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.

Friday, 26 December 2014

A glorious Christmas and thank you.

An excellent Christmas day was had with the family, great fun. I seem to have done particularly well in the gift department this year - with lots of care and thought in peoples choices.

 A rather fine new sign for the "Mancave" door!

 Reading material to feed my current Colonial interest

 The latest series of Hell on Wheels to complement the Old West interest

 Fantastic photographic compendium of Wargraves, for my interest in battlefield visiting

One of the limited edition copies of John Rays masterpiece - filled with wargame eye candy!

 Musical entertainment for when wielding the brushes

 A big thank you to my "Secret Santa" and to Ian Willey and Cath for organising yet again.
I have a set of Copplestone policemen and civilians for the streets of Serenity 
(fine choice of figures Secret Santa!)
 Just to show how they mix with the Dixon and Bob Murch ones - I need some paint on em!

 An essential Man Tin - stocked with paints - result!

 And a fantastic piece of wall art for the man cave .

Wonderful gifts, a great times!


  1. Love the Man Cave sign and the tin!!!

  2. Some cracking pressies there Dave. Those Battle Story books look especially interesting. Great Secret Santa gift and I'm glad to see some paint on them Bob Murch minis as well. Let me know how you get on with the eyes on that policeman with the tommy gun!! Merry Christmas :-)

  3. That's a really good haul of attractive and useful stuff. Well done!

  4. An armful of nifty stuff! You must have been very good in 2014.

  5. Excellent Christmas haul , Dave! I particularly like the Man cave sign, and the Man Tin!

  6. Some nice loot there and a good supply of fresh lead


  7. A nice haul. Particularly like the sign.

  8. Hmmmm... Those two colonial books are seriously tempting. I expect a solid review forthwith!

  9. Blimey! you must have been a good boy all year round Dave, for Santa to bring you all those gifts.
    As Michael mentions, a review on the two colonial books would be interesting.
    Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015,

  10. Nice pressies Dave, especially the sign and the tin :)

  11. Thanks all.. It's certainly been an excellent haul..

  12. Must... have... Man Tin!

    That is possibly the most appropriate present for anybody in our peculiar hobby!

  13. Cheers All - indeed it has been a real good haul!

  14. I love seeing the loot and what thoughtful gifts. Happy Christmas and an Oogie Boogie New Year.


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 .