TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 59)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


This weeks figure is from Crooked Dice and goes by the name of “Talia Torino”.  A nice little paint job but I got stuck with how to make the base a little more interesting.   A rather dull basic tarmac was the order of the day but I really wanted to inject a little colour.  A look at a few race track images gave me the idea for a small piece of red and white edging.



Well It Made Me Laugh …



Model Shows

It will soon be time for IPMS to decide what, if anything, is going to happen in respect of this years Telford show.  Whilst the event doesn’t take place until November the level of organisation is huge.  If it does go ahead in any shape or form I suspect it will be a very diluted affair.  It is hard to see how international participants and visitors will be able to travel and social distancing for such a large and popular event will be challenging to say the least.

Model shows are one of few things I have missed since the Coronavirus took its deathly grip and I went into self isolation.  In some ways that feels like an odd thing to say because it was only 3 years ago that I really started attending them.  I didn’t appreciate at the time how important these events would become to me.  They are a great source of inspiration, motivation and banter and I miss it.  Insignificant in the bigger scheme of things I know but I do hope this aspect of my life can return sooner rather than later.  Meanwhile thank goodness for the blog.


Coronavirus Update

After nearly 5 months  of self isolation I ventured down to the town for the first time.  Boy had it changed.  Outside there were cones everywhere to ensure pedestrian safe distancing and people wearing masks or crossing the road to avoid each other.  Inside 2 metre signage covers the floors, perspex screens are everywhere, you cannot browse easily and offering cash to pay is unacceptable.  I get it and I understand it but I don’t like it.

These changes will be with us for some time, they may even become permanent but I don’t think I want to adapt to living with them.  These steps, as necessary as they are, have moved the world on and I don’t like the way the world looks at the moment.  I am sure I will go into town again but it will be for emergencies only and when I cannot get what I want online.  I was quite happy in lockdown and self isolation so I shall return to it until the world returns, if it ever does, to something I want to be a part of.

As someone who loves the Old West period living as a Homesteader and occasionally saddling my horse or hitching the team to the wagon to venture into town once a month or so works for me.


This week TIM has been listening to …

“All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers.  Great track.



This week TIM has been watching…

“Uncle Buck” starring the late John Candy.  Continuing to work my way through my John Hughes collection.




If you don’t pay your exorcist you will get repossessed.



26 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 59)

  1. Love her racing slick color, perfect. The track addition was inspired. My only suggestion would be to have her have some sign of oil or grime as a racer – but I guess this was before hitting the track.

    As for the COVID changes, only time will tell of course if they will endure. My guess it will take time, but this will pass. I picked a hell of a time to be elected as the chairman of my town’s board of health!

    More concerning to me is the dire situation in my country posed by anarchists and their enabling political allies who are facilitating the burning and looting of our major cities. It’s appalling, and will not end well.

    Sorry for the tangent, I’m glad I live in rural New England!

    Cheers, stay safe, and drinking with you is on my bucket list.

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    1. Glad you like the figure. I have to say things don’t look good in the states based on our news coverage. As with here some people just refuse to understand. If only the virus could mutate in such a way that it could attack only those people the world would be a better place.

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  2. I like the way you’ve done her hair. She’s a nice sculpt actually. The world has definitely changed my friend. We might be in lockdown until after Christmas now. Masks are compulsory as of today but I was still seeing a lot of people without them. I’ve only been to one model show but it was more of a market. Maybe one day I’ll be able to tag along with to yours aye cobber 👍🏼🤘🏼

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  3. You picked an absolutely fantastic colour for her Dave, love also the addition of the curbing too, a small fire extinguisher would have looked ok too .
    I can’t understand the people that seem to think it’s gone away, lots of top scientists and professors are going on about a second wave in the winter, I hope it only effects the twats that won’t conform to rules..

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  4. I think your work on the goggles is pretty darn clever mate ,painting transparent article I put it in the same category as flames so well done.
    I’m a bit pissed off that I’m in essential and I working flat out (so no more modelling time!)I know it’s only nine months to quitting time!!!
    We had to lay of the old part-time guy (from South Hampton ) but that was no loss as he was a bit like those Marxist’s you and the lads were talking about on Redcaer’s post.

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    1. Thanks Pat. As for being an essential worker mate just remember the whole Australian economy rest on your shoulders 😉. In all seriousness it is a bummer but as you say only nine months to go made all the more bearable having got rid of the plank. Hang on in there mate. 😊

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  5. Should be a simple, boring mini…but your work really brought her to life. Nice work on the hair and outfit. Understated.

    I like The Killers quite a bit. Kinda had my fill for awhile, but I spin up their tunes now and again.

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  6. This is another great piece and I think the base really gives you a sense of the setting too. My Dad is a big racing fan and so I had my fair share of trips to racing courses growing up 🙂 I really appreciate how you’re always changing up the subjects you’re painting too. I’m sure the variety helps keep it interesting!

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    1. Truth is I get bored very easily and prefer to dip into things as they take my fancy. Three or four models of a certain genre and I have had my fill. Doesn’t mean I wont return to it again at some point but I have a compelling need for variety.

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      1. I can relate to that! I tend to struggle with a single model that takes a long time to paint for that reason. I like to change things up as much as I can to keep things fresh too.

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