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, 19 February 2016

Foolish WSS 6mm

So I rather incautiously said I would give Phil Barker's 'Horse Foot & Guns' rules a go at the club next week...  one small problem..  I have a load of 6mm stuff lying around, none of which has been finished. I raked out the Marlburian or 'War of the Spanish Succession' Baccus ...   two days later -

Cavalry, artillery and command to follow..   it's true, you can churn these chaps out very quickly... and they look terrific. Flags are also by Baccus, with a bit of 'treatment' to make them look like there's a wind blowing.

I just paste them together with white glue around a wire, bend them into shape, then touch up the edges with the closest paint match I can find.


  1. Looking good,Doug. I am keen to see the finished units with the bases decorated.

  2. Very nicely done; wish I could complete them as quickly and as neat,y painted.

  3. Thanks Guys, I rather like these figures, though they have now been re-cast, the originals are very nice. I find Baccus really easy to paint, tough if I was taking more time, I would wash the faces and muskets, then go back and highlight nose, fingers and chin. It makes a huge difference to the final look of the figure and it is only a couple of dabs of paint, very easy to do. The other thing I find is that the human eye is very forgiving. It sees what you want it to see, so effectively filters out some of the mistakes.

  4. They look great Doug. Painting 6mm in volume is easy, but painting them well isn't as easy as it looks. You have managed to do both.