TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 14)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This weeks miniature is a Reaper wizard which goes by the name of Kenrik Thistlemoor.  I enjoyed doing this one, partly because I rate the quality of Reaper figures highly and partly because painting wizards provides a great opportunity to use pretty much whatever colours take your fancy.  I’ve since ordered three more Reaper wizards to do.  Hopefully they will prove to be fun as well.



Modelling Retirement Planning  – Step 4

This week we will be looking at another task that will most likely come your way in the early days of retirement when you offer to help … grocery shopping!

Hopefully you will find this challenge far more easy to complete.  I got the distinct impression that some of you weren’t up to the idea of breaking any of your wifes treasures while dusting for fear of death.  Hopefully this task will not only prove to be less onerous but may also provide an insight to how you have been had for years.

Now I expect at this point most if not all of you think this step is all about simply taking the shopping list you have been given and fucking up by not buying half the items on it.  Well you would be wrong.  You can adopt that approach by all means but it is predictable and your other half will anticipate it.  Remember, she knows you are useless.  The key to this task is to buy everything on the list as well as lots of things not on the list.  Why?  I will explain.

If you are about to retire then you are of a certain age.  If you are of a certain age and been able to resist the pathetic urge to become a modern man then there is a good chance that you are/have been the main bread winner (get a life, this is how it used to be!) and have provided your good lady with “house keeping” money.  Now women are good at managing this financial pot, in fact they are very good, they could all be accountants. Why is this?  Well, by being frugal they get to save money and with the money they save they get their hair and nails done.  So when you buy more than was on the list you aren’t blowing the house keeping budget you are stopping them from being able to have their “cosmetic essentials”. 

Now of course they will complain that you have done the shopping badly but they will not, even at the risk of calling out the Spansih Inquisition, confess to the real reason.  By continuing on your spending spree you can be certain you wont be allowed to for very long. 

Remember.  Women always complain they don’t have enough house keeping but always manage to squeeze money out of the money they are given to get their hair and nails done.  You wont go without food but they wont go without their beauty essentials either so the likelyhood you will ever have to do this more than twice is minimal.  With them continuing to do the shopping you are free to model!


The Positive side of Obesity

The thing with a hobby such as modelling is that a great deal of time is spent sitting around which has serious potential for unwanted weight gain.  Fortunately walking my dog ensures I remain reasonably fit and healthy,  However, should I find myself expanding my waist line I will take some consolation from the fact that the more you weigh the harder you are to kidnap!

With this in mind I am adopting the following mantra.

“Stay safe, eat cake”.


Cars, New or Used?

My little convertible is fine but unsuitable for transporting models to shows and the family car whilst extremely practical cannot be described as a cool ride.  With this in mind I started to think about changing one or the other.  I’ve always tended to buy from new (something about being the first) but as my annual mileage is so low a quality used car would allow me to spend the equivalent amount of money but on a superior vehicle.   What to do?

I continued to deliberate until I saw the advert below.  Maybe it is the power of advertising but a used vehicle now seems quite exciting and besides who wouldn’t like an Aston Martin?



This week TIM has been listening to …

“Fake I.D.” by Big and Rich and featuring Gretchen Wilson from the remake of the film “Footloose”.

Of the two film versions I prefer the original but I do like this track and the line dancing scene from the remake but above all I like the lead lady Julianne Hough!


This week TIM has been watching …

Top Gun starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis.

Corny for sure but still a classic as far as I am concerned and soon we will have Top Gun 2.  Will it be any good?  Well you can be sure it will be predictable and more than a little cheesy but I suspect it will have some good stunts and be fun.  Looking forward to it.



Until next time.







18 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 14)

  1. Is that a real advertisement? I mean, I know there have been some really subtle ones over the years (Aussie Windsor Smith shoe ones from the 1990s come to mind), but…

    On an unrelated note, I think there was a model in this post somewhere for me to comment on, but when I try to scroll back up to view it the page seems to get stuck a little ways up and won’t go any further back for some reason.

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  2. Nice work on that wizard, I really like the way you paint them in bright colours (makes me think of Discworld – although I don’t remember it ever being categorically stated that Pratchett’s wizards dressed like that but they always have in my mind).

    On a more unfortunate note it seems – quite out of the blue – that I’m retiring from the hobby (not from working – despite your useful tips!). I’ll sell off anything I can and won’t be buying any more miniatures for the foreseeable – I need the money now that I’m saving up for an Aston Martin…

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  3. A great Wizard, and more sage advice, sadly I did most of the shopping anyway and as I am 11 years my good ladies senior then I will probably be sent out to do it anyway. As for the Astin…nah I would rather have a 4 wheel drive thingy.
    Great film choice👍

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  4. Terry Pratchett has a lot to answer for. I saw that model and immediately have ‘a wizards staff has a knob on the end’ tune stuck in my head.
    In terms of cars I like my smaller SUV’s as they are great for transporting lots of stuff and my next motor will likely still be one but a hybrid.

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  5. What a laugh mate ,I’m like Maeno I’ve been doing all the shopping for 25 years as my father did ,strange but it must be in the genes. This was never questioned but a year ago one of the girls thought they would save money (probably for hair and nails ) and take over ,well that lasted three weeks and quietly everything retuned to normal but without the complaint that I had spent to much .
    That model that the boys are all talking about ,very nice ,and I really liked the way you painted his sword with that variety of colours.
    I’m not sure why you have that photo of the young lady trying to reach something but as you know I’m quite short and I would suggest she gets a nice little step ladder(available at the local hardware shop ) like I use if I need to put the shopping articles in a cupboard I can’t reach easily ,so cheers Dave and give my regards to your mate Martin I’m sure he is a good modeller .

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  6. Ok, I’m trying to remember the wizard now…

    Oh yeah, he was cool. Love the purple and the blue. Need to do more, really nice.

    As for an Aston Martin, I don’t think I have ever seen one here. But I am a BMW guy (2 X5’s – and I’m definitely loyal).

    Interesting take on shopping and finance. My wife usually dies the shopping and that won’t change. We have been together since 97 and have never had combined finances! She likes it that way, as do I. I, as the breadwinner you mentioned (well at least before getting laid off in June), take on most bills and she does the food and household stuff, but I help of course. But, be sure, I see the wisdom of a wizard in your advice!

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