Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!
I’ve just realised this is my 100th Miniatures & Musings post. Some how it has just crept up on me, if I had been more with it I would have tried to present a better figure to mark the occasion. As it is this week, and I think I will be saying this for some considerable time to come, we have the next figure in my army.
This Baron’s War figure is one of the four figures which appears in the “Foot Knights Pack 2”. As much as possible I want to paint the shields with authentic heraldry, something which I have done here. The chap in question is one Henry de Percy.
More on the project below.
Well It Made Me Laugh
The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table
The feedback I received when I announced my army project gave me much food for thought and over the last week or so I have made some decisions. Of course these will inevitably change!
First up my intention is to just let this army evolve naturally. As some have said, let it grow organically. I shall work my way through the 90 or more figures that I have flitting from pack to pack as takes my fancy and if more figures are released purchase those as I please.
Secondly, I want my knights and figures to be authentic for the period. For the knights this particularly applies to the shields where the heraldry needs to align to a true knight. I don’t know how easy that will be but I will do more research and see where we go from there.
Thirdly I have consider how big I want this army to be. From a gaming perspective you have given me some great numbers and should I ever sell this lot then such information will be valuable but I am not a gamer … yet! I say not yet only because one day I will be to old to paint so may be that’s when I’ll look at taking up that side of the hobby. My aim for a 100 figures is ambitious I know which is why my new target of 200 or more is even more crazy. I want the end result to blow my mind and any one else’s if that’s possible. For all the bravado I’ll probably call it a day after 25 or so but for now it is a very serious intention. This after all is a long term project. Well not that long, I’m getting to old for it to take that long and besides I have other stuff to do as well!
Fourthly I have settled on how the bases will be which is just as well as I have done two figures now. There might be some slight variation but generally what you see above is pretty much what you will see most of the time. My OCD will not allow me to deviate otherwise before I know it I will have two armies on the go!
I still need to think about the idea of a story line, an idea which I like but is somewhat alien to me. I also need to think how I am going to present these figures on mass in a display. A mat isn’t good enough and with the figures being individually based it wont be a diorama. The idea of tiles is something I think I shall start looking at and they will be easier to store.
All in all plenty to do and plenty more to think about as this evolves and takes over. The good news is I haven’t got bored yet!
Give Me Five
This week I thought I would consider my top 5 sports films. I thought this would be easy but I have left some truly excellent films out. In no particular order:
- Rocky (Boxing)
- The Natural (Baseball)
- The Damned United (Football/Soccer)
- Chariots of Fire (Athletics)
- Rudy (American College Football)
This week TIM has been listening to …
“Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones. Call me naive by all means but when I sing along to a song (I can already hear SWMBO saying “please don’t!”) and even when I get the lyrics right, I barely take much notice of them. It’s all about the music, the beat, the tempo – the lyrics are just there almost in the background. I never analyse them and of course when I was a lad we didn’t have YouTube so we sung the wrong words for years!. This was very much the case for me with this track, one of my favorite tracks as well I might add. I don’t listen to the radio a great deal, only when I am in the car and due to lockdown it has been a while since I’ve been any distance of note so, given the lyrics of this song, I wonder if it is even played anymore. The track was never banned that’s for sure.
This week TIM has been watching …
“The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair”. I read the book a good while back and loved it. Very well written and very different too. Twist and turns along the way made it hard to put down. Then I discovered the book had been made into a mini series so it became a must watch bit of TV. On balance it was a good series and kept true to the book as best I could recall but as you do when you read a book you form a mental image of the main characters and the actors cast, as good as they were, just didn’t align to my image. Still enjoyable though.
If you sneeze and fart at the same time your body takes a screen shot.