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.

Monday, 27 June 2011

The need to P....

No not that kind . I am thinking about PREPARATION!

I am off on a new lot of painting, and I like to prepare a few projects together. Cleaning up figures, converting , test fitting etc and getting all the basic undercoating ready for blocking in. Over the years I have acquired a decent collection of tools to assist. So here's a shot of the most used ones.

Right to Left top row . Green Stuff and Milliput for sculpting and filling if need be.

Right to Left middle row. Heavy duty craft knife (Stanley in UK), Swan Morton handle and No11 Scalpel blade for fine cutting work, hand pin vice and drill, set of burrs and routers for the electric mini drill, set of drills, helping hands device, Heavy duty file, small tack hammer, sculpting tools, also fuse wire various gauges and pins for use in conversions.

R-L Bottom row. Pliers various profiles and side cutters , mini saw, Vee block and mini vice and set of needle files.

Most of these get some use cleaning and preparing castings. The right tool for the job makes life a lot easier.

So over to the holding area , most things now ready to go on the first stages of painting.

This lot arrived already cleaned and prepared so that was great, a decent session or two saved. French Legere unit undercoated, Lots of horses to do with this batch too  and with the warmth at the moment they should dry up nice and quickly.

Even managed to squeeze in a game last weekend down at the WHC. Anniversary re fight of Waterloo , it was great fun. There is a great write up on the WHC homepage. I managed to get my cavalry dice well and truly rolling Huzzah!

Now that's what you call an attack column! Massive French assault between Hougomont and La Haye . Glad I was not facing it. But of course stopped in the same old way.. All good fun.

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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