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, 21 August 2017

The Other Partizan -Part 1

This last weekend saw a run down to Newark for the second Partizan event of the year. This time I would be joined by Martin C (28MM heroes blog) and James M (Mad Tin Hatter blog) We had decided to make a weekend of it and went on Saturday and enjoyed  a few beers in the Prince Rupert pub while putting the world to right, followed by a visit to a local curry house.

Sunday saw us out early to set up for another dusting on the Sudan. This time I had another new mat I had made up by Tinywargames. A 12 x 6 mat with a mix of desert and arid design. We were also giving a home brew set of rules using bits from others , and using a chunk of the  Victorian Steel rules as well - I am getting near the simplest set I can for these big games.

We were running a scenario similar to the last one the involved the train, balloon , engineers etc , but I rotated in some units that have note much game time recently. This would see the Camel Corps added to the mix and the 19th Hussars.

the full table laid out
The main camp
Where did the Fuzzy Wuzzys come from , as they surprised the construction crew
the Camel Corp find marksmen appearing in the rocks and wadi
Baggara cavalry move onto the plain
The surveyors decide to try and make it back to camp , the Yorks and Lancs deploy to protect them 
Burnaby , leads two companies of Scots Guards out of the camp  to try and meet them
A horde of Beja decent on the camel corps position.. hmmm those dismounted camels look vulnerable 
Beja have the survey party in their sights .. but the Bengal Lancers are to hand 

More Beja appear on the other side of camp 

The 19th Hussar try to relieve the press and clear the Beja camels .. but the fighting is getting desperate in the village
The Beja storm the walls , forcing the camel corps to fall back, some units are overwhelmed by the spearman

Yet more Bagarra drive to cut the Camel Corp off from help
Who will get to the camp first the Beja or the engineers?
Indian army battalion arrive to back up the engineer stragglers

The Guard Camel regiment is routed and the village falls, the  Australian  artillery  is about to  be crushed too...

Drums can be heard beating across the battlefield !!  what was going on... 

Major Kitchener heads to the camp with vital "intelligence"

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.

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