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, 20 August 2012

The "Meat Co"

I enjoyed doing the scratch build on the Ranch so much I wanted to do some more. So here we have the towns  "Meat Co" . It's a 5mm foam board construction with 2mm balsa cladding . Windows are a set from Antenocitis , doors were made from balsa. I had picked up some bits for this at a recent railway show - a find of pigs and chickens for the back of the shop

 It was coloured using a dark grey base and then given successive dry brush distressing using a middle grey grey and finished of with bit of Vallejo Iraqi Sand to give it bit of warmth. Really please with the end result 

I had some foam board off cuts left over , so waste not want not they say, I turned them into a simple adobe walls construction - this should double up ok for Old West and the Sudan I think. This was a simple bit of work. I added some odd bit's of plasicard brick left over from the chimney of the ranch and then gave the whole thing a coat with a powder plaster filler & little sand mix put on with a palette knife. Once It was dry it was given a PVA wash to give it extra strength and coloured with a natural calico emulsion (Dulux) picked up at the DIY store , and given a top drybrush of pure white.

Also got all the Old West foot figures together for a shot.

First play test planned for the bank holiday weekend,

and just noticed this is the 100th post!


  1. Fantastic work once again Dave and those pigs and chickens with the chinaman out back really add to it.
    Congrats on your 100th.

    1. Thanks Pat - i have to say i am enjoying doing these.

  2. Congrats on the 100 posts Dave. Love the buildings, fantastic work!

    1. cheers, and thanks for the continued interest

  3. Congrats on 100! Great looking stuff! The figures look very striking and crisp paint job.

  4. Fabulous Dave, love the colour for the meat Co. may have to borrow that one! Great to see all the miniatures together, they look superb.

    1. Cheers Michael - it was a Vallejo Black Grey and Dark Blue Grey mix.

  5. Your town will be swinging by the time you are done. Looks great


    1. Hmm , maybe some gallows humour there Ian. Cheers

  6. Fantastic collection of buildings/terrain and figures. Best, Dean

  7. A fantastic building. You are an artist, and I am awaiting your AAR with those very nice minis.

    1. Thanks Juan , Looking forward to testing it out myself


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.

WW2 15mm Americans
28mm Sudan Dhows

On the PREPATION table.
10mm ACW

28mm WW2 US Marines