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.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Partizan Part 3 - the loot

In-between running the game and chatting to people (a lot!) I managed to nip around a few traders and have a bit of a stock up..I did had a decent list of things, and got most of them.

I sourced a load of bit for the desert terrain box from The Last Valley. Bits of scrub, brush and trees. I also got an oasis and wadi piece , that got used on the day , but its packed away at the moment.


A new Sudan related book , and the new set of Napoleonic rules with markers


a couple sets of paints - the Yellow is new for me - I have been using the flesh colour set for years and had just started to run out.


A stash of Perry Egyptians and Sudanese infantry, and the new Zulu war plastics - need to pick some more up to finish the 6 more units I want.


Pack horses!



I have also got booked up to run a game at the August Partizan ... time for boats I think!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Partizan Part 2 - The battle continues

The action picked up pace as the morning went on with more Mahdists arriving in force .


Mahdists emerged in force from the Wadi.. the balloon had spotted them just in time to allow forces  to be  deployed 

The Egyptians lose two battalions quickly , the remains one , gun and cut of British  engineers form square and hope..

The Indian Brigade marching to sound of fighting arrives - can they deploy in time

More Madhdist mass on the west side of the Zariba
Rapid fire time ... can the thin line hold the horde...

A huge force of Baggara cavalry start to sweep around the North side.. 


The line breaks as the mahdists enter the zariba destroying the defenders

The sailors pour fire out of the zariba - the Gardener gun is glowing...
The Bengal Lancers deploy to challenge the Baggara.

The 15th Sikh , and 17th Punjab deploy into line to protect the western side,risking their flanks,,
The Scots Guards are heavily outnumbered at the western side - a unit of the NSW artillery is destroyed

Will it hold!
The 28th Bengal double time it , to fill the breach - and blaze away at the remaining mahdists inside the zariba



The unit of Egyptian lancers were having a great battle - crossing the wadi they cut a path through  and  attacked  the zariba besiegers from the rear!
The Naval brigade had hammered the lead Baggara cavalry - the Bengal lancers  crashed in destroying half the force which fled.. the North side was cleared..
The western side attackers were being whittled down - the guards held the zariba for 3 turns  , the Gardener gun on the train rattled out dropping swathes...
The 15th and 17th are in hand to hand - just holding with cracking morale dice.. forcing the hordes back..
The Mahdists have had enough - but oh it had been close!

next up the loot! 






Work in hand

The RULES!

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.


On the PAINTING TABLE
10mm ACW

On the PREPATION table.
10mm Mamelukes

In the PLANNING
Death in the Dark continent stuff