TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 39)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

After spending time painting female figures for Fembruary I decided I needed a change.  I turned to a Hasslefree figure based on the Simon Pegg charachter in Shaun of the Dead.  At some point I will get round to doing a couple of zombie dioramas as I think they would be fun.  I don’t think you can over do the blood on a zombie based figure.

Not entirely sure why his trousers look glossy in the photo’s as they are anything but in reality.



Well It Made Me Laugh …



Retail Therapy

Regular readers will recall that a few weeks ago I mentioned it was my intention to make a concerted effort to clear my backlog of miniatures and resist any temptation to buy more until attending Salute in April.  To be fair it was going well with the exception of a minor but “essential” purchase which incurred the wrath of She Who Must Be Obeyed.  But then it started raining.  Then it rained some more but with the added bonus of 80 mile an hour winds.  This is how it has been for the entire month of February and looks like continuing throughout March if the weather forecast can be trusted which for bad weather predictions it can be.

Compared to some I have no grounds for complaint.  We, unlike a great many people, have not had our house flooded and given our position I would like to think we are unlikely to do so.  Nevertheless with no hold up in the weather damage is being caused and my list of out door jobs is growing and all I can do is watch.  Fortunatley I do not have to go to work in it but I do need to venture out to walk the dog twice a day.  Getting wet is one thing but continually putting on wet walking clothing because it is impossible to get them dry is unpleasant.  Each day is Ground Hog day.  Deja Vu, or as I now prefer to call it Deja Poo, the feeling you have seen this shit before!   

The thing is it has now become all rather depressing.  I am in a negative spiral with few signs of an imminent turn around.  At my age this is a potentially dangerous situation with serious health implications and so I poured my feelings out to SWMBO over a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit.  She was sympathetic, she understood, she cared.  After such an emotional out pouring and before the postman was due to arrive I figured now was the perfect time to mention that I had spent a couple of hundred quid on hobby therapy.

I was wrong.


This week TIM has been listening to …

Robbie Williams.  I do like a bit of Robbie everyy now and then.  Like Freddie Mercury he is an entertainer who can work the audience.  I rather like the opening sequence of this video.

I appreciate concerts and huge musical events take place all over the world but, and at the risk of being very biased, I do think us Brits do it better than most.


This week TIM has been watching …

“The Split” – Series One and Two on BBC iPlayer.  After watching Nicola Walker in numerous TV programmes over the years, all of which are excellent, I have decided I have a thing for her.  I expect it’s mutual.



Remember …

According to Chemistry alcohol is a solution.


Until next time.


22 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 39)

  1. I do enjoy a Simon Pegg film, Sean of the Dead was great and you’ve done a fine job on the model. Aye, the weather’s been a bit grim lately hadn’t it? Not so bad up here (I’m sitting in the sunshine right now – he said rubbing salt in the wound!) but we had it rough last week, I’m still wading through the snow most days at work. Glad you’re above the level of the flood waters at least – I drove up from the south of England during Storm Denis and it was entertaining to say the least!

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      1. Are you, by any chance, looking for somewhere to hide from SWMBO? In which case I do a fine line in “I’ve not seen him all day but I’m sure he’s doing something perfectly innocent”. Come on up, everyone is welcome, the scenery is amazing (although you never see it, there’s always mountains in the way) and the food and weather are considerably better than you’ve been told. I’ll make a “Yes” voter of you yet!

        You’ve actually reminded me of the story of the young man who’s working in London, doing some high powered, highly stressful job, and decides he can’t hack it any more. He sees an advert for a Scottish island for sale and thinks “That’s the life for me!”. It’s just a little rock somewhere in the Hebrides with one house on it; a few sheep, the odd seal and no mod cons. He moves there and starts his new life, cutting peat for fuel, growing his own crops, fishing out in the bay and rowing the thirty miles or so to the nearest village when he needs provisions. He moves there in the spring and after the summer comes a long, harsh winter, during which time he stays snug in his cottage, whilst the wind and rain batter the island and the sea is too rough to go anywhere. The, one evening in March, with another big storm bearing down, he hears a knock at the door.
        Picture the scene when he opens it, an old fisherman standing on the step, craggy and weatherbeaten, ragged Arran-knit sweater woven into Arran-knit beard. The old man introduces himself and says “We’ve never met but I live on that little island to the north, on a clear day you can just see it up there on the horizon. I’m your nearest neighbour and I thought it was about time I dropped by and introduced myself. I’m throwing a bit of a party on Friday night if you want to come”.
        The young man says “Well, I’ve been enjoying getting away from it all but perhaps it would be nice to get some human company for a change. I’d love to come!”
        “Great”, says the old man, “There’s just three things I should warn you though. Firstly, there’s going to be a lot of drinking” (People in the Hebrides, in case you don’t know, are justly famed for being able to drink anyone and everyone in the world under the table, come what may).
        “That’s fine”, says the young man, “I can hold my booze. I’m quite looking forward to this already, I’ve not been to a good party in ages!”
        “Great”, says the old man, “Secondly, there’s likely to be a bit of casual sex”.
        “You should see some of the things that go on at parties in London!”, says the young man, “I’m not shocked by these things, who knows – maybe I’ll get lucky myself”.
        “That’s the spirit”, says the old man, “Lastly, there’s liable to be a fight. At least one. You know how it goes”.
        “Well”, says the young man, “I’ll not be starting any fights but I’m not ashamed to hide under the table when one starts either!”
        “Excellent”, says the old boy, as he heads off back into the storm, “You’ll fit right in!”.
        “Hold on!” the young man shouts after him “Is there a dress code? What should I wear?”
        “Och, wear whatever you feel like lad, it’ll only be the two of us there!”

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      2. Haha, very good I enjoyed that one. Does feel somewhat like a true story though. I do love Scotland though, the highlands in particular. Although I am a city guy by birth and most of my working life I find it all to crowded. The move to just outside of Dartmoor was ideal 13 years ago but oddly it now feels built up.
        If it were my decision alone it would be time to move on but alas it isn’t.

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  2. Love the mini! That blood spatter looks a bit too realistic to me (not that I know what it should look like! Oh dear, maybe time to go into hiding again)! And once again, haven’t a clue about the music or the TV stuff, but at least I don’t care (have finally watched The Outlaw Josey Wales though, and enjoyed it)! 🙂

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  3. He’s a great one mate. I have him in my pile along with a whole bunch of zombies. Wudu taught me, years ago, that less is more when it comes to blood. I think you’ve nailed it. Sorry to hear the weather is still so bad but at least your sense of humour will see you through and it made me laugh 😉

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  4. great model as usual from you, would also look good with a dead zombie on the floor near him too, i agree with the weather but at least this week i managed to get to a customers garden on tuesday and cut my lawn today, going to fetch 60 unopened bottles of citadel paint from someone selling up locally for just £40 tomorrow..the wife is coming with me so no hiding there..

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  5. Not a bad figure there Dave ,I’m not sure who he is although carrying that bit of willow I would assume he is an English cricketer who is a bit pissed off after losing the ashes series to the greatest cricketers in the world ! and you cant argue with that as sandpaper boy won the cricketer of the year down here ! wow what a joke mate !
    I have to say Wuda”s tale was a real pearler, that bit about being biased mate, don’t worry I know your mob do a lot of things better, and humour is first in my opinion, sorry about the weather mate but its been a bit shitty over here as IRO told you the other day ,bloody miserable Summer !

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    1. There are certain times when you have to hold yiur hands up and when it comes to cricket and rugby Australia usually run out winners. As for the weather it’s all over the place worldwise so it seems but there is little we can do but grin and bear it. Hopefully it will improve but the main thing is not to lose our sense of humour! 😊

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      1. That’s it mate , keep the humour, sometimes it seems that it’s in short supply . I just hope we as a nation get rid of that arrogance that has plagued us in the past , as my old man said it’s sometimes harder to be a good winner than a good looser ! 🤔

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