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.

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.


  1. The famous Irishman (football manager) Jack Charlton?

    1. oh yes... he was a friend of one the directors if i remember. and was shortly to take over as manager again for Middlesbrough FC

  2. That surely can't be the same ship? What amazing pictures, love the fresh faced Dave of old.

    1. Indeed.. Think is was 4 years and about £8m to fix it ! It certainly was a mess. But the guys involved did a fine job of preserving a great piece of naval heritage.

  3. Great pics Dave!!
    Good ol' Jackie Charlton, he was a one club player don't you know and who did he play for Leeds United, the Mighty Whites!!!!!


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 .