TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 117)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


This weeks miniature is another double act.  For some reason I’ve tended to overlook the Footsore Baron’s War crossbowmen.  No particular reason for doing so but I thought I ought to address the imbalance.  Some of the figures have crossbows cast with the figure while for others the weapon is seperate and needs fixing in place.  In this instance we have one of each.  I kept the painting simple on both figures but will see what I can do with the others to pimp them up a bit, maybe add some stripes. 



Well It Made Me Laugh



The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

According to my rough calculations I’ve now done 5 mounted knights and over 40 foot figures.  Somehow I thought I had done more but I reckon that must have just been wishful thinking.  That means I’m left with about 14 mounted figures and 60 or so foot figures still to do.  I think I’ll count them up again just to make sure I’ve got it right.  

My aim was to get them all done before the third Footsore Baron’s War kickstarter is released at the end of September.  To be honest it is looking unlikely.  Come September I also aim to start on my next big (for me) diorama.  One way or another it looks like I have my work cut out.  To be fair it’s not a race, simply self imposed timescales to keep me motivated and as I am far from bored yet (you might be but I’m not!) I have no problem extending my deadlines.  

A display base remains a concern but I’m in no rush to resolve the issue.  Although the movement trays arrived and were fine I’m having second thoughts about using them.  For expediency I might look at buying some sort of mat instead.  I can’t say I’m struck on that idea either so I’ll continue to give the matter more thought.

Looks like I’ll have to use SWMBO’s green table cloth for a group shot for now at least.   


Give Me Five

I do like Romantic Comedy, not least of all because they make for some good family viewing.  It’s also a well represented genre and therefore gave rise once again to some difficult choices.  In the end I settled on these five.  In no particular order:

  1. Annie Hall (1977)
  2. Groundhog Day (1993)
  3. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
  4. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  5. Serendipity (2001)


This week TIM has been listening to …

“Gimme All Your Lovin'” by ZZ Top.  I was in the mood for something a bit louder and settled on ZZ Top.  This is a great track with a great intro and the video features a great car and great girls.  What’s not to like?


This week TIM has been watching …

“The Tudors”, a Channel 4 series which I am watching via catch up online.  There are four series in all making up 40 episodes in total and I’m near the end of series 3.  I’ve no idea how factually correct it is, I’ll assume it’s 50:50 but I’m finding it a good watch. 



Remember …

If it wasn’t for Thomas Edison we would all be watching television in the dark.



25 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 117)

  1. These guys are pretty good Dave, I cant believe you have painted so many ! I’m glad I’m done painting heaps, I feel painting the last bunch of mounted guys will be hard to achieve in the time slot you have set yourself, lucky it’s flexible !!

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  2. Great work on the crossbowmen TIM, that is an impressive amount painted so far, and great that you haven’t lost enthusiasm for the project. As it’s a self imposed deadline there is no problem moving it at all. ZZ Tops eliminator album which the song came from was great and all the videos from that album had a similar theme, the car and girls !

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  3. Cracking job mate, I really like these. I reckon crossbowmen are an integral part of an army like this so good to see ’em make an appearance! Looking forward to seeing the progress thus far

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  4. Nice painting. It seems amazing that you’ve finished more than 40 of these little chaps already; definitely ready for a group shot.

    Fun fact about ZZ Top: the one who wasn’t famous for having a beard like he’s been interrupted halfway through swallowing a badger whole is called Mr Beard.

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  5. Lovely figures, even though they are rank and file chaps you can see the work that’s gone into them.
    Love ZZ Top, went to see them in 2002, they had three huge wagons outside the venue, and when they came on stage, they had two guitars on drum kit a plastic cactus and some tumbleweed, to this day I wonder what was in those wagons! 😁

    Cheers Roger.

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  6. Great work as always and it is impressive that this project has kept you painting at such a great pace and that you’re not tired of it too. I tend to put deadlines on myself so I can relate to your concerns about getting things done on a schedule. With that said, keep doing what you enjoy as the fun you’re having painting shows in the quality of the work or at least I think so! 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I am surprised I’ve not gotten bored yet, most unlike me I can tell you. That said in the next month or so and once the weather dictates more time in doors it will be time for a change no matter what the current state of play is with the project. Not that I don’t intend to finish the project but I will need to start something new and work in parallel. 🙂

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  7. Nice crossbowmen! 🙂 It’ll come as no surprise to you that I’m not a romantic comedy sort of person! However, ZZ Top, brilliant! Eliminator is my third favourite album by them, close behind Afterburner, with Antenna getting in at the top for me!

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  8. I look forward to the shot of all of them…

    …and the Tudors…mmm…Natalie Dormer…the sexiest crooked smile there is.

    …I always loved ZZ Top…right up there with a little Lita Ford…but it was the 80’s.

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  9. There’s a great documentary on Netflix all about ZZ Top at the moment. (RIP Dusty Hill). Great figs mate. 40? Wow! 60 more to go?! Crikey! I’m not a big fan of movement trays. I still think a large, flat-ish, battlefield with hole in it to place the based minis would be so cool. I don’t do romantic comedies so I’ll take my bat and ball and play somewhere else thank you haha. Have you done horrors yet? Have I missed it?

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    1. The days of hitting a woman over the head with a club and dragging them back to your cave are over, try a romantic comedy or two, you might enjoy one! Haven’t done horrors yet but they will be coming some time soon. Still to sort out the basing, too busy trying to paint when I get the chance.

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