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.