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.

Wednesday 13 September 2023

New Project time - Ardennes 44 .

 Having scratched the big Nam itch it’s time for a new project . It’s time to leave the steamy jungles of SE Asia and I have been thinking about a winter table for a while , so doing a 15mm Ardennes set up for WW2 will fit the bill . I have a bit of an excess of completed summer  stuff already that with a little tweak will be used here, along with some already completed late war bits , that will need some winterising In addition I have been picking up some winter troop options on and off as I have found them on various forum pages and e bay . 

So here is the start . A nice 8x4 mat from Deepcut , - I also have a 12x6 for inevitable expansion . I have made a start of some trees for now while I plan up the initial table l am not intending this one to go too off piste , just enough for a decent game . 

The trees are by Busch . I have a few more packs to work my way through , and winterise!


I have plenty of bits to do on the various collections over the coming painting season too .so here are a few things coming up :-

28mm Vietnam - Aircraft & Urban buildings , 

15mm Normandy 44 - Carentan table to finish off - mainly the canal area  , and gardens for the buildings

15mm WW3 Soviets for 7 Days to the Rhine .

28mm Sudan - A bit of  “What if” - I have a Ghurka battalion to add , and some Egyptian limbers 

28mm WW2 Some SAS Rogue hero bits for WW2 in 28mm 

28mm Necromunda - Ridge Walker vehicle and some terrain bits to add 

10mm ACW - I need to top up the artillery on both sides , and add some dismounted cavalry 

In addition have a bunch of 10mm Naps to do for Gerry - as he needs yet more !

Plenty to keep me busy 


  1. This looks awesome, Dave. I'm currently gaming a Battle of the Bulge campaign using 10mm Pendraken, so am really looking forward to seeing how this project progresses. I take it your Deep Cut mats are custom made ones..? Which material did you go with in the end please, as I buy their cloth ones.

    1. Hi, yes I went with cloth from Deepcut … the one shown is 8x4

  2. This should be a must follow Dave. Looking forward to seeing what you have planned.

  3. Never do anything by halves Dave ! Looking forward to seeing the winter project develop.

  4. I look forward to seeing this new project unfold, Dave. I imagine we'll see some of this (or a lot!) during the upcoming Painting Challenge. :)