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.

Monday, 17 November 2014

It's not all painting

There is a good bit of preparation work going on at the moment , with lots ready for tackling as I start into the winter challenge. My man-cave time has been boosted with a reduction in day job travelling which is nice. I have however splashed out on another few sets of rules to help things along with the acquisition of "The Sands of Sudan" from Carlo at "With Pyjamas through the Desert" blog - a set of reconstructed Peter Gilder rule, of which I have many bits of already but not a complete view.  I wanted to support Carlo in his endeavour and who can resist a nice new shiny set of rules - and some very nicely designed Random Event cards. With the numbers of Mahdist required on them its a good job I still have a stock in to paint on top of the 600+ I already have. I want to get to 1000 Mahdist foot.

  The gamers play the imperial forces , meanwhile an umpire uses the cards and rules to direct the random elements of Mahdist forces.
All delivered from Australia in just over a week.. thanks Carlo.

I also picked up the latest Pulp Alley release to add to my other sets. - "Vice Alley"

 Some of my collection painted by Loki feature as David asked on the Pulp Alley forum for some to include , which I was more than happy to oblige - appropriately they are in the Gang War pages.

Brushwork has not been entirely absent - so here is a teaser for DC..I have cracked on with main block work on the AWI Highlanders. I want these off the desk for the start of the challenge which should be ok. 

Errr. so that would be so I can start more Highlanders... I must be mad...I need two  36 man units for  the Sudan collection. I am working on a test figure here so I could work out colour schemes. The figure is an old Peter Gilder Connoisseur Sudan range one  , and I will be using these use for the "Black Watch" . It is a joy to paint - not too fiddly and easy to access the details etc.

 few little twiddly bits to do ...

 I suspect the Perry figures I have prepared for the "Gordons"  - which were complete swines to clean up won't be so nice to paint.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Spanish Hussars

OK - a bit left field for me of late. In between preparation work for the winter challenge stuff I have decided to clear out some side projects. So here is the first one, some Old School shinyness for you. These are 28mm Spanish Hussars by Eagle Figures. I had only come across this range recently and there are some nice bits in it. They come with seperate sword arms which I took the opportunity to solder on in a range of positions - personally I hate seperate arms etc as if glued at some point they are likely to come apart - these lads won't now.

A more traditional view of Spanish Hussars - that of running way..(sorry Juan ;-)).

Talking of preparation works - I had to get into the loft to reach the far end of the lead mountain in search of horseflesh - I found the bag of "spare" horses. Most are at least 20 years old but will be just the job to provide mounts for my Colonial Cavalry for the Sudan - I am using Peter Gilder's Connoissuer figures, so it will save a few pennies (actually a lot of pennies - have you seen the price of 28mm horses!) not having to buy 64 horses , just riders. Just a bit of clean up work required.

One of the early jobs for the challenge will be to do all the oil rub on these and leave them to dry for a few weeks - 3 cavalry regiments should provide a nice point boost for the back of the challenge.

I have another "Shiny" project up next as well - the long awaited Highlanders for the AWI...

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.
Spanish Hussars.
British forces for the Sudan.