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.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Battle Report - VBCW - The Battle of Scruton

Today the lads from the Old Guard Wargamers  met up again as part of an occasional  "big game days" .We have been taking it in turns to run a game for the fellow members , which has been a great way to move personal projects on.

Today we were treated to a game by Martin (28mm Heroes blog). This was to be a hypothetical battle as part of the Very British Civil War in 1938. We would fight over the village of Scruton - the village where we play, Martin had made models of the village pub (where we ate in today) , and the parish  hall we play in (the former school house), with a range of other nice touches from the cricket pitch , to vegetable gardens .

Martin had devised a great scenario based around an alcohol shortage, and who held the newly re-supplied village pub. We would have 7 factions - wewere "supposed" to form alliances based around the traditional left and right wing sides.. - somehow we all though alliance was code for shoot your neighbour in the back... which ended up great fun..

I was given the "Anglican League" -made up of the Police, the Women's Institute, a priest as leader and band of Warrior Monks!  something more inappropriate I cannot think of! -

The North Riding village of Scruton , becomes the focus of today event

The socialist arrive- Angus's Northallerton Linoleum workers co-operative..who were thirsty...

Pete's Sportsmen - angry at having their days entertainment interrupted

Matt's - Cumbrian forces - having crossed the A66 - maybe we would all shoot these foreigners!

John - The Lord of the Manor fascists and their infernal machine 

Rogers - Post Office workers head into the village

Pete - gets to pub first

My sniper decides it it time to pot a fascist,,,

My W.I , who picked a bad time to hid In the "snicket" - boy did they get mullered!

The warrior monks dispatch the Fire brigade, canon armed truck,  flame thrower, and MG.. good lads

Steve turns up with the Army in a smart armoured car.  - and shoots the first thing with a back to him..

My Peelers had been biding their time, waiting  to display the long arm of the law. - they seize their moment.. and got hammered"

The game ended with Pete managing to hold onto the pub - somehow... and i think every faction had managed to NOT make any alliance , just shoot whoever was in front of them.. it made for a great game.. lots of laughter,,

Happy gamers! Picture courtesy of Mtts and his WargamesDungeon


  1. nice AAR Dave - sounds like back-stabbing fun was had by all. But are you really surprised that Pete manage to occupy and hold the pub?

  2. Love the Armoured Car. Probably the first Rolls Royce to come into Scruton? Looked to be an awesome game, well done on the scenray and figures.

  3. What a great game from Martin and what a blast!

  4. Great report, love this table and its amazing fields...and this canon armed truck is really impressive!

  5. I'm still perplexed that nobody started massacring the villagers. After all, the pub was targeted by multiple mortar barrages - and that was the objective!
    "Down with Lord Scruton and Hambletonshire. Swear allegiance to Lord Zetland and Richmondshire- or else!"

  6. Wow, so many stereotypes :-) ! Great fun.

    I see that you are also being spammed by some south-east Asian gambling group. Looks like the spammers are now copying earlier comments rather than just using generic "I like your article" text. I had to report and delete a whole bunch of this crap yesterday.

    1. here's my list of suspects:
      phann son
      Choo Say
      Leang Heng

      Maybe they know Dave prints his own money ;)

    2. Cheers,

      Indeed there seems to a lot of them about at the moment

  7. Looked to be a terrific time. Fantastic terrain and figures.


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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.

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28mm Sudan.

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