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 a 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.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Normandy 44. Hitting the beach..

Today saw the culmination of the effort to recreate the D-Day invasion at Utah Beach and the paradrops inland by the 101st Airborne around St Marie du Mont and Brecourt Manor.

There were 7 of us from the Old Guard mob along with a couple of visitors from the friends network - we met up on Saturday night for a meal and chat too - good times

 Martin who had command of Easy company has his write up here...I expect his medals are in the post 

Uncle Red Beach

James and I were playing Germans - James had the beach and entry to the causeways to defend. including  the inland sections of flooded fields and the two causeways leading across. There are hamlets at the inland end causeways and roads lead on to  Brecourt Manor with its gun battery and then on the other side the village of St Marie du Mont - the ultimate allied objective for the day. The table worked out at 17 feet long by 6 foot wide.

The beach end would start with a naval bombardment followed by 3 waves of bombers - as on the actual day these proved accurate and effective.

P47s look for targets of opportunity

behind the beach is a flooded lowland area - vehicles have to use the causeways

B26 Marauder squadron pummel the defences 

Inland the game would start with para drops on the two DZ's . Each aircraft had to test DZ accuracy , then height and speed. 6 paper marker then placed on the wings of the C47 model and then they hit by a small fan and blowing on them - you can see the video of this on Martins blog.

The most inland DZ west of St Marie du Mont where the drop encountered trees and one  plane load scattered right to the town taking casualties. 

the shocked garrison looks up with trepidation!  photo credit Angus Wallace

the defences have  been pummelled

The infantry cross the beach heading for these wall. The DD's provide support , but remain blocked until the engineers clear a patch 
Air support arrives

Airstrikes target AA and AT guns at the end of the causeway - the quad 20 lived a charmed life !

Martins para hit Brecourt Manor quickly - knocking the guns out over a few turns 
the beach defences are eventually breached - the build up of forces continues apace

inland the paras have been struggling attacking St Marie du Mont which has been reinforced by a veteran FJ  platoon too. 

Both para commanders were beginning to rack up heavy casualties as German MG teams took their toll. Shouts down the table of hurry up! were heard,

unhelpfully the navy shelled causeway no3 by mistake which would slow down the vehicles . , but infantry were making their way through the flooded fields 
the paras have captured the landing zone - glider reinforcements arrive 
The naval observer had found a prime viewpoint and large amount of shellfire began arriving - thinking the last of the germans and combined with a fresh para assault saw the village fall just as the tanks got their too.

It was a great game. it had a good balance of challenge for the allied players - its not a game the germans will win - its about how well they can delay the allies overall.

Thanks must go to James and Martin who contributed to the build up for this with time , effort and ideas - thanks lads.

some things to do for its next run out - non essential , but all nice to have :-
More flooded field sections
More flight stands
More explosion markers and smoke
82nd Airborne platoons
Another LCT or two
3 more assault platoons

this sees the start of a campaign ladder for my US forces in Normandy

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