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.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

The Naval Brigade

That perennial favourite -a bunch of rough & ready matelots, hauling around early MG's for keeping the natives in check. These are the first Imperial troops off the stocks for the Sudan collection. A Gardner and Gatling Gun , both Perry sets. I have based them on an Octagonal base so that they can easily fit into the corner of squares etc. There wasn't much opportunity or need for conversion work here, the only little bit of extras being a pile of spent cartridge cases made out of small gauge brass wire , just cut and fixed with a little superglue. The blues were done using the Andrea Color blue set which I really like using - really easy to highlight and shade with.




The rest of the artillery is already sourced and the order for the Redvers Bullers 1st Brigade for El-Teb will go in this next week to get some infantry sorted.

In addition I have completed the first lot of preparation work  the Fuzzy force, managing to remove every piece from the sprues in 10 boxes of Perry plastic Ansar and sorted in trays - my fingers were shredded at the end of that. Work has started on the assembly process as well, so may finish a war band this week too.

Also back to some Napoleonic conversions - so it will be out with the soldering iron as well
               

18 comments:

  1. Nice battery; interesting bases too. Best, Dean

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  2. These look superb and what a great idea with the brass wire.
    10 boxes of Ansar! my word, very wise painting up yourself a Gatling and Gardner gun.

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  3. Yeah I liked the way the brass worked - it will be regular feature now I think. I found it one someones blog - and I can't remember who it was to give them the credit.

    10 boxes will be about a third of the eventual force... it's gonna a big army!

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  4. Very cool painting!!! Nice basing too!

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  5. I love them!! Brass wire is great idea.

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  6. Great work Dave the figures are fantastic and so is the basing. You may of guessed by my blog that I have a Sudan theme thus year as well...love the period.

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  7. Thanks Vinnie - I am drawing inspiration from your collection at the moment - I am working hard to get enough kit together for my forst game of this in years!

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  8. Nice work indeed - those hex bases are very effective as well..!

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    1. cheers , hopefully the bases do the job I wanted of them - which is to make things neat!

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  9. These are very nice, and the bases look like a good idea. Love those canons. I looked at your last post and those figures are spectacular. The figure of the downed horse is my absolute favorite.

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    1. Cheers, I look forward to seeing your efforts.... it gets addictive & frustrating in equal measure sometimes you know.

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  10. Really lovely. I also really like the basing - the octagons really fit in very well indeed.

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  11. Thanks - I scrathed my head for something that would let them fit in to the corner of square neatly and a pleased with the result

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  12. Lovely Looking stuff as always Dave, when are we going to give all this stuff an outing? ;)

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    1. Cheers Noel, aiming to have enough kit together for a game in by end of this summer - how about a Soldiers of the Queen weekend? Sudan, Zulu, Indian Mutiny ?

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  13. Very nice Dave.
    Really enjoying your blog!
    Phil

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Phil :-)

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  14. Very nice models, Dave. Those blue colours are wonderful. I´m awaiting to see the Fuzzies.

    Best regards.

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Work in hand

The RULES!

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.


On the PAINTING TABLE
Sudan stuff

On the PREPATION table.
Sudan stuff

In the PLANNING
WW2 & modern micro armour