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, 24 May 2016

Partizan - A good day out.

Sunday saw the run down to Partizan. I only ever attended the one at Kelham Hall twice - and one of those was held in the tent, but the new venue seem ideal. It bright and spacious and good parking. Things were well set up with signs for the various areas, and traders you could get to easily. I arrived in the car park just before noon .. and spookily as i was getting out of my car a vehicle pulled up tooting its horn... I looked up to Sydney and Curt and Sarah had just arrived. Excellent timing. We walked straight in to a lively looking show with a good buzz about it.

I am finding the social side of attending shows is the main highlight - it was great to have a catch up with people we have mostly virtual interactions with. It was a quick whizz around to look at what was on offer , and then meet up with the blogging contingent at 1pm - thanks must go to Stumpy von Amos and PK to helping set up the first one at Partizan.

Bloggers ready to talk shop

We discussed the usual stuff, things done, plans for projects, some new ideas for the next Painting Challenge and just enjoyed ourselves in general

Curt and Sarah , over from Canada starting their European tour

Yours Truly on camera duty - courtesy of Tamsin

The hand of god? No its just Ian Willey showing of his pike blocks!

I was very struck with the overall quality of the games that been laid on - there had been some real effort put in. The Grimsby clubs large games were superb in their scale and detail - a real testament to long term commitment. - So here is a selection of some favourites


Simon Miller - sporting the laurel leaf head dress

The Man who would be king game

Minions racing!

Very British Civil War

The stash consisted of more for the Sudan, Naval Brigade , Egyptian Gun, and Command set and casualty pack - well the lead mountain has been shrinking lately you know.

 Bits and bobs from Ainsty
 New colonial era book

 and the new gangster rules - so I can see what i might like to  use in my own set up

Somewhere I also have a set of Time Bandit miniatures from Northumbrian Tin Soldier , and a set of Andrea colour flesh paints too - but forgot to photograph them!

 After the meet up and further run around the trader and games - a few of us headed into Newark for vittals..and found just what needed in the Prince Rupert on Stodman Street.

Sydney R, Curt, Sarah , D and behind the camera Tamsin..

The organisation seemed to work well, I got all I wanted from traders - someone selling Sarissa stuff would have been nice. Having people doing painting demos etc is also a nice touch. The faux fire alarm evac part way could have been a bit of an issue , but was resolved quickly - although with day job head on - building should have evacuated !

All in all a great day out - and nice break from the usual routine..


  1. A pleasure to see you again at the show and great to chat over vittals in the Prince Rupert afterwards :)

  2. It was a great show and thanks for the kind comments regarding our games. Pleasure to meet you and looking forward to AMG16.

  3. From everything I've read, it seems to have been a good day all round.

  4. good to meet again. Had a great day

  5. Sounds like a grand day out...and nice haul!

  6. Yeah, I was expecting us all to be evac'd with the alarm - and was wondering if it had been triggered deliberately by opportunist never-do-wells? (I was prepared to dive under the Col. Bills stall to guard it! :D )

  7. A splendid day out indeed, I've picked up those Time Bandits too - absolutely wonderful. :)

    1. Thought you might have..you just venture North sometime

  8. Good to catch up Dave, and of course now I have those Cameroon Highlanders and plans for the other items I am going to be busy.

    1. Well.. We have to keep Loki busy or he causes mischief!

  9. A very nice day, I can see. Great new aditions, too!

  10. Good to meet up as ever. I rather like the hand of God comment, might have to run with that LOL


    1. Thanks Ian, THOG was in lots of use from what I saw!

  11. Good to see you again. The meet up was good too, but I didn't do anything; it was Pete who organised it. šŸ˜³

    1. well there ya go!

      it was indeed good to catch up..

  12. Some good looking games and some good looking loot as well. And of course some good looking bloggers (will I go to hell if I lie to many times?) Clearly a good day out.

    1. Cheers Clint. Now if only someone had brought some fudge!

    2. Next "Official" Blog meet I attend I promise I shall. Unless there is another confection you would prefer (and I can make and transport..... Cookies perhaps. I do a good Lace almond cookie.)

    3. If it's got chocolate it's good!

  13. Sounds like an excellent day out and a perfect occasion to meet some bloggers. Splendid!

  14. It was a great day out and it was wonderful visiting with your good self. Until next time then?


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.

10mm ACW
28mm Bashi Bazooks
28mm French Naploeonics
1/200 me262

On the PREPATION table.
28mm Sudan
15mm WW2

WW2 D Day game
28mm Necromunda