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.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Partizan 2017 Game and Bloggers meet?

I will be running a Sudan game at the upcoming Partizan show with some guys from a local club "The Old Guard Wargames Club". We are a loose association club based around Northallerton who meet up every month of so for a days gaming.  We are on table DG16. If you are around please pop by and say hello.

There was a good bloggers meet up last year hopefully we can do it again. How about 1pm location TBA? 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The New Man Cave part 4

Things are moving along with hobby end having had extra items added- more cupboards, bookshelves, a shelf above the paint desk , display cases added , and a complete sort through all the tools and equipment. I need to put some more pictures on the walls as I review what I have and add some more too.

Favourite film poster is up!

The first actual painting has now been done with undercoat applied to the 10mm ACW stuff that is in the pipeline.

The day job workspace at the end of the room is now sorted too

The gaming area in-between the two ends will be along in the summer after the other works going on that mean I am storing extra stuff until sorted.

Friday, 7 April 2017

The New Man Cave part 3

Its all starting to come together at last. I have moved the paint desk over from its old location. I have also re purposed some furniture recovered from my old day room to create extra hobby storage and dedicated airbrushing and other work area. I should be able to "hide" new stash fairly well now!

The "Hobby" end of the room

dedicated preparation and airbrush area. This as external extractor too. 
 I need to still fit some kind of splashback in this area to protect the walls
Paitn desk - now just for painting
I need to look at shelving options etc still for the books. But for now I am very happy to get things back useable again.

Monday, 3 April 2017

The New Man Cave part 2.

The infrastructure work has completed on the new man cave and its now ready to put my stuff in!

First up though a proper sign..

 Lights, decorating, flooring , new windows and blinds - all done

I will be moving the existing painting desk over in the next few days, along with stuff from my day job room with a new desk and bookshelves etc. The central gaming area will be left until after all the other work we have going on across the upper floor at the moment as I need to use it for storage. After that I will be doing some bespoke solutions for gaming tables - probably in the summer by the look of it. But for now happy to get the new room ready to go... 

Things have not been idle on the next lot of painting - well preparation at least..

 10mm ACW by Pendraken - a start to my Union Forces.

Monday, 27 March 2017

1 to 1 scale projects. New Man Cave works under way

I have had the existing man cave just over 3 years , and with all the productive work that it has enabled its getting a bit full! We have a bit of refurbishment work planned for this year so I have now been given a new larger room to turn into my day job desk space , and my hobby room. Its one of the larger rooms in the house so it should work well.

The room is the full length of the house with windows at either end . It has had new windows fitted, and new lighting - LED daylight down lights which are switched in 3 sets.
 This end will have the day desk, bookcases and a space for a decent sized games table in the middle. Hopefully that bit will be up and running by the summer. 

The other end will have two desks one on each side. One set up for painting and model making. The opposite one will be set up as a permanent airbrushing area which will ventilate out through the new side opening window.

The loft space above has a large access hatch and ladder and is fully boarded,  so there will be plenty of storage available up there too. 

Work has finished making things worse - its now getting better. All the plaster repair has now  been completed and wall covering completed. Painting to complete through this week.

Flooring is sorted for installation next week,  along with new blinds - it will then be ready to start moving into. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Sudan - Royal Engineers

Engineers are always a good source of scenario fodder I think . Build a bridge, fort, be escorted to some place or other, so I have taken the opportunity to utilise and convert some spare figures. These were Perry gunners left over from the last gun battery. I have added a range of tools into hands (tools from Thormarillion in Germany) having removed the rammers. I also completed two waggons & 4 lots of  stores (bits by Ainsty) sections . The mules for the waggon are by Tiger Miniatures , again left overs from the battery limber teams - all good recycling. The two waggons and loads are by Warbases. I have left them without drivers etc for now as they will do service in other conflicts I think - likewise I will probably revisit the missing traces etc at some point this year.

The Officer of Engineers is an old Connoisseur figure who has gone native , having taken a shine to his tarboosh!

This will be the last Sudan painting post for a while - as the old man cave is wrappd up as work starts on creating the new and improved one.. 

There will be some more games coming up . I am also booked in to attend the Partizan show in May

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Sudan - Australian Artillery Battery

One of the things that I found really interesting about building forces for fighting in the Sudan was the variety of troops the British Empire pulled in to fight in it. The New South Wales government offered its support (LINK) to the imperial cause and an infantry battalion and artillery battery were mobilised. This was to become the first overseas deployment for Australian forces. They did not end up doing much fighting and had only very small losses as the British government abandoned any attempt to overthrow the Mahdi who had taken Khartoum after Gordons death.

Never the less they will still be represented - along with the infantry in due course and I am sure they will participate in some "what might have happened" scenarios. Of course they will also do service in some other colonial campaigns too.

So here I have 3 deployed 9lb guns , 3 open and deployed limbers with 12 crew. The guns are the Perry 9lb set from their new Victoria's little wars sets. - I have replaced the cast metal firing lanyard with thinner twisty rope and soldered this into position so it nicely strong and rigid.

The gun teams have had a lot of work with all the various traces. The rope is made from garden twisty wire - twisted together in a drill - I needed to made 6 feet of the darn stuff to make the 4 traces per teams these were then soldered into place and the wire is coated in solder which makes it rigid.  The riders have had milliput saddles made too. The limbers and horse teams are all by Tiger miniatures . The guns and crew are the Perry 9lb set from their new Victoria's little wars sets. I could have got a ready made limber set from Wargames Foundry , but I have seen it and it looked too small to me - I wanted this to be big! - I know.... I blame the sun....

Well to move your guns you also need limber teams - of which there are 3 teams with 18 horses, 3 limbers , 3x 9lb guns - and 4 riders - there will be 9 riders eventually but due to a lead pile deficiency (hangs head in shame)  I thought - and still think I had some. So anyway I am awaiting on a mail from a manufacturer re sourcing some as part of pack so will just add these as and when I get some figures.  The riders I do have  are a mix of various mounted figures I had lying around.

I enjoyed making these - something different

I managed to get all imperial troops out for a video review too

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Hammerhead show - A fine day out.

This weekend saw a run down to Newark and the Hammerhead show where I had booked a decent sized table - and a few people had asked for game with the Sudan toys , thanks Kev and Andy for the laugh , so too to Roy who ably assisted with set up, help, and overseeing the mayhem you did a great job.

A sight to cheer the heart of any colonial gamer!

I ran a scenario based on the last battle we fought - El Teb , but it was beefed up a bit in terms of troops and with some unit stats tweaked as well .

Set up - now where are those pesky Fuzzy Wuzzies

The column sets off - well apart from the cavalry didn't..

Burnaby led  RMLI to deal with the guns on the hill - finding angry Fuzzies in the wadi too

The Black Watch deploy into line to face of a fearsome charge
More Mahdists started to appear across the battlefield
Burnaby leads the way - into the guns lads.
The British right flank is bogged down 

Mahdist cavalry is seen massing toward the British right 

Having dealt with the gunners the RMLI form square to keep the camels troops at bay
The British right finally gets it full firepower deployed

The 19th Hussar , bloodied but successful see off the leading beggara cavalry 
The large mahdist rub finally falters and disperses , giving the British enough time to get into a proper brigade square just as the large reinforcements arrive...its full blown rapid fire time!

The mahdists try to force the square - but the firepower is too great - time for tea and medals!

The Brits were bloodied ,The Black Watch had fought 3 tough melees being outnumbered 2 to 1 before succumbing . The RMLI fought like lions , cutting through the mahdist line , destroying two large warbands, and the guns before holding solidly in the midst of the mahdist line . it was a close run thing!

I had a lot of interest from people in the figures and terrain , so really good chats . A great day out.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Game On - Hammerhead Show 4th March

I have booked a big table for the upcoming Hammerhead show to give "some" of the Sudan collection another public airing.

You will find me on table GB10 - Guisborough "Occasional" Gamers. If you are there pop along and say hello.

I have a "big" Sudan game planned - using Black Powder and bits from the "Sands of the Sudan.

If you are interested in game let me know.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Old West - Viva Zapata!

When I opened my Xmas presents I found another wonderful 54mm casting by Andrea miniatures of an Old West era Mexican.

I have a collection of these 54mm cowboys by Andrea Miniatures from Spain. They are great to paint. This one had such a dynamic pose too. I challenged myself getting some facial hair and 5 o clock shadow on as well. I even had to resort to the magnifying headset to paint the bottle label.

I have another 54mm figure to complete this painting season as well - so the 54mm collection is growing nicely.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sudan - The marketplace.

Time for another little side project with completion of a set or two of civilians from the lead pile. These are the Arabs of the Market sets by Connoisseur Miniatures from Bicorne - original Peter Gilder creations.

Of course these are old school style sculpts, they a different style and standard than you would get today.  I think though with a simple paint job and the right setting they do come up well - they have some life about them - classic Gilder.

The smaller market stall is part of the set and is a metal construct with a piece of old handkerchief added over it , fixed into place with PVA given a diluted PVA wash to harden it and given it a paint job.

the other 4 were a set purchased from Adrianswalls These were given a repaint to give them a bit more life

With the rest of the already completed ones added - I think these can work from biblical to modern times!

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.

Sudan stuff

On the PREPATION table.
Sudan stuff

WW2 & modern micro armour