TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 24)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This weeks miniature is a 28mm figure from Gripping Beast and goes by the title of Ragnar Lothbrok, King of Norway and Sweden.  I have done this figure a couple of times before but this time decided to do a winter version as the plan was to enter him at Telford.  One of the trophies up for grabs was from IPMS Norway for the best model with a Norwegian theme so I figured why not?

More on Telford below but in the meanwhile a few snaps of good old Ragnar.

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I had hoped to put out a “live” post over the weekend direct from the Telford show.  Those of you who are kind enough to follow this blog regularly, if for no other reason than you have nothing better to do, will know that I failed completely!

So why did you fail TIM?  Well for starters another one of the guys dropped out at the last minute which left me and another Plymouth Club member Tim (yes really his name is Tim), with more to do than we had bargained for.  No only did we have to pick up the surplus work of the third person between the two of us but we also felt it was incumbent upon us to drink for three people too.  Sadly that is where all plans to post to the blog largely went out of the window!

I am still in catch up mode following the weekend so next week I will try to put a post together with a few photos and hopefully some links to sites which will have far better images than I have.  Usually someone puts something up on YouTube and I am sure in a few days something will appear.  Not putting too many photos up on the blog will also save me from using up my WordPress storage allowance which would be drained considerably by hundreds of photographs.

So what can I tell you now?

Well, for those of you not in the know Telford is the UK National Modelling Show and proudly claims to be the biggest show of its kind anywhere in the world.  Is that true? Well in total there were 218 clubs present, 27 of which were from overseas and on top of that there were 168 Traders there too.  If it isn’t the biggest then it would take some beating I reckon.

For only two of us we put on a decent display in support of our club and attracted a nice load of comments and general interest.  The pair of us also managed to spend a small fortune but with a combination of Christmas coming up and the fact that neither of us gave a toss anyway meant this was not much of a problem.  Besides, we had already come with a few raffle tickets to explain to our other halves that we hadn’t actually bought anything, we just got lucky in the raffle!  How we expected to get away with that this year when we didn’t last time is anyone’s guess but women generally like a tryer so we were feeling confident.  One of the reasons I like figures rather than big kits is at least I can smuggle most of my purchases in doors in my pockets.

Now as some of you know I have taken to entering a few things in show competitions.  A degree of success, albeit confined to the South West region of England  gave me a little confidence to enter the national competition.  All in all I decided to enter eight models.  Three in the Fantasy Figure category, two in Fantasy Diorama, one in Mounted Figures below 60mm, one in Vignette (up to six figures, no vehicles etc) and one in Single Figure below 60mm.  To be honest I wasn’t expecting to achieve anything other than to learn what I needed to do to up my game.  It came as a pleasant surprise to learn that I had done far better than I could possibly have dreamed of.

I’m not sure how I managed it but I got to walk away with three Bronze Medals, one Silver and one Gold!  As an added bonus the Norwegian Model Club decided to award me a trophy for good old Ragnar (see above).  I reckon they got wind of the fact that we are booked on a cruise to Norway next year for our holiday.


So what won what?

Bronze Medal

“What Was That?” came third (I decided to edit the title for the show!)


A Reaper Wizard I only finished just before the show came third and he will feature in Saturday’s post.

“Custer’s Last Stand” – A six figure vignette which I had done a very long time ago and have never put up on the blog as a post.  The figures are 54mm and come from Andrea Miniatures.


Silver Medal

“Easy Boy” romped home in second place.


Gold Medal

“The Wizard Library”, my boxed diorama proved to be magic!


IPMS Norway Trophy

See above.

National modelling competition etiquette dictates that all these models are now retired.  This leaves me with quite a whole to fill.  Alternatively I cannot see myself topping what I achieved this weekend so I might simply decide to retire myself too.


This week TIM has been listening to …

Bruce Springsteen and “Born in the USA”.  Not a major fan of Bruce but how can you not like this?


This week TIM has been watching …

The End Of The F***king World (Series 1)

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For those of you who do not know this is an 8 part Channel 4 TV series which originally aired a while ago but with the second series having just finished I finally latched on to it!  Decided to binge watch it during the week and while I was away at Telford.  I think it is one of those love it or hate it programs.  Personally I absolutely loved it but my son hated it so clearly opinion is divided.  I will start to binge the second series as soon as I can.


Until next time.


20 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 24)

  1. What the actual shit mate??? You and I are eerily connected. I too have been watching end of the fucking world. I watched the first season when it came out but have just rewatched it in preparation for season 2. Great series. Oddball but compelling. Bloody well done on the medals me old mate. I didn’t doubt for a second that you’d steal the show. Now, some serious telling off… why the crap balls have you not showed us the Custers Last Stand diorama before? I loooooove it and it’s on my long list (to do list) of projects/dioramas. Good post my friend. Love to go to the Telford show with you one day and have a few beers.

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    1. Very spooky mate but glad I’m not the only one who enjoyed the series. As for the show never thought I would do so well, still buzzing! Custer was done quite a while ago and before I started the blog. I did put a couple of photos in the Gallery page but decided the blog was all about going forward so it never got a post. Same applies to a few other bits too. If you get to come to Telford I will stand your beers. On second thoughts it might be cheaper for me to pay for the flight! 😉

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  2. Ragnar looks very good (people up here would approve he is wearing a fur cloak and Furry Boots… evidently a Viking). Well done on the medal haul too. Remember to wave next year on your way past us on the way to Norway… Bergen is only 200 miles away… ooh I might have to tell the story of Betty Mouat…

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  3. Congrats on the awards at the show mate ,I’m with IRO on the Custer dio ! The snow on Ragnar looks good ,what product did you use to get the effect ,it has worked really well .
    As for Bruce mate I’m a mega fan and have been for so long ! Funny thing is the wife wasn’t when she met me But she had to change as it was me and Bruce or nothing !! I think I just heard here say that was a big mistake !

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    1. Thnaks Pat. As best I can recall the snow is a product produced by “precision Ice and Snow”. You will be able to google details and I suspect there will be YouTube bits too. It was reasonably expensive I think although I had it as a present. Chances of it running out in my life time are slim!

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  4. Great work on Ragnar, he looks like a suitably hands-on kind of king. I read that he visited my neck of the woods (or at least that he came as far as Orkney, which isn’t that far away from me). Custer’s Last Stand looks excellent too – do you have any other gems hidden away that you’ve not shown on the blog? Show us some pictures – your fans are agog! Well done at Telford, a very well deserved result there – looking forward to seeing what you come up with for next year 🙂

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    1. Thanks mate. I may have a few older things hidden away which might be worth a post or two, I’ll check it out. As for next year that is a whole new challenge. Painting and building is one thing, inspiration is something else. Still, for now time is on my siide.

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  5. Ragnar looks the business and a huge congratulations on your haul of wins/trophies there! Your musical choice this time is on point as well – and that’s one hell of a song if you listen to the lyrics or hear the acoustic original version (or more contemporary acoustic versions). The album version is more listenable/catchy, while I’d say the acoustic version(s) are more powerful.

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