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.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Sudan- Gaming - At Wargames Holiday Centre 3-5 April 2020

Just a quick update on some gaming plans for next year . The Sudan will be revisited with Mark at the WHC next year . So if your interested contact Mark for places . It will shortly be be published on the events calendar.

I am also in touch with the guys from Legendary Wargames near Leeds to look at pulling together what we think might the biggest Sudan game ever use both our collections .

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Sudan - 21st Lancers

Continuing on with the Omdurman theme , I need to have the 21st Lancers represented . As it wasn’t a unit that’s was particularly on my radar to complete for the collection overall I have just kept it to the  few figures I had in the depth of the lead pile. These are a bit unusual though. They are a one piece casting that has all the look of a Peter Gilder sculpt , but don’t match anything I can find from the old Connoisseur catalogue . I picked them up off e bay  many years ago ..

I decided to base them as a unit as per that other large army loon Simon Miller... using one  of his 20cm large bases .

I soldered the lances into place so  they have an at the charge appearance too. Now if only I can find some more I would make a bigger unit

Anyways that is the prep work all done for filming the battle of Omdurman. 

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Sudan - More Ansar

I have been asked to do some work to help recreate some scenes for the battle of Omdurman in 1898 , so that has seen some extra additions to the collection such as the maxim guns and Young Churchill. Its also been a good driver to crack on an complete some more Ansar to add to the collection.

I still had 4 boxes worth of Perry plastics to make up , so I have done the bits that make up figures with jibbah in this lot (that will leave at least the same Beja still left to do) . I have done them on the large 20cm bases from Simon Miller's Big Red Bat store

Previously adding in the maxim's mean I also really need to do something to show the high level of casualties and as I had a couple of bags of Old Glory dead and wounded they have been complete too - all very gruesome 

So about another 100 figures add to the collection.

Next up some 21st Lancers .. then the job will be done . We plan to do the filming in October over at Bradford working with the fine guys from Legendary Wargames...

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 .