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.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Blog-Con November 9th-10th

The clock is ticking down to the first Blog-Con. I shall be there for both days and will be taking the Cowboy collection along. Currently working on devising a few scenarios.

James is doing a Battletech set

Panzerkaput is going to put on a Very British Civil War scenario

Ian - is i believe looking at various board games and maybe a 6mm Napoleonic

rumours of a large X wing game too.

not bad for first attempt. All washed down with great company in a fine venue , and a chance to meet up with your favourite bloggers (well ok maybe not Ray....). Looking forward to meeting up.

So what else have I been up to? Well borrowing from a post by Phyllion can you guess whats in the box?

Yep the next order from the supplier of all manner of wargame goodies -  Andy at Ainsty Castings - has turned up , complete with some rather fine new pieces (not even sure they are on the website listing yet)  - this box load will complete the first 4 of the A3 sized boards for the mine.

 I love the handcart.... came over all "Blazing Saddles"
 New ore cart as well, complete with buffers.. i will post some more bits as they come out of the box!

Secondly the electronics have turned up - just to prove it works some lights! I used DCC supplies and Microminiatures, both very helpful and quick delivery.

 The rest of the bits - optical fibre, pre-wired LED's , heat shrink , switches.  Good old schoolboy electronics. - more later!

Next up is my new "toy" .. i have upgraded the camera to nice new mid range DSLR . Having great fun getting back into proper photography

Still on with the great Demolish It Yourself project -as well so no time for painting at the mo!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Anchors Away..

Well sort of. Following on from Mr Awdry's recent visit to Portsmouth Historic dockyard, I though I would see if I could find some old photographs from what feels like only a few short years ago. Scarily it was 30 years ago!

Back in the spring and summer of 1983 at the start of my apprenticeship as a draughtsman I worked with the other trade apprentices on the the restoration of parts for HMS Warrior. Namely the great anchors. I completed engineering drawings for these from some copies of the original plans. A bit of proper engineering making things!

 How do you get an anchor on low loader? --- you just leave that to the apprentices to work out and turn up after..

HMS Warrior on the way to Hartlepool for restoration work - just a bit of work to do

 The end of that year getting my "top apprentice" prize from Jack Charlton- lots of new practical skills learnt, many still in regular use today.

Jack was presented a trout made by the sheet metal work apprentices.

As you can tell - nothing much doing on painting at moment, as too heavily involved in a "Demolish It Yourself" project that will lead to my games room.... and waiting for extra supplies from Ainsty.  Also just booked up for weekend down in Portsmouth - to see the Mary Rose and the Warrior - well time to go and see the anchor.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The bad twin...

That kind gentleman Michael Awdry (28mm Victorian Warfare)offered me the chance to have a few figures painted.

Well I thought I must get him to do some cowboys. I am working on a scenario with a good and bad twin, so I asked Michael to do the "bad" version of the US Marshal. This is the set by Crusader that comes with a mounted and foot figure.

I really love the the pinstripe on his trousers, great job.

Michael even made up a rather fine terrain piece for them, that will be used on the edge of town. Cheers Michael

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 .