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.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Public Enemy # 1 - part 1

A few of you will no doubt remember the odd gangster post for last year, so this is not entirely new. However I have decided to start this little project from scratch. I have decided that realistically I won't be able to do all  the work on it myself so have commissioned the fine chaps over at Brigantes Studios to paint up this collection. I will do some work on the buildings, rules etc.

The plan is to make this a simple participation game along the lines of my Old West set up. In fact it will have a direct connection as the Old West town of Serenity Flatts finds itself all grown up and becomes "Serenity City" in the time of Prohibition. The rules will be known as "Public Enemy No1" hence the blog title.

So here I proudly present the first contingent of "Serenity City's" finest boys in blue, complete with thier new transport.

  These are Dixon Miniatures, with a 1/43rd Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Cadillac - I need to change the markings on it with some home made transfers yet.

Really pleased with the job Loki did on these , his choice of blue was excellent

Next up some "bad" guys - who else but "Spats" Saunders all round troublemaker complete with his fast get away car.

The Brothers are also in town with a load of hooch

 The Irish  "Reverend" and his Chicago Typewriter , and "The Badger"complete with his usual yellow trousers.

again more really great work on the suits here by Loki - Cheers! Plenty more to come of this collection

With Tamsin also doing Gangsters I get the feeling there may be be a bit of a turf war at the next Blog Con

and with some period shots as request

Monday, 30 June 2014

Wartorn Weekend - Scarborough

Its been a weekend of gaming  and general enjoyment over at the the annual weekend show in Scarborough.

We took the opportunity to run participation games - playing 6 in all , we were pretty busy. I have posted more pictures of the games over at the Blazing Dice blog.

Its always good to meet up with old friends in the hobby , and hopefully make some ones as well.

The sight and sound of the Vulcan bomber over South Bay was wonderful.- it sure emptied the hall when it turned up. (aircraft picture credits to fastolfrun on LAF)

I picked up some stash..more than intended , so some traders had a good day from me

 I picked the rest of the Scale 75 Paints from the nice people at Northumbrian Tin Soldier
 The usuall stock up from Andy and Jon at "Ainsty" - you cant have too many boxes and sacks can you.

 Some rather nice dice tray boxes from KR which helped to keep the table nice and tidy for photographs

 A naval game - because it was in the bargain price bin! and I felt sorry for it..

A signed copy of of the book "Scapegoat"  after listening to the authors presentation. This was a new area for the show this weekend - it has some potential i think , although perhaps may need to think about the time of the day , as i had to leave off umpiring for 45 mins to catch it.

Overall an excellent weekend was had

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.

AWI Highlanders.

On the PREPATION table.
British forces for the Sudan.