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]

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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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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 110)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This week saw two more archers done and with it the completion of Archers Pack 1.  Two more archer packs to go based on a quick glance of the to do pile.  Still progressing well but more impressively I’m managing to maintain my discipline with the project.  Although I’m confident of getting all the figures painted, albeit not for a while, the real challenge is not deviating along the way. So far so good but I’m sure a couple of unrelated figures have been winking at me!

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

This week I got to thinking about cars in movies, particulalry vehicles which have become iconic.  Unsurprisingly there are quite a lot, more than I had anticipated in fact.  Needless to say opinion will be divided as I have left out some great vehicles but my top five, in no particular order, are as follows:

  1. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (James Bond, Goldfinger)
  2. 1963 Herbie, VW Beetle (The Love Bug)
  3. 1961 Ferrari California Spyder (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
  4. 1968 Ford Mustang Fightback (Steve McQueen, Bullitt)
  5. 1981 DeLorean (Back to the Future)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” by The Communards.  An excellent 1980’s cover version of a 1970’s classic.  I love this version.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Salmon Fishing In The Yemen” starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.  A quirky little film which came out ten years ago but caught my attention this week.  Easy going and very enjoyable and not what I was expecting.

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Remember …

Always live within your income even if you have to borrow money to do so.

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TIM

Knight Command No: 1

There are several Command packs in the Footsore Baron’s War range and this is the first of these two figure packs.  I had already painted and published the knight figure previously but hadn’t gotten round to getting the banner man done until now.

The colour scheme for the banner man isn’t based on anyone I’m aware of, if it is then it is by pure coincidence.  Colour wise I settled on light blue and white as I thought it would add visually to the army of figures further down the line.  Unsure what freehand to go with I eventually settled on a black Fleur de Lys for the shield and tunic.  For a simple shape I found it oddly more difficult than I had anticipated.  No doubt I’ll do more of them and next time it will prove easier.     

The actual banner was a simple affair made from Japanese writing paper and painted in the same light blue and white as the tunic and shield.

Below are a few images of the banner man and of the knight he is paired with in the pack but which you have seen before.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 109)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is Robin Hood.  Last week I painted Friar Tuck who is paired with Robin as a pack of two figures in the Baron’s War range and this week I manged to get the prince of thieves himself done.  Images of the iconic rogue below along with a couple of him together with his religious side kick.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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“Florabunda”

Well my little ninja turtles I discovered three websites a few weeks ago which I thought I would share with you.  All are very much geared to basing, specifically in respect of flora and fauna and although  they may not be new to you they are to me.

Tajima1 is based in Cornwall, not a million miles away from me, and a small order I placed arrived very quickly and the quality of the items I bought was excellent.  They don’t have a huge range of items compared to the other two sites but still we’ll worth checking out in my opinion.  I’m sure I will be buying from them again.

I also bought a couple of items from Model Scenery Supplies.  They are a railway accessories stockist but OO gauge is more than good enough for 28mm.  In their blurb they rated MP Products as the dogs bollocks so I targeted a couple of those items and was again most impressed with the quality.

Finally I came across an Italian company, Diorama Presepe, who I have yet to buy anything from.  Their range is very impressive and they have some great looking stuff.  I will all most certainly be making some purchase once I have trawled the site and decided on what I want to buy.

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Give Me Five

This week I thought I’d take a look at badass females.  Now whilst I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of any of these young women I’d be more than happy to be dominated by Jennifer Lawrence and/or Scarlett Johansson!  In no particular order my top 5 female characters not to mess with are:

  1. Ellen Ripley – Alien (Sigourney Weaver)
  2. Hit Girl – Kickass (Chloe Grace Moretz)
  3. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games (Jeniffer Lawrence)
  4. Sarah Connor – The Terminator (Linda Hamilton)
  5. Black Widow – The Avengers (Scarlett Johansson)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Lying Eyes” by the The Eagles.  I was in an easy going mood for a change this week which is another way of saying I couldn’t be arsed to do much.  There is no better music to listen to when in that sort of mood than The Eagles.  If I wasn’t horizontal before I put the music on I was afterwards.  I should also add what a cool album cover this is too.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Snatch” starring Brad Pitt and Jason Statham amount others.  For some reason this film passed me by but my brother reminded me of it so I finally managed to sit down and watch it.

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Remember …

No matter how bad things get don’t let gravity get you down.

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TIM

Sire Huge Thalemache

This week I managed to complete another mounted knight, this one based on the heraldry of Sire Huge Thalemache.  Now, in anticipation of the obvious question, no I don’t know if he was huge.  Given his father was Sire Justin Thalemache, so called because he had a one inch willy, I expect he was named Huge in an effort to play down his genetic appendage.

So, what can I tell you about this particular figure?  Well two things spring to mind.  Firstly, the sculpt, as with all the Footsore Baron’s War range, is excellent with minimal clean up required.  Secondly, the paint scheme I went for was, how can I put it, a complete pain in the arse!  To be fair it wasn’t that bad but it was very time consuming and was a further reminder that each mounted knight will take a while to paint, especially if I continue with schemes similar to this one.

The good news is that’s my third mounted knight done, the bad news is I have 15 more to do and Footsore recently released another 4 or 5 mounted figures.  Still lots more figures to paint before I worry to much about buying any more so I’ll concern myself about that much further down the line.

Meanwhile images of Sire Huge below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 108)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is the Baron’s War take on Friar Tuck.  I nice little sculpt which will sit alongside Will Scarlet and Little John who I painted a week or so ago.  Tuck is sold as a pair with Robin Hood which surprised me as I would have paired Robin with Maid Marion who is sold as a single figure, not that it matters a great deal.  All being well I’ll get Robin and Marion painted soon.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

Outside of my WordPress blog I’m not a great one for social media.  The main reason for being anti social on the World Wide Web is mostly an age thing but I’m also aware from what others have posted that various platforms have there pros and cons.  The biggest con being that far to many people are incapable of being kind to one another, the complete opposite of our little WordPress gang.

Nevertheless I recently posted a few images of my knights on Facebook having discovered by chance that there is a Baron’s War group.  On a number of levels it’s not a patch on WordPress blogging but I have to report that so far it has been a pleasant surprise.  Time will tell if I continue to contribute but I must say some of the posts have been very informative and as a further research source it has proven quite useful.

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Give Me Five

This week I’ve been pondering unsolved mysteries.  In reality there are hundreds to choose from but if I live long enough I’d like to see these five resolved before I expire.  Not much chance though!  In no particular order:

  1. UFO’s and Alien life forms, do they exist?
  2. Who was Jack the Ripper?
  3. Does the Lochness Monster exist?
  4. Was there a city of Atlantis?
  5. Was George Mallory the first man to climb Mount Everest?

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“You can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon.  I remember when the Graceland album came out.  It was very different at the time and was a very popular album and one I played a lot.  I’d forgotten just how good it was.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Kill Bill Volume 1” and “Kill  Bill Volume 2” starring Uma Thurman.  Classic Quentin Tarantino.  Totally over the top but fun.

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Remember …

When having sex it is OK to say “Yea”, “Yes” and “Oh Yes” but not “Yep”.

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TIM

Foot Knights with Two Handed Weapons

Not the catchiest blog post title I’ll be the first to admit but what we do have here is the last of four figures which collectively comprise the Footsore Baron’s War “Foot Knights with Two Handed Weapons Pack 1”.

No name for this knight at present but maybe I’ll make one up at some point.  I kept the paint job on this one plain and simple and went for a shield with a design called a “Pall”. In addition to images of the one missing knight I have also added a couple of images of the four knights in this pack together, my first group shot of any sort since starting the project.  

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 107)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is once again a double bill.  As I have mentioned previously, the Baron’s War range of figures is not just about knights but also other members of the rank and file too.  In this instance we are talking archers.  Not a great deal to say about them.  Both nicely cast figures and, given the historical period, not overly complicated in terms of clothing and attire to paint.

One of the things I have enjoyed about buying so many figures up front is being able to vary what I paint.  So far I haven’t found myself bored or stuck in a rut and for now at least long may that contnue.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

Sticking with the theme of “cool” from last week I took a look at male musicians who, for me, fall within that genre, needless to say I could have included plenty more.  I have no music talents of my own, unless in days gone buy putting an album on the record player counts (confused young people please message me and I’ll expalin), but these are people I would have liked to have been in their heyday and my youth given half a chance.  So my top five cool dudes in no particular order are:

  1. Elvis
  2. John Lennon
  3. Bryan Ferry
  4. Keith Richards
  5. Marc Bolan

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Sweet Caroline” by Northern Irish footbaall fans.

Now I don’t mention it very often, mainly because this is first and foremost a modelling blog but I am a huge football fan.  With the European Champioships on this, along with numerous other video’s, popped up in my feed so I gave it a listen.  It did two things for me.  Firstly, it reminded me just how much fans are such a huge part of a game and the atmosphere it creates and secondly, just what a buzz it is being part of a large gathering that unites as one.  Not everyone’s cup of tea I know but it is so raw and gives me goose bumps

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Mare of Easttown” starring Kate Winslet.  A seven part series which I binge watched over a couple of evenings.  Very watchable with a couple of twists and turns along the way together with some good actng and believable characters.

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Remember …

The annoying thing about house work is just when you’ve finally made the bed and washed the dishes six months goes past and you find yourself having to start all over again!

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TIM

Dio-Bolical Monday No: 21 – “News Update No: 2”

Several weeks ago in “News Update No: 1” I mentioned that I had placed an order for some more Table Top World buildings for a diorama that I aim to start building later in the year.  The plan for the diorama is far from detailed at the moment and, as I previously mentioned, I also have a significant storage issue to address first.  The purpose of this brief post is just to say the Table Top World buildings have now arrived all the way from Croatia and I thought I’d share with you what I bought.  Before that though two other things worthy of mention.

Firstly, the packing of these models was fantastic.  Inside the big box, pictured below, was three smaller cardboard boxes each containing a share of the kits which were in turn all wrapped in newspaper with even more packing around them.  No chance whatsoever that these would be damaged in transit unless the box was literally crushed.  I mention this only in case any of you ever decide to buy any of these kits.  If you do then you can, based on my experience, buy with confidence.

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Secondly, having paid for the order online I was expecting to pay additional costs due to Brexit.  I had anticipated paying the best part of £80.00 or more in respect of VAT, Customs Duty and Courier costs.  My experience in the UK is you get notified you have a parcel and if you want it you can only have it when you stump up the costs.  I was therefore taken by surprise when the parcel just turned up.  Nothing more to pay!  Yipee!  Did I just get lucky or was I wrong to expect additional costs in the first place?  In truth I neither know nor care!

So, what models did I buy?

Well I bought a Cottage, a Blacksmith’s Forge, a Watermill and a Stable.

The following images are all care of the Table Top World website.

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The quality of these kits is simply amazing and I am looking forward to painting them later on in the year as I really want this to be a project that will see me through the winter months.  I’m also going to need plenty of time to work out just what I plan to do.  As things currently stand I have a few ideas but they will evolve, or not as the case me be, when I start playing around with them.  I also need to decide if I will use all four building in the one diroma or only two or three.  Thinking about it all and doing more research will be fun but before I can get to carried away I now need to concentrate on my storage problem.  More on that in a future post.

TIM

Sir John De Belloows

To be honest, looking at the name for number seven below I really can’t make it out.  Is it John De Belloows?  Well whether it is or not that’s what my latest knight in my Footsore Baron’s War army is called.

There are several designs here that I like, and some may well show up on future miniatures and posts, but the first time I looked at this chart I was attracted to number seven and thought I’d give it a go.

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I wouldn’t describe my depiction as spot on but as a first freehand attempt of this design I’ll settle for it.  I may do it again at some point but with so many design options I rather like the idea of each knight being different.

Time ran out for me this week so I didn’t get as much done as I wanted, specifically a group shot of what I have done to date.  Unfortunately the next few weeks look like I will be up to my eyes and I may even struggle to get much painting done so for now I’ve just added that task to my list!

Is it just me or was life in lockdown so much easier?

Images of Sir John below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 106)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is actually a couple of figures.  As mentioned at the outset, the Footsore  Baron’s War range of 28mm figures comprises of more than just knights and here we have my first Crossbowman and Spearman.  Individually these little chaps are nowhere as exciting at the knights to paint or look at but hopefully once they are all done they will swell the numbers and make the eventual army look all the more impressive.  Well that’s the plan!

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Here, There and Everywhere?

Just a couple of weeks ago I had occasion to welcome a few more countries to have visited my blog.  New countries don’t come along very often these days but it seems they arrive like buses when they do.  Time now to say a big welcome to the Lebanon and St Vincent and Grenadine which takes my total now to 85.

There seems to be some dispute over how many countries there are in the world according to a Google search I made but the general consensus is 196.  Whatever the accuracy of the total figure the fact remains TIM has yet to reach out to over half the world.  Looks like I’m going to have to travel to some of the missing places and logon to my own site if I’m to make greater progress.  Not sure just how much I fancy the Middle East and swathes of Africa though.

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Give Me Five

“Cool” is something we probably all get but is, well for me at least, hard to explain.  I don’t think you can simply choose to be cool you simply are or you aren’t.  Although I am a legend in my own pants the reality is I would have loved to have been cooler than I am.  If I could choose who I would want to be as cool as within the world of acting then any on this list of my top 5 classic actors would do.  Next week I might take a look at the music world.  In no particular order:

  1. Clint Eastwood
  2. Steve McQueen
  3. Paul Newman
  4. Sean Connery
  5. James Dean

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“The Galway Girl” by Fiddler’s Green.  This popped up in my YouTube presumably because I’d been listening to the Ed Sheeran track called Galway Girl recently.  The songs are not the same however and this is not the original version of this song either, that was performed by a chap by the name of Steve Earle and is a classic in its own right.  Anyway I had a listen and found myself hooked.  If I couldn’t be English then I’d choose to be Irish I reckon.  As much as the girl in the video is stunning with her red hair it would have made more sense to have gone with someone who matched the lyrics.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Prime Suspect” starring Helen Mirren.  Borrowed the box set from my mum and dad and just watched series one.  Hard to believe it’s 30 years old now.  Amusing watching how the world has changed with things like smoking in the office for example.  Classic TV though and looking forward to working my way through the rest.

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Remember …

Always love a women for her personality, they have like 10, so you can choose.

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TIM

Diorama Lite – “Billy Joe, Zombie Hunter” (Part 2 – Final)

Following on from last week I got the remaining base work done.  Essentially this amounted to ground painting and dry brushing, a little bit of vegetation and a made up sign reading “GAS”.  The real effort went into painting “Billy Joe”, a very nice sculpt from Reaper.

The figure lent itself to some freehand so I figured I’d do as much as I could.  The check shirt took a little while but seemed appropriate as did the “BJ” on his hat.  A heart tattoo on his left arm seemed touching and and the jug needed a label which was hard to actually photograph.  I also added a symbol to his bib which was meant to look like a planet with rings around it but it is so bloody small! 

All in all I am happy to end on this one for Diorama Lite.  I am confident more will return later in the year, I have the figures and plenty of ideas just not the time.  That will all change come the Autumn.  The weather will change and along with the shorter daylight days I will be forced back indoors with time on my hands.  Until then, or unless there is a change in circumstances, I shall be continuing with my Baron’s War project and posting on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.  I suspect occasionally figures from a different genre may appear as the need in me grows to paint something different for a change.  I also need to give some thought to how I will eventually display my Baron’s War figures 🤔.

Images of “Billy Joe” below.

TIM

 

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Sir Phelip de Welles

This week we have another 28mm foot knight for my slowly growing Baron’s War army – Sir Phelip de Welles. 

I have mixed feelings about this one.

On the positive side I’m pleased with the yellow.  A great colour but so often dreadful to paint with.  Better undercoating seems to hold the key and I am much happier with the results I’m getting these days.  Might just be my eye but there seems to be a bit more depth to the end result.  Whatever the Science I am pleased with how it came out.

On the positive/negative side I have mixed feelings about the heraldry result on the shield, my first attempt at painting a Lion Rampant.  As a first attempt I’m pleased but the head isn’t quite right so that’s left me a little disappointed.  I think what concerns me more was not being able to see how to put it right.  But for the head I’m pleased but it is clearly something I need to practice a lot more.  I would also add that I found using flow aid medium essential. 

One of the challenges with the heraldry was how to break the design down into manageable chunks given the very limited amount of space available on a 28mm shield.  In this instance it was all about getting a basic skeleton shape for the lion and then bit by bit fleshing it out.  Once I got the skeleton form right it became much easier.  I thought YouTube would have plenty of useful tutorials but I found it sadly lacking. I did manage to find something very basic which proved interesting and served my purpose but I had hoped for more.  Perhaps I just didn’t put the right search criteria in.

Images of Sir Phelip below.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 105)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is of a Baron’s War Footsore Sergeant, the first of four which comprise of pack No:1.  More than a peasant less than a knight would be my description, certainly from a painting perspective.  As he isn’t a knight as such I thought I would make up the heraldry using the rules I shared a short while ago.  The shield design is a “Pile” with a star denoting this Sergeant as the “third son”.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

Not sure what prompted this, probably the fact that my daughter has now finished school which had me reflecting on my own school days many, many years ago.  It occurred to me that there were lots of things I did at school which I have never done or used since.  Here is my list of five.  Feel free to add, could make for quite a list!

  1. Used a ruler to draw a margin on every page I write on
  2. Ended the day by putting my chair on the desk for the cleaner
  3. Ever climbed Gym Ropes
  4. Played (or tried to) the Recorder 
  5. Used Pi 

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

Now it’s not very often I invent something, in fact I will go as far as to say I have never done so.  However, confronted with a problem I needed a solution.

The problem I was having related to my mounted knights.  When it comes to mounted figures I generally drill a whole in the bum of the figure, glue a piece of paper clip into the whole and then press the other end of the paper clip into the end of a cork which I then hold to paint.

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Now this method has its pros and cons.  On the positive side I am forced to drink more wine in order to have a fresh supply of corks.  On the negative side the corks often have a slightly curved bottom to them and they easily topple over which is far from ideal.  This matter required some thought. 🤔

What followed was hundreds of man hours spent on numerous blue print designs based on mathematical and geometric theorem together with test model, after test model.  The end result, a superb example of modern engineering and ingenuity if I says myself, has now been patented and will be going into mass production in a matter or weeks. 

I use a specific clamp from my collection to hold horses and using the latest technology added  a drawing pin to the base.   Before and after images below display this perfect piece of engineering.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“I Love To Boogie” by T-Rex.  As a kid I did love T-Rex and Mark Bolan. Sad he died so young, killed in a car crash in Barnes not so far from where I used to live and I would pass by the site on my way to watch Chelsea play every other week back in the day.

Unsure what track to go with I settled on this dance mash up because it has a brief glimpse of dancing knight’s from Monty Python’s Spamalot!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Pact”, a six part BBC series set in South Wales.  Notwithstanding that I predicted the ending, all be it within the last half an hour or so, this proved to be very watchable.

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Remember …

Everyone is beautiful, but sometimes it just requires the right amount of alcohol to see it.

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TIM

Diorama Lite – “Billy Joe, Zombie Hunter” (Part 1)

The way things are going at the moment it very much looks like this will be the penultimate Diorama Lite post.  I will aim to get this one finished during the week ahead but then I will be taking a break from Monday posts.  With all the will in the world I can no longer juggle three posts a week, quite simply other things are now competing for my time and I also want to concentrate on my Baron’s War project. 

Will this last?  No.  Release from lockdown together with summer in the UK means it is time to get out more.  There are outside jobs to do, family and friends to catch up with and places to go.  Come the Autum and Winter months I feel certain Dio-Bolical Monday will be back and between now and then I reckon there will be the occasional news update to follow on from last Mondays post too.  I suspect Diorama Lite will also make the occasional guest appearance as well.       

Back to “Billy Joe”.

The figure, a great little sculpt from Reaper, will make an appearance next week.  This week, between other things, has been about getting some basic base work done.  I’ll need to dedicate much more time to this next week if I am to get it finished. The tyre stack, oil drum and petrol can all came from Crooked Dice.  They do some great accessories and are well worth a look at.  Their range has become quite extensive and the prices are, in my opinion, reasonable too.

What you see below in the sequence of photo’s is the start of the painting process followed by the weathering and dry brushing.  It never ceases to amaze me, not just in respect of my own work but with others too, how these things transition from basic metal, plastic or resin into something which looks more life like.

As far as the painting goes there isn’t a great deal to report other than I used the hairspray technique on the oil drum.  In case none of you know what that is I will explain it here.

After priming the drum was painted black.  This wasn’t essential but I just wanted an extra layer of colour to be on the safe side when paint gets removed.  With the black dried the key “rust” colour was applied, in this instance Vallejo Color Red Leather.  Left to completely dry the drum was then sprayed with hairspray and allowed to dry once again.  Next a top colour was applied. Obviously you can chose whatever colour you want by I went light for maximum contrast.  Allowed to dry the next step is to take an old brush dipped in water and slowly start to brush where you want the rust to show, typically this is edges and rims.  As if by magic the top colour is slowly removed showing the rust colour beneath.  The reason for the black layer was just in case I missed anywhere with the hairspray and took some of the Red Leather off too.

Once I was happy with the result I added some Humbrol rust weathering powder here and there.

That’s it for this week.  Some more basing to be done next week along with “Joe”.

TIM

 

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Will Scarlet & Little John

The 28mm Baron’s War range by Footsore Miniatures doesn’t just comprise of knights in armour although you can be forgiven for thinking it does as so far that is all I have posted.  The range, in addition to Archers and Spearman etc also features Outlaws based on the legend and stories of Robin Hood.  I think the Baron’s War game features, or will feature, scenarios where the outlaws come together with the Sheriff of Nottingham (a future figure in the latest kickstarter) in some way or another but I’m not a gamer so I don’t have a clue.  I am only really interested in the figures at this stage but one day maybe I’ll take a look at the game.

As to the figures themselves I thought I needed a little break from knights and thought that perhaps you did too.  The Two figures come as a pair so I painted them alongside one another and that’s about as close as I plan to come to batch painting.  I rather like the Little John figure (right) but in truth I wasn’t that much taken with the Will Scarlet one (left).  There is something about the pose and sculpted face that doesn’t quite work for me but I’ll leave it there.  I’m certainly no sculptor myself and never feel comfortable being critical of anyone whose skill base is way above my level.

On the painting front I went for muted colours on Little John but a bit brighter on Will Scarlet.  With a name like that I have always thought of the character as being a bit more flamboyant.  In truth I suspect “scarlet” was a a reference to being ginger!

Images below.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 104)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another “Two Handed Weapon Knight” from the Footsore Baron’s War range.  The little chap has been painted in the colours and heraldry of Roger Bigod who was one of the Magna Carta Barons in the year 1215.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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WordPress Notifications

In case it isn’t just me I thought I would share the following experience.

It took me more than a week to realise that very few emails were arriving in my BT email account advising me of Likes and Comments.  In itself it wasn’t a big deal, I just needed to check out the comments directly on the blog instead.  It bugged me though so I got in touch with a WordPress Happiness Engineer.  It would appear that BT seem to have a very high level of what they consider to be Spam, not that the emails are going into my Spam folder, they aren’t even reaching me in the first place.  Why has this just started to happen? Buggered if I know.

My Happiness Engineer suggested I change my email address to Gmail as they have a higher Spam threshold and allow greater control to be employed by the end user.  Having made the change it looks as though the email notifications from you guys are now coming through. On the downside, we all knew there had to be one, my Site Icon disappeared and was no longer being shown despite all the various boxes being correctly ticked in my settings.  More emails to a another Happiness Engineer has now hopefully resolved that. 🤞

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

This week the cavalry arrived, literally.

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In addition to around 100 various foot figures still to do I have now given myself a further 16 mounted figures to paint.  Cleaning has been done but not the priming.  I also need to give plenty of thoughts to how I intend to paint them in terms of heraldry.  Fortunately I am in no rush so will continue to paint the foot figures that I have plans for.

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Give Me Five

We’ve all had those moments when we would like to take revenge for an injustice we have been dealt.  Alas the thought of criminal proceedings holds us back and we are left trusting in divine intervention striking down the bastards who upset us.  On a personal level I had hoped Covid-19 might have proven to be one of Big G’s “mysterious moves” but indications so far aren’t encouraging as my nemesis Mad Martin remains a live .  No such problems, however, stand in the way of our silver screen heroes who do our bidding for us.  The fact that this film genre was the toughest yet rather tells you just how many films are out there and how much the genre is a box office hit!  In no particular order my top five revenge movies (it could have been a top 30!) are:

  1. Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
  2. Gladiator (2000)
  3. Death Wish (1974)
  4. Straw Dogs (1971)
  5. Inglorious Basterds (2008)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“The Beverley Hills Cop” Sound Track album.  Not sure what prompted this bit of nostalgia but I did enjoy the music and subsequently the film.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Beverley Hills Cop” starring Eddie Murphy.  A blast from the past but just as enjoyable.

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Remember …

Being kissed while you’re sleeping is one of the purest forms of love unless you are in prison.

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TIM

Dio-Bolical Monday No: 20 – “News Update No: 1”

After I completed my Wizard’s Tower diorama I announced that it was time for a break.  I think I also mentioned that I have a major storage headache to resolve before I can even consider undertaking anything new.  Well things have changed and I thought I would post an update on recent events which have led to this.

The first event of significance was the annual Table Top World Competition.  In all honesty I did not know they ran one, I only discovered this when l browsed their website yet again to drool over their exquisite buildings only to be hit by their home page advert.  After a little inner debate with myself I decided to take the plunge and enter the Wizard Tower.  Fortunately I never took the trouble to look at past competition entries before I did.  Had I done so I would never have entered.  Some of the dioramas which people have submitted to this annual competition are simply stunning but with a top prize of 500 euros to be won and spent in their shop it is hardly surprising the standard is so high.  Feeling somewhat embarrassed that I had now entered and not exactly put myself out to take better photos I decided to forget all about it.

Having done such a good job of forgetting about the competition it then came as quite a surprise to receive the following email from Ivan at Table Top World (the company is based in Croatia if you weren’t aware).

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Hello David,

we have chosen your work as one of the few that we decided to grant a  30% voucher this year, since you where very close to entering the top 3!

Keep up the great work!

Here is your 30% coupon for our webshop.

Kind regards,
Ivan
Tabletop World

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Now the cynic in me immediately concluded that probably everyone who entered most likely got a similar email but then I decided to accept things on face value if for no other reason than it made me feel better.  More importantly, given how expensive their buildings are (and even more expensive now due to import duty having to be added now the UK has left the EU), there was no way I wasn’t going to use the voucher!  

Highly motivated to build a very large diorama (very large for me that is) I was determined to solve my storage problem, something which had been bugging me for some time.  I’ve known for  a while that our double garage held the key but it is well fitted out already and extremely tidy too so a quick win was never on the cards.  Then I had a light bulb moment!

My car and the family estate are both kept in the garage but She Who Must Be Obeyed keeps her car parked on the drive.  She does this because she drives our daughter to school on a daily basis (had it not been for lockdown my daughter would have passed her driving test and driven herself) and it is easier than opening the garage (yes you’re right, she is a lazy women!).  The thing is her little car is much shorter than the family one.  Short enough to enable me to buy and install a meter wide six foot high office style filing cupboard giving at least 5 meters of shelf space!

My daughter finishes school shortly and then has a four month break before hopefully heading off to university.   The thing is she wont need driving to school any more and therefore SWMBO can “keep her precious car” (that’s the selling line) in the garage instead of the estate! 

Brimming with confidence that I can sell this to SWMBO I have now placed an order for four Table Top World buildings and a few accessories that they do as well.  I suspect it will be several weeks before they arrive and I need to wait for my daughter to finish school before I can buy and install the filing cupboard, therefore nothing to do for now but wait.

I’ll issue further news updates in the weeks ahead but all being well a new diorama and an accompanying Dio-Bolical Monday series will start later in the year.  A series which will run far longer than anything previously so consider yourself warned. 🙂

TIM

PS – Although she doesn’t read my blog, which is just as well, Happy Birthday to my lovely daughter who is 18 today!

 

 

The Unknown French Knight

As well as trying to get one of my Footsore knights done for my Wednesday post I also started work on another one with the aim of playing around a bit with heraldry which is a bit more challenging.  I decided to go with the black and white shown on the right of the second row in the image below.

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Now the best I can gather is the geezer in question is a French knight but with all the will in the world I cannot decipher the name hence the title of today’s post.  If anyone has an idea please let me know and I’ll amend the title.  Even if you don’t know but come up with a creative or amusing name I might go with that instead!

As things turned out it wasn’t that tricky to paint after all which was good for moral but leaves me feeling I need to do something more the next time around.

In the meanwhile here are the images of the mysterious French night.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 103)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature (or should that be this weeks knight?) is one of four from the “The Knights with Two Handed Weapons – Pack 1”.  Applying the heraldry rules I decided to make up my own on this occasion and went with two white Chevrons on a red background.  It is possible, might even be probable given the colour choice, that the simple design does actually align to a real knight.  I will undertake a search at some point but if it does then it is purely coincidental on my part.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

Last week I found this image on Pinterest.

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As best I can tell at the moment these Baron’s represent 25 of the key figures in the Baron’s War.  Therefore if I am to be true to the history then these shield designs and colours are the ones I should be going for.  The problem as I see it however is that yellow and red completely dominate.

It maybe there is a reason for this colour dominance, perhaps there are family connections which tie some of the Baron’s together?  Perhaps it’s just coincidence or simply a restricted colour pallette given the available paints and dyes of the day?  Whatever the reality I will be deviating from it.  I will do some for sure, I have in fact already by chance done the blue and yellow of Richard de Percy, but I will look outside of these for more interesting options where I can.  I will still aim for true heraldry but if the geezer fought in a different campaign then I will employ poetic licence if I think the end result will look cool.

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Give Me Five

Now when it comes to films I do like a good saga.  A film of three hours of more is is just my cup of tea.  Watching a film like that on a cold winters night with the fire blazing and single malt in my hand makes for some perfect escapism.  One of the other things I like about some of these films is that the scenery can often steal the show.  So this week I have gone for my top five films where the cinema photography has for me made a film truly epic.  In no particular order:

  1. Lawrence of Arabia
  2. Legends of the Fall
  3. Dances Woth Wolves (extended 4 hour version)
  4. The Last of the Mohicans
  5. Doctor Zhivago

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Downtown” by Petula Clark.  This song was released in 1964 when I was seven years of age (was it really that long ago?) the same year that Zulu came out at the cinema.  When my brother and I were taken to see Zulu (I had to sit on the upturned folding seat so I could see the screen) it was, as I recall, a dark and dismall winters night when we all set off “Downtown”.  Although this song is not directly linked to the film I have always put the two together.  Everytime I listen to it this track conjures up the most evocative images of that time in my life and will simply always remain one of my favourite tracks of all time, not so much for the song itself but the memories.  Now where did I put my Zulu DVD ….

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Glory” starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.  An excellent American Civil War film and one which I hadn’t watched in a long time.

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Remember …

When someone says get a grip, as tempting as it is, they don’t always mean around their neck.

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TIM

Diorama Lite – “Fulumbar, Dwarf Captain” (Part 2 – Final)

As anticipated I was able to complete the base work and figure of “Fulumbar” quite comfortably this week.  I do like Reaper figures as many of you will know and this little 28mm chap, a dwarf captain no less, was fun to do and had a nice bit of detail to pick out.

The base needed more paint work along with a few bits of plant to help bring it to life and the water effects such as they are were extremely straight forward.  I used the method I employed on my Wizard Tower project but on a much smaller scale.

Little else for me to add this week other than images of the finished model.

TIM

Sire Nicholas de Poyns

Here we have the second of my two 28mm neglected mounted Baron’s War knights from Footsore.  This one has been painted in the heraldry of Sire Nicholas de Poyns.  I found his details on a Pinterest image I found on the Parliamentary Roll but I have yet to search out more details on the knight himself.

I’ve never considered myself a quick painter, in fact I would say I am pretty slow.  I could never paint for YouTube, I’d be there all day, but I am enjoying painting mounted knights.  They are taking an age but I’m pleased with the first two I have done.  The real challenge I find with these is the horses and making sure things like the stripes are of even thickness and that they line up.  The end result doesn’t tell the full story of just how much touching up I go through to get an acceptable result (I can still see some bits I’ve missed!).  One day I might get things right at the first time of asking but that will take a lot more practice yet.

More mounted knights are on their way from Footsore, about a dozen or so I think, but it will be a few weeks before I have another one to offer you.  In the meanwhile images of Sir Nick below.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 102)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is one of the four which comprises the Footsore “Foot Knights with Two Handed Weapons No: 1” pack and he has been painted in the heraldic colours of “John de Berners”.  More on the project below.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

This week I spent some time reading and digesting the Wargames Illustrated article I made reference to in last weeks post.  Not surprisingly it turns out there are various rules which need to be applied where heraldry is concerned.  These rules are useful both in terms of making up your own scheme and deciphering real examples.  Now let me say at the outset I am no expert on this subject but I am aware that many of you perhaps are.  Apologies therefore if I am trying to teach anyone how to suck eggs and if I have any of this wrong then I am more than happy to be corrected.

The first rule I took note of was on colours.  It seems the colour palette is restricted to five main colours namely Blue, Red, Green, Purple and Black.  I assume there is scope within each colour to vary the shade but what is significant is you have to put a colour with Gold (can be yellow) or Silver (can be white).  Accordingly any of the five colours can be used alongside either Yellow or White but you cannot have Red and Green together or for that matter Yellow and White.  The good news here is that by good fortune the few knights I have done so far conform to this rule.  Is the rule flexible?  In truth I have no idea but I’m happy to stick with it.

It seems you can also add “Furs” to the design of a shield too and the first image below gives some examples along with the colours referred to earlier.

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One of the next things I discovered was “Field Ordinaries”.  It would appear that shield designs generally use these layouts.  I have seen exceptions so I’m guessing the rule can be ignored to some extent, most likely determined by who you are (think King John and the three lions) but this is something for me to try to learn more about.  However, for my purposes Field Ordinaries coupled with colour choice will provide a huge number of heraldic options.

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In the unlikely event that I should ever run out of heraldic shield options given the possible combinations from the above “rules” I can always fall back on the “English System” below.  With medieval families being large in number then shield designs can be used again but with the modification of adding a symbol relevant to the first through to ninth son.  Although I was unaware of it at the time, the red line on the figure I painted above of John de Berners defines him as the “First Son”.

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All in all I have an almost limitless number of painting options.  I suspect further research may even throw up more but for now I have plenty to be getting on with.

For those of you who are into your Space Marines and the such like a thought struck me while I was writing this.  Heraldry has been around for a thousand years so what’s to say it wont be around for thousands more?  If you are stuck with ideas of symbols to use and how to define your hierarchy it occurs to me you could do worse that revert to some of the above.  In anticipation of abuse please be advised I am now ducking out of this one!

As a footnote please note the images used above were taken from Google and not from the magazine article as I am no expert on copyright law.

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Lies, Lies and Statistics

I don’t tend to put much store by my blog statistics, mainly because mine aren’t that great!  I never created this blog with the aim of conquering the world and I continue to not be disappointed.  What has surprised me though, and periodically continues to do so, is just where my blog has been viewed.  As things currently stand it has now been accessed in 83 countries with Algeria, Ecuador, Brunei and Guatemala having been just recently added to the list.

Now I am very aware that some of these countries have only ever given me the one hit and I feel certain that hit was purely by accident (the inevitable search of a testosterone filled teenager googling “models”) but I do get a kick out of knowing a post of mine has popped up somewhere new in the world even if it did come as a disappoint to someone feeling horny.

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Give Me Five

The end of the UK Lockdown continues to gather pace.  If things continue to go as well as they have then the country will return to near normal by the middle of June.  Inevitably there will be signs of the aftermath but we’re talking mask wearing rather than bombed buildings.  Despite the horrors the pandemic has brought to a great many, and still is to vast swathes of the world, there are somethings I will miss.  ln no particular order my five are:

  1. The Quiet roads
  2. The additional time spent modelling and painting
  3. The time at home with my kids due to work and school closures
  4. Re-connecting with people I haven’t spoken to in years
  5. Having all my football teams fixtures televised live

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Pinball Wizard” by The Who.  A classic track instantly recognisable from the intro by those of us of a certain age.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Mississippi Burning” staring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe.  A classic and very powerful film in which the performances of Hackman and Dafoe are simply outstanding.  A film I have watched many times and that never fails to be move me.  Based on a true story.

Mississippi Burning: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray

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Remember …

Alcohol is never the answer but it is a good way of forgetting the question.

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TIM

Diorama Lite – “Fulumbar, Dwarf Captain” (Part 1)

Unless I have any others tucked away unbeknown to me then “Fulumbar” is my last dwarf.  It will be some considerable time I think before I do another.  I therefore thought I would go about trying to give him a nice little setting.  I had in mind a rural setting with a little bit of water and a stone wall.  Nothing to fancy but just enough to set the scene on a 40mm square base.

The first step was to get a little bit of height into the base which I did using a few stone chippings and a small lump of DAS air drying clay.  Once the clay had harden a little I started to cut into it to create the space for where the water would eventually go.

The next step was to build a little section of wall taking care not to take a small chunk out of my thumb!  I used some plaster board to make stone bricks and then simply stuck them together with some PVA and set aside to dry.  I then set about filling a few gaps, adding a little texture and planting a small twig.

Once dry it was time to get some initial colour onto things.

Base colouring mostly done it was time to turn my attention to toning things down some what and trying to get a more realistic finish.  Muted colours were dry brushed on along with a little green here and there.

Time now to work on the figure itself. 

The little chap is close to being finished and there is some more work to be done on the base.  Neither should take very long so feeling pretty certain it will be done by next week.  All being well I should also have time to spend getting another figure or two done for my Medieval Army.

TIM

 

Sire Will’m de Bovile

It pays every now and then to remind yourself what you have previously bought and forgotten about.  Going back a good few months I was reminded that I had a spell of painting some Footsore Baron’s War Knights for the specific purpose of clearing my backlog and putting the finished figures up on Ebay for sale.  My overall objective was partly achieved in that I completed all the foot figures I had but wasn’t in the mood to paint the couple of mounted knights that I also had.  Instead I put them back in the cupboard and duly forgot all about them … again.  All this was before I decided to paint a medieval army.

As chance would have it and while searching for something else I stumbled across the two mounted knights once again.  As they were already primed it seemed like a good idea to take on the challenge of painting one to see how it came out before taking the plunge and buying more mounted knights. 

The only real decision I had to make was what colour scheme to go with.  I rather liked the idea of doing black and yellow again as it had worked out well on my recent foot knight but needed to identify another character who sported such livery.  Enter stage left “Sire Will’m de Bovile”.  I have no idea who he is but at some point I will google the chap to learn more.

As far as the painting goes there is really only two things to mention.  Firstly, I dispensed with the idea of masking tape.  Whilst I’m sure it is ideal with an airbrush I cannot get on with it when using a brush, even when stippling.  The folds in the Caparison (is that the right term?) would have made the use of masking tape pretty difficult too.  Secondly, this kind of freehand painting whilst enjoyable and rewarding is, for me at least, very, very time consuming.  That’s not a complaint by the way just an awakening on my part to just how long each mounted knight is going to take me.

My only other comment relates to the banner.  Part of me thinks it is to big (not that I am about to change it) but from what I can see from the bit or research I have undertaken they do appear to come in all shapes and sizes to the point where they dwarf a knight completely.  As to the making of it I elected to once again to use Japanese writing paper.  It has a nice cloth like texture to it.

So, without further ado images of my armies first 28mm mounted knight.

TIM

 

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 101)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is the next installment of my Medieval Army.  As with all these figures they are from the Footsore Miniatures Baron’s War Range, in this specific case the first of four figures which comprise the “Foot Knights with Two Handed Weapons, Pack 2”.  The freehand heraldry is that of “William Bisshopsdonne”.  As and when I get all four of a particular pack completed I will post a little group shot.  At the moment though I am choosing to work in a somewhat random way so right now I have no idea when the first group shot will be.  I suspect a but like buses one or two will come along at once!

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

Over the last week I was able to pick up some useful information in relation to knights and their shield designs.  A link I found – Glover’s Roll – was particularly useful in providing designs as well as names.  Some look very much easier to paint than others so time will tell just how adventurous I get.  I also found a wealth of images on Pinterest too all of which has led me to another decision. 

Although the figures I am painting are all from the Footsore Barons War range I’m not hung up about every heraldic knight I paint having to be a participant of that precise period and/or campaign(s).  Whilst my OCD will, for example, insist that my bases conform to a level of uniformity I’m relaxed about the accuracy of participants.  What does matter though is that the heraldry is accurate and that the figures are painted well enough to give a colourful display and wow factor when they are displayed.  At the end of the day I see models as a representation and, a bit like Hollywood directors, there is room for poetic license.

Another thing I picked up on last week was an article published in Wargames Illustrated entitled “A Wargamer’s Guide to Heraldry”.  I’m not a subscriber to this magazine but getting hold of the March 2021 issue seemed like a good idea.  I haven’t had a proper chance to read it yet but at first glance it appears to contain some very useful information for a novice of the period such as me.  More on that next week.

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Salute 2021

April is normally the month when the South London Warlords hold Salute.  Understandably it was never going to be held so early in the year with the various Covid restrictions in place.  The good news was the organisers were aware of that and so they pushed the date back to later in the year.  The bad news for me is they chose the same weekend in November as the IPMS Small Scale World show in Telford! 

I’m sure I am not the only one who enjoys attending both events but alas this year I have to choose.  At least it wasn’t a difficult decision.  Telford is the bigger event and held over two days but more to the point my hotel booking from last year was rolled over to this one so Telford it will be, assuming the event does go ahead!

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Give Me Five

With lockdown restrictions in the UK starting to relax I thought this week I would list my top five things I am looking forward to (fingers crossed) in due course.  In no particular order:

  1. Attending a model show (Telford if nothing else)
  2. Going to the cinema, hopefully to see the latest Bond movie at last!
  3. Getting away for the weekend
  4. Meeting up with family 
  5. Going out for a meal and eating it inside!

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“We Will Rock You” by Queen.  It’s been a while since I listened to a bit of Queen so it was high time that I did.  So many tracks to chose from but I just love Brian May’s guitar solo at the end of this one.

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This week TIM has been watching …

Line of Duty, Series Six.  The last episode was shown a little over a week ago but now that all the episodes are now on BBC iPlayer it was time to sit down and binge watch the whole of series six again.  As UK TV dramas go this one captured the nation more than just about anything and had everybody trying to work out the likely outcome.  I wont spoil anything but if for some reason this series and the previous five have passed you buy then lucky you as you now get to watch the lot.

Line of Duty (series 6) - Wikipedia

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Remember …

Five out of six people agree that Russian Roulette is completely safe.

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TIM

Diorama Lite – “Frazetta Death Dealer” (Part 2 – Final)

After last weeks rather dull post I am rather hoping this one will prove a little more interesting.  If not then I apologise for misleading you last week.

I suspect some of you are familiar with the Frazetta Death Dealer painting.  Here is an image of it.

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A pretty cool painting by any standards in my opinion.  Thanks to a news letter email I received from North Star Miniatures I picked up on their promotion of this Lucid Eye figure.  At £18.00 it was far from cheap but I fell in love with it and decided I wanted to have it, and besides She Who Must Be Obeyed fell for the line that it only cost a fiver!

I’d like to think the base and my figure painting did an amazing sculpt justice but painting black and pretty much only black is always a challenge.  Still it is done now and you can make up your own minds.

Images below.

TIM

The “Wood Elf King”

Initially I had planned for this to be a two part post under the banner of “Diorama Lite” but for that to have happened I really needed to have taken some work in progress photos!  As it happens I did manage to take a couple but nowhere near enough to justify a second installment so I soldiered on and decided to complete the figure and post it finished instead.

The first of the two progress pictures I took shows the “tree” attached to the base and partly painted.  Not exactly an inspired basing decision as I figured a Wood Elf needed to be positioned in the woods.

The next work in progress image is of the elf himself, a 28mm Reaper figure.  I decided the back of his cloak warranted some work on it rather than just leaving it plain.

Thereafter the figure was just a paint job and the base itself was added to slightly.  Some scatter was applied along with some tufts and I used some tea leaves on the tree to simulate ivy.  Hopefully the overall image conveys a wood elf in the woods!

Images of the completed model below.

TIM

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Diorama Lite – “Frazetta Death Dealer” (Part 1)

I very nearly didn’t post this article but then I realised I had nothing else to put up so then decided what the hell.  Part of the problem is flitting between various projects, not least of all my Knights Army one.

So, how do I make a dull post even slightly interesting?  Well my only shot of doing that is by telling you that the figure which will go on this base when painted is very, very cool indeed and it wouldn’t surprise me if one or two of you were keen to buy one of your own in due course. 

OK, exciting bit over, onto the dull bit.  No matter how good the figure is it needs a base.  The problem with this base is it needs to be very basic and very dark and dead looking and as a consequence the end result will be dead and dull looking!

First up we have a couple of images of small pieces of plaster board being stuck to a 40mm x 40mm base.  The pieces were then trimmed back and carved a bit hear and there to make things look a little more rock like.

In the back ground of this next image you can see that I have added some slate chippings from my garden and mounted the MDF base onto a 40mm x 40mm oak cube.  In front you can see various pieces of twig.  In actual fact they are bits of root from an unknown plant but they have a great texture and so I thought I would try using them to make a very basic bit of dead tree.  The only problem I had was none of the various bits and pieces were any good in their own right.

To get round this I decided to combine different twig pieces by drilling and pinning a couple together.  If I can find the right plant roots in future I think I might prefer this approach to making trees rather than using wire.  Thinking about it further a combination of the two approaches might be the ideal.  I’ll file that idea away for the future.

A little while later and things began to take shape.

 

 

Another piece to add and it will be done and then I can add some Milliput to fill the gaps and mount it in the base ready for priming an d painting.

For some dead looking flora I thought I’d try painting some tufts black.  The image below shows I have started.

Unfortunately due to incompetence, the excitement of painting the figure which will go on this base and the distraction (a welcome one, I’m not complaining) of wanting to paint my Baron’s War figures I made little more by way of progress and failed to take any more photographs!  I am beginning to realise I will need more discipline when it comes future posts of this kind.  Either that or I will have to put all my efforts into one project at a time.  We will see what gives in the course of the next few weeks .

TIM

 

 

 

 

Borin Ironbrow – 28mm Reaper Dwarf Fighter

For the first time in quite a while I came close to missing a blog post.  Having been fully absorbed by my army project I became completely side tracked and suddenly Saturday was almost upon me and I had nothing to offer.  Fortunately I remembered that I had an almost completely painted dwarf which I had set aside and the day (well post in this case) was saved.  Ho-ray for dwarfs!

The figure in question, Borin Ironbrow by Reaper, was originally bought for my recent Diorama Lite post but in the end I decided to go with a different figure.  Although I liked the figure I didn’t think he was the right fit for my little diorama.  Now he has been lovingly given a little base of his own.

The figure is from the Reaper Dungeon Dweller range and is a very crisp and clean casting. Compared to some Reaper figures the level of detail is relatively plain but it was none the less a nice little one to do.

The biggest challenge was getting him completed in time for this post, a problem I think I will continue to experience with other figures which aren’t part of my army project. In an ideal world I would like to produce something each week for Diorama Lite on Monday, a mid-week figure for my medieval Knight army and a figure from another genre for my Saturday post. It is clear that balancing this through the spring and summer is going to be a challenge.  What this week has taught me though is that modelling and painting time is becoming stretched, mainly due to the time of the year and my release back into the wild following Covid lockdown.  Add into the mix my desire to do more and more on my army project and it is becoming clear that three posts a week is going to prove a significant challenge, at least until the return of the winter months.  For now I will continue as I am doing, if only to clear some of the lead pile, but I suspect blog changes are a foot.

Images of Borin below.

TIM

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Diorama Lite – Reaper “Cheiton, Dwarf Hero” (Part 2 – Final)

This week was an easy week in the sense that I really only needed to paint the figure.  He’s a nice little 28mm Reaper mini with quite a lot of detail and he had a pretty good pose for a chap standing outside his doorway before he goes off to hit some poor unfortunate over the head.  Dwarfs I am given to understand can be a bit like that.

I had already left a suitable whole in the base for positioning the figure so other than some minor adjustments and a few touch ups there was very little else to do.  Overall I am pleased with the outcome but I hope over time my imagination will inspire greater things but you have to start somewhere.  For me identifying nice figures holds the key and I have a few already lined up so we will see where we end up.  For now though the journey has begun.

Images below.

TIM

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“Ulfred” – 28mm Hasslefree Miniature

I mentioned in last Saturday’s post that I am attracted to figures which I consider have a nice pose.  Of course this is a personal thing but this is another figure which ticks the box as far as I am concerned.  I like the casual stance of Ulfred.  It’s simple but effective and he has a “don’t mess with me” feel about him, he exudes calmness and complete control.

I went mostly for muted colours as theses seemed appropriate.  The wolf head on his tunic was embossed so no claims to freehand on this one.  Base wise I went for a simple bit of landscape comprising of a a couple of slate chippings, a bit of a twig to form a small broken tree and some Milliput and plaster board dust to complete the groundwork.  Bits of grass tufts were added to the 25mm base to provide some much needed colour.

Images below.

TIM 

Diorama Lite No:1 – Reaper “Cheiton, Dwarf Hero” (Part 1)

Welcome to the first Diorama Lite post.  The concept of this series is to feature based figures which offer a little bit more than a typical wargaming style base, a micro diorama if you will.  Whilst the work involved isn’t in the same league as a larger diorama churning these little models out on a daily or weekly basis simply isn’t going to happen.  I anticipate each one taking a couple of weeks to do on average.  Slower in the spring and summer perhaps and maybe quicker in the winter when more time is spent indoors may become a factor in the fullness of time.  Without further a do let’s get under way.

The featured figure for this model is as the title indicates a Dwarf.  All being well you will get to see him next week in part 2.  The concept for the base is a simple affair.  Our hero dwarf is simply standing outside his front door.  Now that’s got you excited hasn’t it?

First up there was a need to make a door.  Wooden coffee stirrers, a bit of polystyrene, lead foil and pin heads for the hinges and wire for the door handle were all used.

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Slate chippings from the garden were used to create steps leading to the door.  The model is being built on a 40mm x 40mm MDF base which will then be mounted on a 40mm oak cube plinth.

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A piece of plant root was used to make a small tree.

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I made a couple of giant toadstools using Milliput mounted on top of pin heads.

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Thereafter it was pretty much all about adding some filler to the polystyrene and once it was dry painting and weathering everything followed by a little bit of assembly.  A mixture of paint colours and paints were used – acrylics and oils.  Finally some plant life was added.

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Some touching up here and there will be needed once the figure has been positioned but for now the scene is pretty much set.

TIM

“Fall of Bel” – Ziggurat Miniatures

This figure came from North Star Miniatures and features under the Lucid Eye heading and is produced by Ziggurat.  The title for the figure is given as “LI-BEL – Fall of Bell”, make of that what you want.  The figure itself is 28mm and in my opinion is  a stunning sculpt and one which is most unusual.

Why unusual TIM I hear you cry.

Well, as you asked, it is a sculpt posed in a way which to my mind is far more 54mm scale or bigger and not a typical 28mm one.  By this what I mean is the sculpt is a miniature figure painters dream not a wargamers style of figure.  As I primarily consider myself a figure painter the pose of a miniature is what often attracts me the most and in 28mm figures the poses are far more often than not sculpted in an action stance.  Nothing wrong with that at all but any figure which isn’t is bound to catch my eye when it crosses my path.  Such was the situation here.  Unfortunately for me the Ziggurat figure range is pretty small and only a few of them have an appeal to me.  I do, however, have my eye on a couple of others including a variant of this figure which I will also purchase in due course.

I’m not entirely sure if this female figure is intended to be a Greek Hoplite but I have based my painting around the idea that she is.  Not a great deal to say about the paint job itself other than that the horse on the shield was embossed rather than freehand but the edging on the shield was freehand and took a while to do.  Every time I looked at it the pattern wasn’t as evenly spaced as I wanted so I was touching up constantly.  I’m sure it is still out in places but I eventually called it a day because I knew I would never ever be 100% satisfied with it.  That’s not to say I am not pleased with it because I am.

I went for a straight forward little bit of base work with just a splash of colour in the red flowers.  I think there is scope to set this figure on a really nice bit of base work so I may well do something with the variant when I purchase it.  I wont rule out doing this figure again at some point either.  The quality of it is superb (as are so many others I might add) and it is hard to believe that it is only 28mm so to prove it is I have included a perspective image too.

TIM

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Dio-Bolical Monday No: 19 – “The Wizard’s Tower” – Part 12 – Final

This week brings an end to the Wizard Tower diorama and the timing could not be more perfect.  Not only does today signal the end of this diorama but it is also the end of the end of lockdown and my 39th wedding anniversary.  It is also the end of Dio-Bolical Monday for the foreseeable future.  This diorama, and Fools Gold which preceded it, have both been great fun but as well as the need for a break I need to create space before I can even contemplate doing another.  Until that time does arrive I intend to replace Dio-Bolical Monday with Diorama Lite.  The first post should be next week but we will have to see.  Meanwhile back to this one.

As at last week I was left with a few things to do.  The dragon needed to be finished and was.  It was duly tidied up and whilst I can say I hated every minute I spent painting it the end result was OK.  It was then just a matter of positioning it and the second figure.  I decided to pin the dragon in such away that it can be removed if necessary.  I have also kept the tower in its sections rather than gluing it all together.  The fit is so good you cannot see the joins and it will also make transporting it that much easier too.  Picking up on several comments I also tried to inject some movement into the banner but having already stuck the banner down and put it in situ the scope to do anything was very restricted and I wasn’t about to start again.  But hey, that’s why I am The Imperfect Modeller!  So, a final few touch ups here and there and that was job done.

On to some photo’s.  The first four images show the positioning of the second figure before the dragon was added and then with the dragon in situ.  The photo’s thereafter after show the complete diorama along with various close up images.  As it was a nice day I decided to take the tower a part and go outside to take the Photo’s  Not the ideal backdrop to be fair but then again I don’t have an ocean in my back garden and I don’t have a light box the size of a marque either.  The final image is a photo of the diorama in its display case.  All in all not an easy thing to photograph, well for me at least, but hopefully you can get a feel for the finished piece.

Well folks I hope you like the end result.  Personally I have had a blast doing it.  The tower itself is an awesome piece of kit and I would recommend Table Top World buildings to anyone, they’re worth every penny.  Obviously it’s the favorite bit of the whole thing but I’d also like to give a shout out to the sea effects.  Not my idea as pointed out in earlier posts but it is simple and so cool.  Something I’d really like to do again at some point but until then that’s it.

TIM

 

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“Gruff” – Post Apocalypse Survivor

It will not surprise you to know that “Gruff” is a 28mm Hasslefree figure.  Before too long I will have exhausted my supply of them and I will have to place another order. Some new releases should be out soon as well and that will provide the ideal time I think.  In the meanwhile I have plenty of other things to do but more on that in future posts.

The image on the back of “Gruff” is embossed so freehand opportunities for my imagination were limited.  I did however add a stripe and numbers to his shorts and a couple of letters (hardly detectable in the photo’s below) to the can he is holding.   Other than that it was a simple figure with no difficult areas to access so painting him was pretty quick and easy.  I kept the base simple, mainly out of laziness really.  Although I like the figure I wasn’t inspired beyond just painting it, partly I think because my imagination and ideas are now taking me all over the place right now.  Quite where that will lead though remains to be seen.

TIM

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Dio-Bolical Monday No: 19 – “The Wizard’s Tower” – Part 11

This time last week I thought there would be two more posts before this diorama was complete but it is looking now like this will be the penultimate post.

Before I started on this diorama I knew I wanted to have a bit more drama going on rather than just the tower, some waves and a wizard prancing about.  The question of course was what?  In keeping with a mystical theme I decided to have the tower under attack from a dragon if I could find the right figure.  After a fair bit of research I settled on the Narthrax dragon produced by Reaper.  There was only one problem though, the dragon was only available in the Reaper Bones range.

From what I have been able to gather Reaper Bones has very mixed reviews.  Now I am no fan of plastic but at the same time I needed to be able to bend this figure about a bit in order to position it how I wanted.  I decided I had little choice but to take a punt on it.  All I can say is I fully understand the mixed reviews.  The figure was well boxed and looked superb but the touch of it was something else.  Right from the start I knew this was something I didn’t want to paint and I can say with 100% confidence I will never do another bones figure again.  I know some of you like them and have produced great results so I am happy for this to go down as my aversion to plastic and bones models in particular.

First up I needed to assemble the thing and remove the plastic pins which slotted into the base which came with the model as I wouldn’t be using that.  Then I had to play around with some hot water to bend various body parts to get the position I required.  This took several attempts because the plastic had a life its own and wanted to spring back into its original shape.  Perseverance paid off in the end and I finally felt confident that it would remain in shape and I could start painting.

Already in the wrong frame of mind my mood wasn’t helped any when after priming the figure I learnt that you didn’t need to prime this bones figure!  Nevertheless I continued to soldier on and for the first time ever I used contrast paints.  I didn’t know quite what to expect but I found them to be pretty good and for something like this they were ideal.  I’m not sure I will use them that often but I certainly have nothing against them and can see why people would use them if they are looking for very effective and quick results.

Now the store images for the Nathrax dragon show it painted in blue.  I discussed with my inner self what colour I should go with and decided blue was probably the way to go.  Against the tower it would offer a nice contrast and with the sea and waves it somehow felt like the right habitat for a dragon of this colour.  Regrettably I didn’t take that many photo’s of the painting process.  I think I feared that if I put it down I wouldn’t want to pick it up again!  Despite everything I pretty much managed to get there with it and a few images are below.

The dragon isn’t fully finished and the uncompromising and magnified images show that it is scruffy in places.  It clearly needs some tidying up, quite a bit actually, and more dry brushing but I don’t think any of that will make for a lot of work or for an interesting post so next week we will skip straight to the finished diorama.  Well that’s the plan anyway.

TIM

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“Mei-Lin Mayfair” – 28mm CP Models

I thought I would surprise you, and myself for that matter, by doing a figure that wasn’t from Hasslefree.  This little lady is from CP Models and goes by the name of “Mei-Lin Mayfair”.  To be honest she could easily pass for a Hasslefree figure – metal, spot on 28mm scale and female.  Having failed with Ann’s March challenge I’m straight in there for April!

With no rules to follow in terms of colour scheme I thought I would go for yellow, partly inspired by others who for one reason or another have gone with this colour recently.  Personally I think it is the worst colour to paint with which is annoying because it is one I really like.  Unfortunately yellow paint is just too translucent for one or two coats to be sufficient I find.

Doubtless there are many ways of painting with yellow but, on the occasions when I do, I use just about every yellow I have in my paint collection.  Starting with the darkest I work through each colour in layers until I get to the lightest and that seems to work for me.  As for the base I kept it simple as I liked the figure and didn’t want to distract from it.  I used Scrim Tape to create a mesh pattern (just about visible in the last image), some broken plaster board for a little rubble and a old watch part to add a bit of metal.

TIM

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Dio-Bolical Monday No: 19 – “The Wizard’s Tower” – Part 10

I have mentioned previously that I had to resolve a couple of problems.  Neither were major but they were unplanned. 

The first relates to the second turret which you can see in the image below.  The turret itself fixes to four wooden resin posts but unfortunately one of them was broken on arrival.  It was easy enough to fix but I had been contemplating removing the turret anyway because the wizard figure which I had planned to position there would not have been easily seen.  I took this as a sign and set about removing all four wooden posts and after a few minor adjustments you would never know they were meant to be there. 

All was fine until I then had the presence of mind to try the wizard figure out in position only to discover that it didn’t work!  The problem being that the height of the wall and the angle the wizard would be positioned at didn’t look right for what I had planned.  So now I had no turret and the need to determine where the wizard was going to go.

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Knowing that the wizard would be positioned elsewhere I decided there needed to be some visual interest given no wizard and no turret.  Initially I had know idea what to do but later had the idea of a banner so I set about making one.   Using some Japanese writing paper and a couple of pieces of steel rod I got started.  The issue of design was also a problem.  I wanted something that felt medieval but also wizard like.  I settled on the idea of the star sign symbols, Leo, Libra, etc.  These only covered part of the banner so I then added a star at the bottom and then added a flag too.  Some photos below. 

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The wizard has now been positioned down below on the rocks.  It will make more sense when you see the finished diorama but for now this is the only image you are getting! 

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The plan this week was also to get the ballistrade added and painted.  I also wanted to get some more weathering done.  Mission accomplished.  

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Now where do I go from here?

Time to work on the final figure.  Probably a couple of weeks work and then a final post of the completed diorama.

TIM

“Taylor” – Post Apocalyptic Survivor

This weeks Hasslefree miniature goes by the name of “Taylor”  As with numerous Hasslefree figures this is not the first time I have painted this one.  First time around she appeared in a little diorama called “Apocalypse: What The F**k Was That!”

On this occasion I decided to give Taylor her own stand alone spot and this is the end result.  Nothing overly exciting but I saw an opportunity for some different freehand and settled on some psychedelic pants!  In a post apocalyptic graffiti strewn world I figure she’d be well camouflaged and blend in nicely.  Painting each colour in random patterns was easy enough but outlining each one in black to make it stand out was a more lengthy process.

As with most things I am doing these days the figure was based on an MDF square base before being stuck to an oak cube for a display plinth.   In this case everything is 25mm square.

Images below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 94)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another knight double act and sees the end of my Footsore backlog of foot knights.  I have a couple of mounted ones in the pile to do but these are going to be neglected for a little while longer until I can muster up the right level of enthusiasm for them.  In all fairness I do love knights and bizarrely am now contemplating buying some more!  Footsore under their Barons War range have recently issued some new figures and I am tempted to buy and paint more.  Ideally I’d like to create a couple of small dioramas and if I can come up with the right ideas and right figures for them then I will take the plunge.  Not entirely sure why I lost the love for these ones but I suspect it has more to do with the number of ideas I have floating around right now.  Anyway, images below.  Next week something different but quite what I haven’t a clue right now.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Wednesday Whinge

Now at the risk of upsetting someone this week (never my intention I can assure you) I thought I would touch on the subject of Gender Neutral. Truth be told I’m not sure I really understand it but it appears to have become a thing of late, a trend, a fad.  It’s fashionable.  Well so it seems to me.  Highlighted recently in the world of awards where it seems there has been a move from the two categories of Best Actor (Male) and Best Actress (Female) to the single category Best Actor (Gender Neutral).  I’m OK with that although I really don’t see the need for the two sexes to compete.  It strikes me that only one person can now have success instead of two.  Perhaps it’s to save the money on an award?  The thing is who are the minority driving this agenda, why are the masses taking note and where does this trend end?  Does the Worlds Strongest Man and Worlds Strongest Women become the Worlds Strongest Human and if it does how long then before someone moans because men keeping winning?  That’s not a sexist statement by the way just the reality that men are physically stronger than women and until man evolves further it will remain that way.

For me life is a simple affair.  If you have a willy you are male, if you don’t you are female.  If nature got it wrong and you want to swap genitalia then fine.  Only the individual knows best and it must be pretty tough being trapped in the wrong body.  For me the French have it right with their saying “Vive la difference”.  If someone wants to consider themselves Gender Neutral then fine, as long as they aren’t going out killing people then so be it.  I’m not sure I’ll ever get the hang of it so doubtless jail beckons for me in my dotage for the heinous crime of failing to be politically correct.  However, when Mr Potato Head has been rebranded Potato Head to avoid a backlash and comply with political correctness the world has truly gone bloody mad.

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Give Me Five

This week I decided to evaluate my top five obscure inventions.  Those little unsung things which we take for granted but play a significant part in our lives and which we couldn’t do without.  I’m not talking cars, planes, computers or anything like that, just the little things.  You’ll get the idea.  In no particular order:

  1. The Battery
  2. The Calendar
  3. The Clock/Watch
  4. The Mirror
  5. The Tape Measure

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Should I Stay or Should I Go” by the Clash.   A classic track and probably one of the best groups of their era and genre.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Crash”.  This film came out in 2004 and even won three Oscars including best picture.  Quite how it managed that I will never know.  I can only assume everything else which came out that year was crap.  Some decent acting from a decent cast but I just didn’t get it.  Probably me.

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Remember …

Sometimes the first step to forgiveness is understanding the other person is a complete idiot.

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TIM