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, 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

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
WW2 15mm Americans
28mm Sudan Dhows

On the PREPATION table.
10mm ACW

In the PLANNING
28mm WW2 US Marines