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.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

"The Petite Race for Africa" Colonial Flags

I thought some people may find this sheet of flags I made for "The Petite Race for Africa" useful for their own colonial games as well. They were designed for 28mm miniatures but could be re-sized for use with other scales.
I'm unsure how authentic the French Foreign Legion flag is, so understand it may well not pass a button counter's scrutiny. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

"The Petite Race for Africa" Encounters

Our "The Petite Race for Africa" game featured quite a few encounters, most of which were animal based. When a player stumbled upon an encounter token, the token would be removed and replaced with figures representing the actual encounter. In this way players couldn't judge the level of danger by looking at the figures and making an educated guess.
It was a real surprise when players triggered the rhino for example, which would immediately attempt to trample the unit; something they'd be unlikely to close with if the rhino had been sitting on the table the entire time.
A counter was needed for the explosives and plunger so that firstly other players could see that a faction had TNT and also so that the two parts could be separated and the explosives be planted individually.

Gazelle from Ral Partha

African cattle from Wargames Foundry

Rhino from North Star

Baboons from North Star
Hyenas from North Star

The elusive "Pink Zebra" - actually a donkey from Irregular

Scratchbuilt explosives and plunger markers

Sunday, October 20, 2019

"The Petite Race for Africa" Encounter Tokens

Our game at MOAB included encounters scattered around the table for players to discover and/or stumble upon. Counters were required to indicate the locations of these encounter areas and rather than just using numbered discs I chose to represent the encounters with little skull totems.
Each encounter token had a different number of skulls, one through eight, with each indicating a specific encounter.
The tokens were based on mdf discs, piled with some rocks and the odd clay urn, and some baboo skewer stakes, upon which the skulls were placed. I also added some copper wire here and there to represent rope.
I looked at many manufacturers of 28mm skulls but in the end, surprisingly, I found the box of Citadel Skulls were the best proportioned and value for money.

The finished encounter tokens

The tokens before painting
Citadel SKULLS

Thursday, October 10, 2019

"The Petite Race for Africa" Pregame Photos MOAB 2019

So in preparation for the upcoming convention game at MOAB in Sydney Australia, I did some "glamour shots" of the miniatures and some of the terrain we'd be using. This was purely to grab people's attention as a sort of teaser and an attempt to convince players to sign up and register. I assume it worked because we had a full compliment of 8 players sign up for each of the two days.
Sadly the majority of these miniatures were NOT painted by me, but by Sven, the friend who puts on these events with me. Sven is a great painter and has the ability to churn out figures like there is no tomorrow in large healthy batches. We both have our strengths, but I could never compete with Sven's painting output and to the quality he achieves. He is available for commission painting and can be reached at here.
Most of the figures are from the Wargames Foundry Darkest Africa range while others are from the Northstar Africa and Copplestone Castings ranges. All great sculpts either way.
The last image is the short spiel that sets the background to the game which players received as part of their game information on the day.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

"The Petite Race for Africa" African Tembe Build

One of the main terrain pieces required for our big colonial game at MOAB this year, "The Petite Race for Africa", was a slaver tembe, which was to be center stage.
For those who don't know what a tembe is, its simply a fortified structure used by both native Africans and slavers for defense. I believe it was first mentioned in the memoirs of Stanley on his journeys throughout Africa.

I spent a lot of time planning the tembe because I knew it was to play such an integral part in the scenario and needed it to look good and to be as functional as possible.
There are a lot of examples of other people's efforts in tembe building and that's where I started the build, scouring the net looking for images. The Lead Adventure Forum was a great source of inspiration.
After I had decided on the look I wanted I gathered together the materials. I chose foam-board for the walls, a mdf base, real twig palisade, along with the classic towel for roof thatching. 
From there the build itself was relatively easy - just like a big jigsaw puzzle. Pictures tell it better than words. And because someone asked the Tembe measures 240mm wide by 360mm long and 55mm high. The central courtyard is slightly wider than the rooms.