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.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Sudan - more forces for the Mahdi

The last few weeks has seen work on the remaining forces for the Mahdist armies. - They are very nearly finished - and i do mean completed.

First up is the last batches of foot troops , the final makings from the 20 boxes of Perry Mahdists.They are mixed in with metal casualty and command figures so 140 figures on 8 bases overall.


 These are based on the large 20 x 6cm bases available from Simon Miller at Big Red Bat
 The bigger the army has got , so have the bases - though it gives me lots of options for rule systems etc overall.

Next up has been the Mahdist river forces making an appearance with a raiding part on board
 I am not sure where i picked the boat up from. It needed some work to fill in gun ports with milliput , but overall i think it works. I have added magnets to the base of the sail so it easily removable for better storage.
 This takes the tally of Mahdist foot figures to for the collection to over 1000.


and yes more camels - lots more camels. With the complete clear out of the lead pile , 24 Perry camels and riders , and a further 9 "old school" Hinchliffe ones. 



Altogether this takes the camel mounted troops to 82 figures , 27 bases worth   - now 100 does seem like a nice "round" number to aim for - and with York wargame show coming up I feel a top up coming on. 

I also recently picked up a Tinywargames arid playmat - just a 6x4 for now to add to the existing home made. I am pretty impressed with it , so took the opportunity to set out most to the Mahdi's troops (i forgot the rifle skirmishers , and had not finished the camels at this point)  - so here is a quick video to give you the view of the size of the force available, 




The last unit of cavalry for the Mahdi is now well under way and it will soon be time to add to the imperial forces again.



20 comments:

  1. It is a truly awe inspiring sight and a collection that is certainly the envy of many.

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    1. Thanks Michael - i think the end is finally in sight...

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  2. Most impressive and superb looking units, I love the camels and the boat...

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  3. Been a busy boy then. Excellent looking figures and truly impressive en masse.

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    1. thanks Paul , its good to see it all finally coming together

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  4. What an impressive horde! You're going to need a bigger table...not to mention more carry cases!

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    1. i think i must own shares in Really Useful Boxes now!

      cheers

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    2. My favourite storage solution, too!

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  5. Wonderful. Although I had my doubts that all this "Mahdi-ness" would fit on a 6'x4' mat before I saw it for myself...

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    1. well it might fit... but can't manouvere!

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  6. What a wonderful collection you've built up Dave - fantastic work! :)

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    1. thanks... its getting to how I wanted it finally

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  7. A very impressive show of dedication and workmanship, Dave ...

    Though all for nought when they come up against the brave boys from Bengal (I suppose the Punjabi's are all right too, but Kolkata has the better IPL cricket team!).

    Cracking good stuff!

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    1. Got a decent Punjab infantry battalion in the wings ...

      Oh we will see how Hodkins Horse get on against a proper force next time

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  8. Absolutely outstanding output and piccies Dave. What an incredibly awesome collection you've painted up there!!

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  9. Great collection of figures Dave, an impressive horde!

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  10. That collection is absolutely top shelf Dave. As you know in this period you can never have enough of the Mahdist forces to throw at the Imperial forces and your mustered forces are just the ticket. I also love the way you have blended in the new ranges of figures with the older styles throughout your collection mate. Beautiful!

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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