TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 2)

Welcome to this weeks edition of Miniatures and Musings!


TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This weeks mini is Blanche from Hasslefree Miniatures.

Now I don’t know how many of you believe in reincarnation but for those of you who do it might interest you to know this figure is based on a real women I dated in a past life. According to the therapist who undertook my hypnotherapy I was by all accounts to hot for her to handle.

John at Just Needs Varnish was disappointed by last weeks post, he thought the word “miniatures” in the title was a reference to small bottles of whisky. Never one to disappoint my audience the last photo is just for you John!

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Torquay Model Show

On Saturday I went to the Torquay model show, my first show of the year.  Next week when I have a little more time (hopefully) I will include a proper review.  Meanwhile treat this as a teaser and try not to get to excited!


Lord Flash

Every now and then along comes a figure that in my humble opinion no miniature collection would be compete without. Such a figure is Lord Flash.  The figure is limited to 500 castings and mine is number 192. So cool is this figure that I think I will have to buy another couple before they sell out.

The figure is by Giants in Miniature and was purchased through North Star at a cost of £3.50 plus postage.  I have added a YouTube clip to wet your appetite further.  Now just go and buy one.  You know you want to!



Random Questions

I suspect we have all been put in the position where from out of the blue someone asks a totally random question to which they want an answer. My most recent example of this phenomenon came from my daughter last week. There I was sitting at my desk painting away when she asked “Dad, after so many years of marriage why do you still call mum darling, beautiful or sweet heart?”. I wasn’t entirely sure how to answer that question at first but in the end settled for telling her the truth. “Well, I completely forgot her name five years ago and I’ve been to scared to ask her ever since”.

Not sure she believed me but she went away happy.


This week TIM has been listening to …

… Gold Radio.

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Gold Radio is a digital station which plays music from the 60′, 70′ and 80’s and with very little interruption from either adverts or DJ’s. It allows me to sing a long and wallow in nostalgia. On a good day it helps to switch off from all the shit in the world.


This week TIM has been watching …

… Rocket Man.

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Went to the cinema on Sunday with With She who Thinks She Must Be Obeyed Too to see the Elton John Biopic.  Having been working so hard for her GCSE exams she needed a break and was keen to see it.  We had gone to see Bohemian Rhapsody a while back which she enjoyed so we hoped for more of the same, allowing for the  obvious differences of course.

Our joint verdict as we drove home was that the film was OK but not a patch on Bo Rhap. (get me, Bo Rhap, that’s what comes from hanging out with the kids!)  Elton has had a very colourful life and his music is great so all the ingredients were there for telling a remarkable story.  Unfortunately the director took these quality ingredients and served up a shit pie.  Enjoyable but more like Mama Mia than Bo Rhap. It could have been so much more.

Win some, lose some.


Until next time.


26 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 2)

  1. Nice work on Blanche mate! The mini is clearly a nod to the work of the big man himself, but I love your interpretation – that green goes so nicely with the orangy-brown!
    Lord Flash is pretty damn spiffy too… I’ll have to see if I can grab one of those 😉

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  2. I like the figure Dave it looks tiny against those miniatures or are they just normal size bottles that help you through the day ! ,As it freezing and raining, I’m inside painting more figures and it got me thinking ,question, how long does it take you to paint one of your little beauties from start to finish ? .

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    1. Haha, normal size bottles would be better that’s for sure! As to your weather, at least you are going into your winter, we have the same here and we call it summer! Painting time on the mini’s varies. I’m not a speed painter but the amount of detail on the figure and if I do any free hand makes a lot of difference. A lot of the western figures are relatively plain and have limited detail so I can bash one of those out in a couple of hours or so. Something like Blanche is more like 3 to 4 hours and others with even more detail could take most of a day. Enjoy your day painting.

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  3. OMG I want Lord Flash WooF WooF!!
    Blanche looks well out of your league sunshine but it’s good to dream. Hehe. Well done with her mate she’s a rippa! I like the hair. I used to listen to GOLD FM here in Aus because it reminded me of being little at mum and dads. Then they started playing Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Metallica and it reminded me that I’m getting old haha. 🤘🏼

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    1. Actually I am reliably told it was Blanche’s mates who told her she was punching above her weight. 😉 Yep, you’ve got to get a Lord Flash while stocks last, you will regret it if you don’t. Get two, one to convert into an IRO classic. Hate to break it to you son but you are getting old. Now that you are 40 be warned, the body starts to fall a part.

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  4. Very nice mini – I don’t think there is anything about this post that I don’t like and it’s nice to see that you’re really a bit of a romantic! Thanks for the mention (hic)! Wait, hang on, someone called TIM has hacked my account and left this comment! 😉

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  5. Great work on Blanche up there, but are you sure you didn’t get “too hot to handle” mixed up with “too cold to hold”?
    As for the Lord Flash figure, it’s a great one but I refuse to buy from any of the various UK companies who still have their postage schemes set from the 1990’s where they pocket the VAT and then charge 25% of the price on top of it. Because RM works off percentages of retail prices for their postage. Right?
    Sorry about the rant, just one of my personal bugbears towards a notoriously stupid business practice.

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    1. Haha, you could be right there! 😉 With you on the postage. Obviously it helps being in the UK but I usually buy in batches as many of the companies offer free postage if the order exceeds a certain amount. Christmas is another good time when they push free postage. It is annoying though when the postage is double or more the price of a figure!

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      1. Yeah it is. That’s the thing though – places that combine the shipping costs are a lot better than those who just want to add another 25% of the next figure’s cost, because we all know postage doesn’t operate in weight bands or anything like that – it just costs whatever the merchant charges!

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  6. Oh dear, the whiskey we’ve been sending to the House of Commons doesn’t just come in tiny little bottles, it’s a blend as well? No wonder they have such a low opinion of Scotland! 😀

    Really lovely work on Blanche there, leaving aside her personal charms she’s one of the best painted models I’ve seen you produce (bearing in mind the caveat of how high your standard usually is anyway). The use and balance of colours is just exquisite, that green in particular.

    Nice find with Lord Flash, they’ve packed a lot of personality and character in there. All too often you see models based off characters from film or tv where the resemblance is pretty sketchy but this one really does look like Flashheart scaled down (good to be reminded of that clip as well, gave me a good chortle over breakfast).

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    1. Sending that lot a decent malt would be wasted on them, you’re far better off keeping the decent stuff for yourselves! Glad you like Blanche and agree with your comment on Flash. There are a lot of figures which are based on characters out there and whilst they are far better than anything I could do they often fall short of being a quality figure.

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