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, 18 April 2019

Normandy 44. Utah beach game progress.

I have a D Day game booked in with the guys for early June. We are going to be doing a large game covering the Utah beach landings and the earlier para drops to secure villages , landing grounds, and the beach exit causeways . The table will be 16 x 6. I still have a fair bit of work to complete but its getting there.

I had Deepcut studios make a bespoke mat for the beach area, this will have some shaped expanded polystyrene under it to make the Grand Dune area around WN5 .

Hit the beach!

I have 3 more LCVP and 3 LCMs to finish up yet ...we will also be using James LST .. large slow target!

Full size the mat is 8x4 ..planning to only use 6 foot of the width .. this mat then will join onto another 12x6 ... leading in land 

First assault platoon basing finished , pretty happy with the result.

Lots more beach obstacles in the works... 



  1. That is already looking sensational Dave; great mat!

  2. Awesome looking table, Dave. This project sounds superb :-)

  3. Wonderful looking table already Dave. Very much looking forward to seeing it in all its glory.

  4. That is a great idea for a table: using a mat with XPS foam underneath. It already looks great.

  5. I‘m usually not a big fan of those kind of mats, but yours seems to be a rather nice piece. Looking forward to some AAR‘s 😉


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 .