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.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The 20 Questions

Ok, it seems rude not to join in. So here you are - the window to the soul.

1         Favourite Wargaming period and why?
 Napoleonic - but it has got be with the big battalions. I played hundreds of battles over my years attending the Wargames Holiday Centre  The spectacle of massive table 28feet x 15 filled with 1000's of figures never failed to impress. The thrill of the cavalry charges breaking through the infantry , great fun.

 2.       Next period, money no object?
Hmmm, Not so sure it would be one - it actually would be to get a load of really good bespoke terrain usable for a host of periods. Although - large scale Napoleonic Naval as per the Diorama de Trafalgar site - could be very tempting

3.       Favourite 5 films?
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Great Escape 
Blazing Saddles

Zulu  - that's what started this madness!

4          Favourite 5 TV series?
Blackadder the Third
Dads Army
The Hair Bear Bunch! 

 5.       Favourite book and author?
Red Storm Rising - Tom Clancy

 6.       Greatest General? Can’t count yourself!!
General Monash - Commander of the Australian Corps in the WW1 , who was able to understand the requirements of combined arms in the period and use them effectively while still looking after his men.

7.       Favourite Wargames rules?
In the Grand Manner - Old Classic Big Battalion Napoleonic, 

 8.       Favourite Sport and team?
Rugby Union - Scotland.

9.       If you had a only use once time machine, when and where would you go?
1066 the invasion of England,

10.   Last meal on Death Row
Oh it would have to be the Fruite de Mer

11.    Fantasy relationship and why.
Mute, distillery owning multi- millionairess.. and you need me explain why?

12.   If your life were a movie, who would play you? 
John Candy - I am so Uncle Buck..

13.   Favourite Comic  Superhero?                 
Gnasher - because i always wanted my own!

14 Favourite Military quote?           
"Alea Iacta Est" ("The Die is Cast"), Ceaser crossing the Rubicon.

15.   Historical destination to visit?            
The Colosseum in Rome - standing there on the floor looking up at where the crowds would have been , and imagining what someone would have felt - made the hairs on my neck stand up!

16. Biggest Wargaming regret?         
Selling the 6mm Adler Napoleonic collection - it was huge and good quality  (but hell 50p an infantry man in 1998 was good money)- and you did not need loads of room to play!

17.   Favourite Fantasy job?    
Battlefield historian - I want Peter Bartons job! 

18.   Favourite Song Top 5?         
Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC - turned up to 11
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Eton Rifles - The Jam
London Calling - The Clash

19.   Favourite Wargaming Moment?        
Leading a team of 6 good friends to victory in double quick time playing the French at Waterloo in a WHC weekend game, where we then turned it around and played British and beat the the French - the whole thing was recorded by the BBC for broadcast on the radio (yeah go figure)- which was pulled the first day of the gulf war not PC enough.

20.   The miserable Git question, what upsets you?
So little time - so many things to paint

wind turbines - don't work when there is no wind , and not if it's too windy - so you you need a power station to back them up - hmm...
middle lane hoggers! 
cold callers.
that's enough for now.


  1. The Fruite de Mer looks like a stomach ache! I would be tempted to dump the food and run for the door with the boat for a miniature project!

    Great stuff!

    1. aaah , but do you realise how long that takes to eat!

    2. What the hell is in that?

    3. Crab,Lobster, Crayfish, Langoustines , prawns, oysters, clams, mussles, whelks - all to be washed down with a rather fine bottle of Sancerre!

  2. Very interesting. And I agree with you with the Fruite de Mer or a "Mariscada"!!!

    1. Indeed Jaun, one of lifes joys. We live on an island and eyt we send most our good stuff toSpain!

  3. Wow that's a lot of seafood!
    Good book choice too.
    Ah yes Wind turbines, say no more, 'blot on the landscape' too? Not so eco friendly afterall, plus the carbon foot print of building, installing, maintaining no doubt!
    Solar panels are similar - great in theory, but huge 'carbon footprint' in just making the darn things to start with!

    1. It was a lot of seafood! Mind it was for 4 people. A place in France , on the way to Napoleons last stop in France in 1815 , the Isle de Aix. It was a real find.

      Reminds me i need to root a a Tom Clancy for holiday reading. I might just re-read RSR.

      cheers Scott!

  4. Interesting answers. Monash...forgot about him. A true genius. I remember being massively impressed when reading about what he did in WW1 a while back. An amazing General.
    The Seafood boat looks yummy!

    1. Hi a read a lot about forst war generals a while back - and Monash really stood out to me too.

      the Seafood was particularly good!

  5. Really like the idea of #11.

  6. Brillent! Gladiator, how did I not have that? As for that Fruite de Mer, wow!

    1. Indeed, it's right up there - i may have to watch it again.

      Yes that Fuite de Mer brings back very happy memories It certainly was an event!

  7. Excellent answers Dave!!! I still remember the theme song to the Hair Bear Bunch! I like No 11, especially the mute part!

    1. Help! Help! Here come the bears,
      Help! Help! Here come the bears,
      Help! Help! Here come the bears,

      ooh ooh Mr Peevly..


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