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.

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Nam - adding some new bits

 After a summer of house project work I have finally been able to get the paint desk cleared and get on with some of the pain table lurkers . With an upcoming game at Partizan in October I wanted clear out a few bits . 

First up was a die cast Huey Cobra. It’s had two crew figures added from Full Metal Miniatures and Gringo40s.  The ground crew is by Gringo40s- a great figure . The helicopter-pad is made from A4 MDF and some 10mm XPS with some sandbags picked up from Pendrakem. 

The Cobra has had some highlights added as the paint job was a bit too dark to my eye 

Next up a Marine Corps sniper team , M60 team be a 50 cal crew .

I have also added in a set of NVA Sappers from Gringo40s. 


And finally a set of civilians from Empress , plus some pigs picked up from Pendraken . 

A fairly productive couple of days. 

Sunday, 11 September 2022

Gaming - Nam - Assault on Firebase Charlie

 Martin , James and I met up to run a second part playtest today fir our game at Partizan in October . This time it was the Firebase part of the game , and how we would deal with a major assault on it . 


A couple of units of Marines in the Firebase . The attack would be at night with an element of surprise. 

We used the blinds to provide yet more uncertainty . 

Martin has built most of the parts we need . I still need to finish off the wire sections .

The attack built up until  we had all my VC and NVA on the table - about 100 figures. I have about 50 more to finish in due course .

VC/NVA casualties were enormous with little impact until the last turn where a number of the MG positions were knocked out .


Overall a good tester and some extra rules tweaks decided on . 

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.

15mm Terrain bits
15mm WW2 Germans

On the PREPATION table.
28mm Sudan.

15mm Napoleonics .