Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!
Hasslefree Miniatures have produced three figures of “Ray” the character played by Simon Pegg in the now classic movie “Shaun of the Dead”. This version is listed by Hasslefree as “Dynamic Ray”. I did “Ray” several months ago and he featured in Miniatures & Musings No: 39.
The third version is “Zombie Ray”. I have him on on order and at some point in the future I will get him done too.
Well It Made Me Laugh …
OCD and Figures and Bases
When it comes to my hobby I think I have OCD. In fact I’m sure I do. I actually think as modellers we probably all have OCD in some form or another even if we don’t relise it. For me it takes two forms, figures and bases.
At the very start I had two aims. The first was to collect every figure by a certain manufacturer and the other was to have uniformity in how they are based. Both have been compromised but I still continue to mentally insist on maintaining these aims to a level that sits comfortably. Let me try to explain both a little further.
I could pick a number of manufactures but it it is easier for me to explain my figure OCD if I use Knuckleduster and their Gunfighters Ball figures as an example. When I first discovered this site and its figure range my immediate reaction was to buy, paint and collect every figure. I reckon I have approximately 70 of them now. All was going well but as things in life do it then went tits up. Firstly, Knuckleduster started expanding the range, producing more and more figures to the point where I couldn’t keep up. Secondly, they started producing some figures I didn’t like the look of and then thirdly, as if the other two weren’t enough, they included some figures which would need larger bases! I had to rethink my approach to Knuckleduster and so I broke things down.
Firstly I decided I would only do figures on foot. Then I decided I would only do certain figures, then I decided if figures made little sets I would collect these. So, for example, I wouldn’t just have Wyatt Earp, I would have Virgil, Morgan and Doc Holliday (both versions of him) as well. Thus far this is all working out well and similar mental rules exist in my mind with other manufactures too.
Basing has presented a similar problem. When I first started modelling my bases were quite random because I struggled to find a supplier. Then I found one and got some uniformity going. All was fine until my supplier went out of business and then things went tits up again. Then my modelling diversified and different scales and single figures versus vignettes and dioramas meant identical basing had to be ditched. What could be done? Well, as with collecting the figures, basing had to be done in sets. Certain bases for different types of figures and models.
Single figures which I do not want to place in a vignette or diorama and which I think are good but not exceptional get fixed to 25mm MDF round bases (see this weeks Miniature above). Everything else gets based on solid oak bases (cubes or flat bases) as appropriate which I source from a couple of Ebay suppliers. The only exception being whatever my next door neighbours produces for me on his wood turning lathe.
Despite my OCD I still currently have a great many figures and models on random bases. Years ago I would have got rid of these but I have managed to stop myself from doing this even though whenever I look at them they don’t look right and drive me mad. Those that bug me the most are now all boxed up and stored!
Does this all make any sense? No of course it doesn’t. It’s completely fucking mental but in my head and in the world of TIM it all works a treat … for now!
Coronavirus – Self Isolation Week 9
Day 57 – I know newspapers need to fill column inches but if anything has annoyed me during this crisis so far it is them and the media at large. Once upon a time reporting was largely confined to what had factually happened locally or in the world at large. These days more than ever it is all speculation based on little more than gossip and it can be damaging. I’m all for free speach but I have no desire to listen to people who speak out of their arse. Here’s an idea. Instead of trying to guess all week what you think Boris will say in his press briefing at the weekend why not wait until the weekend when he will fucking tell us! Journalists should take up modelling to gain some patience.
Day 58 – I like “To do Lists” but they have to be manageable. So far I’m over achieving but then again the list is relatively small.
- Get Up
- Go back to bed
Day 59 – Tonight we logged into Zoom and participated in a village quiz run by Andy our vicar. It was great fun and we will do it again. It’s been a while since I have seen quite so many people pissed.
Day 60 – Some would argue that what is happening right now is the direct result of devine interventon. I think I am of that view. Today I found this which struck a cord.
Day 61 – While the world is closed for renovation I’m sure I am not alone in contemplating how things might look after we get through this. The image I have is a positive one of a greatly changed world. I just have this feeling that between the politicians, the do gooders and the “you can’t do that brigade” they are going to screw up the grand reopening.
Day 62 – It dawned on me to day that all those times when I said to the wife and kids “I don’t have the time” I was lying. I just didn’t want to do it.
Day 63 – Another week over. At the outset the most vulnerable were told 12 weeks of isolation. To be fare they had no idea what lay ahead and were dealing with the unknown. Right now it is looking like being a lot longer than envisaged. Still, chin up and all that. Week 10 beckons.
This week TIM has been listening to …
“Young Girl” by Gary Pucket and the Union Gap.
A YouTube random play list chucked this out at me. I was 10 I think when this came out and going on a week long school trip to a place called St Mary’s Bay. We all sang along as the battered old bus took us away. Happy days. Not sure about the lyrics in today’s world though!
This week TIM has been watching…
“Gladiator” starring Russel Crowe. Thought I’d unleash hell and watch this again.
If you eat cake quick enough your FitBit will think you’re walking.