TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 79)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


This weeks miniature is actually two figures for the price of one!  Sorting through my bits box I discovered a number of Dixon’s American Civil War Confederates which I had completely forgotten I had.  In all honesty I didn’t feel like painting them but then felt guilty and decided that I ought to make the effort to do so.   I divided them into two batches and committed myself to doing half in the coming weeks and half after a break, rewarding myself if you like.  Nothing much to say on these at all really.  Confederates provide a little more colour contrast than Unionists so I do prefer painting them.



Well It Made Me Laugh



Christmas Shopping

The pandemic has made Christmas shopping very difficult this year.  I’m stumped with what to buy She Who Must Be Obeyed and my son and daughter will not be easy either.  Then there is my mum and dad.  What do you buy an 89 and a 94 year old?  Well obviously something they can use straight away but narrowing it down doesn’t particularly solve the problem.  The thing is I really need to actually go to the shops but online shopping is going to be the order of the day.  Restrictions might be lifted but having spent so much time in lock down I’m not going to throw it all away by joining the mass hordes as they go mental shopping in the city. 

There is, however, some good news.  Whilst others might have to go without or settle for what can be bought on Amazon everything I want for Christmas can be purchased online.  Such is the beauty of our hobby.


Give Me Five

Back to the movies this week and the genre is Westerns.  OK it’s and age thing on my part but it’s also my blog!  Now this was tough because there are so many classic films to chose from.  I could have made this a top thirty list and still left loads out.  In the end I went for the films I can watch again and again.  It was still tough but my top five in no particular order are:

  1. Once Upon A Time In the West
  2. Shane
  3. Tombstone
  4. The Outlaw Josey Wales
  5. Dances With Wolves


This week TIM has been listening to …

“Only You” by Yazoo with Alison Moyet.  Before there was Adele there was Alison Moyet.  I hadn’t listened to her in a long time but I recently watched the final episode of The Office starring Ricky Gervais which featured this track and was then reminded that it was time I dug her music out.  


This week TIM has been watching …

“Tolkien” starring Nicholas Houston and Lily Collins.  As it turned out this film was interesting but not at all what I was expecting.  A love story and an historical drama which proved watchable but the moral of this tale is read the synopsis first.  Not a Hobbit or a Wizard to be found anywhere.   




Remember …

Don’t trust atoms, they make every thing up.



28 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 79)

  1. I think we all have figures squirreled away that we don’t even know we have, I found some old GW elves last week that I really don’t remember where I got them from (I nearly sent them to IRO as I know he loves his elves!!). Might have to paint them up just to annoy him 😉

    I always did like the Dixon ACW figure though they are a bit of an acquired taste, Love that joke by the way, that is a cracker! (now do I show my wife it??????).

    Top five Westerns….

    The Magnificent Seven
    Two Mules for Sister Sarah
    My Name is Trinity
    The Sons of Katie Elder
    Sam Whiskey

    Cheers Roger.

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  2. Very nice as ever. You may not be particularly excited about painting them but I’m excited about seeing them painted, if that’s any help! Aye, I think we’ve all got a few miniatures stashed around the house, you know – just in case the apocalypse happens and we all have to stay indoors for a year. I know it’s unlikely but it doesn’t hurt to plan for all eventualities right?

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  3. Excellent work on the models TIM, they look particularly dirty and war torn.
    Westerns is an interesting one, being old enough to remember them being a mainstay on TV, was partial to the spaghetti westerns with Clint Eastwood, and have enjoyed some of the more recent films as well.
    Yazoo, now there’s a blast from the past, and proof that it’s not all about stick thin barbie dolls, but the content is more important in music

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    1. Cheers Dave. I was brought up on the Old West in all its forms and for me it is where my painting and modelling journey began starting with Britains Swoppets and Airfix 1/72 figures along time ago. I love doing other stuff these days but I always return to my roots. 🙂

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  4. Great confederates mate. A lot of character in those sculpts. They look kinda chunky too which I like. I reckon you should get your mum and dad a skydiving voucher!! Ok top five westerns. 1. The outlaw Josey Wales. 2. Unforgiven 3. The Wild Bunch 4. Young Guns 5. Glory (I hope that counts as a western sorta/kinda) Honourable mentions go to The Magnificent Seven (old and remake), The good the bad and the ugly, tombstone.

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    1. Love the skydiving voucher idea if only because I might get what little inheritance I might be due earlier! Cannot fault your film list. I left so many out of my top five but it was fun remembering so many good films. At least it has given me plenty to rewatch! 🤗

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      1. When I watch a good older western it takes me straight back to my youth. I’d watch it with Dad on a Sunday while mum prepared the Sunday roast. Then after the movie and food I’d dig out my cowboys and Indians hehe.

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  5. I agree with IRO and was going to say the same thing about the character of them. That is my favorite part about, well that and their unusual poses. So many minis are marching or aiming their guns and it is nice to see something a little different. Great job painting these up as always too.

    I watched a lot of westerns growing up because my Dad really likes them but I don’t remember many of them anymore sadly. A few that I can remember liking are: A Few Dollars More, 3:10 to Yuma (a recent movie but a good one), and High Plains Drifter. I have a couple of westerns on my Christmas list this year including Tombstone which I hope I’ll get 🙂 I went to a place in Arizona where they filmed some of the movie a couple of years ago so I feel like I oughta watch that one now. I’ve read about Wyatt Earp recently too so I’ve really got no excuse!

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  6. The nice thing about the Dixon range is they have so many figures to choose from. Sometimes the proportions are a little off but that might just be the older figures because the company has been going for years. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Tombstone it’s a cracking film. A pretty accurate account too. If you ever get the chance to visit Tombstone itself or Monument Valley both are well worth it. One day I hope to visit again and get to a lot of other western places as well.

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  7. I’ll have to give Dixon a look as I’m not very familiar with them. I’m looking forward to watching Tombstone even more now and I have been to Monument Valley when I was young and while I didn’t fully appreciate it back then, as I get older, I am thankful to have gone and I hope to go back sometime. Hopefully when COVID is over, we can both get some traveling in 🙂

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  8. Thanks Dave! I have been working at bloody packing up some little bastards dioramas since six thirty this morning and I a wee bit tired and like the brilliant guy you are you knew I needed a fix from my lovely Allison whom I loved when I was a young man!! Brill song!
    I called Tech adviser to show here your humor for the week but she had already seen it as she follows you as well, bloody skiving of in my opinion, should have been helping the old man!

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      1. thanks mate ! packing and sorting out stuff is all I do!! Oh I managed to get an hour of painting done before tea! not much in two weeks eh! And you are right Fi is the tech adviser and will be living next door to us the adjacent block when she finishes the house and gets it towed from S.A. to Castlemaine. Sorry I’m a bit slack but everything is moving so quickly as we need to sell up as we have settlement coming up so quickly on the house we bought a month ago! AHH!

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      2. Impressed you are commenting at all Pat given you are up to your eyes. Exciting times but busy too as I know from my own experiences. Things will settle down in due course and it must be nice to know you will have Tech Adviser next door. Say hi to her and I will keep an eye on her blog. 🙂

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      3. Cheers mate, I’m being squeezed into the corner at the moment with just the computer and a small desk for painting but its all I need for the moment! after packing and cleaning its good to check out some post and wind down.
        I told Tech A you said hi and said that like me she isn’t posting much at the moment either!!! poor excuse eh!

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  9. I am late in response here but what a wonderful post. My excuse for lateness is the wonderful interview you had with IRO. Enjoyed every minute of it, and understand I listened while trying to find a place to get a tire (you call ’em tyres) inflated in 24 degree Fahrenheit weather – so I enjoyed staying in the warm car! Kudos. As for the figures, well done and wonderfully shaded. Of course their cause was horrible, but they need to be painted as history should be learned and not erased. Really liked these, especially the wounded guy – painting the wounded head under the hand was brilliant. I get your challenge with present buying for the folks – and makes me remember that last year about this time I took my Dad shopping for my Mom for what turned out to be the last time. You’re so blessed to still have them of course. Maybe skydiving is not the right choice, but I’m sure you’ll choose well. Now I thought the band was Yaz as that is what it’s known here – not knowing it was called Yazoo over there – still a wonderful song that I hear often on the satellite radio. On the Western movies list:

    1. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    2. High Plains Drifter
    3. A Fistful of Dollars
    4. The Horse Soldiers
    5. Fort Apache
    Honorable Mention: Cowboys and Aliens

    And glad to see you saw Tolkien. I watched it on HBO and quote enjoyed it, as I really loved the insights into his WWI experiences and his fascination with languages. Also was unaware of his being sponsored by the Church as a young man – and it was nice to see Colm Meaney again. He played one of my favorite characters on Star Trek TNG and DS9 – (he made dioramas on DS9 and played with them like us!).

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    1. The podcast was fun Mark and as you know from your one IRO is a cool guy to chat to. The ACW was a brutal war and some how with anything that is related to real life the figures take on a whole new meaning when I paint them. The same can be said for WW1 when I did those. Unfortunately government guidelines mean I won’t be seeing my mum and dad this year. It is the right thing to do but I hope it doesn’t turnout to be the last for anyone and we get together again soon.

      Good film choices there and glad you enjoyed Tolkien too, like you I found it insightful.

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