TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 47)

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.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …



Site Reviews

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”.




25 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 47)

  1. Love Charlie. The face and beard are exceptionally good. I like the buckle things on the bottom of his pants too. I think the review post is a good idea, in fact I was just thinking an extra post from you would be good for us and for you. Especially during the isolation. Got to keep your mind busy mate. Only Fools and Horses is a favourite of mine. I love the episode with the glow in the dark paint.

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    1. Thanks matey. The idea for another post or two is really targeted at keeping busy when I feel the need to, just something to fall back on from time to time. We’ll see how it goes and if it is needed. Only yesterday I watched the episode you refer to, bloody funny. So well written.

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  2. i think you nailed the colours on this Dave, the leather really looks soft and the gun is so life like. I aslo remeber the song well to, i cant remember any other they did but that is ace. Ahhh david jason, they dont make them like him anymore, the so called comedians today are just rubbish, but if there is an old programme on i will watch it. Look forward to the list of suppliers and a write up of their goods/bads also.

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  3. Great figure Dave ,your comment to Steve about working with one colour being difficult was interesting ,food for though!
    The WIMML was so bad I laughed a lot!!
    And the new review idea sounds like a good one!
    I’m still flat out at work but managed to pop into see my local model shop for some paints only to see the shop stripped bare, the Pom said he has never been busier !
    I just love that your Government ,although meaning well can get it so wrong ,it is certainly happening here mate !

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    1. Cheers Pat. I think the challenge of working with one dominant colour is keeping it interesting and stopping it from blurring into one. This one came out better than some others I have done thats for sure. I think the lock down has driven many more people to get involved with hobbies including the likes of model making and painting. It is noticeable that some online shops are struggling in many ways, staff shortages and dwindling stock due to broken supply chains mainly. Just wish I had bought more stuff in advance than I did!

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      1. Maybe things will go back to the days when people had hobbies and didn’t just watch TV , I haven’t since 3014 as Apart from it being shit I don’t have time now that I have this great hobby and like minded people!! As for me mate it’s a two edged sword, I have all the figures I Have hoarded but still have to go to work !!Not complaining though Sounds good but I don’t think I would enjoy not being able to get out of the house .

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  4. Well one thing is certain Pat we ain’t going back to the world as we once knew it. The changes we will face going forward will be huge nationally and globally. The potential for improvement though is enormous. Time will tell. Meanwhile happy modelling.

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  5. Once again you’ve done a great job on Charlie, really like the way you’ve done his coat. Impressive that the model is almost entirely brown yet each element is distinct.

    I’m with you on the seafood, I love anything like that, just got a delivery of fish from our local guys yesterday in fact (had some amazing mackerel for lunch!). Never tried jellied eels, when I was living in England I wanted to sample all the local delicacies but they were a bridge too far for me, they just sound a bit grim and I’ve never met anyone who said they were fit for eating.

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  6. Cheers mate. As to the seafood my family on my dads side were Eastenders and as such jellied eels and the like were traditional back in the day. By the time I was born the family had “emigrated” to West London. I took to the cockles and whelks but the jellied eels were a step to far! Pie and mash and green liquor on the other hand …

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  7. Charlie looks great and I agree, making something look interesting with a lot of one color is tough – yet you pulled this off (again). At the risk of sounding forward, I love what you do with leather…

    Ah, BTO! Great 70’s band. Lately we’ve been living “you Ain’t seen nothing yet!”

    As a New Englander, I pride myself on having a seafood lover’s palate. Lobster, steamed clams, crab, oysters, sushi, etc. Then I read “Cockles, winkles, and whelks” and “jellied eels”???? Sounds like an S&M club with ruined sushi?

    Stay safe brother!

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