TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 53)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


This weeks miniature is another Reaper figure which goes by the name of “Thorgram” and apparently he is a Dwarf Warlord.  Ordinarily this would not be a figure I would chose to buy and paint and I wouldn’t have done this one but for the fact I got it for free.  If you spend over £40.00 on the Reaper UK site you get to chose a free figure from the small selection they have every month.  I wasn’t overly inspired by what they had on offer but decided to get this one to have a better idea of the sort of thing some of you guys get up to.  As it turned out I rather enjoyed painting the little chap.  I don’t know if there any colour rules for Dwarf Warlords or not but I settled on the scheme below.



Well It Made Me Laugh …



The Mysterious Case Of The Partly Lost Mojo

Over the years I have lost my mojo on many occasions.  I’m not overly worried, it will come back, it always does.  It’s just a matter of time.  The thing is I have only lost part of it which does make the matter a little more unusual.

Right now I am happy painting figures and doing some very basic base work but for the moment I have lost all interest in dioramas of any size or description and I’m not entirely sure why.  I’m not short of ideas, I even have the figures to get started on one or two but I just cannot seem to be arsed.

The best conclusion I can reach is that I am missing my model club, competitions and shows.  For me all three provide a level of interaction and motivation which is important but has been lost to Coronavirus and the need for social distancing.  As much as I am happy to sit at my desk in isolation and paint I do like a bit of modelling banter with fellow enthusiasts from which invariably comes ideas and inspiration too.

I’m confident the situation will resolve itself with or without a change in the Covid-19 circumstances but until it does you will probably see figures rather than vignettes and dioramas for the next few weeks or so.


Coronavirus – Self Isolation Week 12

Day 78 – As I enter the twelfth week of isolation and reflect on the last eleven I am amazed that I continue to remain so positive, particulalry as this isn’t an attribute normally associated with me.  I’m not entirely sure why this is but I suspect a part of it has to do with the fact that the whole thing still does not seem real.  The death numbers tell a different story though and according to current numbers only Spain has a worst death rate per one million of population than we do in the UK.

Day 79 –  As lockdown rules continue to be relaxed in the UK so it appears via my TV screen that some new form or reality has begun.  Social interaction is back, albeit with social distancing, and before too long people will have put Covid-19 behind them.  In a matter of weeks, perhaps even days it will have been forgotten by many.  On a personal level the time is nearing to take personal stock of the situation and to assess how I want to try to live the remainder of my life.  I see that as a good thing not a depressing one.

Day 80 – As each day goes by the more convinced I am that I could and would given half the chance be happy to live even more remotely than I do.  A log cabin in the middle of nowhere would suit me down to the ground.  Unfortunatley She Who Must Be Obeyed is far from keen on the idea and unlikley to come with me on such a venture.  This could prove decisive in our 40 year relationship so in need of a contingency plan I have drafted the following advert for my local newspaper the Tavistock Times.

“Wanted, Jenna Coleman look a like (or the real one) to share wild nights in remote log cabin with ageing hunk.  Must like modelling and know how to skin a beaver.  No time wasters”

It needs a little refinement but otherwise I think I am there.  My bigger concern is will Jenna get to see it?

Day 81 – Woke this morning having dreamt I was in a log cabin watching Jenna skin her beaver.


Day 82 – Given the time of day I walk the dog I rarely see anyone at all but unfortunatley today I had the misfortune to encounter local pain in the arse Mad Martin as he came running towards me from the opposite direction.  As he ran passed he shouted out “Hi Dave” and I wittily replied with “Fuck off you wanker”.  For a brief moment it felt good to abuse the moron but then I realised he hadn’t heard me as he had his head phones in.  Bugger.  Better luck next time.

Day 83 – My wife’s hayfever is dreadfull.  Morning and night she sneezes constantly.  To make matters worse the sneezes are capable of registering on the Richter Scale and no amount of medication makes a difference.  If in the future there is ever the chance that the UK is invaded by an opposing military force and we have to hide and be quiet I hope to God it happens in the winter.

Day 84 – The last post.  No, not the end of the blog but the end of my Covid-19 diary.  At the outset the UK Government said those in the most vulnerable group would have to self isolate for 12 weeks.  My aim therefore was to keep this “diary”, if I can really call it that, going for the duration.  It is clear that my family’s isolation will continue for some while yet but many of you, most I hope, will be emerging from the gloom and darkness and will want to move on.  You don’t need me to remind you of this period. I may continue with a summary update, especially if my continued confinement prevents me from having anything else to say, but otherwise the diary is dead for now …. unless there is a second phase!


This week TIM has been listening to …

Rod Stewart.  Now I do like a bit of Rodney, he is one of my favourites.  A while back I am sure I featured “Maggie May” in a Musings so this time there was a need to go with a different track.  The problem was I found two and couldn’t decide what to feature so this week you lucky (or not so lucky if you don’t like Rodders) have a double bill.

Now I love live music and therefore like live recordings.   For me they sort the real muscians and singers from the studio enhanced ones.  Both these tracks are live performances.  The first is an acoustic version of “Mandolin Wind” with Ronnie Wood and the instrumentals on this track are awesome as far as I am concered.  The second is a performance of “Hot Legs” by Joss Stone featuring Rod.


This week TIM has been watching…

“The Stranger” and eight episode series on Netflix.  My daughter, She Who Must Be Obeyed 2, suggested this one to me.  It seems we share some things in common despite her teenage attempts to disown me by claiming she was adopted.  Turned out to be quite watchable.




Drinking can cause memory lose … or even worse, memory loss.



36 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 53)

  1. I’m not a big fan of dwarves but credit where credit is due. He’s very well done mate. Love all the little colourful details you’ve picked out. It’ll sort itself out eventually my friend and you’ll be back to dioramas before you know it

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    1. As figures go it was more enjoyable to do than I would have anticipated but I can’t see a scenario where I would use dwarves in a diorama. As for the partly lost mojo it will be back soon I am sure. I have some knights on order and am hoping they will kick start me.

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      1. I’ve gone for industrialising the painting process recently and now I think I’m going to regret it! I haven’t done much with fantasy but I did see some dwarves riding badgers the other day and thought I might invest! Too cute not too!

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  2. I liked your Dwarf King and particularly his green armor. With all of the tales out there about green armor, one wonders if the good king’s armor isn’t magical?

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      1. I can relate to you both. My issue is not having the time. I rarely finish work until bed time at present. However next week I get to throw my daughter back into the Corvus melting pot of nursery as it finally reopens. I probably shouldn’t be so happy but I think it’s needed both for her mental well being and mine!

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  3. Most dwarves i have seen, including one i painted way back all had Ginger hair and beard, i think it was the to show he was the leader, i really like the colours of yours though, i think the blue hair and green armour go together really well and you have put a lot of detail into him. I must admit i feel sort of cant be bothered ish myself, i can search the internet all day, view youtube all day and paint my models all day, what i find a bind is writing a blog for myself, i have started 3 now but cant be arsed to finish them, i sometimes just dont want to click onto the wordpress logo on my computer because i cant be bothered to read what others are doing, i just want to paint, hoping this will pass over but if it dont i am not bothered , if you manage to get jemma into your log cabin i will apply for planning for my cabin to be built at the side and can you ask her to bring a friend, female preferably.

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    1. If she’s got a sister you’re on! Ke

      Keeping a blog going can be a challenge and it’s not for everyone. I didn’t expect to keep this one going for as long as I have but I have always liked writing and this helps to keep my brain active. Your content has been interesting but you don’t have to post daily or weekly. Even if you only post briefly once a month many of of us would still be interested to know what you have been up to. 😊

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  4. That dwarf looks great and I think you really did a great job picking out the hairs in his beard. Truthfully, I’m not the biggest fan of Reaper minis though GW certainly doesn’t make many dwarves these days so you have to get dwarf sculpts somewhere! I hope that you’re able to get your diorama mojo back. I’d say keep doing what you enjoy most and eventually that will swing back around to dioramas!

    I’m working on a dwarf myself and I hope to show him off in about a week or two’s time depending on how long he takes to paint 🙂

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    1. The mojo will return, it always does. It just needs a spark and then I will be off and going again. I don’t think the lockdown has helped. Whilst it has been great to have so much time for modelling and painting a change can be as good as a rest but that simply hasn’t been possible of late. The good news is I am happy painting figures so not all bad. Looking forward to seeing your dwarf. Sorry to hear you aren’t so taken with Reaper but there are no rules, each to their own and all that. Besides there are so many great figures out there to choose from not to mention genre’s. So many options, so little time! 😊

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      1. I would think the modelling club is a big factor. That seems like it would be a big source of inspiration and enjoyment when it comes to painting and modelling both. I couldn’t agree more on Reaper. There are tons of great options out there and you have to just keep painting whatever resonates with you. I’ve seen some painters do great work with Reaper sculpts so I fully admit, that I may be the one missing out 🙂

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  5. The dwarf looks great! And as far as I’m concerned, the “rules” for Dwarf Warlords are similar to Mel Brooks’ rules for Louis XVI. I mean, if you’re painting him for a Dwarf Army you may want to be a little more strict, but as you’re not exactly doing that, I’d go with the Brooks’.
    If you’re interested in a dwarven diorama, perhaps this video might spark an idea?

    Your diary has been interesting to read, with it’s alternating sarcastic humour and real moments. Seems our politicians are all dead set on opening up and getting “back to normal” regardless of the consequences and how effective or ineffective they’ve been so far – so herd immunity it is!
    My work is already back to normal, which really does give me a warm and secure feeling of how expendable we all are to politicians who want tp keep the gears moving. I mean, I knew that anyway, but seeing it so nakedly obvious is another level….

    I’d suggest moving to New Zealand, but they’re not exactly letting anyone in right now.

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    1. Good point. With single figures, especially in the fantasy genre, I think you are free to do as you please. For armies on the other hand some consistency is needed. Will check out the YouTube video.

      The diary started with the intention of being a light hearted piece but the anger in me as things progressed saw it become increasingly sarcastic and political. This was doing my head in and getting away from the hobby side of things. Time to take a break for a while and calm myself down. Doubtless like Covid-19 it’ll be back!

      I’m all for relaxing the rules, some one has to put their head above the trench when the shooting stops to see what’s going on but not until it has stopped and not everyone! As far as I am concerned happy for them to act as guinea pigs.

      New Zealand would suit me fine. Trouble these days is trying to get in with so many rules and no sponsorship. Should have looked at it years ago when things were easier but I suspect my sons health condition would have proved a stumbling block.

      Life goes on.

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  6. I loved the diary thing mate and can see why it became a bit of a steam valve as this virus thing has played merry hell with most of us , one thing that has come out of it is you can now right some scripts for your new up and coming comedy series !! this will help you out whilst you are in the diorama doldrums .I cant think of a title but maybe something like “Martin goes Mad!!! you cant use Doc Marten as that’s been done and I wouldn’t think your Martin is a doctor.
    I hit the doldrums last year mate and it was only when I changed direction and did the Fantasy stuff did I come back with some enthusiasm ,so yeah when this shit is forgotten which it will be like you said you’ll be rare ring to go !!
    Maybe you new figure might help ,Question! , how long would it take you to paint one seeing’s how much detail you have to do !
    And I have to say Mandolin wind is one of my all-time favourite Rod Stewart songs .

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    1. Cheers Pat. It’s easy to go mad right now that’s for sure! Now a script writer is a job I would have liked to have done. Maybe in the next life.

      Funny you should say about a change in directon. The knights I ordered have arrived and I’m quite excited about doing them. I think I will do the first batch as single figures and if that goes well then a little diorama might get done too. Hopefully that will jump start me in to other things. Like all of us it’s a situation I have been in before so it will work itself out.

      As to Bonzo I reckon he must have taken upwards of 5 or 6 hours over a couple of days. I’m no speed painter that’s for sure.

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      1. Wow mate that’s a lot of effort ,but well worth it though! Ah knights I’m sure they will help you out mate, they have helped a lot of maidens out in the past I hear!

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  7. Another great figure – the dwarf is a burst of color (not overdone mind you at all). The face is just perfect. As IRO has said many times, you master the eyes.

    Skinning a beaver! 😜. Do you have them in the UK? There is a lodge in the pond behind my house.

    Always makes me think of this story:

    Glad you are still getting great work out like this dwarf! Dios will come!

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  8. I do like the look of a well painted dwarf (although I’ve hardly painted any myself, and none for a number of years – something I should fix in the near future I think). You’ve certainly done a great job here. Loved the picture of the fly, have already been sending that out to lots of people (including a good friend who really needed cheering up and that sort of thing is exactly her sense of humour so thanks – right place, right time and you unwittingly gave her a much needed laugh). Good luck with the log cabin, I have no doubt Jenna will read your ad (surely the Tavistock Times is required reading everywhere?).

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    1. Given the circumstances laughter is by far the best policy right now and every little helps in a world that is going madder by the day. Fortunatley my sanity remains unaffected and I am confident that Jenna and I have a wonderful future ahead of us. 🤗

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