Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time wargamer.Wargaming 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 wargaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy. Sharing hints and tips with the masters has really helped my own style over the years. I will share some hard won hints and tips where I can. My style and preference is certainly "old school". Over the last couple of years I have moved into skirmish games more - and really like the American West, as you might tell by the number of posts.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

A home on the range..

As last weekend was actually sunny I took the opportunity to do some work outside , catching up with some airbrush work I wanted to start on long delayed project, and I decided to do a bit of house building. I already have a number of commercially available laser cut MDF and resin buildings for the Old West collection and felt the need to create something unique for it. So I have built my own take on a farm ranch type building using 5mm foamboard and 2mm Balsa.It measures L10" x W5" x H4"

I am going to have to build a rocking chair I think to complement this

This is what it started out as , just a few base materials with a bit of time and effort.

I sourced ready made doors and windows from Antenocitis Workshop along with some 7mm brick embossed plasticard (for the chimney.

Painting was done with with a range of different browns - i used vallejo's, but not practical in long run and I will pay a trip to the DIY store to get something in larger quantities (the Sandtex range is good)

I think I will be doing a few bespoke buildings for the collection as I was pleased with how this one turned out.

Also well you need some cattle to look after!

These are 1/64th scale Hereford cattle available from ERTL - in packs of 25 ready painted.

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.

AWI -71st Highlanders - a man sized unit 54 figures

On the PREPATION table.
British forces for the Sudan.

Spanish Dragoons