TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 113)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is yet again another figure double, I’m on a roll!  In fairness these are a lot easier to churn out than the knights.  The lack of a shield keeps these figures much more simple.  It’s not that they are that much quicker to paint because they have faces to be done but I don’t have to spend time wondering what heraldry to do.  These two Baron’s War figures are from the “Spearmen No: 1” pack and I’m hoping I’ll get the other two done next week.  If I do, and if I manage to remember, I’ll also do a group photo of the four of them.  I also need to get my head around a larger group shot too, in particular what to use as a base and a backdrop.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

I’m not sure just how many films feature in this genre compared to topics of previous weeks but I decided to consider my top five musical bio films.  I still found myself leaving out a couple of excellent movies though!  In no particular order I listed the following five.

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
  2. The Glenn Miller Story
  3. Nowhere Boy (John Lennon)
  4. The Buddy Holly Story
  5. Backbeat (The Beatles)

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Model Club

After what seems like forever the Plymouth Model Club will be meeting for the first time next Monday.  Lockdown restrictions have been lifted to allow for this to happen although common sense precautions will be in place.  It will feel strange meeting up after such a long time and it will be interesting to see what members return.  Who knows, membership may even increase due to the growing interest in the hobby as a result of Covid.  It’s even starting to look like some shows will now take place too.  I’ll let you know how it goes.    

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Go Solo” by Tom Rosenthal.  My brother put me on to this guy a little while ago and slowly his music is growing on me.  I think it helps that this track has been taken by Renault for a UK TV advert and as such it’s exposure has grown.  A nice slow track with touching lyrics.  I can be sentimental at times! 

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Inbetweeners Movie”.  Like Marmite there is no half way house with The Inbetweeners, you either love it or you hate.  Personally I love it.  Watching series one to three of The Inbetweeners, along with the first movie, followed by Ricky Gervais in the “The Office” would, together, pretty much make up up 80% of my life before I retired.  Sad but true. 

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Remember …

If you see someone wearing camouflage make sure to walk straight into them to show its working.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 112)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is yet another double act.  Not sure how much longer I’m going to be able to keep it up for but a change in weather meant outdoor jobs and other life inhibitors were put on the back burner and as such I was able to dedicate more time to painting.  As a consequence I decided to press on with getting the two remaining “Foot Sergeants with Hand Weapons” done so I could complete pack 1 and also take a couple of group photos. 

The shield design for the first figure is called a “Per Pile” while the design for the second shield is a “Bend”.  Nothing difficult but the variety of design will help to make each figure different once the eventual army is all grouped together.

 

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

This week I thought I’d take a look at Gangster Movies.  Another genre with plenty to choose from and as a consequence a few good films left out along the way.  After some consideration I short listed the following in no particular order.

  1. The Godfather Trilogy – (OK I know that’s three!)
  2. The Untouchables
  3. Goodfellas
  4. Miller’s Crossing
  5. The Long Good Friday

Footnote – of late I’ve started to struggle to keep this article going, time as ever being the biggest problem.  If any of you have any thoughts on future topics of any description or genre please feel free to comment below. 🙂 

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Freelove Highway” by Ricky Gervais aka David Brent.  Can’t believe it was 20 years ago that The Office first aired on the BBC.  The series was not everyone’s cup of tea but having worked in an office all my life the level of accuracy and character portayls were simply amazing and so cringe worthy!  Loved every minute.  Must break out the box set once again!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The White Queen” starring a very hot Rebecca Furguson (Mission Impossible; The Greatest Showman) and Eleanor Tomlinson, the stunning female lead in Poldark.  Based on the book by Phillippa Gregory it’s a great drama.  I’ve watched the box set a couple of times before and will doubtless watch it again in the future. 

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Remember …

Without freedom of speech we would never know who the idiots are.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 111)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is in fact another double act and no prises for guessing they are both Baron’s War figures (are you bored yet?).  First up we have a foot Sergeant from the “Foot Sergeants with Hand Weapons Pack 1” followed by a cossbowman from “Crossbowmen Pack 1”.  Both nicely composed figures which I’m happy to add the my expanding army.  At some point I must do a count up of just how many I’ve now done.  Whilst the figure will be encouraging it will still fall well short of even half way.  For now though, and with the limited time I have available these days, the figures are filling a need and keeping my painting level up.  The summer will come to an end soon enough and then it will be time to mix things up a bit.

 

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

One of the things which intreagues me is people’s surnames.  My own surname is Green, derived perhaps from a family which once might have resided near the village green.  Some surnames recognise trades such as Baker or Butcher while others reflect a family member, for example, Jack’s son giving rise to Jackson.  Simple actions and occupations often lead to names which stick and are handed down through the generations.  I’m sure you get the idea but some names make me curious.  All I’ll say is I’m glad my surname is what it is but what exactly were these people once up to? 

  1. Lillycrap
  2. Rogers
  3. Woodcock
  4. Blewitt
  5. Windass

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Victim of Love” but Erasure.  I seem to have found my self indulging in another decade of late and as such YouTube has throwing some memorable tunes at me of which this is one of my favourites.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Timeline – The Victoria Cross” – Narrated by Jeremy Clarkson.  My brother brought this documentary to my attention and I’m glad he did.  If you haven’t seen it then it is well worth a watch to learn about some truly remarkable people.  Even though Clarkson is like Marmite to some (I like Marmite) don’t let that put you off, his narration is terrific.   

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Remember …

There is no better feeling than someone playing with your hair or running their fingers down your back.  Unless you thought you were alone.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 110)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This week saw two more archers done and with it the completion of Archers Pack 1.  Two more archer packs to go based on a quick glance of the to do pile.  Still progressing well but more impressively I’m managing to maintain my discipline with the project.  Although I’m confident of getting all the figures painted, albeit not for a while, the real challenge is not deviating along the way. So far so good but I’m sure a couple of unrelated figures have been winking at me!

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

This week I got to thinking about cars in movies, particulalry vehicles which have become iconic.  Unsurprisingly there are quite a lot, more than I had anticipated in fact.  Needless to say opinion will be divided as I have left out some great vehicles but my top five, in no particular order, are as follows:

  1. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (James Bond, Goldfinger)
  2. 1963 Herbie, VW Beetle (The Love Bug)
  3. 1961 Ferrari California Spyder (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
  4. 1968 Ford Mustang Fightback (Steve McQueen, Bullitt)
  5. 1981 DeLorean (Back to the Future)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” by The Communards.  An excellent 1980’s cover version of a 1970’s classic.  I love this version.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Salmon Fishing In The Yemen” starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.  A quirky little film which came out ten years ago but caught my attention this week.  Easy going and very enjoyable and not what I was expecting.

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Remember …

Always live within your income even if you have to borrow money to do so.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 109)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is Robin Hood.  Last week I painted Friar Tuck who is paired with Robin as a pack of two figures in the Baron’s War range and this week I manged to get the prince of thieves himself done.  Images of the iconic rogue below along with a couple of him together with his religious side kick.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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“Florabunda”

Well my little ninja turtles I discovered three websites a few weeks ago which I thought I would share with you.  All are very much geared to basing, specifically in respect of flora and fauna and although  they may not be new to you they are to me.

Tajima1 is based in Cornwall, not a million miles away from me, and a small order I placed arrived very quickly and the quality of the items I bought was excellent.  They don’t have a huge range of items compared to the other two sites but still we’ll worth checking out in my opinion.  I’m sure I will be buying from them again.

I also bought a couple of items from Model Scenery Supplies.  They are a railway accessories stockist but OO gauge is more than good enough for 28mm.  In their blurb they rated MP Products as the dogs bollocks so I targeted a couple of those items and was again most impressed with the quality.

Finally I came across an Italian company, Diorama Presepe, who I have yet to buy anything from.  Their range is very impressive and they have some great looking stuff.  I will all most certainly be making some purchase once I have trawled the site and decided on what I want to buy.

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Give Me Five

This week I thought I’d take a look at badass females.  Now whilst I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of any of these young women I’d be more than happy to be dominated by Jennifer Lawrence and/or Scarlett Johansson!  In no particular order my top 5 female characters not to mess with are:

  1. Ellen Ripley – Alien (Sigourney Weaver)
  2. Hit Girl – Kickass (Chloe Grace Moretz)
  3. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games (Jeniffer Lawrence)
  4. Sarah Connor – The Terminator (Linda Hamilton)
  5. Black Widow – The Avengers (Scarlett Johansson)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Lying Eyes” by the The Eagles.  I was in an easy going mood for a change this week which is another way of saying I couldn’t be arsed to do much.  There is no better music to listen to when in that sort of mood than The Eagles.  If I wasn’t horizontal before I put the music on I was afterwards.  I should also add what a cool album cover this is too.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Snatch” starring Brad Pitt and Jason Statham amount others.  For some reason this film passed me by but my brother reminded me of it so I finally managed to sit down and watch it.

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Remember …

No matter how bad things get don’t let gravity get you down.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 108)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is the Baron’s War take on Friar Tuck.  I nice little sculpt which will sit alongside Will Scarlet and Little John who I painted a week or so ago.  Tuck is sold as a pair with Robin Hood which surprised me as I would have paired Robin with Maid Marion who is sold as a single figure, not that it matters a great deal.  All being well I’ll get Robin and Marion painted soon.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

Outside of my WordPress blog I’m not a great one for social media.  The main reason for being anti social on the World Wide Web is mostly an age thing but I’m also aware from what others have posted that various platforms have there pros and cons.  The biggest con being that far to many people are incapable of being kind to one another, the complete opposite of our little WordPress gang.

Nevertheless I recently posted a few images of my knights on Facebook having discovered by chance that there is a Baron’s War group.  On a number of levels it’s not a patch on WordPress blogging but I have to report that so far it has been a pleasant surprise.  Time will tell if I continue to contribute but I must say some of the posts have been very informative and as a further research source it has proven quite useful.

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Give Me Five

This week I’ve been pondering unsolved mysteries.  In reality there are hundreds to choose from but if I live long enough I’d like to see these five resolved before I expire.  Not much chance though!  In no particular order:

  1. UFO’s and Alien life forms, do they exist?
  2. Who was Jack the Ripper?
  3. Does the Lochness Monster exist?
  4. Was there a city of Atlantis?
  5. Was George Mallory the first man to climb Mount Everest?

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“You can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon.  I remember when the Graceland album came out.  It was very different at the time and was a very popular album and one I played a lot.  I’d forgotten just how good it was.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Kill Bill Volume 1” and “Kill  Bill Volume 2” starring Uma Thurman.  Classic Quentin Tarantino.  Totally over the top but fun.

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Remember …

When having sex it is OK to say “Yea”, “Yes” and “Oh Yes” but not “Yep”.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 107)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is once again a double bill.  As I have mentioned previously, the Baron’s War range of figures is not just about knights but also other members of the rank and file too.  In this instance we are talking archers.  Not a great deal to say about them.  Both nicely cast figures and, given the historical period, not overly complicated in terms of clothing and attire to paint.

One of the things I have enjoyed about buying so many figures up front is being able to vary what I paint.  So far I haven’t found myself bored or stuck in a rut and for now at least long may that contnue.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

Sticking with the theme of “cool” from last week I took a look at male musicians who, for me, fall within that genre, needless to say I could have included plenty more.  I have no music talents of my own, unless in days gone buy putting an album on the record player counts (confused young people please message me and I’ll expalin), but these are people I would have liked to have been in their heyday and my youth given half a chance.  So my top five cool dudes in no particular order are:

  1. Elvis
  2. John Lennon
  3. Bryan Ferry
  4. Keith Richards
  5. Marc Bolan

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Sweet Caroline” by Northern Irish footbaall fans.

Now I don’t mention it very often, mainly because this is first and foremost a modelling blog but I am a huge football fan.  With the European Champioships on this, along with numerous other video’s, popped up in my feed so I gave it a listen.  It did two things for me.  Firstly, it reminded me just how much fans are such a huge part of a game and the atmosphere it creates and secondly, just what a buzz it is being part of a large gathering that unites as one.  Not everyone’s cup of tea I know but it is so raw and gives me goose bumps

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Mare of Easttown” starring Kate Winslet.  A seven part series which I binge watched over a couple of evenings.  Very watchable with a couple of twists and turns along the way together with some good actng and believable characters.

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Remember …

The annoying thing about house work is just when you’ve finally made the bed and washed the dishes six months goes past and you find yourself having to start all over again!

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 106)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is actually a couple of figures.  As mentioned at the outset, the Footsore  Baron’s War range of 28mm figures comprises of more than just knights and here we have my first Crossbowman and Spearman.  Individually these little chaps are nowhere as exciting at the knights to paint or look at but hopefully once they are all done they will swell the numbers and make the eventual army look all the more impressive.  Well that’s the plan!

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Here, There and Everywhere?

Just a couple of weeks ago I had occasion to welcome a few more countries to have visited my blog.  New countries don’t come along very often these days but it seems they arrive like buses when they do.  Time now to say a big welcome to the Lebanon and St Vincent and Grenadine which takes my total now to 85.

There seems to be some dispute over how many countries there are in the world according to a Google search I made but the general consensus is 196.  Whatever the accuracy of the total figure the fact remains TIM has yet to reach out to over half the world.  Looks like I’m going to have to travel to some of the missing places and logon to my own site if I’m to make greater progress.  Not sure just how much I fancy the Middle East and swathes of Africa though.

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Give Me Five

“Cool” is something we probably all get but is, well for me at least, hard to explain.  I don’t think you can simply choose to be cool you simply are or you aren’t.  Although I am a legend in my own pants the reality is I would have loved to have been cooler than I am.  If I could choose who I would want to be as cool as within the world of acting then any on this list of my top 5 classic actors would do.  Next week I might take a look at the music world.  In no particular order:

  1. Clint Eastwood
  2. Steve McQueen
  3. Paul Newman
  4. Sean Connery
  5. James Dean

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“The Galway Girl” by Fiddler’s Green.  This popped up in my YouTube presumably because I’d been listening to the Ed Sheeran track called Galway Girl recently.  The songs are not the same however and this is not the original version of this song either, that was performed by a chap by the name of Steve Earle and is a classic in its own right.  Anyway I had a listen and found myself hooked.  If I couldn’t be English then I’d choose to be Irish I reckon.  As much as the girl in the video is stunning with her red hair it would have made more sense to have gone with someone who matched the lyrics.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Prime Suspect” starring Helen Mirren.  Borrowed the box set from my mum and dad and just watched series one.  Hard to believe it’s 30 years old now.  Amusing watching how the world has changed with things like smoking in the office for example.  Classic TV though and looking forward to working my way through the rest.

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Remember …

Always love a women for her personality, they have like 10, so you can choose.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 105)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is of a Baron’s War Footsore Sergeant, the first of four which comprise of pack No:1.  More than a peasant less than a knight would be my description, certainly from a painting perspective.  As he isn’t a knight as such I thought I would make up the heraldry using the rules I shared a short while ago.  The shield design is a “Pile” with a star denoting this Sergeant as the “third son”.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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Give Me Five

Not sure what prompted this, probably the fact that my daughter has now finished school which had me reflecting on my own school days many, many years ago.  It occurred to me that there were lots of things I did at school which I have never done or used since.  Here is my list of five.  Feel free to add, could make for quite a list!

  1. Used a ruler to draw a margin on every page I write on
  2. Ended the day by putting my chair on the desk for the cleaner
  3. Ever climbed Gym Ropes
  4. Played (or tried to) the Recorder 
  5. Used Pi 

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

Now it’s not very often I invent something, in fact I will go as far as to say I have never done so.  However, confronted with a problem I needed a solution.

The problem I was having related to my mounted knights.  When it comes to mounted figures I generally drill a whole in the bum of the figure, glue a piece of paper clip into the whole and then press the other end of the paper clip into the end of a cork which I then hold to paint.

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Now this method has its pros and cons.  On the positive side I am forced to drink more wine in order to have a fresh supply of corks.  On the negative side the corks often have a slightly curved bottom to them and they easily topple over which is far from ideal.  This matter required some thought. 🤔

What followed was hundreds of man hours spent on numerous blue print designs based on mathematical and geometric theorem together with test model, after test model.  The end result, a superb example of modern engineering and ingenuity if I says myself, has now been patented and will be going into mass production in a matter or weeks. 

I use a specific clamp from my collection to hold horses and using the latest technology added  a drawing pin to the base.   Before and after images below display this perfect piece of engineering.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“I Love To Boogie” by T-Rex.  As a kid I did love T-Rex and Mark Bolan. Sad he died so young, killed in a car crash in Barnes not so far from where I used to live and I would pass by the site on my way to watch Chelsea play every other week back in the day.

Unsure what track to go with I settled on this dance mash up because it has a brief glimpse of dancing knight’s from Monty Python’s Spamalot!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Pact”, a six part BBC series set in South Wales.  Notwithstanding that I predicted the ending, all be it within the last half an hour or so, this proved to be very watchable.

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Remember …

Everyone is beautiful, but sometimes it just requires the right amount of alcohol to see it.

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TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 104)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is another “Two Handed Weapon Knight” from the Footsore Baron’s War range.  The little chap has been painted in the colours and heraldry of Roger Bigod who was one of the Magna Carta Barons in the year 1215.

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Well It Made Me Laugh

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WordPress Notifications

In case it isn’t just me I thought I would share the following experience.

It took me more than a week to realise that very few emails were arriving in my BT email account advising me of Likes and Comments.  In itself it wasn’t a big deal, I just needed to check out the comments directly on the blog instead.  It bugged me though so I got in touch with a WordPress Happiness Engineer.  It would appear that BT seem to have a very high level of what they consider to be Spam, not that the emails are going into my Spam folder, they aren’t even reaching me in the first place.  Why has this just started to happen? Buggered if I know.

My Happiness Engineer suggested I change my email address to Gmail as they have a higher Spam threshold and allow greater control to be employed by the end user.  Having made the change it looks as though the email notifications from you guys are now coming through. On the downside, we all knew there had to be one, my Site Icon disappeared and was no longer being shown despite all the various boxes being correctly ticked in my settings.  More emails to a another Happiness Engineer has now hopefully resolved that. 🤞

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The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

This week the cavalry arrived, literally.

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In addition to around 100 various foot figures still to do I have now given myself a further 16 mounted figures to paint.  Cleaning has been done but not the priming.  I also need to give plenty of thoughts to how I intend to paint them in terms of heraldry.  Fortunately I am in no rush so will continue to paint the foot figures that I have plans for.

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Give Me Five

We’ve all had those moments when we would like to take revenge for an injustice we have been dealt.  Alas the thought of criminal proceedings holds us back and we are left trusting in divine intervention striking down the bastards who upset us.  On a personal level I had hoped Covid-19 might have proven to be one of Big G’s “mysterious moves” but indications so far aren’t encouraging as my nemesis Mad Martin remains a live .  No such problems, however, stand in the way of our silver screen heroes who do our bidding for us.  The fact that this film genre was the toughest yet rather tells you just how many films are out there and how much the genre is a box office hit!  In no particular order my top five revenge movies (it could have been a top 30!) are:

  1. Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
  2. Gladiator (2000)
  3. Death Wish (1974)
  4. Straw Dogs (1971)
  5. Inglorious Basterds (2008)

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“The Beverley Hills Cop” Sound Track album.  Not sure what prompted this bit of nostalgia but I did enjoy the music and subsequently the film.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Beverley Hills Cop” starring Eddie Murphy.  A blast from the past but just as enjoyable.

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Remember …

Being kissed while you’re sleeping is one of the purest forms of love unless you are in prison.

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TIM