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, 31 March 2015

Messing about on the water.

After all that figure painting through the challenge I need to do something different for a bit. So here is the first of the Nile flotilla. An armoured paddle steamer. Its a resin kit by Grand Manner, with a few bits of extras added.




Its a big old piece of kit. It went together pretty well, it just needed all the parts to be given two washes to get rid of the release agent. After that a fairly simple bit of paint some parts before assembly. I have tried to just make it look "distressed and messy. I need to pick up a few crew figures - something I will be on the look out for at Salute I think.

Off to play with another one - er yes.. I have 3 of the things altogether.

38 comments:

  1. That is excellent, Dave, nicely distressed! Those GM steamers look the business, alright.

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  2. Excellent work Dave! It sure looks like it's been through quite a bit with all the added plating and your weathering job!

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  3. Excellent stuff Dave. There is simply nothing as worthwhile as messing about with boats.
    Cheers, PD

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  4. That's very nice, well done Dave!

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  5. Nice one.
    Just been looking at a Sudan steamer this afternoon, but I managed to not make the purchase. We weren't too sure who made it. So I'll check out Grand Manner and see if was one of there's.

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    1. Thanks , there are a few different ones out there.

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    2. Yeah, after checking the site, it looks like it was one of the screw steamers I was looking at.

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  6. Great looking paddle wheel steamer. Nice weathering effect.

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  7. Ropes, crates, sacks, chickens - don't forget to add some of those to the ships. Maybe the odd goat as well :)

    That steamer looks fab :)

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    1. yeah, good ideas..I have some extra baggage

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  8. Absolutely stunning stuff Dave. Wonderful painting. Finding your website and enormous output was definitely one of the highlights of the Analogue Hobbies Challenge for me... as well as getting into "Blakes Seven" ;-)

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  9. That's one fine vessel Mr Docherty

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    1. cheers! - mind i have just ordered some more heavy armaments for it!

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  10. Very nice kit and very well put together, THREE of them though? Looking forward to the next two

    Ian

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    1. Yup, all different types. I want one that will work for the Cowboys..

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  11. Thats is just superb Dave! Admiral Beatty cut his teeth commanding a Nile gunboat back in the day so you are in good company!

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    1. Thanks Paul. Interesting to hear that

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  12. Suitably battered and worn out. She's a corker!

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  13. Wow ! I just love this boat !
    excellent painting job on wood and metal !

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    1. thanks - i think it has come out rather well

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  14. Got a nice Mad Max ramshackle feel about it. Great job. cheers

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  15. Definitely a post-apocalyptic vibe there, with all the crudely-fixed armour :-) !

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  16. Brilliant work. It makes the improvised river gunboats of the American Civil War look positively elegant. You did it up well, bravo.

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  17. I can't believe I missed these. A great addition (or three) to the collection.

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Work in hand

The RULES!

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.


On the PAINTING TABLE
Sudan stuff

On the PREPATION table.
Sudan stuff

In the PLANNING
WW2 & modern micro armour