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 August 2019

Sudan - Young Winston , & Maxim guns

I have some work going on in relation to the reconquest of the Sudan in 1898 by Kitchener. That culminated in the battle of Omdurman. I am adding a few items to the collection that are more specific to this time frame .

First up - Young Winston , complete with his classic broom handled Mauser . The figure is a Wargames Foundry mounted infantry officer to which I removed the arm and added in one with a Mauser from a Statuseque Miniatures pulp figure , quick bit of  soldering and file - job done . The horse was a Perry one from the lead pile .

Next are 4 maxim guns - the introduction of a reliable machine gun was a game changer in colonial wars , and in the wars of the 20th century . To quote Hilaire Belloc “Whatever happens , we have the maxim gun and they do not “ .

These are maxim teams by Wargames Foundry . For two of them I added them to some spare small gun carriages (long languished in the lead pile - from Irregular I think) , and add a plasticard gun shield . I have added in some figures from the WF Imperial heroes set too .

next up a top up more Mahdists !


  1. Nice work chum, especially Young Winston!
    Best wishes,

  2. First class results as always. Looking forward to seeing the Young Winston in action!

  3. Fantastic! Young Winston is particularly good!

  4. Nice work Dave ....with four maxims you definately need more mahdists !

    1. On the desk at the moment! Cheers Matt

  5. Four Maxims!? Good lord. Yes, you definitely need more of the poor fellows on the other side. Love the Winston figure.

    1. Er .. yes .. and I will be adding more!


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.

10mm ACW
28mm odd bits

On the PREPATION table.
10mm ACW
WW2 15mm

Storage wars