TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 35)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

Every now and then along comes a figure that I think should not only be in my collection but in everyone else’s too.  Such a figure is Frank”, a 28mm figure produced by Hasslefree.  I decided  to give him a smiley face T-Shirt, it some how seemed appropriate.

I painted this figure on behalf of my uncle and am dedicating it to the Dail Mail newspaper.  You will understand why when you read the article further below called Korea, The Forgotten War.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

It might interest you to know that She who Must Be Obeyed is part Irish!

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Korea, The Forgotten War

For a change a serious article.

My fathers brother and my undle, Edgar Green, is the National Secretary for the British Korean war Veterans Association.  He went to Korea with the Middlesex Regiment, 27th Brigade.  He is 88 years old, 5 years younger than my dad and they are both still alive and kicking.

Edgar, on behalf of his Association and its ever dwindling numbers, wrote to the Daily Mail to see if they would publish the below letter in their newspaper given the 70th Anniversary of the Korean War.  They didn’t want to know.  Despite the rather limted audience his words will receive I nevertheless thought I would publish it here.

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The Forgotten Veterans of the Forgotten War

This year of 2020 marks the 70th Anniversary since British Land Forces were sent to Korea.  During the three years that we were involved around 100,000 young men served there of which 1,078 paid the supreme price and remain in that land so far from their homes.

Going through the records of those that paid the price they were 50% National Service men and 50% Regulars.  We have always been known as the Forgotten Veterans of the Forgotten War.  On Remembrance Sunday you never hear a word about us in the BBC coverage.  It is through this that so many of us don’t march as a group but do so with our own Regiments.

Is it not possible for one of your writers to do something for all of those that remain in the Far Off Land?  Or will they wait until the last of us have passed on to the Green Fields.

This Poem say’s it all for us.

Korea

We didn’t do much talking

We didn’t make a fuss

But Korea really happened

So Please Remember Us

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We all just did our duty

But didn’t win or lose

A victory was denied of us

But we never got to choose

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We all roasted in the Summer

In the Winter damn near force

Walking back from the Yalu

With our blacken toes

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Like the Surf, the enemy kept coming

With their bugles in the night

And we fired into their masses

Praying for the light

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All of us just had to be there

And so many of us died

But now were all but half forgotten

No one remember how we tried

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We grow fewer with the years now

And still don’t raise a fuss

But Korea really happened

So Please

REMEMBER US

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Teenage Kicks” by the Undertones.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Tremors” – Starring Kevin Bacon.  This film was released on the 19th January 1990, hard to believe it is 30 years old.

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Remember …

In case you had forgotten, a reminder that tomorrow is Jamaican Hair Style Day, personally I’m dreading it.

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Until next time.

TIM

25 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 35)

  1. How very apt, this model you could place in most of todays news readings, talk shows and reality programes, it is very fitting. Tremors, wow now theres a film, i remember watching that years ago with good old foot loose Kevin Bacon.
    I find things like Not remembering the wars we didnt win totally appalling, people still died there, its the same as the american vietnam war, forgotten dead, i say give em a Frankie..

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      1. you know what, i dont think old buggers like us get grumpier, we just dont tollerate the shite we used to get thrown at us likw we did before, even the young now days dont tollerate it..

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  2. Usually everything you write is extremely erudite and well written, however on this occasion I’m afraid I have to point out a couple of minor typos. Firstly you’ve included the word “newspaper” in association with the Daily Mail and secondly you’ve spelt the second word with an “M” when I’m pretty sure it should be an “F”. 😉 To quote Blackadder Goes Forth when told that the “King and Country” newspaper is good for the moral of the men “I just think that more could be achieved by giving them some real toilet-paper”.

    Seriously though, good on your uncle and typical of those scum at the Daily Mail to ignore it. It always hacks me off when organisations or individuals claim to be commemorating those who lost their lives, but focus exclusively on the wars “we” won – unless they include those who died in other conflicts then all their doing is exploiting those who died in a tawdry and hypocritical attempt to glorify military conquests. Anyway, that’s my rant for the day 😀

    Great work on Frank, superb work on the stubble (and did you really freehand that smiley face? On a 28mm model? Consider my hat off to you as well as your uncle!). Loved the joke about the Irish girl as well – although I’m pretty sure when I first heard it she was Scottish… 😉

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    1. Haha, cannot find fault with your views on the Daily Mail and I enjoyed the classic Black Adder quote, so many great lines in that series. Your take on conflicts aligns to my views too. The smiley face was freehand and came out OK but looking at it now it could have done with being a little bigger. As for the joke I’m pretty convinced the first two men were lying. Every bloke I know relates to the third guy. 😉

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  3. Love the model and paint job but would have liked to have seen you do some tiny freehand on the can in his hand. Very moving article and poem. Did Edgar write the poem as well? With yours and Edgars permission I’d like to read the article and poem on our podcast. Jimmy Carr (the comedian) does a bit about accents and says his name said in a Jamaican accent sounds like he’s saying Jamaica. Jimmy Carr haha.

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  4. Excellent work on the model. Except the freehand, that’s just horrible that you could pull that off on such a small mini! 😉

    What’s the two finger gesture mean?

    Interestingly, at some angles the mini looks like some 90s attire too.

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    1. Haha and cheers mate, nice to hear from you and trust all is well at your end. Two finger salute has its historical reference to medieval archers, in slang terms it means F..k Off. The archers used the two fingers to show the enemy they could still fire their bow.

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  5. Totally agree with Alex about the Newspaper being a BOC , Weak bastards . My dad and the other POWs same from WWII faced the some shit over here.
    Your figure is very apt for the occasion mate and well painted and I just love the Irish joke me being of Irish heritage like the lovely SWMBO !

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  6. Please tell Edgar that this American Veteran salutes him and his Regiment and will raise a glass to him, and to all his brother veterans of that conflict.

    Love the Frank, nice paint job. Really like the black jacket highlighting – was that a grey?

    Always amazes me that we Americans can simplify that gesture with just one finger though…

    My wife is of 100% French-Canadian ancestry – I need her permission to use the vacuum cleaner or the lawn mower. I win!

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