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, 22 April 2019

Normandy 44 - Utah Beach progress - part 2

just a quick update on progress over the last few days. its been ideal weather to get some messy jobs done outside , so I have been working on terrain bits and basing for the recently painted stuff.

I have the table set up to just drop stuff on while I get a feel for how I want it look.

 Items completed :-

6 foot of beach obstacles , the ramp part being made from cocktail sticks ..I have some more tetrahedrons to drop on - they are based on large bases from Simon Millers Big Red bat bases

vac form shells holes painted up .

3 new LCVPs completed

4 more assault platoons completed

I have also based up a para company for the inland game - more on that another time

the start of the barbed wire sections

the engineers platoons are cleaned and undercoated , ready to paint , as are more Paras

Things still to do  - I am waiting some material stuff for these :-
tetrahedrons / hedgehogs 
6 - 8 belgian gate obstacles - scratch building those. 
6 feet of sea wall section to complete 
complete gun pit, entrenchments and a couple of barrack block pieces
paint engineers
finish another 3 assault platoons
finish 3 LCMs

I have recently sourced a decent hot wire cutter , and it is being used to create bits from extruded polystyrene (XPS) - making quick and easy work too

octagonal gun pit entrenchment cut from 10mm XPS in a couple of minutes. 
moving onto the inland part of the game - things to :-

flooded area terrain pieces
causeway section
entrenchment and barbed wire for resistance nest WN7 
more heavy duty flight stands 

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Normandy 44. Utah beach game progress.

I have a D Day game booked in with the guys for early June. We are going to be doing a large game covering the Utah beach landings and the earlier para drops to secure villages , landing grounds, and the beach exit causeways . The table will be 16 x 6. I still have a fair bit of work to complete but its getting there.

I had Deepcut studios make a bespoke mat for the beach area, this will have some shaped expanded polystyrene under it to make the Grand Dune area around WN5 .

Hit the beach!

I have 3 more LCVP and 3 LCMs to finish up yet ...we will also be using James LST .. large slow target!

Full size the mat is 8x4 ..planning to only use 6 foot of the width .. this mat then will join onto another 12x6 ... leading in land 

First assault platoon basing finished , pretty happy with the result.

Lots more beach obstacles in the works... 


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 Sudan
28mm Necromunda

On the PREPATION table.
28mm Sudan
15mm WW2 Landing craft
1/200 ME262

WW2 D Day game