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, 31 October 2011

Leipzig at WHC

I finished off last week with a 3 day game at the WHC. A refight of the big one! The Battle of Nations. So many toys to play with it takes 3 days. I ended up being French for the first time in years. Given the job of co-ordinating the defence of Souhams & Marmonts army corps to stop the Army of Silesia, and then attempt to break out. I met some old friends from many battles fought over the years - we did wonder where exactly how many of those years had gone - especially with that old video Tony - , along with new guys. A weekend with like minded folk is good for the soul.

I managed to persuade Napoleon that we needed a little more battle cavalry to put Bluchers combined Russo-Prussian army to flight, and was delighted to have the services of the Saxon, Guard du Corps and Zastrow Kuirassier. There are a few extra rules to hamper the Saxons in this battle,but apart from one low roll they followed orders all the time. Mind refusing to charge into the routing mob in front of them was a real roll to choose to be disobedient! I guess they thought their work was done.

Thanks go to Lee Sharpe for playing out a great battle,which lasted the full 3 days. In the end the Grenadiers a Cheval really put the boot into the tired Army of Silesia - it wasn't pretty. Mark from the WHC will have a full write up on the WHC website soon.

Lee looks on as those pesky Zastrow Kuirassier force his Russian infantry units into square. Grand Manner really rewards combined arms play.

 Riding down Russians, that would be two battallions destroyed then..

I enjoy looking at other painters creations, and these are a joy to look at. You can always pick up little tips by just looking . I may have to do some of these.

Cracking on with the Vistula Lancer  trunpeters and officers this week.


  1. Nice looking battle! Great looking figures too. Best, Dean

  2. Really something! Would love to see the setup, one day.


  3. Awesome looking game. love the close up.


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