TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 124)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is a Footsore Baron’s War Bannerman.  I’ve intentionally been ignoring the Bannermen until now, not because I don’t like the figures but because I hadn’t been motivated to making and painting the banners.  They are an easy enough thing to do, especially if you keep them as simple as this one, but I do have to be in the mood to make and paint them.  Having taken so long to get in the right frame of mind I made five banners so all I have to do now is paint them and the remaining figures going forward.  Simples.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Footsore (Again!)

I seem to be on a role with Footsore which I’m honored by.  Much to my surprise yet again Mark Farr elected to give me another shout out, the 4th I have now received, when he wrote the following in his most recent newsletter.

Ordinarily we like to share the wealth when it comes to our community spotlight but this week we are sharing more of David Green’s work. He shared these group shots over on the Barons’ War Facebook group and they are too good not to share. That he said something nice about me has nothing to do with it…

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Give Me Five

I thought I would stick with the theme of selecting my favourite 5 films of an actor or actress whose career has produced an extensive list of memorable movies.  This week I decided to take a look at Gene Hackman and came up with the following films.  In no particular order:

  1. Mississippi Burning (1988)
  2. Superman (1978)
  3. Unforgiven (1992)
  4. The French Connection (1971)
  5. The Firm (1993)

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TIM’s Plan

As the UK heads towards the autumn and winter months and the inevitable wet weather and shorter days so my mind has wandered towards my hobby plans.  Of course there isn’t a hope or a prayer that everything I aim to do will get done but at least it is a well intended aim.

Finishing my Baron’s War Army remains high on my list of objectives and my initial emphasis will be to get the remaining foot figures done.  These are quicker and easier than the mounted ones but it is a realistic goal.  I also have a modest pile of Hasslefree, Knuckleduster and Reaper figures in need of my attention and these I plan to integrate with the Baron’s War figures so I have a bit of variety going on.

I’m also keen to resurrect “Dio-Bolical Monday” as I have a couple of dioramas that I would like to get underway.  I don’t anticipate posting every week, certainly not to start with, but it would be good to get back on track.  I suspect any initial posts will be more about planning than painting and building but you have to start somewhere and we will see how things go.

Finally, if I can be asked, I’d like to sort my blog out.  There are some areas of the site that I would really like to reorganise in some way and if I really get bored then I might divert my attention to this at some point.

All in all I have no reason to get bored while I wait for Spring to show its face once again.

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  This week TIM has been listening to …

“Cat’s In The Cradle” by Harry Chapin.  Adjusting to my daughter having gone to University is proving a challenge for me.  She isn’t a daddy’s girl but she is my daughter and of course I love her very much.  The lyrics to this song relate to a father and son but they still feel relevant.  I think I need to play some rock very loud!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Gunpowder Milkshake” starring Karen Gillan who I find very easy on the eye.  A pretty good film and an easy watch following a knackering few days.

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Remember …

If you want to save money at Christmas now is the perfect time to tell the kids Santa didn’t make it through the pandemic.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 123)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another double bill.  This time two Footsore Baron’s War spearmen.  I’m making a concentrated effort to stay focused and to at least finish the 20 or so foot figures I still have to do while trying to start work on a few other figures at the same time.  I need to clear the decks a little more before I can seriously consider starting a diorama or two otherwise I will simply have to much stuff everywhere.  Although the end is in sight for my army’s foot figures there is a very long way to go in respect of the mounted ones.  Still it all remains fun and that’s the most important thing.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Footsore

As you may have read in previous posts I was delighted to get a mention, not once but twice, in the Footsore emailed newsletter in respect some of my recently painted figures.  Well it turns out I was on a hat trick as Mark Farr gave me a third mention!

“As the nights get darker in the UK we are seeing more Knights at night. Something like that anyway. This particular Knight is painted by David Green over on the Barons’ War Facebook group. With custom heraldry and an excellent blue colour he is definitely a knight ready to fight for what’s right at night.”

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Landmark

It seems I recently hit a landmark.  According to WordPress my previous post was my 500th.  I had very few goals when I decided to start my blog and to be honest I still don’t but it has provided me with a great deal of pleasure.  As well as being an audit trail for my own work, which was initially my aim in getting started, it has been a wonderful source of encouragement from those of you have been kind enough to follow me and comment.  I thank you all.

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Weather

The weather in the UK, and certainly in West Devon where I live, is set to take a turn for the worst.  Not entirely unexpected for this time of the year but a clear indication that summer (did we have one?) is over and and a wet and windy autumn is very much on the horizon.  This of course is a mixed blessing.

On the one hand the outside jobs that still need doing will be even more of a chore, on the other hand more time spent in doors will provide greater time for modelling.  It is therefore time for me to start putting some sort of plan together once I get me head in gear.  I’ll let you know what I come up with in due course.

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Give Me Five

I thought I would adopt a slightly different approach for this week, and maybe for some weeks to come, and focus on actors and actresses who have appeared in a significant number of films.  We all have our favorite actors and actresses and one of mine is Tom Hanks.  My top five films of his, in no particular order are:

  1. Sully (2016)
  2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  3. Apollo 13 (1995)
  4. Road To Perdition (2002)
  5. A League Of Their Own (1992)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Something Else” by Sid Vicious.  Some people are meant to die young and Sid I reckon was one of those.  Twenty one is no age to die but at least he left this track behind.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Dry” starring Eric Bana.  A mystery drama set in Australia which turned out to be a good watch.

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Remember …

If you die and get cremated get your ashes put into an hour glass, that way you can still participate in family games night.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 122)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another Footsore Baron’s War Foot Sergeant.  The shield design goes by the name of “Party Per Chevron”.  A neat and simple design but one I rather like.  I manged to get the figure started last week and just about found the time to finish it these past couple of days.  Little else to add but at least it is one more done and off of the lead pile.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

This weekend just gone we took my daughter off to Oxford for the start of her University experience. She was emotional, not so much for me or She Who Must Be Obeyed, although I’m sure she’ll miss us, but more for her boyfriend who’d previously left a couple of weeks ago to go to Bristol.  The joys of young love!  Which leads me nicely into this weeks choice, Teen Movies.  I think this genre is one of my favourites, so many great films.  If I’d known life would be as good as over when I’d reached my twenties I’d have put so much more effort into my teen years. In no particular order:

  1. The Perks Of Being A Wall Flower (2012)
  2. Some Kind Of Wonderful (1987)
  3. Ferris BuellersDay Off (1986)
  4. The Kissing Booth (2018)
  5. The Edge Of Seventeen (2016)

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Hitting The Wall

I’ve enjoyed my journey thus far with regards to my Footsore Baron’s War project but I’m reaching the point where a brief hiatus is called for.  I’ve a pile of other figures I want to paint, a wish to do some basic base work, a need to prepare for the IPMS Nationals and a growing desire to begin work on planning and building a couple of dioramas.  Something has to give but I am determined to finish what I started so in the coming weeks expect to see a few figures interspersed with the odd Baron’s War figures for a while.

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IPMS Telford

I thought I’d give a heads up to anyone who might be considering going to Telford this year.  The event takes place on the weekend of the 13th and 14th November but as a consequence of Covid some changes to the format have been announced already.  I must stress these might be subject to change and up to date information will be on the IPMS website but as things currently stand admission is via advanced ticket sales only unless you are an IPMS Member.  ALL attendees are required to provide evidence of double Covid vaccinations too.  Feel free to contact me for further information but as I say the website is the go to place for full details.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple.  I thought I would take a dip into the past and have a blast!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Let Him Go” starring Kevin Costner.  I think it is fair to say that I have enjoyed most of Costner’s films.  I hadn’t heard of this one though, probably because it came out it 2020 and passed under the radar due to Covid and lockdown perhaps.  In any event it turned out to be a good watch and a little different too.

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Remember …

Pleasing everyone is impossible but pissing them all off is a piece of cake.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 121)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature isn’t.  Well it is but it’s actually four figures with an added bonus.  This week I managed to churn out four Footsore Baron’s War Levy’s and, as well as taking a couple of photo’s of each, I also managed a group shot of the four of them.  In fairness these figures were, in contrast to just about everything else I’ve done to date on this project, quick and easy.

So what of the added bonus?  Well, not quite what I had intended but conscious of the fact that I needed to do something, I took a group shot of the seven mounted knights I have completed and another one of the foot knights and sergeants too.  I’ve still to work out any form of base that works for me and of course I haven’t included a photo yet of the spearmen, archers, crossbowmen and levy’s.  Hopefully this is something I will eventually put right but for now it provides an indication of the progress I have made to date on part of the project.

 

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

I never appreciated just how big the “Biopic” film category was.  As far as genre’s go this one is one of my favorites, I do like a good true story (even a Hollywood interpreted one).  This time around I’ve placed no parameters on the genre but as and when I revisit it I will look to break the category down.  In the meanwhile five films, in no particular order, which I have watched more than once and will doubtless watch again.

  1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  2. Schindler’s List (1993)
  3. The Social Network (2010)
  4. Philomena (2013)
  5. Into the Wild (2007)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Fake I.D.” by Big and Rich Featuring Gretchen Wilson.  I have to say I enjoyed the Footloose remake and this particular track, not least of all because it featured Julianne Hough, a very hot young lady who is on my hit list of potential wife replacements. 

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Green Book” starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, neither of whom I’d ever heard of before.  The film won Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars although I confess to knowing little if anything about it until I watched it.  Turned out to be a good film and one which was based on a true story.  Well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it already I’d say.

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Remember …

To err is human but to blame it on someone else shows management potential.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 120)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is actually another double billing of two Footsore Baron’s War foot knights.  Although I’m still enjoying the project and have every intention of seeing it through to completion I am nonetheless keen to start on something new.  I don’t want to rush things but at the same time I am keen to try to pick up the pace whenever I can.  This week was a good one and getting a couple of figures done was a nice little bonus.

Little to say about either figure other than I tried to make the crosses painted on each of the two figures a little different from what I have generally done in the past.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

Horror movies are probably my least favorite genre unless you include zombie films like Shaun of the Dead which some online lists do (so I have done so as well!).  However, IRO  asked if I’d done this category yet and as I hadn’t and in order to keep him quite now that he has done his shed I thought I would address the issue.  My top five are probably very tame so I will let others like IRO  enlighten us.  In no particular order.

  1. The Exorcist (1973)
  2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  3. Zombieland (2009)
  4. The Omen (1976)
  5. Dracula (1958 – Hammer Horror)

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Footsore Miniatures 

Having been pleasantly surprised to be highlighted by Mark Farr in his Footsore News Letter I was taken aback to see that I got another mention in his next one!  I confess to being properly chuffed. 

“Continuing with the Barons’ War we have this lovely pair from David Green. A very nice Richard I is paired with a Foot Knight that has a rather spiffy shield. Which looks like freehand heraldry! Well done David, these are great”

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Rockstar” by Nickleback.  I like this track and the video in equal measure.  It’s hard to argue with the lyrics and it’s easy to understand the desire to become a Rockstar too.  That said I tend to receive such perks and adulation just by being a modeller.  Miniature painting is, as we all know, so rock and roll. 

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Run Hide Fight” starring Isabel May and a couple of other actors I’d never heard of.  A topical film for America, which is to say it’s about an every day school shooting.  I guess the subject was always going to make it to a film at some point.  The film got off to a good start but I did think the ending was a little flawed.

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Remember …

The “Dyson Ball Cleaner” is a very misleading product name.

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TIM

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

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 118)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another 28mm Footsore Baron’s War foot knight. 

I found a image online of a couple of snakes entwined around a flame and thought it would look quite cool on a shield so I thought I’d give it a go.  Not sure it scores points for authenticity but it was fun to try and do and didn’t come out looking to bad. 

Having been originally determined to make my knights authentic I’ve started to move towards doing my own thing a bit more often.  Does it matter?  Nah!  It’s All good fun and for a change I thought I’d paint some hoops on the tabard.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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BBC Gaming Articles 

By chance I came across an article on the BBC News Internet app which was interesting and led to a couple more articles which I checked out.  All the links are very short but worth taking a look at.  The first is about lockdown gaming and the therapy it provided.  The second and third are short video’s.  The second focuses on the revival of gaming and is set in Games Workshop HQ Nottingham and the third is about the creation of Games Workshop.     

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Give Me Five

I do Iove a film which contains a surprise or an element of mystery.  The downside of course is they are best first time around although that doesn’t mean they can’t be watched again.  All in all there are a lot of films which are able to meet this criteria but my five short list, in no particular order, is as follows:

  1. Gone Girl (2014)
  2. The Girl on the Train (2016)
  3. Prestige (2006)
  4. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  5. Seven (1995)

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Footsore Miniatures

Mark Farr who runs Footsore Miniatures produces a weekly newsletter which is emailed to those who choose to subscribe, myself included.  In each newsletter Mark includes a “Community Spotlight” highlighting the work produced by people who have caught his eye and one source for this is the Baron’s War Facebook group which I have begun to post weekly to.

Reading through the newsletter I was very pleasantly surprised to read the following written by Mark under the Community Spotlight section which also included a couple of photographs.

“I spotted this too late for last week’s newsletter so here it is this week. David Green has shared some pictures in the Barons’ War. The freehand on the shield is especially skilled, mine would look like roadkill”. 

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Morning Glory” by Oasis.  I always considered the Gallaghers to be a right pair of nobs and to be honest nothing I’ve seen, read or heard about them has changed my mind.  Quite how they came up with some great music and a couple of excellent albums I’ll never know.  Just one of life’s mysteries I guess.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Man Of Steel” starring Henry Cavill as Superman.  On the positive side I guess it’s fair to say the special effects are OK but alas I don’t have much else to add.  The story line was all over the place as far as I’m concerned and I found Henry Cavill unconvincing in the role.  For me the 1978 film “Superman” starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman was a far better film and hit all the right notes for a comic book production.

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Remember …

Don’t believe everything you read in public toilets.  It’s highly likely that Sharon isn’t up for a good time and that it will lead to an awkward phone call.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 117)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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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. 

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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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.   

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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)

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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?

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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. 

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Remember …

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

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 116)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is one I originally received free from Footsore because I placed a qualifying order for Baron’s War figures above a certain amount.  I then got another one with a further order and that one is still in the to do pile.  At the time the figure was not part of a particular pack but it has since been released in a three figure pack entitled “Veteran Sergeant Group”.  In that pack the figure has also been given a shield.  As shields can be bought separately I may add one at a later date or simply buy the three figure pack as one of the other figures is particularly cool. 

 

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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TIM World

As I have mentioned on previous occasions I don’t get to excited about my WordPress statistics, not least of all because they are far from impressive, but I do get a kick from seeing where my humble little blog gets viewed.  whilst I am sure most people simply stumble across my blog having been searching for something else entirely the fact remains it was viewed all the same, even if only once!  So, whilst I have not gained a new follower I am pleased to report that I am now big in Jordan, which is to say I have a single view which is good enough to take my country total to 86.

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Give Me Five

This week I took a took at Monster Movies.  There were far more in this genre than I imagined and once again I could have come up with a top ten quite easily.  In the end I needed to make a self imposed choice and decided to go with films I have seen loads of times and could easily sit down and watch again and again.  So much so that I think I’m going to have a Monsterthon and watch all of these back to back very soon.  In no particular order:

  1. Jurassic Park (1993)
  2. The Thing (1982)
  3. King Kong (2005)
  4. Jaws (1975)
  5. An American Wherewolf In London (1981)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Praire Rose” by Roxy Music.  It’s been a while since I listened to my Roxy Music albums and I’ve promised myself to work my way through them again as they are one of my very favourite bands.  Accordingly you can expect more of them in future posts.  There was also something attractive about their album covers too.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Deadwater Fell” a mini series on Channel 4 starring Daveid Tennant.  I found this one watchable but predictable.  I think I need to change genres for a while.

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Remember …

There is a big difference between a guy and a girl saying “I went through an entire box of tissues during that movie”. 

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 115)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is a single knight and not one based on a real character.   The aim here was to experiment with some more freehand painting and I settled on the idea of a rearing horse.  The head isn’t quite right but given the actual scale of the figure and the size of the shield I think I can just about get away with it for a first attempt.  The positioning ended up being a little off centre which I didn’t like either, leaving the top right hand corner a little bare so I added a cross which again kind of works.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

With a reasonable number of figures now painted (I need to do a proper count but it must be close to 40 or so) it’s time to give more consideration to how I will display my army.  Getting my head around this will also enable me to start taking some larger group photo’s too.  Well that’s the plan anyway!

I have a few ideas circulating in my brain but have yet to fully decide on what to do.  I do know that I want to keep it very simple.  The figures are unlikely to be on display at home, the usual issue of space, but I would like to take them to the occasional show.  There are two things I am clear about though.  The base is not intended to be a diorama, I don’t want to distract from the figures themselves, and it will need to built around movement trays so the figures can be easily placed.  With the latter in mind I ordered some movement trays to experiment with.  Hopefully they will arrive in a few days and then I can play around a bit.

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Taking Photo’s 

I came across this article on the BBC website (link below) and thought I would share it.  When it comes to taking Photo’s of my figures I really need to up my game.  It’s certainly an area where I would be happy to invest more time.  If I only had more of it!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ukuk-england-dorset-58015659

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The Beatles – When I’m 64 (Lennon and McCartney) 

Today is my birthday, I’m 64.
 
I’m older, losing my hair and wondering if SWMBO will still send me a Valentine Card next February along with birthday greetiings and a bottle of wine next August.  I cannot imagine being out until quarter to three unless it is in the afternoon but I suspect I might be locked out regardless.  Will SWMBO still love me, will she still feed me even though she will be older too?  Questions that only the future will answer.
 
I’m still capable of mending a fuse when the lights have gone and SWMBO retains the dexterity to knit a jumper by the fireside.  Going for a drive on Sunday mornings remains an option as does doing the garden and digging the weeds.  I can’t ask for more.
 
Perhaps next year we might rent a cottage on the Isle of Wight if it’s not to dear otherwise we will have to scrimp and save.  No grandchildren yet to sit on my knee but I’ll send a post card and drop the kids a line stating my point of view and indicating precisely that that I’m wasting away now that I’m 64!
 
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Give Me Five

This week I thought I’d take a look at the “Spy” genre and within it my favourite films.  To some extent it would have been easy to just list most of the Bond movies but there are plenty of other good films out there.  My short list in no particular order is:

  1. Casino Royale (2006)
  2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
  3. Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
  4. Eye of the Needle (1981)
  5. The Bourne Identity (2002)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“She Drives Me Crazy” by the Fine Young Cannibals.  It’s been a while since I listened to this band and this particular track.  Not sure why that is but I reckon it has a lot to do with the fact that it reminds me of She Who Must Be Obeyed!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Accident” a four part mini series I discovered on Channel 4 and another one based in Wales.  I’m beginning to think that Wales is a dangerous place to visit.  Not a bad series and worth a watch I’d say.  Most things with Sarah Lancashire in usually are.

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Remember …

Women always have the last word in an argument.  Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

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TIM