TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 27)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This weeks 28mm figure is from Hasslefree Miniatures and goes by the name of “Lt. Thoran”.  Despite the fact I could have painted this pretty much how I wanted to I decided on a quick and rather dull grey.  In my mind it felt more like a realistic colour to go for and besides I have so much to do right now that it seemed the best option at the time.  That said it is a great little figure and one I will probably do again at some point and when I do I will go for a far more interesting finish.

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As mentioned above I have got a lot to do right now, not just from a modelling point of view but because of the time of the year as well.  Christmas is a time for giving as we all know and this year I decided to push the boat out and give more to myself!

Now I am not entirely sure where the inspiration came from, my guess would be from images found on the “Pinterest” site, but I have been bitten by the “Steampunk” bug.  This is very much a new genre for me but I love the Victorian era and a bit of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” is right up my street.  Some further online searching threw up a variety of figures and images which got my juices flowing and I promptly ordered a number of “Reaper”, “Dark Sword” and “Twisted” miniatures.

I think the appeal is in the detail of the figures, so much to pick out and paint and complete freedom of colour choice too.  If I have a dilemma at all it will be how best to base them in terms of a setting.  A small base will be easier but a little diorama offers more of a challenge.  More research is needed I expect but no doubt I will get my head around it in due course.  For now the orders need to arrive and as the “Twisted” figures are coming all the way from Australia I wont be starting anything this side of Christmas I expect.


Tea In Bed

Now if there is one thing She Who Must Be Obeyed is good at it is sleeping.  If it were an Olympic sport she could sleep for England and a Gold Medal would be as good as in the bag.  I am always the first up in the morning and come the weekend when our daughter, She Who Thinks She Should Be Obeyed Also, doesn’t have school to go to I will always go down stairs, let the dog out and bring SWMBO a nice cup of tea in bed.  Imagine my surprise therefore when Sunday just gone she was up earlier than me and brought me a cup of tea instead.

In an ideal world it would have been a moment to treasure but when she put the mug down on my bedside cupboard she caught my eye and winked.  Only a small thing I know but I’ve never been more scared of a drink in all my life!


Well It Made Me Laugh …



This week TIM has been listening to …

“Atomic” by Blondie.  Back in the day Debbie Harry was directly responsible for the huge increase in Kleenex sales to teenage boys.


This week TIM has been watching …

“The Blues Brothers” starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.  A classic movie with a great sound track.  Based on a true story!

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Until next time.


25 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 27)

      1. I went to see a show years ago where they did the Blues Brothers. It wasn’t Dan Akroyd or Jake Beluchi but it was very good though. About 25 years ago in the Theatre Royal in Newcastleupon Tyne

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  1. The mini is a bit different for you but I like it. I’m very, VERY excited about your venture into steampunk. For bases I’d suggest cogs and things. You can buy packets of “watch parts” from eBay (China) really cheap that work perfectly for basing. As far as a diorama I’d love to see some sort of steampunk robot or even an airship. I saved the twin meme thing as it made me laugh out loud. Think I’ll put it on the Fly On The Wall Podcast Instagram page. I’ll give you a shout on there too. Blondie a brilliant band. My ex was named after the lead singer but that hasn’t stopped me enjoying the tunes. Blues Brothers is one of my all time favourite movies. I loved it as a kid and still do as a big kid. The sequel was a pile of shit though. I love the Nazis in the first one. I love when the nazi car is falling out of the sky and the dude turns to the leader and says I love you hahaha. Nice post mate.

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    1. Good tip, I will check out Ebay and see what they have. Not sure what I am likely to come up with but lookihg forward to my steampunk period for sure. Interesting that your ex was called Harry, probably why it didn’t work out 😉. Glad you liked the meme it made me chuckle too. Can’t beat a bit of Blues Brothers – “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank, half pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it”

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  2. Nicely done mate – utilitarian is cool in my book. Interesting to hear you’ve got the Steampunk bug – there are some great minis for that genre. Have you come across Infamy minis yet? I reckon they would be right up your gas-lit cobbled street 😉

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  3. Looking forward to your steam punk models. The Missus is also a fan of victorian era books and has a seceret love for Steam Punk. it is nice to be treated from time to time. That last sentance with SWMBO winking got me better than the twin joke. You write great comedy mate.

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  4. Nice work. I always enjoy seeing your style applied to these minis. A GW style painter would have used bright highlights on every edge of armor, but yours is more muted and makes for a realistic looking piece. The helmet and hair adds nice touches of color to the overall work.

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    1. I’m looking forward to painting the figures when they arrive but I’ve yet to get my headaround the basing and scene setting. Plenty of things to look at online but can’t see how to replicate. Still, makes for a challenge I guess!

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  5. Nice figure ,a bit different as Luke said ,looking forward to the Steam Punk stuff ,I’m probably the only person in the world that doesn’t know what it is ,so I’ll get the biggest surprise !! Debbie just great ,cant say enough! Blues Brothers a true classic and it great to hear Faust is back !! Cheers Mate ,Oh and do be careful with any beverages you are served up !

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  6. Gray on this fig works. Sometimes less is more. Nice.

    Debbie Harry was a babe to be sure. Love that band too.

    Blues Brothers is one of my faves as well. One of my West Point classmates was from Chicago and got to watch some of the filming. The quote that I remember – “they wrecked soooo many cop cars”

    I loved the Carrie Fisher scene when Belushi gets her back and drops her in the mud – CLASSIC!

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  7. Excellent choice of film there – I must have seen the Blues Brothers dozens of times growing up, usually about this time of year actually. Liked the joke about the twins as well (and I’ve already passed it off as my own of course!). Nice work on Lt. Thoran, I’d say the colour-scheme works well to sell the idea that this is some kind of futuristic assassin/soldier/operative, whilst the little bits of colour breathe life into the piece. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with on your venture into steampunk 🙂

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    1. Agree, I think when using a predominately single colour it is always best to break it up with a little splash of colour somewhere. To be fair I nicked the twin joke too! As for steampunk I’m rather intreagued as well. As I have said in other replies it’s the basing I need to get my head around.

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