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.

Monday 8 November 2021

‘Nam 68 - Gaming Hot LZ

 Martin and I met up today  for a Nam game . We used Bolt Action with a few tweaks . We are planning for the big Xmas game with the Scruton lads. Lots of new bits have been added such as tunnel entrances , more casualty figures , terrain items etc. 

We decided on a seek and destroy type mission.

The LZ turned out to be a bit warm with RPG’s flying about 

The VC were hiding in some tunnels near the LZ caused some surprises. RPG landing next to the command group killing the platoon sergeant. Martin has decided to create a tunnel complex piece fur the Xmas game now too.

An NVA mortar team had set up in the village - they seemed to know their  job . There were some seriously lucky dice rolls.

Overall things worked well for transferring to the larger game , with a few extra challenges for the guys. We made a list of bits and bobs  to add . We will have a 16x6 table to fight over next time.

Sunday 7 November 2021

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre & International Bomber Command Centre

 This weekend we took at trip to Lincoln to the IBCC and then to the East Kirkby museum for the end of season night time show of the Lancaster “Just Jane” and the Mosquito. 

First we attended the Bomber command centre museum and the war memorial to bomber command. The numbers are very telling with 55,000 dead aircrew. 

 It has a good set of historical films and interpretative displays 

 The Spire Memorial

After our visit we moved on the East Kirkby museum. It’s a historic wartime bomber base that is working to restore a Lancaster to full airworthiness. I do a regular monthly donation to buy a rivet or two .In order to help pay toward the expected £4m total cost it does various public taxi runs throughout the year . This event is the night time run . It is also combined with restoration Mosquito project . So you get to see.both aircraft taxying on the field - and hear 6 Merlin engines thundering away. There were various other vendors and bits of the museum to see along with the end of night firework show. All in all it was an excellent visit . There was a raffle prize of a ride in the Lancaster that night - I suspect Mrs D would have fought me for that - missed it by about 400 tickets ! 


The noise of the 6 Merlins on high revs was something to make the hairs on your neck stand up ! 

Season over - it’s back to restoration with the new wing jigs under construction. Hopefully we will be back next year  - I will be looking at options to actually get a ride in it .