“He ain’t a hard man to track. He leaves dead men wherever he goes.”

Time for another entry in my Year of Pop Culture. The Outlaw Josey Wales is, of course, one of Clint Eastwood’s classic Westerns; one I have seen many times and one I return to often. It’s the story of a Confederate farmer whose family is murdered by Union troops, so he joins a militia to kill Northerners. Eventually, the militia is convinced to surrender. Josey refuses, of course, and his fellow militia men are all massacred after laying down their arms.

Josey becomes an outlaw; the target of bounty hunters and the duplicitous Union regiment known as the “Redlegs” that was responsible for the massacre of his men. He finds a woman, settles down on a ranch…but only for a little while. Eventually, the Redlegs arrive and lay siege to the ranch in a bloody climactic battle.

The Outlaw Josey Wales has some of the best lines in bad-ass movie history, from “You gonna pull those pistols, or just whistle Dixie?”, to the iconic “Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’, boy.” It’s one of my favorite Westerns of all time, and if for some reason you haven’t seen it, you should.

Reaper does this “Jeb Lawson” miniature in their Chronoscope line, and it’s a pretty good likeness, almost as if they did that on purpose. It’s sculpted by James van Shaik.

Here’s my paint job.

And that’s one more for the Pop Culture theme of 2022.

I guess that’s a good thing, because I haven’t done shit on my Deep Space Nine model for the Season of Scenery yet…

8 thoughts on ““He ain’t a hard man to track. He leaves dead men wherever he goes.”

  1. Dick Garrison

    Eastwood has so many classic westerns to his name, he is a true cinematic legend, and that’s a great rendition of him you have there mate. Love the stubble!

    Cheers Roger.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thank you, Roger! I couldn’t agree more. The Outlaw Josey Wales is one of those films I just have to watch if I stumble across it by accident. Much like Heartbreak Ridge, another great Eastwood film.
      It’s not something I do often, but I get a lot of compliments when I paint stubble, whether it’s on the face or a shaved head. All I do is water down some Shadow Grey (or an equivalent blueish-gray), and then apply it in thin coats until it looks right.

  2. Dave Stone

    Fantastic cowboy Keith, and it does look very similar indeed. Your doing well with your pop culture challenge, and sounds like it’s lucky SOS runs for two months ! LOL

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thanks, Dave…this DS9 model is a lot more involved than I thought, and it’s not even the one with the LED lights. Is it too late to switch my project?

  3. Matt

    Oooh, lovely job on Josey… I mean Jeb, Keith! The colours are great, and his stubble looks spot on. Nice work!

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thanks, Matt. He was a fun one to paint, although he looked remarkably drab throughout the process, making me think I screwed up my color choice. Plus, every picture of Josey online shows a different hue for most of his clothing. It’s maddening. Maddening, I say!

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