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, 18 February 2012

A couple of specials

Cleared the painting table ready for new projects. A rare (for me) Perry Napoleonic commander Colbert commander of the Dutch Lancers 1815. I had to tweak the figure, it had a lot of flash and cast lines,also  doing some proper cords and rackets for the Czapka, as the moulded ones are stuck down his neck - as if given his pose. Also replaced the sword with something somewhat less chunky - a curved  flattened steel pin, The casualty figure is a Front Rank one , with separate musket  again FR. I also had a play with the Silfur tufts adding a little PVA to the end of some and dusting in fine sand, and colouring for flower or weeds.

 Also completed the casualty eagle bearer for the Mamalukes.

 So that is the painting table completely empty for now, work on preparing a big batch of  the Mahdist forces commences next week, as well as a pile of horses for up upcoming cavalry units.


  1. Stunning brushwork on both, but my favorite is the lancer. Wow!

    Best Regards,


  2. Fantastic work on both of these beauties! Love them! Best, Dean

  3. Hi Dave,
    They really are special.
    Colbert is my favourite and is a character I have in my mind for a conversion in 15mm at some point.

    I wish I could say that my painting table is clear ;0)

    1. A rare occurance for us lead heads i know!

  4. It has to be the casualty eagle bearer for me and the horse flesh is superb.

    1. My personal favourite too.. i am perfecting the dun and roan colours well at the moment - i feel a blog update coming on

  5. Wonderful work Dave. Nice basing too.

  6. They are both awesome painted. Good attention for the small details, very colourfull and nicely based!


  7. I do like the Perry miniatures, but have issues with them being of a low casting-quality compared to others. What you did with Colbert however is as tremendous as one would expect from you.

    The Mameluk Eagle-bearer is the cherry on top of the group you've recently painted.

    Thank you for sharing these.

    1. I agree re the Perry casting quality totally - I would have hated to do a whole unit like that. I am not completely sold on the poses either - but thats a different matter!


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.

Cameron Highlanders for the Sudan, Egyptian Camel Corps

On the PREPATION table.
Egyptian and Sudanese troops for the Sudan
1/300th buildings

Death in the Dark continent stuff
Pulp Alley
28mm Napoleonics