The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 1)

When I issued my recent post on my trip to the Bovington Tank Museum it occured to me that from time to time there are perhaps somethings to say which are model or modelling related but which don’t necessarily relate to a specific model that I am working on at the time.  With this in mind I thought it might be a good idea (you may think differently!) to occasionaly share these musings as a seperate suplementary mid week post.  In any event I have decided to give it ago and if it holds no interest either for me or you the reader then I can simply drop it.  In short, nothing to lose by trying.  So welcome to the first, and quite possibly the last, of The News at TIM!

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Is creativity is a dangerous thing?

Until I started this blog, incredible to think that was almost a year ago now, I was pretty diciplined, which is to say I generally worked on one model at a time.  Now for the first time I find myself working on at least six different projects, mostly small items it must be said, with an ideas bank of at least another couple of dozen or more.  The danger is that either I will rush what I am doing in order to start the next idea or, possibly worse still, fail to complete some or all of my current projects.

Now judging by my fellow enthuiasts this is not something peculiar to me alone.  Some, for example, Steinberg Shed Space, have adopted the approach of creating a plan and awarding himself positive points for when he ticks something off the list and negative ones when he goes off track.  So far he’s on +9 and all is well.  Others, Azazel I think I am right in saying, have been wonderfully creative in establishing monthly challenges aimed at encouraging participants to revisit and complete unfinished works.

Doubtless there are other schemes which can be adopted too that will rekindle interest in forgotten and set aside projects but what dear reader is right for me?  Truth is I do not know but I fear I am on a slippery slope.  I have therefore decided to do the modelling equivalent of going cold turkey.  In short I have set myself the objective that next weekend I will complete and outstanding WW1 model.  More than that I will complete another outstanding WW1 model for the week after!  After that I’m not so sure but for now something has to give.  To infinity and beyond!

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To base or not to base that is the question!

Should tanks, vehicles and the such like be presented on a base with groundwork?

As some of you may know I am not particularly into vehicles of any kind, I’m strictly a figure guy and in all forms be it modelling or the female form.  That’s not to say I don’t like vehicles because I do.  I also have the utmost respect for those that make and paint them, they posses skills I do not have.  The truth is kits need glue and glue and I do not get on.  The last time I did a kit I must have been about 11 or 12 and when I had completed it the ratio of plastic kit to glue must have been in the region of 3:1 in favour of the glue.

OK it was a long time ago and it’s partly because of this that I have just purchased a Rubicon 28mm Willys Jeep which also includes 4 US army figures.  There is another reason for doing it too.

At the model club I go to a number of the members produce some fantastically well made tanks, planes and other vehicles but they do not present them on a base with some ground work of any kind.  They are just a free standing kit.  Perfectly made but to my mind they just don’t look finished.  Is it just me that thinks this?  Now I get it when some of the war gamers don’t base their vehicles as they need to move the pieces about but even then their vehicles are positioned on base boards which are often works of art in their own right.  But when its sole purpose is just to sit there wouldn’t it look better in a more natural type of setting befitting its period?

Of course at the end of the day it’s all a matter of personal preference and I respect that.  However, I’m on a mini crusade and thus have decided to take a journey over to the dark side.  My Willys Jeep will be built, the excess glue will be weathered and made to blend in with a small amount of base work and then it will be taken to the club for comment.  I expect it to be derided but in any event I will keep you in formed.

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You don’t know what you don’t know but somethings are bleeding obvious!

Having recently posted an article on How to Build Fir Trees Azazel kindly commented with a link to a fellow modeller and blogger who amongst other things was also into scenery making including trees.  If you check out the comments on that article you will also be able to follow the link.

As it turns out one of his methods was largely known to me and I had in fact produced a similar post of my own some while ago.  Having said that the method employed was a little different to the one I had been using, the stand out difference being that filler was applied once Sea-foam had been attached to the wire armature thus covering up the join.  This step was missing from my approach, I applied filler to the armature first then attached the Sea-foam after.  The more I think about it the more I can’t believe I missed the bloody obvious!

Now I appreciate if you are not familiar with making your own trees that this may not mean a great deal to you but that is not really the point of my raising the subject.  The real point is that we don’t know what we don’t know until someone points it out to us either directly or indirectly as was the case here.  The truth is since starting this blog I think I can say I have learnt something from everyone I have engaged with and I have no doubt that I will continue to learn from you all in the future too.

Constructive comment and shared knowledge is a great thing.  Thank you!

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Further musings for another day?  Let’s wait and see!

All the best.

TIM

 

11 thoughts on “The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 1)

  1. Hi Tim,

    I’ve been following your builds as a recent follower and must say they are amazing and so accurate.

    You mentioned the Bovington Tank Museum which made me think of T.E. Shaw (Lawrence) and his time with tanks the RAF and his exploits in Arabia.

    Have you ever considered Lawrence as a subject….in soldier’s uniform or the white robes he was presented etc.

    I’ve long admired him as a very unique character and an extraordinary individual. Often maligned, often praised but whatever you think of him he certainly was an enigma.

    All the best

    Cheers

    Martin

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Martin and I’m glad you like what I do. Interesting you should mention Lawrence. The film by David Lean is one of my all time favourites, the charachter and landscapes are both fantastic. I have thought about doing a model and was tempted by an Andrea 54mm figure but really wanted to do something in 28mm in order to do more of a landscape too. So far I’ve drawn a blank but will take another look. If you know of any figures please let me know as it’s something I’d really like to do. All the best.

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    2. Found some figures by Artizan that will do nicely – will order in due course and add to my ever growing to do list! Confirms what I said in my post – you don’t know what you don’t know so thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. On vehicle basing, for wargame models I like to leave them without, with the exception of bikes, which are really at that intersection of infantry and vehicle – and need them for stability anyway!
    For model kits… I can see both sides. I always liked (even the simplest) diorama bases that add a sense of place and context to the models. Whether they should be glued down to them is another question. My preference there is unglued as that way they can be combined with other related vehicles into more elaborate scenarios, or models can be moved between bases, or…

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  3. The compromise approach of base but not fixed vehicle makes a lot of sense to me and I’ll pass that idea on. I think some of them consider base work as to difficult. It can be challenging of course but like most things you start simple and learn and then continue learning. That said each to their own!

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    1. Easy enough to make a simple starter base that’s not much more than mud (or sand, etc) with some weathering powder and a couple of tufts.
      Next one, incorporate some ruined walls, bricks, and/or rocks and stones. Keep adding as they go. Especially easy to “upgrade” when the models aren’t glued down…

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  4. I agree with Az Man on the basing thing completely. For you though, if i’m not mistaken, you’re not a gamer so BASE AWAY so they become like mini dioramas. Like tattoos, if you can count how many projects you have on the go you don’t have enough haha. This is my philosophy.

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