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, 20 February 2022

Gaming - Napoleonic- Battle of the Katzbach 1813 - In the Grandest Manner

 This week saw the return of large Napoleonic gaming. I have spent the week with some old friends and made new ones . We had 10 players altogether,  5 French , 5 Prussian/ Russian. We were using Gerry’s massive 10mm collection in his “Situation Room bunker . The rules are Gerry’s “In the Grandest Manner “ set designed for these enormous battles . The tables are 24 feet long , with around 35,000 10mm figures used from Gerry’s total of around 100,000. I was playing on the French side.

The battle has a lot of standard and poor quality troops along with the added complication of bad weather each turn . Obviously rain can be very detrimental to firing. Our troops had to deploy in divisions from column of March across a limited road network and a river only crossable at the few bridges .

The battle went to and fro with villages being assaulted and changing hands - at least you were dry in them !

In the end we got a very historical result with the French being broken and chased away but that didn’t happen until very late in the day . 

All in all a great weekend of gaming plus being social was had . Gerry’s wife Anne also looks after us with lunch and teas and coffees through the day , and booking restaurants for the evening she’s a star . 

So just a selection of various pictures - with these large games you get so absorbed in your own area you rarely really know what is going on across the rest of the table - seems pretty historical to me .

Next one should be March time with luck 


  1. A very big and impressive game Dave quite jealous 👍

  2. It sounds like you had a very enjoyable week! :)

  3. Brilliant photos Dave. Gerry has really put together a magnificent collection.


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 .