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.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Sudan - 9th Bengal Lancers

One of those classic British Imperial units- Bengal Lancers. The 9th were a light cavalry regiment which when moved to the Sudan were armed with a lance - with those pesky Fuzzy Wuzzies not playing the game and lying the on the ground what you really need as a cavalry man is a 9 foot pointy stick to get them  with.

 So here I have two squadrons (two more along later) of old school Connoisseur Miniatures with some heavy conversion -  only the officer is a straight figure. This range never got around to making buglers so the bugler is made from a trooper figure, arm removed remade with solder and soldered into position holding the bugle to his lips. The bugle is made from garden twisty wire formed into shape and the bell of the bugle created from solder. 10 of the troopers have their lance arm removed, repositioned  or remade and soldered back into a variety of thrusting type position. The lances are made from 0.8mm piano wire so won't bend and are then soldered into the hands of the trooper along with lance strap. The idea is to give the impression for the these two squadrons at full charge ready to hit their quarry. 

 I did enjoy partaking of a decent India Pale Ale - Bengal Lancer while doing the conversion work - it was very enjoyable!
I have more cavalry planned over the winter period with a couple of Hussar Regiments in the wings too.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Sudan - Return to the Desert Sands - 42nd Highlanders

The winter schedule will cover units for the Sudan

so first up the Black Watch. Old Connoisseur figures - great figures to paint , no fussy detail, not too flat so washes work well.

 Non of this skimish malarkey here.. 36 figures...

plenty more planned!

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.

15th Punjab
Royal Artillery screw guns

On the PREPATION table.
British forces for the Sudan.
More Mahdists camel!
54mm Cowboys

British Hussars for the Sudan