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.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Partizan 2017 - part 1

Its been a great weekend. I took a trip down to Newark to run a large Sudan game with Martin and Steve from the Old Guard club. Martin and I overnighted and met up with Simon Miller and friends for an evening of gamers chat , a curry and beers . This morning we set up the game and let the fun commence.

My new 12x6  Tiny Wargames mat turned up this week so it got its first run out , along with a lot of new units completed during the winter.

The main British camp
the heliograph team signal back... enemy advancing....
Scots Guards and New South Wales artillery-  time to man the barricade
The Naval Brigade stand too
A straggling column of Egyptians appear
The sound of the Mahdist drums beating begins  ... ominously ...

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Sudan - Military Railway & mancave updates

With the Partizan game looming up I have been pushing on to complete work on the railway. I am pretty happy with how its come out.

It's 1/55th scale , search for Teamsterz Train on Amazon or E Bay

 Not bad for a total of £15.00
Naval Brigade manning an MG , accompanied by Young Winston

I made a Sudanese construction set laying a rail section too. 

Time to strike camp - there might be some Fuzzies about!

Works are moving on again with the mancave , and I now have the temporary table up to allow me to plan how I will make a more permanent one. 

I will get a movable 8x4 table in with storage underneath , just need to finish designing it and get it built.

Plus I have now received the custom made glass splashback I had ordered to put on the wall above the work surface and below the display cases . Its 1600mm x 360mm and is made up of my own pictures of some of my own units and favourite blog pictures. This will be good protection when using the airbrush , or doing other messy jobs. 

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.

10mm ACW

On the PREPATION table.
10mm Mamelukes

Death in the Dark continent stuff