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.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Some Advice

So I was fortunate enough to pick up some more 1/72 kits from a friend the other day.




Now tucked away in there is a box marked 'Science Treasury' - Light Tank Stuart Mk 1.  "Goodie!" thought I - I wanted a Stuart as they are a very cool little tank, and not so overpowered.

If you have one of these kits in a model stash, you have two good choices...   first make sure your craft knife is very sharp, it will hurt less when you slash your wrists. The other choice is simply to drop it straight into the nearest bin.

It's a remould of the old Hasegawa kit, complete with a man on a horse. The only small problem is that Hasegawa moulding standards were usually very high. 'Science Treasury' - well theres aren't, and they also seem to have widened the channels on the sprue, and misaligned the moulds. There is so much flash, so many blocked holes, warping, ejector pin marks, and bits that seem to just have holes where they shouldn't, that the kit has become a nightmare. Nothing quite lines up, and the work to get the mould lines and marks corrected is just horrible.

Bits of a Stuart on the left, Dodge light truck on the right (ESCI)

Here's the culprit - a whole morning to get it to this stage - (compared to the Dodge Truck - which was done in 90 minutes last night after coming home from a really fun night doing a re-fight of Clontarf for the 1000 year anniversary using DBMM).

Next struggle will be the rubber band tracks, and getting those over the road-wheels and onto the miscast sprockets which took about 25 minutes each to clean up...   maybe it's time to check the craft knife is still really sharp.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Alexandrian Macedonian 15mm

Some time ago I picked up enough Tin Soldier Hellenistic figures to build a DBMM army, enough for 48 elements of Pike, some Spearmen, Auxilia and a whole bunch of mounted suitable either for the Macedonian elite Companions, or Thessalian cavalry.

I have heard some people be very critical of Tin Soldier, but I actually really like them, loads of character.

Dave is running another of his Canberra DBA Competitions in a week or two, so I thought I might throw together a DBA sized Macedonian army. It fits all my criteria, uses existing figures, might act as an initial trigger to actually finishing the whole DBMM army, and isn't so powerful that it could be seen as a killer army.

I am still waiting to pick up some bases from Olympian Games, but the painting is done. So here they are:
Macedonian Pikemen

Greek Auxilia

The General, Thessalian Cavalry and Prodromoi Light Horse

Fat Bob the Trumpeter..
 
In all their glory

Friday, 11 April 2014

1/72 British Armour in Sicily

I pulled out some remaining plastic kits last night, and started slapping them together. The M5 & Universal Carrier are PSC, Dingo by S&S, M4A2 by Armourfast.

The balance of my British/Allied armour is in Green and best suited to Normandy and after. So I decided to paint these up in a way that would let me claim them for late Western Desert, Sicily and Italy. Not quite accurate, but not quite inaccurate either.

The lot.

Slightly modified PSC M5

Armourfast M4A2
I rather like this lot. Base colour is 'Iraqi Sand' then washed with GW Devlan Mud. The Sherman crewman is cobbled together from butchered figures in the PSC M5 & Carrier sets. No Decals as yet, so all the markings are hand-painted.


Sunday, 6 April 2014

What next?

Well, looking at the lead stocks, I managed to dispose of about 1.5 Kg in a shoebox on Saturday.

Maybe two years ago, I purchased a box of TYW (Thirty Years War) lead by Testudo.  So far it has sat on the shelf. The Testudo figures are very nice, about 17-18mm and very detailed as well as including plenty of variety (in part by having multi-piece castings). For example, I counted at least 6 variants for Scots Musketeer, 2 marching poses (both two pieces) two firing, and two reloading. Apparently Khurusan now have the moulds, but to date, there is no detail on when/if they will be re-released.

Out of the box ($200 originally IIRC) there has come an army for Thomo, Scots Covenanters for me, and I have now passed on at least enough lead for two more armies. Seems like a good deal.

There are a few bits and pieces I need to do to call some projects finished, but they seem to have a life of their own. Partially finished -
  • CoC Brits, US & Germans
  • DBMM Desert Rajputs
  • DBMM WotR
  • DBMM Ottoman Turks
  • DBMM Alexandrian Macedonians
  • 1/2400 WW1 Naval
  • 15mm Sci-Fi
  • 6mm Ancients, ECW, WSS and Napoleonics
  • 1/1200 Napoleonic naval
  • 15mm AK47 'African'
  • 15mm Moderns Afghanistan
  • 15mm Scots Covenanters
  • And the rest - 6mm Cold War Russians, US & NVA for Vietnam, 6mm Cold War Brits, 6mm Desert Storm Brits, 15mm WW1 Desert British..   und so weiter..
So just thinking what next - but in the meantime, I still have uncompleted 20mm models such as another PSC Stug III, Pz III, Daimler A/C, 2 x Universal Carriers, and another Sherman...

So they might be best used for the late Desert campaign...  except then I would need to source some 8th Army and some DAK infantry. You can see where that is going...     use the stuff I have, which then means I need to get more stuff to round it off..    this way, madness lies.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

1942 1/72 German Armour Finished

So here they are in all their errr... glory... 




 
Now that I see the close up of them, the decals look a bit wonky in the pics. I shall have to go back and fix them up.
 
And blast you movies...  Apocalypse Now is on at the moment, it's Robert Duvall and the Ride of the Valkyries, and I remember I have a GHQ battle box of 6mm Hueys tucked away in the lead pile.  Except then I would have to do my 6mm NVA...  hmm..  Cold War Commander is appealing.

Friday, 4 April 2014

1942 1/72 German Armour in progress

So, I have tried to swap my 1/72 spares from PSC - and got no interest locally. So I decided that as well as having 1944-45 stuff, I should have some 1942 German Invasion of the Soviet Union stuff. Ok, so I just figured that painting stuff grey was easy.

So I threw together a PzIII G and a Stug III G (early) - from the PSC kits.  Then realised how hard it was to make grey look interesting and real.

So far: - black undercoat..    overspray grey - not so heavy it was dense. Then - dry-brush neutral grey, pick out tools, and wash with thinned GW Badab Black.

So here they are works in progress: