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, 23 March 2013

A Call to Muster 23rd March Middlesbrough - Good fun was had!

The Old West Collection has been out on the road this week at the new show "A Call to Muster" in Middlesbrough. So a few shots of the the full town, and some of the fun. We ran it as a participation and had few games, roping in Andy from Ainsty Castings -for the last one which was nice as I had a pile of his kit on the table (Andy - thanks for the discount on the next distraction project! - you lot will just have to guess)

And a few more kindly provided by Count Belisarius

Plenty of action with a couple of participation games held - the undertaker has his hands full. Although it was good a job good old Warbases had delivered a new load of "out of ammo" markers , there was some terrible shooting - a one point everyone was "out of ammo". Thinking about taking it on the road to WARTORN at Scarborough next.

Friday, 22 March 2013

A call to Muster - Middlebrough show 23rd March

This new show will take place tomorrow at the Southlands Centre in Middlesbrough - same venue as "Smoggycon".

Teesshows website

The show sees the return of Dave & Tom who ran the the Stockton show for many years. Welcome back guys.Show proceeds are going towards the Royal British Legion.

There is the usual mix of Traders, Gamers, Re-enactors , Model displays and Charlies "Bring & Buy"

I shall be there with the "Serenity Flatts" collection putting on a game or two through the day. I shall get some photos of the full set up prior to kick off. Of course i may pick up an odd bit of shineyness to feed the inner magpie.

The traders list so far:-
1 SK Miniatures – A wide range of Large Scale Figures

2 Northumbria Games Ltd – The Boardgames Specialist

3 Wargames Recon Magazine -The North East’s Wargames Magazine

4 Old Glory Corporation - Wargame Figures from the New World

5 Little Star Miniatures – Wargaming and Hobby Supplier

6 Rathbone Games/Midlam Miniatures – A range of Fantasy Products

7 Hoka Hey Wargaming - Wargaming terrain sets manufacturer

8 David Lancaster Books – Military History Specialist

9 Ainsty Castings – Resin Scenics and Accessories for gamers

10 Crucible of Lead - Figures from various periods/Sci-Fi

11 Pendraken - 10mm Wargames Specialist

12 Minibits - Supplier all those little bits and bobs you need to get your miniatures on to the table.

13 Halifax Modellers World - Large and Small Scale Kit Retailer

14 Gateshead Gaming – Warhammer & Lots of Other Figures

15 Guardhouse Games – Games Workshop & Plastic Model Kits

16 Games of War – 28mm Wargame Supplies

17 Colonel Bill's Wargames Depot – The Depot for an expanding range of wargame products

18 Offensive Miniatures - manufacturer of traditional 28mm Wargames figures

19 Under The Bed Enterprises - Figure & Vehicle Painter and Retailer

20 Warmill – Manufacturer of laser-cut terrain and bases

21 Worley Books - Quality Books at Affordable Prices

22 Warlord Games - Large range of metal & plastic 28mm figures

23 MTFG Hobbies – Models, Trains & Fantasy Games

24 Victorian Toy Soldiers – 54mm Toy Soldier style figures

25 Four A Miniatures – Fantasy miniatures manufacturer

26 Lesley's Bits Box/KR Multicases – The names say it all

27 Graham's Wuerkshoppe – Seller of previously enjoyed wargame items

In terms of painting out put - it has been abysmal due to far too much real life getting in the way.. I hope to return to normal service after the Easter Break!

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 .