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 28 February 2021

Gaming - Trouble in Serenity

It’s time for another virtual visit with friends to the wild streets of Serenity. The table is set up, characters have been diced for. Some usual suspects will appear , but also some new ones . 

                                                           Is that the Mexicans I see ? 

Thursday 25 February 2021

Nam 68 - first test paint

 I had some time today to work through the paint recipe for my USMC guys. It’s been a real treat looking at just a small number of detailed castings and deciding how to tackle them. So first up it the Lt.


Having worked out the recipe I will do these in small batches now I think.

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Normandy 44 - Fallschirmjager .

 I have completed the latest German units for the late war collection . This is kampgruppe based around a company of Fallschirmjager., with additional HMG’s , ATG’s, 80 and 120mm mortars , and a couple of Hetzer TD’s (while these didn’t serve in Normandy they will come in handy for later autumn games). 

Of course the camo pattern was fun to do . But it’s come out rather well in the end . 

Battiefront plastics ,the infantry were a little underwhelming in casting sharpness. The other items weren’t too bad

Trucks and Hetzers were from Forged in Battie - very nice resin casts.

That’s it for the WW2 for a little while I think - it’s had lots of attention over the autumn and winter. Next up is twirling brushes on on the Vietnam project.

Sunday 14 February 2021

NAM..- new side project .

 On the regular paint and chat over the last week a few of us had been chatting through gaming projects we do as a group . To make a change from the large scale ,large battle stuff we were looking at something a bit more skirmish . This diversion has taken Martin and I down the Vietnam route .  After next to no arm twisting at all I have ordered up the first bits . We might use commercial rules or knock something up based  on our existing skirmish stuff.

Gringo40s US Marines were ordered (as in all of them , and a few multiples so 50 figures )  on Wednesday night and with a very swift turn around they were delivered on Friday.  I have started the prep work on them - which is next to nothing as casting is excellent . The figures are really characterful too . Once these are done  there will be NVA and VC to pick up 

My eyes are really struggling with 15mm stuff and smaller , so I am looking forward to doing these 28’s

First lot ready for primers.

                             And the first lot of base green done - Using Vallejo Russian Green Primer 

Various items of jungle type terrain construction pieces have been ordered from e bay etc . There will be be enough to be able to do a 12 x 6 table .next up some  village bits to order up shortly. 

Martin has a helicopter already.. well I couldn’t resist a bit of AirPower , so a 1/48th Skyraider fell in a shopping cart 


Well - I didn’t see this project coming , but sometimes that is no bad thing.

Saturday 6 February 2021

Sudan - Last of the Beja

 I have completed the last of Beja plastic mountain . I made up 4 large Warband bases with 56 figures 




This is certainly the last of any Mahdists with around 1500 figures completed now . I have a few bits of imperial stuff left , mostly vignettes to complete in due course . 

Thursday 4 February 2021

Sudan - Egyptian Gendarmes

 Time for something a bit different . I have a last few things in the lead mountain for the Sudan collection so have started work on clearing them out . First up some Egyptian Gendarmes. These are Perry miniatures - they were reasonably well cast , and painted up easily .


More dusty stuff coming up