TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 1)

After a certain amount of deliberation I have decided to rebrand The News at TIMMid Week Musings.  It’s no big deal and to some extent very little has changed but as I mentioned in last weeks Musings, I felt the need for some minor changes and as such it felt like a good idea to reflect that in the title of the post.

So, welcome to the first of TIM’s Miniatures & Musings!

So what has actually changed?  Well for this post and probably every subsequent one not a great deal other than I now plan to include a completed miniature in every post.  The thing is a short while ago I made significant change to my modelling, a return to single figure painting albeit in 28mm scale instead of 54mm.  I’m still doing my vignettes and dioramas and these will be the feature of my Saturday posts but with no real outlet for the single figures I am doing, and not much to say about them either, I thought I would give them some feature space of their own.  So, without further ado let’s move on to …

TIM’S Mid Week Miniature

As this is the first post I thought I would kick us off with a double bill, two figure by Crooked Dice.  They actually come as a pair under the title “Best of Enemies”.  Clearly modeled on the characters James Bond and  Ernst Blofeld.  Wonderfully sculptured figures in my opinion and a joy to paint.  The only minor thing of note was using black gloss paint to highlight the seem on Bond’s DJ trousers (barely visible in the photos annoyingly!)  I can’t remember the last time I used a gloss paint that wasn’t metallic.

For the final photo I dug out my copy of Casino Royal from my complete set of Bond books (The centenary additions with fantastic artwork on all the covers) and my old Corgi diecast Aston Martin DB5, clearly not to scale!

I guess you either love Bond or you don’t.  I guess I’m drawn to him because of the similarities between us!



Time zones

Despite having spent most of my working life employed by an international bank and being aware of when the world woke up and when I could expect to make that all important phone call, I find the concept of time zones hard to get my head around.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the science of the earths rotation and day and night but I struggle to comprehend that while I’m getting up in the UK to begin a new day some of you in Australia are about to go to bed while my American friends are all tucked up nice and warm and still fast a sleep.

The idea that I can be eating my porridge and knocking back my first caffeine fix of the day while corresponding with IRO, Pat or Azazel who have been to work, had their tea, watched TV, converted and painted a figure or two and who are now sitting in their PJ’s having cleaned their teeth in readiness to go to bed is a little weird.  Meanwhile the likes of  Mark in America are tucked up in bed oblivious to it all.


Thought for the week?

Have you ever wondered why …

… the time of day with the slowest traffic is called the rush hour?


This week TIM has been watching …

… Kick Ass the movie.

The foreground features the superhero Kick-Ass in his green and yellow costume. Against a black background the words KICK-ASS are written in yellow block capitals.

Having mentioned in a recent post that I had never seen the film I manged to get hold of a brand new copy on DVD and sat and watched it with my daughter.  I wasn’t disappointed and loved the Banana Splits scene.  I suspect the sequel wont be as good but we will watch it on Netflix anyway.


This week TIM has been listening to …

… Oasis and Morning Glory.

I like a lot of Oasis tracks but this one, mainly because I like the intro, is a particular favourite.  Just such a shame that the Gallagher brothers come across as such a couple of twats.


Until next time.






18 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 1)

  1. A nice first post for the newly branded musings my friend. The Bond figures are great! I’m excited to see more single miniatures from you every Wednesday. The time difference thing spins me out a bit too. I used to date a girl who lived in the UK while I lived here in the land of Oz. Needless to say communication was difficult at times but luckily I’m a night owl so, back then and often now too, I’ll be up til 12 or 1am. Burning the candle from both ends certainly catches up with me now though. Kickass is great. I remember watching it the first time and being so surprised by it. I’d kind of written it off as some dull teenage movie. Now I’ve watched it three or four times. Number 2 is ok but nowhere near as good as 1.

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    1. Cheers IRO. I’m not sure things will change a great deal but it gives me an excuse to put a mini out every week until I run out. I will give a verdict on Kickass 2 when I have had a chance to see it but I cannot imagine it being as good. Your ex sends her regards by the way! 😉

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  2. Great stuff mate – the minis in particular, but the whole new format really works too! I’ve certainly got a lot of love for Kick Ass, and agree with the general twatness of the Oasis brothers… I’m more of a Blur guy anyway 🙂

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  3. Oh no! What a let down! I assumed the new title meant you’d now be recommending small bottles of whiskey mid-week that we could try at the weekend (hic!) or sooner! 😉
    Nice figures by the way, very nicely done! I’m impressed you still have your Corgi Aston Martin!

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    1. I totally understand your disappointment John but I will make it up to you next week just wait and see! That corgi Aston Martin is a good few years old now but the secret of course was to keep the boxes, something I never did. Would have been worth a few bob if I had done so I’m sure.

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  4. Nice job at rebranding. I’ve been thinking about doing that, but I will occasionally add a golf post – just for me – but no rush. I do like the Connery look alike – black is so easy to look at yet so hard to execute. You did well on both figs, and the old Corgi looks so cool with the book backdrop. While not exactly to scale, it does fit the bill as a dio of reminiscenses no? Now it’s late and I need to tuck myself into obliviousness! Sleep tight Dave!

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  5. I always thought it was just me mate ,the Bond movies when I was a kid were fine but I have not seen one in thirty years so when people talked about the latest one I must be a bit odd ( well I am, but I meant odder ) so it’s good to know I’m not alone .
    The time zone thing I got my head around when I lived in the UK for a few years forty years ago and back then one had to book a call back home and so as not wake the folk to early you had to know the time difference,and it has always stuck with me since .
    That being said ,outside of the UK ,like the US I wouldn’t know what Mark was up to ,especially with that international date line thingamabob!

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  6. Great work on the Bond Duo there! Very impressive, and you’ve captured young Sean very convincingly. I’ve been listening to a lot of Oasis over the last month or so myself – I could never get properly into them because of the same reason. Now, though I’m able to listen past that, but what an absolute tosser Liam in particular was/is.

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    1. It helps that they are great figures. As for Oasis, and other singers and bands come to that, it does help when you can mentally lose the baggage and just appreciate the music. I think it comes with age! 😉


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