TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 36)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This week we have another 28mm figure from Hasslefree Miniatures.  This one goes by the name of “Shayda Diovol”.

Now according to IRO, who seems to have gone all lardy-dar, the Fembruary challenge shouldn’t include scantily clad females, however, if you look at the rules set down by Alex no such restrictions apply.  Clearly IRO is just sucking up to his female following oblivious of the fact that they have him worked out.  Women are not easily fooled.

Now “Shayda” may well be scantily dressed but she is not a girl to be messed with.  Never underestimate a woman who has a bigger chopper than you.    

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Well It Made Me Laugh …



Fingers Crossed

I promised She Who Must Be Obeyed that after Christmas I wouldn’t buy any more figures.  She was right to point out that I have a very large pile of forgotten figures and that it was high time I began to do them.  But then I remembered that nearly 38 years ago she promised to love, honour and obey me and I realised that my promise was there to be broken just like hers.

With that in mind I went and bought some new figures and earlier this week I took delivery of four figures from Lead Adventure Miniatures, a company based in Germany who I had never used before.  They do a very nice Steampunk range and the words “Limited Quantity” were enough to send me into panic mode and place an immediate order.  Just as well because two of the figures have now been labled “Sold Out”.  Proof indeed that if you see it and want it you should buy it.

Needless to say SWMBO spotted the recent acquisitions and questioned the value of my promise to her.  Bravely I argued that she too had made a promise 38 years ago to obey me and had rarely ever done so.  It seems when you make a promise with your fingers crossed behind your back it doesn’t count.  I need to remember that.


This week TIM has been listening to …

Rod Stewart  and “Maggie May”.  This is a Top of the Pops mimed version from 1971.

I do like a bit or Rod and he has had his share of classic songs.  This track is one of my all time favourite songs.  I love the song itself but it holds a great many memories.  In our day my mates and I would always look for this record on a pub Juke Box and give it our all after a good few beers!


This week TIM has been watching …

“Spartacus” – the classic 1960’s version starring the late Kirk Douglas.  Following his death last week it seemed appropriate to watch this awesome film.

Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, “I’m Spartacus”.



Remember …

When you get dressed in the morning try to remember that if you die what you are wearing will be your ghost outfit for ever!


Until next time.


33 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 36)

  1. Love the lass mate, and as you guys have been talking about painting eyes I concentrated on them, very nice and quite large mate !
    Maggie would have to be one of Rod’s best tunes and I have to say I was sad to see the passing of the great Kirk Douglas , one of my favourite actors, and one I loved to watch back in the days I went to the movies !!!

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    1. I belong to another era Alex as you know and whilst my upbringing reflected the period of the day I am more modern man than I let on. SWMBO will deny that of course but my 16 year old daughter would back me 🤞. I have a few more female figures to do, hopefully for the Fembruary challenge, which will balance the books. 😊

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  2. I think the state of the dress of model reflects the representation of the barbarian nature. The male equivalent models also suffer a severe lack of clothes, so in this case I think it’s quite acceptable.
    The missies recently agreed to and actually watched the whole of the Witcher series (I almost fell off my chair in shock as it is fantasy and not a period drama/crime program). It turns out it was purely so she could perve on Henry Cavall. When I pointed out she had just set back her gender about 20 years, she just responded that I should work out more. 🙄

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    1. Haha, got to love your wife! When I told SWMBO to embrace her mistakes she hugged me! In all fairness, despite my age and background, I am 100% for equal rights but thre are things that do annoy me. Maybe I will cover it in a Musings post. 🤔

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  3. Very nice mini! One day SWMBO is gonna give you a damn good smack round the lug and there’ll be a rush of followers trying to post “you should have seen that coming”! Can I just book my place at the head of that comment queue now please? 😉

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    1. Haha, it’s never gonna happen but I will let you have ticket number one! You see the thing is most women like bad boys (ask IRO), they think they can change them. SWMBO has been trying for 40 years and the good news is she isn’t a quitter which is just as well other wise I’d be stuffed. Try out a rock star image at work and see how Holly reacts 😉.

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  4. Kirk was only 103, you’re only a few years away so make the most of your time old mate. Now… I’m sure I read somewhere that Fembruary was all about waving the flag for females and not sexualising them but maybe I was mistaken. Alas, common decency should prevail but clearly not with you. Haha just jokes stop waving your walking stick at me like that. Great model and paint work my friend, you’vedone a cracking job. I don’t mind a bit of old school Rod Stewart. His more recent (last twenty years) stuff is shite but give me a bit of Hot Legs any day of the week.

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    1. No worries mate it’s only banter as we both know and if you give it out out you have to take it. Truth is I come from a different era and see some aspects of feminism and political correctness in general as complete bollocks. At times I think the world has gone completely mad but hey ho each to their own. You’re right about me being old though! With you all the way with Rod, it’s only his old stuff that I really like.

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      1. Haha believe me mate I’m far from politically correct myself. I think a lot of female models used to be all fur bikini clad but in recent years have become more diverse and that can only be a good thing.

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      2. I once held a door open for a lady who said, “I’m quite capable thank you.” I replied with, “and I’m quite capable of being a gentleman.” She scoffed and walked away. You’re right, the world has gone a little mad in some ways. I got talking to a bloke once who complained about how racist Fawlty Towers was haha. I suppose it was in a way but not blatantly and not in a way that was intended to hurt people. People are far too sensitive these days. This might be a good topic for the podcast actually.

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      3. Where we differ is that you think the world has gone a little mad whereas I think it is off its fucking trolley. I could rant all day and I wouldn’t even need alcohol to get me started. I reckon the podcast is a good idea but the subject is broad so perhaps break it down into more than one article? All political hot potatoes but who gives a toss, I don’t.

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  5. Nice work on Shayda (I say that a lot don’t I? Ah well, if you don’t want to be complimented you shouldn’t go around painting so well!) – you’ve really got the skin tone down perfectly. As for her being clearly sexualising and objectifying – well of course she is, trying to claim anything else would be silly (although I do agree that male barbarians generally wear even less). However something I like about Fembruary is that although there’s an implication of traditional feminism in there, at core it just calls for hobbyists to paint women and get a conversation going and that can’t happen if it’s all one sided.

    Now then – is she sexy? Yes. Is that a bad thing? Well it have to be? Is she powerful? Absolutely! If she wants to go out dressed in a fur bikini who the hell am I to tell her otherwise? She could beat me in a fight with one hand tied behind her back and no man will tell her what to do or how to dress and not spend the rest of the day looking for his teeth. We’re all scantily clad underneath after all (fun fact but underneath my clothes I’m stark naked right now) but it’s not presented in a way that makes her look weak or submissive. But I’ll add the caveat that’s all my point of view, I can only say what I see and I know that as a man I have the “male gaze”.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, rest assured I am happy to take them all day long! Joking aside it is nice to know that people like what you do, it always helps from a motivational point of view. As to the figure itself and the Fembruary challenge I can see how a figure like Shayda can divide opinion. On the one hand she is scantily dressed and can be seen as a sex object. On the other she is a dominant female, confident and completely in control. Take away the scanty clothes and she wouldn’t appear to be any of those things in my opinion. All a matter of interpretation I guess.

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  6. another cracking paint job, reminds me of when i used to paint a tribe called the barbarians way back when, they were great models with plenty of very neatly modelled young ladies, and hunky men. Love the skin tones and the depth to the fur boots, may i ask were do you get the small flowers on the base from, i dont think they would look as good with a space marine marching over them, but they fit a purpose.

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  7. Man, I loooove Shayda. The skin tones are so well done, as is the fur.

    Lardy-dar – that’s a new one for me – BUT I am far, far from “woke”. Reading the above comments I am right alongside you. But then again, I do own a MAGA hat. And I am a fucking boomer too so there’s that too.

    Love the Faces, and Rod Stewart’s stuff from back then. Always thought of him as the 5th Rolling Stone (sort of).

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