TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 41)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This weeks miniature is another offering from Hasslefree, a buxom young lady who goes by the name of “Yilsa The Believable” (her sister is Unbelievable and you will get to see her soon!).  The figure was one of a few I didn’t manage to get done in time for the Fembruary challenge.  Doubtless the others will follow in the weeks ahead.  Of the figures I purchased I’m sorry to say Yilsa is my least favourite but you can’t win them all.

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The way I see it there are two sides to the Coronavirus situation, the serious side and the how do I exploit the situation side.

On the serious side people are dying.  People of a certain age and those with underlying health conditions are it would appear among the most vulnerable.  My son has Cystic Fibrosis and is very much in the high risk group.  He also works in a Supermarket so there is no hiding from the general public and keeping his head down.  Recent government guidelines though are such that my family and I will be going into a 12 week period of self isolation.  It is a concern and as parents it worries the life out of She Who Must Be Obeyed and I a great deal.

There is also my ageing mum (88) and dad (93) to be concerned about as well as my young daughter.  SWMBO and I are now in our 60’s as is my brother and his wife.  We are not of course unique but like everyone else we are it seems powerless to do anything about the matter other than follow the advice we have been given.  Our fate lies in the hands of God or whatever you chose to believe in.

It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom though.  Every cloud has a silver lining.  Whilst some people have elected to stock pile hand gels, toilet paper, tissues and food I have placed numerous orders for vast quantities of figures.  SWMBO didn’t even flinch when I told her I had just spent over £250.00   I have no intention of being bored in isolation.


Well It Made Me Laugh …



This week TIM has been listening to …

Buddy Holly.

As I have said on previous occasions my music taste is wide and varied, from Classical to Rap and everything in between.  Every generations throws up its mix of great and shit music.  Born in 1957 I missed out on what I think was one of the greatest periods in music, good old fashioned Rock and Roll  The American High School era of the 1950’s would be a period I would like to visit if I had a time machine.  Who knows, in parallel universe maybe I am there already having the time of my life!

So why Buddy Holly this week?  Well a few days ago I went to the Wharf in Tavistock a wonderful small venue where tribute bands regularly play and She Who Must Be Obeyed and I went to see Buddy Holly and the Cricketers.  They are an acclaimed band and were simply awesome.  When they played Rave On I was in my element.

The link below is from the movie The Buddy Holly Story starring a very young Gary Busey.  The clip is when the band, the first white act, went to play at the Apollo to a black audience.  It is a legendary moment in rock history.  Three short tracks with Rave On third up.

Sadly, as sung by Don McLean in American Pie, the music died on the 3rd February 1959.


This week TIM has been watching …

American Graffiti.

Sticking with the Rock and Roll 1950’s vibe I just felt compelled to get this one out of the cupboard.  A classic movie featuring an awesome sound track (although with some poetic license used by director George Lucas ).  Interestingly both this film and The Buddy Holly story star Charles Martin Smith.

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Remember …

In the best interests of getting your day off to a positive start try to begin with “Good Morning” rather than “Here we Fucking Go Again!”


Until next time.


38 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 41)

  1. Hope you all stay safe – and good move on the timing of the purchases. I assume you actually spent £2,5000 and just accidently mixed up the punctuation.
    As for Buddy Holly – I’d never have picked you to be a big Weezer fan, but you live and learn…

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  2. Shit mate sorry to hear about the forced isolation but I guess it’s for good reason. Do you have enough food and supplies or will it be delivered? At least you have the minis. Love the barbaric mini but her face reminds me of a nasty lunch lady I had in high school. Buddy Holly is my dads (my other dad) favourite. Did you know that Weyland Jennings was meant to be in Buddy’s seat in the plane but took the bus instead? Crazy how life can go. We also lost Ricky Valance and the Big Boppa in that plane. Great movie, Buddy was born to play that role. My dad has some extremely rare demo recordings of Buddy in which you can hear the genius that he was. Eddie Cochran, another rockabilly legend who died too young, was best mates with Buddy and sings a song called Three Stars in which you hear him literally get choked up as he sings. Stay safe mate.

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    1. Cheers IRO. We’re good this end so far and hopefully we will stay that way. I think in reality most of us will get it which as long as it doesn’t kill us will be a good thing as we will then have some immunity, well I hope that’s the way it works or we are all fucked! Shop wise people have gone into serious panic mode over here it seems. Hopefully if they go into isolation next week they will start eating some of the stuff they bought and allow the rest of us to do some shopping! Online is an option but time slots are weeks ahead in some cases. As for the music I love the simplicity of it. To think Buddy et al made all that noise with just three of them! Some great anecdotes of yours there mate.

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  3. The worlds gone mad (or at least shoppers have). My wife’s meant to be in isolation but she’s just waiting for the schools to officially close and she’s only two weeks off starting Maternity leave anyway. I’m also a bit annoyed as I seem to be the only one who is 100% able to work from home so won’t have additional hobby time! (First world problems I know…).

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  4. you need to stay safe mate, but like you we can struggle to get food in, most of the shops are empty around here, and with this me-me society you need to get there early. One good thing though, i read aloud to her indoors your post, especially the part where you spent quite a lot of money on models for your incarceration, she simply said, dont blame him, why dont you do the same… Yippeyyy…

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  5. Whoops, dementia kicking in, forgot to mention the model, i painted one similar a few years back, although not quite as buxom, although i like your painting of it i am not loving the model casting, it dont look quite right but hey could be just me..

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      1. i am always a bit weary about remarking on peoples work, when i showed it to my wife she said it looks like she has a pair of tights on because of the crotch area, maybe thats it..

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      2. Firstly when it comes to my blog please don’t shy away from honest remarks, I wont be offended I promise! As to the figure you are indeed onto something. The photo’s don’t actually help. The lady in question is actually wearing bikini briefs but I painted them a brass colour and against the flesh tones she appears naked.

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  6. Well, even though there is a pond between us we are all in the same boat. Now it looks like day cares will be shut down, and that means I will likely be watching my granddaughter. Not a big problem but as my daughter works in oncology she’s critical to patient care. Yilsa is indeed buxom (great word), and love the paint job you gave her. I just went on eBay to peruse your offerings as maybe I might need to start painting to pay the bills!

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    1. Yes it has all gone mad Mark but little option but to follow the advice given and hope for the best. Challenging times on so many levels. Good luck with ebay, see no reason why you can’t sell stuff given your skill level. My sales have pretty much dried up. It is quiet at this time of the year at the best of times but I guess buying figures is low on people’s priorities. Have a few people watching (unless that’s you!) but nothing turning to sales. Bizarrely I upped my prices and got more looks!

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      1. Yes I am one of your happy followers. I was impressed with your prices and your stuff is well worth that. Some people cannot paint themselves to a skill level they want or want to buy better stuff. Good luck to us all.

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  7. Hi Tim, i love these musings. Wife and I are also self isolating as our zoo was closed down 4 days ago. We also stress as the fact that if we dont work, we dont earn. I hope all will go well with your son and family.

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  8. Nice mini! I’m a bit behind on posts this week as we’ve spent a few days opening up our caravan for the season and rustling a few sheep to eat while we’re there (there may be some untruths in that sentence)! Anyway Dave, hope you and the family stay safe (and that goes for anyone reading this as well)! 🙂

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  9. I do agree with you mate ,not the best figure I’ve seen ,even you fine painting skills could not hide the blemishes of the sculptors work.
    I’m with you on the born a bit late bit as I have three older sisters and her husband were right rockers so I was subjected to Buddy very early on and just love his music ,its hard to believe you and I were so young when he died in 1959!
    Keep safe in the next coming weeks mate , the company I work for is closing down for good ,part from panic buying and the other being we cant get raw materials into the country ,I’m in the dentist manufacturing business so it was good bye to handsanitser any Isopropyl alcohol ! cleaned us out in a week.

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