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.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Other Partizan - Sunday 20th August - Newark

If you are going - please pop by and say hi - The Sudan collection will be out in force again with myself and some of the guys from the "Old Guard Wargame" club. We are in the Demonstration zone end at table DG17

The May show was a great one - and I am looking forward to this one too.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

ACW - First Game play test

Tonight saw two firsts - the first actual multi player game in the man cave on the new table. Plus it was the first ACW game. The ACW has become a a group effort for a bunch of us , and with troops and terrain  now being available it was time to chuck some dice .

James , brought over his Confederate Brigade and Steve a Union one - both realy well painted. I had completed another Union infantry giving me two and 3 guns.

We were using Regimental Fire and Fury , with the Union troops being Green and Confederates being trained. We were just testing out the game mechanics for a few turns , and finding out what else bit and bobs we needed to make up - more disorder , damaged gun markers mostly.  I need to finish up some ford pieices , and some bridges - so they have been added to the "to do" list.

Rebs defend the stream

Steves units deploy

Reb in the built up area

Steve Marches his unit down the road

Rebs prepare to fire. 

My units engage more rebs in the wheat field

It was getting bloody

So we played through a few turns , of maneuver, firing and a charge. It felt liked it worked as it should

Happy gamers - we even had Martin join us on video "Hangout" to see what he was missing

Great to get things under way - and plans afoot for a longer , more specific scenario driven game

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

ACW - Fields, Fences and dirt tracks .

More progress this week. With the completion of some wheat fields - these are made form a piece of thin carpet I found a local home store - it was 48" by 18" and cost £3.50 - so its got plenty of potential yet. I just cut it up and based on 1/32nd plywood , texturing the edge. I did one with some cut out sections so troops can be dropped into the field itself . Still need to do some cornfields yet too.

The dirt track section I had ordered arrived - really pleased with these from "Fatfrank" on e-bay in the UK. No work to these at all - just a simple lay them on the table. I have cut a few of the 12" sections up to give a bit more flexibility , but i have something like 24 feet of dirt track now., with a range , junctions , crossroads, etc too.

The last of the fencing has also been done - gives me about 18 feet altogether.

I have also sourced rail track , and some more bits to kit bash and armoured train together sometime

Table coming along nicely now 

12 feetof stream sections , flocked up now too 

Time to focus on troops next

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

ACW - More terrain works completed

I have now completed the last of trees I had in stock, which now takes me to 150 altogether. They are a mix of deciduous and conifers. I may get some more deciduous yet, and some poplars in due course.  I have also completed the other 3 buildings I had left to do. I will pick some more of the Pendraken ones up , as I really like them , and they paint up a treat.

I have made some contoured hills from layers of 5mm foam board that can be placed under the mat . I have one that is approximately 600 mm long by 300 wide , and another 300 x 300 for now , they are 15mm high with 3 layers. More in the offing - as they are not exactly taxing to make.

Foam board contoured hills on the on slip matting
Trees are based in singles , and variable size groups. 

The height difference  between troops from ground to hill top level 

New small "hut" building
New barn and and wooden town building 
Sourced some more bits for the railway from e bay 
I now have 12 foot of stream pieces - just need to tone them down a bit and add some flock to get them all looking to the same. I will scratch build a few wooden bridge pieces as well. 

its all coming along

next up the final 6 foot of fencing I have on the paint table . I have some dirt tracks on order , and am looking for wheat field / corn field solutions. I have also undercoated another 100 Union figures.

It really makes a change to be ahead of the game with terrain works - and I am talking to some of the guys to book in a game.

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

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The new gaming table

One of the main aims on getting my new man cave up and running was to be able to have a table set up permanently for gaming - along with having my dedicated painting space.

Well today that has come to fruition. I worked with a local joiner to build me a bespoke solution.  It is a mobile table (locking wheels) with full size shelf for storing boxes under the main surface.. It is 6 foot by 4, with the option of making it 7x4 , or 8 x4 by lifting the ends up. It was made so it can come apart easily should we ever move -unlikely!! but you never know.

Over the last year I have invested in a number of gaming mats for it , so i have been getting them out.

Fully extended size 8 x 4 - with Big Red Bat green plain mat. 

8x4 Big RedBat - Sagebrush mat 
6x4 size with dropped sides - Tiny Wargames Arid mat

6 x 4 Urbanmatz cobblestone 

My original 6x4 felt - Hotz mat for the cowboys - needs a good iron!
I have added some anti slip matting to the top which keeps the mats in place.

I have some nice cloud backdrop prints on order for taking pictures.  Time to book up an inaugural game!

I can see a lot more terrain works coming up.

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