TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 103)

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:

  1. Lawrence of Arabia
  2. Legends of the Fall
  3. Dances Woth Wolves (extended 4 hour version)
  4. The Last of the Mohicans
  5. 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.



Remember …

When someone says get a grip, as tempting as it is, they don’t always mean around their neck.



27 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 103)

  1. Another great looking knight. Looking at that healdry, I’d assume it’s pretty much guaranteed that at least one knight used that design over the years, but no harm in that the way I see it. 🙂
    As for the cartoon… you have ginger hair, right? :O

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  2. Another great knight TIM, By a look at the shields and heavy use of red and yellow, they were all extremely rich, s the spices to make these colours needed to be imported in. At the end of the day it’s your army and you put in what you want.

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  3. lovely work on the knight! I can’t believe you got those lines on his shield so crisp with a paintbrush, it must be a transfer right! 😉

    Love the joke, reminded of one I heard on TV the other week…

    “So why aren’t you and your wife getting on?”
    “Well she said to me that she should have married someone who looked looked a bit more like Charles Bronson, and I said I should have married someone who looked a bit less like Charles Bronson, and you know what women are like…….”

    Cheers Roger.

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  4. Another excellent knight! Looking at the shield designs from the Baron’s War I can’t help but notice that if William Mallet held his shield at 90 degrees it would appear to show three smiley faces – I don’t think he was taking the war as seriously as the other knights…

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  5. The knight came out nicely and that information on the era of knights you’re painting is interesting and presents a challenge. I would recommend not being to devoted to historical fact with these knights because as you said, that is a lot of yellow and red to paint otherwise…

    In regards to your movie list, I don’t have a top five (it is a good idea for a list but I can’t think of a lot at the moment), but I couldn’t help but think of Kingdom of Heaven. Have you seen that one? I bet you have since it comes from an era that is near Baron’s War and it features a lot of knights. There is one scene in particular where the Christian army is mustered and there is a parlay between the two kings (Baldwin and Saladin, if I remember right) that is certainly visually inspiring!

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  6. Glory is an excellent movie. I saw it the first time when I was studying the US civil war in high school. I remember fighting back tears when Denzel was being whipped. Hard to watch but fascinating. Love the mini and I’m really enjoying the shield designs. My five: 1. Spartacus. 2. The Vikings. 3. Gettysburg. 4. Lord of the rings the two towers. 5. The Green Mile.

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  7. Great figure again mate , funny thing is I have always like lunging figures !! Your film list is pretty well spot on ! and I’m with you on Down town, and like you mate I was a little tacker visiting the big smoke when I first heard it and wow did I get a shiver down my little spine !!!

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      1. Your right mate, another one in a similar vein was “Tar and cement” sung originally by the great Dusty Springfield but covered here bye our own Lynn Randell .

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