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, 30 September 2012

Inca & Ozpocalypto Part 2.

Nice weather, did a bit in the garden, then on to applying ink washes etc to the Litter.

And then some basing work.

I spread slightly watered white glue all over the base, then sprinkle some 'rocks' (actually, this is decorative gold-covered gravel that was given to us to go in the bottom of a candle holder thingy, but they are nice and evenly sized,)  then dip in fine sand (actually from the Baccus Basing Kit).





It is one of my least favourite things to do, so I am glad that's over with.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Inca and Ozpocalypto

With the forthcoming end of the universe (well, according to the Mayans at least), the locals thought we might go out with a bang and a last game. So over two nights in December, we are going to run one of our rolling competitions.

The way this works is we get a few people to build/bring DBMM 100AP armies in a themed group. The first game is a historical matchup at 100AP each, then the next game is winner of the first game as CinC with two commands, being their own army plus their defeated opponent as an ally general. The final game sees the same method generate two 400AP armies for a final showdown.

There are quite a few players locally with an interest in Pre-Columbian American, and so 'Ozpocalypto' was born. Hopefully, we will find 8 players each with a suitable army. Locally there are several suitable types, from Tupi, through Dog Peoples, Aztecs, Mayans and so on.

For my own part - I have had some Incan figures lurking in the lead pile for several years, so now is the perfect opportunity. They are a mix of Falcon minis, Minifigs, plus a Naismith general in litter. I picked up some Gladiator porters from Olympian Games, and have ordered a few Llamas from Bend Sinister Miniatures as well.  

So the Work in Progress....


The Commander's Litter..  Naismith (I think), with Falcon swordsmen converted as bearers, a Gladiator Porter and more Falcon Inca Spearmen.


The Inca Army, mainly (in DBMM terms) Auxiliaries, with some slingers, Coastal swordsmen and Indian archers.


The secret weapon. I am going to cheat and just undercoat the figures a leathery colour for flesh for the forest and coastal indians, and the Quecha, and a lighter Mocha colour for the Inca themselves. Then I reckon I will try a 'dip' or 'stain' and see how that works. I am almost sure there is some dip in the pool-shed... 


And several hours later.... 


Getting there... at the moment focusing on common colours. Next up I will probably do the basing, as it offends me aesthetically that the bases are different colours...   then hair..  then weapon colours.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Teutons vs Lithuanians

I have managed to get a few games of DBMM2 in down at the club in the last couple of weeks. This time it was against Tim. As usual we tried to get a reasonably historical match-up (look away now purists!) As it was, when I reviewed the figure availability, my Teutons were dated mid 1200s, whereas Tim's Lithuanians - led by Svitringalia, were 200 years later. As usual a fun game was had.

One of the nice quirks of the DBMM system is that it takes into account the weather and season, as well as the Aggression of their historical prototypes. The Teutons, or more accurately, their 'Livonian Swordbrother' forebears, together with their Holsteiner allies, (known, somewhat unkindly as the 'Pigheaded Holsteiners'), invaded Lithuania in early springtime, hoping that the cold weather would adversely affect their opponent's Light Horsemen *.

The scrappy terrain played virtually no part in the battle, with a river with dangerous ice floes down one flank, but a very useful dirt road transversely across the Teutons deployment area. (Apologies for the felt terrain... I have a very nice paved road and a very nice desert cloth, but we ended up using some club terrain.)


On deployment, the Right wing of the Teutons, composed of a few Bruder Knights supported by Order Crossbowmen, and with some Turcopoles as a flank guard find themselves facing a mass of elite Light Horsemen (Lithuanian allies - the Crim Tartars). Slightly to the left, the Hussite Allies of the Lithuanians roll their War Wagons forward...    (these were to puzzle me, as I basically had nothing to stop them. Knights merely bounce off, and trying to get armoured nobles to dismount is very difficult. **)


The other flank looked more promising, masses of Lithuanian Light Horsemen, with only a couple of wagons in support.


The Teutonic centre. Baggage is well to the rear, the Master just in front of the camp, with his vassal Knights, some Lithuanian peasants, a few Order Spear and a mobile reserve of the sergeants and lesser mounted, (known as Knechte). In front, the Holsteiners are to the left of the line, to the right, the other wing of Bruder Knights supported by more Order Crossbowmen and Turcopoles.


With a risk of their horses being affected by hunger (it's cold you know, and the springtime grass makes their mounts weak.. * ) the Tartars waste no time and crash into the Teutonic Right wing...



On the Teutons right, the massed chivalry plod forward, masked by crossbowmen to drive off or kill the skirmishing horse in front.


As the Teutons realised their centre was exposed, the Master used the high speed possible along a road to quickly shift his Knights and Knechte to the right, where that flank was in trouble versus the Tartars. 


The first impact of the Tartars had seen these horsemen quickly decimate half the Bruder Knights, and sweep away enough of the Turcopoles plus Crossbowmen to break the Teutonic Right.*** The Order General managed to keep his troops in position while the Knechte and Turcopoles of the Master came up to support, but now they were fighting at reduced effect. The Livonians of the Lithuanian centre came up to support the Tartars but now the Teutons had recovered enough to in turn, break their Tartar opponents. Now both commands were grimly holding on waiting for support.


The situation was getting very confused, and in the open centre the Hussite allies were plodding forward, with support from more Lithuanian horsemen.


At this stage things were starting to swing the Teutons way. In the foreground the Teuton right and the Tartars had both broken****, but enough of the Masters Knechte and Bruder had stabilised the situation. The Hussites were becoming isolated and the massed Livonian Knights in a great wedge had become isolated and virtually surrounded.




On the left, the Teutons had taken no casualties, and were whittling away at their opponents. The wall of knightly steel was more than a match for their lighter opponents, and morale in the Lithuanian ranks was tottering.

The next impact was enough to shatter the morale of the Lithuanians and coupled with their other losses was enough to see the army break and run.

All in all a great game. Yet again, very tense, with the Tartars scaring the living daylights out of me.

* In DBMM this is known as the 'Hungry Horsies' rule. Irregular Light Horse are disadvantaged in combat after their side's 8th turn as their mounts are considered to be weakened by lack of forage. In this case, it didn't affect anything as the game was over by the 8th Turn.

** issuing orders is controlled through PIPS with PIPS on a dice required to move single bases, or groups of bases, in some cases, doing complicated things requires more than 1 PIP. Getting the arrogant nobility off their horses requires 2 PIPS per element, and I never had enough to counter a very mobile opponent, never mind persuade the tin-cans to get off their horses and fight like the peasants.

*** The Tartars are graded as 'Superior' Light Horse, if they win a combat in their bound, (representing a 'charge') they get a bonus to their score, making them much more likely to destroy their opponents. While my Bruder Knights were also graded as Superior, the faster move of the Light Horse meant they were able to get the first charge in and do serious damage.. 

**** When a third of a command (measured in 'Morale Elements' which makes a Kn count as 4 times as much as a bunch of peasant slingers) is destroyed, it becomes 'Broken' and is virtually useless except as a roadblock. Except for the general, it wont move and all that can be done is to try and hold the remains there. My 'Broken' crossbowmen did however manage to shoot down some Tartars, and this was critical to holding things together on this flank.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Late War Germans - Test Paints

Did some test paints - Panther, Hetzer, various Armoured Cars and Recce elements.





They still need details done and a wash, but I am quite pleased with how they look so far. Command and Recce elements are on the round bases.

Mat Ready!!!

So, some time ago, I was doing some internet browsing, and saw some fantastic game mats. And of course, decided I needed a desert one (Ayyubids, Sasanians, Desert Storm, DAK etc..). They are all individually made, so I ordered one some time ago, Claudio is now telling me it is ready! Hurrah! All I have to do is pay...

http://baueda.blogspot.it/2012/09/6x4-180x120-cm-backdrops.html

Late War German 1/285

So after Thomo and I started comparing sizes, I thought I would haul out the lead and see what was there. I have already painted and based most of my GHQ/CinC Deutsches Afrika Korps, and that's a few thousand points. I also have an Early War German force all in German Grey, which a few substitutions can do either the 39-40 Blitzkrieg, or 1941 Barbarossa.

I started by looking at all the stuff suitable for Italy onwards. I figured I could get away with basing and painting them all sort of similar, and then swapping in and out things like Fallschirmjager and so on, to cover Italy, Normandy and the Eastern Front.

I picked up most or nearly all of this stuff in job lots off eBay or TMP, so there were a lot of oddities, to which I have added bits and pieces when GHQ has had their sales. I also swapped a lot of bits and pieces, because originally I had no intention of building a Late War force, (I didn't want wall-to-wall Waffen SS and Tiger II).

Anyway, I asked Dean at Olympian Games to cut me some 30mm x 30mm bases. Glued the models down using PVA glue, (I like the way that the model sits 'in' the glue, making it look like it has some weight and partially covering tracks and wheels).

For this lot I thought I would try a slightly different painting technique. So I spray undercoated very thoroughly with a cheap flat black spray can. Once this dried, I then oversprayed with a Testors 'Modern Desert Sand' - which is very light in colour. The results have more depth than a single solid undercoat.


Next steps are to apply a tan and a green ambush pattern using very thinned paint. Once this is done, tracks and any tools/details and so on. I will then wash with a very thinned dark brown ink. This will darken up the very pale yellow base to a much more realistic shade. I have in the past used GW Devlan Mud, but this is now hard to get hold of.