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.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

In With the New

A little round up post. 2012 was a good year for painting with almost the same output as 2011, over 500 foot figures, 100+ mounted, 10 Guns, vehicles etc. 15 Buildings

2012 - Highlights
1)  I saw the return of some regular gaming - the main aim of the Cowboy collection.
2)  Managed 4 shows - enjoyed them all. 
3)  I also think i am turning out some of the very best painting I have ever done, still learning and growing with it.
4) The blog continues to grow with over 50,000 hits and 130+ people interested enough to follow it. I thank you all. Not too long until the 2nd Birthday in March - the blogging has helped keep the painting moving - and provided a great sense of shared community and camaraderie.
4) The French Caisson team post was far and away the most popular of the year over 400 hits and counting - good to see something not seen so often be very popular.

The years top post

In terms of painting/gaming goals for the new year there are a few :-

1) Clear up a few remaining  stalled project in January - ready for new projects.
2) Regular gaming - initially with the Old West Stuff. A visit or two to the Wargames Holiday Centre to see old friends.
3) Put on a game at the new show "A Call to Arms" in March.
4) Complete more buildings /terrain for the Old West - Station, Courthouse, Bigger Jail, Boot Hill, Mine etc - see what can be done in terms of using the lads at the local club who have a  Laser Cutter to make some reproducable items maybe?
5) Get the Sudan project to a gameable standard
6) Decide on which to do next   -  Gangsters & Bootleggers game or 55 days in Peking, Very British Civil War -or something WW1 related -  and sort out a plan. All will have to be capable of gaming on a small table for now.

Anyway - I Wish you all the very best for this New Year.


  1. A Happy New Year to you and yours

  2. I'd like to see you do Gangsters and Bootleggers. Sounds like it could be fun.

    Model on in 2013!

    1. Cheers - having spent a lot of time over the break watching Boardwalk Empire - its certainly calling

  3. Many interesting goals for this year.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Happy New Year Dave! Gangsters & Bootleggers gets a thumbs up from me. Besides, you can probably re-use some of your Wild West buildings and scenery (think - Last Man Standing).

    1. Yes there as some possible synergies there good idea

  5. You will be busy in 2013 and I'm sure that you will add some more projects during the year!

    1. Sure will - and am trying to not get too distracted

  6. Happy New Year Dave! All the very best for 2013!

  7. Happy new year Dave,

    and well - this Caisson is a beauty!

    1. Thanks Kawe - there will Napoleonics along as well - helps to offset the other projects!


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