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.

Friday, 18 March 2022

Normandy 44 - St Mere L’Eglise hospice & Battery Casemates

 First up a nice new large 15mm building . this is a a 3D print from Frontline Terrain. It’s a copy of the Hospice building at St Mere L’Eglise in Normandy . The walled and garden area is an A4 sheet with walls etc made from balsa walls , ready mix tile grout . The gates are from plasticard. the cobbled paths are from a sheet i found in the bits box.  

It’s by Frontline Terrain 3D printed . The roof and 1st floor all comes apart , with some nice internal stair detail too. 

Looks like General Patton has his eye on it !

I have made it removable from the walled area so it can be used in a more built up area .

There is a great photographs from just after D Day that shows more detail of the large walled area with extra buildings and a crashed glider etc . So something for future developments 


Next up are the four main casemates for the Azeville Battery . This battery was located north of Utah beach and the para DZ’s and was armed with 105mm guns . It was assaulted by a small number of paras on D Day  but they didn’t take it . It took a proper assault on the 9th of June to knock it out along with fire from the USS Nevada’s 14” guns.
Again by Frontline Terrain 3D printed.

I visited this site last year on holiday and it’s very intact - we were able to wander around the underground galleries, rooms and casemates. That is where I picked up the camouflage options . These will see action this weekend for an attack on the battery as part of my US forces campaign ladder .

These are 3D printed- again by Frontline Terrain 


And here are a few shots of the weekend game 

Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Normandy 44 - Soft skins etc .

 It’s backk to a bit of of WW2 stuff for a few paint session , I picked up a pile of soft skin stuff a while ago and decided to crack these Mostly battlefront resin items, and a few 3d printed options



6 trucks- 2 are 3d printed Studebakers from BPM, the others are from Battlefront 

two jeeps - two trailers - two m32 cargo carriers 3D printed from BPM  bit ropey but they are from the where the hell do I get these from stable. 

4 3/4 ton trucks - 4 drivers - 6 crew , two guns - all from battlefront

2 DUKWs , 2 drivers , 14 full figure passengers - plus two separate interchangeable cargo loads 


Next up a collection of 3D printed terrain items. 

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 .