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 7 October 2022

ACW - River boats - USS Tyler and USS Lexington

 The ACW collection will be getting a little more gaming coming up and we are going to be doing Shiloh . A feature of it is the supporting fire from Union ships on the river Tennessee 


 So I picked up the steamers involved , though I had to comprise from a gaming point over view and have them made at 1/300th -they are still around 200mm long so will look ok . I did use Syborg3D to do the printing which was quick and efficient though unfortunately it seems Simon who ran it has died suddenly. The STL files are designed by David Manley and are available of the on Wargames Vault as Long Face Games.

The ships themselves were timber clad side wheel paddle steamers . I went with a simple base coated of dark earth and then dry brushed up a range of greys on the sides. The deck was highlighted a tan colour . There is a good bit of scope to detail these some more with some masts and rigging bits as well as replacing the guns with some small tubing, and even adding some crew figures. But that’s as project fir another day , for now they will do.

Off to The Other Partizan this weekend with the Vietnam toys . On table DG4 if you want to chat 


  1. Nicely done look forward to seeing Shiloh 👍

  2. These look very good indeed Dave. Enjoy your show mate.

  3. Very sad news about Simon and Syborg 3D Printing. I was only at his stall in Newbury last month getting tempted by his excellent WW1 Planes. He was always super-helpful and very enthusiastic about expanding his ranges.

    Great work on the two steamers. They look splendid in the pics.