TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 3)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures and Musings!


TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This weeks mini is none other than Lord Flashheart himself.  Just couldn’t wait to paint this one so everything else was pushed to one side.  I just had to dooooooo it!

The only comment I would make on the paint job is in respect of his coat.  When you watch the clip (see last weeks post) it is clear his trench coat has a waxed kind of shine to it.  It certainly isn’t matt that’s for sure.  To replicate it I simply applied a medium gloss varnish.



The Torquay Show

To give the show its correct title it is the IPMS Torbay and South Devon show which is located in Torquay.  For those of you who do not know, Torquay is situated along the coast line known as the English Riviera and is famous for its herds of Wildebeest.  For further information on Torquay you may wish to check out this very informative tourist video clip.

The show isn’t the biggest in the South West, that accolade belongs to the Plymouth show which is being held at the end of next month.  Nonetheless the show is a reasonable size with around 25 plus clubs in attendance along with a good number of traders.  This was my first ever visit and it didn’t disappoint.  Having gone to a few shows now I have started to recognise some familiar faces all of which adds to the enjoyment of the occasion.

There were some great models on display and I never cease to be amazed by either the standard on display or by the variety and imagination of the modellers themselves.  Shows can be a great source of ideas and this one was know different.

I didn’t take many photo’s on account of a low battery but I managed to take a couple.


The event also has an annual competition which I decided to enter.  My first entry was in the Single Figure category and I elected to submit my Rooster Cogburn, True Grit figure.  The model came third overall which I was happy with, not least of all because the category is a popular one.


In the Fantasy Category I entered The Dragon Slayer.  This one came a very respectable second.


My third and final entry was in the Diorama Category and I decided to go with my newly finished The Wizard’s Library.


Much to my delight this one came first in its category for which I not only got a certificate but a rather nice personal trophy to go with it.  Thinking that was it for the day and feeling more than a little chuffed with my first ever modelling win I then had another very pleasant surprise.  Unbeknown to me at the time, the event also has a Best In Show category which is determined by electing an overall winner from all the individual winning categories.  I’m not often lost for words but I was on this occasion when I heard my name called out.

All in all a great day.




There is a post script to this story though.

As much as I was pleased on a personal level I was also delighted with the recognition of the scale.  My experience to date is a little limited as I have only been to about a dozen shows but typically 28mm/32mm scale doesn’t get a look in.  Considered understandably to some extent as War Gaming scale it rarely has a chance up against the far more popular scales of 1/32nd or 1/35th which dominate every competition category.  Strike one for the mini figs! Category winners, again in my limited experience, invariably seem to come from the WW2 genre so a Wizard win was also something of shock too.  Strike two for mini figs fantasy genre!

So, why did this one win?   That’s a question I’ve asked myself a few times since the show.  Obviously it would be great to repeat a winning formula but that is easier said than done.  Personally I think its success on the day was simply down to the fact that it was different but hey, who cares?


What Next?

UK Local Elections followed by …

UK European Elections followed by …

The Blacksmiths Arms Survey.


What next?


This Week TIM has been listening to …

… Madness and One Step Beyond.

I do like a bit of Madness from time to time and this track is a personal favorite.  There is a reason.

I love my football (soccer), have done since the age of about 5 when my dad took me to my first match.  Coming from south west London we are a family of Chelsea fans.  I wont bore you with football tales, of which there are many, this is a modelling blog after all and I’m guessing most of you have little or no interest in the game.  The track however is very popular amongst us Chelsea fans and never more so than last week when we won the UEFA cup.

At this point you are free to boo and hiss!


This week TIM has been watching …

… The Shawshank Redemption.

It’s been a while since I watched this one but whenever I do it never fails to impress.  Simply an excellent film.

Image result for the shawshank redemption


Until next time.





25 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 3)

  1. Nice work on that Flashheart figure. Looks so true to the show and Rik Mayall’s great character.

    Also congratulations on the trophies. The Wizard’s Library was a worth winner in my eyes for sure, and I think some of your detail touches, such as the trees visible through the windows, would have caught the judges’ eyes.

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  2. Hey hey congrats on third, second and first place my friend. True grit should have been first as well though in my opinion. I was a Chelsea lad too back in the day. Simply because my Grandad was hehe. Now I’m into Rugby League and in fact it was game one of our state of origin tonight and my team (Queensland) won!!!!
    I like Madness too. Remember when they were on The Young Ones. As a kid I always loved Baggy Trousers but as I got older and softer Must Be Love became my favourite. The band, along with UB40, always reminds me of my eldest sister Nicky. Shawshank is ace. We always wind my mate up and say he doesn’t watch anything but action movies and without fail he always replies with, “I like shawshank redemption” haha.
    Lord Flashheart looks fantastic. Good call on the glossy jacket as I was wondering how you’d tackle that. What will you do with your second LF?

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    1. Looks like this post touched on quite a few things we have in common with the exception of Rugby League perhaps. In the UK all the teams are in the north and it is rarely on TV as far as I know. Rugby Union is more the south. As for LF I will probably paint him up for my brother for Christmas. He’s a fan of LF and what I do so it ticks a couple of boxes. Of the two I will keep the best one! 😉

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      1. It often surprises me just how much we have in common. Sometimes I purposely hold back in saying things in case you think I’m some kind of weird obsessive stalker. The movie single white female comes to mind ahaha. Your brother will love it mate

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  3. Congrat,s mate well done at the show ! we are not surprised at all that you romped home with the Wizard library ,along with what Davekay said about the trees and windows ,and offcourse the young’un here ,I just recon the old judges there would have seen how much work was involved to get such an interesting piece done .And thanks for punching so well for the little guys ,I agree it tends to be the bigger figs get all the attention .
    We have our show on this weekend so it will be interesting to see what on show ,last year you suggested I enter but alas I’m so slack I never got round to joining a club let alone submitting something !

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    1. The shows aren’t for every one Pat but I do enjoy them. It’s nice to chat with folk and for better or worse I like the competitive side. I don’t think there are that many people doing what you do and those that are would have to do great stuff to top your dioramas. I really think you would do well and get a good many admirers, next year perhaps! 😊

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  4. Well done and the judges certainly got this right! I am so very happy for you (btw is that the meaning of “chuffed” – not an American expression for sure)!!

    You put so much of yourself into your dioramas and figures, that I am sure that it can only feel so wonderful to be acknowledged in such a way. As I have told you, your work is absolutely an inspiration to me. To see you so recognized brings a wide smile to my face. In our parlance, that’s a HOME RUN!

    You mentioned the competitive spirit you feel – there’s a gamer inside of you waiting to come out…

    Now onto LF – stunning work. What technique did you use for his mustache? It really made the figure for me -as did the leather coat.

    And Shawshank Redemption, set up in Maine. One of my faves too. Get busy living or get busy dying.

    Lastly, I hope Dave that SWMBO was impressed and swooned at your successes! And sorry for the late response, when you see my posts (if I get to them soon) my life has been interesting anyways.

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    1. Thanks Mark. Chuffed means pleased, delighted that kind of thing and is an appropriate word when you are pleased and surprised as was the case here. As you know from your own modelling sometimes things just come together the way you hoped for and that was the case with this one. A few bumps along the way hut for once the vision became closer to the reality.

      As for Lord Flash his moustache was just vallejo basic yellow with a white highlight and then all gone over with citadel earthshade wash. Seemed to “pop” quite nicely but the quality of the actual figure is great.

      Didn’t know Shawshank was done up in Maine. Lovely part of the world, in fcat New England generally is God’s country as far as I am concerned. Went and toured there in the fall (autumn) before the kids came along some 22+ yeras ago. Where do those years go? Wonderful area.

      As for late comments, better late than never and more to the point better that you are busy and enjoying life in other ways. Stay happy!

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      1. Shawshank is a Stephen King book, and he loves in Bangor, so much of his work is Maine based. The setting is Maine, but the filming was done in Ohio. Today taking my wife to Hampton Beach, New Hampshire so I’ll be a stone’s throw from Maine!

        Thanks for the explanation on chuffed – just such an interesting word. I shall stay happy or at a minimum chuffed!

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  5. Lovely work on old Lord Flash. A fitting tribute to a brilliant character and a brilliant comedic mind.
    Huge conrabulations on the multiple wins, especially the Best in Show (also a great movie worth checking out if you haven’t seen it!) I think being different to the others certainly does have its advantages in this sort of situation at times, and the colour inherent in fantasy and sci-fi can make a difference if most of the others are intricate yet drab realistic depictions of WWII scenes. I’m not sure how many box dios are out there either, but it’s definitely a more novel concept compared to the typical dioramas and vignettes. Still, “different” can only pip them to the post if the quality is also there, and that’s one thing your work has in spades.

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