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.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WIP - Mounted Indian Tribesmen

After a long hiatus from painting and with the arrival of some cooler weather, I have managed to make a good start on some Foundry Mounted Indian Tribesmen. Dave was kind enough to give me a good head start with these by giving each of the gee-gees a base coat of their appropriate color. I do find painting horses a little tedious. Thanks Big D!

The forces of Indostan are seriously lacking in cavalry and these will go a little towards correcting the issue. I have two units of mounted armored Sikhs and another three units of mounted tribesmen to get done. That's a lot of horse flesh. Dave? Dave, are you there?

Below are a couple of images of the first lot. I have just applied the Army Painter Strong Tone dip. I always apply it with a brush and have never done it by dip. The scrooge in me couldn't stand to see the wasted dip after all that furious flicking! I find that I can move the dip around where it should be quite easily with a brush. It does tend to pool a lot in the creases in the clothing and on white, this can look a little too much. After it has settled I simply brush over it again to remove excess. Enough will eventually pool again to look right.

It really looks a mess at this stage after application and I always think to myself, I've just #$*!ed these miniatures. But I now swear by this stuff. Without Army Painter most of my painting would look very basic. When they are finished I will show the finished product and hopefully you'll agree. (Click the images to enlarge)

Shiny, shiny from the Army Painter.

I can see these running from the British volleys already.


  1. i agree about the army painter.

  2. Long, so long ago (sigh...) when I started wargaming alone, I combined 'inking' (inspirated by the old Elastolin toy soldiers, which looked so much less 'toy-like' than the not inked Starlux) with 'varnishing' by dipping the painted minis in 'light oak' wood varnish: it gave indeed this kind of flattering result with little effort.
    For gaming pieces, to be seen en masse from a distance, iterative painting, drybrushing, highlighting... were -to my crude and uneducated taste at least- not worth the effort.

  3. Very nice work! I agree with you, I don't like painting cavalry either, in any scale.

  4. You have got some great scenery for your minitures! Can't wait to see what update's you'll have in the fututr!