The News at TIM -Mid Week Musings (No: 40)

Welcome to this weeks Musings and to 2019.  Happy New Year to you all.


2018 – That Was The Year That Was

This being the first week of the New Year it seemed appropriate to review the modelling year just gone.  So, where to start?

Well the first question I guess is just when should a year end review take place, just before the end of the year (as some of you have done and excellent write ups they were too by the way) or at the dawn of the new one?  Well, after much soul searching I reached the conclusion that it doesn’t much matter at all and I suspect none of you could give a toss anyway.  Besides I expect you are all still nursing hangovers even though this is 2019 day 2.

So, where to start?

Looking back I surprised myself with just how many models I actually produced.  Whilst a long way short of the numbers that Azazel and others produce I managed to create 35 or so vignettes and dioramas along with a good many stand alone figures which I couldn’t be arsed to count.  No wonder I’m struggling to find a home for all of them!

Overall I’m pleased with most of what I done but there were disappointments.  Not everything works out the way you hope.  An idea which seems exciting at the time can unfortunately look shit when finished.  One such example was a little diorama that I put together called “Lights, Camera, Action!”.


It wasn’t so much that the end result was that bad, more a case of it not turning out the way I had imagined it.  Definitely a concept I’d like to revisit at some point.

On a more positive note the WW1 timeline figures which I started in 2017 and completed in early 2018 were, at the time, quite a departure for me and one that I came to enjoy.  They also helped to establish myself at the Plymouth Model Club which was also significant on a personal level.  I also dabbled throughout the year with Reaper fantasy figures, another area which a year or so ago I would never have thought about doing.  So glad that I did, really enjoyed doing those and in particular the freedom of colour choice.

Do I have some personal model favorites?  Well yes I do.

“Fantasy Island” caused a bit of a stir at the time and represented my 100th blog post.  It provided something of a challenge to do and was a little different as well.  I entered a couple of competitions with it getting two third places which I was happy about, particularly as I had never entered any competitions before.


Another favorite was “The Dragon Slayer”.  Another fantasy based model which again provided something different and I loved doing this one from start to finish.  I even surprised myself with how well this one turned out (probably shouldn’t say that, a bit like laughing at your own jokes).  Seems this one went down well with the viewing public too, with 85 views, 58 comments and 25 likes it’s been my most successful post to date.  Looks like another dragon is on the cards.

My aim is to enter this one into a couple of competitions in 2019 and although I don’t expect to win anything I will be interested to see how it gets on and what other people think.


Last of all, and possibly my personal favorite was Rooster Cogburn.  A return to my Old Wild West roots and 54mm scale.  It had been a while since I did a 54mm figure and the difference between painting at this scale and 28mm is significant, well to me it is.  Painting horses using oil paints is a joy and this one came up pretty good.  How good we will have to see.  Another possible competition entrant but the standard in the single figure class is amazing but hey, if you don’t buy a lottery ticket you can’t win can you?


Last year also saw me trying out some new techniques.  Making trees and buildings mainly come to mind and if the tutorials I also put together have been helpful then that is simply an added bonus.

My blog itself has grown a bit too.  I have a few more followers than I did this time last year and whilst I will never reach numerical dizzy heights I do love the banter with those of you who participate.  Not just banter but some great feedback and ideas too, valuable stuff.  It’s tempting to list you all but I will end up leaving someone out which will piss us both off and then I’ll get abuse and lose a follower and the world as I know it will cave in and I just don’t need the aggro at the start of the year and neither do you.  I have enough of that from She Who Must Be Obeyed and from my 15 year old daughter She Who Thinks She Should Be Obeyed Too (if you have ever seen the film “Uncle Buck” you’ll have some idea of where my daughter’s attitude is right now).

I will however just make reference here though to Azazel’s monthly challenges as they are inspirational and motivational to us all and I hope to participate in as many as possible throughout 2019 although January is looking extremely dodgy already.

Publication of my modelling memoirs – This Is Me! – caused me some angst.  Should I or shouldn’t I? In the end I decided what the hell and adopted the Fleet Street maxim of publish and be damned.  On reflection I’m not entirely sure it was a great idea but fuck it, it’s too late now!

The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings continues to surprise me.  Firstly because it’s still going and secondly because they get more views that my model posts.  Has to be a message there don’t you think?  The aim of my Musings is to try to put a smile on peoples faces and create the occasional debate and if that only works every now and then that makes it worth while to my mind.  The world needs more fun and if I can add to that by generating the odd smile here and there then so be it!  Perhaps this year we might even be able to crank it up a bit.  Remember I’m Ginger, you can have fun at my expense too!

Last of all but by no means least comes the Plymouth Model Club.  I continue to enjoy it.  It’s been great fun and meeting interesting people at various events has been an added bonus.  The competitions have also been enjoyable and I managed to pick up 3 silvers and 3 bronzes from the two I entered.  Maybe next year I might be able to go one step further but it wont be the end of the world if I don’t.  More than anything they are a source of inspiration and motivation just like the monthly challenges and if it helps me to improve then so much the better.

Next week I’ll try and put together a plan for the year ahead.  Of course it wont be worth the paper it’s written on but you’ve got to start somewhere.

If you have any thoughts on ideas for 2019 don’t be shy, feel free to comment.


This week TIM has been listening to …

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and “I Hate Myself for Loving You”.

I thought I would dedicate this to all of you!

Fancied a bit of Rock and this young lady made for a pretty hot rock chick at the time this track came out.  Sadly I don’t think she looks a patch on what she used to and it’s not all down to age.  Shame.

This week TIM has been watching …

Red Sparrow.

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Knowing that the Christmas TV would be crap yet again I decided to keep this DVD on hold for something to fall back on.  After the parents went home, the wife nodded off and the daughter went back to hibernate in her room I decided to sit down and enjoy a couple of hours of watching Jennifer Lawrence.

I can’t say I knew a great deal about the film but the synopsis appealed to me so I decided to take a punt on it.  Turned out to be a real bonus.  Not only was it an excellent story with an unexpected twist at the end but Jennifer, a future Mrs TIM if only the planets would align (never let it be said I’m not an optimist) can be seen getting her kit off!


Until next time.  Happy New Year.


21 thoughts on “The News at TIM -Mid Week Musings (No: 40)

  1. A great year, I must admit I think Rooster is my favourite too. But to be honest there are loads of your dioramas (I can’t spell the vig….. word) that I thought were awesome too. The Normandy street scene, and your palm tree and pirates to name just a couple (you already mentioned the elf on the island). I still like your film set, I think that is how it would look on a sound stage, blackness beyond the scope of the stage lights. I am looking forward to seeing what you are up to this year.

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  2. Keep these musings coming! Nice to have some light-hearted stuff to read in the middle of (for me at least) the working week! I can’t pick any favourites from all you’ve done, large or small! I still think the film set diorama/vignette is brilliant though!

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  3. I’d not seen the film set before. You may not like it but you know how you intended it to look, I only see it as it is and I think it’s bloody clever. You’ve done a lot of good stuff this year mate (love that dragon!) Looking forward to seeing what you do in 2019!

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  4. No favourites Dave ,all great ! Although if I had to it would be the Normandy one followed by the movie set . When I see what all you guys achieve it makes my efforts seem pretty pissy ! , love the laughs mate keep them up ,and yeah the world does need more fun ! ,so Happy New-year,and I look forward to seeing a mass of work from you again in 2019 .

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  5. Brilliant year mate, you should be proud. Rooster Cogburn was definitely one of your finest but I loved the dragon slayer too. So many. I’d love to see you do more Zulu/Rorkes drift gear. A diorama of a coliseum with chariot race and gladiators and tigers. Plus I’d like to see you paint a Space Marine from Games Workshop. Here’s to another great year chin chin old man. 😉🖕🏼🤪😉

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    1. Cheers son! If 2019 turns out to be as good then I will be pleased. I’ve got lots planned for this year, too much probably but I do like the idea of Zulu and I have seen figures related to a game called Gangs of Rome which I like the look of. The Space Marine is a good call as well. Whatever happens it looks like I’m going to be very busy! 😊

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  6. Well in 2019, I hope you finally manage to paint that Wizard’s robe the right color! 😉

    Excellent year man, and I’m glad to have found your blog. You are quite the talented painter. I’m not sure how you’re ranking the success of your dioramas, but I’d steer clear of WordPress stats. Different times/days/months are all going to net very different results. The stats aren’t too helpful overall. If you want them to go up, your best bet is to make a reddit or instagram post and link it to your blog.

    Anyways, I think the studio diorama is a killer scene. One of my favorite works from you. Yea, Rooster is an amazing painted piece, but it doesn’t have the scene work that the studio piece has. The dragon is good, but I still think the studio scene tops it. I also really liked the Ripper one, but maybe that was 2017?

    At any rate, will love to see what you come up with in this next year. IRO threw out some good suggestions. Personally, would rather it be something other than a Space Marine from GW, but I guess that is one of their most iconic minis. Just not a fan of them. A Necromunda mini though….or actually any sort of post-apocalyptic diorama from you, would be pretty sweet. But you have to go where your brush takes you, and we will happily be along for the ride!

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    1. All in all 2018 wasn’t a bad modelling year. I had a lot of things to keep me motivated which helped a great deal. One of those was the blog. I’m not to hung up on the stats, partly for the reasons you gave, but I put a lot of value on the comments I receive. Everybody who has commented since I started, yourself included, has offered encouragement, advice and valued opinion which has been so nice. A great bunch of people from all over the world which helps to restore your faith in man kind. As for 2019? I think you hit the nail on the head with your last comment, you go where your brush takes you, should be fun though!

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  7. Great overview of what looks like it was a great year of your modelling. From my perspective, it certainly was – and some of those dios and vignettes really knock it out of the park! It was good to see you try something new with the Fantasy models as well as you clearly enjoyed the freedom and lack of harder “rules” that come with historically based models, though those are always great to see as well. Thanks for the shout-out as well! 🙂

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    1. Highs and lows like everyone else but it was fun and I did very much enjoy doing things I never thought I would. I have flexible plans for this year and looking forward to it. If it’s half as good I will be pleased. Keeping motivated can be a challenge but embrassing your challenges helps a great deal so indebted to you for that! 😊

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