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.

Sunday 24 August 2014

Public Enemy #1 The Warehouse Part 2

I managed another session on the warehouse building today. A mix of modelmaking, painting, photoshop and electrical work - all very satisfying. I had settled on a dark grey colour for the building and had given that a thin wash of Humbrol 67 Panzer grey earlier in the week, and let it dry. So today was about some weathering and highlights. Which were done using a range of  shades of grey, white , blue/grey. With there being a lot of brick work i decided to try and highlight some bricks in a slightly different colur to break it up a bit - I think it came out pretty good.

 The sign was created in photo-shop with a downloaded 1920's font

The inside has been given a couple of coats of white as a whitewash-upper floor floorboards painted in th e3 small rooms. Still a bit more to do here i think. - I still have more crates to build!

 I decided to add in LED lights onto the ceiling with push switch through onto the outer roof.  Still a bit of tidy up work to do here, final positions still to resolve - held in with blue tac for now.
 Phew - it works when you switch it on
It was Scotts post from last year that inspired me to do this

One thing i have found with this kit is that while it has some decent internal detail - it could do with some more. I will need to source or craft some desks/ chairs etc for the rooms as well. There isn't any roof furniture , no means of getting on the roof, etc. So I have added a trap door from the upper floor in the right hand side. I put the lights control switch on the left at the front and will camouflage it into a smoke stack for a stove in the room below.

So here are few more lighting effect shots


A deal goes down behind the grimy windows - which were added to the kit created from a sheet of laminate.


  Tom E Gunn - keeps an eye out in the back.

Thursday 21 August 2014

Wargames Bloggers Quarterly on Google+

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Tuesday 19 August 2014

Public Enemy #1 - The Warehouse

I have started work on the first building for the collection. This is the warehouse by Sarissa Precision. Its some size of building. I have decided that there will detailing inside for these as the plan is not to have too many of them all together so i think it will be worth it. This one also comes with a lot of nice internal detail as well

So here is the HQ of the "Carbonara Import/Export Co"

 And with the first bits of paint on it.
 It comes with a decent amount of crates n the kit , but i also ordered a few more sets as well.

Another decent session required to finish it off.And with a grotty bank holiday weekend coming up there might just be some opportunity to do so.

Tuesday 12 August 2014

Play by Blog - HMS Cutlass joins the fray

I have bagged myself a seat at the Captain table over at Clint's (Anything but a 1) Play by Blog game.  It's a naval Age of Sail game using the Blood, Bilge and Iron Balls ruleset. Each ship is commanded by a fellow blogger. Ray has been made Admiral of the fleet in HMS Badger (what else). The dastardly Spanish are commanded by Cardinal Fran,,,

My lowly charge a 38 gun Frigate - HMS Cutlass - crosses the horizon.

 I have entered bottom left of the board.

The Spanish fleet leaves port and the dispersed British fleet work out how best to avoid crashing into each other in the excitement of impending action..

It look like it will take a turn or few before I see any action , by which time the larger ships should have blow chunks out of each other..

Thanks for running this Clint - looks like it should be fun.

Saturday 9 August 2014

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Monday 4 August 2014

Lest We Forget

A simple post of remembrance on this anniversary.

I have been visiting the Western Front for 20 years and have visited a large number of the key memorials and cemeteries in that time , its sobering when you work out the number of casualties of all sides. Its fitting to take some time to reflect and remember tham all.

The haunting refrain of bugles playing the Last Post at the Menin Gate always guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye.