinating and your terrain setup, figures buildings and well-staged pics, tell the story!
Congrats! Sir, I'll be an avid reader of your blog! Cheers!
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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2018, 07:16:08 PM »
Great stuff  :)

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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2018, 07:19:45 PM »
Marvellous report. What a great story, the set-up and miniatures all look superb. Off to have a look at the latest on your blog.


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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2018, 08:07:32 PM »
Lovely everything!  :-*

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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2018, 09:51:25 PM »
Very good John. I love the idea of tracking the development of the town through a series of games; neat idea.

Little Whiskey looks like the kind of no account town that Rhode Island Red and the Free Range Boys would find most congenial to spend some time in😉

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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2018, 10:05:37 PM »
Great set up and I like the story telling aspect of the town build :-* :-* :-*

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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2018, 10:24:46 PM »
Lovely write up, sir.
Full of character and derring do.
 8) 8)

Nice to know that Alice has had a shave too.
 ;)

Oh, and those clear bases work so well that the Marshall looks like he is levitating when he has been shot.
 :D


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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2018, 11:55:05 PM »
Just wonderful, John, and well worth reading again and again.  :D 8)

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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2018, 11:22:57 AM »
Very nice, i hope my town to be nice like your's   :-*

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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2018, 11:26:34 AM »
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Little Whiskey looks like the kind of no account town that Rhode Island Red and the Free Range Boys would find most congenial to spend some time in

Watch out Little Whiskey if those no 'count chicken -livered killers mosey on into the Tail Feathers Saloon. It could be a nasty business!

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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2018, 03:35:02 PM »
Watch out Little Whiskey if those no 'count chicken -livered killers mosey on into the Tail Feathers Saloon. It could be a nasty business!
Sometimes they have this deja-vu feeling that they’ve already been there in another life; another time.

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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2018, 04:20:04 PM »
Oh, the tales of vagrants and 'vagabonds'.  Well done, including part two.  My personal favorite part is that you actually have a team of horses waiting to relieve the team on the stage - or to be stolen.  Also like all the clutter about town.  If we may allow bit of speculation as to the next structure, perhaps an undertakers establishment, seems rather a lot of business developing locally.

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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2018, 10:01:55 PM »
Din, Jim, Quendil, Gamer Mac, Vampifan, Guldor. Mi Lord, Doug, thanks for being kind.


Nice to know that Alice has had a shave too.
 ;)

Oh, and those clear bases work so well that the Marshall looks like he is levitating when he has been shot.
 :D


She likes to look her best before a gunfight. I think that the Marshall is maybe ascending to heaven not levitating - but it's similar.  :D

Watch out Little Whiskey if those no 'count chicken -livered killers mosey on into the Tail Feathers Saloon. It could be a nasty business!

You are only upset that your lawmen couldn't uphold the law.  ;)

Oh, the tales of vagrants and 'vagabonds'.  Well done, including part two.  My personal favorite part is that you actually have a team of horses waiting to relieve the team on the stage - or to be stolen.  Also like all the clutter about town.  If we may allow bit of speculation as to the next structure, perhaps an undertakers establishment, seems rather a lot of business developing locally.

In a rough tough town like Little Whiskey they either put the bodies in the beer barrels to give it a little more flavour, :o or leave them where they are for the dogs to eat. Which is probably why there are so many dead bodies laying about because there are no dogs yet, still in the paint queue.  :'(

The next business to be built is what every boom town needs, and it goes up tomorrow.

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Re: A Western Adventure - The Incident in Little Whiskey an AAR
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2018, 11:30:39 PM »
Would that be a brothel, John?  :D If not, why not?  lol lol lol lol lol

 

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