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.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Viva Aeronef!

I took a break from painting 15's to paint up a fleet for Aeronef (flying Victorian Pre-Dreadnoughts and advanced Dirigibles).

Initially I was inspired by the Imperial Skies Kickstarter - and Brigade Models had a sale on for Christmas, so a couple of weeks later - the Italian Fleet Pack arrived.

Two days later, this is the result. I am quite pleased.

One of the reasons for the selection of the Italian Fleet, apart from them being among the nicest models in the range, was that the flags supplied are also perfect for Mexico. Many of the locals already have Aeronef for South American fleets, so Mexico was a good fit, and also sufficiently large and potentially wealthy enough to afford a decent fleet. Plus - the opportunity to have a vessel nicknamed 'La Cucaracha' as it was impossible to kill, and bonus.. role-playing an atrocious accent..

Anyway, fun, and I learned a lot doing these. I have plans for future fleets and some additional detail that should be fun.


  1. Very nice work, the Italian ships are some of the best sculpts in the range. I am expanding and refreshing my Austro-Hungarian fleet in anticipation of Imperial Skies (and maybe my Germans).

  2. Thanks Peter, I do reckon these are some of the nicest in the range, although I also really like some of the more recent French sculpts, and I am eyeing them off for my Kickstarter fleet. I am; however, determined not to let the numbers get out of hand, i.e. much too large to ever get on the table!

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    1. Thanks Sean, I also did a French fleet recently: http://aleadodyssey.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/a-quick-nef-or-10-later.html