TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 119)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another Foot Sergeant from the Baron’s War range and alI I had time to get done this week.  The shield design is known as a “Party Per Pal” and is a first for me.  I rather like the three colour mix so may well do this design again at some point but with different colours.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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WordPress Stats

On a monthly basis I check my stats with particular attention to the countries which have viewed my blog.  As I’ve mentioned before I get a buzz seeing where my blog has been viewed even if it is only one view and the likely result of an accident.  On the positive side I’m pleased to report Estonia, a lovely country I visited briefly a few years ago, has now been added to my list.  On the negative side I noticed that my other stats have seen a steady decline. 

I’m not entirely sure why my figures have fallen as there could of course be numerous reasons.  Blog content could be one of course but the slow downward trend has been over many months and coincides with the ending of lockdown in the UK.  There is no doubt that my stats peaked during lockdown and now it very much looks like they are returning to normal. 

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IPMS Scale Model World Telford

IPMS announced a while ago that they would make a decision on whether or not the Telford show would go ahead at the end of August.  They have been true to their word and I was delighted to learn that the show is confirmed to go ahead in November.   More details will be released in due course and doubtless there will be some inevitable changes due to Covid.  The wearing of masks and the need to produce a Covid passport to gain entry are likely I would imagine and it remains to be seen just how many overseas visitors, traders and exhibitors attend.  For now though all I can do is keep my fingers crossed and hope things don’t get worse than they are and the show can go  on. 🤞 

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Give Me Five

This week I thought I’d take a look at disaster movies.  To some extent this is a very wide genre so I chose to restrict it to films which were either based on real events or had a “realistic” feel to them rather than, say, being Science Fiction based.  In no particular order I came up with the following five. 

  1. Apollo 13 (1995)
  2. Titanic (1997)
  3. The Towering Inferno (1974)
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000)
  5. Twister (1996)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Too Late for Goodbyes” by Julian Lennon.  I have just finished reading “John”, a book written by Cynthia Lennon, his first wife, which my brother passed on to my mum who in turn passed it to me.  An excellent read and quite an insight to the legend which is John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles.  His son Julian had a pretty tough time and knowing he later produced a couple of albums of his own I checked out a few tracks on YouTube.  Years since I had heard this and I’d forgotten just how much he looked like his dad.  Spooky.

 

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Erin Brockervich” starring Julia Roberts.  This film came out in 2000 and completely passed me by.  It popped up on a list of must see films so I thought I’d give it a watch, especially as it is based on a true story.  All in all an excellent film and glad I sat down to see it.

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Remember …

The phrase “Don’t take this the wrong way” has a zero percent success rate.

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TIM

31 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 119)

      1. Yes, I’ll be with the Plymouth Model Club stand, not sure where in the halls that is yet as the show details not released yet. I suspect a lot of overseas people won’t attend this year because of Covid Regs but hopefully the show will still be a good one. The IPMS Web site will have all the details in due course. 🙂

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  1. Great work on the knight Tim, and great looking shield, with great geometric lines.
    As for the disaster movies, I did enjoy volcano with Tommy Lee Jones, and Twister is one of my all time favourites.
    Erin Brockovich was a great movie, and there is a lot of great movies based on true stories, one of my all time favourites was Mask ( not to be confused with “the mask” starring Jim Carrey)

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  2. I love the mini, that shield is great the colour choice really works.
    On the stats front I should imagine you are correct, my life has certainly got busier with lock downs ending, and I don’t manage to keep up with blogs like I was able to before because of it.

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  3. Great work on the miniature, as others have said the shield is awesome, but for me the blue cloth on the miniature looks like cloth… anyway my top 5 disaster films… I would swap out Apollo for the Devil at 4 o’ clock, but pretty much the same for the rest. One of these days the boat will make it up the wave face, at the same time Steve McQueen will jump the wire in the Great Escape.

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  4. I think that shield pattern is very versatile and I will look forward to seeing how you use it in the future. The latest mini looks great as well. My website has been experiencing a similar dip in visitors. I’m not really sure as to why. I figured people were tired of seeing me working on the same project for months on end but who maybe it is the easing of lockdowns! 🙂 I’m glad to see you watched Erin Brockivich and enjoyed it. I think it is a really good movie as well. Not your typical Hollywood film to be sure!

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    1. Thanks Roger. Yes it is a bugger. I can understand Salute changing its date given the lockdown issues that were around in April but it’s a shame they chose the same weekend as Telford to run it instead. That said it might have been the only time they could do but hopefully they will revert to April for next year or it will be an ongoing issue. ☹

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  5. Great mini mate. I wouldn’t worry about stats too much mate. It’s intriguing to look at but like everything there’s always ebbs and flows. My five are: 1. Towering Inferno. 2. The Poseidon Adventure. 3. A perfect storm. 4. Outbreak 5. Titanic. An absolutely disastrous movie that I walked out on though was Eyes Wide Shut haha. Crap!

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      1. Oh man, Eyes Wide Shut is horrible indeed. And I’m no cinephile. As for stats, sometimes spammers are the source of clicks, sometimes not. I find it useful to see the “referrers” stats, as I have seen my stuff reposted on other websites I never would have known of otherwise. As for the shield – wow – getting those three colors to be so even, well 👏👏👏👏👏

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  6. Haha! Got a  good chuckle from the “Well it made me laugh…” I’ve often thought that myself. As for the blog stats I’ve noticed mine declining as well. I see two solutions, either you and I accept that we won’t be household names for much longer or we start petitioning Boris for another lockdown (and really that’s no choice at all – it has to be the latter option as the former is simply unthinkable!). Great work on the foot sergeant. 🙂

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      1. Sadly, I know just what you mean. There were a lot of bad things about lockdown, and all joking aside I wouldn’t want it to happen again, but there were good things about it too that I think would be well worth hanging onto. I know I took the time to phone friends that I’ve been meaning to catch up with for years but somehow in normal times I never seemed to find ten minutes to do it for example. Now we’re allowed out again it seems a lot of us are rushing around again instead of having the time to enjoy ourselves.

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