The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 32)

Welcome to this week’s Musings!

Inspired by a recent comment by Azazel I bring you …

TIM’s 12 Laws of Modelling

  1. The “To Do List” only gets longer;
  2. The increase in the neglected pile is directly proportional to the number of recent items bought;
  3. Modelling is only stress free when you don’t give a shit what the end result looks like;
  4. How right it looks matters far more than how accurate it is;
  5. Only when a figure becomes obsolete do you realize how much you should have bought it when you had the chance;
  6. Only when you have implemented a solution to a problem do you find a better way to have resolved it;
  7. No matter how much you clear your working space there is always something in the way;
  8. Only when you sit down to start modelling will you remember (or be reminded) that there was something else you had to do first;
  9. Disruptions only happen at critical construction/painting moments;
  10. Essential items required to complete a model only run out when the shops are closed;
  11. The item you have set your heart on will always be out of stock;
  12. The model show you most want to go to will always clash with another event you cannot get out of.

Please feel free to add to the list or highlight a favorite!

This week TIM has been listening to …

Robert Palmer.  Two classic tracks, firstly “Addicted to Love” (Tina Turner does a great cover of this too by the way) followed by “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)”.

Oh, and for anyone who thinks the two videos are a tad sexist for today’s sensitive community check out Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Women” video produced many years after Robert Palmer’s.  I wonder where she got the idea from?  That’s equality for you!

This week TIM has been watching …

The Detectorists.

Had my brother not put me onto this series it would have passed me by and as it turns out that would have been a shame.  For those of you who may not have heard of the show it features Mackenzie Crook (The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean), is set in rural England and is about a Metal Detecting club and its members.  Sounds bazaar but it works.  Well my brother and I think it does.

So far there have been three series of six episodes along with a Christmas special or two.  A bit like Marmite (Vegemite) I guess you will love it or hate it but I’ll throw it out there for you to make up your own mind or comment on if you have seen it.

One thing that it does highlight for me is that there is comedy gold to be had in all walks of life regardless of how random the subject is.  When the time comes to put down my painting brushes I think I’m going to have a go at writing about the adventures of the modelling and blogging community.  An untapped source if ever there was one.

From here on in you better watch what you say!

Did you know …

Viagra is widely used in hospitals to stop little old men from rolling out of bed?

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Until next time.

TIM

22 thoughts on “The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 32)

  1. Well Dave out of your 12 laws the ones that effect me most are 7,9,10 and 5and 11 which has really happened to me on a couple times ,love it mate so bloody real . Oh and tell me Dave what do they give big old men from rolling out off bed Eh ! .( hightist ) Ha Ha . A funny thing Dave ,35 years ago my sister and I got to talking about what she termed hightism as against racism ,like all the sayings we took for granted and never worried about e.g.we look up to him ,he is a big man not a weasely little fellow , and a lot more if you start to think about it ,and vice versa to tall guys example here in Auss you would be referred to as a tall streak of duck shit , etc . And in your own case having ginger hair ,here you would have been Bluey .The case is we never really took it to heart ,had a laugh and got on with it ,no offence taken ,but now everyone if bloody well offended even if it does not involve them AH ! . Thanks Dave for having a little haven where we can actually say a few things for a laugh and no one is going to get pissed off and get offended so I thank you mate ,and as you can tell I’m feeling a lot better and back to my old self ! .

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    1. Glad you are feeling better Pat. One of the things I’ve often said to my kids is it’s not always what you say but how you say it. Said one way things can be very offensive and I get that people can be upset. Said another way and it’s intention is to be humorous. Unfortunately not every one shares the same sense of humour and some people are far more sensitive than others. Whilst it’s never my intention to up set anyone the truth of the matter as far as I am concerned is some people need to get bloody life!

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  2. Nice post TIM/Dave! Yeah, #10, and #11 get me. I would also add one which you would agree with probably:

    Your spouse will unemotionally dispose of your collection in the most uneconomical way before your body is cold.

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    1. Haha, have you been told that?!

      I would’ve agreed with you until just recently. My Wife out of the blue, told me she was happy that I do modeling as a hobby. I think I stammered “Why…?”. She said ‘because it’s a nice, quiet hobby, that isn’t loud and annoying’. So part of me thinks she might hold onto 1 mini as a memento before selling the lot off.

      Which reminds, my electric guitar really needs a big amp…

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  3. “Modelling is only stress free when you don’t give a shit what the end result looks like”

    I like that one. Modeling sometimes stresses me the hell out. I know a lot of people say how nice and fun it is, and oh, it’s so great after a long day of work… But assembling, painting straps, getting a conversion right, or sliding on that last #$%^n decal, is not yoga to me. When things are in the zone though, all is good. Pretty much true for all of life.

    “Only when a figure becomes obsolete do you realize how much you should have bought it when you had the chance”

    Haven’t had that happen too often with minis. There is usually another mini out there, that is ‘close enough’. Had it happen a lot with graphic novels though. Good thing there is Ebay, because I like emptying my wallet out because something is now ‘rare’.

    “Only when you have implemented a solution to a problem do you find a better way to have resolved it”

    Usually, “solutions”. Yep. The best is when someone points out that solution that you keep using over and over, and takes about 4 hours to do….can actually be done in 10 minutes!

    “No matter how much you clear your working space there is always something in the way”

    So true. I copied Steinberg’s nice little organized paint rack setup….a week later, I have paints in the paint rack, and all across my desk again! C’est la vie.

    “Disruptions only happen at critical construction/painting moments”

    Martial Arts, man. And Verbal Jiu-Jistu. I should probably open a Kung-Fu school to teach my technique of holding off the cobra-clawed toddler, while managing to paint highlights. Hmm, I might be able to retire off of that…

    “Essential items required to complete a model only run out when the shops are closed”
    “The item you have set your heart on will always be out of stock”

    Well, in my case it usually seems to be what I really need to get this last mini finished before the end of the month is….X ….which will take the online store….2 weeks to ship….(@#$%!

    Great list. I think you should definitely write up a sitcom about modelers. That would be pretty sweet. There was that one show about the guys who run a Fantasy Football League. So I imagine it would work!

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    1. Nice reply mate, makes me feel better knowing I’m not the only one governed and effected by such rules! As for a sitcom I’m not sure I’m the one to write it but there is some great material out there. Going through the comments of all us bloggers would make for a great start. 😉

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  4. Is it just me or am I the only one who imagined you in a silk kimono smoking a really long bamboo pipe and reciting this philosophical hobby laws?! Haha. I’ll have to write my own but here’s one for free…

    13. When standing naked in the garden at night be sure to have a good reason for the police when they arrest you for being a peeping Tom.

    I bloody love the Detectorists! Did you and I chat about it in a past life oh confuscious? Or did I dream it? Anyway great bloody show. I think we could make an equally cool show about our hobby. You and me as the stars of course, well me as the star, and you as my loyal sidekick! We’d have an episode where we’d try and capture Kevin the Fox!

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    1. Hopefully it’s just you!

      Law 13 might have validity in Australia but it would be limited in the UK on account of the weather. I’m also concerned by the type of modelling you are doing in the gareen at night, naked accept for a hat I presume!

      Yes we did have a good chat about the Detectorists which prompted me to sit down and watch it all again. First series done, moving onto series two at the weekend hopefully. Happy for you to be the star in our sitcom just as long as I get to play the ageing lothario and get to chose the female cast members 😊.

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  5. Made me chortle 😂. I would add
    you sell off an army at a cut down, get rid of them price 2 weeks before the prices sky rocket, followed closely by… you sell of your collections only to find you are interested in it again at a later date. My Aztecs and Conquistadors as a case in point. I have just re bought the same figures that I sold Years ago.
    Another is that all your mates decide on a different period, so, enthused you buy an army, only to find they all change their minds.
    You base up an army with some flock you found in a cupboard, have three bases left and run out, you try to order some more to find either a) it was some flock you made yourself and can’t remember/can’t get the colour of paint you used, or b) that particular flock was discontinued in the year 2000.
    I am sure there are more!

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  6. #1. The “To Do List” only gets longer;
    Abso-fucking-lutely.

    #2. The increase in the neglected pile is directly proportional to the number of recent items bought;
    Kinda-sorta. I’ve been making a deliberate effort to not increase the “neglected” pile (as in stuff that’s started but not finished) and just try to get started stuff done. However, I have an awful habit of finishing one of the literally dozens of WIP units on my table, say, Vikings, orcs, whatever – then deciding that I need some more vikings or orcs or whatever so that I have some vikings or orcs or whatever that I can continue to chip away at…
    Case in point. I almost-finished an APC, so I went delving into a box of eBay crap and started cleaning up a tank to replace the APC’s spot in my “active” queue. Despite another tank and an AFV already being in there…

    #3. Modelling is only stress free when you don’t give a shit what the end result looks like;
    Hell yeah.

    #4. How right it looks matters far more than how accurate it is;
    Only 50% of the time. The other 50% of the time you agonise on something like markings. For years in some cases. Maybe you never finish the damned things.

    #5. Only when a figure becomes obsolete do you realize how much you should have bought it when you had the chance;
    I’ve worked out the solution to this. Buy EVERYTHING. Worry about storage space and getting it all built or painted before you die later on.

    #6. Only when you have implemented a solution to a problem do you find a better way to have resolved it;
    But of course.

    #7. No matter how much you clear your working space there is always something in the way;
    Yeah. I clear some space. Then I blink and it’s shrunk. I work on a patch of about 20x40cm on the edge-corner of a 6’x3′ table that is entirely dedicated to hobbying and covered mostly in paints and part-painted models.

    #8. Only when you sit down to start modelling will you remember (or be reminded) that there was something else you had to do first;
    Agreed. I’ll add to that suddenly needing to make a run to the toilet when you sit down.

    #9. Disruptions only happen at critical construction/painting moments;
    Could you please NOT vaccum or ask me questions when I’m painting eyes?

    #10. Essential items required to complete a model only run out when the shops are closed;
    Or you’ll realise that you or others who could have gotten something have just gotten home and you could have gotten a thing you need, and now nobody can be arsed going back out to get it. I need about half a dozen fishing sinkers to weigh down some interchangeable parts (magnets not an option). I realised this yesterday shortly after Marouda got home from the Gym and shopping. There’s a fishing shop across the road from her gym.

    #11. The item you have set your heart on will always be out of stock;
    This happens all the fucking time.

    #12. The model show you most want to go to will always clash with another event you cannot get out of.
    Luckily not an issue for me anymore. Now that I only leave the house for work, physio and the occasional meal/shopping trip and avoid all events like the plague. The only ones I can’t weasel out of are work ones.

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