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, 7 July 2014

Big Cat Diary - Updated

Having added the cable for the headlamp (fusewire) and a broom bristle aerial to the King Tiger, I hauled out the airbrush (I am still a little scared of it), and started laying down some colour. A mix of Vallejo Middlestone 882 and artists 'Antique White' mixed with some water and some window cleaner.

I then added some more 'Antique White' to the mix and started adding some highlights to the panels. I guess it is what's known as modulation. It's the first time I have tried it, so I kept the effect fairly subtle.

Here's the results:

I am now pondering whether to do the 'ambush' camouflage with the airbrush or by hand. From most of the picture interpretations I have seen, it is usually quite hard edged, though there are quite well known photographs of Schwere Heeres Panzer Abteilung 503 crew applying camouflage to a King Tiger using hand spray guns.

I suppose I should really hand paint the core colours then try to use the airbrush to 'fuzz' the edges. I am not confident about it though, and as I am very happy with the build, I might just stick to handpainting. Back to looking at pictures for inspiration...  Might tackle at least one colour tonight.

Colours and base highlights blocked in. Will wait for them to set then varnish. Once that's done..  weathering ;-) - rain streaks, oil spills, dust and chips.


  1. Airbrush! Airbrush! Airbrush!

  2. Too late... I hand-painted ambush camouflage in the last half-hour - all the base colours are on, so I will give it 24 hours, apply gloss varnish all over, decal, and start weathering.

  3. One quick update later...