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, 25 February 2012

Tomorrow's War - The Day After

Had some fun undercoating and starting the paint process for my vehicles. As usual, I undercoated with a cheap flat black primer spray can, but I then remembered something I had seen done by aircraft modellers, where they 'pre-shaded' parts of a plane prior to doing the main coat. This gives a lot of depth. I couldn't really be bothered doing it very accurately on six vehicles so I just grabbed my can of gray spray primer and gave them all a very short sharp angled blast to get the grey on edges and prominent parts.

Khurusan APC - very nice casts
Khurusan APC - rear view
Then I went ahead and used very thin paint (old humbrol acrylics) on the APCs, and I was very pleased with how they turned out. I will probably just do pin washes and a very light grey drybrush and call these finished.

The New Alba fire-teams are progressing, and I have the support weapons on order,

The Wallace GSCO1 grav tanks however..  need more work...

New Alba Fireteams backed by the Wallace grav-tank

Lots more work to do on these bad boys...

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Tomorrow's War - Today

So things have been very quiet on the wargames front. I have been unwell, working hard, and travelling.

But I got back to the office today, and waiting for me were the vehicles to go with my Tomorrow's War forces. So far I have 21 Rebel Minis Earth Marines - which are becoming my New Alba forces, and I have now got three Khurusan Miniatures APC plus three Critical Mass Arc Fleet Grav Tanks.

Now both are lovely models, but I am not sure they work together. The Khurusan Minis are absolutely lovely mixed resin/metal castings, a touch of 'Aliens' - and gritty near future. So the castings have lots of rivets and panels, periscopes and so on. The Arc Fleet is much more 'Futuristic'  also lovely castings but much less gritty - more 'Halo' - so I think I may have two basic armies here. the New Alba are maybe 22 Century, while the Khurusan are much more - next 50 years..  in which case they will have to end up dark green/black and partnered with some 'Colonial Marines' - so I guess I am looking now for some more 'futuristic' APCs to cart my fireteams about.

Pictures to follow when I have applied more paint than a basic black undercoat....