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 - "Indostan: 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.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chase's Ridge

In preparation for the Indostan campaign, we played our third Sharp Practice game on Sunday. Dave was going to write the report, but has been held up, so it's up to me (He's written it now, find it here). Carrying over the British Big Men from the last game, again the brave Captain Charles Chase and his 5th Company of Line took to the field. Having pursued the enemy right up to the fortress of Noghul in the last scenario, we find the British East Indostan Company intends to lay siege to the citadel. The Engineers pick a ridge line to construct their artillery park upon, but wouldn't you know it, the Indostani think it's a great spot too and still hold the ground. Bloody Engineers!
Major Beans is given the task of clearing the ridge and so, just before dawn his infantry moves out in a long skirmish line to assault the position. Captain Chase is eager to get his men in the thick of it and when the signal is given the 5th and a small contingent of Grenadiers, under Lieutenant "Willy" Uppem, race for the ridge, determined to make a mark. It appears the ridge is only lightly defended, but Chase can see guns up there. Never being one to flinch at a little shot, he orders the troops forward to victory or death. Huzzah! (Click the images to enlarge)

The defenses on the ridge. Are those guns manned?

The nearby village and some layabouts.

Chase's men begin their assault of the ridge.

More Indostani en route to reinforce the ridge.

The Grenadiers balk as a tiger bars their path.

Captain Chase personally leads an assault up the right flank.

The long slog up the ridge.

The Indostani fire a hail of lead down into the redcoats - but they just keep coming!

 Finally Sergeant Nobbs breaks through the enemy line and fires into the defenders.

Chase calls out an enemy officer and sees him off. Well done Sir!

The Indostani break and run. The ridge is won!

But wait - who is this? Ali Harshit arrives to see his men fleeing the table. You win this one Chase - but I will return!

A victory to the British and a few other firsts as well for this game, including the testing of the Tiger! random event (which I loved) and a duel (En Garde!). Dave and Adam have begun to learn the proper ways to use their Grasp the Nettle cards, and have realized their usefulness. Also noted was the importance of keeping the Biggest Men amongst the bulk of the men and not isolated on the flank where their command is wasted (woe for a horse).
In  the end Adam was pretty unlucky and rolled no extra reinforcements to help defend this part of the ridge. No crew showed up to man his cannons and so they failed to fire even a single shot, to Dave's joy. Ali Harshit arrived on the second last turn we played, but by then it was done and dusted. We shall see if he makes another appearance next game.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

WIP - Palanquin (sedan chair)

Here's a little piece I've been dreaming up for a while now and started construction last night. It's a palanquin (also known as a palki in India) or sedan chair to carry VIPs around in. It will hopefully serve as a scenario goal in something like "escort the so and so from here to here" games. The biggest challenge will be mounting the whole affair. I detest large square bases, so will have to come up with something else. I also like to keep things as variable as possible, so the occupant will be removable and alternatively a set of drawn curtains  will be able to be put in place. (Click the images to enlarge)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A few choice individuals

A selection of figures recently commissioned for the Indostan campaign. They are all characters, mostly British, who will either act as Big Men, scenario goals or just a bit of eye candy. The two British captains are actually Front Rank WSS British officers, but will serve well enough. They are a slightly larger build than their enemy though. All the better to intimidate them I suppose.
The Front Rank civilians are all great figures, I just wish there were more of them. I have found suitable civilian types the most difficult figures to procure, particularly ones representing the fairer sex. The Front Rank lady pictured below is a very nice figure. The poor woman will likely be the key to many "rescue the damsel" games. I better get her a parasol. (Click the images to enlarge)

A couple of British East Indostan officers straight off the ship. They do look keen as mustard. (Front Rank)

An Indostani merchant and his guard (both Foundry) discuss business with a European merchant. (Front Rank)

"Welcome to Indostan, milady. Tobias Snobswallow, at your service." (Front Rank)

Monday, June 7, 2010

And now for something completely different ...

I've had some Foundry Darkest Africa miniatures for quite some time now, bought from an Aussie in Perth for a good price. Although based on GW plastic bases (yuck!), which I will probably re-base one day,  the paint job is pretty good.
My idea has always been to do an African safari with them - pitting the great white hunters against lions, rhinos and elephants, but of late, that idea, along with the quarry, has changed. Mind you these are only the little ones. I say, pass me the elephant gun, that's a good chap. (Click the images to enlarge)