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, 3 May 2016

Sudan - Naval Brigade Gun team and terrain bits.

Along with the various bits of ongoing terrain works I decided to scratch an itch that has been playing up for a while. Namely I wanted a Naval Brigade team actually pulling their limber and gun. This was going to take some tinkering about with. I had sourced a limber set from Irregular Miniatures a while ago, this was married with a spare Connoisseur Gardner gun - I just needed some lads to pull it. These I found from the Perry metal range - set SB15 Naval Brigade running at trail.

The figures from the set have a separate hand holding the rifle on the right hand side. The left hand was suitable for just drilling and holding a  rope. For the right hand side I added a solder made   "fist" to the figure which was shaped with a file then drilled through.

I made rope from my usual garden twisty wire by winding two lengths together after attaching then into a mini drill - a few spins and the rope is formed. This was fed through the hands , a quick touch of the soldering iron held them all together. The ropes were attached to the limber. I fixed everything to a single base , and then painted it. The gun has a cover added with milliput.

Overall very pleased - it may not be 100% accurate - but it does the job . I need to make another one now as I have two deployed guns.

I also completed the two large buildings. Fairly simple paint job on the buildings , starting with a flat earth colour and just heavy drybrush up in lighter sandy colours. They are impressive sized building so will do nicely for any large town.

Buildings are from Najewitz

Also completed the rocky outcrops too

A reasonably succesful week I thought. Got a few more things on the paint table that are Sudan related as well at the moment

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Sudan - Terrain Work in Progress - and some thank you's

Work continued this week on some more terrain bits - still only part way through on these. First up a couple of large buildings. These are resin from a company in Germany. They were a bit of a pig to put together as they were fairly badly flashed and warped , but I think they will end up fine. I have just finished adding some texture to it with filler/tile grout ready for first paint up. The figures are 28mm so you get a real sense of the size of these

 The Bazaar and a Government Building

This just leaves a mosque or minaret to add for the larger town/city and that will be it for building i think.

I had some cork bark sections in the spares box , so I have started making up some rock outcrop type pieces. Nothing much to these really , glue them on and weight them down - apply some sand and then a good drybrush will sort these.

So now a few thank yous.

That kind gent (and master of the large pike block) Simon Miller from Big Red Bat very kindly sent me over the Young Winston figure he got at Salute - most appreciated Simon.

Blog follower (and former work colleague) Andrew also sent me over his goodie bag from Salute too. So i may not have got there - i still did pretty well. - Thanks Andrew

I am still waiting a reasonable dry weekend to crack on with the 12 x 6 mat for my game in June.. I have it all rolled ready for working on. It a plastic backed dust sheet available from Screwfix in the UK (size 24 feet x 6 - for £12) - I got it cut in two last summer!

Its a good base colour to work with - just needs a bit of extra texture and colours adding. Will the great British Weather play ball some time soon i ask myself.

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.

Balloon section

On the PREPATION table.
Cameron Highlanders
Indian Army regiments

Mounted Mahdists