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.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Challenge Roundup.

Well that is the end of this years Analogue Hobbies Annual Paint Challenge. It was a very productive time overall. I have completed a real mountain of work over the 3 months. I even managed to top the points table. The simplicity of the volume of Beja that was completed really adding to the point total. I also really enjoyed the laughs and banter along the way, a few side challenges with Millsy really helped keep us both chained to the paint desk I think.

Discussions have been had with Mark at the Wargames Holiday a Centre with regard to staging a large Sudan game later in the year , so watch out for the announcement.

So here are a few round up shots.

The Imperial forces , almost all of these were done this painting season.

A further top up for the Mahdist forces, with over 300 figures added, so a third of these were added

And to provide a little variety and extra colour some more for the gangster collections.

The man cave has been given a complete tidy. The run down lead mountain has had a serious restock. 
The bulk of the remaining figures for the Sudan are on order or have been delivered. 

Work has commenced on the paddle steamers..

Arrangements are sorted for a day out a Salute, and I am looking forward to catching with fellow bloggers.


  1. Fabulous array of troops - both Imperial and Mahdists. The paddle-wheel ship looks very cool too. Congrats on the Challenge.

  2. Congrats, a most impressive collection!

  3. As you say, this has been a very productive Challenge! Great painting work.

  4. Well done mate, a very deserved first place. The side challenges were a good laugh as well.

    1. Cheers Millsy. Indeed they were, it all helps when you gotta get through stuff.

  5. You certainly pulled out all the stops this year Dave!!! Very well done getting ALL those figures painted and well done coming top of the league!!!

    1. Cheers Ray.. Certainly need a little break !

  6. Very impressive and nice to see some bigger pictures of your work too! :)

  7. You definitely went great guns a'blazing this year Dave. :)

    I'm trying to work out for next year how I can reach the stratospheric heights that you pulled off this year. Maybe a horde of 28mm Nubians? Does anyone do them in plastic? ;)

    1. Thanks Tamsin. It is definitely a way to do it. Simple figured , simple paint job. I won't be going for a large number next year as I don't have a big project in mind post Sudan

  8. That is simple superb Dave!
    Well done, quality and quantity!!,


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