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, 15 July 2018

Some new bits - FFL

I have recently picked up some ready painted French Foreign Legion via Colonel Bills -Stu was selling his store ones as he is no longer stocking the range. I don't often buy painted figures , as I nearly always end up wanting to do something with them myself - but in this case a really good job has been made of them.

They had been done by Andy Singleton from Volleyfire Painting I believe.- very nice they are
There are 24 figures in the unit. They are by Unfeasibly Miniatures - a range which seem a bit problematic when it comes to them actually being sold! I have acquired a few packs in the past (languishing in the lead pile) and picked up few more from Stu from his end of range stuff. So I reckon I have all I will ever need - honest.

There were also a few Tuaregs for the opposition to so I got those too. 

I have also acquired a new desert cloth from Tinywargamest o add to the two I already have . this one is 24feet x 3 feet .. and is for the the big game at the WHC. along with some printed 6 foot desrt  track sections you can see along side it. 

Currenltyfolded in 3 8 foot lengths to let the various folds flattened out .  

apart fro the I am embarking on a good tidy up of the man cave , ready for the work I need to complete for the Sudan collection - boats mainly!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sudan - Big Game On

One  of the drivers for the Sudan project has always been the recreation of games from my youth that were put on by Peter Gilder at the Wargames Holiday Centre and appeared in various publications of the time . Well after 6 years work I am finally giving the full game a run out at old friend Mark Freeth’s WHC over the first weekend of October. Of course I still have a few bits and bobs left to finish off - and this will be a good deadline to get those items done. I will also be at The Other Partizan in August with some of the guys from the Old Guard group , so hopefully the will give some elements of the game a run out too .

Yes I know they didn’t carry standards in the Sudan , but hey it’s my army!
Really looking forward to this .

Monday, 4 June 2018

Normandy 44 - The Battle of Le Petit-Clelland

We played out the first battle yesterday - a bit of a what if scenario to blood our new troops - British paras (Martin c - has account here ) and American armour (me)

James brought over more scatter terrain to add to what I had already set up and his Germans. We cluttered the table up some more. By time we were adding troops it was looking very good.

lots of trees, hedges ,fields, rolling hills - very Normandy

Our scenario had Martins paras assembling in the night to capture the two bridges from the Germans and hold until relieved by my US forces - who were in no rush!

Para move into the town

The flak gun crew woke up and sprayed lead everywhere

The action was intense south of the village with Martin chucking everything at James's reinforcing tanks.

Meanwhile , my lead recon scouted the lanes looking for an easy way through

probing round the corner the lead jeeps spy defenders 

My light tanks advance through wood , as fire destroys the lead recon on my right. 
The main column arrives

and so does a little ambush! 
time for a little attention from the Air Force - 1/200th P47 our now until I get my 15mm ones painted,, but scratch a  Stud

My light forces blue away at a gun battery position to clear the track into town
A second Stug is blown up by a Sherman , the 3rd bails out.. the road is clear.

Paras have cleared the anti tank gun at the railway crossing time to race on down the roads 

the bridge is secure ! 

a few more shots of the newly liberated village of Le Petit -Clelland

Martins paras had a great game clearing out the defenders and coping with an uncanny ability by James of being able to roll just the right random dice to bring his forces on in the worst place for Martin!

The effort put into the terrain really payed back - we were all really pleased with the look of the table we are planning on up scaling to a 16x6 large D Day game later in the year , so will need a lot of terrain bits , but we are well on the way .

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Normandy 44 - Table progress

What with one thing and another I have not managed to catch up on the blog , but progress has been being made on various projects. Most notably the Normandy 44 project US forces , and terrain pieces. So much so we have a starter game today with Martin C and James M contributing troops and other bits of terrain.

So some initial shots of my set up today - pre extra terrain bits and troop deployment -
initial set up with my terrain bit - need more clutter yet

4 ground buildings - still to be tarted up 

10 feet of bocage hedging made yesterday - I reckon at least another 30 feet  required. 

last of the vehicles for now 

the box is filling nicely , another infantry platoon and anti tank guns on the table at the moment

More terrain pieces have been sourced - including a great looking classic Norman church from Tiger Terrain. - looking forward to painting it.

it also comes with a ruined bell tower section which is interchangeable 

As for other progress -I have also finished a West German battlegroup for Team Yankee

Anyway plenty to keep me busy, and I will be moving on D Day landing forces coming up . 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Hammerhead weekend & Shoot out in Serenity

This weekend saw a trip down to Newark for the rescheduled Hammerhead show. I had roped in MartinC, JamesM and old mate Scotty for a evening away talking Wargames and drinking beer followed by gaming and/or topping up the lead mountain. Its was a great time - thanks guys.

All the games at Hammerhead are participation which is unusual for shows , but I think really helps to keep the full day alive , and you get people dipping in and out of games. We ran 4 games over the day - all of which were good fun. a number of comments said it played very cinematic , which it generally does is, so that was great. There were various visitors taking photographs and videos and I hope to see these as I look around blogs and you tube in due course. So here are some of the shots from the day

Just another busy day in town

The stockyard was full 

The Bounty Hunter turns up

He has soon found a "prisoner" worth more alive than dead..

Get 3 coffins ready Mr Undertaker

more beans Mr Taggert?
The Pinkertons are in town asking questions , looking for the same guy the Bounty Hunter has - what  could possibly go wrong?

the prisoners 3 brothers  dismount outside the bank 
The sheriff sensing trouble, draws his weapons! 
I had stacked the hit deck with double the usual amount of fatal hit cards , to make things move at pace , and it really worked , with mayhem all round. Great games all , the Bounty Hunter won all 4 , but only just!

The icing on the cake at the end of the day was a £25.00 voucher from the organisers from a prize draw too.

I had good chats over the day, and caught up with a few of the big guys as well . There were lots of other really good games around , but I only managed a few very brief whizzes around the main hall and its traders . The stash haul was good..

Small KR case with trays for yet more Wings of Glory WW2 planes 

15mm buildings and bits from Col Bills

decals for various WW2 projects 

the stuff we bought with our £25 voucher.. 

Overall a really great weekend . I am hoping to herd the cats again for us to run something at the Other Partizan show in August.  Painting time has pretty limited of late , but I hope to get my desk cleared over the next few weeks with a bit of luck . 

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Hammerhead 2018 - Shoot Out in Serenity City

Next weekend I will be at the rescheduled Hammerhead 2018 show in Newark Upon Trent. Originally could not make the date for Hammerhead , but due to it being postponed by bad weather it fell on a free weekend. A few quick messages with Martin, James and Scotty later and we have a weekend away planned with an evening in Newark and day running my cowboy game and hitting the trade and bring and buy.

We are on table GA15 - as Guisborough "Occasional" Gamers in the main hall. so if you want to pop by , or chuck some dice and see how you stack up against the Bounty Hunter we look forward to seeing ya.

damn - the Judge is tough!

Monday, 9 April 2018

Wings of Glory game and updates

This weekend saw a meet up of the Old Guard group - there were a few games with people chucking sticks at each other , and I took my WW2 Wings of Glory collection.

Over the course of the day we played 5 games , with a few different scenarios - we were using all the standard rules , which everyone was picking up well.

The final game pitted 3 ME109'S and 2 Stukas , against 2 Spitfires and 2 Hurricanes
Fighters lead the way
My Stukas get bounced , and try to evade the RAF... where are my defending fighter!

There was a real swirling dogfight , and a Spitfire went down very early, one of the Hurricane pilots was wounded
Ian (ME109) and James (Hurricanes) plot their moves

Martin pretends to escort my Stukas .. there will trouble back at base tonight!

James with the luckiest Hurricane ever - he kept getting hit , but picked out zero damage chits! but we got him in the very end - just as he downed my Stuka!

One of my Stukas  was shot down - the other limped home with engine trouble and wounded pilot!

Great games - and a few people now in search of their own planes . 

I got hime to find a delivery - a Lancaster and ME110 night fighter! 

I have also picked up a nice beach mat from Deepcut studios and started some work on the D Day stuff with a coupe of gun emplacements. The order for 6 Higgins boats, 3 LCMs, and the assault infantry  has just turned up .. so plenty in the pipeline to keep me busy.

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.

WW2 15mm Americans
28mm Sudan Dhows

On the PREPATION table.
10mm ACW

28mm WW2 US Marines