Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!
As I have been doing a bit of batch painting on some Knuckleduster figures this weeks offering is another Gunfighters Ball figure – “Charlie Bowdre”. I’ll move on to something else next week but haven’t decided what just yet. There is plenty of figures in the pile that’s for sure.
Well It Made Me Laugh …
Thanks to the glorious UK weather I have more or less reached the stage where I have either completed or given up on all the houshold jobs that needed doing. This will leave me with even more time to “paint, model and blog” (for some reason the words “Shake, Rattle and Roll” just entered my head!) during the many weeks of self isolation which still lay ahead. Contemplating what to do I hit upon the idea of a new temporary blog feature. I have decided it might be a nice idea to run a series of site review articles. I am no expert but I do feel qualified to at least comment on the things I have bought and tried out and to share my thoughts for better or worse.
Over the years I have discovered a great many modelling sites dealing with figures, accessories and tools and have, either through buying items or simply looking at the site, informed opinions on them all. If nothing else it will either selfishly serve as a reminder to me or at best be of interest in some form or another to someone new to the hobby. That obviously excludes most of you dear readers but you’re stuck with it until such times as I give up on the idea!
I’m not going to over think the concept, layout or format, I’ll just go with how the mood takes me. I might deal with a specific genre, several sites at once or just one site at a time. I’m not planning a regular posting date either. I will simply publish as and when. Might be one a week, might be two a week, might be none.
Coronavirus – Self Isolation Week 6
Day 36 – Today the postman delivered one of my outstanding orders, this one from Haslefree. Understandably it has taken a while to arrive. Not complaining given the circumstances but just wish I had put more in the order. Think I will have to place another in the next day or two if it is going to take that long to be fulfilled.
Day 37 – Before the Covid-19 outbreak I had two trips to London planned one of which was for Salute 2020. In addition I also had trips planned to holiday in France and Norway. The London trips got cancelled and the other two will almost certainly follow suit. In search of the positive it occurs to me I have a nice pot of refunded money to spend on modelling. I suspect She Who Must Be Obeyed might have other ideas which is why I have told her we weren’t eligible for refunds.
Day 38 – It has only taken 38 days for the penny to drop that I cannot get to the post office. The significance of this is only that in the unlikely event of someone buying anything I have listed on Ebay (this is a slow time of the year at the best of times without Covid-19 to worry about) I wouldn’t be able to post it for at least another 6 weeks, probably longer. Nothing to do but unlist all items and see how things look later in the year, although I cannot imagine buying painted figures being high on anyone’s list once this is over. Still at least time is on my side to build up some stock.
Day 39 – This morning I was woken early by a noise outside. I say early although I should point out that under normal circumstances I would have been up 2 hours earlier. Looking outside there was a white van bearing the logo “Kingfisher, Delivering Brixham’s Finest Sea Food To Your Door”. I love sea food and immediately anticipated a nice load of cockles, winkles and whelks (I don’t like jellied eels) coming my way until I realised no orders had been placed by us for such goodies. On speaking to the delivery chap it turns out the company had been employed by the government to deliver food parcels to the vulnerable. It turns out it was a great big box of food for my son and he would now be getting a similar one every week!
Day 40 – Today was spent trying to see how we could stop yesterdays parcel from being delivered every week, a near impossible task it would seem. Don’t get me wrong we are not ungrateful but we feel extremely guilty knowing we can pay our way and there are others out there with a greater need. To steal a line from the film Legend where Tom Hardy plays Reggie Kray “I’m a giver not a receiver”. It looks like the best we can do is accept the deliveries for the time being and drop the parcels off to the local charity food bank.
Day 41 – Another model order arrived today. Vallejo Model Color paints ordered from a company I had not used before – eModels. Looks like my day is set, not with painting but reorganizing my Hobby Zone paint racks. These things have to be placed in order!
Day 42 – Half way there! Six weeks down and in theory only six weeks to go. I suspect the reality for those with underlying conditions will be much, much longer but we will continue to take one step at a time as the new world continues to emerge.
This week TIM has been listening to …
Bachman-Turner Overdive You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.
With time to spare during lockdown I thought I would trawl through my youth over the coming weeks and months and pick out a few songs from yesteryear that I still like today. This one is from 1975.
This week TIM has been watching…
“Only Fools and Horses”. The perfect backdrop while painting. So many classic lines from this awesome sitcom which ran and ran for years. Thought I would go with this image that I found to bring things up to date!
“Exiled for the good of the realm” sounds so much better than “Social Distancing”.