Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!
A straight forward figure this week, a little Hasslefree chap who goes by the name of “Finn”. Nothing much to say, just another figure from the pile of lead that I have been working my way through. Originally intended for a diorama which I lost interest in but a nice little figure in its own right. Images make his jeans look a little to glossy but having taken another look they are quite matt in the flesh so not sure what has happend there.
Well It Made Me Laugh …
Perfection or Imperfection?
When I buy a new pair of Levi jeans they are perfect. They have never been worn and they are stiff and unfaded. Perfect but I don’t like them. Only when they have been worn in, become less stiff and more than a little faded do they become perfect as far as I am concerned.
And so it is with figures that I paint.
I could, if I choose to, paint all my figures in nice sharp colours and end up with the modelling equivalent of a new pair of Levi’s but would it look right? In some cases the answer is yes. For example a soldier on the parade ground would probably look imaculate but in a combat situation would that still be the case? For me the answer is no but I accept that some people like the figures unweathered, I just don’t happen to be one of those people.
Personally I like weathering as it adds realism to the figure subject of course to composition and basing. Perfection in imperfection is how I see it, like a nice worn in pair of jeans.
The End of the Lead Pile!
My lead pile is no more.
No I haven’t finished all the models that I have and if I am being honest I never will. Nor before anyone asks I haven’t given them all away either. Instead I have simply renamed these never to be painted (by me) figures the “Investment Pile”.
The way I see it, left unpainted and kept safe and hidden for a number of years, they will one day be worth a small fortune. One day future figure painters tired of 3D printed plastic will spend their cash to acquire old metal figures. Think vinyl records.
Am I being delusional? Almost certainly but for now at least I no longer have a lead pile.
This week TIM has been listening to …
“Morning Glory” by Oasis. Been a while since I listened to this album and had forgotten how good it was.
This week TIM has been watching…
“The Fall” series 1, 2 and 3 starring Gillian Anderson. Missed this series first time around but caught up on it on Netflix. An excellent programme and well worth a watch.
If a book hits you on the head you may have only your shelf to blame.