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, 31 March 2015

Messing about on the water.

After all that figure painting through the challenge I need to do something different for a bit. So here is the first of the Nile flotilla. An armoured paddle steamer. Its a resin kit by Grand Manner, with a few bits of extras added.

Its a big old piece of kit. It went together pretty well, it just needed all the parts to be given two washes to get rid of the release agent. After that a fairly simple bit of paint some parts before assembly. I have tried to just make it look "distressed and messy. I need to pick up a few crew figures - something I will be on the look out for at Salute I think.

Off to play with another one - er yes.. I have 3 of the things altogether.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Challenge Roundup.

Well that is the end of this years Analogue Hobbies Annual Paint Challenge. It was a very productive time overall. I have completed a real mountain of work over the 3 months. I even managed to top the points table. The simplicity of the volume of Beja that was completed really adding to the point total. I also really enjoyed the laughs and banter along the way, a few side challenges with Millsy really helped keep us both chained to the paint desk I think.

Discussions have been had with Mark at the Wargames Holiday a Centre with regard to staging a large Sudan game later in the year , so watch out for the announcement.

So here are a few round up shots.

The Imperial forces , almost all of these were done this painting season.

A further top up for the Mahdist forces, with over 300 figures added, so a third of these were added

And to provide a little variety and extra colour some more for the gangster collections.

The man cave has been given a complete tidy. The run down lead mountain has had a serious restock. 
The bulk of the remaining figures for the Sudan are on order or have been delivered. 

Work has commenced on the paddle steamers..

Arrangements are sorted for a day out a Salute, and I am looking forward to catching with fellow bloggers.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Sudan - Ambulances, baggage, and Mahdist Cavalry

The latest additions to the Sudan forces. I recently placed an order with Castaway Arts in Australia for their Ambulance And baggage camels and mules.I must say service from them was top notch , good communications all the way through , very reasonable postage rates and they arrived in just over a week - I will be back for more.

I had in stock a couple of camels for the Camel Corps - walking and laid down, so I have done these too as the last major unit to complete for the collection is now on order.

I also completed another 8 Perry Baggara cavalry to add to the 12 I did last year. I took the opportunity to change the bading to a looser more irregular style.

These finish off my last entries in the Painting Challenge - I seem to have finished top ! It has been a busy few months.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Pulp - G-Men and Cops

MAs well as completing the recently shown Guys and Dolls there was also a delivery of G Men and Cops. These are by Blue Moon. While in the raw they don't have the excellent sculpt of the Bob Murch or Copplestone figures they do I think they have something appealing about them, especially when you hand them over to a talented painter like Loki.

The G Men.. 

The Cops.

I think I may need a bigger Police House, and a few more bad guys, and some vehicle drivers and passenger.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Sudan.. The horde is growing

 The drums have beating and the army has assembled - its now a full 6 foot wide!

All together its is now 880 foot, 36 mounted camel riders, 12 Baggara cavalry, 1 gun. There are another 120 foot on order to take me to 1000.. Then a top up of mounted to take them toward 100, and a couple more guns. So nearly there..It may be time for the main man to make his appearance too

The latest batch are shown below.

Connoissuer Miniatures - Mahdist Camel riders

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Pulp - Guys and Dolls

Meet the newest additions to Serenity City. "Loki" over at Brigantes Studios has recently completed the commission work for my gangster collection, which will complete the figures I need/want for this - and what a job..
 Copplestone Castings "Swell Dolls" set - they sure are.

 Copplestone Castings - "Honest Citizen" - hmm i think not - the "Boss" wears the snazzy Argyle sweater from now on..- great painting. The 5 o'clock shadow on the bag man is brilliant, and the detail on the paper seller is wonderful.


I really can't praise these enough - well done "Loki"

I also  have some more by Blue Moon which will be posted on the blog in the next few day, but for now these deserve thier own place in the sun.

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 .