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.

Tuesday 21 March 2023

Nam - ARVN infantry

 I have finished the ARVN infantry platoon . Some of the less favourite units for Nam . 


I still need to finish the unit insignia patches , I just haven’t made up my mind on which ones to do yet and will sort that when I add some support elements.


They have a mixed bag of weaponry from older Garands to M16’s . 2 M60s .  

As usual these are Gringo40 figures . I have some M113s to paint up for them coming up too . 

Next unit on the table is the Anzac infantry , a mix of Full Metal and Assault Group castings .

At least it feels like I’m into the home straight for this collection . The big game is booked for August 

First scenario play test …:-

Thursday 16 March 2023

Gaming - Necromunda

 Yesterday saw James and I meet up to give a couple of new gangs a run out . My Van Saar have had a few final items added after picking up a few Forgeworld resin pieces leader and champion and arachnids. 

The initial set up . 

James’s efforts on the terrain easily fills a 4x4 space , and the use of various Express paints has speeded up gang productions.

The Neotek on the grav cutter would suffer a glorious death from a height on his way to run down James’s long rifle armed sniper . 


The Van Saar were victorious with some seriously good incendiary charge throwing from the juves. This was backed up with some classic Van Saar ballistic skill from the higher gang members . So that’s these off on the campaign ladder - looking forward to going shopping for some more serious weapon art with newly earned credits . 

A few more shots in the proper terrain 

Saturday 11 March 2023

Nam - M88 ARV and M50 Ontos

 I have picked up a few more vehicles to add from Full Metal Miniatures . 

First up an M88 armoured recovery vehicle . I modelled it so the A frame jib could be deployed or down for moving . I used a Gringos figure wearing a baseball type cap for the commander . It’s carrying a large big box of local “33” beer on the back . I always like have engineering vehicles in the collection ss they are great for creating scenarios . 


Next is an M50 Ontos. Aka “the Thing! 
It’s a hell of a lot of firepower in a small package. Light enough to cross small bridges or be lifted under helicopter.


The BIG Vietnam game is now booked for 3 days in August - it will be epic .

Saturday 4 March 2023

Gaming - Bootleggers at Hammerhead

 It’s been the first show of the year . Myself , James and Martin went to Newark to the Hammerhead show - we last did this in 2019 . It’s usually a real busy show , and it was great to see it back to some post COVID normality . We enjoyed some beer and curry last night too . 

I had decided to just do something small and quick as the game was to be a participation one - as all the games at Hammerhead are . 

Martin and I had done a raid the still scenario last year and we decided to go with that . A bit different as it’s out in the sticks . I built a new barn building this week to use for it , Martin had sorted the still . 


The G Men and the cops would raid the farm .



The Cops would crash in , and all hell would break out 

The Boss , the moll and the banker 

That is gonna hurt 


Officer O’Mahoney takes his billy club to the still !

we played 4 games over the day - they were all brutal. Mind the one with two young lads playing the law was outstanding. The just couldn’t miss , it was over in 3 turns with 4 dead gangsters and 2 prisoners. 

We met up with old friends and new . The shopping was good, with some good bargains on the bring and buy for James . 

My stash 


A great weekend .