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, 28 February 2015

Busy , busy , busy..

A painter and gamers work never seems to be done. The man cave is a hive of productive activity, I reckon I have about another 6 weeks of decent time before other things will encroach on my cave time for a few months. Having cleared out a huge chunk of work for the Sudan I am looking to maximise the effort to try and get the figures I want for it all completed. To that end I have been placing orders with suppliers and they have been turning up across this week.

Warbases MDF pre cut all received. 

A top up with 6 new boxes of tufts from Tajima

A pile of Really Useful boxes in 4,7 and 9 litre sizes to store it all, moving it across from the wooden trays, making it all stackable and easily transportable.

While in the queue at Post Office this morning I spied this toy train sitting on a far off shelf...all of £4... The "Wargames Magpie" in me could not help myself..this will do nicely with a bit of modification for the Sudan too.

After my last lot of airbrush work I have decided to replace my old , cheap compressor with a nice new , more capable one.i used it this week for the first time.. And it's excellent , steady flow, no moisture, and very quiet.

It's going to be a busy weekend cracking on sorting things out on the preparation table.

And making a dent on the painting table.
I will see you on the other side..wish me luck.


  1. Lots of goodies there Dave.

    I think I'll be investing in a decent compressor for my airbrushing at some point - the Smart Jet Pro was certainly on my list of options. By the way, what airbrush do you use? I'm definitely thinking of upgrading to a double-action one now that I've had a play and found the limitations of my single-action jobby.

    1. A good airbrush is worth it , especially for camouflage, large numbers of items etc. mine is an Iwate Eclipse HP/SBS ..with side feeds. Had it 10 years or so .. It's still going strong I don't think they make it any more,, but there are near equivalents. I prefer a side feed rather the a top cup or bottom feed .. Personal choice and experience with other designs ..the Iwata is IMHO the best..

  2. What a load of stuff to get on with Dave, will look out for all your new creations. Brilliant buy at the post office!

    1. Thanks Paul.. I think I will popping back in there next week to see if they have more too !

  3. Blimey, turning wargaming into a cottage industry!

  4. Looking forward to seeing it all Dave,!

  5. What a sight! Can't wait to see where this all leads.

    1. Thanks Michael, let's hope the outcome matches the expectation!

  6. Good grief! I'm doomed :) Well it's going to be an impressive sight no doubt! Good luck!

    1. Cheers.. There still a chunk of work do though.. So don't give up!

  7. Good luck, sir, with all those work you have here!


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 .