TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 10)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

Another limited edition figure from Giants in Miniature, this one is number 358 of 500 and goes by the name of “Oda Nobunaga”.  For some reason, and I have no idea what, this figure was a complete pain in the arse.

The sculpt was fine so I cannot lay the blame there but nothing seemed to go well at all.  Error after error for no explainable reason nearly saw me throw the thing away but I stuck with it although quite why I am not entirely sure.  Looks OK but the end result does not reflect the hate I have for this one.  A very long time since I felt this way about a figure or any model I have done so cannot complain too much but a joy it wasn’t!



Lesson of the Week

The above comments lead me nicely into Lesson of the Week (this stuff isn’t just thrown together you know!) –

Good painting comes from experience.

And experience comes from bad painting.

Never give up!


Did You know that …

  • It takes 7 seconds for food to pass from mouth to stomach?
  • A human hair can hold 3kg?
  • The length of a penis is three times the length of the thumb
  • The femur is as hard as concrete?
  • A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s?
  • Women blink 2 times as much as men?
  • We use 300 muscles just to keep our balance when we stand?
  • By now a woman would have read all the text of this article?
  • A man would still be looking at his thumb?!


This week TIM has been listening to …

Meat Loaf and Paradise By The Dashboard Light.

A classic track which lyrically is bang on the money for a good many of us chaps I suspect.


This week TIM has been watching …

King Kong starring Jack Black.

There have been several versions of this film and to some extent each one gets better thanks to special effects.  This is my favorite, albeit that the first half is a little to long and drawn out, but the Empire State building scenes are excellent.

Image result for king kong movie poster jack black


Until next time.



30 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 10)

  1. Hmm funny how you can have a bad run with a miniature. I think he’s turned out well mate but I think that’s more the sculpt than your painting. The thumb/penis one was good. I was just starting to take my pmts down and then read your last line 👍🏼 I can’t stand meatloaf (the singer) sorry mate. The only thing I like that he’s ever done is when he was in fight club and had big boobs Ahahaha. King Kong with Jack Black is brilliant. Long Island was ok but not great. King Kong with Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange (I’d be more than happy to give her my thumb) was cool too. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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    1. Oh IRO, you gotta listen to Bat Out of Hell. When I got leave (a weekend pass usually, we could not leave often until senior year) at West Point, I CRANKED Bat out of Hell, lyrics on that song and most of the others on that album defined my feelings at that time, and still today. Still, you like Edith Piaf – different strokes eh!

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  2. Some miniatures just turn out like that. Absolute nightmare to paint, and even (as in this instance) when the end result looks great, you can’t shake your irritation with the damn thing. Well done for sticking with it though, your efforts have certainly paid off. I would say more but it’s hard to write when you’re looking at your thumb…

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  3. Lovely mini mate – shame he was a sod to paint! Funny how that goes sometimes. Nice joke too – I’d usually say that it gets a big ‘thumbs up’ from me, but that would be silly in this situation.

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    1. Haha, very good. Yes, as you say it goes like that sometimes but I have had a good run for a while now so I can’t complain too much. Just weird how a figure just like all the others can be such a pain for no apparent reason.

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  4. Nice mini! That has got me thinking! I may, just may, have the Dixon Miniatures 25mm version of Oda Nobunaga (based on an illustration in the Osprey Samurai Armies book), wearing armour, stashed away in a box somewhere from when I painted samurai figures in the early 80s! If I find him, I might post him as an Old Minis Monday figure for yourself and Faust! But contain your excitement, ’cause he’ll look crap!

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  5. I feel your pain on Oda. I’ve had that happen to me more than a few times in the past (and seemingly bitch about it incessantly on my blog). Still, you got him done and he does look very nice, so that’s always a worthwhile small victory, if hard fought!
    As for that Meatloaf song, I’ve been familiar with it for decades, but never actually listened to/processed the lyrics properly until a month or so ago when it came on the music video channel. Hilarious – I do like it when sings subvert things like that and people just don’t really listen. Or the discovery when you do! Never seen/heard the softcore baseball segment of the clip before, though!

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  6. First, the mini – and the struggle – I get that and will be sharing shortly a commiseration. It’s the struggle that makes us. Still, I like what you did with him, and he’d be great in a Test of Honour game..

    Second, I LOVE MEATLOAF. Not the food (I detest that) but the singer. Bat out of Hell was almost the Freudian teenage angst anthem to my high school years, and I am soooo disappointed in IRO on this (though my respect remains!). It may be generational or maybe cultural. See – the baseball analogy refers to getting to 1st, 2nd, 3rd bases and getting all the way home as, well, analogies to sexual success. Back in the 70’s, that’s how we described it when we were 15 or 16. So that song resonated. My fave still is “You Took the Words Right Outta My Mouth”. I still crank that!

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    1. I’d think most of us get it – while we don’t generally know (or care about) Baseball, American Cultural Imperialism (TM) has spread pretty wide, so most of us would know what the bases mean. I certainly have for a long, long time. The Meatloaf appreciation might be more generational. I pretty much know Bat Out Of Hell well enough to sing almost all fo the words to the entire album (despite never having thought about the specific of what they mean besides the obvious bits), but I attibute that to my older Brother, who had the album and then through osmosis, I ended up knowing and liking it and it having a permanent place etched in my brain. Despite Loaf himself being a bit of a douche sometimes from various reports.

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      1. Cultural imperialism? Meh. Market forces maybe, but then again I’m here. We just like anything, and the British Invasion was a rebound from the American Blues and Elvis, so like history, sometimes culture repeats, and sometimes it rhymes. Probably generational as you say. Meatloaf had a pretty hard life for a while (bankruptcy, though he did make a come back), and is in bad health now.

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      2. It was a tongue in cheek comment, but one with a bit of truth to it. 😉 Don’t worry though, I don’t think any of us hold you personally responsible.
        Sad to hear about his health. 😕 I’ll Google his age in a moment, but I guess he’s got to be getting on now. It’s surprising in a way to see how many of the classic musician from the 60s and 70s are still going strong. It’ll be a real sad day for me when The Boss goes…

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  7. The figure looks good so it was worth the angst. Meat loaf, I can’t say I know all of his stuff, but I do tend to crank it up when he comes on. As for King Kong, I love the film, the bit in Central Park in the snow always brings a lump to the throat.


  8. Just love Meatloaf mate ,huge fan from right back in the eighties ,you do know why he was called that, ,he needed some coin so his mate made a bet about driving a small car over his head and they did and he won the money ,now that’s reaaly coooolll ! ,so much so my thumb has tripled in size ! shit must go ,oh and even if you didn’t like it ,which happens to us all you did a good job on the painting ,bugger where are those bloody tissues !!

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