TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 50)

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.

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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.

  1. Get Up
  2. Survive
  3. 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.



27 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 50)

  1. Good stuff mate – Ray rocks of course, and I hear you with the collecting mentality… I do enjoy rounding up a complete range or boxed set and getting them painted… Your little poster about the virus being a practice is spot on too – lockdown is a valid strategy for dealing with climate change… hopefully lessons will be learned to improve the sucky bits!

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      1. Nice post TIM. I don’t normally respond to political stuff on hobby blogs but I thought I would put in my view. I have been saying for years that all political action on climate change is symbolic, even the proposals of the “green” parties. What is needed is either: 1. Complete shut down, or 2. Don’t try to stop it just try to deal with a hotter world (doable imo). Anything in between is bullshit (as is not believing in it). I question if people are really prepared to go through with option 1 though….

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      2. Under normal circumstances I would leave the politics out of the blog or at the very least keep it light hearted but after nearly 11 weeks of lockdown the subject has essentially taken over my life. I cannot do much else even if I wanted to. Wearing my positive hat I think this whole SAGA (see how I managed to get a modelling reference in there?) has provided a wealth of information on sustainability and environmental issues which we can learn from. Putting on my negative hat (I prefer to think of it as my realistic hat) I fear it will all be forgotten very quickly as people strive to get back to the good old bad old days. Very much like you I think everything in between is just playing at it.

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  2. Sadly, I think it’s clear from all too many of our leaders that nothing will change. How many are trying to declare it “over” via their actions before Wave 1 is really finished.
    Day 58 is what it’s all about, really. I wish us all luck.

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  3. He’s got red on him as well! Nice work on Ray, you’re starting to get quite the Simon Pegg collection there.

    I know what you mean about the press coverage, especially as most of the public prefer the game of looking back at what Boris just said and trying to figure out what he was on about, second guessing what’s he’s going to say in the future is too big a challenge for any of us 😉
    The media coverage up here isn’t great either, pretty much everything is framed through a British Nationalist/Anti-Independence lens so the lead story is always “Why oh why aren’t we doing exactly the same as they are in England?” (because obviously undermining the advice of medical experts in one country because politicians in a different country have decided to do something different is a really bloody helpful thing to do at a time of crisis…)

    Here’s to hoping that we do collectively get our heads out of our arses and use this crisis to change tack and make a better society but sadly too many world leaders are rushing to get back to the way things were. Personally I don’t think we can or should ever go back but I would like it if we could get some of the good things from the old days back again, it must be possible to sit in a pub with our mates without fucking up the planet in the process.

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    1. Like you I fear our return for what passes for normal is at a pace that feels contrary to having been in lock down for so long. Money and economics is starting to talk as it inevitably does. Personally I’m going nowhere due to my son so what will be will be and I will continue to keep an eye on the situation and apply my own common sense. The optimist in me says the world could be a better place on so many levels but the realist says not. My pessimism says we are fucked for years to come! The sooner we can get back to the pub and put the world to rights over a pint or two the better! 😊

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      1. Exactly, if blokes in pubs can’t plan out our brave new world then I fear for it, I really do. Blokes in pubs have been setting the world to rights for generations, and now that the moment has arrived and we need their wisdom most of all they’re not allowed out! (It goes without saying that if this lockdown ever ends and you find yourself in the far off frozen north I’d join you for a pint and we could be two of those wise blokes in a pub). Glad that you and your son are keeping safe anyway, staying home and seeing how things pan out seems to be the wise move for all of us right now.

        I’ve been thinking about the OCD part of your post and trying to psychoanalyse myself (a dangerous business!) and work out where mine lies. I suspect it has a lot to do with what proportion of a certain range of models I already own. For example if a really nice miniature is released for a range that I already own multiple models for then I’m more likely to add it to the collection than I am an equally nice miniature for a range that I don’t own any of or very few of. Equally if something is released which looks a bit rubbish and it fits into a range which I only own a small proportion of I’m likely to dismiss it, whereas if it falls into a range that I already have almost all of (and especially if it’s the only thing I don’t have) then the salesmen will get their hooks into me far more easily than the model itself deserves.

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      2. Scotland could well be on the holiday list and if it materializes I’ll let you know as the idea of a pint and putting the world to rights is very appealing. I have no doubt we could do a great job of getting the country back on its feet . On the subject of OCD, and after an exchange of comments with IRO, he has added the topic to his podcast list. He realised after seeing what I had written that he too is a victim. Will be interestimg to hear his take but in the meanwhile it is good to know I am not alone! 😊

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  4. Haha I like Day 62. As I was reading all about your OCD I started chuckling. At first I thought I was chuckling at your madness. Then I realised I was chuckling at my own madness because I was agreeing with everything you were saying. Love the mini… and yes it goes without saying that I especially like the blood 😊

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  5. I love that! He seems to have some red on him though 🙂

    Yours is probably the most lifelike painting of this sculpt that I’ve ever seen; it’s almost hard to believe that ‘Ray’ is only about an inch tall.

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    1. Haha, yes just a hint of red! The point about height is a good one. The photo’s we all put up make the figures appear bigger and exaggerate any flaws and imperfections. Easy to forget that they are so small and all look awesome with the naked eye.


    1. Interesting article Mark. I suspect there will be a lot of government reviews once the worst is over. I’ve been keeping an eye on Sweden and their death rate per million of population is much lower than the UK and they haven’t adopted the same measures. That said it is only one comparison and there are many diffrences between them and us. Always easy to be wise after the event as our politicians will doubtless demonstrate!

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  6. Love the mini, and the sculpt is amazing, with that stance he could lead England one of these days.
    I’m pleased I am not a politician, the amount of really stupid questions these journalists ask is really annoying and I would just want to say ‘ are you effing real’ like what date will the virus be gone, what a twat, really pisses me off.
    Gary Puckett, wow not heard that for years, he did one called lady willpower too, it was exactly the same music just different lyrics..

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    1. I think part of the problem is there is no news other than Covid-19. It’s not just the confinement that makes it feel like Groundhog Day but the same old questions bejng asked too. Funny about Lady Willpower as I was listening to that as well and as you say just a change in lyrics really.


  7. Great mini Dave. Living in Scotland it was really funny when we went against Boris… every single reporter Asked the first Minister what was happening in England. I got the chance to be in Gladiator and turned it down 😭😭😭😭😭😭

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