TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 92)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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Another of my leftover and forgotten Footsore Baron’s War figures.  I still have another four foot figures to do and a couple of mounted figures as well.  Each one done I’ll consider a bonus but I have a sneaky feeling I’m going to get bored with these long before I finish them and if I don’t you guys certainly will.  I might have to look at what else is in my pile which, with a push, I might be inspired to do.  Failing that I might have to resort to buying something new. It’s a tried and tested method that has always worked in the past and I can’t see it letting me down! 😉

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Wednesday Whinge

Let me say up front that I am not anti Human rights but like other policies, Health and Safety springs to mind, there are grey areas.  In this instance my issue is a simple one, when does one persons human rights become detrimental the human rights of another?  The latest example of this is the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Within the UK there are a number of people, not exclusively ethnic or religious groups although they do make up a large proportion from what I understand, who are refusing to have the vaccine.  Personally I couldn’t care less if these individuals do not have the vaccine.  If they want to risk their own lives they are more than welcome to.  It is their human right to refuse the jab and if they die of Covid then they might be sadly missed by others but they won’t be missed by me.  But what about the human rights of others?  Are people not entitled to walk around feeling safe?  Should NHS front line workers continue to be at risk just because some people won’t have the vaccine?

Ignorance and fake news has played a significant part in raising concerns over the safety of the vaccine and its side effects but hopefully most people will eventually see the light.  Personally I just think the vaccine should be made compulsory but of course plenty of people will jump on the band wagon and say you can’t.  That’s fine, just don’t expect the NHS to bale you out.   

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Give Me Five

This week I decided to choose my top 5 sitcoms.  It took all of a few seconds to realise this was going to be impossible unless I split it between the UK and the US so this week I have gone with the UK and next week we can do the US.  I still found it very, very difficult as so many shows have made me laugh out loud over the years.  In no particular order I settled on the following:

  1. The Office
  2. Extras
  3. Only Fools and Horses
  4. Fawlty Towers
  5. The Inbetweeners

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“The Jean Genie” by David Bowie.  Classic track from one of my absolute favourite performers.  Sadly no longer with us but his music lives on.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Ivanhoe” starring Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor.  The original film adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel.  Thought I would sit down and watch a classic.  In truth the acting is dire and the quality of the filming and effects are little better.  The story is still a classic though and the young Elizabeth Taylor remains for me the most beautiful women of her generation.

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Remember …

If at first you don’t succeed it’s only attempted murder.

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TIM

22 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 92)

  1. Yup, I completely agree with you on the Wednesday Whinge. It’s not just the Covid either, there seems to be an attitude that the “feelings” of one group should be regarded as more important than the physical safety of others. Ultimately this just stirs up hatred and division in society, especially when people see authority figures pandering to selfish bullies at the expense of the safety of themselves or their loved ones. I could give other examples but I’d better not in case Scot Gov declares it to be hate speech…

    Anyway, the knight looks great and although I can completely sympathise with you if you’re getting bored of painting them I’m certainly not bored of seeing them! 🙂

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    1. Once again I find myself agreeing with everything you say. Fortunately I have had my jab now and although I am waiting on my second I feel strongly for those still waiting their first and those who have been working on the front line. These people need our help and I just cannot get my head around those who can’t see it that way. Hey ho!. Glad you like the knights and you’re not bored. If ever there was an argument for me losing my mind I am now looking at some new Footsore Barons War knights which have been released and am contemplating buying and painting them!

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      1. Ah, glad to hear you’ve had your jag, my parents got theirs recently too. Won’t be getting mine for a while yet – I’m far too young and healthy, but that’s not a bad problem to have! 😀 

        Regarding the Sitcoms, I’d have to put Black Books and Father Ted at the top of my list. You’re right that it’s really tricky to narrow it down to just five though, I’ve been wracking my brains all day over it! The IT Crowd, Spaced and Red Dwarf would definitely be strong contenders and I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Dad’s Army. 

        As for buying more models from a range whilst cursing your way through painting the ones you already own, all I can say is I’m as guilty as you are. Remember, the best miniatures, the most inspiring and exciting ones, are always the ones you’ve not bought yet. 😉

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  2. Great work on the Knight TIM, great colour choices that add to the model.
    As to the debate, there seems to be a weird way the government is rolling out the vaccines, my wife has been working throughout all the lockdowns, but hasn’t been offered the vaccine at all, making her feel that her life doesn’t count. For me I find that they have certain agendas, as any one with a neurological disorder needs to immunised straight away, except those with Fibromyalgia, maybe the government wants rid of us !
    Don’t watch a lot of sitcoms, but did like Red Dwarf

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    1. Thanks Dave. I agree about the roll out. We had our jabs a couple of weeks ago and whilst I think it was right to go by age given the death data I can fully understand why some people feel neglected. For all that I think the roll out has been a remarkable achievement and I dread to think what state we would be in if we were in the situation of not even having a vaccine right now. Hopefully people can stay sensible for a little while longer as it is would appear to only be a short matter of time before everyone that wants to be will have been vaccinated. 🤞 Like you I did enjoy Red Dwarf. 🙂

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  3. I could happily see your painted knights again and again, (but then I quite like Knights in armour), I agree in principle with your thoughts on the Vaccine (I had mine a few weeks back now), as I see it we don’t get much free from the government so take what you can!, Besides if some expert on the telly is telling me I should then I will! (was a bit put out when they told me at the hospital that it might not work for me, or at a reduced rate). I’m all for free speech and free will but if someone who I think know more than me tell me I should do something then I will, if some dickhead on the internet tells me I shouldn’t well then I probably still will.

    Anyway, top five comedies UK …

    The IT Crowd
    Father Ted
    Not Going Out
    Fawlty Towers
    Porridge

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Glad you like the knights Roger. I think part of the problem for me is batch painting and the fact that on this occasion I couldn’t be arsed to vary the paint scheme. Bizarrely I have just seen that Footsore have added to their Barons War range and now I am contemplating buying some more! 🤣. Like you we had jabs a couple of weeks back and I was never ever going to say no. An opportunity to get life back on some sort of track was all the incentive I needed! Good selection of sitcoms, highlighting my point at how tough it was. Just so many great shows. 🙂

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  4. I won’t be tired of seeing knights so as long as you enjoy painting them, keep ’em coming. This latest one looks great to my eyes and I think it has a pretty great pose for bannerman!

    I have seen the Inbetweeners and I enjoyed it even if it is really raunchy. A show that I presume is English in origin since it is set in your country and has English actors is “Breeders” a comedy about being parents and how bad it can be at times. Martin Freeman is great in it and less of the nice guy that he usually plays. If you like dry and dark humor like myself, then I could see you enjoying it, mate 🙂

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    1. I’m sure I will do more knights after this batch has been done. I do enjoy them but for some reason I just wanted these done, something to just pick up while other more important projects are taking my time, specifically the tower. Haven’t heard of Breeders but I do like Martin Freeman so will check it out for sure. The Inbetweeners could easily be me in my teens, cringe worthy stuff but so true! 🙂

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      1. That makes sense on the knights. It can be good to have a mini or two on hand for in-between projects for sure. Let us (okay, me) know what you think of Breeders when you get around to watching it 🙂

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  5. Lovely Knight – great freehand on the banner and shield, not ever going to get tired of seeing yours. Please keep it going, besides, they’ve got a nearby castle they could help defend!

    Glad to read your “whinge” (and again thanks to GoT for us Americans as I never heard the term before the Hound used it). I’ll get the shot (or shots) as soon as I can but right now we’re in the 65+ crowd or with underlying conditions, neither of which qualified me. I do know that I could make up some underlying conditions, as it’s on the honor system, and I think many have already have that (ok I’m pretty sure that’s a good bet). I won’t, as I’m not built for dishonesty. AND as the Board of Health elected official I’m happy the rollout is helping the older folks. We have helped over 300 get the vaccine here, and that makes me happy. Still, I am also happy for you and SWMBO.

    And Bowie, man I can’t listen to him enough. Suggestions for next listen from him: “Panic in Detroit”, and “Time Will Crawl”. Not his biggest hits, but my faves. I’d actually like to hear IRO’s band do either.

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    1. Thanks Mark, I will do more knights Mark because the Barons War range is so good. I just really need to finish a few other things up so I can properly dedicate some time to them. As for the jabs the US seem to have gotten their vaccination programme up and running well as we have in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, with one or two exceptions, are way behind. Your turn will come soon enough but just stay safe and keep your head down in the meanwhile. Panic in Detriot, classic! 🙂

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  6. Seem to have missed this post and come late to the party! Love the knight! 🙂 Not a big fan of sitcoms, although I’d have gone with Porridge, Dad’s Army, Red Dwarf, Big Bang Theory and I can’t think of a fifth one! Spot on with Jean Genie!

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