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.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Middle Frankish Mounted

I foolishly committed to playing Middle Franks (DBMM List Book III/5) at the forthcoming (18-19 July) Wintercon DBMM Tournament.

About 2 years ago, Lancashire Games had a big sale on their Gothic range, and I picked up enough figures to do a whole range of 'Dark Age' armies. I picked up enough figures to do 30+ elements of mounted, 50+ elements of spear/warband, 24+ bow plus figs for 20 'Late Romanesque' foot, and a 20 or so elements of Hunnic light horse.

The idea was to have enough generic 'Dark Ages' (early medieval/late antiquity) figures to do a whole range of armies, from Patrician Roman through Franks, Goths etc.  Purists would shudder - but I don't have a lot of armies in period, so I thought it would be fun to try a few different ones out.

Now, traditionally, I force myself to paint by committing beforehand to taking an army that I have but isn't yet painted. So with Wintercon using a 'Men of Steel' theme, I committed to running Middle Frankish..  around a month to go, and I need to paint up 75 foot and mounted elements.  I started last week, and tonight finished up the rank and file Frankish mounted except for the generals, plus the first 10 foot elements. These are all armoured, but will do for Cavalry or Knights. 67 mounted - 12 to go.

Given the numbers I need to paint, I elected to keep it very simple, undercoat is a variety of commercial spray paints to give base horse colours, then block paint, a varnish, a dirty black/brown wash, and ready for basing.

The Lancashire figures look rough when raw, but paint up quite nicely, out of these 67 there were a couple of minor miscasts but easily hidden as the central figure of a three figure element.

Looking forward to getting these on the table. Hopefully, I should be able to polish off the rest of the spear/warband over the weekend, or early next week. I really would like to get these on the table before the tournament.