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, 15 February 2012

Anything but....

what I had intended to paint this week. You know - the butterfly syndrome - but good for the creative process overall. Having bought some shiny new metal at York I decided to paint some of it up, just for the enjoyment of painting. So I present a mixed bag of chaps with a Hollywood connection..

"The Man with no Name"

The poncho was fun!
 By "Ebob" - right down to the cigar in his mouth - great stuff

"Empress Miniatures" - the film characters set - I had to have it on in the background while painting. 
'If it's a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber Boxer Henry 4.5 calibre miracle'

Lovely to paint really crisp and clean details - even have the medals on Colour Sergeant Bourne's chest!

"March or Die"

I watched this again after picking up some "Artizan Designs" French Foreign Legion figures from there March or Die range

The desert fort is nearly completed - will be used for Sudan and FFL games - so will have  get these pictured in it!

And the "Elite Miniatures" Legere recently completed are now based by Will - thanks for the photo

 I have a couple of other single figure specials on the go as well at the moment , then its into serious amounts of Sudan stuff - I have checked figure totals and can now cover the battle of El-Teb at a 1-20 ratio - so that's the target for the end of the summer.  Of course there will Napoleonics as well - the Mamaluke band castings have just turned up too.. choices choices....


  1. Nice work Dave but where's Angel Eyes and Tuco, the Frenchies came out splendidly and nice basing Will.

  2. Very nice indeed. It's great to be able to jump from one project to the next when your not committed to a single must do project. I have three weeks to get some WWII characters done and I am really looking forward to stopping doing them and getting a few other projects sorted.

  3. Yep! I like especially "The Man with No Name" at the top. Great brushwork on his blanket,and you nailed the color of his denim.

    Best Regards,


  4. Well for someone who wasn't gonna paint much this week, that's a damn good haul! Love the "eh Blondie" figure!!

  5. Really nice figures Dave,
    Cracking French.

  6. Beautiful paint work and basing.

  7. These Empress miniatures do look charming. And wow, I love the colors on the western-dude, especially the highlights on the poncho are magic.

  8. Thanks Guys ,, they hasve been a joy to do glad it shows

  9. I have just finished painting the Rorke's Drift characters myself and have to agree that they were a joy to paint. You have done a superb job on these and Clint looks spot on.

  10. I love these movie figures. And Clint is my favorite to!

    Excellent brushwork!



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