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.

Monday 19 February 2024

ACW - Artillery top up.

 As part of the loose winter paint plan I have a little bit of ACW to do. I only have a a small lead pile for this collection so decided to get the guns and limbers completed that were lain with it . As usual they are Pendraken, and finished with a satin varnish 

Union limber and caisson teams 

CSA limber
Rather than just expand the number of Union batteries I decided to take them to 3 gun model from the previous 3 gun . 

A mix of Napoleons and Parrots added.


Union up to 10 full batteries , with the limbers done for the final 6 .

The CSA are up to 8 full batteries with another 4 to add .

Some heavy siege mortars for the Union .
Not sure when these will used but hey they look cool

Just leaves me the cavalry units left in the plan for this year . 

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Ardennes ‘44 - winter trees

 I am moving on a bit with this project . I want to get a chunk of the terrain done so have made a start.

I have used conifers made by Busch in a range of sizes from 30mm to 150mm . These are fixed to various shaped bases bought from Warbases . The bases are drilled and the trees hot glued into place . Some larger bases only have trees around the edge to allow a smaller one inside to give denser forests or to give easy access to put troops in etc . The usual PVA and sand mix is added to base and it’s coloured a dark brown. Once all dried then add some layering spray thin PVA mix and shack over lots of Woodland Scenics snow.

A couple of my late war big cats added for effect - I need to do the proper winterising on the vehicles in due course - for now that was just a scatter of the snow powder .


Snow and glue- it’s a messy job! 


Enough to cover a good third of my 8x4 table at decent density. Roads , hedges , fences to do next.