TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 21)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

Following a few more sales on EBay (yes I am still trying to sell some!) I needed to paint a few more figures for listing.  Having not tested the market so to speak with SAGA figures I bought a few from Gripping Beast.  This is one of four Anglo-Danish Huscarl’s.  He doesn’t have a name of his own so I am calling him Brian.

Images of Brian below.

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New Paints – Experiment No: 3 – Citadel Textured Paint

After the disappointment of my Crackle Paint and Metallic Medium experiments I am pleased to report that my view on Citadel Textured paints is far more positive.  I purchased two pots – Mordant Earth (left) and Martian Iron Earth (right).


Applied thinly I didn’t think it did much but applied thickly and allowed to dry it shrank and cracked providing a very nice finish.  I then decided to cover a couple of old round bases in some coloured paint which I then left to fully dry.  Next I applied a nice thick coat of the textured paint and was pleased at seeing the paint show through after it had all dried and cracked.  Definitely better with the Mordant Earth in this instance.

This has already given me a few ideas for future uses and I will let you know how I get on with it.  I already have one little diorama in mind for using this effect on and I will leave you to guess what it might be.  If you are guessing on volcanic lava then great idea but not what I have planned!


Stash Review

With Christmas not that far away I thought I would review the various items I have waiting to be done.  I figured it would also allow me to compile a list of items for Santa.

The bad news is I have more than enough to do without buying anything new.  The good news is I couldn’t give a fuck about the bad news and have an extensive list of things I want to have.

Applying some basic maths I reckon I will have enough to last me until the year 2077 by which time I will be 120 years of age.  Here’s hoping for further breakthroughs in medical science.


Worthy Causes

Begging on the streets of Plymouth is on the increase in the lead up to Christmas with everyone it would seem trying to get in on the act.



This week TIM has been listening to …

“Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who.  Classic 60’s Mod band and a classic song with some great lyrics such as “new boss just like the old boss”.  So true and I’m sure we have all experienced that at some point!


This week TIM has been watching …

“Sully” starring Tom Hanks.

My brother recommend this one for me and as we generally share similar tastes in film and TV I thought I would give it a go.  I was familiar with the true story of the crash but not of the hearing which followed.  An excellent film.

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Until next time.









12 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 21)

  1. Your stash and response to it mirrors mine… I really need some more 10mm goblins and whilst I am at it some dragon riders and… yeah I think you get the point 😉. I do like Bruce 👍 As for the begging tree, I think that is awesome.

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  2. Nice work on Brian there 🙂 Curious to see what you do with the textured paints, I’ve been trying to produce some lava effects using the Mordant Earth although so far I’m not getting the serious crackle effect you’ve achieved – I wonder if I’m still not using enough of the stuff.

    My review of my own stash, and my attitude towards it, very much mirrors what you’ve described; some warped hunter-gatherer instinct that causes me to horde models whenever I see a bargain, building up a stash against a rainy day until I’m swimming in the damn things, barricaded from the rest of the world behind a wall of plastic and lead – and let me tell you, it’s bloody brilliant! 😀

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  3. I like the colour of Brian hair,if you were to look closely at my figs. you will see that it is a colour I use a lot ,it must be your influence mate .
    I love the crackle paint and my bet is a drought in Australia! as that effect would be excellent to capture the look of dried dams and rivers you commonly see here and I’m sure you did to on your trip to Kangaroo Isl.
    The Who ! so good !
    I’m all shaky at the mention of model figure purchases ,I’m afraid I’m like Wudugast and have had a terrible month on EBay ,(the post man knows the family intimately,) but as he said ,rainy days so I feel better as we have heaps here in Melbourne !

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    1. I don’t think of Australia as being wet that much but from what I gather from some of you guys is Melbourne has its fair share, a bonus for modellers! 😉 Like your thinking on the dried river beds and will give that one some thought but it isn’t what I have in mind. If what I have planned works out I think I will go for the finished model first and follow that up with a WIP post.

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  4. I’ve sussed it! You’ve told SWMBO that texture paint is really a miracle face cream that will not only nourish and moisturise her skin, but will preserve her youthful appearance for years, but it has to be put on thick for the full benefit to be achieved! I’ll know I’ve guessed correctly if there’s no blog post this coming Saturday! 🙂
    Nice huscarl mini and I’m a big fan of “Won’t Get Fooled Again”!

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  5. Glad to see you found some crackle that will work for your projects. Not all of the Citadel stuff cracks – and using SWMBO hair dryer will help (though I have one just for hobby use).

    The Huscarl is really boss. SAGA is pretty popular so you might have better luck, especially if you put together warbands of several figures.

    And The Who is in my top three always, especially with Don’t get Fooled Again. I’d replay that just to hear Daltrey scream right before “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”. Great Townsend lyrics, none better, or more true.

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