TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 87)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


This weeks miniature is another Knuckleduster figure and my last one, well for now at least anyway.  This little chap goes by the name of “Valentine” and is based on the character Liberty Valance played by Lee Marvin in the film “Who Shot Liberty Valance” which also starred John Wayne and James Stewart.

The figure is the 4th of the six figures in the “Bad Guys” faction.  I will get around to doing the other two at some point but for now I feel the urge to paint something different.



Well It Made Me Laugh



The Wednesday Whinge

I’m thinking of making this a new feature.  Bottled up indoors as we go through probably our longest and most dangerous lockdown in the UK I feel the need to vent my spleen on somethings which make my blood boil.  If I don’t get some of them off my chest I will simply explode.

Will you agree with the my rantings?  Possibly, possibly not but please bare the following in mind.  Firstly, my aim is to get things off of my chest, in other words this is therapy for me and not to be confused with rational behaviour.  Secondly, I am always willing to concede to a better argument or explanation as to why I might be wrong in my ranting.  Worst case scenario we can agree to disagree.  In any event we will kick off next week.


Give Me Five

As we are in Fembruay I thought it only right an proper to consider the best 5 female movie characters having done the chaps a week or so ago.  In no particular order my top 5 are:

  1. Sarah Connor – Linda Hamilton, Terminator franchise
  2. Ellen Ripley – Sigourney Weaver, Alien franchise
  3. Clarice Starling – Jodie Foster, Silence of the Lambs
  4. Hermione Granger – Emma Watson, Harry Potter franchise
  5. Katniss Everdeen – Jennifer Lawrence, Hunger Games franchise


This week TIM has been listening to …

“Mama Weer All Crazee Now” by Slade.  I felt the need for a return to my teens and to clear my head with a good blast of loud music.  Classic BBC Top of the Pops recording with no speakers or anything plugged in!


This week TIM has been watching …

“The Serpent” starring Jenna Coleman.  Given my on/off love affair with Jenna Coleman (she’s not phoning me again at the moment!) I was always going to give this eight part mini series ago.  Based on a true story it is a little creepy at times and you do have to concentrate because it jumps backwards and forwards all over the place.  Nevertheless an excellent watch in my opinion



Remember …

Every time you talk to your wife the conversation will be recorded for training and quality purposes.



31 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 87)

  1. Another excellent looking cowboy TIM, you can tell they are a passion of yours.
    5 actresses
    Ripley Sigourney Weaver, alien franchise.
    Scarlett Johansson as LUCY or Black Widow Marvel franchise
    Virginia Hay as warrior woman in Mad Max 2
    Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.
    Joanne Whalley as Sorsha in Willow

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  2. Very nice mini! 🙂 I’m so glad I don’t have to paint stripey clothing, because I could not match the quality of yours! Not sure about top female characters (and to be fair I didn’t have much of a clue about the male ones either) but Geena Davis was spot on in The Long Kiss Goodnight, as was Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris in John Carter (a much maligned film it seems, but I thought it was great)!

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  3. Great work here, I must say the double belt, gun belf over normal trouser has come out really well, it looks a very trick bit to get looking good.
    And having a bit of a rant at the moment seems like a very good idea, getting stuff off your chest is good.
    On the movies I agree with all saze the hunger games, was never a fan really. I’d replace with Summer Glau that played River in Serenity / fire file, a believable crazzy act is hard.

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      1. Same here on the lockdown front, it seems to be getting harder somehow, I hope the rant helps!
        If you have not seen the series Fire Fly you need to watch it, its a “space western” short 1 season ending in a film called Serenity, I think it would be up your street.

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  4. Have I wandered into the AGM of the John Carter Appreciation Society? Put me down as another one who really enjoyed that film, never understood why so many people seemed to hate it. I’d second lordcommandereloth on recommending Firefly, a strong contender to be my favourite sci-fi series of all time. I think it would definitely be your cup of tea. It combines Westerns with Sci-fi without feeling forced, just a real shame they never made more of them.. Any of the female crew members would be contenders for my top 5. Completely agree on Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley as well (although I’d have them in the opposite order). I’ll have to give the rest of my list some thought.

    Looking forward to your rant next week, you can’t beat a good rant, better out than in and all that. Oh, and cracking work on Liberty Valance of course!

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    1. Will check out Firefly. Have added it to my lockdown viewing list but think it is on Netflix so I will have to resubscribe for a month again and have a binge. 🙂 I think I’m more sold on the female actresses than the western link though! 😉 Inevitably my rants will divide opinion I suspect buy hey, it’s got to be done or I will lose the one marble I have left!

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  5. The excellent Western minis just keep on coming! I really like the colors you chose (even if you cribbed them from the movie!) as they work together well. You’re becoming a master of the pinstripe as well. Maybe some 1920’s gangsters would be a fun use of that skill in the future?

    I wonder if I’ve seen “Who Shot Liberty Valance”… I saw a lot of John Wayne movies as a child because my Dad likes them but they didn’t really speak to me too much at the time and as I’ve gotten older, I tend to view John Wayne westerns negatively compared to more modern ones. Would you recommend that revisiting that movie?

    I look forward to your rant next week and I’d call this a pretty safe space to share such feelings as well 🙂 If you do give Firefly/Serenity a try, let us know what you think. I actually don’t like either all that much but I strangely took a college class where we watched and analyzed them so that may have a little something to do with it 🙂

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    1. Yes, 1920’s mobsters would be a good pinstripe genre for sure, something to have a look at. As with lots of films some old ones stand the time better than others. I still enjoy many old westerns purely from a nostalgia point of view but in truth the acting and story lines often leave a lot to be desired. More recent westerns generally make for better viewing in my opinion so I think you would be better off watching those. Will check out Firefly. 🙂

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  6. Your freehand striping is superb and the figure looks great. Looking forward to what you tackle next. I admire your decision to tackle the challenge of ranting. We all need to blow off steam. I hope that you avoid getting a lot of trolling negativity and blowback as that to me is a waste of time to deal with. I am however a strong believer in free speech, and will support your right to say whatever you want. And probably agree with most too. As far as the list:

    1. Ripley (Alien) Sigourney Weaver
    2. Red Sonja (Brigitte Nielson)
    3. Valeria (Sandahl Bergman)
    4. Zula (Grace Jones)
    5. Sarah Conner (Linda Hamilton)

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  7. Oooh Valentine is my favourite so far mate. The colours really pop and I like the sculpt and stance too. It’s always good to get things off your chest… I struggled to get one female fan off my chest just this morning haha. Seriously though, it’s good to get things out mate so let loose and rant/whinge away! I think it’ll be a good thing for you to do especially, as you say, for this lockdown. Ok my five female characters would be 1. Matilda – Leon (The professional) played by Natalie Portman. 2. Princess Leia – Star Wars played by the late Carrie Fisher (she was also awesome in The Blues Brothers). 3. Amelie from the movie of the same name played by Audrey Tautou. 4. Ellen Ripley (same as you). 5 Furiosa – Mad Max Fury Road played by Charlise Theron

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  8. Valentine is great, I can see a bit of the Lee Marvin in there too. Always nice to see your Western minis work.

    Female actors, like most actors…they all kind of come and go for me. Natalie Portman is a good one, but I can’t say I’ve liked her in much of anything since Black Swan. Charlize Theron, still pulled it off in Mad Max and in Atomic Blonde.
    Sigourney was amazing in a lot of roles throughout the 80s, best known for Alien/s though. I’d also agree with IRO on Audrey Tatou. And would add Juliette Binoche to the list. Guess that makes 5!

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