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.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The new gaming table

One of the main aims on getting my new man cave up and running was to be able to have a table set up permanently for gaming - along with having my dedicated painting space.

Well today that has come to fruition. I worked with a local joiner to build me a bespoke solution.  It is a mobile table (locking wheels) with full size shelf for storing boxes under the main surface.. It is 6 foot by 4, with the option of making it 7x4 , or 8 x4 by lifting the ends up. It was made so it can come apart easily should we ever move -unlikely!! but you never know.

Over the last year I have invested in a number of gaming mats for it , so i have been getting them out.

Fully extended size 8 x 4 - with Big Red Bat green plain mat. 


8x4 Big RedBat - Sagebrush mat 
6x4 size with dropped sides - Tiny Wargames Arid mat

6 x 4 Urbanmatz cobblestone 

My original 6x4 felt - Hotz mat for the cowboys - needs a good iron!
I have added some anti slip matting to the top which keeps the mats in place.


I have some nice cloud backdrop prints on order for taking pictures.  Time to book up an inaugural game!

I can see a lot more terrain works coming up.

37 comments:

  1. More jealous that I wish to admit. That looks great!

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  2. Dave,
    Thats a really well designed table, and the mats look great. Ever thought that there might be a commercial enterprise in your design, especially given how the newer wargamers are clearly looking for a space saving gaming table.?

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    1. Thanks Robbie. I had to put some thought into due to nature of the shape of the space i have. Had not thought about anything commercial, but it's certainly an idea that is replicatable . Just most gamers i think would rather spend on their lead pile !

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  3. Nice table and an elegant design! I bet you find it very pleasing to have a gaming table on permanent duty.

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  4. Get yourself a futon, duvet and a pillow and you've got yourself a spare bedroom! Probably best to remove the toy soldiers from the tabletop before bed time, however.

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    1. I don't think you are far wrong!

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  5. Excellent table, like the wheeled idea. All very useful and well thought out. Nice.

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  6. Well it's alright I suppose. In all seriousness, wow, so very jealous now.

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    1. Thanks Michael...20 years in the making!

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  7. great stuff Dave just doing the same in my new hobby room ATM table done working on painting/hobby desk

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    1. Great to hear ...cant neat having a good cave

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  8. Did I mention how envious I am?

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  9. That is a very splendid and well thought out solution !

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  10. Thats fantastic Dave!
    When are you hosting us all for a game ? :-)

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  11. Wow, very well planned out Dave. Very jealous!

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  12. very nice table Dave. Do like the mats.

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    1. Thanks Paul, I do think the new mats around have really moved things on .

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  13. That looks fantastic...deeply jealous! :)

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  14. That's magnificent mate. The drop-side end with the piano hinges are a great option and the non-slip top is very clever indeed!

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    1. Cheers matey. Yeah I wanted a bit of flexibility to make it smaller at times for manoeuvring it around and for the odd smaller game

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  15. Excellent design, looking forward to reading about your experiences with the format.

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    1. Thanks, hopefully plenty of fun to be had

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  16. Oooh, very tasty indeed. A beautiful addition to your hobby space. Congratulations Dave!

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  17. The drop-side end with the piano hinges are a great option and the non-slip top is very clever indeed!


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Work in hand

The RULES!

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.


On the PAINTING TABLE
10mm ACW, 28mm Stradiots

On the PREPATION table.
ACW Terrain, Egyptian and Sudanese troops for the Sudan

In the PLANNING
Death in the Dark continent stuff
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