Welcome to this weeks Musings!
The Plymouth Model Show
Thank you to those of you who wished me well at the Plymouth Show. It went very well but since the weekend I have had very little time to call my own.
I intentionally left a gap in this weeks Musings to insert an update but I haven’t had a chance to get my thoughts together or sort through the photo’s I took. I will write a proper review for posting, hopefully that will be next week.
I suspect many of you will already be familiar with Reaper Miniatures, until quite recently I wasn’t. I did do a Chronoscope figure based on the Tom Selleck character Quigley from the film Quigley Down Under …
… but I didn’t check out their range in any detail at that time. In fact the figure was purchased on Ebay which probably explains why that happened.
My discovery came about when I was looking for a figure for a model idea that I had for the July challenge. Google images threw up some great looking figures which subsequently provided a link to a UK distributor for Reaper (Mighty Lancer Games). This in turn led to a tour of the site and an initial purchase of a couple of figures.
I was very impressed with the figures when they arrived and loved the finer detail of the sculptures. They offered a painting challenge that other figures often do not. I think the fact that the figures were fantasy based helped. Not being restricted to military uniforms or the dress code of a given period allowing a greater expression of creativity. The same can be said when it comes to painting them, freedom to use the entire paint pallet.
I’ve since trawled through the site again and purchased another half a dozen white metal figures from the Reaper Dark Heaven Legends range, not my usual fare I grant you but expect to see the end results appearing on this blog in the coming weeks and months.
Heroes, my heroes. I’m not sure what got me thinking about them but the subject popped into my mind and then decided to stay there for a while. Long enough for me to give the matter some considerable thought.
The first thing that struck me was that my heroes, the people and characters I admire for one reason or another, can be found in a multitude of places. For example, I have real life heroes from history, acting, music and sport and even fictional hero’s from Hollywood movies and literature including comics.
It then occurred to me that I could highlight some of these heroes in my weekly musings and even look to see which hero’s of mine could be turned into models. Some are certainly available as figures, others I suspect wont be. In any event it struck me as something that might be fun to do and, if others wish to participate, it would be nice to learn about other people’s heroes as well.
I’ll aim to do my first hero post in the next few week with others to follow as and when. In the meanwhile I’ll leave you to try to guess who’s top of my list!
How To Name an Alien
Prior to the Plymouth Model show I was thinking about names and titles for dioramas, a topic I shall visit again in a future post, when my mind went off on a tangent. For some reason I was reminded of something which did the rounds many years ago and that was “how to determine your alien name”. It then occurred to me that for anyone who likes to name their figures or armies that this might prove useful. Clearly it can be adapted in a variety of ways.
As best I can recall you take the first two or three letters of a Christian name, the make of a car and a prescription drug. So, for example, you could have something like “Dav Mazda from the planet Warfarin” or “Jo Royce from Candesartan”.
Endless possibilities of course and some will work far better than others but when lacking some inspiration perhaps this approach might help? In any event I thought I’d share it.
Until next time!