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.

Monday 31 December 2018

2018 roundup - Happy New Year

The traditional end of year post , and Happy New Year to you lot out there.

2018 feels like it’s been a good year hobby wise with the various project moving forward. The blog has had 50 posts which is about average and has sneaked past 500,000 hits as well in the last few weeks.

For shows I attended York, ran games at Hammerhead & The Other Partizan , with another visit over to Antwerp and Crisis , rounded off with gaming at Battleground. The lead mountain has been topped up ready for a lot more additions this coming year .

The Old Guard group met pretty much monthly getting games in, and I had James , Martin and Scotty  over at mine a number of times playing modems , WW2 and Wings of War.

The gaming highlight was finally running the big Sudan game at Marks Wargames Holiday Centre - it will be back there again in May 19.

Seeing 5 years of hard work come to fruition - and everyone enjoy themselves was great - roll on the next big visit to the Sudan in May 19 

The 6mm modern project is essentially completed - odd bits n bobs as required - it had about 6 games    in the year.

The WW2 Normandy project has about completed phase 1 , with the US armoured forces just needing a last bit of infantry adding. Next up is the D Day assault units and landing craft. Phase 3 is US Paratroops. There is still a lot more terrain to do for this too. - I hope to get a D- Day game up and running with James and Martin by May at Partizan. Again we managed a number of games this year.

The slow burn that is the ACW project continues , I now have two Union brigades and one Confederate - with the lead for one of each in 2019

The Cowboys had a run out at Hammerhead in 2018 - it was good to get them out again .

a start of year left field new entrant was WW2 Wings of War - it will be back in 2019

December saw Cruel Seas enter the fray - there will be a few additions - I want/need a big ship! 

so far its RN 3 - Kreigsmarine 0 

There is one new addition for 2019 with the return of Necromunda - I have a Van Saar gang and some terrain bits to do for a group project

reading that back - it has been a good year!

Next up is a participation game at Hammerhead with Martin , James and Scotty - Pulp 1930s South Sea islands peril!

So - all the the very best for the New Year..


  1. Pretty busy year Dave, here's hoping we can get some more games in next year with the Billingham hall space!

  2. A great year for you Dave, and as a Southern lad I'm green with envy as to all the fun you've been having gaming up North! Definitely need to make a trek up for a couple of shows in 2019. I hope you and your family have a very happy New Year :-)

  3. Thank you for all the inspiration this year, Dave! Looks like you have a solid plan for the new year. Cheers!

  4. You've certainly been busy throughout the year, Dave. Here's to a great 2019 :)

  5. Dave I am new to your blog having discovered it via Carlo Pagano's Sudan blog. I have spent enjoyable time reading through your posts and look forward to reading of more games and seeing the collections increase over the coming year.


  6. Here‘s to a happy and productive 2019 to you my friend! It was a pleasure to follow your progress through 2018 and I‘m looking forward to more of the same in 2019.

  7. Your terrain and table setups continue to amaze me Dave. The massive Sudan game was a highlight of my blog viewing for 2019 so many thanks for sharing that with us.

    A Happy New Year to you and the family mate!

  8. Excellent year. Look forward to seeing your work in 2019.

  9. I am frequently amazed by both your productivity and the stunning games and tables you present. I quite enjoyed seeing all your Sudan stuff get onto the table after watching it come together over the years - and most chuffed to see your new Riverboat Captain playing his part!

    Best wishes and HNY to you and the family!

  10. Happy New Year Dave and what a year it was. So much to enjoy and looking forward to seeing what you come up with in 2019!

  11. It's been a busy and very productive year for you with some stunning projects. Looking forward to your 2019 output, have a happy new year.

  12. Wonderful wargaming year following your continued exploits Dave - awe inspiring and always top shelf. Best wishes in 2019.

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