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.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Vistula Lancer - completed

After a final push over this week these lads are now completed. There was more work to castings overall getting the unit composed and the conversion work sorted than the final paint jobs.No figure is just an original casting & no two are the same. 2 squadrons modelled at the charge and two ready to support.  Each has wire reins added and soldered into hands. Each officer was remodelled from the original casting,with replaced pin swords. There was major work on 3 of the 4 trumpeters. Each trooper has the lance soldered in to the hand with arms re-positioned, the straps from the lance added around the arms as well. Overall a fully unique unit , which I am very happy with. Flag and pennants from GMB.(Yes i know they lost the colours in Spain - but ya need a nice flag!). Lances made from 0.8mm piano wire.Horses were a mix of Elite, Connoisseur and Bicorne to provide variation. Based up for Grand Manner 20mm per figure frontage , 45mm depth.

The full unit

There have been some interesting modelling challenges , all over come and skills enhanced with the soldering iron. I will be adding the Lancers of Berg next year i feel.


  1. Am loving those! Unique, as you say.

    What base frontage do you use, please?


  2. They are based for Grand Manner. 20mm per figure frontage, 45mm depth.

  3. Absolutly brilliant. I love everything about them. Especially the colors strike me as rich and well saturated.

  4. Lovely figures, and very impressive conversion work. Worthy of a place in early issues of Miniature Wargames or early issues of Wargames Illustrated.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes Schwartz

  5. A real great job young Padawan. Doug Mason

  6. Thanks Doug .. or should I say Yoda..or maybe Obi Wan

  7. Awesome Dave!! Glad you added the flag, I would too. Brilliant work.

  8. Gorgeous, and very deadly no doubt. I like them. It makes me want to paint my Elite Vistula Lancers that have been sitting in storage for a long time.

  9. Hi, good painting. Can you tell me as you have made the weldings of the lances? I have sometimes tried, but the results have been disastrous.

  10. Anonymous, if you contact me through the contact link i give you some more detail as too much to put in a reply. I may do a blog entry in the future as well


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