TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 97)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


This weeks miniature is one I have posted before but there are a couple of reasons for posting it again.  Firstly I simply ran out of time to get a figure done this week.  All my energy was been spent elsewhere leaving me with less time than I would have liked on modelling and painting with what time I did have spent finalising the Wizard’s Tower.  There was therefore nothing for it but to go back through my backlog and pull out images of a past figure, something I might have to do more often now that spring and summer has hit the UK and the outdoor jobs are mounting up.  The question of course then became what figure?

Much to my surprise my first Miniatures and Musings post was published back on the 22nd May 2019 and featured a Crooked Dice 28mm figure of James Bond.  By coincidence Mark Morin invited me to observe an international online wargame involving him and some of his global buddies a couple of weeks ago which was based upon the exploits of James Bond in the film The Spy Who Loved Me.  The game was called Nobody Does It Better with the name taken I presume from the films title song.  It therefore seemed highly appropriate to go with this figure as a thank you to Mark for the invite.



Well It Made Me Laugh



The Wednesday Whinge

I did say last week that my Wednesday Whinge posted then would most likely be my last and that was indeed my intention.  Time to get away from politics and back to something a little more in keeping with the overall theme and environment of this blog now that lockdown restrictions have been eased somewhat and I can vent my spleen to my mate John over a beer.  However, in trying to write this post on my laptop (I usually use my Samsung Tablet) I noticed that WordPress appear to be up to their old tricks of fucking about.  On a sample of one it seems they have changed how you can add and insert photos.  Now it might just be me, I’m not the most PC literate guy and unlike Pat am unable to tap into a Technical Advisor.  I will have to take a closer look at some point and if I am wrong publish an apology to WordPress.

As of now future whinges, if any, will come under the hobby spotlight.  Unless I change my mind of course.


Give Me Five

This week I thought I would go with song intros.  Here are my top five.  Some are slow burners but each one blows me away every time. I have even gone to the trouble of including the YouTube link so you can have a listen if you are not familiar with any.  I would suggest playing loud!  Of course there are hundreds of potential tracks out there so I may have to go with this theme again at some point.  In the meanwhile I will, as always, be interested to hear what suggestions any of you make.  In no particular order:

  1. Song 2 by Blur 
  2. Money for Nothing by Dire Straits
  3. Layla by Derek and the Dominoes 
  4. Roll Over Beethoven by ELO
  5. Gimme All Your Lovin’ by ZZ Top


This week TIM has been listening to …

“Honky Tonk Women” by the Rolling Stones.  This nearly made it into my Give Me Five above but as it didn’t I thought I would include it hear instead.  You can’t beat a bit of Mick and the boys and at the time of writing I’m led to believe Keith Richard is still alive.  The man is simply indestructible!


This week TIM has been watching …

“Traces” an excellent six part BBC series.  I do like being able to binge watch a series without having to wait week after week for the next episode.  Knew nothing about this one but took a punt on it and got straight into it.  Apparently a second series is due later this year.



Remember …

Never in the history of calming down has anyone ever calmed down after being told to calm down.



20 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 97)

  1. Great looking model from the archives TIM. Platforms and technology will always update, and not always for the better, but they’ll keep doing it anyway.
    Don’t have 5 but AC/DC Thunderstruck and Guns And Roses Sweet Child of Mine, and agree on ZZ Top

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  2. I think everyone needs a James Bond in their figure collection, it just seems to be a nice reminder of the what was always the Christmas Day movie growing up. I have no idea why but with only 3 commercial stations in Australia during the 70/80’s it always seemed that 007 made it onto one of them as the midday matinee come Dec 25th.

    And I totally agree with the binge watching, it has totally changed how we watch TV.

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    1. Thanks Anthony. The Bond movies were, and still are, among the big block buster movies. Sadly the older films look dated now but if we live long enough I suspect they will be remade. Everyone has a favourite Bond and although Connory and Moore were my era at the start I have to say I think Daniel Craig is the best … or is it just that the effects are better? As for TV, I do love a binge! 🙂

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  3. I didn’t realize that James Bond had any models but that is a good one, mate. Really looks the part and captures the actor’s likeness. My dad is a big Bond fan so I’ve seen all of the movies at one point or another so seeing a well-painted mini like this one definitely makes me feel nostalgic 🙂

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      1. Ooh, very nice. I wasn’t aware so I appreciate you mentioning it. I do need to take a look at those as my Dad would love something like that as a gift I bet. I would hope they’ve done a mini of Jaws. It doesn’t get much more iconic than that! 🙂

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  4. Thanks buddy for the shout out – it was superb to have you join the game, even as an observer. AND I saved responding to this because I was more than intrigued by your song list and I had to add my two cents with links. (loved your list too also – and concur). I could not cut down totally but for your listening pleasure:

    1. Don’t Fear The Reaper, Blue Öyster Cult
    2. Won’t Get Fooled Again, The Who
    3. You Took the Words Right Outta My Mouth, Meatloaf
    4. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
    5. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin

    Honorable Mentions
    1. Pinball Wizard, The Who
    2. Miss You, The Rolling Stones
    3. Panic in Detroit, David Bowie
    4. Hooked on a Feeling, Blue Swede
    5. Jailbreak, Thin Lizzy
    6. We Will Rock You, Queen
    7. All Along the Watchtower, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    8. Cherry Bomb, The Runaways
    9. Ventura Highway, America
    10. Driver’s Seat, Sniff ‘n’ The Tears
    11. Gimme Three Steps, Lynyrd Skynyrd

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