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, 18 May 2014

Deep in the Jungle

Lurks the tiny Japanese Type 97 or Chi-Ha. Designated a medium tank, by 1942 it was outclassed by even Allied light tanks such as the M3 Stuart, and hopelessly outclassed by any real tank such as the Matilda II or the Sherman.

This is the Airfix kit, and it is even smaller because it is actually 1/76 not 1/72 scale. The kit itself has been out for a very long time - first released in 1974, it's now 40 years old. It is still a really nice kit to build, everything fits together beautifully, and while the detail has been surpassed in more recent models, it is still fun to put together.

So a chilly Sunday, some paint and weathering later:

 So there it is - cute as a button..


  1. And there was only room for one in the Turkey so you fired the main gun or you fired the MG.

  2. Shhh... stop allowing reality to intrude. It's still cute. Now working on a Command version of a PSC Pz IIIE - this involves constructing a box aerial by eye with wire and superglue. Tricky stuff...