Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time wargamer.Wargaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of wargaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy. Sharing hints and tips with the masters has really helped my own style over the years. I will share some hard won hints and tips where I can. My style and preference is certainly "old school". Over the last couple of years I have moved into skirmish games more - and really like the American West, as you might tell by the number of posts.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Sudan - Naval Brigade and R.I.F.

This weeks progress sees the perennial favourites of the Naval Brigade receive the first of their infantry section reinforcements, wounded markers , the Petty Officers , and the commanders. All by Perry Miniatures. This time these were well cast taking up little time to prepare (I need to source another 5 lots of these). Also really nice to paint. 

 I am going at some point to do "special" with these lads pulling a gun and limber..

 One of the small units for the campaign are Princess Victorias' Royal Irish Fusiliers. These were diverted from service further east and wore the India Service kit . At a mere 18 figures strong they are somewhat understrength compared to some of the larger units. Again these are Perry as per the York and Lancs. Real simple and easy to paint. 

 Next we have various casualties and the M.O

 I am really in need of a stock up ! The lead pile is nearly empty. So it will be steamers, Camel Corps and the Cameron Highlanders (for a red coated unit) on the wish list.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Sudan - Gordon Highlanders & York and Lancs

The last of the main infantry for the 2nd El Teb OOB have now been completed. These were both Perry Miniatures. The end results as with with most Perry figures are excellent, it is just the painful process of cleaning the beggars up that is frustrating. I found the Gordons particularly bad for this and was finding little faults all the way through the painting.

I was particularly pleased with the end result of the tartan -

The York and Lancs were shipped into the Sudan from further east still wearing thier India Service pattern uniform. This is a somewhat less complicated uniform with less webbing ,packs , or pugarees - and they are all khaki, This whole unit took about the same time as the kilts on the Gordons did!

while doing the photographs for these I took the opportunity to get the rest of the foot, artillery and baggage train out to get a group shot. - so here it is in high resolution. Hmm I may need to get some more Mahdists..

My replacement soldering iron has turned up so work can start on the conversions for the 10th Hussars. I want to do some more skirmish stands and I have some Naval Brigade infantry companies to do too.

The man cave has had a serious tidy up and is ready to go again

Work in hand


No more than 3 things on the PAINTING table at once. Nothing new added until something is finished.

PREPARATION work is done when I don't fancy detail painting. Cleaning up, converting, undercoating etc.

PLANNING is expressions of interest or things that have inspired me to be created with no definite timescale as yet.

British Peninsula infantry battalion
54mm cowboy

On the PREPATION table.
More Mahdists camel!
10th Hussars for the Sudan
Beja tribesmen.
Naval brigade.

Camel Corps.