Welcome to this weeks Musings and the first of this year!
2019 – The Initial Plan
The clue is in the title, this is the initial plan, which is to say it hasn’t got a hope in hell of coming to fruition. So why bother? Well old working habits die hard (now there’s a title for a film, wonder if anyone has thought of that?) and I like the idea of objective setting and having some focus. That said I’m not in the slightest bit bothered if I deliver against it or not. This is my hobby after all and the aim is to enjoy it and if, as I suspect I will do, I choose to go off in a different direction at some point then that’s just what I will do. I can be so rebellious when I want to be!
So, what do I currently have in store for 2019?
First up, but in no particular order are Knuckleduster Miniatures. Possibly the finest range of Old Wild West figures on the market. My modelling roots lie in this genre and I’m really quiet excited at the prospect of a major return to simply doing some figure painting. With well over a 100 figure in the range (and being added to) it is my intention to do them all so expect to be bored silly during the course of the year (and probably beyond!).
Reaper will also feature this year in what I plan to do. I’d like to do another dragon at some point but first up will be a boxed diorama. I’ve only ever done one and I found it bloody difficult. Expect some serious f’ing and blinding as I “enjoy” myself on this one!
Hasselfree Miniatures have also grabbed my attention and several figures have already been purchased. Also sitting in my “to do” pile are quite a lot of WW2 figures, some 28mm and some 54mm. Most of these are intended for the Plymouth Model Show in June where the theme is D-Day as it is the 75th anniversary of this landmark event. I’m not sure how many I will get done but there is a time critical element to it so at some point I will have to get my finger out.
In the second half of the year I would really like to start work on my next mega project, mega by my standards that is. It has long been a desire of mine to do a Western town diorama and if possible I’d like to get it under way this year. Research is the biggest need right now and I’ve yet to fully decided between several ideas on how best to do it.
As if I didn’t have enough to do IRO suggested I do something around Rorke’s Drift. To be fare it’s a great idea of an amazing historical event and a great film to provide further inspiration if more were needed. This is one which needs a lot more thought so if I do go down this route it wont be for a while. I might just go down the vignette route rather than a full blown diorama. If that wasn’t enough he had some other ideas too!
Another dabble into the horror genre appeals but I need to get my head around this one as well. Plenty of options but I’d like to do a film crew again for sure.
A look at my neglected pile left me feeling more than a little guilty but I hope to reduce it a little by riding off the back of some Azazel monthly challenges. No rush though as the pile is far from inspiring me right now.
Away from actual modelling I’m hoping to attend a few model shows during the course of the year and entering a competition or two as well. Standards are high but the idea of bench marking my work appeals to me and win or lose I find it motivational too. In all honesty the best modellers don’t enter. It’s a bit like asking the Beatles to do the Eurovision Song Contest, but I’m happy trying to become one of the best of the rest even if I have to embarrass myself along the way.
I’m also aiming to continue my weekly Musings, certainly for the foreseeable future at any rate. I’m currently contemplating a new mini series of perhaps 3 or 4 posts in which I will reveal the cunning plan I implemented allowing me to spend as many hours a day as I want modelling with the full support of She Who Must Be Obeyed!
Last but not least I think I have found a solution to my growing storage problem. Alas plans A and B have had to be shelved for now owing to the reluctance of both my kids to move out but plan C has great merit. Unfortunately SWMBO is also reluctant to move out so plan D, a garage revamp, is looking the most likely right now.
So there you have it, the initial plan. Time will tell just what and how much gets done but whatever the outcome is hopefully the journey will be fun.
This week TIM has been listening to …
Another couple of tracks by ELO. I couldn’t decide between “Rock’n Roll is King” and “Don’t Bring Me Down” so I went with both. Great video’s accompany each although “Rock’n Roll is King” steals it for me. Some brilliant movie clips in this one including “The Breakfast Club”, “Pulp Fiction”, The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Back to the Future”, “Love Actually” and “Footloose” (the remake). I must sit down and watch all of them once again!
This week TIM has been watching …
Mission Impossible: Fallout.
I do love a true story!
Until next time.