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.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Sudan - Skirmishers for the Cameron Highlanders

I have finally finished the last of the tartan, with the completion of the skirmish stands for the Cameron Highlanders. So thats another 6 figures to add the collection.

Pleased to have got these done.

Monday, 12 February 2018

A thanks to MartinN - AKA Nick - and a shout out for Setting the Scene by Pat Smith

I have been a bit remiss in getting this posted , and I am playing catch up. I have long been a fan of Nicks work that appears on his fine Blog (Molterei's bunte Welt) . We met up in person at Crisis in November, and just after I sent over some bits for his ongoing Spanish Civil War project that were languishing in my lead mountain with no plans to see the light of day. However just after christmas a parcel turned up from Nick with an absolutely wonderfully painted figure -  a Centurion of the dromedarii

Nick tells me the camel (or precisely the dromedary) was by A&A miniatures, the shield by LBM Studios and rider from Aventine Miniatures.

I really appreciate the time and effort here Nick and he graces my display shelves with pride, and who knows while I have never done much ancients stuff - if i can get army with these in  it could swing it!

The other item that arrived around Christimas is my copy of Pat Smith's (Wargaming with Silver Whiste blog) Setting the Scene book.

If you ever want to know all about creating winter scenes - this is the tome for you . Full of advice suitable for the beginner to veteran terrain and model maker - top job Pat.

Again - not a project I have definite plans for , but your never know where the interest takes you do you. I am glad I have a copy that pulls everything together in one place.

Pat has announced a second and probably final print run - so don't miss out on a copy .

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Cold War Gone Hot - More Soviets

Just another top up for my Soviets , with a mixed bag of T80's , BTR60's MT-LB, BRDM2s, and BMD3s. Plus some OT64 and OT65s  for other WARPAC forces - anyway enough of what would seem to be random collections of letters

So currently that completes the various soviet stuff I have from the lead pile , until I get a bit more infantry

I am going to do some small NATO forces from the Brits, Germans and the US to complement the stuff the other guys have , just so I have forces for both sides as well.

I picked up some more building from Timecast at the York show, and these on the workbench now as we have another game in couple of weeks.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Sudan - Egyptian Camel Corps

I have completed one of the more oddball units for the collection this week - the Egyptian Camel Corps. It was first raised as an irregular unit in 1883 and served throughout the period.

The figures are by Old Glory - and have a lot of character - even if they have the odd unusual pose to them .

There are 24 mounted , 24 dismounted in close order and 6 skirmishing . I also completed 3 Perry mounted Egyptian commanders as I have a number of the Egyptian army battalions to be painted soon

Overall very pleased how these came out. - and another large unit completed.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Sudan - more bits for the baggage train

At Xmas my good friends Ian and Kay included a surprise wargame present - in the form of a Castaway Arts camel baggage set.

they are nice clean figures and a joy to paint . So they have now been added to the main collection of the baggage train which is now over 30  strong - with the other various bits such as the Indian army water carriers and the various engineers its getting up to 40 strong - only a few more to go to get it 50!

The main baggage train - ooh i think this would be very smelly!

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.

Cameron Highlanders for the Sudan, Egyptian Camel Corps

On the PREPATION table.
Egyptian and Sudanese troops for the Sudan
1/300th buildings

Death in the Dark continent stuff
Pulp Alley
28mm Napoleonics