Welcome to "Adventures in Lead", a blog dedicated to the hobby of miniature wargaming. The figures and terrain on this site are mainly for a campaign set in exotic "Indostan", a distant land bearing remarkable similarities to 18th century India during the Seven Years War. Bits and pieces from other projects may pop up here as well from time to time, including colonials, gladiators, pirates, dinosaur-hunting and even some RPG'ing.
The actual campaign journal and after action reports for the Indostan campaign can be found on their own blog - "The Jewel in the Crown", the link to which is found by clicking the small image below-left.
If you do find anything remotely interesting on this blog please leave a comment, it's what keeps these sites going and their authors motivated - Thanks for looking.

Showing posts with label ordnance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ordnance. Show all posts

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Poor Start to My Gaming Year

I've been planning a game for today for over a fortnight now and at the last minute one of the players has canceled. You can't begin to imagine how disappointed I am. What a poor start to my gaming year - sometimes I wonder if all the hard work is worth it.
The plan was to have the British face down a couple of Indostani rockets which look really fun in the Sharp Practice rules. The rockets have a set distance they will travel and every 12 inches a die is rolled to see if they deviate from their target (which is highly likely) or explode prematurely.
I busted my ass to get these two little rocket platforms made in time for the game, as well as entertaining a 5 year-old, amongst all the other madness that comes at this time of year. They were pretty simple to make but time consuming, being constructed from mainly wire and insulation. Dave at Golconda Rising did explain that the rockets would probably have been hand fired, but he does have similar platforms in his army. This is how I've always imagined rockets to be launched and of course rockets must be red. 
On the bright side at least the deadline got me to jump in and get them made. Anyway, I hope the start to your gaming year is better than mine has turned out. Happy New Year! (Click the images to enlarge)

Red rocket, red rocket.
A little pot was added to mix things up.
How many Indostanis does it take to fire a rocket?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Latest Additions

For the last post of the year I thought I'd share with you some of our latest additions to the fight in Indostan. They include both some of Dave's commissioned miniatures as well as a few painted by myself. The British miniatures are all exclusively Front Rank, the Indostani mostly Foundry. A couple have already been shown elsewhere.
We endeavor to have a game this Sunday, the first of the year (and the first of many I hope), so a report should follow shortly. (Click the images to enlarge)

The Governor's retinue
Some new officers, their fifers and standard bearers.
A Royal Engineer crew puts their gun through it's paces
A European Captain watches his Indostani troops on the march

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Artillery Crew and 6 Pounder

Here is Dave's first British artillery crew. Both the gun and crew are Front Rank and part of their Jacobite Government range. They were commission painted, but I can claim that I at least painted the gun. British might grows, albeit slowly.
The gun does look a little inadequate compared to some of our Indian ones, but you know what they say a large gun makes up for ;). (Click the images to enlarge)

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Painted "Tiger Cannon"

I couldn't wait to paint it - hope I've done it justice. GRRRRR! (Click the image to enlarge)

This is the best shot my camera can produce of the barrel detail.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The London War Room "Tiger Cannon"

In my search for a more appropriate Indian cannon, I asked around on TMP about the London War Room's Tiger Cannon. I quickly received a reply from Dave, a fellow Aussie, who not only possessed an elusive TLWR Tiger Cannon, but was willing to part with it for FREE! This bloke is my new hero. Never have I experienced such kindness and generosity from a total stranger. To top it off he sent it to me for FREE! along with a stack of other miniatures he thought I'd like. All for FREE! His awesome SYW India collection is here - please check it out. Dave you are a legend mate - thank you.

As for the cannon, well I love it. It's huge and chunky, seen below with a Foundry mini. It's not the best casting but lovely all the same and will paint up nicely. I tried to get a close-up of the barrel details and will take more pictures when I paint her (see her painted here). (Click the images to enlarge)

I have searched high and low for images of this cannon (and the miniature itself) on the Net and have never come across one. I hope someone finds theses pictures useful and pray a company picks up the London War Room's "Fighting Men of India" range quickly!

For details of a real life tiger cannon - see here

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Assault Group Ottoman Gun

For lack of a better one, I purchased an Assault Group Renaissance Ottoman cannon for use as an Indian fill in. They are a bit expensive, but the price does include postage to Australia, so not too bad. I think it fits the bill and I plan on getting a couple more soon. (Click the images to enlarge)