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, 9 April 2018

Wings of Glory game and updates

This weekend saw a meet up of the Old Guard group - there were a few games with people chucking sticks at each other , and I took my WW2 Wings of Glory collection.

Over the course of the day we played 5 games , with a few different scenarios - we were using all the standard rules , which everyone was picking up well.

The final game pitted 3 ME109'S and 2 Stukas , against 2 Spitfires and 2 Hurricanes
Fighters lead the way
My Stukas get bounced , and try to evade the RAF... where are my defending fighter!

There was a real swirling dogfight , and a Spitfire went down very early, one of the Hurricane pilots was wounded
Ian (ME109) and James (Hurricanes) plot their moves

Martin pretends to escort my Stukas .. there will trouble back at base tonight!

James with the luckiest Hurricane ever - he kept getting hit , but picked out zero damage chits! but we got him in the very end - just as he downed my Stuka!

One of my Stukas  was shot down - the other limped home with engine trouble and wounded pilot!

Great games - and a few people now in search of their own planes . 

I got hime to find a delivery - a Lancaster and ME110 night fighter! 

I have also picked up a nice beach mat from Deepcut studios and started some work on the D Day stuff with a coupe of gun emplacements. The order for 6 Higgins boats, 3 LCMs, and the assault infantry  has just turned up .. so plenty in the pipeline to keep me busy.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

WW2 - Normandy 44

This is the first post for the new project which is 15mm WW2. Following some WW2 gaming (See James' Mad Tin Hatter blog ), it has reignited my interest,  so along along with MartinC '(28mm Heroes blog )and old friend Scotty it seemed like time to take a leap back into the period. With the four  of us doing it we will have a lot of options. 

I have decided to build my own American force, starting with an armoured combat command task force, with Shermans, M10's , infantry in half tracks and the associated support. This will be followed with an 82nd Airborne paratroop unit and a straight infantry unit , complete with the kit to do a D Day landing scenario. There will also be a small German force along as well . Terrain will be enough to fill my 8x4 with a few different options. Should keep me busy for while.

the first assets were completed in the closing weeks of the AHPC so here they are.

the first ones completed as test pieces

Plastic Soldier Company - Armored Infantry platoon- 

Platoon transport

support assets , M4 81mm mortar platoon, M16AA , and HQ

the ubiquitous jeeps

The first proper lot of tanks

I really enjoyed doing the tanks , big enough to spend some time on and get nice results - really looking forward to some German camouflage ones in the future . As for these I have left them pretty clear of stowage so far while I crack on and get them game ready - I will revisit them later in the year and add that.

I decided to go tuft heavy on the bases for the summer look - so much so I broke out the flock box and made some my own in large sizes. 

The first mdf buildings have been built , they need basing and full weathering yet so they will feature in a separate post. I have also sourced some fine resin building by Tiger Terrain - really looking forward to doing those.

There has been some significant shopping activity to flesh the force out with more vehicles, AT guns,SP Artillery , and more infantry - this is on the desk being constructed ready for painting. 

also got lots of bocage hedgerows being made too. 

Battles in the Cotentin here we come..

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.

WW2 15mm Americans
28mm Sudan Dhows

On the PREPATION table.
10mm ACW
6mm Modern West Germans

28mm WW2 US Marines