Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!
This weeks miniature (or should that be this weeks knight?) is one of four from the “The Knights with Two Handed Weapons – Pack 1”. Applying the heraldry rules I decided to make up my own on this occasion and went with two white Chevrons on a red background. It is possible, might even be probable given the colour choice, that the simple design does actually align to a real knight. I will undertake a search at some point but if it does then it is purely coincidental on my part.
Well It Made Me Laugh
The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table
Last week I found this image on Pinterest.
As best I can tell at the moment these Baron’s represent 25 of the key figures in the Baron’s War. Therefore if I am to be true to the history then these shield designs and colours are the ones I should be going for. The problem as I see it however is that yellow and red completely dominate.
It maybe there is a reason for this colour dominance, perhaps there are family connections which tie some of the Baron’s together? Perhaps it’s just coincidence or simply a restricted colour pallette given the available paints and dyes of the day? Whatever the reality I will be deviating from it. I will do some for sure, I have in fact already by chance done the blue and yellow of Richard de Percy, but I will look outside of these for more interesting options where I can. I will still aim for true heraldry but if the geezer fought in a different campaign then I will employ poetic licence if I think the end result will look cool.
Give Me Five
Now when it comes to films I do like a good saga. A film of three hours of more is is just my cup of tea. Watching a film like that on a cold winters night with the fire blazing and single malt in my hand makes for some perfect escapism. One of the other things I like about some of these films is that the scenery can often steal the show. So this week I have gone for my top five films where the cinema photography has for me made a film truly epic. In no particular order:
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Legends of the Fall
- Dances Woth Wolves (extended 4 hour version)
- The Last of the Mohicans
- Doctor Zhivago
This week TIM has been listening to …
“Downtown” by Petula Clark. This song was released in 1964 when I was seven years of age (was it really that long ago?) the same year that Zulu came out at the cinema. When my brother and I were taken to see Zulu (I had to sit on the upturned folding seat so I could see the screen) it was, as I recall, a dark and dismall winters night when we all set off “Downtown”. Although this song is not directly linked to the film I have always put the two together. Everytime I listen to it this track conjures up the most evocative images of that time in my life and will simply always remain one of my favourite tracks of all time, not so much for the song itself but the memories. Now where did I put my Zulu DVD ….
This week TIM has been watching …
“Glory” starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. An excellent American Civil War film and one which I hadn’t watched in a long time.
When someone says get a grip, as tempting as it is, they don’t always mean around their neck.