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.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Back on my Med (ieval) s

Well, apologies for the bad pun. Been assembling more of the excellent Perry figures. Even splashed a bit of paint around. One thing is obvious though, while I can make the rest work, my 15mm techniques for painting flesh are not going to work.

The colours will eventually be those for Douglas


  1. Base coat, lowlight then highlight.

    Yeah - I keep looking at the Saga and Dux Bellorum stuff and thinking ... nah, need to learn a new painting technique for them.

    Then think ... hmm, maybe it's time I learnt a new painting technique.

    Ah, that feeling that I love ... wargamer ambivalence!

  2. my previous technique was base colour ('Tanned Flesh'), wash with very old Citadel 'Flesh Wash' - then highlight with a much lighter flesh colour. This works well on 15mm, but for 28, I think I need to replace the third highlight stage with blocking back in using tanned flesh, then a highlight colour with similar hues (I tried using the GW Kislev Flesh' but it comes out almost with a greenish hue..) plus potentially a grey wash for chins, painting in eyes, and a touch of dark flesh on the lower lip. The real challenge is to get enough variation without it looking like clown make-up.