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.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Elephants Galore

So when I started rummaging around in the man-cave, I discovered not only Chariot minis Classical Indian, but also two Essex elephants they sell as Ghaznavid.

I started slapping paint on, and I am reasonably pleased by progress so far.







Obviously a lot of work still to do...

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Eclectic? Moi?

So today I chopped down a few trees, I started with the chainsaw, but ending up using a pull-saw as the chainsaw was struggling with Acacias. Those things are real tough!

Afterwards I went to hide in the man-cave, and decided I had better start by tidying up a few things. I slapped some paint on seven elephants, a mix of Chariot 'Classical Indian' and Essex 'Ghaznavid' - which might end up being part of a Desert Rajput army. (In DBMM, 'Hindu Indian')

I discovered about 57 Museum Minis camels with lancers (AC71) in the lead pile the other day, and thought that Desert Rajputs would let me use a decent amount of them, (up to 12 elements in the DBMM list). The Museum camels are lovely, but much too big for the standard basing (30mm deep for 15mm figures

There were also a number of Mirliton 15mm Condotta, principally infantry, Hungarian horsemen, Stradiot, and mounted crossbowmen, that I undercoated and put flesh colours on over 10 years ago, that have never been finished. I originally purchased all the figures I would need to do a Venetian colonial army in Greece. Some of these then got 'semi-finished' to be a DBA army.

Now - I discovered a kilo of 'Eastern Medieval' lead recently in the great evacuation to the man cave, and these guys would fit right in. So the Mirliton got pulled off their painting sticks and stuck onto DBMM sized bases.

Mirliton on the left, Camels centre, elephants right with Houstons in the background
And finally, my Houston's ships - the acrylic gel had finally dried, so I applied a white drybrush to the gel wave-tops... 

Not a bad day's work, although I should probably try and focus on one thing at a time.