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.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Time to prep... winters coming..

My peak painting production time is fast approaching - I have been stocking up on lead and mdf over the summer , so I have made a start on going through it , just to see if there are any extra bits required. I will be at the Battleground show in Stockton on Tees later this month with a small shopping list !

I intend to take the Sudan project to its final phases - ok it will never actually finish but all the major items will be done. I have some key Imperial units left to do and a significant uplift to the Egyptians and Sudanese army units. Well with 3 x7 litre boxes of lead there is still a lot to do.

There are some interesting mdf kits in the to do list

A bunch of resin items to add to the river options 

and I have a pretty good stock of bases , but you can be sure I will need some of some sizes I don't have  

Oh and another whole new project in the wings .. back to tanks!

As for other bits on the go ...I am working on clearing the desk of 10mm ACW terrain and Union infantry , and some 28mm Stradiots for the Snowlord. They are getting there, starting to get some nice colour on them 

Its going to be busy!

Saturday, 11 November 2017

We Will Remember Them

Tyne Cot Cemetery - November 6th 2017

This last week Mrs D and I spent a couple of days in Ypres and we revisited the the Passchendaele area - its 100 years since that gruesome battle. We also took in once again the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.

On Monday we had the large cemetery at Tyne Cot to ourselves - it was early on bright morning and we were able to pay our respects. 

With over 12000 graves and 34000 memorial names to those with no known grave it really is a "Silent City"

As November the 6th was 100 years to the day of the final attack of the Canadian 2nd Division into the centre of the village of Passchendaele we made our way a few minutes up the ridge to the village.

The new Canadian memorial due to be unvieled- looking toward the Church in the village - the line of the last attack

100 years to the day - Not Forgotten

I stood in front on the graves of men killed exactly 100 years ago - I wondered did their relatives ever  get chance to visit from their far away shores? Perhaps they could take comfort that someone  was there to remember. 

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, 28mm Stradiots

On the PREPATION table.
ACW Terrain, Egyptian and Sudanese troops for the Sudan

Death in the Dark continent stuff
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