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.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012


Well, after a flu, a stint in hospital, I finally got back to my figures. I can't paint as I am supposed to not be sitting up, so I cleaned up the metal Gripping Beast Vikings, and attached spears, weapons and shields.

 I had already attached them to round magnabases, and I rather like the look of them.  Next up some basic sand & rocks basing material, and they will be ready for the undercoat and the challenge of painting 28mm.


  1. Well done. Glad to see you're on the mend.

    With basing then undercoating how do the washes and dry brushing across the sandy bottom go? Doesn't the black undercoat darken that first brown wash too much?

  2. I generally go very heavy with the first base coat - then add the brown wash. It seems to work ok, as this is how I do it in 6mm & 15mm.

  3. Hmm, now that has me to thinking as I have a shed-load of basing to do. Mind you, these are already based so there is no undercoat process to worry about - but I have the Russian WW2 to do so if I can just persuade the Aquadhere (or Woodland Scenics white glue) to to the plastic FoW bases then it may be worth while.

    In fact just thinking about it, maybe lay the sand then stick the vehicles to the base second followed by undercoating. Might try that when I get around to the Hungarians.