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, 14 September 2022

Nam - adding some new bits

 After a summer of house project work I have finally been able to get the paint desk cleared and get on with some of the pain table lurkers . With an upcoming game at Partizan in October I wanted clear out a few bits . 

First up was a die cast Huey Cobra. It’s had two crew figures added from Full Metal Miniatures and Gringo40s.  The ground crew is by Gringo40s- a great figure . The helicopter-pad is made from A4 MDF and some 10mm XPS with some sandbags picked up from Pendrakem. 

The Cobra has had some highlights added as the paint job was a bit too dark to my eye 

Next up a Marine Corps sniper team , M60 team be a 50 cal crew .

I have also added in a set of NVA Sappers from Gringo40s. 


And finally a set of civilians from Empress , plus some pigs picked up from Pendraken . 

A fairly productive couple of days. 

Sunday, 11 September 2022

Gaming - Nam - Assault on Firebase Charlie

 Martin , James and I met up to run a second part playtest today fir our game at Partizan in October . This time it was the Firebase part of the game , and how we would deal with a major assault on it . 


A couple of units of Marines in the Firebase . The attack would be at night with an element of surprise. 

We used the blinds to provide yet more uncertainty . 

Martin has built most of the parts we need . I still need to finish off the wire sections .

The attack built up until  we had all my VC and NVA on the table - about 100 figures. I have about 50 more to finish in due course .

VC/NVA casualties were enormous with little impact until the last turn where a number of the MG positions were knocked out .


Overall a good tester and some extra rules tweaks decided on . 

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Gaming - Nam

 Today saw a run out to Pendraken miniatures HQ to use their games room. Martin and I have a table for The Other Partizan in October and we were throwing a few toys on the table today to tinker about with scenarios and rules- a Martin home brew set with influences from the other Nam sets we have played .

We had a downed Huey with a crew that needed rescuing along with a patrol on a sweep into a village .

We set up an 8x6 table -,we will use 12x6 in October . In addition we are playing a proper stoopid big one next year - we have plenty of terrain already . 

The table is set , with the helo having popped red smoke to indicate it’s position. Martin has been a busy boy on the terrain front . 

The NVA/VC would be event and dice driven and use blinds as well.

Martin has built a fire base - so we put it in the table. - a few bits to add yet . 


One of the rescue helicopters was downed by an RPG . It was getting messy . 


The security team managed to clear the area and the big old Chinook arrived .It shook off some AAA .


The Marines heading for the village took some casualties - they fired off a lot of ammo defending themselves - then bugged out with their casualties . Overall the Marines ended very reactive and didn’t follow through on the objectives . 

Martin and I chatted through some rule changes and sorted some extra that would be nice to get done for the game in October ,

Best bit was getting another day of gaming in . 

Monday, 29 August 2022

Gaming - Napoleonics - Dresden 1813 - part 2

 The last two days of gaming saw the lead count increase significantly. The French army had its reinforcements arrive with the Young Guard arriving first followed by the cavalry and The Old Guard. In addition a further 3 line corps turned up too. Napoleon issued the orders to attack . 

So,etching like 12,000 28mm figures on the table - that’s epic 

My division of Vandamme’s  Corps was supported by a Young Guard division and the Empress Dragoons - time to throw the Kaiserlickes back across the battlefield . Though they did have fair few guns lined up against us . The Guard cavalry would deal with most of those.


The Allies had captured the Palace at the centre of the Great Garden , the French would fight to get it back .


My chassuers ride through an Austrian battery , and then a Cossack battery that was setting up behind them . Payback ! 

It was then a matter of pinning the Austrians in square while firing artillery and musketry at them - but those damn 48’s take some shooting. 

As ever with these very large multiplayer games you only really know what’s happening near you - the other end of the table is another world sometimes - occasionally interrupted by shouts of joy or groans of agony. 

By the end of the fighting the result ended up somewhat historical- the allies though had done better in some areas , and their reserve was uncommitted. 

Overall a cracking week of gaming was had . I left Vienna with new friends and great memories . 

Coffee and Sachertorte at the Cafe Schwarzenburg while waiting for the car back to the airport - very nice !

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Gaming - Napoleonics Dresden 1813 part 1

 The last week has been spent at the invite of Wargamers Vienna playing in their home city in the Wargamers Paradise permanent games room . The game was the 1813 battle of Dresden with the allied armies attempting to take the city before Napoleon could arrive with his reinforcements. 

The guys had created a whole load of new terrain item for the city walls and the Grosser Garten  with itswalls and it’s palace. 

The game was played out over 3 phases :-

Phase 1 - 7 turns - initial allied arrival against the line French Corps - so taking the outer villages . 

Phase 2 - 17 turns , the massive allied army outnumbers the French by about 6 to 1 - there were special rules to toughen the French units but it would still be a challenge to hold the allies away from the city 

Phase 3 - the arrival of Napoleon with the various Guard formations and 3 more line Corps - which would go on the counterattack. 

I was playing French with a division of St Cyr corp to try and hold the approach to the right hand side of the city - it would get desperate. 

The view from my end of the table - as ever with these large multi player battles you end up absorbed in your own area and frequently have no idea what is going on at the other end . The rules are In The Grand Manner with a number of local amendments- we had 15 players.

The view from my end of the table 


The view from the far end 

The 3D printed city walls 

The 3D printed Grosser Garten.

The allied army starts to arrive and the fighting commences .

My division pushes out (bottom left) to try and slow the Austrian corps as far away from Dresden as possible 

The defence of the Grosser Garten 

The allies approach the city defences 

More next time ±

Monday, 25 July 2022

Gaming - Sands of Sudan

It’s been a while since this collection had a proper large game so last weekend saw an opportunity to get together a bunch of friends and re fight the campaign to relieve Gordon who is besieged in Khartoum. I have use of old friend Gerry’s massive tables  , which would allow for a game with the whole collection using the two 24x6 tables. I used mats created by Tiny Wargames to overlay the tables with some hills under and then a whole load of scatter terrain. I also made use of the gap between tables and made up a 4 foot long river board to drop onto the gap which we could use as the Nile. The game would be played over 3 days with 2 umpires playing the Mahdists and 4 imperial players . 

The Camel Corps crossing the sands of Sudan 

Gordon awaits his rescuers 

The Suakin field force builds the railway toward Berber.

The New South Wales field battery 

The 9th Bengal deploy 

The river column proceeds up the Nile 

The locals are not happy!

Is that Flashman we see 

The capture of Metemah

The Mahdists come crashing in 

The 19th Hussars are heavily outnumbered by Mahdi’s cavalry 

The Cameron Highlanders Commander orders red coats to be worn 

Khartoum is in sight

Major Kitchener is sent to scout ahead to find a route through 

The Naval Brigade deploy 

The city walls are under pressure and the Nile is falling 

The city garrison prepares to sally forth as the relief columns approach.

Kitchener finds a way through to the city gates 

The first of relief force arrives in the nick of time as the garrison holds off a final assault. Gordon is saved . Though as Redvers Buller said “not sure the man was worth the camels!”

A thoroughly enjoyable 3 full days of gaming was had . We will do it again .

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 .