TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 102)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is one of the four which comprises the Footsore “Foot Knights with Two Handed Weapons No: 1” pack and he has been painted in the heraldic colours of “John de Berners”.  More on the project below.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

This week I spent some time reading and digesting the Wargames Illustrated article I made reference to in last weeks post.  Not surprisingly it turns out there are various rules which need to be applied where heraldry is concerned.  These rules are useful both in terms of making up your own scheme and deciphering real examples.  Now let me say at the outset I am no expert on this subject but I am aware that many of you perhaps are.  Apologies therefore if I am trying to teach anyone how to suck eggs and if I have any of this wrong then I am more than happy to be corrected.

The first rule I took note of was on colours.  It seems the colour palette is restricted to five main colours namely Blue, Red, Green, Purple and Black.  I assume there is scope within each colour to vary the shade but what is significant is you have to put a colour with Gold (can be yellow) or Silver (can be white).  Accordingly any of the five colours can be used alongside either Yellow or White but you cannot have Red and Green together or for that matter Yellow and White.  The good news here is that by good fortune the few knights I have done so far conform to this rule.  Is the rule flexible?  In truth I have no idea but I’m happy to stick with it.

It seems you can also add “Furs” to the design of a shield too and the first image below gives some examples along with the colours referred to earlier.

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One of the next things I discovered was “Field Ordinaries”.  It would appear that shield designs generally use these layouts.  I have seen exceptions so I’m guessing the rule can be ignored to some extent, most likely determined by who you are (think King John and the three lions) but this is something for me to try to learn more about.  However, for my purposes Field Ordinaries coupled with colour choice will provide a huge number of heraldic options.

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In the unlikely event that I should ever run out of heraldic shield options given the possible combinations from the above “rules” I can always fall back on the “English System” below.  With medieval families being large in number then shield designs can be used again but with the modification of adding a symbol relevant to the first through to ninth son.  Although I was unaware of it at the time, the red line on the figure I painted above of John de Berners defines him as the “First Son”.

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All in all I have an almost limitless number of painting options.  I suspect further research may even throw up more but for now I have plenty to be getting on with.

For those of you who are into your Space Marines and the such like a thought struck me while I was writing this.  Heraldry has been around for a thousand years so what’s to say it wont be around for thousands more?  If you are stuck with ideas of symbols to use and how to define your hierarchy it occurs to me you could do worse that revert to some of the above.  In anticipation of abuse please be advised I am now ducking out of this one!

As a footnote please note the images used above were taken from Google and not from the magazine article as I am no expert on copyright law.

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Lies, Lies and Statistics

I don’t tend to put much store by my blog statistics, mainly because mine aren’t that great!  I never created this blog with the aim of conquering the world and I continue to not be disappointed.  What has surprised me though, and periodically continues to do so, is just where my blog has been viewed.  As things currently stand it has now been accessed in 83 countries with Algeria, Ecuador, Brunei and Guatemala having been just recently added to the list.

Now I am very aware that some of these countries have only ever given me the one hit and I feel certain that hit was purely by accident (the inevitable search of a testosterone filled teenager googling “models”) but I do get a kick out of knowing a post of mine has popped up somewhere new in the world even if it did come as a disappoint to someone feeling horny.

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Give Me Five

The end of the UK Lockdown continues to gather pace.  If things continue to go as well as they have then the country will return to near normal by the middle of June.  Inevitably there will be signs of the aftermath but we’re talking mask wearing rather than bombed buildings.  Despite the horrors the pandemic has brought to a great many, and still is to vast swathes of the world, there are somethings I will miss.  ln no particular order my five are:

  1. The Quiet roads
  2. The additional time spent modelling and painting
  3. The time at home with my kids due to work and school closures
  4. Re-connecting with people I haven’t spoken to in years
  5. Having all my football teams fixtures televised live

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Pinball Wizard” by The Who.  A classic track instantly recognisable from the intro by those of us of a certain age.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Mississippi Burning” staring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe.  A classic and very powerful film in which the performances of Hackman and Dafoe are simply outstanding.  A film I have watched many times and that never fails to be move me.  Based on a true story.

Mississippi Burning: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray

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Remember …

Alcohol is never the answer but it is a good way of forgetting the question.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 101)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is the next installment of my Medieval Army.  As with all these figures they are from the Footsore Miniatures Baron’s War Range, in this specific case the first of four figures which comprise the “Foot Knights with Two Handed Weapons, Pack 2”.  The freehand heraldry is that of “William Bisshopsdonne”.  As and when I get all four of a particular pack completed I will post a little group shot.  At the moment though I am choosing to work in a somewhat random way so right now I have no idea when the first group shot will be.  I suspect a but like buses one or two will come along at once!

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

Over the last week I was able to pick up some useful information in relation to knights and their shield designs.  A link I found – Glover’s Roll – was particularly useful in providing designs as well as names.  Some look very much easier to paint than others so time will tell just how adventurous I get.  I also found a wealth of images on Pinterest too all of which has led me to another decision. 

Although the figures I am painting are all from the Footsore Barons War range I’m not hung up about every heraldic knight I paint having to be a participant of that precise period and/or campaign(s).  Whilst my OCD will, for example, insist that my bases conform to a level of uniformity I’m relaxed about the accuracy of participants.  What does matter though is that the heraldry is accurate and that the figures are painted well enough to give a colourful display and wow factor when they are displayed.  At the end of the day I see models as a representation and, a bit like Hollywood directors, there is room for poetic license.

Another thing I picked up on last week was an article published in Wargames Illustrated entitled “A Wargamer’s Guide to Heraldry”.  I’m not a subscriber to this magazine but getting hold of the March 2021 issue seemed like a good idea.  I haven’t had a proper chance to read it yet but at first glance it appears to contain some very useful information for a novice of the period such as me.  More on that next week.

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Salute 2021

April is normally the month when the South London Warlords hold Salute.  Understandably it was never going to be held so early in the year with the various Covid restrictions in place.  The good news was the organisers were aware of that and so they pushed the date back to later in the year.  The bad news for me is they chose the same weekend in November as the IPMS Small Scale World show in Telford! 

I’m sure I am not the only one who enjoys attending both events but alas this year I have to choose.  At least it wasn’t a difficult decision.  Telford is the bigger event and held over two days but more to the point my hotel booking from last year was rolled over to this one so Telford it will be, assuming the event does go ahead!

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Give Me Five

With lockdown restrictions in the UK starting to relax I thought this week I would list my top five things I am looking forward to (fingers crossed) in due course.  In no particular order:

  1. Attending a model show (Telford if nothing else)
  2. Going to the cinema, hopefully to see the latest Bond movie at last!
  3. Getting away for the weekend
  4. Meeting up with family 
  5. Going out for a meal and eating it inside!

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“We Will Rock You” by Queen.  It’s been a while since I listened to a bit of Queen so it was high time that I did.  So many tracks to chose from but I just love Brian May’s guitar solo at the end of this one.

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This week TIM has been watching …

Line of Duty, Series Six.  The last episode was shown a little over a week ago but now that all the episodes are now on BBC iPlayer it was time to sit down and binge watch the whole of series six again.  As UK TV dramas go this one captured the nation more than just about anything and had everybody trying to work out the likely outcome.  I wont spoil anything but if for some reason this series and the previous five have passed you buy then lucky you as you now get to watch the lot.

Line of Duty (series 6) - Wikipedia

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Remember …

Five out of six people agree that Russian Roulette is completely safe.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 100)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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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.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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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!

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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:

  1. Rocky (Boxing)
  2. The Natural (Baseball)
  3. The Damned United (Football/Soccer)
  4. Chariots of Fire (Athletics)
  5. Rudy (American College Football)

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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.

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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.

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Remember …

If you sneeze and fart at the same time your body takes a screen shot.

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TIM

Borin Ironbrow – 28mm Reaper Dwarf Fighter

For the first time in quite a while I came close to missing a blog post.  Having been fully absorbed by my army project I became completely side tracked and suddenly Saturday was almost upon me and I had nothing to offer.  Fortunately I remembered that I had an almost completely painted dwarf which I had set aside and the day (well post in this case) was saved.  Ho-ray for dwarfs!

The figure in question, Borin Ironbrow by Reaper, was originally bought for my recent Diorama Lite post but in the end I decided to go with a different figure.  Although I liked the figure I didn’t think he was the right fit for my little diorama.  Now he has been lovingly given a little base of his own.

The figure is from the Reaper Dungeon Dweller range and is a very crisp and clean casting. Compared to some Reaper figures the level of detail is relatively plain but it was none the less a nice little one to do.

The biggest challenge was getting him completed in time for this post, a problem I think I will continue to experience with other figures which aren’t part of my army project. In an ideal world I would like to produce something each week for Diorama Lite on Monday, a mid-week figure for my medieval Knight army and a figure from another genre for my Saturday post. It is clear that balancing this through the spring and summer is going to be a challenge.  What this week has taught me though is that modelling and painting time is becoming stretched, mainly due to the time of the year and my release back into the wild following Covid lockdown.  Add into the mix my desire to do more and more on my army project and it is becoming clear that three posts a week is going to prove a significant challenge, at least until the return of the winter months.  For now I will continue as I am doing, if only to clear some of the lead pile, but I suspect blog changes are a foot.

Images of Borin below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 99)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is the first in what is sure to become a very, very recurring feature of my Wednesday posts and maybe some Saturday ones too, a figure painted and based which goes towards my medieval army project.  All the figures are from the Footsore Barons War range and this is one of the four figures which comprises the pack titled “Foot Knights 1”.

The paint job was pretty straight forward and as I have no plans to use decals and have never had success with masking tape all my work on shields will be freehand.  The aim will be to try and get more adventurous but I will be driven by heraldry as I learn a bit more about it.  As much as possible I want my knights to be authentic.  As far as basing goes, whilst there may be some slight variation this will be the standard.

More on the project below but in terms of completed minis we’re up and running.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

As headings go it’s not a great play on “The Knights of the Round Table” but it was the best I could come up with.  So, an update on the project.

Firstly a big thank you to those of you who very kindly provided encouragement for this project along with words of advice and valuable details on figures and numbers for an army.  I have taken it all on board but for now I thought I would focus just on painting, specifically for now foot figures.  I have every intention of doing mounted Knights but that will come later.  Whether I do the whole Baron’s War range of mounted figures remains to be seen.  I’ll see how the range grows because it appears to be expanding quite fast, by which I mean quicker than I can paint.  For now though and with Footsore offering a 20% discount when you spend over a hundred pounds I thought I would take advantage of the offer while it it lasted.  After almost no deliberation whatsoever I piled straight in and pretty much bought the lot.

As things currently stand I have purchased packs of Levy’s, Crossbowmen, Spearmen, Bannermen and Musicians, Bowmen, numerous Knights and various Character figures giving around 90 figures to paint.  Whether they all make it in to my army remains to be seen.  Although I will make the effort to clean and prime all the figures in one hit the painting will not be in batches.  I don’t enjoy production line painting, regardless of time efficiency, so I fully expect to adopt a random approach.

Here’s a quick look at some of the figures on parade.

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Give Me Five

Not sure what inspired me this week, nothing I can recall watching or listening to for sure, but I decided to try listing my top five movie villains.  Not an easy choice but after some deliberation I settled, in no particular order, on the following:

  1. Darth Vader (Star Wars Franchise)
  2. The Joker (Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight)
  3. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs)
  4. Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes, Schindlers List)
  5. Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes, Harry Potter Franchise)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix.  In response to my Give Me Five music intros in TIM’s Miniatures & Musings No: 97 my brother kindly emailed a couple of links to some classic tracks of which this was one.  Well worth a listen to on a high volume and after a few beers.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Red Joan” starring Judi Dench.  A good film “based” on a true story with an interesting justification for being a spy and giving away official secrets.

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Remember …

If you are having a bad day things could always be worse.  You could be a Siamese twin attached to a gay brother whose on a date and you’re the only one with an arse.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 98)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is again from Hasslefree and goes by the name of Dakota.  Originally I bought her to go with a zombie theme I had running around in my head but then I lost my way.  Just to many ideas right now which in some ways is a nice problem but on the downside I find myself losing focus.  I’ll put it down  to age.  In the end I settled for a quick and simple base job with an old rusty barrel hopefully conveying a bit of an industrial and post apocalyptic feel.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Time To Build An Army?

After much deliberation I have decided to do something I have never done before, I’m going to paint an army.  I’ve never been against the idea but I couldn’t settle on an historical period.  I had other concerns too.  Would I get bored?  What would I do with the army once complete?  How would I store it?  How would I display it?  In truth I don’t have the answers to all those questions but have decided to build one none the less and I’ll figure things out as I go along.

So what has changed my mind?  You may well ask.  The answer is several things.  Nostalgia, Table Top World, freehand painting and Ebay.

Nostalgia — some of you may recall from past posts that I have mentioned Britain’s Swoppet Cowboys and how they played a part in getting me into modelling and dioramas when I was a kid.  Well Britain’s also did Swoppet Knights but these were much more expensive (they sell for a small fortune on Ebay as collectors pieces these days) so I never had any.   As much as I loved the cowboys I would have loved a castle full of battling knights.  An army of cowboys isn’t really a thing but an army of knights is.

Table Top World – If you haven’t seen it they do an amazing Castle.  It costs a fortune, it’s huge and being modular can be made as big as you like.  How cool would that be?  In truth I will probably never find out because I have nowhere to put it but I am going with the Field of Dreams approach, “If you build it they will come”.  I’ll build the army first and see where I go from there.

Freehand – Heraldry provides a great opportunity for some freehand and I would like to see what I can do on that front from time to time.  There is also a great deal of freedom when it comes to the use of colours too.  I’m not sure I could ever paint a modern army, I think I would find it far to dull and repetitive.

Ebay – I see this as my escape clause.  If all else fails and I never finish the project or have no idea what to do with it when it’s done I can sell it.  In short what is there to lose?

Obviously you will have gathered my army will be one of Knights but it will also feature Archers, Levy’s, Crossbowmen, Spearmen and whatever else exists now and in future releases in the Footsore Barons War range.  Those of you who liked the knights I had previously done have a lot to answer for.  If you get bored with this project before I do you only have yourselves to blame!

So, does this signal the end of painting Knuckleduster Cowboys, Reaper, Hasslefree and other figures?  Not at all.  My army is just another project to dip into but one I am looking forward to doing.

I do however have one question for you and would welcome your wargaming thoughts.  How many figures would I need to paint and base before I could claim it’s an army?  In my head I have settled on a nice round figure of 100 but do I need more or less?

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Give Me Five

In keeping with the tone established above I thought I would select my top 5 films within the broadly speaking medieval genre.   Not quite so tough this week but for me all now essential viewing and research.  As usual in no particular order:

  1. Excalibur
  2. Kingdom of Heaven
  3. Braveheart
  4. King Arthur
  5. The Name of the Rose

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“She’s Got The Look” by Roxette.  There’s a lot to like about this track and video but I was particularly drawn in by the lyrics. 😉

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Keeping Faith”.  A thriller series set in Wales (that’s Wales the country just to be clear!).  Having binge watched series one and two I am now on to the final series.  Not the best of some of the great TV shows currently available but well worth a watch in my opinion.

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Remember …

Even if you are useless you can be used as a bad example.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 97)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is one I have posted before but there are a couple of reasons for posting it again.  Firstly I simply ran out of time to get a figure done this week.  All my energy was been spent elsewhere leaving me with less time than I would have liked on modelling and painting with what time I did have spent finalising the Wizard’s Tower.  There was therefore nothing for it but to go back through my backlog and pull out images of a past figure, something I might have to do more often now that spring and summer has hit the UK and the outdoor jobs are mounting up.  The question of course then became what figure?

Much to my surprise my first Miniatures and Musings post was published back on the 22nd May 2019 and featured a Crooked Dice 28mm figure of James Bond.  By coincidence Mark Morin invited me to observe an international online wargame involving him and some of his global buddies a couple of weeks ago which was based upon the exploits of James Bond in the film The Spy Who Loved Me.  The game was called Nobody Does It Better with the name taken I presume from the films title song.  It therefore seemed highly appropriate to go with this figure as a thank you to Mark for the invite.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Wednesday Whinge

I did say last week that my Wednesday Whinge posted then would most likely be my last and that was indeed my intention.  Time to get away from politics and back to something a little more in keeping with the overall theme and environment of this blog now that lockdown restrictions have been eased somewhat and I can vent my spleen to my mate John over a beer.  However, in trying to write this post on my laptop (I usually use my Samsung Tablet) I noticed that WordPress appear to be up to their old tricks of fucking about.  On a sample of one it seems they have changed how you can add and insert photos.  Now it might just be me, I’m not the most PC literate guy and unlike Pat am unable to tap into a Technical Advisor.  I will have to take a closer look at some point and if I am wrong publish an apology to WordPress.

As of now future whinges, if any, will come under the hobby spotlight.  Unless I change my mind of course.

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Give Me Five

This week I thought I would go with song intros.  Here are my top five.  Some are slow burners but each one blows me away every time. I have even gone to the trouble of including the YouTube link so you can have a listen if you are not familiar with any.  I would suggest playing loud!  Of course there are hundreds of potential tracks out there so I may have to go with this theme again at some point.  In the meanwhile I will, as always, be interested to hear what suggestions any of you make.  In no particular order:

  1. Song 2 by Blur 
  2. Money for Nothing by Dire Straits
  3. Layla by Derek and the Dominoes 
  4. Roll Over Beethoven by ELO
  5. Gimme All Your Lovin’ by ZZ Top

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Honky Tonk Women” by the Rolling Stones.  This nearly made it into my Give Me Five above but as it didn’t I thought I would include it hear instead.  You can’t beat a bit of Mick and the boys and at the time of writing I’m led to believe Keith Richard is still alive.  The man is simply indestructible!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Traces” an excellent six part BBC series.  I do like being able to binge watch a series without having to wait week after week for the next episode.  Knew nothing about this one but took a punt on it and got straight into it.  Apparently a second series is due later this year.

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Remember …

Never in the history of calming down has anyone ever calmed down after being told to calm down.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 96)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature goes by the name of Major Hoare and he is a 28mm Hasslefree figure.  He is based on the character “Dutch” played by Arnie in the Predator movie.  Those of you who follow this blog may recall seeing a similar version which I painted for IRO at the tail end of last year.  IRO had this great idea of trading figures and by way of return I received a cracking Cowboy miniature painted by the Orc himself.  As an avid collector of Hasslefree figures (really you hadn’t noticed?) it was inevitable that I need to add this classic to my collection.

The figure itself was pretty straight forward helped no end by the fact that I had performed a dummy run on the one for IRO.  If anything though I think the one I sent to him actually turned out better.  As with my previous effort I decided to stay as true as possible to the clothes as worn in the film.  Not spot on by any means but hopefully a good representation at the very least.  A bit of vegetation for the jungle vibe and voila!  I’ll now leave IRO to compare the two versions!

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Wednesday Whinge

This weeks whinge will most likely be the last.  On April 12th (which also happens to be my wedding anniversary) the pubs open up again.  I need to check the rules of engagement but I am hopeful that my mate John and I will be able to meet for a mid week beer once again and start to put the world to rights.  I have every confidence that you will feel the seismic waves heading your way.  With so many things to moan about the Wednesday Whinge may well make a guest appearance from time to time.  Be that as it may this week I thought I’d take on the minor subject of Global Warming!

Let me start by saying I think Global Warming is for real.  I will also add that all the shit us humans have pumped into the atmosphere, and still are, is doing no good at all.  Neither are we helping ourselves with our destruction of nature in all its forms.  Doing stuff to remedy all this, and as soon as possible, is highly commendable morally if nothing else.  But here’s the thing for me, isn’t the planet just warming up naturally?

Now putting away my high levels of ignorance on this subject let’s just look at some simple logic.  Over thousands if not millions of years the planet has had previous ice ages.  After the first the earth warmed up a bit and then we had another.  Then it got a bit nippy again and then it warmed up again.  It’s done this a few times.  Why therefore does the earth stop evolving just because man is on the planet?  In short it doesn’t so are we therefore not simply living through the next warm period albeit one being accelerated by us humans?   I’m inclined to think so.

In the meanwhile I will continue to do my bit for the environment, reduce my carbon foot print and stay living several metres above sea level while I see out my days and keep my fingers crossed for my kids.

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Give Me Five

The recent return of “Line of Duty” (series 6) got me thinking about my top five UK TV police/detective dramas.  Over the years there have been some great ones but these proved the most unmissable for me both now and in there day.  In no particular order:

  1. Line of Duty
  2. Prime Suspect
  3. Unforgotten
  4. Luther
  5. The Professionals

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Diamond Dogs” by David Bowie and the title track from another great album of his.  The more I think about it the more I think there is a little diorama to be had inspired by this song title. 🤔

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This week TIM has been watching …

Divergent” starring Shailene Woodley who I had never heard of but thought was quite hot and Theo James who I recognised but couldn’t initially place what I had seen him in and then remembered it was the first Inbetweeners movie.  Apparently this is the first part of a trilogy.  Having enjoyed this one I will pick up on the next two in due course.

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Remember …

If you are attending a career interview remember a gang bang isn’t proof that you can work as part of a team.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 95)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is surprise, surprise another Hasslefree figure and one I have done before at least once.  Taking advantage of a Hasslefree offer of 20% off over Christmas I put in a large order and included a number of figures I had done before.  Not an issue because I love painting them.  I have still to decide if this one will stay in my collection or find its way onto Ebay.  If I do end up selling it I will probably spend the money buying him again!

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Wednesday Whinge

Maybe it is only something which happens in the UK?  It has been about for a a good few years now so it’s not new either, but it does now seem to be a constant.  What am I talking about?  Resignations.

It might just be me but have you noticed that when someone does something wrong, either actually wrong of perceived as wrong in the eyes of the politically correct brigade, that there is an instant outcry from the public or the media for the individual to resign?

Now of course there are some things which warrant individuals to fall on their sword and if they fail to do so then they should rightly be pushed.  But there are many instances it seems to me where at worse all the individual needs to is apologise, learn from the incident and move on.  That or simply stick to their guns based on our (declining) freedom of speech society.

Yet another example for me of a world which continues to go from crazy to fucking mental!

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Diorama Lite

The word “Lite” in respect of beer is used to typically describe a pale lager that is reduced in alcohol and calories compared to regular beers – Miller Lite, Coors Lite, etc.  It’s a diluted form of the real thing and so is Diorama Lite. 

I’ve been conscious for a while that my Wizard Tower diorama is drawing to a close leaving me with the quandary of what to do next.  Ideally it would be another large diorama but space is a big problem I have to address before I can give serious consideration to doing another.  In due course I will resolve this issue but until I do get my head around it I’m looking at the idea of Diroama Lite, a series of posts of micro dioramas on bases of 40mm x 40mm or maybe smaller.

The idea is to really try to make something of the base as well as the figure(s) all within the confines of a limited space.  Will it work?  Possibly.  Will they all be a success?  Almost certainly not.  For better or worse what you can expect is probably a two part post comprising of the base build, figure paint job and the end result.

Well that’s the plan!

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Give Me Five

This week and with the UK lockdown nearing an end my mind wandered off in the direction of Road Movies, films where essentially the director takes you on a journey from one place to another.  I settled on the following five.

  1. Easy Rider (1969)
  2. Thelma and Louise (1991)
  3. Into the Wild (2007)
  4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
  5. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Galway Girl” by Ed Sheeran – I don’t always live in the musical past!  I do rather like Ed probably because he offers hope to us gingers.  I also like Saoirse Ronan who I fell in love with in the film Brooklyn and who features in this video and then there is an old girlfriend and work colleague of mine called Maureen who was born and bred in Galway and who now lives back there.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Black Books” and “Breeders”.  Two for the price of one this week thanks to Wudugast and Kuribo who a couple of weeks ago each recommended a sitcom to me.  I hadn’t heard of either (sitcom that is!) but managed to track both down and have so far watched the first couple of episodes of each.  Must say I enjoyed both very much and as a parent Breeders really struck a cord.  The good news is I still have plenty of episodes still to watch! 🤗

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Remember …

The world isn’t full of arseholes but they are strategically placed so that you run into one every day.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 93)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is actually two figures.  In an effort to get my small back log of knights done and to keep you all from being bored by the same old paint scheme I thought I’d post two figures this week and if all goes well the same next week.  These Footsore figures are not for my own collection but for selling on Ebay (unless for some reason they see them as racist and they have to be taken down!), hence the rather simplistic paint scheme.  The standard bearer which featured last week has already been sold so a final group shot is now out of the question.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Wednesday Whinge

One thing I noticed following retirement is that some people who have retired act like they haven’t.  I didn’t pick up on this phenomenon at the start of my retirement 14 years ago but even if I had I would probably have let it go.  Since then of course there have been lots of changes, chief amongst them being that I have become far less tolerant and an even grumpier old git.  I find these days that I simply cannot let things go.  I see it as one of the few perks of the aging process.

For better or worse our Village Hall Committee has recently acquired two new members.  One is an old boy, a retired army major, the other a former company director.  Both share the same common trait in that neither of them has grasped that their days of issuing orders and having them carried out without question have passed.  I have, as has become my way of late, managed to fall out with them both.

Unfortunately our Secretary was unable to attend the recent Zoom meeting which led to the former company director taking it upon himself to instruct me for some reason to do the minutes.  I politely declined pointing out he was quite capable of doing them himself without the need to delegate.  This didn’t seem to go down well with the retired major who for reasons best known to himself saw fit to admonish me which got right up my nose.  With much satisfaction I informed him that he was no longer in the army, I was not under his command and if I wanted to tell him to Foxtrot Oscar it wouldn’t result in a Court Marshall.  All in all a great meeting.  Two birds with one stone.

The sooner this obnoxious pair begin to understand that retirement is a level playing field so much the better.

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Give Me Five

Having done UK sitcoms last week this time it is the US.  Just as difficult as last time to come down to five but nonetheless here they are.  In no particular order:

  1. MASH
  2. Friends
  3. The Munsters
  4. Roseanne
  5. Home Improvement

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“We Didn’t Start The Fire” by Billy Joel.  I hadn’t intended to listen to this but it popped up on YouTube.  I like the track anyway but this version caught my attention with the historical edit.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Bay” series One and Two.  Only discovered this series when a mate mentioned it in passing during a Zoom call.  Binge watched them over a few nights and enjoyed them both.  It always helps when the characters in a drama are believable.

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Remember …

If you are taking Viagra and drinking prune juice you may not know whether you are coming or going.

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TIM