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.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Paint table Saturday

It's around again!

It's been a quiet week on the painting front, just a few base colours added to the cavalry units on the go at the moment. However it did see the arrival from Historex of the next 54mm Cowboy. This is the Yul Brynner figure,usable for either The Magnificent 7 or Westworld. Either way I have decided to go for black clothing for him, meaning it's a rare (for me) use of black as an undercoat. The challenge will be in keeping the highlight work subtle and not letting get to light. Looking forward to doing this one.

Base yellow ochre for the yellow uniforms of the Spanish Dragoons. checking resources I have 3 possible uniforms for the trumpeters! Decisions, decisions.

About half way there on the troopers for the Cuirassiers.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Billy The Kid

In between doing some work on the cavalry I have been tickling the brushes over the Andrea Miniatures "Billy the Kid". I am beginning to sound like a broken record when i say these figures are superb, but I just can't help it - they are!

I really enjoyed painting this one. I also used the new Scale 75 paints for the flesh. I must say I am very impressed with the quality. They also dry very matt. So I think i need to try some of the colour packs .

Not bad comparison , although perhaps should have had darker trousers,

Painting what appears to be a ribbed / corduroy jacket was "fun"

 And here is a group shot of all the Andrea figures together.

So  I need your help on which figure from the range to choose next to order up from Historex, just leave a reply , the one with most votes will be the next 54mm project.

Wild Bill Hickock

High Noon - Gary Cooper

Pale Rider

Magnificent 7 - Yul Brinner

Winchester 73 - James Stewart

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.

Spanish Dragoons
French Cuirassier
54mm Cowboy

On the PREPATION table.
British forces for the Sudan.
AWI 54 man highlanders