I'm not generally a fan of computer generated graphics. Even the best of them look too artificial for my tastes. I was surprised, then, to see how good the printable minis look in Cowboys II.
The key, is the scale of the pictures. When I zoomed my Acrobat in as far as it would go, it was easy to see that these minis are very detailed computer-generated images. Zoom back out (or print the minis for use), and you could almost swear these are photographs. Honestly, the realism is that beautiful.
The set doesn't contain a lot of minis, but what it has is certainly a good start. There's a wide selection of old west staples, including a handful of cowboys (and a cowgirl), a mountain man, bounty hunter, and a preacher. Two of the minis probably aren't politically correct: a slave and a whore, but they certain fit the genre.
Perhaps most impressive are the large vehicle minis, featuring a chuck wagon and a stagecoach. All of the minis look nice, and assembling them is as simple as printing to cardstock, cutting, and gluing the two parts of the base together. There are two styles of each mini, giving you the choice between a triangular two-sided mini or a more pyramid-shaped three sided version.<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: This is a nice collection of attractive, easy to use paper minis for any game set in the old west. The final product looks very professional, and the three dimensional stand-up style minis have some advantages over traditional counters. Were I running a western game, I'd definitely seek out the first Cowboys set after seeing this one.
<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: While there is a nice starting selection of minis here, it would have been nice to see just a few more. I'm not sure how these are created, but I wonder if the designers could have made a few small alterations (such as clothing color) to help increase the usability of each mini. That way, three cowboy minis could become nine, or twelve, or whatever.
I also would have liked at least a link to some instruction for assembling the minis. It isn't hard to figure out, but some tips and explanation would have been welcome all the same.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>