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.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Sudan - Bit more work to do

I have been doing a bit of an audit of the Sudan collection to go through and decide what I want to do with it next in terms of adding units and there is bit of project coming up too (more later) that requires some specific items. I took the opportunity for some new photographs while they were on the table. I need a much bigger table!

Bring on the angry mob!

NSW infantry man the barricade 



I have around another 200 mahdist foot to add .. the build is under way at the moment

4 large bases built and base coated - another 6 at least to go 
I found some old connoisseur 21st Lancers - so they are getting prepared too 

Maxim guns being added - made from Foundry set added to an gn carriage from Irregular and plasticard shield . 


Saturday, 6 July 2019

Half year roundup..

Where the hell has this year gone, I find myself asking. It’s been busy hobby wise as well as real life. I have had a few weeks recovery time post the Utah Beach game and am gradually getting back into the model making/painting saddle.

The first half of the year has seen some great gaming, with the guys from The Old Guard  providing some great times. We continue to not take things too seriously which suits me.

The second big run out of the Sudan game went really well. Plans are afoot for the next one. I also have some bits for this planned in the winter painting season. The collection will then I think be up for sale.

On the look out for a decent wicket..

The Hammerhead Weekend South Seas Island game has future potential

The Battle of Britain campaign with Pete is over halfway through. We will pick this up again the autumn. Meanwhile for the summer Pete has invited me over to his to try “spear chucking” with his ancients .. well as long as I get some Romans with catapults and ballista’s..! Sure it will be fun.

The Normandy 44 project still sees the main focus . There was a hell of a lot of work went into the Utah game , but it really delivered . I have a number of blog posts to catch up with for it. I have also been stocking up on more items for the autumn and winter for this. My US forces are coming on nicely - but nowhere near finished.  I have sourced a load of extra Tiger Terrain Normandy buildings to augment the ones I already have.. really looking forward to doing these as they look the biz .

In the style of Capra 


The sourcing of a decent hot wire cutter has opened up a whole new front on terrain building. I also have my eye on 3D resin printer.

Railway embankment under construction 


Currently the paint desk has some Napoleonics (for Jason) on it .. nice to do something old school and different.








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
15mm Terrain bits
15mm WW2 Germans

On the PREPATION table.
28mm Sudan.

In the PLANNING
15mm Napoleonics .