Welcome to this weeks Musings!
Plymouth Model Club Annual Competition
The Monday before last was the Plymouth Model Clubs annual competition. Now I know competitions aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I like them. I’m genuinely relaxed about winning or losing (I prefer the former but am far more experienced in the latter!) as I’m more interested in getting feedback, being inspired by others and trying to gauge my own standard. The way I see it there is always room for improvement and entering competitions is one way of determining what works and what doesn’t in the eyes of other people.
Last year I got a great buzz from winning the club Diorama and Single Figure categories. Notwithstanding the fact that the club is not huge the club members are nevertheless my peers and if they like what I do then that’s a good start to the year ahead. It’s also worth noting that prior to last years modelling success I would at best described myself as a serial loser. Despite years of devotion to sport and hundreds of pounds spent on lottery and raffle tickets for good causes it is true to say that up to last year I had won the square root of sod all. To find out that I was reasonably good at something was to put it very mildly, bloody amazing!
A year on and with several talented new club members it was never going to be easy to emulate last years success. This year saw a lot more entries within each of the nine categories and for sure the standard had increased throughout. I knew this would most likely be the case and with that in mind felt I would have to pull out all the stops in the three categories I had chosen to enter. I wasn’t wrong.
With very little to chose between 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in every category I was delighted to learn that I had managed to defend the two titles I won last year whilst adding a third.
“Operation Overlord – The Road to Caretan” came first in the diorama category, “True Grit” first in single figures and “The Dragon Slayer” first in the miscellaneous category. To say I was delighted was an understatement. I’m not getting carried away, far from it. I plan to enter all three into one or two other competitions during the year but am well aware that the competition will be much, much tougher. There are without a doubt some very, very talented people out there and as I have said before the best modellers don’t even bother to enter.
Already I’ve started to think about next years competition. As our club chairman pointed out, the standard within the club has significantly increased and winning any of the competition categories in the future is going to get harder not easier. So the search for ideas has begun. Finding a figure which appeals to me shouldn’t be too difficult and I’ve seen a couple which appeal to me already. I have some diorama ideas floating around in the air but something for the miscellaneous category, which includes Si Fi and Fantasy, is very much a blank for now. So, if anyone has any ideas don’t be shy!
Now as the above article might come across as a bragging post (which it isn’t meant to) I thought I ought to balance things up a bit. I am well aware of my failings as a modeller and one of the biggest by far is figure conversations. I’ve done a couple of extremely minor things like bend arms and limb amputation but beyond that nothing to write home about. Why is this? Well to tell the truth I simply cannot see beyond the composition of the original figure.
Try as I might I cannot picture the figure any other way and as such feel unable to even get started. Swapping body parts and weaponry from one figure to another requires a level of imagination which so far continues to elude me. I’m not without imagination, I’d like to think I apply it to the scenery and composition of my vignettes and dioramas but for some reason I cannot seem to apply it to figures.
Many of you, IRO and Thomas for example, both of whom posted excellent pieces just recently, have a vision which I can only admire. I on the other hand don’t which of course is another reason I will continue to remain the Imperfect Modeller.
This week TIM has been listening to …
Waterloo Sunset by the The kinks
Now I’m not called Terry and my wife isn’t called Julie (listen to the lyrics) but Waterloo station is where I proposed to She Who Must Be Obeyed almost 40 years ago. It seemed like a good idea at the time. These days the final verse of “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf seems a more meaningful track as I reminisce!
This week TIM has been watching …
We are fortunate to have some great comedians doing the rounds at the moment. One of the things I like about Rhod Gilbert is he is funny without the need for f’ing and blinding every few moments. This link is to one of my favorite pieces. If you enjoy it then I would recommend two of his full length shows on YouTube –
Until next time.