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, 3 May 2016

Sudan - Naval Brigade Gun team and terrain bits.

Along with the various bits of ongoing terrain works I decided to scratch an itch that has been playing up for a while. Namely I wanted a Naval Brigade team actually pulling their limber and gun. This was going to take some tinkering about with. I had sourced a limber set from Irregular Miniatures a while ago, this was married with a spare Connoisseur Gardner gun - I just needed some lads to pull it. These I found from the Perry metal range - set SB15 Naval Brigade running at trail.

The figures from the set have a separate hand holding the rifle on the right hand side. The left hand was suitable for just drilling and holding a  rope. For the right hand side I added a solder made   "fist" to the figure which was shaped with a file then drilled through.

I made rope from my usual garden twisty wire by winding two lengths together after attaching then into a mini drill - a few spins and the rope is formed. This was fed through the hands , a quick touch of the soldering iron held them all together. The ropes were attached to the limber. I fixed everything to a single base , and then painted it. The gun has a cover added with milliput.

Overall very pleased - it may not be 100% accurate - but it does the job . I need to make another one now as I have two deployed guns.

I also completed the two large buildings. Fairly simple paint job on the buildings , starting with a flat earth colour and just heavy drybrush up in lighter sandy colours. They are impressive sized building so will do nicely for any large town.

Buildings are from Najewitz

Also completed the rocky outcrops too

A reasonably succesful week I thought. Got a few more things on the paint table that are Sudan related as well at the moment

and all the town type terrain in one place.


  1. Outstanding stuff Dave, a veritable feast for the eyes. I think the buildings stand out most for me, though those rich blue sailor blues are really striking surrounded by all those brown and oranges.

  2. Love the naval crew, great work. Gotta love bark rocks, just made some myself.

  3. A wonderful conversion, Dave!
    Really I love the characterful and creative piece you made from the Gardener gun and those other pieces.
    And splendid terrain as well, mate.

  4. Very nice additions Dave, top conversions with the troops pulling the gun along.

  5. Absolutely tremendous work Dave. Love the conversions and with the second team you could have all sorts of fun racing them too!

  6. Fantastic job Dave - really is a masterful and bloody useful piece as well! Looking forward to your next write up and mods.

    1. Cheers Carlo, I will be intouch this weekend . Been a hectic few weeks

  7. Very good idea, and very nice model!

  8. Great Jacks and gun races - a tradition that continues today!
    Nice work Dave :-)

    1. Cheer s Paul. , aye but without a rum ration it ain't the same!


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