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.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Goodbye 2015 - Hello 2016

It's that time of the year. I must say its not been a great year hobby wise, it started well but went downhill from Easter... But at least it gives plenty of improvement opportunity for 2016. More gaming is required in 2016 . I have booked into Hammerhead in March taking the cowboy game on the road again. Also booked in for a weekend in Warwick with AMG forum to run a Sudan game in June. The end of June will be at Scarborough hopefully where I want to have the Gangster game up and running, that will also be out at the new Stockton summer show in early July too . So hopefully will catch up with some of you around.... Perhaps even another Blog Con..

With a bit of luck the brushes will be twirling again shortly.

So here is wishing you all a very Happy , Healthy and Prosperous 2016!




Friday, 25 December 2015

Thank you Santa

Santa has delivered a wonderful collection once more this year.

First up my "Secret Santa" organised by Cath ..
A couple of sets of Copplestone gangsters, Street Toughs and Tommy Gunners. Nicely timed as the bad guys in Serenity City need some topping up. Plus a new decent set of needle files ..I seem to go through these quickly , especially when  soldering and cleaning up. A big thank you to Secret Santa from "down South!"


From the Mrs D:-
The new rule set by Gerry for his mega sized Napoleonic battles


I have been on a bit of a WWI naval reading lately. I also have family history interest in building the great ships as well. Fantastic background and wonderful photos of the leviathans of the seas being built.


Plus the new Max Hastings book .. I always find him very readable.




All told a great selection ... I am going to need some more bookshelves!


And maybe I shall get some paint on this lot shortly..

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

 To all my friends out there in the blog-o-sphere have a wonderful Christmas. Here is hoping you get to spend precious time with those you love. I look forward to seeing what goodies Santa has delivered for you 



Right - time to find a mince pie , and a warming beverage..

Oh and remember 



Sunday, 6 December 2015

Preparing for the winter painting season

With the start of 6th AHPC just being around the corner the man-cave has had a serious tidy up and work is progressing on preparation activty.

I still have a mountain of lead and plastic for the Sudan which is once more going to be the main focus.

I will also be working on some more Gangster/Pulp stuff to - i will need to spend some time doing the stock of buidling I have as i want to get a game of this on the table early in the coming year - thinking perhaps at Hammerhead.


The paint desk - all nice and tidy!




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