Great Escape Games continue to offer some of the most ‘cinematic’ heroes for the Wild and Weird West genres. Two of the latest offerings are designed for use with their core Wild West game and its offshoot, the Curse of Dead Man’s Hand .
The first set consists of seven miniatures designed to represent members of the Chinese Tong, the ancient criminal organisation which had its presence in any location where Chinese people settled. The seven miniatures here are clad in typical Chinese attire of the time and are armed with a range of weapons from pistols through shotguns and a rifle. Two favourites amongst this set are the leader figure, wielding a meat cleaver, and the gunfighter with his slightly sideways stance and his hand resting next to his revolver, ready to draw.
The second set represents The Count and his entourage. The Count bears more than a little resemblance to the portrayal of a certain vampire lord by a fine British actor. The other figures are drawn from stalwart archetypes of the horror genre, complete with a faithful hunchback servant, a suitable ‘bride’ for the Count and two very nicely done Cossack retainers who have obviously traveled from the ‘old country’. Again, we have our favourites here, one being The Count himself and the other the bald character with a shotgun, perhaps a relation of a certain family whom I, for one, would love to see in it’s entirety.
All the Dead / Curse of Dead Man’s Hand miniatures are excellently sculpted and full of character, making them great to add to any Wild or Weird West setting. The number of releases continues to increase, although perhaps it is time to move beyond the TV and cinematic versions and embrace the world of the pulps and comic books. A touch of the Weird Western Tales, Six-Gun Gorilla, Grey Ghost or similar would be very welcome, especially everyone’s favourite former Confederate soldier and scarred bounty hunter who deals with the natural and supernatural in equal measure.