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, 23 July 2017

ACW in 10mm - The project kicks off

After what has been a hectic few weeks with family events I am back to some decent  man cave time. I am now working properly on the 10mm ACW project I have in hand, along with some guys from the Old Guard Wargames club. A number of them are making good progress on troops for both sides. I have some Union and Confederate to paint and have started with a Union Brigade. I have also decided to get stuck into the terrain works early so we can get a game on my table or at the club venue.

So here are the first completed items.

10mm infantry and first two buildings by Pendraken

 Snake fencing by "Blotz" - i have about 10 foot of fencing done altogether - its great value for money and really easy to make up. 

Tree by "Busch" from e bay - first of the 4 bags I have are now done. The stream was from Battlefront I think - needs to be made somewhat less bright blue yet though

the mat is an 8 x 4 Deppcut Studios grass plains sourced from Simon Millers Big Red Bat stores.

I have more Union on the table . The second batch of trees is being glued to bases. I have some flexible dirt track on order. I have a pile of 5mm foamboard for making slopes/hills to go under the mat.  Plenty more to come - and the first game in the offing

you can see James's beautifully painted Conderates here

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Battle Report - VBCW - The Battle of Scruton

Today the lads from the Old Guard Wargamers  met up again as part of an occasional  "big game days" .We have been taking it in turns to run a game for the fellow members , which has been a great way to move personal projects on.

Today we were treated to a game by Martin (28mm Heroes blog). This was to be a hypothetical battle as part of the Very British Civil War in 1938. We would fight over the village of Scruton - the village where we play, Martin had made models of the village pub (where we ate in today) , and the parish  hall we play in (the former school house), with a range of other nice touches from the cricket pitch , to vegetable gardens .

Martin had devised a great scenario based around an alcohol shortage, and who held the newly re-supplied village pub. We would have 7 factions - wewere "supposed" to form alliances based around the traditional left and right wing sides.. - somehow we all though alliance was code for shoot your neighbour in the back... which ended up great fun..

I was given the "Anglican League" -made up of the Police, the Women's Institute, a priest as leader and band of Warrior Monks!  something more inappropriate I cannot think of! -

The North Riding village of Scruton , becomes the focus of today event

The socialist arrive- Angus's Northallerton Linoleum workers co-operative..who were thirsty...

Pete's Sportsmen - angry at having their days entertainment interrupted

Matt's - Cumbrian forces - having crossed the A66 - maybe we would all shoot these foreigners!

John - The Lord of the Manor fascists and their infernal machine 

Rogers - Post Office workers head into the village

Pete - gets to pub first

My sniper decides it it time to pot a fascist,,,

My W.I , who picked a bad time to hid In the "snicket" - boy did they get mullered!

The warrior monks dispatch the Fire brigade, canon armed truck,  flame thrower, and MG.. good lads

Steve turns up with the Army in a smart armoured car.  - and shoots the first thing with a back to him..

My Peelers had been biding their time, waiting  to display the long arm of the law. - they seize their moment.. and got hammered"

The game ended with Pete managing to hold onto the pub - somehow... and i think every faction had managed to NOT make any alliance , just shoot whoever was in front of them.. it made for a great game.. lots of laughter,,

Happy gamers! Picture courtesy of Mtts and his WargamesDungeon

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