TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 54)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


This weeks miniature goes by the name “Turanil” and according to Reaper he is an Elf Paladin.  It is a two piece model, the shield being separate.  A lovely lot of detail to pick out made this one a pleasure to paint.




Well It Made Me Laugh …



Hobby Cost

I belong to what I suspect is a rare breed of people.  Each month I reconcile my bank and credit card statements.  I have been doing so ever since I started work.  I didn’t earn a lot of money back then and the idea of running up debt, spending what I didn’t have, was a concern to me.  These days some people do not seem to care about such things but each to their own.

So why mention this?  Well only because I couldn’t believe how much I had spent on modelling bits and bobs in the last month.  Self isolation has been the biggest driver of course but the money is there to pay for it so all in all it’s no big deal.  I say it’s no big deal but She Who Must Be Obeyed would doubtless make it one if she knew.  Which of course is another reason why I reconcile the statements.  If I didn’t she would!


Interesting Sites?

You may recall I recently posted a review on Dixon’s Miniatures, one of my favourite online stores.  Now I am pretty sure I am not alone in having preferred suppliers but once upon a time they all began life as sites I simply found from surfing the net.  Typically any site I think might be of interest, either now or at some point in the future, I bookmark as and when I find them.  The reality is I have rarely, if ever, bought anything from most of these sites.  That’s not to say they are no good, it’s more likely that I have forgotten them or what I found that interested me no longer does.

The thing is these sites don’t justify a review in their own right, not by me at least, but they may hold an interest for others and therefore could be worthy of sharing.  Some of them you may already be familiar with, others you may not.  In any event as I trawl through my bookmarks I have decided to share some of them with you through my weekly musings.  I may start next week.


This week TIM has been listening to …

“Angels” – A live version (after a brief intro) performed in front of an amazing Wembley crowd at a Taylor Swift concert at which Robbie made a surprise (I expect Taylor knew he was going to be there) guest appearance.



This week TIM has been watching…

Ricky Gervais in “Extras” – Series 1 and 2.

It seems to me that you either love or hate Ricky Gervais, rather like Marmite (Vegemite).  Personally I love him.  For me he is the best in his business by a country mile.  Whether we are talking sitcom’s, stand-up or award ceremonies this guy is the dogs bollocks as far as I am concerned.  He says it the way it is and no subject is out of bounds.  I do get why peolple don’t like him and why he divides opinion, She Who Must Be Obeyed for example can’t stand him (but what does she know?).




If your wife asks you to whisper dirty things in her ear it’s best not to use words like kitchen or bathroom!



24 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 54)

  1. Money can indeed sour the hobby. I came into a friend’s room a few years ago only to hear my wife and family discussing how much my minis were worth and who to sell them to at my demise!!
    Great work on the peacock elf- that shield is something else!

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      1. Maybe if you guys are lucky, you’ll be dug up in 4,000 years or so and all of your miniatures and assorted hobby stuff will be put in a museum at Great Treasures of Antiquity!

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  2. I loved Extras. Especially the episode with Ben Stiller. Very funny. RV’s Derek and his newer series called After Life are really good too. I really like the shield on the mini mate. Excellently done. I think a bit of retail therapy in times of strife is ok mate.

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    1. I agree, I really like that shield as well. It is so pretty, if I were that elf, I’d either probably dodge or parry with my sword rather than block with my shield because I wouldn’t want to have it marred by some filthy human or hobgoblin scum or I’d have spells cast upon it to make it so that said scums’ mundane weapons couldn’t damage it (these elves can be clever) or I’d learn a spell so I could keep it fixed and pretty, etc.

      I also like seeing more of that green armor you do and the blue on the cloak is also very nice.

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  3. Nice work on that elf, the whole model is great but that shield is particularly tasty. I presume it’s sculpted detail (if you freehanded the peacock my amazement will know no bounds!).
    I’m like you when it comes to the finances, I never could understand people getting into debt if they don’t have to (misfortune is a different thing – I’ve been skint myself, but why risk it if you don’t have to, I don’t think I’d be able to sleep at night if I didn’t know there was some kind of safety net in the bank). That said I do spend more on this hobby than I ought to, but it’s the only expensive hobby that I have and life is for living, if you have the money to pay for it then indulge yourself, we all need some treats to keep our spirits up as the world goes to hell 😉 Speaking of which, enjoy your cottage pie!

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    1. The shield is indeed sculpted so I am sorry to say I score no points for freehand on this occasion. Modelling is my only real vice (I don’t count drinking, womanizing and football as they are not solo activities) so like most of us I don’t much care what I spend on it, life is simply to short. Apparently I’m on a promise tomorrow, hopefully the shepherds pie will keep! 😊

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  4. That is a very nice paintjob on a very nice miniature. It’s quite unusual to see an elf miniature with such an otherworldly face; most of them just look like people with pointy ears. The shield also looks great.

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  5. That Elf sculpt looks like a good one from Reaper. To me, it seems to be channeling a bit of Games Workshop’s old High Elves from Warhammer but the peacock shield is something unique and seems appropriate for elves to wear/use. Nice job painting the little details on it. The painting on the cloak looks nice and smooth too.

    I prefer the American version of The Office (because I would, wouldn’t I?) but I rate Ricky Gervais as a comedian. Jimmy Carr is another Brit that is a bit underrated here in the states but I enjoy him and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

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  6. Great Elf and really well painted mate, oh and here is a surprise for you mate, give me marmite over vegemite any day! no wonder our American friends think we are mad eating it!

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  7. Loving the colourful work on the Elf Paladin there! I do have to say though – Marmite is horrible. Not like Vegemite which is godly.
    As for Ricky, I love him most of the time, but Extras just left me cold for some reason, despite really wanting to like it…

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