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, 3 March 2012

Meet the Angry mob

Well the lads from the Naval Brigade had better hope their "infernal coffee grinders" don't roll a JAM!. The first major warband of Beja tribesman with their religious leader is on the warpath  and looking for trouble.Altogether 109 figures + mounted commander.

I have created a number of stories across the unit , with a mix of casualties and various poses being used. I have also embedded a "blinky" light in one stand to represent a shell burst. All i have to do is turn the modelled shell burst - made out of milliput/ pumice and cotton wool to turn it on. There is a little video here - not great quality but you get the idea.

Very pleased with the look of the unit overall - only another 12 or so to do!

The skin tones were done by undercoating the figures in Humbrol 186 - a mid/dark brown.  Add the black hair , and use this for metallic areas too.This was then given a wash using Vallejo Sepia shade dipping formula- this can be easily thinned with water to give differing effects and it comes in a 200ml bottle! I then did a thinned wash of Vallejo German Camo black brown to help pull out the muscle areas. The clothing was then added in a range of off white , linen, sandy, khaki colours then the whole was again given a thin wash of the sepia dip. A little muscle top highlight was done using a thinned Vallejo dark earth  After that is just wet brush in the shield colour highlights  , and colour the spears and metallic bits.

Right , Napoleonics next I promise - the 23rd - 24th Chasseurs on the stocks


  1. Beautiful figures Dave!!! Love the basing too!

  2. Cheer Ray - and best part of 600 points too :-)

  3. Yes! Great Stuff. Reminds me of old Peter Gilder-era photos from the Wargames Holiday Centre in early issues of Miniature Wargames.

    Best Regards,


  4. Ditto to what Stokes said; very much in the "grand manner"!


  5. Awesome looking mob. Lovely basing too.

  6. I love them. I especially like their skin.

  7. Fantastic paint job and agree with everyone else re the basing.
    The speed that you have painted so many of these is very impressive.

  8. Very nice, Dave; the painting work is incredible, and the result, fantastic. You are going to have a wonderful horde.

  9. Amazing work and amount of figures...


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