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.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Houstons Ships Part 1

So - in between moving stuff, I decided to have a bit of fun. I had a bag of Houstons ships - roughly 1/1000 pre-dreadnoughts, available from 'Great Endeavours' and I put these together.

Now people say that the moulds are old, and yes, there was a bit of scraping, filing and filling to do, but these ships have serious character. So here's my Brits - assembled and waiting for undercoat..   HMS Dreadnought, Collingwood, Orion, Thunderer, and Alexandra.

And of course they are sitting on top of my Conway's "All the World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905". I got mine for about Aussie $45.. but I have seen them sell for as much as $120. If you see one at a price you can afford, and you have any interest in pre-dreadnoughts, buy it! You wont regret it. Line drawings and photographs plus essential statistics and summary for every warship in this period.


  1. I am waiting for my Lissa fleets to arrive - any day now :-)

  2. Peter West bought the Italians, but they are rather dull... all sort of Napoleonic hulls with sparse masts.. his link is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/huascar18/6697572001/in/photostream/ and just hit newer to see them.

  3. Hmm, yeah - the moulds look a bit rough as well. Will need to see what we can do with them.