I picked up the rules book for Gutshot, a wild west skirmish game, and have been buying some figures for it.
I decided I would try to go back into my family history to base my character off of, instead of just making one up.
This is Rollin Smith, in 1861. My Great Great Grandfather
I am lucky to have a book of his letters from the time he went west to California to the Gold Country from Vermont. He was very detailed in his writing and it makes for very interesting reading. He was the Orderly Sargent of the local militia and he bought a small store and delivered supplies and mail to the local mining camps and since he carried gold, he carried a brace of pistols.
With his partner and friend Jerome Fenton in Brandy City.
and the two together again in 28mm.
not the best match, but I am still looking for a taller model of Rollin, but this will do for now.
There was no Lawman in Camptonville, it was a small stage stop in a mining area, the closest sheriff was in Yuba city 40 miles away, so the citizens formed a Vigilance committee, the local men would take up arms and go after the crooks themselves. Rollin describes a day the stage was robbed just outside of town and they set out after the robbers, the men swearing the bandits would never make it to a courtroom and would find justice from judge lynch.
In all reality Rollin never did shoot anyone, most of what we hear of the Old West gunfights are a mix of fantasy and history, so I don't feel too bad for using him as a character for my Old West Fantasy games, and his writings give some great ideas for scenarios.