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, 18 January 2017

Sudan - more forces for the Mahdi

The last few weeks has seen work on the remaining forces for the Mahdist armies. - They are very nearly finished - and i do mean completed.

First up is the last batches of foot troops , the final makings from the 20 boxes of Perry Mahdists.They are mixed in with metal casualty and command figures so 140 figures on 8 bases overall.

 These are based on the large 20 x 6cm bases available from Simon Miller at Big Red Bat
 The bigger the army has got , so have the bases - though it gives me lots of options for rule systems etc overall.

Next up has been the Mahdist river forces making an appearance with a raiding part on board
 I am not sure where i picked the boat up from. It needed some work to fill in gun ports with milliput , but overall i think it works. I have added magnets to the base of the sail so it easily removable for better storage.
 This takes the tally of Mahdist foot figures to for the collection to over 1000.

and yes more camels - lots more camels. With the complete clear out of the lead pile , 24 Perry camels and riders , and a further 9 "old school" Hinchliffe ones. 

Altogether this takes the camel mounted troops to 82 figures , 27 bases worth   - now 100 does seem like a nice "round" number to aim for - and with York wargame show coming up I feel a top up coming on. 

I also recently picked up a Tinywargames arid playmat - just a 6x4 for now to add to the existing home made. I am pretty impressed with it , so took the opportunity to set out most to the Mahdi's troops (i forgot the rifle skirmishers , and had not finished the camels at this point)  - so here is a quick video to give you the view of the size of the force available, 

The last unit of cavalry for the Mahdi is now well under way and it will soon be time to add to the imperial forces again.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

New Year new projects - Cold War gone Hot!

As alluded to in the New Year post I have my eye on a couple of new projects. There will be a new man cave in the first half of the year - bigger and better with a large permanent table. With having a larger table I have decided to go for some smaller scale projects , but be able to do larger battles with them.

The first project will be 1980s Europe with the Warsaw pact forces deciding to march westward. I picked these GHQ tanks upon the 80's mostly after they were first released so its good to finally see some progress.

This lot are the the various British - Chieftains, Challengers, Scorpions , Scimitars , Warriors and Rapier launchers.

for now this has used up the unpainted brits , I have Germans , and Americans to do plus a horde of Soviets. I will need to work out some proper orbats etc and pick up the various other bits I need. But its a start

Work in hand


No more than 3 things on the PAINTING table at once. Nothing new added until something is finished.

PREPARATION work is done when I don't fancy detail painting. Cleaning up, converting, undercoating etc.

PLANNING is expressions of interest or things that have inspired me to be created with no definite timescale as yet.

Sudan stuff

On the PREPATION table.
Sudan stuff

WW2 & modern micro armour