TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 137)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is, disappointingly, only one of the three remaining Footsore Baron’s War figures I have left to do.  I’d hoped to have them all done but it wasn’t to be.  Life as always got in the way.  It happens.  The good news is I hope to have the final two done for Saturday.  Then I can aim to get a group shot or two done before then taking some time out to concentrate fully on my diorama.  What we have here is my final crossbowman.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Time For A  Break

As mentioned above I should finish my last two foot figures for my Baron’s War army project in time to post this Saturday.  Any duplicate figures and the remaining mounted knights (and any new stuff I might buy!) will get done throughout the year but as and when the mood takes me.  My time now will be spent exclusively on my diorama project which has quite literally taken over both in terms of space and hobby enjoyment.

Dealing with only one project, albeit a big one by my standards, will allow me to get a better hobby/life balance as right now I have to many other things jockeying for my time.  Doing this has, as I have mentioned before in a previous post, a knock on effect to blogging and as a consequence this will be my last Minatures & Musings post.  I see this as a temporary situation and not a permanent one.

To those of you who will miss these posts all I can say is sorry.  To those of you who are disappointed they will be returning all I can say is sorry!

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Give Me Five

As this is the last Miniatures and Musings post for a while I thought I would give you five Well It Made Me Laugh’s to keep you going.  In no particular order:

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Paradise By The Dashboard Light” by Meat Loaf.  I’m not the greatest Meat Loaf fan but I did enjoy much of his music and theatrics and with his recent passing it seemed an appropriate musical choice  for this week.  This is one of my favourite tracks.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Clarkson’s Farm” with Jeremy Clarkson.  Clarkson is one of those people who is often likened to Marmite, you either like him or hate him.  I love him and think he is a great narrator and I found this to be a great series to watch.

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Remember …

Always give a 100% unless you’re giving blood.

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TIM

Dio-Bolical Monday No: 30 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 8”

This week I started work on the river section that the Mill sits on.  This is a piece that will take quite a while.  Not so much due to the painting but more to do with the drying time when later in the process I add layers of Woodland Scenics Realistic Water.

The first job was to get the section primed and then to get the areas of brick work which are aligned to the base section of the Mill building painted to match what I had already done.  In the image below you can see that I have started by painting the brick work with the basic grey colour I had used before.

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For my next step I painted the river bed with some burnt Umber and applied some early dry brushed highlights.  The three unpainted areas in the image below are where the Mill and the Wheel Support will be positioned later.

You might also notice that I have two problems to overcome.  Firstly, the river section isn’t as wide as the base the diorama is going on. It was therefore necessary to create an additional river piece section at the back and this I made from some plaster board which was then carved to blend in.  You can see the additional piece in its basic form at the top of the image.   It will be a little higher than the river section because I want to create an image of some faster flowing water in due course as this is what would make the wheel turn.

The second problem is one of leveling the base section of the Mill.  When placed on the river section the base is raised a little.  I used some old plastic slotter bases, the sort that come with figures you buy, as these proved to be the ideal height.  You can also see that I’ve started playing around with some slate chippings from my garden.

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The next step was to lay down some Daz air drying clay and to fix the base section of the Mill in place.

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With the base level in situ and no longer wobbling it was time to start building up the area  around the front, back and sides of the Mill and getting more colours and dry brushing added to the river bed.  Due to the drying time for the Daz clay this was a slow process but I did manage to make a start and also managed to add some fine grit between the rocks too.

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Generally base work is something which I enjoy but it isn’t something which can be rushed due to the time for things to dry and cure.  In it’s present state it all looks rather scruffy but all being well that will change when I get to start painting and blending the base work to complement the painted finish on the Mill.  As you might have guessed this will be my work for the coming week.

TIM

Nearly There! – Baron’s War Army

With less and less space to work due to the size of my diorama project I decided to press on with getting the final few figures done on my Footsore Baron’s War army.  This week I got two archers done which by my calculations has left me with just three to do now.

In reality I do have about five or six other foot figures to do but these are all duplicates and will get done eventually but not for now.  I’ve put these with the mounted Knights I have to do and will aim to get these done throughout the year but only after my diorama is done.  Without wishing to say too much, as more will be revealed under my diorama posts, I have a dozen mounted figures to paint for that eventually along with numerous foot figures as well.

Not much to say on the archers other than images are below.

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 136)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another double bill as I’m pulling out the stops to complete my army now, well the foot figures that is.  The remaining mounted knights will be done over time.  Just a few more Baron’s War foot figures to go.  Once done I’ll aim to get them all on the table for a group shot.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

This week I decided to take a look at the films of Al Pacino.  It would have been easy to put the Godfather trilogy in for three of the five but instead I just went with the first one but take it that he is great in them all.  For my five I came up with this list which as usual is in no particular order.

  1. The Godfather (1972)
  2. Scent Of A Women (1992)
  3. Serpico (1973)
  4. Francie And Johnny (1991)
  5. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“A Hard Rain’s A – Gonna Fall” by Bryan Ferry.  Roxy Music are one of my very favourite bands and their front man  Ryan Ferry was a cool dude in his day.  He also had a couple of solo albums featuring some of his favourite tracks by other people, in this instance Bob Dylan.  A great track.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Killer Nanny: Did She Do It?”.  A three part Channel 4 documentary based on the true case of Louise Woodward a British teenage nanny on trial in the USA.  I remember this case which happened 25 years ago but only have a vague memory of the details.  A compelling bit of TV as far as I am concerned and I guess everyone will have a view of whether or not she was or wasn’t guilty.  Not one to sit on the fence all I’ll say is the jury should have been shot for not paying proper attention to some of the details put before them.

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Remember …

Don’t take criticism from people you would never go to for advice.

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TIM

Dio-Bolical Monday No: 29 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 7″

In last weeks post I mentioned that there were some internal workings which needed to be painted along with the actual water mill wheel itself.  Basically the pile of included parts looked like this.

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The tier two front door canopy and the chimney which you can both see in the top centre of the image have already been painted and assembled on to the main building.  All the pieces which make the wheel are on the right and in the foreground are the bits and pieces which make up the internal workings of the mill wheel as it turns.  Also included is a bag of bits (top left) comprising of boxes and sacks and to the right a small rowing boat and a pillar section which supports the wheel externally.

I wasn’t interested in painting things like boxes and sacks just yet but I did want to get the wheel assembled and painted along with the internal mechanism.  If they weren’t a perfect fit then these pieces would give me a problem further down the line so now was the time get them put together, painted and put into place. 

The first piece to be painted and installed was the internal wheel which can be seen in the image below and is located on tier 1, the ground level of the building.  This internal wheel is driven by the external water wheel which is turned by running water in real life, although not in this case because it is not a working model!      

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On the next level up, tier 2, the actual Mill Stone is turned by the internal wheel below and a series of cogs.  The cogs are supported by a large wooden beam and a box with a chute feeds the grain to the Mill Stone for grinding.  Hopefully you can see all this in the image below.

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Next up was the assembly and painting of the main external wheel.  

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The external wheel is complete but I will not be attaching it until later.  To do so now will hinder my access to the river section which I intend to start on this coming week.  If all goes well I’ll begin some base work too.

As I have said before, the detail on these buildings, both inside and out, is incredible.  Sadly, despite the effort I’m putting in I suspect that the internal work will go largely unnoticed but the thought of not painting the inside just doesn’t sit well with me.  The thing with dioramas is it is hard to know what is and what isn’t visible until it is complete.  By then of course it can be to late so things have to be done now even if further down the line it is proven unnecessary. 

TIM

Sir Tobias Denning (28mm Baron’s War)

Continuing to plough through my Baron’s War figures I had a pleasant surprise in that I had a knight to paint which I had overlooked.  Although these figures take longer to do, which then meant less time spent on my diorama project, it was much more fun to paint.  I’ve got out of the rhythm of painting knights so I had to stop and remind myself, especially when it came to doing the freehand star on the shield.

In search of a name I once again delved into my family tree and came up with the name of Sir Tobias Denning.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 135)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is a double bill. Two more Levy’s off the list as my Baron’s War foot figures near their end. I’m determined to get this phase complete and desperate to move on now but with eight figures to go I’m nearly there. In a few weeks time I aim to work exclusively on my diorama project while deciding just where I go from there.

Compared to other figures in the range these ar pretty basic and as such they received a paint job to match.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

This week I thought I’d take a look at the films of the late great Robin Williams.  Such a sad loss.  In no particular order I came up with this top five.

  1. Awakenings (1990)
  2. Good Mornjng Vietnam (1987)
  3. Good Will Hunting (1997)
  4. Dead Poets Society (1989)
  5. The Fisher King (1991)

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WordPress … Here We Go Again!

It seems I have finally been forced to install and use the WordPress App. I’m sure it’s not a big deal but at this moment in time for me it is. It’s an aggrevation which has arrived at a time when, as I mentioned in my post Welcome 2022?, I’ve started to get tired of posting. I’m keen to keep blogging but I feeI have become a slave to ensuring I get a post published every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Why? I have no answer to that question but I do know I don’t want to continue in this way going forward. A more random, post when I feel like it, approach is currently looking favourite.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Sultans Of Swing” by Dire Straits.  It’s been a while since I sat down and listened to Dire Straits. Long overdue.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Outlaws” a six part BBC series starring among others Stephen Merchant, Eleanor Tomlinson and Christopher Walker.  One of those series which comes along where you know nothing about it and it turns out to be very enjoyable. Already looking forward to series two.

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Remember …

Saying to someone “Have a nice day” sounds friendly but saying “Enjoy your next 24 hours” sounds threatening.

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TIM

Dio-Bolical Monday No: 28 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 6”

This week saw the completion of the roof but not of the entire water mill itself.  There are some internal bits to be prepped and painted plus the actual water wheel itself.  All being well these will receive my attention next.

As to the roof itself this turned out to be more straight forward than I anticipated.  It is the size of these pieces that take a while along with drying time after oil washes have been applied.

There isn’t a great deal to say about what I have done this week as much, if not all, of it is just a continuation of the work I had done on the previous tiers of the building.  The basic roof colour, inside and outside, was Artiste Burnt Umber and once dried everything was given a Winsor and Newton Lamp Black oil wash. Thereafter it was all about various shades of dry brushing. Mostly lighter browns, a little sand and some white used sparingly.  The windows were painted in the same way as previously posted.

As far as the Mill building goes l would say it is about 90% done.  As mentioned above there are some internal workings to be done along with the wheel.  These will be done before I then start on more base work and begin the river section.  Further down the line a couple of figures will appear as well as bits and bobs like boxes, bags and sacks.

What I did manage to add was a canopy which sits over the front door of tier two of the building.  This was a seperate piece which needed to be glued into position but the painting of it was very much along the lines of the roof.

For now just a few images of the roof and the building as it currently looks overall.

TIM

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Welcome 2022?

Last week I reflected on the year that was 2021.  This week I have turned the spotlight on 2022 and what might be.

At the top of the list and by some distance is my hope and desire to see Covid kicked into touch.  Will it?  The optimist in me says yes, the pessimist says no and the realist which wins the day says we will just have to live with it.  With all the will in the world I cannot see Covid disappearing any time soon and the world cannot carry on doing the lockdown version of the Hokey Cokey.

When it comes to New Year resolutions I really don’t see the point in making them.

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I do see the point in making a realistic modelling “To Do List” though.  Whether it lasts for more than a week of course remains to be seen but having a starting point does have its merits in my book.  As lists go I’m sure mine will evolve naturally over the year just like I expect everyone else’s will.  Some items on the list I will complete, others I will not.  Am I bothered?  Not particulalry.

As things currently stand my modelling list reads as follows:

  • Complete the foot figures for my Footsore Baron’s War army. 

I’m getting bored with this project now but I only have a few to do and I really would like to complete them.  I still have quite a few mounted figures to do but I’m in no rush to get them done and think I will enjoy dipping into them as the mood grabs me

  • Drastically reduce my lead pile.

Like us all I have a pile of lead which needs to be dealt with.  I say dealt with because they are never going to get done.  The aim therefore is to clear stuff out.  I need a purge.  Whether I put stuff on Ebay, give it away or throw it away it has to go.  Just seeing it all is playing with my head and I feel the need for a clean slate.  Well cleaner!

  • Complete my current Dio-Bolical Monday diorama – The Earls Visit.

I’m loving everything about this project so far but it has highlighted a significant problem.  The size of the diorama and the amount of elements to it has completely taken over my modelling area to the point where doing anything else along side is almost impossible.  My aim is to soldier on for the next few weeks to try to get the Baron’s War foot figures done (see above) and one or two other figures I’ve started as well but then I plan to dedicate my time exclusively to the diorama.  The knock on effect is that at some point it will throw my blog posts out.

  • Review My Blog

For a while now I’ve not been happy with my blog.  I’m keen to keep it going but I have grown a little tired of it.  I think the answer is to freshen it, or me, up.  What does that mean?  I haven’t a clue.  Come the time when I concentrate more fully on my diorama my Wednesday and Saturday posts will probably go by the board.  Alternatively for a period there might be  Dio-Bolical Wednesday and a Dio-Bolical Saturday thing going on.  In any event I anticipate some sort of time out.  Come the end of that I’ll probably end up doing what I’m doing now!

  • Sort Out My Working Space

To some extent this will happen naturally when I complete my diorama and reduce my pile of lead.  Not that either will solve the whole problem but it will reduce the size of the task.

  • Model Shows

As things currently stand my aim is to attend Salute in April, my Plymouth Clubs show in June and Telford again in November.  Ideally, unless Covid puts a block on things I’ll attend some others too.

  • Decide Where I Go Next 

All I know for certain is I have no plans to give up painting and modelling.  What is of growing importance is to test myself.  There is so much I can’t do and haven’t tried.  I want to do more freehand for sure so if I can’t think of anything else I’ll start here.

For now that’s it. More modelling ideas will spring to mind for sure as the year begins to unfold.

As to non modelling resolutions I guess much depends on how the year progresses.  Last year wasn’t a great one, neither was the year before.  I’ll keep an open mind for 2022 but based on 2020 and 2021 this is looking favourite …

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 134)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is a simple Levy figure from the Baron’s War range and another one off of my list.  A quick count up and it looks like I only have 10 to do.  Hooray!

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

Having just recently watched Leonardo in “Don’t Look Up” (see below) I thought I would stick with him for my Give Me Five.  He’s actually been in more films that I realised but picking my top five was easy.  In no particular order:

  1. Titanic (1997)
  2. The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
  3. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  4. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
  5. The Revenant (2015)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by The Eurythmics with Aretha Franklin.  Hard to know what’s politically correct these days.  Pro women or anti men or just a message?  Bound to offend someone but all I hear is a great track.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Don’t Look Up” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence.  A Netflix original released over Christmas and very watchable.  Done in a tongue in cheek way but but it’s hard to see government’s or the media acting any other way.  Some might argue they already are.

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Remember …

Women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the man who mentions it.

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TIM

Dio-Bolical Monday No: 27 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 5”

Unsurprisingly what time I had this week was spent painting the third tier of the water mill.  Only one element required any thought as the rest of the colour scheme had already been determined by tiers one and two.

I completed the inside first as it’s easier to hold and isn’t detrimental to any external painting.  The outside differed only in so much as the walls are rendered with some exposed stone work.  I decided on a colour scheme of Artiste Sand for the render with a Winsor and Newton Burnt Sienna oil wash applied over the top once dried.  When the wash was dry I applied a little dry brushing of Artiste Sand and Winsor and Newton Titanium White oil paint.

The images below show the inside and outside.  I’ve also included an image of the three tiers assembled on top of each other and a couple with the roof on which has still to be painted.  I’ll probably start on that next

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Year End Review 2021

Happy New Year!

For some of us modelling bloggers the start of the new year heralds a review of the year just gone.  I’m one of those bloggers so here is my brief review of 2021.  The year, like all those before it, comprised of some good things and some not so good things.  Such is life.

By far the biggest life positive was the Covid vaccine which enabled life to return to some sort of normality here in the UK.  Equally perhaps the biggest negative has been that Covid remains with us and a new variant is on the rise.  The impact of Covid did of course affect us all in different ways with even our beloved hobby not going unscathed.  As grateful as I was to have such a fantastic hobby to keep me occupied through the darker days of lockdown there were difficulties trying to replace consumables and for the majority of the year club meetings and shows we’re cancelled.  Overall, however, from a modelling perspective it proved to be a good one.  It might even be argued some of these positives were the direct result of the pandemic.

Although I didn’t, and never do, keep a tally of the number of figures and models I produce I can confidently say I got more painted in 2021 than any other year.  As the year progressed and restrictions eased somewhat so a sense of normality slowly returned.  The Plymouth Model Club once again opened its doors and saw its membership increase  with 10 new members, all of whom had returned to the hobby as a result of lockdown.  Shows also started a very slow return with IPMS Scale Model World taking place again in Telford after a years absence.

Returning to my personal perspective of the hobby year I thought I would, in keeping with my weekly Miniatures and Musings post, list in no particular order my top five highlights of the year.

1. Model exchange with Luke (IRO)

Towards the end of 2020 Luke, better known to most of us as IRO, had the idea that we should each do a surprise figure for each other and exchange them.  I had no hesitation in buying into his idea and in early January 2021 we both posted simultaneously on our blogs the figures we had done for each other.  Luke went for the Old West genre knowing it was a favourite era of mine and I painted for him a figure of Arnie in his role in the Predator movie.

It was agreat idea and one we both enjoyed.  Something to do again at somepoint for sure.

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2. Freehand Painting 

Something I had wanted to do for some time was more freehand painting.  A stretch goal if you like.  As someone who doesn’t convert figures I find myself painting figures that are not unique.  To overcome this it is nice where appropriate to add a freehand element in an effort to produce a figure which then becomes a one off.  Over the course of the year I managed to do a lot of freehand across various figure genres and was pleased with the results and progress I made.  The image below is one of the first figures I painted with additional freehand (Micky Mouse and combat trousers) and it remains one of my favourites.

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3.  The Wizard’s Tower

Unsurprisingly for those who regularly follow this blog it would be impossible for me to leave out my diorama project which I entitled The Wizard’s Tower.  The diorama contained a lot of firsts for me in terms of new skills learnt and applied and the end result was very pleasing.  Furthermore the model went on to be a competition success way beyond my expectations at IPMS Telford.

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4. IPMS Scale Model World, Telford 

Putting aside the competion and the success I enjoyed at Telford the main reason for mentioning it in my top five is because it signalled the return for many of us in the UK of modelling shows.  After such a difficult year it was great to get back out and meet and speak with old friends.  Although the show was slightly smaller with fewer than normal overseas visitors and clubs the event was still huge and the standard was as high as ever.  Whatever was lost in terms of overseas participation was more than offset by the increase in UK participation.  The direct result I suspect of having more people returning to the hobby and having even longer to produce modelling master pieces.

5.  Zoom Calls

Mark Morin, another blogger buddy with whom most of you are familiar, came up with the idea that Luke (IRO) and I should link up with him on Zoom.  The idea being to chat, share ideas and simply discuss the hobby in general along with anything else which took our fancy.  A great idea but across the three time zones of the UK, USA and Australia not always so simple to arrange.  Thanks to Mark we had a good number of chats throughout the year and will doubtless have more in 2022.  They proved great fun and it’s always nice to put names to faces and compare life across the globe.

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All in all 2021 was a good modelling year despite the difficulties brought about by Covid.  Away from modelling my year was far more mixed with only a few highs and more lows than I would have liked.  Hopefully 2022 will prove to be better for all of us but it is clear we will all face some initial difficulties as Covid refuses to go away.  Fingers crossed it doesn’t last or prevent us from doing the things we love and enjoy.

Having reflected on 2021 it’s now time to think about the year ahead.

TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 133)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another Crossbow Man and more importantly another step towards completing the foot figures for my Baron’s War army.  I’ve pretty much run out of things to say regarding this project but come the New Year I really must decide where I plan to go with it.  I certainly aim to finish the project but what to do with it after that is another matter altogether.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Christmas Is Over!

Hard to believe that Christmas is over already for another year.  Ours was another very quiet affair.  With SWMBO and I suffering very badly from either a bad cold or mild flu the decision was taken, along with further fears of a UK Covid Lockdown, to not share the festivities with my very elderly parents.  In addition my son and daughter spent most of their time with their respective girlfriends and boyfriends families which suited us just fine.

After a difficult year we were more than happy after walking the dog to light the log burner, open the wine and get slowly pissed as we over indulged on all the foodstuffs guaranteed not to improve your cholesterol!  After a successful dummy run I now feel fully prepared for the New Year although a bit more drinking practice wouldn’t go a miss.

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Give Me Five

As it is, or was, the season for Christmas Crackers I thought I would list five of the worst jokes I’ve found inside them.  Christmas Cracker jokes are about as bad as it gets but please feel free to contribute by adding more dire humour!  In no particular order, not least of all because they are all atrocious, I give you:

  1. What do you call blackbirds that stick together? – Vel-crows;
  2. What do you call a soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray? – A seasoned veteran;
  3. What do you call an M&M that went to college? – A smarty;
  4. What do you call a sad coffee? – Depresso;
  5. What do you call a horse that likes arts and crafts? – A hobby horse.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Stay With Me” by Lorraine Ellison.  Inspired by a classic moment from the film “The Boat That Rocked”, the relevant clip of which I have included too.  A great film and sound track.   If you’ve never seen it then it is well worth a watch in my opinion.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“News Of The World” starring Tom Hanks.  The Western genre is not one typically associated with Tom Hanks but this turned out to be a good watch.

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Remember …

When you see rich, snooty looking women at the supermarket, pretend you need something and say “excuse me, do you work here?” just to help keep things real.

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TIM

Dio-Bolical Monday No: 26 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 4”

I ended last weeks post (Part 3) by targeting myself to get tier 2 of The Mill done.  No small order as it turned out given that it was the week before Christmas and included Christmas Day and Boxing Day in it.  As it turned out I had more free time on my hands than I could possibly have anticipated and I managed it with a minimum of fuss.  Knowing the colour schemes helped greatly.  I just needed to sit down, mix paints, put something on to watch or listen to and start painting.  Oh, and make sure the 2nd tier when put on top of the first blended well from a colour perspective.

As promised I don’t intend to bore you by repeating everything about the colours, technique or paints used as that was all covered in a previous post and there was nothing different on this level so we can just jump to the images.  The photo’s also include some of the second level on top of the base level.

You can see from the photo’s that the colour scheme is pretty dark.  This is deliberate for two reasons.  Firstly, the era is the Dark Ages and therefore it feels appropriate to reflect that.  Secondly, my hope is that when the figures are painted, especially the mounted knights, they will look all the more vibrant.  Of course only time will tell if any of this works but at least it’s a plan.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 132)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is, I think, my final Bannerman.  Another simple paint job and an equally simple banner but another Baron’s War figure destined for my army bites the dust.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Birthday Girl

It’s She Who Must Be Obeyed’s birthday today so I thought I’d give her a shout out in my blog.  Anyway that’s enough of that, no point spoiling her.

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Give Me Five

This week I decided to take a look at Jack Nicholson.  A great actor who has been in a lot of excellent movies over his lifetime in cinema.  As ever some good films left out but I came down to the following short list.  In no particular order:

  1. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  2. Batman (1989)
  3. A Few Good Men (1992)
  4. The Shinning (1980)
  5. Chinatown (1974)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Santa Claus Is Coming (In A Boogie Woogie Cho Cho Train)” by the Tractors, a rarely if ever played track so I thought I’d plug it.  The track is a revamped version of the original Tractors track “Baby Likes To Rock It” which I’ve also linked below simply because I like it!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Home Alone” starring Macaulay Culkin.  With Christmas upon us it was time to watch a festive movie and I settled on this one.  My kids have grown up but I haven’t!

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Remember …

No matter how old you are, an empty Christmas wrapping paper tube is still a fun thing to bonk someone over the head with!

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As Christmas Day is this coming Saturday I will not be posting so I will end by wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

TIM

Dio-Bolical Monday No: 25 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 3”

The main objective for this week was to get the external paint work done on the base section of the Mill.  Looking ahead there will be some refinements to what I have done as once the section is fixed into position it will need to be blended with the surrounding base work, more on that though further down the line.

As with the inside of this section I needed to make a note of how I painted the outside to stand a better chance of consistency when I paint the other three layers which make the completed building.

The base colours were all straight forward,  The wood work was Artiste “Brown Umber” and the brick and stone work was Artiste “Black” mixed with Artiste “Sand” to obtain a grey colour.  Once the base colours were laid down and dry they were given a Lamp Black oil wash.  The result is shown in the first two images below.

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After setting aside to dry it was time to start dry brushing.  The initial phase was to simply take the initial grey mix and brush over the top.  The initial mix then had some more “sand” colour added to lighten it and then this was dry brushed again.  Another couple of lighter mixes were added after that.  In the image below you can see that I also started brushing on some of the Vallejo pigment that I had used on the inside flooring.

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As well as the Vallejo pigment I also used some Humbrol Earth and Rust pigment to add colour variety.  On the lower sections where the Mill would attract the damp I added green and yellow inks to hopefully give the impression of lichen and moss.  These are areas witch will also be looked at again once the section has been properly based.  For now though the current end result can be seen in the images below.

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The windows were painted using Vallejo Model Color Iraqi Sand which was then given a wash of Citadel Reikland Fleshshade.  The lattice work was then painted using Vallejo Gun Metal and Silver.

With the internal and external painting methods determined and noted down they will be used again as applicable throughout the rest of this building.  The good news is I won’t need to repeat these methods in future posts where I have used them, I can just post photo’s.

This week I also received the orders I had placed with Other World Miniatures and Mirliton in Italy.  Both look good and I couldn’t believe just how quickly the Italian order came, less than 48 hours!  Incredible.  As to the figures themselves I’ll be introducing those to you bit by bit as they get painted.

Next step unsurprisingly is to work on the next tier starting with the inside once again.

TIM

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To town

A figure and a post which I thought would be different but help with the festive mood.

First I though I’d start you off with Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town” and so you can sing along I have posted the lyrics below.

-You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He’s making a list,
He’s checking it twice,
He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you’re sleeping
And he knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
You better watch out!
You better not cry
You better not pout, I’m telling you why
‘Cause Santa Claus is coming to town
Oh let’s go!
He sees you when you’re sleeping
And he knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
You better watch out!
You better not cry
You better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
You better watch out!
You better not cry
You better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming
I mean the big fat man with the long white beard
Is coming to town

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Secondly, the figure.  This is one from Reaper which I bought last year, never got painted and almost forgot about it this year too.  As luck would have it I stumbled across the little chap while searching for something else and then of course had to stop everything to get him done in time.

Merry Christmas!  Ho Ho Ho!

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 131)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is a very unexciting one but it clears another Footsore Baron’s War figure from the diminishing pile.  With my mind preoccupied by other projects it really is just about getting the lesser figures such as this archer done and out of the way.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

I thought as we are in the festive season I would list my five Christmas films this week.  I’ve probably done this one before but I can’t be arsed to look back through my blog posts to check!  Plenty of great flms left out but I settled on these.  In no particular order:

  1. Home Alone (1990)
  2. Love Actually (2003)
  3. Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)
  4. The Holiday (2006)
  5. Die Hard (1988)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Fairytale Of New York” by The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl.  With Christmas rapidly approaching I thought I’d go with a festive song for this week and next.  Clealry this isn’t the most festive of tracks but it is popular at this time of the year and it is a big favourite of mine.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Paul” starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.  Needed something lighter to watch and all of Simon Pegg’s films deliver on that front, none more so than this one.  Great fun.

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Remember …

Next time you go on a roller coaster take some spare bolts with you and tell the person in front of you, “These came out of your seat”.

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TIM

Dio-Bolical Monday No: 24 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 2”

In “Part 1” I ended by saying that this week I would start some painting and making some lists.  Both were minor goals but more importantly both were achieved which means the project is very much now underway.  First thing on the painting table is the Mill building, shown again in the image below on the left.

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As mentioned last week, I intend to build this diorama from left to right.  I believe this way I am less likely to box myself in.  This means starting on the Mill first because it includes a separate river section which needs to be done so I can move across the base.

There are many parts to the Mill and these I will get to do further down the line but for now my concentration is on the four separate levels (shown below although I can’t see how to rotate the image!) which sit on top of one another to create the completed building.

This last week I began on the base section, see below.

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The first job of course was to prime everything which took an age.  I’m not one for an airbrush or rattle cans so this was all done using a brush in order to get into all the nooks and crannies.  For primer I always use Humbrol white matt enamel thinned with white spirit.  It may or may not be unorthodox but it has served me well for 50 years or so.

As well as being highly detailed on the outside these buildings are equally detailed on the inside.  Although I haven’t fully thought that far ahead yet my current thinking is to keep each of the buildings so that each tier or roof section can be removed to see the inside.  I might even think about fitting the insides out too with figures and furniture but for now that’s along way from my thinking.

Deciding (for now) that I wanted to look inside the buildings meant I needed to give proper consideration to how I was going to paint the area, especially as there are other internal levels which I will look to paint the same way.  As the walls are essentially cracked plaster in appearance I settled on the idea of a light acrylic paint over which I would apply oil washes and dry brushing.  The same would apply for the flooring and any wooden features such as doors and window frames.  Diluted oil pain really helps bring the detail out and is a much cheaper method than using washes from Citadel for example.

With the buildings being the size they are I had no intention of using my Vallejo paints on them for the bulk areas.  Instead I chose to use acrylic Artiste paints, a range of 80 or so colours, which come in 59ml bottles and can be bought in the UK for about £1.60 each.  I purchased mine from Ebay and although I’d never use them to paint figures with they are perfect for base coating the buildings.

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In the image above I have used “Sand” for the walls, “Sand & Black” mixed for the flooring and “Burnt Umber” on the door as the base coats.

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Once dried I then applied a “Burnt Umber” oil wash to the walls and a “Lamp Black” oil wash to the floor.  The wash is a simple affair in that the oil paint (you don’t need much) was just diluted with White Spirit.  As with most washes best to go light and build up if you aren’t to sure of the finish you are looking for.  Once dried I sparingly applied a “Burnt Sienna” wash to to the walls as well and also a little Daler & Rowney White Ink.  When the floor was dried I brushed it with some Vallejo Desert Dust Pigment for the flagstone grouting.

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The next step, shown partially above, was to do some dry brushing to add variety of colour and bring out the wood grain on the doors.  There is still a little more to do but that’s as far as the painting went for last week.  As well as some final finishing touches I have a window that needs to be done and some of the door furniture (handles and hinges) need to be picked out but that will be done in the coming week when I also plan to start on the external painting for this section.

My other aim for the week just gone was to start researching for, amongst other things, figures.  I found some very suitable ones on Other World Miniatures, a company I have used before, and on Mirliton, an Italian company who I haven’t.  Orders have been placed with both suppliers and when the goods arrive I’ll take you through what I have bought.

Until next week …

TIM

Grizzly Attack (Part 3 – Final)

This week was all about getting the third and final part of this model completed, specifically the cowboy. 

As in the past when I have painted mounted 54mm figures I find them a pain in the arse to paint.  I never seem to be able to hold them in away which works for me and this one was no exception.  Having said that I got there in the end and overall I was pleased with the result.  With the painting finished but for some dry brushing and weathering he was duly mounted on the horse.   The next step was the one I never look forward too, painting and fixing the reins in place.   This proved tiresome but in the end I got there.

The dry brushing and a little weathering was applied before the bear was fixed into position and then my attention moved to the base.  Although I liked the base it didn’t work with the horse and the way it was pinned.  Basically the horses hooves were to high above the ground and building the ground up around them would have looked odd in my opinion.  I don’t have a picture to show you what was wrong so you will have to take my word for it that it didn’t look right!  I pondered how to get around this and in the end settled for putting down some splashing water.  Initially I was pleased with the outcome but now as I look at the images I think I added to much white to the mix.  The only way to resolve that would be to strip it back and I don’t have the appetite for that right now so I’m calling it done.

Overall I’m happy with this one and it was no bad thing getting back into using oils for a while, however, much to my surprise I really didn’t enjoy painting in 54mm scale again.  After doing so many figures in 28mm/32mm I found this too big.  I won’t close the door and say never again but I think you could be looking at the last 54mm figure I ever do … maybe!

Images below.

TIM 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 130)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is a Spearman from the Footsore Baron’s War range and gets me one more step closer to completing the figures I have.  I reckon I still have another dozen or so to do but right now they don’t require me to think to much and as such they are working nicely in parallel with the other things I’m doing.  The good news is I’m maintaing my discipline to reach my end goal, the bad news is it’s becoming a bit tiresome of late.  Another little break may be on the way.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Wizard’s Tower

One of the things IPMS do after the judging has been completed at Scale Model World in Telford is to arrange for photo’s to be taken of the winning models and in due course some go on to appear in ther magazine and website.  I was lucky enough to be around when Chris Ayre of Amos Ayre Creative took some photo’s of the Wizard’s Tower so I asked him if he would be kind enough to email me a copy in due course.  He very kindly obliged and the image he sent me is below.  As photo’s go it’s far better than anything I could do so I am very grateful to Chris who kindly allowed me use the image for my blog too.

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Image reproduced with the kind permission of Chris Ayre, copyright Amos Ayre Creative

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Give Me Five

This week I thought I’d take a look at films starring Sean Connery.  He has been in some great movies over a career which has lasted a life time although he oddly never mastered the ability to handle an accent!  As always some great films have been left out but I short listed these five.  In no particular order:

  1. From Russia With Love (1963)
  2. The Untouchables (1987)
  3. The Hunt For Red October (1990)
  4. The Name of the Rose (1986)
  5. Outland (1981)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“No Regrets” by the Walker Brothers.  Something a bit different this week as I’ve been in a tired state of mind and this was pitched at the right mood level.  I’m reminded of the fact that in this musical period you could hear the words that were sung!  Scott Walker has a great voice.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Jaws” starring Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss.  This film came out in 1975 and had it’s first showing at the Odeon Leicester Square on Boxing Day when I bought tickets to take my mum and dad and my brother and his wife to see it.  It remains one of my all time favourite films.  You can say what you like about the shark but the film is a classic of its time and a real adventure.  The book by Peter Benchley was a massive hit too and although the film deviates slightly it’s pretty true to it.

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Remember …

If you want to save money at Christmas now is the perfect time to tell the kids Santa didn’t make it through the pandemic.

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TIM

Dio-Bolical Monday No: 23 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 1”

Now I did warn you in last weeks Musings that some of the posts in this new series would be dull and now I am being true to my word!

In reality this first post is more an introduction aimed at setting the scene as well as getting started.  The thing with dioramas is they can take a long time and require a great deal of thought too.  This build is no exception and I can predict that a number of things will go wrong along the way, they always do.

Let’s begin with the title.  Death and Taxes relates to the Footsore Baron’s War figure range, their third kickstarter to be precise and relates to the period in question.  The Earls visit is essentially the story of the diorama.  The main feature of this diorama are the three Tabletop World buildings but for a story I need to add figures.  I may of course change my mind and the title, a working one, could change at any point during the build but for now I am happy with it.

The three buildings you have seen before, they are a Mill, a Blacksmith’s and a Stable.  There was a fourth building, a cottage, but it didn’t fit on the base and in any event I thought it was out of character with the other three.  The basic premise is that the Earl is passing through the village along with half a dozen or so knights on horseback and the villagers stand to watch them pass by.  Pretty dull really but an opportunity to hopefully paint some colourful looking figures and make the buildings look pretty cool.  There is also an IMPS Scale Model World class for Civilian Dioramas and hopefully this one will fit the bill if I like the end result and get it finished in time (yes it could take that long to do!)

In the picture below you can see the case base on which the diorama is going to be built.  The first thing I needed to do was build it up to take the river section which goes with the Mill.  As luck would have it I had some suitable MDF in the garage and just needed to saw it as applicable and glue it down with some PVA.  In due course I will fill the seem which runs around the joins where the MDF meets the base but that can wait until I start working on the base proper.

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In the second image you can see that I have a rough idea of the order of the three buildings.  The position for the Mill chose itself on account of the bridge, it had to lead somewhere so putting it on the left made sense.  The Blacksmith’s which is positioned in the middle will probably be elevated higher than shown and it is between this building and the Stable that the mounted figures will be seen to ride through.  The green wire which can also be seen in the picture will be used to make a tree at some point.

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The diorama will for the most part be built from left to right, I think this is the best way to ensure I don’t box myself in.  Accordingly work will start on the lowest of the four levels which make up the Mill first, only then can I start to properly fix it to the base and develop that part of the diorama.  The height of this building is significant and is only just short of the height of the perspex top which goes over the base so I will have to consider that with what I do.

Over the next week I will start painting but I also need to do a lot of lists and research.  Somewhere out there are the figures I need which I will have to track down and order but I need a list of what to look for first but there is plenty of time for that.

TIM

Grizzly Attack (Part 2)

This is going to be a short post for one notable reason, I simply didn’t take any work in progress pictures!

Now as you would have anticipated from the title perhaps, this model also features a Grizzly Bear.  The bear weighs a ton and proved difficult to hold at times  One way of overcoming the issues would have been to have fixed the bear in situ for some of the painting.  The problem with that was I had already fixed the horse in place and with the figure still to do I would have made life harder for myself further down the line.  In the end I went for hand holding over a few days.

Once again the painting was oils over acrylic.  Burnt Umber was the main colour  with Yellow Ocher and lighter shades of brown for dry brushing highlights.  In the final image I put the bear up against the horse, a temporary move to judge exactly where it needed to be positioned in due course.  In this image you can also see that the hind legs of the horse stick up and that work on the base needs to be done.  Haven’t fully decided what to do here yet.

Some touching up on the bear will probably be necessary but like the horse it’s almost there.

Time now to move on to the figure.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 129)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another Footsore Baron’s War, a basic bowman but one which takes me closer to the end game of completing all the foot figures I bought.  More have been added to the range since of course but I have no plans to buy more once this lot is done.  Besides I still have plenty of mounted knights still to do and plenty of projects not yet started.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Another One (and Two and Three) Bites The Dust

Regular followers will know that when it comes to my blog statistics I get a thrill from seeing where it has been viewed in the world.  Even if it was only viewed once, and then by accident, it was still seen and the other day someone, most likely a stunningly attractive Viking style temptress, tuned in from Iceland.  A couple of days later and surprise, surprise I got my first views from Georgia and Gibraltar.  Total countries now reads 91.  Still plenty more to bag.

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Dio-Bolical Monday

All being well Dio-Bolical Monday will return next week.  There are a couple of things to note though.  Firstly, the project I will be undertaking is by my standards a big one.  I mention this because it is going to last a very long time and you may well get bored.  Please don’t feel obliged to comment on every post, some will be very dull and even the better ones might not be exciting!  Secondly, as things currently stand I have, like many of us I suspect, a lot going on.  It’s that time of the year.  Consequently I may not post every week but I’ll do my best if only to ensure I make progress.

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Give Me Five

I thought this week I ought to go with an actress rather than an actor in an attempt to even things up a bit.  I confess to being male biased when it comes to the lead characters in films but there are some exceptions and in this instance the exception is Jennifer Lawrence.  It helps of course that I think she is extremely hot.  In no particular order:

  1. Red Sparrow (2018)
  2. Joy (2015)
  3. The Hunger Games (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  4. American Hustle (2013)
  5. Winter’s Bone (2010)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Oh Well!” by Fleetwood Mac.  A classic track from way back when with some great guitar work from my name sake Peter Green.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Angela Black” a six part series available on the ITV Hub.  Not a series I had heard about but one I came across in a search.  Took a punt on it, was hooked early doors and binge watched the lot.

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Remember …

Believe in yourself.  You were the fastest sperm.  Never forget you came into this world a winner!

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TIM

Grizzly Attack (Part 1)

We have all done it.  We’ve had a plan but for one reason or another it has gone out of the window.  There are various reasons why this happens, one of which is a new model catches your eye which is so good you just have to buy it and make and paint it as soon as it arrives.  Such was the case here.

Notwithstanding the fact that I have plenty to do I found myself looking at some 54mm Romeo Models.  To be fair it started as nothing more than a browsing exercise and ended up with an expensive purchase.  The model in question simply screemed “buy me!” and I duly obliged.  A few days later it arrived in the post and work on it began.

Essentially there are three main components, albeit that each one comprises of several parts to be assembled.  The kit is all white metal and inevitably one of the first steps after assembly was to apply some filler.  Once done I made a start on some basic base work.  The base is a simple affair but I have plans to beef it up a bit in due course.

One of the three main components is a horse and this is where I started.  It has been quite a while since I have painted a 54mm model and whenever I do paint one I use oil paints over acrylics.  I needed to remind myself how I painted in this way, it had been that long!

For anyone asking “why oils?” The answer is a simple one.  Oils are so much easier to blend and blending is, in my opinion, essential when painting larger figures.

So far I have managed to get a lot of the horse done and progress images appear below.  I have the reins to get done but that won’t happen until the rider is mounted.  There is some more paint work to do too and doubtless there will be some touching up as well but the horse is now in situ which will make it a little easier to work on and allow me to do a little further base work.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 128)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another Footsore Baron’s War crossbow man.  For some reason these figures have been the most neglected of those I have been painting.  I can’t think of any real reason for that.  They are just as good as all the other figures and just as relevant to my army.  It is what it is though and more crossbow men and archers will be the order of the day as I try to bring this phase of my project to an end.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

This week I thought I would take a look at Clint Eastwood films.  I’ve always been a big fan of Clint’s and over a long acting career he has been in a wide variety of films.  In his early days he was very much mister cool but his level of acting has significantly improved over the years.  As with many actors and actresses who have been around for a long time it is hard to select just five but I have gone with those that I enjoyed the most at the time even if some of them are quite dated now.  In no particular order:

  1. Unforgiven (1992)
  2. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
  3. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
  4. Dirty Harry (1971)
  5. Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

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IPMS Magazine

Whilst at Telford Dave Berryman, editor of the IPMS magazine asked if I would write an article.  It sounded like a good idea until I started to do so earlier this week.  I’m close to having something completed but whether or not he will find it of any use is another matter entirely.  Unlike my blog where I can write what I like and use expletives as and when I see fit this was like being back at school and writing an essay.  The next step after I submit it will be to see how much red pen it has on it, how much crossing out there is and what remarks have been made … “must try harder”!

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones.  I great track set against some excellent clips from the Addams Family.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Happy Gilmore” starring Adam Sadler.  As I’ve started playing golf I was recommended this film from 1996 as it seems to reflect the way I play!  not the greatest movie you will ever see but it had a few moments which made me chuckle.

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Remember …

Every girl wants to be swept of her feet.  It’s when you put her in the boot that she starts to freak out.

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TIM

Footsore Banner Man – 28mm Baron’s War

With Telford behind me I’m keen to establish some routine back into my modelling world.  So far it’s proven harder than I imagined, life as always simply gets in the way.  I’ll get there but it’s just taking a little longer than I’d hoped.  It helped that I had a partially started a banner man which only required a modest amount for completion which was just as well given the time I had available.

I remain keen to at least finish all the foot figures I have still to do from the Footsore Baron’s War range before the end of the year.  Unfortunately there is no way I will get all the mounted Knights done which I have to do.  Fortunately my deadlines are self imposed so whatever the prevailing circumstances I don’t intend to beat myself up about it.  Besides I have a multitude of projects swimming around on my head which I now want to get started on.

Next week I hope to make a start on a recent model I bought while still trying to chip away at the Baron’s War foot figures.  Until then I will leave you with some images of this little chap, another addition to my little army.

TIM

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Scale Model World – IPMS Telford – TIM’s competition Results

The lead up to Telford, in addition to the weekend itself, left me with no time to paint.  Accordingly my normal Miniatures and Musings post has been hit on the head for this week.  I’m also up against it for a weekend post too but I have a couple of days so maybe something very basic will get done, we’ll see.  Thereafter I hope to return to normal as I do like some semblance of order in my life whenever that is possible, a rare occurrence these days it seems.

What I do have this week is a post on how my models fared in the competition, really done for me as an audit trail because at some point in the future I will have no idea of what did what and when!

Commended

Models which fail to win Gold, Silver or Bronze but catch the judges eye can be awarded a certificate of Commendation.  This is an achievement in itself and I was awarded three.  In Class 54 – Foot Figures 60mm and Smaller I received Commendations for The Old Fiddler and another for Zonkers The Clown.  In Class 84 – Diorama Figure I was commended for Fools Gold.

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Bronze

I won two Bronze medals.  The first was for Oh My God! which was entered in Class 86 – Diorama Sci-Fi Fantasy and the other was in Class 73 – Single Figures 60mm and Smaller for my wizard Viharis Tenspire.

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Silver

In Class 56 – Mounted Figures 60mm and Smaller I received a Silver for True Grit.

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Gold

My first Gold was also in Class 56 – Mounted Figures 60mm and Smaller and was awarded to Sire Huge Thalemache.  Personally I would have awarded gold to True Grit but I’m not complaining!

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The second Gold I received for a model I had done a couple of years back and thought I’d have a go and enter it.  The model in question was named Wells Fargo 1881 and won Class 83 – Diorama Civilian Vehicles.  I was very pleased with that as this has long been one of my personal favourites.

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The third Gold was, as several of you guessed, awarded to The Wizard’s Tower in Class 86 – Diorama Sci-Fi Fantasy.  I was told by one of the judges that it was the class winner as soon as they saw it, a compliment I was more than happy to receive.

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Best Diorama In Show

Individual Classes feed up into a hierarchy of categories, so for example there are eight classes within the diorama category.  Once the winners within each class have been determined they are judged against each other to determine the Best In Show Diorama.  I had Wells Fargo 1881 and The Wizard’s Tower competing against  each other for the award but there can only be one winner and the judges determined that The Wizard’s Tower was it.  To say I was chuffed would be an understatement.  To coin a football expression, I was over the moon!

The winners of each of the eight categories are then judged against each other to determine the Senior National Champion.  For a while The Wizards Tower was, along with seven other amazing models, being considered for that accolade.  Alas it was not meant to be the winner.  There is no second or third awarded so The Wizard’s Tower could have been the runner-up or anywhere down to eighth.  In any event I have no complaints.

If anyone had ever said my work would one day be judged by modelling experts and awarded a Best in Show I would have said there was no chance of that ever happening.  It’s a funny old world!

A Couple Of Things To Note

In closing I thought I would share something with you and bring to your attention something you may not have noticed.

Firstly, the level of detail the judges look at is incredible.  The chap who was one of the judges of The Wizard’s Tower who I mentioned earlier also asked if I had done the Oh My God! diorama too.  I said I had and then he took me to where the model was to bring something to my attention.  He pointed out a mold line about an eighth of an inch long that I had missed.  Apparently that blemish cost me the Silver medal!

Secondly, Scale Model World which is run by IMPS UK is not a war gaming show, it is open to models of all scales on an equal footing.  Interestingly all three of my Gold medal winning models were won using 28mm scale figures.  

TIM 

Scale Model World – IPMS Telford – Sunday

Thankfully I had a better night’s sleep although this was largely due to consuming more beer than the evening before.  Fortunately I manged to avoid any sort of hangover and got up on time.  The main aim for getting into the show early was to take photo’s while it was quiet.  As an IPMS member you get an hour head start over the general public so as soon as arrived I took the photo’s which all appear below.  I will keep them attached to this post for as long as I can but as they will make a big dent in my WordPress capacity I will delete them at some point.  If previous years are anything to go by then there will be plenty to see on YouTube for those who are interested.  As and when I may include some links in future posts.

Next up was “Tea and Medals” and as several of you guessed it was the Wizard’s Tower which won me the Best In Show Diorama.  Hopefully during the week I’ll get a further post done with more details about the competition and the fate of the models I entered.

A spot of lunch followed by a few more essential purchases (potential Christmas presents for SWMBO!) and then it was all about packing up, loading the car and starting the long drive home.  I had planned to spend another night in Telford but SWMBO rang to tell me the washing machine had broken and a replacement was coming on Monday so I needed to be home to take out the old one and install the new one so I drove back after the show.

All in all a great weekend.  I met some great people, talked hobby stuff, drank, ate and generally had a good time.  Fingers crossed for more of the same next year.  The images below will hopefully provide a flavour of the show and the range of models on display.

TIM

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Scale Model World – IPMS Telford – Saturday

Now there is some good news from today, well for me at least, but things didn’t get off to a great start.  Last night in the hotel was was dreadful and I didn’t sleep at all well.  This isn’t unusual for me these days but having had a couple of beverages as well as a very long day I thought I would get off to sleep in next to no time.  It wasn’t to be.  Well that’s not entirely true, I did in fact fall a sleep but that was about two hours before I was due to get up and having not set an alarm clock I then overslept!  Things then became a bit of a panic and although I remembered to take my Samsung tablet to take some photo’s I didn’t realise until a little later that it hadn’t charged overnight because I hadn’t put the wall switch down!  At least I still had a 30% charge which would enable me to take a few photo’s.  More on those shortly.

The show opened to the public at 09:00 and I have to say there was a lot of people waiting to get in.  I doubt any records were broken but without a doubt the event was going to be successful.  Hopefully tomorrow will prove to be just as popular.

Our display attracted a good amount of interest and I enjoyed a lot of chats with people who liked what I had done and had on display.  I even had a visit from Dave Berryman, the Editor of IPMS who wants me to write an article for the magazine.  I confess to being flattered but am now concerned about what to write.  I’ll worry about then when J get back home.  The rest of the morning was spent either at our club display or shopping for modelling “essentials”.

The afternoon saw the judging of the competition.   Judging takes about 5 hours or so, there are simply so many models for them to look at and judge.  For my part I had entered 16 models, I just thought why not?  After the judging we were allowed into the show area to see how we got on.  In total there are 8 categories and in each category there about 10 sub-categories or classes as they are called.  All in all that makes 90 classes and 90 Gold medals (and Silver and Bronze) up for grabs under each sub-category/class with a trophy awarded too for the best model in the category.  The eight category winners are then judged to determine the overal National Champion.

Of my 16 entries 7 of them won nothing at all but 3 did receive “Commended” which was nice.  Things got better though as I then found out that I had won 2 Bronze medals, 1 Silver and 3 Golds.  Having won 1 Gold at the last show which was held in 2019 I was blown away to have won 3 this time around.  This was beyond my wildest expectations but then I discovered I had won the overall Diorama category.  As winner of the “Best Diorama In Show” I was now one of the eight modellers whose model would be judged for National Champion!  Alas that’s where my story ends.  An incredible model was awarded overal winner but for a brief spell I was in with a shout and as they don’t have a second or third place I don’t know if I would have come runner-up or eighth.   To be honest I really don’t mind.  My day was greater than I could possibly have imagined.

So what models of mine won and which of my models didn’t?  Well you will have to wait for that but feel free to guess.  Tomorrow I will take plenty of photo’s and as soon as I can I will get a post up. 

A very few photos appear below.  I will take a lot more tomorrow and I will have my tablet and phone charged!  The first four are the Plymouth display.  Not outstanding but there were only three of us with models so not to bad really.  The other shots are pretty random and may just give a small flavour.  More will follow, probably via two or three posts, starting Wednesday I hope.

TIM

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Scale Model World – IPMS Telford – Friday

It’s 10 pm and I’ve just retrurned to my hotel room having had a very large meal and several pints.  I am bloated, tired and slightly the worse for ware.  It has been a long day which for me started at 06:00 when I had stuff to get ready, have breakfast and take the dog out before I began the four hour drive to Telford.  Fortunaley I had got everything I wanted to take with me all together the day before so it was just a case of loading the car.

The journey was uneventful but the traffic was heavy and passing Birmingham was a pain in the arse and on several occasions things came to a complete stand still.  All to often this is what I experience I find when driving in the UK.  A four hour journey turned into five and a half but all was well and that was the main thing.

My first priority was to park the car and check in to my hotel.  This went fine except for the fact that I left my phone in the room and therefore have no photos from today!  Bag unloaded and a quick coffee later and then it was time to unload the car and get my stuff ino the venue and the area set aside for Plymouth Model Club.  Shortly after I arrived the other club members turned up and in no time at all we were set up.  With only three of us displaying it took no time at all and befoe we knew it we were on our way to the pub.

What is obvious is this years event is smaller than previous years.  That’s not to say it is small by any means.  The show normally takes up three huge halls with a further location for the competition entries.  This year everything is in two halls.  I suspect there are fewer traders and less overseas visitors, the legacy of Covid but at least the event is on and a lot of people are gratefull for that.  Tomorrow will confirm the situation as when I left this evening there was still a huge amount of setting up going on.  it will also be interesting to see just how many people attend.  it has been a long time since there has been a model show to attend so fingers crossed for the organisors.

With no photo’s there is little more to add.  Tomorrow I will be sure to get some pictures taken!

TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 127)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is a solitary Footsore Baron’s War crossbow man.  With everything else going on this was as much as I could get done in the time I had.  Not sure if I will have a post for Saturday or not.  My aim is to try to put something together from Telford if time allows and if of course I can access an Internet connection.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Telford

So far this week has been manic and the rest of it won’t be much better.  I had hoped to be completely ready by now for Telford but as I look around all I can see is a buggers muddle.  In fairness I think I have everything out but it’s the packing that takes the time.  Once I get that done and the car loaded I can really begin to look forward to the weekend.

This will be the first show since lockdown and it will be interesting to see if it turns out as I’m expecting.  My guess is there might be fewer traders and less people from overseas but anticipate this being offset by a large public attendance as so many people are desperate for a show.  Hopefully Salute will fair well too as it is on this weekend also.  Time will of course tell and I will be sure to provide an update after the event.

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Give Me Five

This week I thought I would take a look at movie franchises, the sort of thing where the film industry hits upon a winning formula and then keeps repeating it until it ceases to be a winning one!  That said some franchises are still going strong.  In no particular order the following have provided me with the most pleasure.  Apologies in advance to all of you who would have included Start Wars!

  1. James Bond
  2. Mission Impossible
  3. Harry Potter
  4. Indianna Jones
  5. Back to the Future

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey.  Sticking with the movie franchise theme I delved into the James Bond title tracks.  There have been several decent ones but “Goldfinger” is way out in front as far as I’m concerned.  Great singer backed by an outstanding orchestral arrangement.  The best live version I could find but you need to ignore the first minute of the video.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” starring Harrison Ford.  Talk of film franchises had me feeling nostalgic and reaching for my Indianna Jones boxed set.  As much as I like the other films in the series the original movie remains the pick of the crop.

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Remember …

Nobody notices what you do until you don’t do it.

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TIM

True Grit (2010) – Rooster Cogburn (Mo’vember Challenge)

The original film “True Grit” was released in 1969 and starred iconic Western movie actor John Wayne who played the lead character Deputy US Marshall Rooster Cogburn alongside Glen Campbell.  The roll won him his only Oscar.  In 2010 Holywood made a remake of the film starring Jeff Bridges in the lead roll alongside Matt Damon.

Knuckleduster Miniatures produce the most outstanding western figures, a great many of which are based either on real life characters or characters from western films.  They have created the figure of Rooster Cogburn from both movies and the one I have here is the Jeff Bridges version.

It’s a lovely little sculpt in my opinion and one I enjoyed painting.  Nothing to add in terms of the paint job, just a simple affair using acrylics and trying to be true to the correct colour scheme.  As to the two films I like them both.  However, if I had to choose I guess I’d come down in favour of the original.  The moment when John Wayne rides off at full speed, reins in his mouth with a gun in one hand and a Winchester rifle in the other is cinema Gold. 

“Fill your hands you son of a bitch!”.

Images of Jeff Bridges’ as Rooster Cogburn below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 126)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another Footsore Baron’s War double bill.  I’m still doing my level best to focus on the foot figures which need to be completed and managed to get the Maid Marion figure, which I had forgotten about, along with another crossbow man done.  Both help to swell the ranks and take me a step closer to completing the outstanding foot figures which I still have to do.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Telford

It suddenly hit me that I have just over a week to get ready for Telford.  There are only three of us from the Plymouth Model Club going up for the weekend and with 12 feet of display space between us there is a lot to take.  Just how much painting I get done this week therefore remains to be seen.  I suspect it won’t be much but if I can I might try to get a couple of quick things done for future posts because I won’t have much time in the week I get back either.

I’ve no idea what the Internet access is like at the show but maybe, just maybe I might be able to put out a post while I’m up there.  We will see.

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Give Me Five

This week I thought I’d take a look at films starring Tom Cruise and came up with this list as my top five.  It was tougher than I thought because I love pretty much all of Tom’s films so to make things a little easier I left out the Mission Impossible films as I will deal with movie franchises as a seperate subject going forward.  I was still left with a tough choice though and some great films have been left out.  In no particular order I came up with the following:

  1. Top Gun (1986)
  2. Risky Business (1983)
  3. Rain Man (1988)
  4. A Few Good Men (1992)
  5. Far and Away (1992)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“River Deep, Mountain High” by Tina Turner.  I do love Tina Turner, in fact I’m a big fan of singers who can really belt out a bloody good song.  This is very much an oldie but still a big favorite of mine.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Great Outdoors” starring Dan Aykroyd and the late John Candy.  This film came out in 1988 but still makes me laugh every time I watch it.  Some great moments and well worth a watch if you have never seen it.  I still fancy having a go at an old 96’er steak!

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Remember …

If Covid restrictions prevent you from going on holiday just drink until you don’t know where you are.

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TIM

“Josey Wales” – 28mm Knuckleduster (Mo’vember Challenge)

This week sees the return to the Old West era and Knuckleduster Miniatures.  It’s been quite a while since I painted a western figure and it was good to delve back into the genre.  I can’t recall when I bought my last batch of Knuckleduster figures, it was certainly some time ago, and I have a fair few to get done.  I’m not in a rush to do them and the aim is to simply mix them into the to do pile to provide some variety over the weeks to come.

When the Josey Wales figure became available I knew it was one I had to have, not just for me but for my brother too.  A great many fans of the genre consider Josey Wales, the film starring Clint Eastwood, to be one of the finest ever made.  As a consequence the figure was a must buy and paint and I purchased three of them.

My brother has already taken possession of his figure leaving me with the two shown below.  I decided to base one on the same style of base as all the other figures I have done in this range and one on a little oak plinth as I consider it to be “special” figure.  Nothing really to say about the paint job itself.  All painted in acrylics with a colour scheme as close as possible to the movie character.

Personally the figure not on the plinth is the better of the two.

Images below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 125)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another Footsore Baron’s War Banner Man.  I think I have another three to do so anticipate the others in the weeks to come.  As others have said, the banners will add some colour and visual interest to the growing army.  I’m keeping the banners simple, perhaps to simple as there is an opportunity to make more of them but in truth I want to move on and trying something more complicated doesn’t float my boat right now.  If I ever get the urge to attempt something more elaborate then new banners would be an easy change to make so I’m comfortable with my decision for now.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

Following a request from Roger I thought I’d take a look at sequels which, arguably, out shone the original.  I think I might have done this one before but it’s important to keep ones readership happy!  In no particular order I came up with these five.  Over to you Roger!

  1. The Godfather – Part 2 (1974)
  2. Terminator 2 – Judgement Day (1991)
  3. The Dark Knight (2008)
  4. Aliens (1986)
  5. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Missionary Man” by the Eurythmics.  I like Annie Lennox, she’s a cool lady in my book and together with Dave Stewart they made some great music.  I could have gone with plenty of tracks but this one doesn’t get played perhaps as often as it should.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The North Water” on BBC iPlayer.  A five part drama series about Whalers which I thought was promising based on the synopsis.  The story line itself was fine but personally I feel the five hours could have been compressed quite comfortably into two.

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Remember …

If the women in your life said she missed you just make sure she isn’t reloading.

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TIM

Dio-Bolical Monday No: 22 – “News Update No: 3”

My last update was written in June – “News Update No: 2” and since then I have achieved my primary storage objective.  Specifically, I have managed to find a safe storage method for all the models and figures that were on temporary view in the below display case in order to leave it now empty.

My storage issue was bigger than this alone but until I could clear out the display case I didn’t have a hope or prayer of contemplating getting started on the diorama I have planned.  With the UK summer behind me it is now time to give serious consideration to what I would like to do.

In my previous update I mentioned how I had purchased some more fantastic buildings from Tabletop World.  I’m not sure all four of them will feature in this diorama, I suspect one will be used in something else, but now that I can play around with the base I can begin to work out just what I might do.  I have a vague idea because that’s what I based my purchase on but, as I think we have all experienced, it’s only when playing around with the bits and bobs that you really get a sense of what is possible.

The basic concept of the diorama I have in mind is a rustic medieval scene featuring three of the buildings – Watermill, Stable, Blacksmiths – and various figures from the Footsore Baron’s War third kickstarter when they become available to buy later this year.  As a working title the diorama will, for now, be called “Death and Taxes” but I expect that to change.  In fact the whole concept might change if I’m being honest.

So where do I go from here?  Good question.

The aim at some point in the next month or so is to reintroduce “Dio-Bolical Monday” posts and chart my progress as I embarck on a diorama which will takes weeks if not months to complete.  At the same time I aim to juggle my normal Wednesday and Saturday posts too so I suspect my “Dio-Bolical Monday” posts will not feature every week as my gut feeling is this is a tall order when I consider what else I have going on.  Much will also depend on the weather.  The more I am confined to being indoors the more I’ll get done but She Who Must Be Obeyed also has decorating plans for me and of course before we know it Christmas will be upon us.

I could make quite an extensive list of potential distractions but essentially progress will be what it is.  That said I am excited to be able to at least think that I can get things underway.  There is a fair bit of planning to do and more purchases to be made as and when I can identify the items I need to buy.  I’ll make some bits where I can but have no plans to reinvent the wheel, if I can buy it then this time around I probably will.

Hopefully my next “Dio-Bolical Monday” post will be the commencement of the project but quite when then will be is anybodies guess right now.

TIM

“Indianna” – 28mm Hasslefree Miniatures

Last week, and for the first time in a very long time, I painted something other than a Footsore Baron’s War knight figure.  It proved to be a welcome break and something I enjoyed so this week I painted the partner in crime for “Jones”, the aptly named “Indianna”.

As I very much consider them to be a pair I elected to go with more or less matching attire and identical base work to keep things simple.  My only real deliberation when I started painting the pair was whether or not to base them together or seperately.  In the end I went for seperate bases knowing I could always place them side by side if Iwanted to.

Images of “Indianna” below along with a coulple of her alongside “Jones”.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 124)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is a Footsore Baron’s War Bannerman.  I’ve intentionally been ignoring the Bannermen until now, not because I don’t like the figures but because I hadn’t been motivated to making and painting the banners.  They are an easy enough thing to do, especially if you keep them as simple as this one, but I do have to be in the mood to make and paint them.  Having taken so long to get in the right frame of mind I made five banners so all I have to do now is paint them and the remaining figures going forward.  Simples.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Footsore (Again!)

I seem to be on a role with Footsore which I’m honored by.  Much to my surprise yet again Mark Farr elected to give me another shout out, the 4th I have now received, when he wrote the following in his most recent newsletter.

Ordinarily we like to share the wealth when it comes to our community spotlight but this week we are sharing more of David Green’s work. He shared these group shots over on the Barons’ War Facebook group and they are too good not to share. That he said something nice about me has nothing to do with it…

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Give Me Five

I thought I would stick with the theme of selecting my favourite 5 films of an actor or actress whose career has produced an extensive list of memorable movies.  This week I decided to take a look at Gene Hackman and came up with the following films.  In no particular order:

  1. Mississippi Burning (1988)
  2. Superman (1978)
  3. Unforgiven (1992)
  4. The French Connection (1971)
  5. The Firm (1993)

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TIM’s Plan

As the UK heads towards the autumn and winter months and the inevitable wet weather and shorter days so my mind has wandered towards my hobby plans.  Of course there isn’t a hope or a prayer that everything I aim to do will get done but at least it is a well intended aim.

Finishing my Baron’s War Army remains high on my list of objectives and my initial emphasis will be to get the remaining foot figures done.  These are quicker and easier than the mounted ones but it is a realistic goal.  I also have a modest pile of Hasslefree, Knuckleduster and Reaper figures in need of my attention and these I plan to integrate with the Baron’s War figures so I have a bit of variety going on.

I’m also keen to resurrect “Dio-Bolical Monday” as I have a couple of dioramas that I would like to get underway.  I don’t anticipate posting every week, certainly not to start with, but it would be good to get back on track.  I suspect any initial posts will be more about planning than painting and building but you have to start somewhere and we will see how things go.

Finally, if I can be asked, I’d like to sort my blog out.  There are some areas of the site that I would really like to reorganise in some way and if I really get bored then I might divert my attention to this at some point.

All in all I have no reason to get bored while I wait for Spring to show its face once again.

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  This week TIM has been listening to …

“Cat’s In The Cradle” by Harry Chapin.  Adjusting to my daughter having gone to University is proving a challenge for me.  She isn’t a daddy’s girl but she is my daughter and of course I love her very much.  The lyrics to this song relate to a father and son but they still feel relevant.  I think I need to play some rock very loud!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Gunpowder Milkshake” starring Karen Gillan who I find very easy on the eye.  A pretty good film and an easy watch following a knackering few days.

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Remember …

If you want to save money at Christmas now is the perfect time to tell the kids Santa didn’t make it through the pandemic.

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TIM

A Beginners Guide to Painting Freehand Straight Lines

I thought I would do a quick post on freehand painting, specifically straight lines, with the aim of sharing what I have learnt so far.  The first thing I must clear up is I am not an expert freehand painter.  This is not false modesty just a statement of fact.  If you don’t believe me just do some Pinterest or Google searches and you’ll see just how expert some figure painters are. That said I am pleased with the progress I have made, albeit that advancement has been slow.  One reason for this is I have found very little in my searching, either on YouTube or Google, which deals with the subject from a beginners point of view.  Hopefully this post will provide some very basic assistance to anyone thinking about giving freehand a go.

So why do freehand painting in the first place?

Well I can only answer that question from a personal perspective.  For me it is simply down to the fact that I like the idea of making a figure truly unique where I can.  Freehand doesn’t suit everything but where it does it can make a figure stand out from the rest.  Decals are of course an option but they aren’t suitable for everything, stripes being a example, and the purist in me prefers the idea of avoiding them if I can.

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Getting started with the basics there are a few things you will need.

  1. Liquitex Flow Aid
  2. A good brush with a nice point
  3. A steady hand and/or something to rest on like a small been bag
  4. A good eye or some form of magnification visor
  5. Patience
  6. An eye for detail

A bottle of Liquitex Flow Aid will set you back about £10.00 but the bottle will last you a life time even if you are buying it in your teens!  Used with acrylic paints (I mostly use Vallejo Model Color paints) it does what it says and improves the flow of the paint but without diluting the pigment.  Used with a good pointed brush it is possible to paint very fine lines and detail.  As a medium it is also ideal for colour blending too because it keeps the paint wetter for a little longer.

When it comes to brushes it’s very much each to their own.  Along time ago now I invested in Winsor and Newton series 7 brushes and have never looked back.  More expensive yes, but cared for they last much longer so they are cost effective.  Typically I only ever use two size brushes when painting figures, size 1 and size 000.

When it comes to a steady hand I guess you either have one or you don’t.  If your hand waves around a fair bit then freehand is going to be much tougher.  You can however do things which help.  My hand is pretty steady (for a 64 year old!) but whenever I can I don’t hold what I’m painting (when painting a 28mm shield for example I just keep it flat on a piece of sponge) and I always keep my elbows (and wrists where possible) firmly placed on the desk I work on.  This was a tip I picked up watching how signwriters work, they always keep their elbow and wrists supported whenever they can.

These days I work almost exclusively in 28mm/32mm scale and my eyesight isn’t what it used to be.  As a consequence I use a magnifying visor.  It’s not the solution to everything, the figure might appear bigger but so does the brush!  The main thing is the detail stands out.  Furthermore, if the end result looks good wearing the visor it will look perfect to the naked eye.

Patience you’re most likely going to need in abundance.  Either you have it or you don’t.  For figure painting I do, for everything else in my life I don’t!  Weird I know but it is what it is!

An eye for detail.  This is all about your satisfaction level and when you decide things are good enough.  As a general rule I’m rarely if ever satisfied but I have to stop somewhere.

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Now let’s move on to painting stripes.

Painting stripes or straight lines is about as simple as it gets for freehand by my reckoning.  By simple I mean it’s easy to comprehend but practice is still required.  Before I started on a figure I just spent some time getting the paint and medium balance right (you don’t need very much of the medium) and settled eventually on 50:50 or there abouts, I don’t tend to measure things out,  and then just painted line after line on a piece of paper for practice.  After about 10 minutes it was time to try things out on a figure.

My logic told me to paint light coloured stripes over a darker background colour.  That way any touching up and evening up of stripes would be more easily addressed.  These days I don’t think it really makes much difference.  Another thing I learnt, particulalry when painting stripes on trousers/legs was to start on the outside of the leg first and work right to left and left to right but always leave the inside of the leg until last.  With some figures it’s not always easy to get a stripe on the inside of the leg and if there is one place where inaccuracy will notice less its here.

I always paint stripped trousers/legs first and then do feet/shoes and shirt/jacket (or whateaver constitutes the two end areas abutting the stripes) afterwards.  This Way you can start and end the stripe outside of the area you are aiming to paint to get the flow started and simply paint over afterwards.  It does take practice but once that has been achieved the door is open to do so much more.  If you can paint stripes you can paint hoops and if you can paint stripes and hoops then you can then paint checks.  Stripes can also be painted diagonally and thick and thin, all of which can produce much variation.

I don’t tend to worry too much about shading, applying a wash can generally deal with that to my satisfaction.  Highlights I tend to limit to the original colour and do sparingly as the last thing I want to do is mess up the freehand work I’ve just done!  Looking ahead shading and highlighting is something I might look at improving but for now I’m happy with the results I’m achieving.

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Below are various images of stripes and straight lines and how I have used them.

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This Knuckleduster figure didn’t need stripped trousers but adding some just makes it stand out more.

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if you can paint stripes you can paint hoops.

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If you can paint stripes and hoops you can paint checks.

If you can paint vertical and horizontal lines then you can paint diagonal lines too.

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Stripes and hoops don’t have to be thin lines, they can be thicker ones too.

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If you don’t fancy stripes straight away then why not start with getting the lines straight and working in larger blocks?

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A with so much of this hobby there are few short cuts.  When all is said and done it comes down to practice, patience, persistence and simply being prepared to give something a go.

TIM

“Jones” – 28mm Hasslefree Miniatures

As many of you will be aware I have over the last several months pretty much painted and based nothing but Footsore Baron’s War knights.  An army building project I set out to achieve which has seen great progress but remains unfinished.  I’m far from bored with the project but have reached the stage where I am in need of a palette cleanser here and there.  I also need to get started on other projects too but more on that in a future post.

There are a great many figures sitting in my lead pile waiting to receive my attention and I have decided that now is the time to do something about it.  The aim is not to neglect the army project but to try to add some variety to my modelling scheduled.  Looking at the figures lovingly looking up at me I decided I would start on a Hasslefree figure which goes by the name of “Jones”.

It seems so long since I painted something other than a Baron’s War figure that for a brief period I was left wondering quite where to start!  I had to remind myself how to do camouflage trousers by looking back at figures I had painted some time ago.  Once I got started things started to slot into place and the old grey matter began to start working and then I was away.

Not a great deal to say about the figure itself.  As always the castings from Hasslefree are bang on the money and the figure was a joy to paint, all the more so because it represented something different again.  I deliberately kept the base simple as I felt that was all the figure really needed. As and when I get back into painting dioramas and vignettes this is a figure I may well look at doing again.

Unfortunately the photographs aren’t quite as sharp as I would like them to be but then again I am looking at them on an old laptop.  They look a bit better on my tablet at least.

Images of “Jones” below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 123)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another double bill.  This time two Footsore Baron’s War spearmen.  I’m making a concentrated effort to stay focused and to at least finish the 20 or so foot figures I still have to do while trying to start work on a few other figures at the same time.  I need to clear the decks a little more before I can seriously consider starting a diorama or two otherwise I will simply have to much stuff everywhere.  Although the end is in sight for my army’s foot figures there is a very long way to go in respect of the mounted ones.  Still it all remains fun and that’s the most important thing.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Footsore

As you may have read in previous posts I was delighted to get a mention, not once but twice, in the Footsore emailed newsletter in respect some of my recently painted figures.  Well it turns out I was on a hat trick as Mark Farr gave me a third mention!

“As the nights get darker in the UK we are seeing more Knights at night. Something like that anyway. This particular Knight is painted by David Green over on the Barons’ War Facebook group. With custom heraldry and an excellent blue colour he is definitely a knight ready to fight for what’s right at night.”

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Landmark

It seems I recently hit a landmark.  According to WordPress my previous post was my 500th.  I had very few goals when I decided to start my blog and to be honest I still don’t but it has provided me with a great deal of pleasure.  As well as being an audit trail for my own work, which was initially my aim in getting started, it has been a wonderful source of encouragement from those of you have been kind enough to follow me and comment.  I thank you all.

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Weather

The weather in the UK, and certainly in West Devon where I live, is set to take a turn for the worst.  Not entirely unexpected for this time of the year but a clear indication that summer (did we have one?) is over and and a wet and windy autumn is very much on the horizon.  This of course is a mixed blessing.

On the one hand the outside jobs that still need doing will be even more of a chore, on the other hand more time spent in doors will provide greater time for modelling.  It is therefore time for me to start putting some sort of plan together once I get me head in gear.  I’ll let you know what I come up with in due course.

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Give Me Five

I thought I would adopt a slightly different approach for this week, and maybe for some weeks to come, and focus on actors and actresses who have appeared in a significant number of films.  We all have our favorite actors and actresses and one of mine is Tom Hanks.  My top five films of his, in no particular order are:

  1. Sully (2016)
  2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  3. Apollo 13 (1995)
  4. Road To Perdition (2002)
  5. A League Of Their Own (1992)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Something Else” by Sid Vicious.  Some people are meant to die young and Sid I reckon was one of those.  Twenty one is no age to die but at least he left this track behind.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Dry” starring Eric Bana.  A mystery drama set in Australia which turned out to be a good watch.

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Remember …

If you die and get cremated get your ashes put into an hour glass, that way you can still participate in family games night.

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TIM

Sir William Ingle

Another day another Knight!  My penultimate Footsore Baron’s War knight in the set of figures with two handed weapons.  They will bring out more in due course I’m sure but for now I’m nearly there with this part of the range.

This is another figure with made up heraldry, well as far as I know it is and with it a made up name taken from my family tree.  Whilst the paint work might look fiddly, and to some extent it is given the 28mm scale of the figure, the reality is I’ve gotten reasonably used to painting what amounts to little more than straight lines.  As for the colour scheme I thought I’d have another go with a blue and yellow combo as I really think they go well together.

Images of Sir William below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 122)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another Footsore Baron’s War Foot Sergeant.  The shield design goes by the name of “Party Per Chevron”.  A neat and simple design but one I rather like.  I manged to get the figure started last week and just about found the time to finish it these past couple of days.  Little else to add but at least it is one more done and off of the lead pile.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

This weekend just gone we took my daughter off to Oxford for the start of her University experience. She was emotional, not so much for me or She Who Must Be Obeyed, although I’m sure she’ll miss us, but more for her boyfriend who’d previously left a couple of weeks ago to go to Bristol.  The joys of young love!  Which leads me nicely into this weeks choice, Teen Movies.  I think this genre is one of my favourites, so many great films.  If I’d known life would be as good as over when I’d reached my twenties I’d have put so much more effort into my teen years. In no particular order:

  1. The Perks Of Being A Wall Flower (2012)
  2. Some Kind Of Wonderful (1987)
  3. Ferris BuellersDay Off (1986)
  4. The Kissing Booth (2018)
  5. The Edge Of Seventeen (2016)

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Hitting The Wall

I’ve enjoyed my journey thus far with regards to my Footsore Baron’s War project but I’m reaching the point where a brief hiatus is called for.  I’ve a pile of other figures I want to paint, a wish to do some basic base work, a need to prepare for the IPMS Nationals and a growing desire to begin work on planning and building a couple of dioramas.  Something has to give but I am determined to finish what I started so in the coming weeks expect to see a few figures interspersed with the odd Baron’s War figures for a while.

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IPMS Telford

I thought I’d give a heads up to anyone who might be considering going to Telford this year.  The event takes place on the weekend of the 13th and 14th November but as a consequence of Covid some changes to the format have been announced already.  I must stress these might be subject to change and up to date information will be on the IPMS website but as things currently stand admission is via advanced ticket sales only unless you are an IPMS Member.  ALL attendees are required to provide evidence of double Covid vaccinations too.  Feel free to contact me for further information but as I say the website is the go to place for full details.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple.  I thought I would take a dip into the past and have a blast!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Let Him Go” starring Kevin Costner.  I think it is fair to say that I have enjoyed most of Costner’s films.  I hadn’t heard of this one though, probably because it came out it 2020 and passed under the radar due to Covid and lockdown perhaps.  In any event it turned out to be a good watch and a little different too.

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Remember …

Pleasing everyone is impossible but pissing them all off is a piece of cake.

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TIM

Saturday Knight!

Time this week has been at a premium.  As you read this I am on my way to Oxford with She Who Must Be Obeyed taking She Also Thinks She Should Be Obeyed to the start of her new life at University.  As expected anxiety levels for us all have gone through the roof in the lead up to this dramatic change in our lives and as such modelling has had to very much take a back seat.  I did however mange to just about get something together for this post and get another figure underway which hopefully I’ll get finished in time for next Wednesday.  Time will tell of course.

What I managed to get done was another foot knight and one which I kept simple on every front.  No deliberation on colour scheme, plain white was good enough.  No fancy name given to the figure and therefore no proper title for this post either, although I did indulge in a bit of basic freehand for the shield.  Not entirely sure where the idea of a castle turret came from but it works of a fashion and is different to anything else I have done. 

Next on the agenda is my dad’s 95th birthday next week which will further restrict what I can get done but hopefully, fingers crossed, things might settle down a little after that.  Then I really need to take stock of where I am and where I’m heading as right now I haven’t got a clue!

Images of the knight with no name below. 

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 121)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature isn’t.  Well it is but it’s actually four figures with an added bonus.  This week I managed to churn out four Footsore Baron’s War Levy’s and, as well as taking a couple of photo’s of each, I also managed a group shot of the four of them.  In fairness these figures were, in contrast to just about everything else I’ve done to date on this project, quick and easy.

So what of the added bonus?  Well, not quite what I had intended but conscious of the fact that I needed to do something, I took a group shot of the seven mounted knights I have completed and another one of the foot knights and sergeants too.  I’ve still to work out any form of base that works for me and of course I haven’t included a photo yet of the spearmen, archers, crossbowmen and levy’s.  Hopefully this is something I will eventually put right but for now it provides an indication of the progress I have made to date on part of the project.

 

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

I never appreciated just how big the “Biopic” film category was.  As far as genre’s go this one is one of my favorites, I do like a good true story (even a Hollywood interpreted one).  This time around I’ve placed no parameters on the genre but as and when I revisit it I will look to break the category down.  In the meanwhile five films, in no particular order, which I have watched more than once and will doubtless watch again.

  1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  2. Schindler’s List (1993)
  3. The Social Network (2010)
  4. Philomena (2013)
  5. Into the Wild (2007)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Fake I.D.” by Big and Rich Featuring Gretchen Wilson.  I have to say I enjoyed the Footloose remake and this particular track, not least of all because it featured Julianne Hough, a very hot young lady who is on my hit list of potential wife replacements. 

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Green Book” starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, neither of whom I’d ever heard of before.  The film won Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars although I confess to knowing little if anything about it until I watched it.  Turned out to be a good film and one which was based on a true story.  Well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it already I’d say.

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Remember …

To err is human but to blame it on someone else shows management potential.

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TIM

Sir Frederick Joselyne

When I first set out on my Footsore Baron’s War army project I worked out the ratio of foot figures to mounted figures with the intention of working to it so that all the figures would be completed roughly at the same time.  Doing a quick count up the other day it was clear that I had advanced far more with the foot figures than I had with the mounted knights.

There are many reasons, excuses if you prefer, as to why this has happened but time has been by far the biggest.  On occasions time has been limited and I have preferred to pick up and paint to completion a foot figure in preferance to starting a mounted figure which will require work over several days.  That said I needed to address the balance as and when and with a bit more time available just recently I have tried to focus on the mounted knights.

I rather like the yellow and blue colour combination and elected to use it once again.  I’ve yet to discover a real knight that used this combination with a white cross, not that I have researched that hard but the colour combination and the blazon, in this case the cross, do appear from what I can determine to be authentic heraldry.  In need of a name I once again delved into my family tree (so glad I thought to do this) and elected to go with my maternal Great Great Grandfather Frederick Joselyne.

The paint job on this one was pretty straightforward as were the freehand crosses as I’ve had a lot of practice on these and done quite a few now.  The only real challange was getting all the crosses to be roughly the same size.

Images of Sir Fred below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 120)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is actually another double billing of two Footsore Baron’s War foot knights.  Although I’m still enjoying the project and have every intention of seeing it through to completion I am nonetheless keen to start on something new.  I don’t want to rush things but at the same time I am keen to try to pick up the pace whenever I can.  This week was a good one and getting a couple of figures done was a nice little bonus.

Little to say about either figure other than I tried to make the crosses painted on each of the two figures a little different from what I have generally done in the past.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

Horror movies are probably my least favorite genre unless you include zombie films like Shaun of the Dead which some online lists do (so I have done so as well!).  However, IRO  asked if I’d done this category yet and as I hadn’t and in order to keep him quite now that he has done his shed I thought I would address the issue.  My top five are probably very tame so I will let others like IRO  enlighten us.  In no particular order.

  1. The Exorcist (1973)
  2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  3. Zombieland (2009)
  4. The Omen (1976)
  5. Dracula (1958 – Hammer Horror)

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Footsore Miniatures 

Having been pleasantly surprised to be highlighted by Mark Farr in his Footsore News Letter I was taken aback to see that I got another mention in his next one!  I confess to being properly chuffed. 

“Continuing with the Barons’ War we have this lovely pair from David Green. A very nice Richard I is paired with a Foot Knight that has a rather spiffy shield. Which looks like freehand heraldry! Well done David, these are great”

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Rockstar” by Nickleback.  I like this track and the video in equal measure.  It’s hard to argue with the lyrics and it’s easy to understand the desire to become a Rockstar too.  That said I tend to receive such perks and adulation just by being a modeller.  Miniature painting is, as we all know, so rock and roll. 

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Run Hide Fight” starring Isabel May and a couple of other actors I’d never heard of.  A topical film for America, which is to say it’s about an every day school shooting.  I guess the subject was always going to make it to a film at some point.  The film got off to a good start but I did think the ending was a little flawed.

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Remember …

The “Dyson Ball Cleaner” is a very misleading product name.

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TIM