TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 126)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


This weeks miniature is another Footsore Baron’s War double bill.  I’m still doing my level best to focus on the foot figures which need to be completed and managed to get the Maid Marion figure, which I had forgotten about, along with another crossbow man done.  Both help to swell the ranks and take me a step closer to completing the outstanding foot figures which I still have to do.

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Well It Made Me Laugh




It suddenly hit me that I have just over a week to get ready for Telford.  There are only three of us from the Plymouth Model Club going up for the weekend and with 12 feet of display space between us there is a lot to take.  Just how much painting I get done this week therefore remains to be seen.  I suspect it won’t be much but if I can I might try to get a couple of quick things done for future posts because I won’t have much time in the week I get back either.

I’ve no idea what the Internet access is like at the show but maybe, just maybe I might be able to put out a post while I’m up there.  We will see.


Give Me Five

This week I thought I’d take a look at films starring Tom Cruise and came up with this list as my top five.  It was tougher than I thought because I love pretty much all of Tom’s films so to make things a little easier I left out the Mission Impossible films as I will deal with movie franchises as a seperate subject going forward.  I was still left with a tough choice though and some great films have been left out.  In no particular order I came up with the following:

  1. Top Gun (1986)
  2. Risky Business (1983)
  3. Rain Man (1988)
  4. A Few Good Men (1992)
  5. Far and Away (1992)


This week TIM has been listening to …

“River Deep, Mountain High” by Tina Turner.  I do love Tina Turner, in fact I’m a big fan of singers who can really belt out a bloody good song.  This is very much an oldie but still a big favorite of mine.


This week TIM has been watching …

“The Great Outdoors” starring Dan Aykroyd and the late John Candy.  This film came out in 1988 but still makes me laugh every time I watch it.  Some great moments and well worth a watch if you have never seen it.  I still fancy having a go at an old 96’er steak!



Remember …

If Covid restrictions prevent you from going on holiday just drink until you don’t know where you are.



32 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 126)

  1. Great work on the foot soldiers TIM, the ranks are swelling every week.
    Two films I would have to add Is Last Samurai, and Edge of Tomorrow, but don’t know which two I’d remove.
    Classic movie the Great Outdoors, and the one he did before Summer Rental was also very funny.

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  2. Who’s Maid Marion? they all have, that’s why they were the merry men! Great work on the figures that is a lovely one of Sherwood’s first lady, I might have to get into Robin Hood one day it’s one of those project I still want to do.

    Great joke, by the way.

    Though I like Tom Cruise, I generally don’t like his films (sorry), Risky Business is about the only one I’ve ever watched more than once, so I’d have to say that’s my favourite.

    Cheers Roger.

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  3. Both nice minis, Dave! 🙂 I’ve got a soft spot for Top Gun and can remember seeing it at the cinema in 1986 while studying for my master’s degree! Otherwise I don’t tend to watch much in the way of Tom Cruise films but have to agree with Dave Stone on The Last Samurai and Edge of Tomorrow!

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  4. Great work on the mini.
    I also am a big Tom Cruise fan which not everyone agrees with seemingly due to their views about his personal life rather than the movies. Hard to pick 5 favourites, I think mine would be (not including Mission: Impossible and its sequels):
    1. Top Gun
    2. A Few Good Men
    3. Jack Reacher (the first one)
    4. Collateral
    5. Eyes Wide Shut
    Honourable Mentions including the others from your list Magnolia, Jerry Maguire, Edge of Tomorrow, The Last Samurai, Cocktail, and his comedy appearances (Tropic Thunder, Austin Powers)… a true legend.

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    1. I think one of the things I like about him as an actor is the range of films he has taken on. Yes there have been some misses but on the whole I think he’s pretty cool. His private life does seem a little odd but when I’ve seen him interviewed he’s never boring. I like Harrison Ford too but whenever I’ve seen him interviewed the guy comes across as so dull! Your list reminds me there are a few Cruise films I need to watch again. 🙂

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      1. Yeah he is always very interesting. And you can never really tell but he seems like he would be cool to hang out with (just don’t talk about religion lol). He has done so many and varied films, as you say, so this was quite a hard one to pick just 5, and in fact I already want to change my list to include Born on the Fourth of July!

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  5. Great work on both mini’s, and I really like how your Maid Marion is ready to fight alongside Robin and the Merry Men.

    I always liked Minority Report, but that was probably due to the adaptation of a great short story and the philosophical concept, rather than Tom…though he was good in it. His scene in Tropic Thunder was classic, almost reminiscent of his dancing in Risky Business.

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  6. Nice work on both Stealth Marion and the Crossbowman! Best wishes for the trip up to Telford as well. 🙂
    oh, and I’ll have to look up that Great Outdoors film.. I’ve somehow never heard of it!

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  7. Maid Marian looks great and she’s obviously pivotal in Robin Hood so she’s a good one to have done. I’m young enough that many of Tom Cruise’s early movies came out when I was a baby or a child so I haven’t seen many of those. I do enjoy him in Mission Impossible quite a bit and admire how he takes on crazy stunts to add an extra bit of realism to the movies too.

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  8. I really like the main Marion mini mate. Nice work. Good luck with Telford, I’d love to see lots of photos of your display but also other attendees. My five cruise movies would be: 1. The Last Samurai. 2. The Firm. 3. War of the worlds. 4. Interview with a vampire. 5. Taps.

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    1. I’m hoping to take a good few photos at Telford if I can and to post them, even if I only leave them up for a few weeks as they will clog up my allocation on WordPress. Your list of Cruise films just highlights how many good films he has been in. 🙂

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  9. Great work on these two figures Dave, being a farms son I just loved the joke!! Funny thing is they have just remove the bull from the field next door with half dozen cows in it! I’m sure he was smiling when the drove past!
    Love John Candy!!!

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