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

Sir James Kimber

Back in June (where did the summer go?) I painted up this Footsore Baron’s War figure with a bit of freehand painting on the shield to depict a knight by the name of Sir John De Belloows.  At the time I did it I thought I’d quite like to have another bash at the heraldry at some point and over the last week I finally got around to doing so.

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I decided this time that I would have a go at applying the heraldry to a mounted knight.  I also chose to go with a different colour scheme, yellow instead of white, and a slightly different design.  As you can see there isn’t much to choose between them other than the head really.  Having done three paint jobs of the Eagle(?) – two at the back of the horse and one on the shield – I couldn’t be asked to do two at the front of the horse so I went for crosses instead.  Lazy I know.

I really have no idea if there is a real knight with anything close to this heraldry, if there is then it is purely coincidence on my part.  Accordingly the knight was in need of a name so once again I returned to my family tree for inspiration and thus settled on the name of my great grandfather, James Kimber.

Images of Sir James  below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 119)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another Foot Sergeant from the Baron’s War range and alI I had time to get done this week.  The shield design is known as a “Party Per Pal” and is a first for me.  I rather like the three colour mix so may well do this design again at some point but with different colours.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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WordPress Stats

On a monthly basis I check my stats with particular attention to the countries which have viewed my blog.  As I’ve mentioned before I get a buzz seeing where my blog has been viewed even if it is only one view and the likely result of an accident.  On the positive side I’m pleased to report Estonia, a lovely country I visited briefly a few years ago, has now been added to my list.  On the negative side I noticed that my other stats have seen a steady decline. 

I’m not entirely sure why my figures have fallen as there could of course be numerous reasons.  Blog content could be one of course but the slow downward trend has been over many months and coincides with the ending of lockdown in the UK.  There is no doubt that my stats peaked during lockdown and now it very much looks like they are returning to normal. 

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IPMS Scale Model World Telford

IPMS announced a while ago that they would make a decision on whether or not the Telford show would go ahead at the end of August.  They have been true to their word and I was delighted to learn that the show is confirmed to go ahead in November.   More details will be released in due course and doubtless there will be some inevitable changes due to Covid.  The wearing of masks and the need to produce a Covid passport to gain entry are likely I would imagine and it remains to be seen just how many overseas visitors, traders and exhibitors attend.  For now though all I can do is keep my fingers crossed and hope things don’t get worse than they are and the show can go  on. 🤞 

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Give Me Five

This week I thought I’d take a look at disaster movies.  To some extent this is a very wide genre so I chose to restrict it to films which were either based on real events or had a “realistic” feel to them rather than, say, being Science Fiction based.  In no particular order I came up with the following five. 

  1. Apollo 13 (1995)
  2. Titanic (1997)
  3. The Towering Inferno (1974)
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000)
  5. Twister (1996)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Too Late for Goodbyes” by Julian Lennon.  I have just finished reading “John”, a book written by Cynthia Lennon, his first wife, which my brother passed on to my mum who in turn passed it to me.  An excellent read and quite an insight to the legend which is John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles.  His son Julian had a pretty tough time and knowing he later produced a couple of albums of his own I checked out a few tracks on YouTube.  Years since I had heard this and I’d forgotten just how much he looked like his dad.  Spooky.

 

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Erin Brockervich” starring Julia Roberts.  This film came out in 2000 and completely passed me by.  It popped up on a list of must see films so I thought I’d give it a watch, especially as it is based on a true story.  All in all an excellent film and glad I sat down to see it.

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Remember …

The phrase “Don’t take this the wrong way” has a zero percent success rate.

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TIM

Richard The Lionheart, King of England

Another week, another Footsore Baron’s War knight and another opportunity for some freehand painting.  This weeks offering is Richard The Lionheart, King of England.  The figure comes as a twin pack, the other figure being mounted and in a slightly different pose with his helmet on.  I think I might start on the mounted version sooner rather than later but look at doing the freehand heraldry a bit different. 

For some reason I couldn’t get the shield to photograph as well as I’d like.  Not enough of a photographer to understand why but the end result is reflective light so the three lions do not show up as well as they look in the flesh.  My best guess is that it is down to the metallic paint.  Gold was appropriate to use but maybe a yellow would have photographed better?  It is what it is.

Images below.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 118)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another 28mm Footsore Baron’s War foot knight. 

I found a image online of a couple of snakes entwined around a flame and thought it would look quite cool on a shield so I thought I’d give it a go.  Not sure it scores points for authenticity but it was fun to try and do and didn’t come out looking to bad. 

Having been originally determined to make my knights authentic I’ve started to move towards doing my own thing a bit more often.  Does it matter?  Nah!  It’s All good fun and for a change I thought I’d paint some hoops on the tabard.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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BBC Gaming Articles 

By chance I came across an article on the BBC News Internet app which was interesting and led to a couple more articles which I checked out.  All the links are very short but worth taking a look at.  The first is about lockdown gaming and the therapy it provided.  The second and third are short video’s.  The second focuses on the revival of gaming and is set in Games Workshop HQ Nottingham and the third is about the creation of Games Workshop.     

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Give Me Five

I do Iove a film which contains a surprise or an element of mystery.  The downside of course is they are best first time around although that doesn’t mean they can’t be watched again.  All in all there are a lot of films which are able to meet this criteria but my five short list, in no particular order, is as follows:

  1. Gone Girl (2014)
  2. The Girl on the Train (2016)
  3. Prestige (2006)
  4. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  5. Seven (1995)

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Footsore Miniatures

Mark Farr who runs Footsore Miniatures produces a weekly newsletter which is emailed to those who choose to subscribe, myself included.  In each newsletter Mark includes a “Community Spotlight” highlighting the work produced by people who have caught his eye and one source for this is the Baron’s War Facebook group which I have begun to post weekly to.

Reading through the newsletter I was very pleasantly surprised to read the following written by Mark under the Community Spotlight section which also included a couple of photographs.

“I spotted this too late for last week’s newsletter so here it is this week. David Green has shared some pictures in the Barons’ War. The freehand on the shield is especially skilled, mine would look like roadkill”. 

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Morning Glory” by Oasis.  I always considered the Gallaghers to be a right pair of nobs and to be honest nothing I’ve seen, read or heard about them has changed my mind.  Quite how they came up with some great music and a couple of excellent albums I’ll never know.  Just one of life’s mysteries I guess.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Man Of Steel” starring Henry Cavill as Superman.  On the positive side I guess it’s fair to say the special effects are OK but alas I don’t have much else to add.  The story line was all over the place as far as I’m concerned and I found Henry Cavill unconvincing in the role.  For me the 1978 film “Superman” starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman was a far better film and hit all the right notes for a comic book production.

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Remember …

Don’t believe everything you read in public toilets.  It’s highly likely that Sharon isn’t up for a good time and that it will lead to an awkward phone call.

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TIM

Sir Aubrey De Verde

Mounted knights are a bit like buses, you wait ages for one and then along comes another one soon after.  This mounted knight is another with made up heraldry and name.

This particular one takes its name from my dad, Aubrey Green.  Unfortunatley my dad who’s 94 years of age, 95 in October, went into hospital last week having had a heart attack.  He was sent home earlier this week but yesterday was readmitted as he had had further chest pains.  He hasn’t seen this knight yet but I’ll let him see it when he’s fit and well.  Verde if you weren’t aware is the Spanish word for green.  There is no family connection to Spain that I am aware of other than holidays which have been spent there.

The colours of green and white pretty much chose themselves and the “Howling Wolf” heraldry was based on a YouTube video I found searching for an easy to draw wolf.  Credit here must go to “Art Ala Carte” for her simple drawing method which I was able to replicate reasonably well at the first time of asking.

Images below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 117)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another double act.  For some reason I’ve tended to overlook the Footsore Baron’s War crossbowmen.  No particular reason for doing so but I thought I ought to address the imbalance.  Some of the figures have crossbows cast with the figure while for others the weapon is seperate and needs fixing in place.  In this instance we have one of each.  I kept the painting simple on both figures but will see what I can do with the others to pimp them up a bit, maybe add some stripes. 

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

According to my rough calculations I’ve now done 5 mounted knights and over 40 foot figures.  Somehow I thought I had done more but I reckon that must have just been wishful thinking.  That means I’m left with about 14 mounted figures and 60 or so foot figures still to do.  I think I’ll count them up again just to make sure I’ve got it right.  

My aim was to get them all done before the third Footsore Baron’s War kickstarter is released at the end of September.  To be honest it is looking unlikely.  Come September I also aim to start on my next big (for me) diorama.  One way or another it looks like I have my work cut out.  To be fair it’s not a race, simply self imposed timescales to keep me motivated and as I am far from bored yet (you might be but I’m not!) I have no problem extending my deadlines.  

A display base remains a concern but I’m in no rush to resolve the issue.  Although the movement trays arrived and were fine I’m having second thoughts about using them.  For expediency I might look at buying some sort of mat instead.  I can’t say I’m struck on that idea either so I’ll continue to give the matter more thought.

Looks like I’ll have to use SWMBO’s green table cloth for a group shot for now at least.   

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Give Me Five

I do like Romantic Comedy, not least of all because they make for some good family viewing.  It’s also a well represented genre and therefore gave rise once again to some difficult choices.  In the end I settled on these five.  In no particular order:

  1. Annie Hall (1977)
  2. Groundhog Day (1993)
  3. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
  4. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  5. Serendipity (2001)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Gimme All Your Lovin'” by ZZ Top.  I was in the mood for something a bit louder and settled on ZZ Top.  This is a great track with a great intro and the video features a great car and great girls.  What’s not to like?

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Tudors”, a Channel 4 series which I am watching via catch up online.  There are four series in all making up 40 episodes in total and I’m near the end of series 3.  I’ve no idea how factually correct it is, I’ll assume it’s 50:50 but I’m finding it a good watch. 

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Remember …

If it wasn’t for Thomas Edison we would all be watching television in the dark.

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TIM

Sir Edgar De Grun

I thought I’d try something new this week in respect of heraldry and decide to have a go at painting a stags head on one of my Footsore Baron’s War knights shields.  I wasn’t sure how authentic it would be in an historical sense but I figured it might look quite cool.  The thing is I’m not a natural artist, I can’t just do something like a stags head without the need for some very easy reference material to copy from.

My default position is to revert to YouTube and see what I can find.  A search under “easy animal drawings” threw up several ideas aimed at five year olds and I settled on a combination of two very short but very good video’s.  The first video showed how to draw the head of a Doe, a deer, a female deer (there’s a song in there somewhere) and the second gave me the idea for the antlers.  Essentially all I had to do was draw a basic triangle and flesh things out from there.  Simples!  And as it turned out it did prove pretty simple much to my surprise and on top of that I was pleased with the end result too.

As this was another made up knight I needed to give the little chap a name.  My uncles christian name is Edgar and a good friend of mine has the surname Edgar and as I felt it had a certain medieval feel to it I settled on that with the Grun being a germanic play on Green.

Black over white is always a good combination in my book for easier touching up so I went with that colour combination and added a couple of white lines at the bottom of his surcoat to break things up a bit.

lmages of Sir Edgar De Grun below.

TIM

 

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Sir James Langley (28mm Mounted Baron’s War Knight)

After allowing myself to get side tracked by painting “Hubert de Burgh” last week I was determined that this week would see another 28mm mounted Baron’s War knight completed.  This little chap is a made up knight, which is to say the heraldry is not one I have come across but one I have made up.   If it does exist out there then it is purely a coincidence as far as I am concerned. 

Although it was made up it was inspired by other images I have seen.  The light blue and yellow colour combination I have seen used before and rather like it and the cross hatching, albeit in a different way, I have also seen used a good many times.  From a painting perspective it represented a nice challenge and overall I’m pleased with it even though some of the squares aren’t quite as even as I would like but that’s something I can work on when I next undertake a square pattern. 

As already mentioned this is a made up knight and therefore in need of a made up name.  On a previous figure I referred to my family tree for inspiration and decided I would do this once again.  In this instance I elected to go with my maternal great grandfather’s name, James Newton Langley.

Images of Sir James below.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 115)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is a single knight and not one based on a real character.   The aim here was to experiment with some more freehand painting and I settled on the idea of a rearing horse.  The head isn’t quite right but given the actual scale of the figure and the size of the shield I think I can just about get away with it for a first attempt.  The positioning ended up being a little off centre which I didn’t like either, leaving the top right hand corner a little bare so I added a cross which again kind of works.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

With a reasonable number of figures now painted (I need to do a proper count but it must be close to 40 or so) it’s time to give more consideration to how I will display my army.  Getting my head around this will also enable me to start taking some larger group photo’s too.  Well that’s the plan anyway!

I have a few ideas circulating in my brain but have yet to fully decide on what to do.  I do know that I want to keep it very simple.  The figures are unlikely to be on display at home, the usual issue of space, but I would like to take them to the occasional show.  There are two things I am clear about though.  The base is not intended to be a diorama, I don’t want to distract from the figures themselves, and it will need to built around movement trays so the figures can be easily placed.  With the latter in mind I ordered some movement trays to experiment with.  Hopefully they will arrive in a few days and then I can play around a bit.

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Taking Photo’s 

I came across this article on the BBC website (link below) and thought I would share it.  When it comes to taking Photo’s of my figures I really need to up my game.  It’s certainly an area where I would be happy to invest more time.  If I only had more of it!

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The Beatles – When I’m 64 (Lennon and McCartney) 

Today is my birthday, I’m 64.
 
I’m older, losing my hair and wondering if SWMBO will still send me a Valentine Card next February along with birthday greetiings and a bottle of wine next August.  I cannot imagine being out until quarter to three unless it is in the afternoon but I suspect I might be locked out regardless.  Will SWMBO still love me, will she still feed me even though she will be older too?  Questions that only the future will answer.
 
I’m still capable of mending a fuse when the lights have gone and SWMBO retains the dexterity to knit a jumper by the fireside.  Going for a drive on Sunday mornings remains an option as does doing the garden and digging the weeds.  I can’t ask for more.
 
Perhaps next year we might rent a cottage on the Isle of Wight if it’s not to dear otherwise we will have to scrimp and save.  No grandchildren yet to sit on my knee but I’ll send a post card and drop the kids a line stating my point of view and indicating precisely that that I’m wasting away now that I’m 64!
 
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Give Me Five

This week I thought I’d take a look at the “Spy” genre and within it my favourite films.  To some extent it would have been easy to just list most of the Bond movies but there are plenty of other good films out there.  My short list in no particular order is:

  1. Casino Royale (2006)
  2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
  3. Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
  4. Eye of the Needle (1981)
  5. The Bourne Identity (2002)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“She Drives Me Crazy” by the Fine Young Cannibals.  It’s been a while since I listened to this band and this particular track.  Not sure why that is but I reckon it has a lot to do with the fact that it reminds me of She Who Must Be Obeyed!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Accident” a four part mini series I discovered on Channel 4 and another one based in Wales.  I’m beginning to think that Wales is a dangerous place to visit.  Not a bad series and worth a watch I’d say.  Most things with Sarah Lancashire in usually are.

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Remember …

Women always have the last word in an argument.  Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

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TIM

Hubert De Burgh

The good news for me this week is I’ve started work on my next mounted knight.  The Bad news is I digressed and decided to paint this guy instead!

What we have here is “Hubert de Burgh”, a real life knight whose heraldry is shown in the below downloaded Google image.  As you can see it represents a painting challenge and it is that which led me to setting aside my mounted knight.

 

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The opening paragraph on Wikipedia for this knight reads:

Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent (c. 1170 – before 5 May 1243) was an English nobleman who served as Chief Justiciar of England and Ireland during the reigns of King John and of his infant son and successor King Henry III and, as a consequence, was one of the most influential and powerful men in English politics”.

There is however much more written about this chap and if you would like to read more then follow the link below.  I was particularly interested to learn that he was once the custodian of Launceston castle in Cornwall which is only a few miles from me and is where my parents both live.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubert_de_Burgh,_1st_Earl_of_Kent

All in all an interesting guy and one which deserved the best I could offer in terms of a paint job.  I’m not going to pretend the diamond pattern was easy to do on a 28mm figure, it wasn’t.  I also used a little poetic license on the shield too.  It was simply far to small for me to even attempt to replicate the exact design. Maybe next time I’ll give it ago if I ever paint him again.

Images of “Hubert” below.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 114)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is not one but two figures again.  As planned I manged to complete the two remaining figures which comprise Spearman Pack No: 1 of the Footsore Baron’s War range.  As well as images of the two figures I’ve also added a group shot of the four.  As facial expressions go l think the sculpt for the first little chap is spot on for the pose.

Still plenty more to paint and I’m growing conscious of the need for some sort of group shot of those I’ve painted to date.  I’ve still not got my head around how to do this.  Ideally I’d like to do some sort of base but right now I don’t want to take my eye off of painting so I might just have to go with a green table cloth if SWMBO has one I can use without moaning!

 

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

This week I decided to focus on Super Hero films.  The problem with this genre is there are several films involving the same super hero and various remakes which take advantage of better special effects.  I decided to simply base my top 5 on those films I enjoyed the most.  Clearly I haven’t enjoyed much since 2010!  In no particular order:

  1. Superman (1978)
  2. Batman (1989)
  3. Kick-Ass (2010)
  4. The Dark Knight (2008)
  5. Spiderman (2002)

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Model Club

Last Monday I attended my first model club meeting in over 18 months.  It was good to meet up with some familiar faces and enjoy some nerdy conversation for an hour and a half.  It will take a while for somethings to return to normal, particularly with regard to attending and participating in shows.  Although restrictions have been greatly relaxed in the UK it takes a good while for such events to be organised and arranged.  That said the calendar does now have a couple of events on it and fingers are crossed that this November will see the return of Telford in particular.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard.  Thought I’d go for this remix version, something about it caught my eye. 😉

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Vanilla Sky” starring Tom Cruise.  I like Tom Cruise (we could be twins) and thought I’d seen just about all of his films but this one l never managed to get around to watching for whatever reason.  Truth be told I wish I hadn’t bothered.  Great cast but far to confusing for this old brain of mine.  With hindsight I should have seen it 20 years ago, then I might have made a lot more sense of it.

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Remember …

It’s only appropriate to say “My, aren’t you big?” to children, adults tend to get offended.

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TIM

28mm Baron’s War Spearman

As well as working on the other two Spearmen from pack 1, which should feature in this coming Wednesday’s Miniatures & Musings post,  l decided I’d also make a start on the next set of Spearmen too.

For this little chap I thought I would return to authentic heraldry and chose to paint his shield in a design which according to a chart I have is called “Gyronney”.  At first glance I thought it would prove to be hard to paint but in the end it turned out to be easier than I thought.  I’m starting to think that, given the practice I have had, that maybe, just maybe my ability to paint straight lines is starting to pay off.

As shield designs go this is one I may well do again, albeit in a different colour scheme.  It might just be me but it does seem quite eye catching.  First though I must work on another mounted knight.  To date I’ve done only three which as a ratio to the number of them I have compared to foot figures puts me way behind.  On the positive side mounted knights look pretty impressive but on the downside they do take me a very long time to paint.  They also take me a while to decide on a scheme too and at times I find that the hardest part.  I’m sure I’ll come up with something but firstly I must finish the two Spearman for Wednesday.

Images of my “Gyronney” Spearman below.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 113)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is yet again another figure double, I’m on a roll!  In fairness these are a lot easier to churn out than the knights.  The lack of a shield keeps these figures much more simple.  It’s not that they are that much quicker to paint because they have faces to be done but I don’t have to spend time wondering what heraldry to do.  These two Baron’s War figures are from the “Spearmen No: 1” pack and I’m hoping I’ll get the other two done next week.  If I do, and if I manage to remember, I’ll also do a group photo of the four of them.  I also need to get my head around a larger group shot too, in particular what to use as a base and a backdrop.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

I’m not sure just how many films feature in this genre compared to topics of previous weeks but I decided to consider my top five musical bio films.  I still found myself leaving out a couple of excellent movies though!  In no particular order I listed the following five.

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
  2. The Glenn Miller Story
  3. Nowhere Boy (John Lennon)
  4. The Buddy Holly Story
  5. Backbeat (The Beatles)

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Model Club

After what seems like forever the Plymouth Model Club will be meeting for the first time next Monday.  Lockdown restrictions have been lifted to allow for this to happen although common sense precautions will be in place.  It will feel strange meeting up after such a long time and it will be interesting to see what members return.  Who knows, membership may even increase due to the growing interest in the hobby as a result of Covid.  It’s even starting to look like some shows will now take place too.  I’ll let you know how it goes.    

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Go Solo” by Tom Rosenthal.  My brother put me on to this guy a little while ago and slowly his music is growing on me.  I think it helps that this track has been taken by Renault for a UK TV advert and as such it’s exposure has grown.  A nice slow track with touching lyrics.  I can be sentimental at times! 

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Inbetweeners Movie”.  Like Marmite there is no half way house with The Inbetweeners, you either love it or you hate.  Personally I love it.  Watching series one to three of The Inbetweeners, along with the first movie, followed by Ricky Gervais in the “The Office” would, together, pretty much make up up 80% of my life before I retired.  Sad but true. 

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Remember …

If you see someone wearing camouflage make sure to walk straight into them to show its working.

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TIM

Sir Cecil de Vert

Work continues on my Baron’s War army.  At times progress seems slow but at other times it doesn’t.  I think it depends on what pile of figures I look at, the pile I’ve painted or the pile I still have to do.  Mathematically I’m approaching half way on the foot figures that I have purchased which will be a landmark moment.  Until such times as I buy more figures it will soon start to feel like I am coming down the other side of the mountain.  Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the mounted figures and I really must begin to make more progress on these.

Meanwhile back to this weeks figure.

I decided to deviate from authentic characters and heraldry and in doing so came up with this little chap.  An uncle who died a couple of years ago whose name was Cecil Green came up in a recent conversation with my mum and dad and this served as my inspiration for the name Sir Cecil de Vert.  I may well look at my family tree for further names if I continue down this fictional route. 

The inspiration for the colour scheme came from the Orlando Bloom character “Balian de Ibelin” in the film Kingdom of Heaven. 

Images below.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 112)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is yet another double act.  Not sure how much longer I’m going to be able to keep it up for but a change in weather meant outdoor jobs and other life inhibitors were put on the back burner and as such I was able to dedicate more time to painting.  As a consequence I decided to press on with getting the two remaining “Foot Sergeants with Hand Weapons” done so I could complete pack 1 and also take a couple of group photos. 

The shield design for the first figure is called a “Per Pile” while the design for the second shield is a “Bend”.  Nothing difficult but the variety of design will help to make each figure different once the eventual army is all grouped together.

 

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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 Gangster Movies.  Another genre with plenty to choose from and as a consequence a few good films left out along the way.  After some consideration I short listed the following in no particular order.

  1. The Godfather Trilogy – (OK I know that’s three!)
  2. The Untouchables
  3. Goodfellas
  4. Miller’s Crossing
  5. The Long Good Friday

Footnote – of late I’ve started to struggle to keep this article going, time as ever being the biggest problem.  If any of you have any thoughts on future topics of any description or genre please feel free to comment below. 🙂 

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Freelove Highway” by Ricky Gervais aka David Brent.  Can’t believe it was 20 years ago that The Office first aired on the BBC.  The series was not everyone’s cup of tea but having worked in an office all my life the level of accuracy and character portayls were simply amazing and so cringe worthy!  Loved every minute.  Must break out the box set once again!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The White Queen” starring a very hot Rebecca Furguson (Mission Impossible; The Greatest Showman) and Eleanor Tomlinson, the stunning female lead in Poldark.  Based on the book by Phillippa Gregory it’s a great drama.  I’ve watched the box set a couple of times before and will doubtless watch it again in the future. 

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Remember …

Without freedom of speech we would never know who the idiots are.

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TIM

Baron’s War Foot Sergeant

Not the most exciting figure but things have rather caught up with me.  It was my mums 90th birthday and my brother and his wife came to stay for several days along with his son and daughter.  Add to the mix my son and daughter and their respective partners and we had a house full staying.  Accordingly I was told in no uncertain terms by She Who Must Be Obeyed that under no circumstances was I allowed to paint!  Had I not been been married for almost 40 years and acquired the ability to lie and conceal my modelling addiction I may well have gotten nothing done at all.  As it was I did manage to paint my first figure from the “Foot Sergeants with Spears” pack.  

Now I can’t say I know a great deal about medieval Sergeants but Wayland Games describes them as follows:

“Throughout the middle ages and into the renaissance the majority of armies were compromised of infantry armed with spears and shields, or crossbowmen. Although the majority were peasants with little to no armour, there was a professional solider core that was more heavily armed and armoured. Equipped with Chain mail armour and steel helmets these soldier made up the backbone of the many armies that fought in this tumultuous period”.

I’m sure there is a lot more to be learnt about these and many other fighting men of the period and I really must make more of an effort to investigate and read more.  As to this little figure he clearly fits within the category of being a more professional fighting man given how he is equipped.

A straight forward paint job with an emphasis on blue to add a little colour amongst the more drab figures I have done of late.  A freehand cross on the shield was added to provide a little more interest.

Images below.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 111)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is in fact another double act and no prises for guessing they are both Baron’s War figures (are you bored yet?).  First up we have a foot Sergeant from the “Foot Sergeants with Hand Weapons Pack 1” followed by a cossbowman from “Crossbowmen Pack 1”.  Both nicely composed figures which I’m happy to add the my expanding army.  At some point I must do a count up of just how many I’ve now done.  Whilst the figure will be encouraging it will still fall well short of even half way.  For now though, and with the limited time I have available these days, the figures are filling a need and keeping my painting level up.  The summer will come to an end soon enough and then it will be time to mix things up a bit.

 

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

One of the things which intreagues me is people’s surnames.  My own surname is Green, derived perhaps from a family which once might have resided near the village green.  Some surnames recognise trades such as Baker or Butcher while others reflect a family member, for example, Jack’s son giving rise to Jackson.  Simple actions and occupations often lead to names which stick and are handed down through the generations.  I’m sure you get the idea but some names make me curious.  All I’ll say is I’m glad my surname is what it is but what exactly were these people once up to? 

  1. Lillycrap
  2. Rogers
  3. Woodcock
  4. Blewitt
  5. Windass

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Victim of Love” but Erasure.  I seem to have found my self indulging in another decade of late and as such YouTube has throwing some memorable tunes at me of which this is one of my favourites.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Timeline – The Victoria Cross” – Narrated by Jeremy Clarkson.  My brother brought this documentary to my attention and I’m glad he did.  If you haven’t seen it then it is well worth a watch to learn about some truly remarkable people.  Even though Clarkson is like Marmite to some (I like Marmite) don’t let that put you off, his narration is terrific.   

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Remember …

There is no better feeling than someone playing with your hair or running their fingers down your back.  Unless you thought you were alone.

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TIM

Peter des Roches – Bishop of Winchester

This weeks Footsore Baron’s War figure is a nice little sculpt of Peter Des Roches, Bishop of Winchester.  Now I’m not going to pretend I know anything about this particular little chap and what little I have learnt thus far is confined to Wikipedia which I have copied and posted below.  Clearly he was a significant personality of his age.

As far as the painting goes for this figure I elected to go with a scheme similar if not identical to that shown on the Footsore website.  I assume it to be a pretty accurate depiction but even if it isn’t I quite liked the look anyway.  A mostly straight forward paint job but the shield did offer a freehand challenge.  The heraldry for the Bishop is shown as two keys and a crossed sword. 

Hard to know just how pious the clergy were back in these days.  I presume the mace he is carrying wasn’t just for show and that he was an accomplished fighter.  Makes me wonder what people would make of today’s clergy if they took to the pulpit wielding AK47’s or something similar?  I reckon it it would make for an interesting sermon.  It would certainly grab my attention!

Wikipedia narrative below followed by images of Peter des Roches.

TIM

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WIKIPEDIA 

Towards the end of Richard I‘s reign, Peter became Lord Chamberlain and an influential counsellor. He held the ecclesiastical offices of Archdeacon of Poitiers, treasurer of Poitiers, and was a precentor of the diocese of Lincoln in 1204.[2]

In early 1205, through John’s influence, Peter was elected to the see of Winchester.[3] His election was disputed but, on appeal, confirmed on 25 September 1205 by Pope Innocent III.[4] Peter was consecrated on 24 March 1206.[3] Nonetheless, the new bishop stood by John’s side during the whole period of the papal interdict set upon him due to John’s refusal to accept Stephen Langton as Archbishop of Canterbury despite Papal warning.[citation needed]

In 1213 Peter was made Chief Justiciar in succession to Geoffrey Fitz Peter.[5] This promotion was justified by the fidelity with which Peter supported the king through the First Barons’ War. However, by 1215, Hubert de Burgh was Chief Justiciar.[5] In 1216, Peter was named Sheriff of Hampshire.[6]

At the battle of Lincoln in 1217 Peter led a division of the royal army and earned some distinction by his valour; but he played a secondary part in the government so long as William Marshal held the regency. After Marshal’s death in 1219 Peter led the baronial opposition to Hubert de Burgh, with varying success. At first the justiciar was successful.

Peter was responsible for founding several monasteries in England and France,[7] including Titchfield Abbey[8] and Netley Abbey,[7] both in Hampshire, England, and La Clarté-Dieu[7] in Poitou, France. He gave his protection to the first group of Dominican friars to come to England in 1221.[9]

In 1225 a plot to ship Eleanor of Brittany, who as cousin to Henry III always posed a potential threat to the crown and was thus viewed as a state prisoner and then confined at Bristol Castle, away to France, was reported. The plot might have been false and only fabricated to discredit Peter, and he eventually fell out of royal favor in spring 1234.[10]

Crusading bishopEdit

Peter participated in the Sixth Crusade alongside William Briwere, who was Bishop of Exeter.[11] An army of other crusaders accompanied them to the East, although whether they were English or mercenaries recruited on the Continent is unclear. The contingent left from Brindisi in August 1227.[12] Both bishops were influential advisors to Frederick II the Holy Roman Emperor[11] even though Pope Gregory IX had ordered that no one collaborate with Frederick, who was at the time excommunicated. Both bishops ignored the papal orders and worked closely with Frederick’s agents and Frederick himself. The financial resources both bishops brought were especially appreciated by the crusaders.[11] Both bishops witnessed the treaty on 18 February 1229 with the Sultan of Cairo that restored Jerusalem to the Christians,[11] the Treaty of Jaffa.[12] After the crusade, he spent time in Italy.[6]

Peter died on 9 June 1238.[3]

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