Why is this here..

A Lead Odyssey is about my hobby, collecting, painting and playing with toy soldiers. It will cover the various rulesets I use, the figures I am painting (very slowly), and some games. Thanks to Harry Pearson for the Achtung Schweinehund reference. The uniform jacket in the picture was adapted from a safari suit, the weapon is a wooden sub-machine gun made by me and my dad. Cool eh?

I play a range of scales, rules and periods.. scales are anything from 6mm, through 15mm to 28mm for little men, but I also use 1/1200 for Napoleonic Naval, and 1/3000 for Pre-Dreadnought period Naval.

My tastes are eclectic, but I have avoided most 'Fantasy' Games for a few years, as I couldn't get into the usual suspects for Fantasy Battles, and didn't have a decent group to play role-playing style games.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

DBMM at Cancon 2012 - the preparation

So I have been playing DBMM at Cancon 2012. That's the largest wargames championship in Australia. It is held at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) every year, on the long weekend of Australia Day (26 January).

The Cancon pavilions are among the biggest indoor spaces in Australia, and most resemble air-conditioned aircraft hangars. (Yes, the a/c is an absolute necessity in January in Canberra, temperatures are not infrequently 40 degrees Celcius outside.)

I brought along my Ayyubid Egyptians, best known as the army of Salah al Din, (Saladin). I originally bought the Mirliton Miniatures DBA Army pack when they were having a sale (I also got their Pre Mongol Russians, but they are still hiding from the paint brush behind the cardboard wall of their box).

Having painted a DBA sized army, and been really pleased with the results, I tried borrowing the figures for an Ayyubid army for 'Wintercon 2011' and while they weren't that successful, I suspect that was the general's fault.

As usual then, I left everything to the last minute, and was still painting furiously at 2.15am on the Friday that was the first day. I gave up, and showed up - luckily - having put sand on the bases and added a load of banners, no-one really noticed that saddle-cloths and reins weren't finished.  So here goes.

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