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, 23 August 2020

ACW - a bit of Pickett’s Charge gaming

 I have been topping up the ACW collection in the last few weeks and have completed just over 450 CSA figures which gives me decent sized armies now for both sides . We had played Regimental Fire & Fury previously which are fine if a bit slow. I had picked up the Picketts Charge set last year so I thought it’s time to give it a run out - albeit solo today - as  hopefully we are back to some face to face club gaming in September with the Old Guard mob so I have offered to run a game with them. I thought it played well . Few more turns to do through this week.

The scenario is the introduction one in the rules book at Antietam and the sunken road.

I still have cavalry to do for both sides . Martin has given me another brigade worth of painted  stuff for the Union which I will rebase for consistency . And there is still some capacity in the Sally 4th RUB MDf inserts so might as well fill em!

Anyway a few shots of toys 

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Bootleggers - A first game

Finally managed a face to face game this week. Martin C popped over to the cave . We had decided to try and actually do something with the  Bootlegger collection. I have all the figures painted for that and have done for 6 years. I don’t though have enough city terrain pieces - mind I do have them in the MDF mountain o’ shame - so they will get some attention this winter now. 

We set up the location for the “still” and the stock of booze - out in the woods. The police and G-Men were out to enforce the Volstead Act. I broke out a scratch built farmstead building that also hasn’t seen much use from  the Old West collection .

We used the basic rules from Old West system , with some tweaks for automatic weapons and Tommy Guns . And less granular detail on wounds . It did play really well . I will get the tweaks written up for another run out. I have ordered a couple of bespoke card decks from Artscow to create stuff specifically for this collection

We ended engrossed with the games I forgot to take more pictures . We played two games with Martin winning both as the Police and then the Bootleggers. So at least it proved it was balanced for a thrown together scenario . 

And just a reminder of some of the city stuff I have ..


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 .