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.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Wagons Ho!

I decided to crack on with more Old West stuff over the last few days - I can see an end in sight for the painting and some games coming up now. So i decided to complete the work on the stagecoach

A  Dixon Miniatures piece.

Well with all the trouble brewing the towns Undertaker  - Uriah Wolstenholme - motto "they think it's all over... it is now", has taken delivery of a new hearse for the trips to Boot Hill.

The Hearse is from the Blue Moon Manufacturing 28mm "Wagons Ho" range available from Old Glory UK. There is a whole range range of wagons from the supplier so i may add a few more yet

   For the the undertaker i used a figure from West Wind Productions Empire of the Dead Gentleman's Club. Complete with top hat , cane , puffing on his pipe , and wearing a revolver.

I am going to make my own figure for the driver, so for now the foot figure can lead the team.The undertakers assistant complete with measuring tape is under conversion.

There was a lot of work to do all the various traces etc on this team. I soldered these in place made from twisty copper wire and made the reins from my usual garden twisty wire, again soldered in to place. A really enjoyable session doing all that intricate work

Copper stranded wire - as found in household appliance flex. Strip the outer insulation , and tease out 2, 3, or 4 strands - depending how thick you want your final piece. Twist it together and use it like that- it can be glued or soldered easily.

I really enjoyed doing these two projects over the last few days



  1. Superb! Love them both, but the hearse is a particularly great find especially with the undertaker. Now about the bottom two photographs?

    1. Cheers. Sorted the commentary - blogger somehow has changed the font colour to black!

  2. Hmmm, so what are the last 2 pics about?

    lovely work on the wagons and Mr Wolstenholme :)

  3. blogger somehow has changed the font colour to black - all sorted!

  4. Excellent work Dave I love these coaches. The reins have come out a treat too. Well done.

    1. Thanks Scott - yes pleased with the traces & reins - looks the part

  5. Excellent work Dave! Love the hearse!!

  6. Superb work on these and they will really help to give your town that lived in look. Great backdrop once again.

    1. Thanks PAt - yep it will good when i finally get it all built - just thinking about some terrain options now

  7. Great work. That Dixon coach is large so your detailing is great



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