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.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Half year roundup..

Where the hell has this year gone, I find myself asking. It’s been busy hobby wise as well as real life. I have had a few weeks recovery time post the Utah Beach game and am gradually getting back into the model making/painting saddle.

The first half of the year has seen some great gaming, with the guys from The Old Guard  providing some great times. We continue to not take things too seriously which suits me.

The second big run out of the Sudan game went really well. Plans are afoot for the next one. I also have some bits for this planned in the winter painting season. The collection will then I think be up for sale.

On the look out for a decent wicket..

The Hammerhead Weekend South Seas Island game has future potential

The Battle of Britain campaign with Pete is over halfway through. We will pick this up again the autumn. Meanwhile for the summer Pete has invited me over to his to try “spear chucking” with his ancients .. well as long as I get some Romans with catapults and ballista’s..! Sure it will be fun.

The Normandy 44 project still sees the main focus . There was a hell of a lot of work went into the Utah game , but it really delivered . I have a number of blog posts to catch up with for it. I have also been stocking up on more items for the autumn and winter for this. My US forces are coming on nicely - but nowhere near finished.  I have sourced a load of extra Tiger Terrain Normandy buildings to augment the ones I already have.. really looking forward to doing these as they look the biz .

In the style of Capra 

The sourcing of a decent hot wire cutter has opened up a whole new front on terrain building. I also have my eye on 3D resin printer.

Railway embankment under construction 

Currently the paint desk has some Napoleonics (for Jason) on it .. nice to do something old school and different.


  1. Utah was a highlight for me. But loads of fun stuff this year. Necromunder with James the other week was great. Great to have a campaign of that this year. Pulp alwaY's a blast, would like to do more of that

  2. Proxxon with Shifting Lands add-ons are on my list for when I move and have more space. And a 3D printer I suspect...

    You've definitely had some great, big games so far this year :)

  3. You have certainly crammed a lot into the first half of the year Dave, looking forward to hear what is to come next.

  4. Seems to have been a productive half year for you. Here‘s to more of that in the second half!

  5. Fabulous stuff Dave. You've had a banner year to-date - looking forward to being at the end of it with the Painting Challenge.


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.


On the PREPATION table.
WW2 15mm

Storage wars