Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming 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 gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Napoleonics - A bit of gaming and the new project.

 It’s been a long time since old friend Scotty and I have played a Napoleonic game , so it’s been good to get one under the belt. Scotty has used his lockdown time to complete a whole load of basing for his 15mm acquisitions over the last few years. He has also been making terrain bits. We played In The Grand Manner as it’s a system we have played a lot over our years attending the Wargames Holiday Centre and we pretty much know it backwards  . I know they are not everyone’s cup of tea , however if  you like chucking a bucket of dice they can work well. 

We used French and Austrians this time. We also have Russians & British as well already painted that need a flesh out .

This will also mean a return to Napoleonics for me in 15mm - initially looking at Confederation of the Rhine or Duchy of Warsaw for my first top up. So I need to do some figure research- I suspect Blue Moon for now .

Anyway on with some pictures -in no particular order as I only remembered to take them occasionally.

All in all a great day was had . Scotty was pleased to see the return of my fabled cavalry dice , with his infantry being sorely harassed by Uhlans , batteries ridden down , and French Guard Cavalry put to the sword by my Kurrassiers.  

It’s given us a project to work on with fleshing the armies out over the winter and getting them onto a bigger table - well it’s not called Grand Manner for nothing you know! 

Roll on the big battalions.

Sunday, 23 August 2020

ACW - a bit of Pickett’s Charge gaming

 I have been topping up the ACW collection in the last few weeks and have completed just over 450 CSA figures which gives me decent sized armies now for both sides . We had played Regimental Fire & Fury previously which are fine if a bit slow. I had picked up the Picketts Charge set last year so I thought it’s time to give it a run out - albeit solo today - as  hopefully we are back to some face to face club gaming in September with the Old Guard mob so I have offered to run a game with them. I thought it played well . Few more turns to do through this week.

The scenario is the introduction one in the rules book at Antietam and the sunken road.

I still have cavalry to do for both sides . Martin has given me another brigade worth of painted  stuff for the Union which I will rebase for consistency . And there is still some capacity in the Sally 4th RUB MDf inserts so might as well fill em!

Anyway a few shots of toys 

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.

28mm Napoleonic

On the PREPATION table.
15mm Germans WW2
28mm Sudan

Storage wars