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.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Normandy 44 - More terrain bits.

I am continuing to build up the terrain items for the Normandy game. This time adding in more trees , hedges and and another small bridge

Next up is another 25 feet of hedges in a range of lengths , 3 , 4, 6 , 8 , 9 and 12 inches sections. some have had fences or gates added in too to break it up a bit. The fencing is an  MDF kit that  was sourced from Blotz.

nexp - storage wars I think!

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Wings of Glory WW2 - Battle of Britain campaign - games 5 & 6

Monday saw another couple of games on the BoB campaign, following on from the Battle of France it was the opening battles in the channel.

Game 5 
July 10th 1940 - Kanalkampf

This was the passage of convoy through the channel , being attacked by 2 Dornier Do17'S escorted by two ME109's. The RAF had a vic of Hurricanes to defend the convoy and try and shoot the bombers down. 

The Luftwaffe had their two experienced fighter pilots and we classed the bomber crew as experienced too. 

The bombers head for the convoy
A vic of Hurricanes , heads in 
Hurricanes fly over the convoy - 1 destroyer , 3 merchants
The opening shots from the fighters saw an ME109 taken out by two Hurricanes and then the return shot took out Pilot officer McMillan , who's plane exploded - fortunately he was seen to to be thrown out and parachuted into the channel
German bombing is not too accurate 
This left two Hurricanes to deal with the Dorniers and and ME109 - the convoy anti aircraft fire was also proving withering 
The Hurricanes had downed a Dornier , and were between the Germans and home - the Dorniers didn't make it! 
Dornier crashes into the channel 

British Hurricane sqdrn
Pilot Officer Thompson , assisted in shooting down and Me109 and a  Dornier - , Campaign XP5 , promoted to Flying Officer.
Pilot Officer Wallace , assisted in shooting down a Dornier , , crash landed on return the base , minor wounds , falls in love with nurse in hospital who rejects him! Campaign XP1 - experienced 
Pilot Officer McMillan , assisted in shooting down an ME109, shot down, parachuted into the channel and rescued by the convoy, is blind in one eye from his injuries - may still fly when recovered.

Lt H Steinberger , shot down a Hurricane , shot down himself , parachuted into the channel , made way on a dingy to shore , no injury , Campaign XP7 
Lt Hans Franz, returned to base with ME109 shot to bits , Campaign XP 4 

Dornier Do17
Shot down , Pilot and gunner survived ,, rescue by float plane .Navigator and bomb aimer drowned in the channel
Shot down , Pilot and gunner survived,  rescued from a dingy.  Navigator and bomb aimer drowned 

British Victory 

Game 6
July 14th - No Immunity

This game sees the Luftwaffe rescue float planes being the target of the RAF. London suspects that these rescue planes are also spotting convoys , and decide to focus on destroying them

2 Spitfires Mk2 , mission to destroy the float plane  , v 2 ME109 ,protect the foot plane.

A pair of Spitfires diving on from height heading for the floatplane 

The fighter cover heads out to intercept 

This proved a quick , decisive game for the British with the Spitfires coming diving in and out manoeuvring the ME109s, they caught the floatplane , inflicting enough damage on two passed to sink it. . The ME109;s again really struggled with the tight turns on the Spitfire . Once the floatplane was gone , the Spits turned and raced  for home.

Brits - Spitfire 
Pilot Officer Cooke - Shot up the float plan , and damaged an ME109 , returned to base , 5 XP , failed a promotion board, and no medals either. 
Pilot Officer Anderson ,destroyed  the floatplane , made it home 2XP 

Germans- Me109E4
Lt Baumer - 1 mission , returned to base ok
Lt Hess , 1 mission , returned to base ok

Campaign Tally:- 

German Victory - 3 , British Victory - 3 , Draw 0 

The channel made life hard for the Germans these two games -- the bomber crews paid a heavy price and the rescue organisation is in tatters too. 

The next games see the Stukas try their hand at  bombing the convoys  , and the RAF light bombers head off to the continent to bomb Luftwaffe airfields - pay back.. 

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