Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!
This is my last post before Christmas so let me start by wishing everyone who reads this a very Merry Christmas. This year has been difficult for us all and I will reflect more on that at year end, in the meanwhile I hope you and yours have a truly great time or at least as good as the circumstances allow. I should also add that there will be no Saturday post from me this week as it is Boxing Day and I plan to sit down, eat, drink and watch back to back films!
As far as this weeks miniatures go all I have to offer is two more Dixon Confederates. The good news is there are now only two more in my little pile to do. As far as these two go they were just a run of the mill paint job and as Forrest Gump would say “That’s all I have to say about that”.
Well It Made Me Laugh
Christmas Past. Present and Future
I appreciate this will sound like Bah Humbug but Christmas Present for me leaves a great deal to be desired. I love the food and drink and am happy to see family and friends and play a few games and watch the telly. I really want to enjoy the occasion and to some extent I will but in truth Christmas Present isn’t that great.
My family is all grown up and this year Covid-19 has pretty much put a block on virtually all the things we would typically do in the lead up to the festive period. Accordingly I am left with the fondest of memories of Christmas Past from when I was a kid to when my own kids were young. Christmas is for kids after all and right now little children do not feature in my family. Hopefully, and all in good time, Christmas Future will address this.
In the meanwhile my only option is to act like a big kid myself. If Father Christmas does not bring me what I want I will throw a tantrum!
A shout out to Mark A Morin to say a big thank you for two packs of Thunderbolt Mountain figures which he kindly sent me recently. Not a manufacturer I had ever heard of but Mark provided the historic details and some amazing information on the sculptor (as only Mark can). Having been bequeathed them himself but knowing he would never get round to doing them he kindly wondered if I might be interested and duly posted them to me all the way from the good old US of A.
The sculpts are quite different from what I normally do and the scale is a little smaller but I certainly aim to have a crack at one of the sets in the fullness of time. Thanks again Mark, very kind of you.
If you want to see why Mark hasn’t got the time to do them himself then check out his blog by following the link above to see what he has been up to on his Aztec project.
Give Me Five
I couldn’t ignore the time of year so this week I have gone for my 5 best Christmas films. Not a huge list to choose from but I actually had to leave out a couple of films that I really like. Decisions must however be made and as such here are my top five in no particular order.
- Love Actually
- Die Hard
- Home Alone
- It’s A Wonderful Life
- Last Christmas
This week TIM has been listening to …
“Happy Christmas War Is Over” by John Lennon. Being Christmas I thought it appropriate to have a festive song this week and as December 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of his death outside the Dakota building in New York I couldn’t think of a more appropriate song. R.I.P. John Lennon.
This week TIM has been watching …
“Motherless Brooklyn” starring Edward Norton who also directed the film. Not the greatest plot but not a bad film despite that. Worth a watch in my opinion if only for some fantastic acting by Norton himself.
If your wife says you are a skeptic don’t believe a word she says.