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.

Thursday 6 June 2024

Gaming - Juno Beach - Normandy 44

 The 80th anniversary of D Day saw us play out the Canadian army assault on Juno Beach . 

We made a first use of the new 12 foot wide beach mat I asked Deepcut to make me . . It was a great table to build and -lay out . I had scratch built the harbour area , made a town baseboard. 

AVRE breaching teams and DDs 

The initial set up 

The RM manequinn by Pete Hawtin 

The seaside town of Courseulles sur Mer
I have been increasing the selection of buildings over the last few years , it was good to get them all out .Apart from 3 wrecked LCMs  2 D7 Dozers , and a few German gun  crew all the figures  were by James ,.


DD tanks arrive 


AVRE Breaching teams arrive 

The defence takes a toll 

Infantry arrive 

Landing craft are hit 

The 88mm bunker destroys the Centaur supports 

The tide comes in tswamping vehicles (the ribbon shows the high tide line)

Infantry assault the defences

AVRE bogged in the surf 

Defences overwhelmed on the right hand side 


The newly constructed sea wall by Brendan looked great too

It was a tough game for the Canadians , the town defences were strong and took time to pick apart. The addition of the tide rule worked well 

The game gave a real insight and appreciation of the  challenges and the tough fighting the Canadians had in this area .


  1. To be honest gaming this on the day is in pretty bad taste.

    1. I will just have to agree to differ with you . Plenty of time was taken in discussion with remembrance and reflection of sacrifices made

  2. Gaming this on the day sits uncomfortably with me also. Simon

    1. Feedback duly noted Simon and I respect the right to your opinion. presumably we don’t then do Waterloo on the 18th June. Gettysburg July 3rd,, El Alamein on 23rd Oct etc. or the Lardies group playing in the Hartenstein hotel over the anniversary of Arnhem coming up. We move on

  3. No different from the BBC showing movies, documentaries or various 're-enactments' of the landings and para landings. We have a better understanding of the difficulties, challenges and sacrifices made eighty years ago through having wargamed this scenario.

  4. Looks like a great game - well done. A fitting tribute to the memory of that day.

  5. Great looking game Dave, I believe it to be an excellent way to remember the sacrifices of the day, and as a Canadian, I thank you. ?rules.

    1. Thanks John . The rules were FOW with a range of tweaks to help with the big game part .

  6. Fantastic looking game Dave wonderful set up ๐Ÿ‘