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, 31 March 2015

Messing about on the water.

After all that figure painting through the challenge I need to do something different for a bit. So here is the first of the Nile flotilla. An armoured paddle steamer. Its a resin kit by Grand Manner, with a few bits of extras added.

Its a big old piece of kit. It went together pretty well, it just needed all the parts to be given two washes to get rid of the release agent. After that a fairly simple bit of paint some parts before assembly. I have tried to just make it look "distressed and messy. I need to pick up a few crew figures - something I will be on the look out for at Salute I think.

Off to play with another one - er yes.. I have 3 of the things altogether.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Challenge Roundup.

Well that is the end of this years Analogue Hobbies Annual Paint Challenge. It was a very productive time overall. I have completed a real mountain of work over the 3 months. I even managed to top the points table. The simplicity of the volume of Beja that was completed really adding to the point total. I also really enjoyed the laughs and banter along the way, a few side challenges with Millsy really helped keep us both chained to the paint desk I think.

Discussions have been had with Mark at the Wargames Holiday a Centre with regard to staging a large Sudan game later in the year , so watch out for the announcement.

So here are a few round up shots.

The Imperial forces , almost all of these were done this painting season.

A further top up for the Mahdist forces, with over 300 figures added, so a third of these were added

And to provide a little variety and extra colour some more for the gangster collections.

The man cave has been given a complete tidy. The run down lead mountain has had a serious restock. 
The bulk of the remaining figures for the Sudan are on order or have been delivered. 

Work has commenced on the paddle steamers..

Arrangements are sorted for a day out a Salute, and I am looking forward to catching with fellow bloggers.

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.

British Peninsula infantry battalion
54mm cowboy
Paddle steamers.

On the PREPATION table.
10th Hussars for the Sudan
Naval brigade.