Welcome to this week’s Musings!
I don’t know if I saw the first ever episode of Doctor Who when it was first broadcast in 1963 but I certainly got into it when I was very young. As a six-year-old it was quite a scary programme made all the darker because it was broadcast back then in black and white. As best I can recall it was my first exposure to Science Fiction and as such it was a fascinating programme. For a good number of years I loved SiFi as much as I loved the Old West but then I fell out of love with the genre.
My interest was rekindled many years later by the likes of Alien, Aliens, Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (other titles in both film series served only to devalue the first couple of films in my opinion). I never got into Star Wars with the same level of enthusiasm that others did, oddly it sort of passed me by, although I understood its appeal and the impact it had on everything that followed.
So why did I fall out of love with SiFi for a period? Story lines played a part for sure but overall I think it was more about the alien(s). They simply weren’t believable to me.
Now in my opinion the greatest Alien ever is the Dalek. I’m sure this statement will divide opinion so I’d better explain why. The answer is a straight forward one. A Dalek did not and does not conform to a humanoid form and neither, by modern standard’s, is it solely a product of CGI. Too many films and programs way back then featured an Alien which was no more than a chap in a costume (much the same applies today). A nice costume but a costume all the same. Yes, I know there was a bloke inside driving a Dalek but a Dalek doesn’t look like a bloke in a costume and that for me was the key. If Outer Space is truly infinite then why did (and still do) the writers and film makers think nothing could exist outside of a basic human form?
Fortunately, the figures produced by the model industry appear to have no restrictions on imagination.
The Future of Modelling?
I’m not entirely sure why but the other day I found myself wondering what the future held for our hobby. I think what got me started was when my son Tom said that Hollywood rarely produces anything these days which is truly original. Most films being the next in a sequence or a remake of something made a long time ago being presented to a new audience. I’m not sure how true this actually is but I do feel there is something in it.
So, where does our hobby go from here?
New games will certainly come out but will they truly be original or simply a variation on an existing theme? Wild West Exodus for example is relatively new but the Old West theme certainly isn’t. So has everything been done? I’m guessing it hasn’t but I cannot get my head around what lays ahead. A small fortune awaits those that can!
Almost certainly new tools and modelling materials will become available but right now I cannot see what’s missing that is actually needed. I’ve no doubt someone will think of something but if they do is there a danger that whatever it is it may remove another element of modelling creativity?
What about figures, where do they go from here? The obvious one to my mind is 3D printing and being able to design your own detailed figures. Conversions could become a thing of the past, you’d just create your own unique miniature and print and paint.
Can paints be improved? Brushes too? If so how?
Change is inevitable but for now, other than 3D printing, I can’t get my head around the future. Time of course will reveal all. Perhaps this weekend’s Plymouth Show will provide some clues.
The Plymouth Model Show
This weekend it is the annual Plymouth Model Show, the largest show in South West England. Not a huge show relative to those which take place elsewhere in the country but significant for the area. The show will be the second I’ve attended (I went last year as a member of the public) but the first time as a member of the club and as an exhibitor. I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully there will be plenty of excellent models on display and an opportunity to pick up a few tips.
The show is organised by the club I joined a year ago so this will be my first involvement. Unlike other shows I’ve attend this one is not just about turning up on the day to display some models but also about the set up and everything else that goes with it. It will be a busy weekend but a fun one I hope to. Just as long as I can find somewhere to park!
On a personal level I couldn’t be less organised right now. This is not like me but then again domestic issues abound and my time has been stolen. I’ve been taken in directions I’ve not wanted to go in or been able to control. That’s life.
Tomorrow I need to seriously get my finger out. Although the show is on Saturday the setting up process begins Friday and so far I’ve done nothing!
I’ll let you know how it goes!
Until next time.