The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 38)

Welcome to this weeks Musings!



The Christmas decorations are up and I’m looking forward to Christmas, I always do.


Obviously Christmas has evolved over the years, partly because the world moves on both positively and negatively and partly due to the aging process.  These days days I find myself overwhelmed by the feeling of deja vu and the desire for Christmases past.

On the negative side, and contrary to TV advertising, I will once again not experience a Dickensian white Christmas, the mild weather will negate the need to sit around our open fire and the TV schedule will once again break all records for program repeats.

On the positive side She Who Must Be Obeyed will serve up another wonderful Christmas meal (well we will tell her she did!), Rob the landlord at the local village pub will provide the first round of drinks free on Christmas day and the wine rack has been topped up sufficiently to see us through the festive period and well beyond the New Year too!

Our family gathering will be small, there aren’t many of us, one less in fact as for the first time my son will spend Christmas at his girlfriends home.  Mum and Dad (87 and 92 respectively) were due to go and stay at my brothers which would have been nice but alas the old fella can’t cope with the upheaval involved and so instead they will once again remain locally with us.  I’m sure it will be fun.  If not I have a nice single malt to fall back on!

I’m also excited at the prospect of opening my presents for one good reason, I bought them and yes, they are all models.

Can I tell you what they are?  No, it will spoil the surprise.


A Recent Purchase

Since I embarked on painting 28mm figures only rarely have I purchased the type of figures which have been cast specifically for a slot style base.  I haven’t avoided buying them, it’s just simply been the case that the figures I have bought have all pretty much come on their own base.

Painting the pre-based figures by mounting them on bottle tops and then using a hand clamp has served me well but the same system hasn’t worked quite so well for these other figures.  I can’t say it’s been a major problem but when I found this style of clamp (see image below – old clamp on the left, new one on the right) on sale at Telford (yes I’m sure they have been around for years and years) it became a must have item, particularly as I’ve just gotten into a series of figures all of which come on slot style bases.

Needless to say I am delighted with my acquisition and thought I’d share it with you.




This week TIM has been listening to …

Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers.

This compilation sprung up randomly during another model painting evening with YouTube on in the background.  I love all the tracks and followed it up with a few more compilations afterwards.  However, the key to this particular link is the start and end featuring the sound track to “Hawai Five O”.  Not so much for the TV series but for the track itself.

When I was in my late teens my mates and I spent most Friday and Saturday nights in Richmond, Surrey where we went to “Cheeky Pete’s” and “Brollies”, two disco’s (Clubs to those of a younger age!) which were linked.  We had fantastic nights, good nights, bad nights and some nights truly best forgotten.  At the end of the evening the club DJ of “Brollies” played out with “Hawai Five O”.  Why I have no idea but every time I hear it played it brings back some (mostly) great memories.

Ah nostalgia, it ain’t what it used to be!  The days when “Models” meant something very different.

This week TIM has been watching …


I love this film for a variety of reasons.  The gunfight, some might call it a murder, is of course an iconic moment in the history of the Wild West and Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday are legends of the period too.  I also like the movie portrayal of Holliday by Val Kilmer who has some classic lines in the film.  The same can be said for Russell as well.  In addition, many years ago on a trip to the States I drove 500 miles to actually visit the place and absolutely loved it.  But none of these are the reasons for watching the film.

The primary reason for digging it out was research.  I recently discovered a UK distributor for Knuckleduster miniatures, a company specializing in Old West figures.  Although I have a few projects planned now that my most recent diorama “Operation Overlord” is behind me, the time is also right for me to return to some figure painting and in particular a return to the western genre.  I’m sure this will please my brother!

More on these figures and the painted results in future posts.


Until Next time.



32 thoughts on “The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 38)

  1. Tombstone has been in my “revisit” list for years. I wasn’t fond over it, when it first came out. My expectations were something along the lines of another Young Guns. Well, guess which movie hasn’t held up as well over the years?! ;P

    Halloween used to be my favorite holiday. Now holidays are more about the kids, so I have very little personal preference. I think part of the fun of holidays is building traditions, like baking pumpkin pie, etc. When you can share those things with the family (without too much griping), it does make it more special.

    That’s a nice slotta gripper for your painting handle. It makes me twitch, with how long it is though. I prefer the base to as small as possible, so I can twist/invert/invert/twist smoothly. It’s why I never went gaga over Citadel’s paint handle solution. For plastic minis, a good amount of blue tac on a rubber stopper works solidly for me. For metal minis, a bit more tricky with the added weight. But we all have to use whatever we’re most comfortable with!

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    1. Family time is important and like you I enjoy the traditions that we have created for ourselves, in my case a trip to the village pub on Christmas day! As for the slotta gripper I agree, it’s all about what works best for the individual although I must say I love this piece of kit and wouldn’t be without it now.

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      1. Yep, and it’s funny that there are tools that I just don’t think I could live without and yet someone else would find them pretty lame.

        As we are a relatively new family and multi-cultural, we’re still figuring out those “traditions”. It’s been interesting, as I have in my mind what Christmas is *supposed* to be like. While my Wife has a very different view of what Christmas is like in America. This year I pulled the family together to do some Holiday cookies, which looks like it will be a newly adopted tradition. I’ve also led us in making ornaments from Fimo (clay stuff), which is another nice tradition. Though I think it would be very nice if I adopted traditional British traditions of stopping at the pub on Christmas…

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  2. Heh mate you are so lucky being able to go the local for a drink on Christmas morning ,One of the great things the old girl and I did was seek out the best pubs close to where we stayed .In London we stayed in Kings cross in a Travel lodge ,nice room average bar ! .Having the pub god on my side as I had lived in London before we were quickly rewarded on our quest for a local ,just over the road and I mean a real local ,so much so that when we turned up each evening our lovely lady would ask if it was the usual , great pub no shit and not a tourist in the place . So Dave on Christmas day when I drag myself out of bed I’m going to say to the old girl ,fancy a pint at the Northumberland Arms ,to which she will reply ,if only !!! .

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    1. There is something unique about a British pub, many of which started life as coach houses. Too many are closing these days, especially in remote areas but we are lucky to have a good one on our door step. That said it’s up for sale so what might happen then is anyone’s guess. I shall toast you on Christmas day with my warm pint of real ale!

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      1. Heh mate there’s a chance to add another string to your bow Dave buy it and you can be referred to as the Dave the cheery Imperfect landlord as well .Thanks mate and I will raise a pint of my home brew real ale to you, the modeller of the year ,or so I’ve heard . I’ve been working on a few as we had some superb ales on the trip which I’m trying to emulate .Pssss ! don’t tell the Auss boys but I don’t freeze my beer ,just out of the cellar in winter and a short time in the fridge in summer and longer on a stinker .

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  3. I think Blackscorpion do some nice tombstone fighters mate. Jive bunny??!!! Wow. I haven’t heard that I. Years. Dad has it on vinyl. It was very popular when it came out but then again so were Milli Vanilli haha. Nah I like Jive Bunny. Small Christmas’s are more my cup of tea than bigger ones. All my family love interstate, as you can imagine they were quick to get away from the likes of me, so that leaves my wife’s family who live in the country side. Think “Deliverence”. So we will have a small one with just us (me, the wife and daughters). Suits me juuuuuust fine. I’ll drink port, eat too many mince pies, play with the kids and then fall asleep in my armchair watching either Mary Poppins or that Christmas movie with Dudley Moore. I think I’ll have to watch Tombstone soon now. The Christmas decorations look good. I reckon the dog is thinking “as soon as this prick is done taking my photo I’m gonna eat every decoration he’s put up!”

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    1. I’ll have to check out Blackscorpian again, it’s been a while so they may have some complimentary pieces.

      I can’t imagine you having a quite Christmas even if you were on your own. I’d recommend a nice piece of stilton to go with that port. As for Deliverance you’ve got me thinking inbreds and now I’m very worried for you! 😉

      As for the dog, I’m more worried that he will cock his leg at the Christmas tree! 😊

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      1. When I say quiet I mean less people but who can still make quite a racket and shake a tail feather. When I’m on a roll I’m far from quiet hehe. Have you ever had Blue Brie Cheese? Jesus H Christ it’s good. It’s funny, I’ve been drinking Port like a homeless man since I was in my teens. Mates would rock up to parties with slabs of beer and I’d have a hip flask full with port or sometimes scotch. I do like my beer too though.

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      2. Not had that cheese but sounds like one I’d like. Like you I enjoy port but I do like a single malt and am partial to Bailey’s (nice in coffee), Amereto and the occasional brandy. Wine I enjoy too but prefer red over white as a general rule. For some odd reason I only ever drink spirits in doors and only ever have beer at the pub. Wierd that.

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      3. Baileys I like but can only have one or too before it gets a bit sickly. All my mates drink lolly water crap or if they have bourbon and coke it’s 6 parts coke and 1 Part bourbon. What’s the point? I prefer red over white too but chilled white wine with seafood is great.

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      4. It’s weird that you are getting up while I’m about to go to bed after I’ve finished my post for tomorrow! Seafood I love and yes a chilled white white goes down a treat. Making my mouth water just thinking about it. And yes, Bailey’s is nice buy you can only have so much. Drink problem? I drink, I fall over, no problem!

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      5. Hahaha. When I drink it’s everyone else who has the problem. In all honesty I don’t drink that much. Maybe once a week I’ll have a few beers or a glass of wine with dinner or a couple of scotches here and there.

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      6. Yeah I’ve seen em mate. They’re old ones re-released. Just not my cup of tea actually. Although I quite like the idea of using a guitar playing guy on the front of a war wagon or something. Like on Mad Max Fury Rd. Have you seen that movie? It’s one of the best for recent times.

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  4. Another enjoyable read and I liked the Christmas decorations. Nice to see what others do, especially in other countries. Pubs? Can’t imagine hitting a bar on Christmas, none would be open here. Wishing you and your family the best Dave from ours!

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    1. Some how a pub works where a bar doesn’t. I think the Dickensian image of a coach house with snow outside and a log fire inside conjours an atmosphere that a bar cannot match. Sadly if we have snow though it is unlikely to be for Christmas. Best wishes to you and your family and hope Santa brings you everything you desire. 😊

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      1. I guess here its more about nobody working on Christmas, but perhaps the difference is in the description bar vs pub. Anyways, I will have more snow than I will ever want here, happy to let you have any of ours. In the meantime Merry Christmas!

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      2. Sadly Mark the days when only the emergency services were on call at Christmas are long past in the UK. These days, and for many years now, people find it so difficult to get enough food in for two days that we even have to have our supermarkets open on Boxing Day! Makes you wonder how people coped back in the day when we didn’t have freezers. Don’t worry about the snow, I’ll come over! 😊 When the time arrives be sure to enjoy the festivities.

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  5. Mentioning Young guns now has a certain ‘going dowwwwwn in a blaze of glory’ tune stuck in my head, so I thought I’d share that love 😉.
    For the first time ever, I’ve convinced my missies to get me some miniature related pressies (which I of course bought). And we are having Xmas in our new house with relatives coming over. Happy times.

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