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, 7 October 2018

Sudan. Relief of Khartoum

pictures from the seconds days action. Which was a game played across the whole table . Khartoum is in the centre with the 2 relief forces heading in from each end , with about 12 foot of table to cover. Any casualties caused to the Mahdist forces , were recycled so they appear at the the rend of the table fighting the other column - he , he!!


the full table with relief forces coming from both ends

Every single dervish figure in the collection plus some borrowed were on the table

Imperial commanders Tony and John , trying to work their plan out!! the city gates seem a long way  off!

The assault on the city begins
The Camerons ready for action - 3 huge charges they fought off

Captain O'Grady finds a sand bar with his steamer!

The river column stuck!

The Queen of the nile -breaks free and heads to the city

Gordon heads for the jetty

"you lot took your time!"


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    1. Me too ... first proper game for them ..

  2. Spectacular and so atmospheric!

  3. Simply magnificent Dave. Incredible job on keeping everyone updated on Facebook btw!

  4. Amazing collection and an amazing game

  5. I love this blog. Who makes the general in the plumed hat?

    1. Cheers Alistair. Sorry I really don’t know , as I picked it up in a job lot of various manufacturer castings Other than that all I know s it’s an old school one.

  6. A sand bank you say? That wasnt on the chart!
    Must be some devilish trick of the desert you know...

    But the Navy arrived in the nick of time and thats whats important - Huzzah!

    1. It was close indeed , with the last rolls of the dice, the ship was freed and passage found , it was full steam ahead into Khartoum. Just in time to nick the glory from under the noses of the Scots Guards who were just outside the city walls ..

    2. Cinematic excellence indeed!

  7. It's getting more and more impressive it seems!

  8. Wow Dave! Really spectacular table. The fort is just beautiful!

    1. Thanks .. first real outing for the walls and towers ..


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.

28mm Napoleonic Brits

On the PREPATION table.

Storage wars