TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 36)

A return to my WW1 project this week.  An end piece was essential to complete my timeline and I chose a soldier returning home and walking down the front garden path to be met by his excited daughter and his wife.

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28mm WW1 Vignette – “Daddy’s Home!

Today’s second post.

No excuses, I’d simply fallen behind on my WW1 timeline project and needed to get back on track, thus establishing the aim of completing an outstanding item for this week and the next.

Although June is still some time away I can’t believe just how quickly January and February have passed by.  As a consequence I did a review of just where I was with this project and my audit indicated that several vignettes and dioramas were complete, some were being worked upon but some had not yet been started.  It also struck me that I hadn’t given any further thought to a model which would act as the “end” piece in the sequence.

Obviously the war ending is the stand out incident but was it really the end?  In my imagination I envisaged marching troops through London in front of crowds of cheering people but bringing that to life was difficult to get my head around, not least of all because I struggled to find anywhere near the type or number of figures I would have required.  I also thought of something very sobering such as a graveyard scene – Gone But Not Forgotten – but whilst I did do one (see an earlier post) I decided that although relevant if was not how I wanted to end the sequence.

In the end I decided on the idea of daddy coming home from the war and being greeted by his wife and child.  For many this was the real end of the war, seeing a loved one returning home.  More up beat and more personal.  So here you have the returning soldier coming down the garden path.  Would he have had his rifle?  Possibly.  Would he have had a fixed bayonet?  Almost certainly not!  I did think to remove it but on closer inspection I thought I would almost certainly cock it up so felt it was better left alone!  It’s the story that’s relevant not the accuracy.  That’s my excuse any way!

So now I have a beginning and an end to my timeline and but need of a few more for inbetween. No time for slacking as the clock continues to tick.

TIM

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The Magnificent Seven

Knuckleduster continue to expand their range of 28mm Old West figures at a pace I have given up on in terms of trying to collect and paint them all.  As a consequence I made the decision to focus only on the figures which really caught my eye or had some other special meaning.  So when they recently brought out the seven figures from the classic western movie “The Magnificent Seven” I knew this was a purchase I had to make.

The quality of the metal sculpts was typically excellent but there is a problem with figures of “real” people.  Whilst I consider myself to be a reasonable figure painter I am not an artist capable of painting a face to look anything like the actual actor.  Those of you familiar with the film will no doubt be able to work out which figure is which from the pose and the clothing but alas you ain’t going to look at the faces and say “He’s a dead ringer for Yul Bryner/Steve McQueen”.   All I can say is I did my best.

Pictures below along with a final group shot.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 67)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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Hasslefree Miniatures do three versions of “Ray” based on Simon Pegg in the film “Shaun of the Dead”.  Having done the other two it kind of made sense to complete the set by painting the third.  In my case the third figure was “Zombie Ray” although in the film Ray never actually became a Zombie.  Some pictures below including a group one of all three.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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Domain … Help!

When I upgraded my WordPress package a month or two ago it came with the offer of a free  Domain for the first year.   Unfortunately it would seem that theimperfectmodeller.com has already gone (there are two of us?) but theimperfectmodeller.co.uk is available.  I am more than happy with the co.uk extention, in fact as a Brit I think I prefer it but I have two concerns.

Firstly, given the glorified cockup WordPress have made upgrading (!) the editor how easy is it to change the domain address or am I better leaving things as they are?

Secondly, in past posts I have added links which contain my current wordpress.com domain name.  Do these links now need to be changed or do the links remain intact and link automatically to the new domain address?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Cheers.

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Scale Model World Telford

Disappointingly but not surprisingly I received an email last week informing me that the show had been cancelled as a consequence of Covid-19.  This event is the high point on my modelling calendar and one of the major occasions in the year that I really look forward to.  The email felt like the final nail in the 2020 coffin notwithstanding that there are 4 months still to go.  My feelings and my mood can best be summed up in one word.  Fuck.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Cal Me” by Blondie.  Popped up on a YouTube playlist.  Nice bit of nostalgia.

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This week TIM has been watching…

“Defiance” starring Daniel Craig.  A film which came out in 2008 but passed me by until seeing it on Netflix the other day.  A watchable WW2 film made more interesting given that it is based on a true story. 

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Remember…

If a women says you’re right that’s called sarcasm.

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TIM

TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 35)

One of the nice things about looking back at my past models is reminding myself of the things I learnt along the way, either in terms of scenery building or figure painting.  At the time this model taught me a lot and the techniques I employed were refined a little in future builds.  I am also reminded of the mistakes I made and how Imanaged to cover them up!

For those of you who might be interested a  link to Part 1 of this diorama can be found here.

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The Last Of The Mohicans – 28mm Diorama – Part 2

A succesful week, helped considerably by the stay in doors weather, which has seen the completion of this model and also of one of my outstanding WW1 vignettes, the subject of a separate post to follow this one.

Not a great deal to say on this one.  The fir trees were completed with a couple of applications of static grass, the water effects were applied but need to dry a little further and the figures were painted and fixed in position.

The figures are in my opinion nicely designed but they aren’t the greatest of castings and they lack the crispness of other models that I have painted.  As a consequence they aren’t the best but perhaps I’m just getting my excuses in early!

The last photo was taken with the Magua model placed behind this diorama (my brothers idea, credit where it’s due).  The idea was to see how dramatic, if at all, the backdrop would look.  I think  a combination of both bits of landscaping could make for an interesting diorama, I just need to get my head around what figures to use.  There is no rush however as right now I’ve got more than enough lined up!

Photo’s below.

TIM

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“Dorothy” – A 28mm Twisted Miniatures Figure

Today we have a Twisted Miniatures figure from Demented Games based in Australia.  The figure goes by the name of “Dorothy” and is very nicely cast and highly detailed.  I bought a few figures from the range, seven to be exact, and have been slowly working my way through them.   Despite being distracted by other figures I have bought I now only have two more to paint.  I will get around to completing both of them, just not sure when!

Dorothy had plenty of detail to pick out which made her nice to paint but once again I can’t say I am very pleased with the base.  I seem to have lost my way a little just lately and this is some thing I need to focus on.  Despite that a deserved shout out to Kerry my neighbour who turned a few more wooden bases for me of which this is one.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 66)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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Back to Hasslefree Miniatures this week and a female figure which goes by the name “Young Maria”.  She was bought along with numerous others, several of which I have painted and recently posted, to be part of a diorama which never materialised.  Individually I loved each and every figure but I had a firm idea of what I wanted to do but some how just couldn’t get my head around how to put it together.  What are the odds that once I finish the last figure I will have a light bulb moment and then need to start all over!

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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The Return of My Diorama Mojo

In Miniatures and Musings No: 63 I mentioned that I had bought a building from Table Top World, to be precise I purchased it through Zealot Miniatures in the UK.  You can buy direct from Table Top World who are based in Croatia but it is a little more expensive.  Now I am not often blown away by the quality of models these days, standards are high and I guess that is what I have come to expect, but the little building I bought is simply exquisite.

I am really looking forward to painting it now that it has arrived and I have several ideas for dioramas.  The search is now underway for the figures and accessories needed to accompany it.  Availability will doubtless determine the route the diorama takes, it typically does.

It will be a while before the project gets properly underway but for now I feel my mojo has definately returned.

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Is It Just Me?

I think I made it clear that I am not a fan of the new WordPress Editor.  Just to be clear I fucking hate it.  More than that my hatred is growing day by day.  It is only a matter of time before someone will say something and I will stab them.  It’s got me in that kind of mood.  If I lived in the US then I would probably be heading towards Silicon Valley armed to the teeth with an AK47 instead of being a keyboard warrior here in the UK.  So what has riled me now?  Four things.

Firstly, I schedule some of my posts.  In the old world the calendar function showed me what had been scheduled already and it was easy to determine the next date for the post I was about to schedule.  The new version I am looking at doesn’t.  I now need to look at scheduled posts, make a note of the dates and then go back in and try again.  Progress!

Secondly, if I dip out of a post I am writing to check something out then when I toggle back the post I had opened no longer automatically saves.  I have to go back out and start again and then I am asked if I want to restore the back up version.  Helpfull?  No.

Thirdly, if I cut some text with the aim of pasting it elsewhere it will allow me to paste it in the new position but the same text in its original postion is still there so I have to go back and delete it.

Fourthly, apologies if I have missed any posts of late but some are not finding there way to my email account or other feeds.  I know I am not the only one experiencing this but cannot see that this is down to me so I am blaming WordPress for this too.

Maybe it is just me.  Perhaps things work differently on my Samsung Tablet.  I might be better off using my laptop instead.  Then again I might just be hitting the wrong keys or something.  Whatever the problem I can’t help but feel there are a lot of glitches to be ironed out.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“I Knew The Bride When she Used To Rock And Roll” by Nick Lowe.  What can I say, I do like a bit of Rock and Roll and I quite like this video too.

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This week TIM has been watching…

“World War II In Colour” on Netflix.  I suspect a great many of you have already seen this but if you haven’t and World War II is your thing then definately a series to watch.

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Remember…

You cannot control who walks into your life but you can control what window you throw them out of.

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TIM

TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 34)

This weeks post makes for a welcome change from WW1 which for a while had dominated my modelling.  I hadn’t finished with my WW1 timeline but I needed a break from the genre.  There is only so much khaki I can paint before getting bored with a bland colour palette.

I had forgotten all about this particular model.  I did enjoy it but it is an awkward size to dsiplay and thus is condemed to live its days out in a storage box in the garage.

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The Last Of The Mohicans – 28mm Magua Figure

My third and final post for this weekend and the background to the first post on “How to Make Fir Trees”.

One of my favourite films is The Last Of The Mohicans staring Daniel Day-Lewis and Wes Studi.  I love the story, the cinematography and the sound track.  A winning combination all round.  Truth is from a very young age I have always had a soft spot for the Indians.  There is a reason for this and it is a true story.  Allow me to enlighten you.

My Grandfather on my mother’s side had three older sisters and back in the time of the Great War 1914 – 1918 the family lived in Windsor.  During the war the Canadians sent over an expeditionary force who were billeted in Windsor Great Park.  Many of these men were lumber jacks and native indians who were brought over to chop down trees to supply some of the timber used in making trenches.  Two of my Grandfathers sisters met and later married two Canadian service men and went to live in Canada when the war ended.  In the case of my Great Aunt Rose she married a man by the name Pete Commanda, a native north American Indian.  They spent their lives living on the indian reservation in a log  cabin on the shores of Lake Temagami, Ontario.  A story which has fascinated me from an early age.  For interest a couple of pictures below.

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So, whilst trawling the Warlord Games web site some while ago I discovered a set of six figures based on the movie.  I couldn’t resist the temptation to buy them.  I decided they would make two models.  One, this one, would feature Magua on his own.  The other five figures would feature as the basis for a separate diorama.

One of my favourite sequences in the film is at the end when all the main characters are high up on the mountains.  Somehow I wanted to create a mountain scene, albeit with a degree of poetic licence. I wanted height, I wanted rock faces, I wanted fir trees and to aid the impression of altitude I wanted snow (the poetic licence bit as none featured in the film!).  I wasn’t sure how I was going to achieve this and even if I could I wasn’t sure how good a single 28mm figure would appear dominated by a 30 cm high base.  As a consequence the idea sat on my to do list.  Then I got some inspiration on how to make fir trees.  I still wasn’t sure how the overall model would look but then decided to hell with it, let’s give it ago!

The first step was to sift through my outdoor log pile for a suitable log.  This was followed by some saw work to cut away sections which would house the trees and the rocks.  The photo’s below show some of the stages in that sequence.  I then cast some rocks using Woodland Scenics molds.  While various things were drying and doing their stuff I painted the Magua figure.  The Trees were made following the “How To Make Fir Trees” article that I recently published.

Everything painted and dried it was then all about assembly, more painting and then applying the snow.  My overall impression is that it came out looking OK.  I think I achieved the depth of scale I wanted and if nothing else then it’s a little different.

Now to deal with the other five figures!

TIM

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“The Scribe” – 28mm Other World Miniatures

As far as my miniatures go this week sees a different manufacture/supplier – Other World Miniatures.  If memory serves me correctly, and at my bloody age it’s doing well if it does, then this was the third of three figures I bought more than a year or so ago.  The other two were a Rat Catcher that featured in Miniatures and Musings No: 40 and a Medieval Knight which I used in a mini diorama entitled The Temptress.  For far to long this little chap has been sitting primed in the to do pile.

I do like figures which I consider have some charachter about them and this little chap falls into that category which is why he appealed to me at the time and still does.  All of which adds to the mystery of why it has taken me so long to get around to painting and basing him.  All in all a nice little two part casting where the arms and the book are a seperate piece to the main body.

I am reminded to take another look at the Other World website as I seem to recall they had some other very nice figures too.  But can I can  justify any new purchases?  Of course I can!

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 65)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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A straight forward figure this week, a little Hasslefree chap who goes by the name of “Finn”. Nothing much to say, just another figure from the pile of lead that I have been working my way through.  Originally intended for a diorama which I lost interest in but a nice little figure in its own right.  Images make his jeans look a little to glossy but having taken another look they are quite matt in the flesh so not sure what has happend there.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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Perfection or Imperfection?

When I buy a new pair of Levi jeans they are perfect.  They have never been worn and they are stiff and unfaded.  Perfect but I don’t like them.  Only when they have been worn in, become less stiff and more than a little faded do they become perfect as far as I am concerned.

And so it is with figures that I paint.

I could, if I choose to, paint all my figures in nice sharp colours and end up with the modelling equivalent of a new pair of Levi’s but would it look right?  In some cases the answer is yes.  For example a soldier on the parade ground would probably look imaculate but in a combat situation would that still be the case?  For me the answer is no but I accept that some people like the figures unweathered, I just don’t happen to be one of those people.

Personally I like weathering as it adds realism to the figure subject of course to composition and basing.  Perfection in imperfection is how I see it, like a nice worn in pair of jeans.

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The End of the Lead Pile!

My lead pile is no more.

No I haven’t finished all the models that I have and if I am being honest I never will.  Nor before anyone asks I haven’t given them all away either.  Instead I have simply renamed these never to be painted (by me) figures the “Investment Pile”.

The way I see it, left unpainted and kept safe and hidden for a number of years, they will one day be worth a small fortune.  One day future figure painters tired of 3D printed plastic will spend their cash to acquire old metal figures.  Think vinyl records.

Am I being delusional?  Almost certainly but for now at least I no longer have a lead pile.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Morning Glory” by Oasis.  Been a while since I listened to this album and had forgotten how good it was.

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This week TIM has been watching…

“The Fall” series 1, 2 and 3 starring Gillian Anderson.  Missed this series first time around but caught up on it on Netflix.  An excellent programme and well worth a watch.

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Remember…

If a book hits you on the head you may have only your shelf to blame.

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TIM

Hasselfree Miniatures – A Review By TIM

I suspect for a great many painters and modellers the bottom line is the sites which interest us the most are those which align themselves to what we prefer doing.  So it was for me several years ago when my interest was almost exclusively the Old West.  However, whilst I still love the period my allegiance to the genre has moved on, my figure searches have widened and I now paint whatever takes my fancy.  As a consequence I am very much open to each and every site I come across.  If I discover a figure(s) I like the look of and I am inspired to paint and base it then I am almost certain to buy it.

It was during such a search that I discovered Hasslefree Miniatures.  I first came across images of a female fantasy figure called “Lenore” which was enough to make me go to the site and look more closely at what they had to offer.  The menu offers three prime categories – Fantasy & Steampunk, Modern & Post-Apocalyptic and Sci-Fi & Weird War.  There are numerous sub headings under each category.

My first purchase was for a few female fantasy figures.  They arrived like every order I have made since, well packaged and containing a couple of packets of sweets.  Yes that’s right sweets.  I always give mine to my daughter as her tooth is sweeter than.

The figures themselves are simply superb with very little, if any, clean up needed.  Each one is perfectly in scale with nothing out of proportion at all.   They are the work of a master sculptor for sure.  Some manufactures can equal the work of Hasslefree but I have yet to come across anyone who can better them when it comes to quality.  You do pay a little more for the figures but you certainly get what you pay for.  Generally the figures retail at around £4.00 to £5.00 each plus the dreaded VAT and you can expect to pay double that price if you want the resin master figure insead of white metal.  Occasionally Hasslefree will gave a 20% sale on everything and when they do I try to take full advantage.

One of the other things which attracts me to Hasslefree is that the figures are so well posed.  Each one has a charachter and expression of their own and for me and what I do they are simply perfect.   The level of detail is spot on and there is plenty of opportunity for some freehand painting shoild you so wish.  I could paint and base these figures all day long (and often do!).  They are so cool in my opinion and offer so many inspirational ideas.  If you didn’t know previously then I guess you know now that I am rather keen on Hasslefree Miniatures!

I am not sure that I can or that I would want to pick favourites within the ranges they have on offer but the Modern Adventurers category is simply class.   They are popular too and it is not unusual to see certain figures out of stock.  It doesn’t take long for them to become available again although one figure, “Joe”, I just don’s seem to be able to get my hands on at all.

As I said at the start, much depends what you are into but if you do decide to check out the site and take the plunge of buying some figures I am confident you wont be disappointed.

A couple of links to models and figures I have done featuring some Hasslefree figures I have painted below.

TIM

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TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 33)

As part of my WW1 timeline I wanted to have a centre piece model and made up my mind that it would need to include a scratch built building of some sort.  I settled on the idea of a farm house and the finished result and final post appears below.  If you want to see or remind yourself how the building and diorama was constructed then please take a look at parts 1 through to 6 which you will be able to find scrolling through the WW1 menu above.

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28mm Building Project No: 7 – WW1 Farmhouse Diorama

Off the Work bench!

This week was all about assembling the various bits and pieces to complete the diorama.  All in all it went together pretty well after some careful thought as to what should be placed into position first.  It wouldn’t have been the first time I’ve boxed myself into a corner but on this occasion I managed to avoid any such dilemmas.

Not a great deal to add in terms of narrative as I think I covered most aspects of the build in previous “On The Work Bench” posts.  Will be interesting to see what, if any, feedback I receive when it receives its first public outing.  If nothing else my mum likes it and thats good enough for me!

The aim of the diorama, as mentioned in the first post of this sequence, was to depict a small group of British soldiers making their way through the French/Belgium farming countryside.  Hopefully I managed to convey that.

Now on to the next project(s).  Still have a few WW1 items to do to complete the series but think I need a change of period in the coming weeks too so still deciding what next is on the agenda.

Pictures of the completed diorama below.

TIM

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“Clyde” – 28mm Steampunk

This figure was part of a two figure set from Lead Adventure which was sold under the package name of “Bonnie and Clyde”.  When the figures arrived I really did not like the look of Bonnie at all.  Overall I think the sculpt was fine but something must have gone a miss with the casting because the face on the figure was a little out of sink and there really wasn’t anything I could do about it.  Consequently I decided to go just with Clyde which was by far the better of the two figures any way.

The website images show Clyde painted in white as befitting the real life charachter but as mine would have no Bonnie I chose to do my own thing completely.  I also went with an entirely knew base idea (for me at least) and set the figure on clear acrylic which I sunk a few watch parts into.  Overall I was pretty pleased with how the figure and the base turned out.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 64)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks figure is from Hasslefree and goes by the name of “Joanne”.  Clearly she is a woman with an attitude but if I found myself in trouble I would prefer her on my side.  I went with a Union Jack freehand flag on her T-Shirt and an Anarchy symbol on the back of her waistcoat just to add some more interest.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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Interesting Site?

At some point in the distant past I considered doing a model tank.  I think at the time I was painting some figures based on the film Kelly’s Heroes and fancied the idea of a Sherman tank to accompany the figure of Oddball, the charachter played by Donald Sutherland.  In searching for a suitable manufacturer of model tanks I came across the site Blitzkrieg Miniatures.

Whilst the figures got finished I never did get around to purchasing the tank.  Maybe one day I will but with so much in my to do pile and so many other things on my “essential, must have, purchase now before they all get sold out, shrewd investment for the future list” I can’t see that being any time soon.

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Happy Birthday

Just over a week ago it was my birthday, my third time of being 21 and my first in a Covid-19 woŕld.  Under normal circumstances I would have been taken out for a meal and a few drinks.  Presents typically would comprise of some items of clothing, a DVD or two and something pointless that I just don’t need in this world or the next.

This year though things were different.  Wisely putting health and safety first I was the recipient of nothing but a few cards and some money and offered the line “We didn’t think it was safe to go out to eat and we didn’t know what to buy you as you have everything already don’t you?”.

Actually as it happens I don’t have everything I want but as luck would have it I’ve got this bloody great “essential, must have, purchase now before they all get sold out, shrewd investment for the future list” to spend the money on.

Happy days.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

MC Hammer and “U Can’t Touch This”.  I’m not abig fan of rap music but this is one of a very few commercial tracks that I quite like.

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This week TIM has been watching…

“The Cry” starring Genna Coleman.  As Genna is is the girl of my dreams I couldn’t resist watching this when I discovered it on BBC iPlayer.  Set in the UK and Australia it turned out to be an excellent 4 part series.

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Remember…

Don’t buy pre-shredded cheese, lets make Britain grate again.

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TIM

TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 32)

When most people think of WW1 they will almost inevitably at some point think of The Somme.  Understandably the magnitude of lost lives is not easily forgotten.  As I continued with my WW1 timeline it became very clear to me that certain events could not be ignored.  This was one such event.

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WW1 – “The Somme” – 28mm Scale

Those of you kind enough to follow my blog will know that I have been trying to put together a WW1 Timeline for an exhibition to be held in June to mark the centenary of the ending of the Great War.  The event itself will be held in Plymouth on Armed Forces Day.

When I first set about my contribution I drew up a list of key events with the aim of trying to produce a figure, vignette or diorama to mark each incident.  Not surprisingly the battle of the Somme appeared on my list.  For inspiration on how to depict this event I did a quick Google search for ideas.  The only thing which came to mind was “death”.

On the first day of the battle which took place on the 1st July 1916 the British lost over 60,000 soldiers (killed or seriously injured).  By the end of the campaign in November of the same year that figure had risen to 420,000.  An almighty loss for a land gain of 25 miles!  Incredible.

The model itself features figures by Great War Miniatures.  The mud is real mud!  A little earth together with some potting soil, paint and PVA was mixed together and allowed to dry before dry brushing some highlights.

My little vignette is dedicated to the 420,000 brave souls.

TIM

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“Rudd Starslider” Space Smuggler

This weeks figure is a Reaper model which goes by the name of “Rudd Starslider” a professional Space Smuggler.  A nice little figure and one I have had hanging around for quite a while.  Like a few of us it seems, I am trying to clear some of my ever growing backlog of figures which I bought but since neglected.

Although I have done a couple of little dioramas of late I am still missing the drive and inspiration for something which really takes my fancy.  In some ways it is a good thing.  As I have not lost the desire to paint I have decided to use the time to get some single figures done.  So far so good but in truth I have barely made a dent.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 63)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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When I was young kid way back in the 1960’s there were several puppet shows on TV,  such was the technology available.   Thunderbirds and Stingray were both popular but my favourite was Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.  When I saw this figure on the Crooked Dice website I decided he was a must have, another nostalgic piece following on from my Quadrophenia post of a few weeks or so ago.

As I have mentioned before Crooked Dice do a lot of nice figures many of which are based on TV shows from the 1960’s so I will almost certainly be adding to this collection in due course.  As for this figure it came with an alternative hand option.  Originally cast with his right hand pointing I chose to make the minor hand chop conversion and went with the gun instead.  There was also a need to adjust the holster which had a gun in it.

For a while I was stuck on the base.  I wanted a metal mesh type look but wasn’t sure how to go about it.  I suspect there are several ways but in the end I went for some fine plastic netting, the sort that some grocery bits you buy from the supermarket come in.  It was harder to stick down than I thought because it wanted to contract but the use of pins to stretch it got me there in the end.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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Recent Purchase No: 1

The other day I finally decided to buy one of the fantasy buildings made by Table Top World.  By all accounts they are amazing if some of the YouTube reviews are anything to go by and I eventually settled on a small cottage as a tester.  I have been putting the idea off due to a lack of enthusiasm for larger dioramas of late but am hoping this will provide the necessary incentive to get me back in the mood.  Hopefully it will arrive in a few days time but quite where I’ll put it eventually is another matter entirely.

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Recent Purchase No: 2

Having committed to buying a Table Top World building I decided now would be a good time to check out Artis Opus Series D brushes.  It is a range designed for dry brushing and something I have wanted to try out for a while now.  I decided on a medium and a small brush along with a wet pad thing that they use.  Like the building they should be with me in a few days time.  In due course I’ll let you know what I think of them.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley.  Is there a better song for these troubled times?

 

 

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This week TIM has been watching…

“Rainman” starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.  One of the nice things about the unfortunate circumatances we find ourselves in for me is having more opportunity to watch films I haven’t seen in a long time.  This classic falls into that category.

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Remember…

Sometimes you can tell people are judgemental just by looking at them.

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TIM

TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 31)

For me the interesting thing about reading this post again was my take on future models I aimed to get done in 2018.  The only thing I didn’t embark upon, and still haven’t, was something on the Zulu wars.  For the life of me I cannot recall what, if anything, I had in mind to do!

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WW1 British Command – 28mm Scale

So, Christmas is over, the parents have made the short journey home and most importantly the wife imposed modelling ban has been officially lifted!  To be fair it was important to spend some quality time with the old folk as well as the kids. However, there is only so much TV dross I can take so I confess to feigning an after dinner sleep on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  This proved positive though and gave me some time to gather my thoughts together with regard to this years  modelling past, and more relevantly, next years modelling future.

In modelling terms this year saw the start of my blog, a major departure from 54mm scale figures to 28mm and my involvement with the Plymouth Modelling Club.  All have proved to be very enjoyable.  I love the sense of community that my blog provides and the comments I receive are extremely motivational.  Dropping down in scale has enabled me to do so much more and my creative juices have increased considerably.  I still love 54mm scale but producing buildings and dioramas in this size is simply far to space consuming.  Joining the modelling club, not everyone’s cup of tea I know, has also proved a success.  I think more than anything it has given me an opportunity to compare my work with others and although I’m not the most gifted modeller I do feel that I can hold my head up and make a contribution.  On to the future.

First up is the completion of the WW1 project.  I have a few items to finish and a couple to start and then I think it will be time to call it a day.  I’ve no doubt I will return to this period as I love it but I need to use some other paint colours!  Looking ahead I have a few ideas around the Zulu wars which may get off the ground and a WW2 scene is gathering some momentum in my head.  I found some Viking figures recently which I liked the look of and Santa brought me some American Civil War and Old West figures which as some of you may know is my genre of choice.  Aside from figures there are a few diorama ideas that I want to explore and as I may have mentioned previously, I have a growing urge to start another building.  In fact I’m pretty sure this is where I will kick-start the New Year.

At the end of January the Plymouth Model Club hold their annual in-house competition.  There are a couple of categories which I will enter and it will be interesting to see how I fare.  If I do well then you’ll hear more about it!  The club does do monthly competitions and I haven’t done too badly at those but I suspect some members will have geared themselves up for this one event so it’s hard to tell.  In any event it will be a new experience and should be fun.  Thereafter there are a number of shows to attend including Telford in November.  I’ve heard a lot about Telford but never been.  By all accounts it’s a huge and fantastic event and will doubtless be the subject of future blog posts.

Back to actual models and this posts offering.  As I mentioned previously I have a couple of WW1 items to finish.  This was one of them.  There was very little to do so the limited amount of time available following my modelling ban was more than sufficient to get this one off of the work bench.  The model itself is a simple enough affair.  The figures are from Gripping Beasts and Great War miniatures, all white metal and all very nice castings.  The quality of Gripping Beasts in particular is fantastic.  Figure painting was done using a combination of acrylic and oil paint.

My WW1 timeline needed some officers in it and this is what I came up with.  It’s hard for me when dealing with this historic period to put the series “Black Adder Goes Fourth” to the back of my mind.  It’s tempting therefore to say these officers are trying to determine what square foot of land they plan to sacrifice 20,000 men for.  Every which way I’ve turned when researching elements of this project the tragic loss of life and various statistics associated with this war simply beggar belief.

Model photo’s appear below.

To close this post it’s appropriate to acknowledge the New Year.  I believe in the power of positive thought (although I’m not the greatest exponent of it) but I suspect like many others my New Year Resolutions rarely last more than a few weeks.  I have therefore, to quote Baldric from Black Adder, a “cunning plan”.  For 2018 I have come up with three resolutions which hopefully will prove successful.  In no particular order they are:-

  1. Having never smoked I’m going to pull out all the stops to make sure I don’t start in 2018
  2. I will resist all temptation to drink alcohol at breakfast
  3. I will aim to increase my weight and go up a waist size but will not be upset if I fail!

Happy New Year.

TIM

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“Belle” – Steampunk Heroine

These last few weeks, probably longer I suspect, I have been flitting between genres with no real purpose than to try and make a dent in my to do pile.  In fairness I have enjoyed this random approach, simply doing what I want as the mood grabs me has been fun.  I expect it will continue for some time to come until a larger diorama idea enters me head and gets me excited again.

Steampunk took my fancy this week, specifically “Belle” a nice little 28mm Reaper figure with a reasonable amout of detail to pick out.  I wanted to add some freehand but the best my imagination could come up with was stripes on her trousers.  I’m happy with the figure but I feel I let her down with the base.  Cobbles and cogs don’t quite do it.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 62)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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A return to Reaper this week and another of their fantastic wizards, this one goes by the name of Oman Ruul and is from the Dark Heaven Legends range.

I wanted to try something different on this little chap, an idea I got from an image I had seen somewhere, Pinterest I suspect.  From the front he is just a regular paint job but on the back I have tried to create a moon and galaxy look.  I love the idea and am going to have another crack at it at some point.  For a first attempt I was pretty happy with the outcome but it is a different type of freehand and needs working on.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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Interesting Site?

This site will have limited appeal to most of you I think but I will throw it out there anyway.  Like most sites it rather depends what you are interested in.  I like my little dioramas and occasionally enjoy adding a building or two into the mix.  Detail is high on my list as I strive to make whatever I am doing as authentic as possible.

It was when I started doing a WW2 diorama, Operation Overlord, that I decided my buildings needed to be fitted out internally and to add to the realism I needed wallpaper.  My google search led me to Jennifers Printables. a site I have used a few times now.  All simple stuff but effective.

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Playing it Safe

For the first time in four months I met up with my mate John for a couple of pints at the village pub, The Blacksmiths Arms.  The nice thing about being retired is you can go to the pub at any time and unsurprisingly at three in the afternoon it was empty.  Social distancing was therefore not a problem and it made a nice change to get out.  The only downside was the reintroduction of alcohol to my system after four months being teetotal.  It hit me hard and so I vowed to put in more practice.

Unfortunatley there is talk of a second wave of Covid-19 hitting the UK.  Hardly surprising as it hasn’t gone away.  Will it be worse second time around?  Will we return to full lockdown?  Will the economy survive?  Will people survive?  The list of questions goes on.  All I know is I can only control my own movements and encourage those nearest and dearest to me to do the same.  With that in mind I have no wish to get caught out again either so I recently placed and order for a shed load of figures, paints and other materials to keep me going.  Just to be on the safe side you understand.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Gimme All Your Lovin'” by ZZ Top.  I love the music intro to this track but it’s not often I get to turn the volume up without a member of the family moaning but with everyone out I had a blast.

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This week TIM has been watching…

“Unsolved Mysteries” on Netflix.  There has been a little bit of hype around this series so I decided it would make good background fodder while I was painting.  I was wrong.  It was OK I guess but I was expecting more to be honest.  In my mind there is a difference between mysteries and unsolved cases and so I wasn’t blown away.  Yes each case was odd for sure but overall I was left underwhelmed.

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Remember…

If you put an electric fence around your house don’t be surprised if your neighbour is dead against it.

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TIM

TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 30)

Interesting looking back on this model from Christmas 2017.  It wasn’t that long ago and I can remember liking the composition (and still do) but those faces leave a lot to be desired.

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Battle of Britain Pilots 1/32nd Scale

I hadn’t intended to create a post today but then again I hadn’t anticipated a modelling ban from her who must be obeyed over the Christmas period either.  So, while the wife has popped out to do some last-minute food shopping I thought I’d sign in and get started.  As she left the house I was charged with doing some cleaning before my parents arrived for Christmas but I figure they wont notice if it hasn’t been done given that mum is 86 and dad is 91.  I can always claim to have done it and blame the dog if she spots anything out-of-place.  Then again she’ll moan at the dog but not at my dad so I may blame him instead.  He’s deaf too which will provide for additional insurance.  Don’t you just love family time at Christmas?

Back to modelling.

The WW1 project will continue into the New Year and hopefully Santa will bring a few much-needed bits and bobs to enable the final models to be completed.  I’m suffering building with drawl symptoms so the need for a larger diorama featuring some sort of construction will I think begin in January.  The good news is I’ve done all I’m going to do for the RAF exhibit needed for June 2018.  For those who do not know next year marks the 100th anniversary of the RAF.  I like planes but I don’t model them so my contribution to the clubs homage is a couple of figures, the first of which I posted details on a short while ago.  The photo’s below are of my second contribution.

The figures represent two WW2 Battle of Britain fighter pilots, we’ll say Spitfire pilots, I like Spitfires they’re iconic.  The figures are 1/32nd scale so it was nice to do something slightly larger for a change.  Very basic base work as I didn’t want to distract from the figures, which is also another way of saying I couldn’t be arsed on this occasion.  The enamel pin was a cheap purchase off of Ebay for which the proceeds went to charity which was nice.  I like these military pins and I’ve used a few now and they’re a great way of setting off the base in my opinion.

Not much more I can say about this model other than it was painted using a combination of acrylics and oils.  The figures are also plastic which is most unusual for me as almost everything I do is white metal.  I hope you like the photo’s.

All that remains is for me to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to the followers that I have thank you for doing so.  Those of you who are in Australia will experience Christmas and New Year ahead of the rest of us (time travel but not as we know it) so enjoy.  Be careful surfing on the backs of those Great Whites (you guys are so tough!) and throw another prawn on the barbie for me.  I’m off to watch Crocodile Dundee and a DVD of the Bodyline Ashes tour.

Gotta go, she who must be obeyed has just pulled into the drive!

Until the New Year …

TIM

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Aina, Female Valkyrie – A 28mm Reaper Figure

Aina has been sitting in my to do pile for far longer than she deserved to be so this week I made a concentrated effort to get her done and dusted.  A search through my ever increasing pile of lead revealed that she is not the only figure to have been neglected.  In truth I do not need to buy another figure for at least 5 years based on my speed of painting but you know and I know that is never going to happen.  The buy list is as long as the to do list, perhaps longer.  Who am I kidding, it’s much longer.  I digress.

As you can see from the title, Aina is a Female Valkyrie.  A three part figure of high quality as typically produced by Reaper and a joy to paint.  The pose suggested to me that she should be based with an element of height.  A few slate chippings from the garden and a nice wood turned base from my neighbour Kerry and away you go.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 61)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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Another Hasslefree Miniature this week, this one goes by the name of “Vince”.  As with “Earl” which I posted a few weeks ago, this figure was intended to be a part of a diorama which failed to get off the ground.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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Interesting Site?

I thought I would share this site with you this week – Small Scale Lights.

This one women site is run by Jennifer and it was from her that I bought the bits and pieces for the three models I put together where I used lighting.  I am no electrician but all we are talking about here is a battery holder, a switch and linking some wires.  Simples.  The harder part is concealing the components but even that is easy if you like scenery.

Lighting is so cool and inexpensive that I don’t know why more people have not embraced it.  She also has a small section for Warhammer 40k/SciFi.  Just looking at her site again has got me thinking of what I might do next.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“The Monster Mash” by Bobby ‘ Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers.  By chance I stumbled across this track which I hadn’t heard in absolutely years so I thought I would share it!

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This week TIM has been watching…

“Dances with Wolves” starring Kevin Costner.  It will come as no surprise for you to learn that I do like a good western movie.  I suspect I will feature more in future posts but for now I will kick off with this one.  I do like a long film, the longer the better as far as I am concerned, providing it’s a good one of course.  So I was in my element sitting down to the 4 hour version of Dances With Wolves.  My sympathy has always been with the Indians which is why I love this film.

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Remember…

If you don’t know what apocalypse means it’s not the end of the world.

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TIM

TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 29)

One of the things I learnt from this little piece is that sometimes all you need is a couple of quality and well composed figures to tell a moving story.

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Casualties of War

This week’s offering is a simple 28mm vignette of a couple of wounded WW1 British soldiers being attended by a clergyman officer.  I figured that within my growing sequence of scenes for WW1 something along these lines was a must have. Photos appear below.

The figures  – the one on the stretcher and the clergyman officer offering a cigarette – are both from Gripping Beasts while the standing smoking figure is from Great War Miniatures.  All white metal and excellent castings.

The Great War preceded the British National Health Service by some 30 years so back in those days a cup of tea and a woodbine was generally regarded as a “cure all”.  Whether you’d lost a limb, been the victim of a mustard gas attack or just suffering from undiagnosed post traumatic stress there was nothing like a fag, a cup of tea and a pretty nurse to ease the pain while reflecting on how lucky you were!

Brave men all of them. Arguably ignorant of what they signed up for but brave none the less. I do however wonder what they would have made of the world we now live in and if they felt their efforts were worth dying for?  Think I may need to set up another blog for the purpose of having a daily rant!

Wishing you all very Merry Christmas and  Happy New Year.

TIM

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Wastelands

I don’t know if the sculptor of these two Hasslefree miniatures intended for them to go together but for me they are a natural fit.  The female figure goes by the name of “Pulse” and is one I have painted before.  How you get so much sex appeal into a 28mm figure I will never know.  The chap is called “Oscar”.

The idea of the two figures simply walking along was an obvious one given their design.  In my head Oscar has just said “It’s time to go” and then picked up his gun and bag and walked off leaving Pulse with little choice but to follow him.

The base was a very simple affair.  Dust and dirt ground work with a couple of bricks and a few pieces of wood (coffee stirrers, what else?) thrown in.  No need for anything more elaborate, the figures tell the story.

Images below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 60)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks figure is from a company called Lead Adventure who are based in Germany and sees a return to Steampunk.  Not a great deal to say.  A nicely cast figure duly painted and put on a basic base.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

A nun walks into the Mother Superior’s office and plunks down into a chair. She lets out a sigh, heavy with frustration.

“What troubles you, Sister?” asked the Mother Superior. “I thought this was the day you spent with your family.”

 

“It was,” sighed the Sister. “And I went to play golf with my brother. We try to play golf as often as we can. You know I was quite a talented golfer before I devoted my life to Christ.”

 

“I seem to recall that,” the Mother Superior agreed. “So I take it your day of recreation was not relaxing?”

 

“Far from it,” snorted the Sister. “In fact, I took the Lord’s name in vain today!”

 

“Goodness, Sister!” gasped the Mother Superior, astonished. “You must tell me all about it!”

 

“Well, we were on the fifth tee — and this hole is a monster, Mother — 540 yard par 5, with a nasty dogleg right and a hidden green … and I hit the drive of my life. The sweetest swing I’ve ever made. And it’s flying straight and true, right along the line I wanted … and it hits a bird in mid-flight!”

 

“Oh my!” commiserated the Mother Superior. “How unfortunate! But surely that didn’t make you blaspheme, Sister!”

 

“No, that wasn’t it,” admitted the Sister. “While I was still trying to fathom what had happened, this squirrel runs out of the woods, grabs my ball and runs off down the fairway!”

 

“Oh, that would have made me blaspheme!” sympathized the Mother Superior.

 

“But I didn’t, Mother!” sobbed the Sister. “And I was so proud of myself! And while I was pondering whether this was a sign from God, this hawk swoops out of the sky and grabs the squirrel and flies off, with my ball still clutched in his paws!”

 

“So that’s when you cursed,” said the Mother Superior with a knowing smile.

 

“Nope, that wasn’t it either,” cried the Sister, anguished, “because as the hawk started to fly out of sight, the squirrel started struggling, and the hawk dropped him right there on the green, and the ball popped out of his paws and rolled to about 18 inches from the cup!”

 

The Mother Superior sat back in her chair, folded her arms across her chest, fixed the Sister with a baleful stare and said …

 

“You missed the fucking putt, didn’t you?”

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Interesting Site?

Grekwood Miniatures is another site I have never ordered from but I came across them when I was searching for some zombies, an idea for a diorama which has yet to materialise.  If it does then I shall look at what they have to offer more closely.  They appear to be a supplier rather than a manufacturer as I notice they also sell some Crooked Dice miniatures as well.

At Telford last year one of the diorama group winners used a water effect called Making Waves.  The result was excellent.  How much it was down to the skill of the modeller and how much it was down to this stuff I have no idea.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Get Down Tonight” by KC and the Sunshine Band.  I didn’t ask to be a teen in the disco era but there was no avoiding it if you wanted to go out to a club in the mid 1970’s and meet with the opposite sex.  Every generation will claim they had the best music and I am no different.  For all the bad press the period gets it did have some of the best music ever.  I loved this track back then and I still do.

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This week TIM has been watching…

“The Equalizer 2” starring Denzel Washington.  Thought I ought to watch this to show Black Lives Matter!   Never saw the first one but suspect it was the better of the two.  This was OK and that’s all I have to say on it.

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Remember …

If you have a fear of lifts take steps to deal with it.

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TIM

TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 28)

In this post I mentioned that the Attestation papers which appear on the table were real ones and that they had been scaled down and printed.  What I failed to say was that they were my Great Grandfather’s Attestation papers.  I am also reminded that I need to take some photo’s of this model again with a stately home background.  My winter projects are beginning to mount up!

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“It Will All Be Over By Christmas” – WW1 28mm Diorama (Part 2)

A little narrative on the completed diorama, images of which appear below.

Following the declaration of war with Germany a patriotic call to arms led to mass recruitment the length and breadth of the country.  Recruitment centres were set up just about anywhere with lengthy queues forming outside town and village halls as well as on the open streets. My diorama is set in the grounds of a modest stately home with men queuing along the pathway outside the main gates.

A few observations regarding the construction of the diorama. The recruitment posters are all real posters which were downloaded images appropriately resized. The table was made from match sticks and the red, white and blue bunting from paper. The railings were constructed using wire mesh and simply cutting away pieces here and there. The paper forms on the table are real Attestation papers printed and downsized.  The tree was another wire tree constructed along the same lines as others I have done and which I have covered in past posts.  The shrubs and bushes were constructed using seafoam and leaves from Noch.  The grass edging was constructed using twisted wire to replicate Victorian rope tiled edging often used in grand buildings of the day.

The figures are all commercial 28mm figures from various suppliers and are without any modifications.

Although I’m not creating my WW1 models in the sequence of the timeline I am hoping to create this particular model will be number two in the sequence and is the natural follow on from my “War Declared” vignette which I recently posted.

Images of the completed diorama are below.

TIM

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Quadrophenia

I thought I would enter this one in Azazel’s Jewel of July as well.  Why?  Well it might be a small piece but I think it is cool.  How can a 1960’s Mod, a Lambretta and the Who not be?  Feel free to argue.

So what do we have here?  Well first and foremost this is a TIM conversion!  OK so it’s only a hand that has been changed but it is still the only figure in the world like it.

The figure itself is from Crooked Dice and one I bought a while ago.  It is one of three scooter figures, this one being the gang leader.  I knew what I wanted to do with it immediately I saw it but there was a problem to be overcome.  The figure, a picture of the original little chap appears below, was holding a gun.  Not in keeping with 1960’s Britain so it had to go.  The trouble was I didn’t have an alternative hand.  Move forward a few months and a new supply of figures in the post and as luck would have it one of the figures I had bought came with an arm alternative and voila, up and running.  Eat your hearts out Wudugast and IRO!

Thereafter the figure became a paint job and an opportunity for a little freehand.  Do I paint the classic who logo on the back of the parka like the Crooked Dice images or a Union Jack?  I decided on the latter, I couldn’t do the same and besides I had settled on the Quadrophenia album cover for the base.  Slightly thicker black around the eyes for eye shadow and a registration of WHO1 plus my initials painted to either side of the front of the scooter and there you have it.   If I could only have added some mirrors it would have been perfect but hey ho!

64498b72bd8ba88450ba5e30671322c9I then decided the front of the wooden base could do with a lift and I managed to find a little print which made reference to the Brighton Beach clashes between the Mods and the Rockers in 1964 which was also the central theme of the movie.

Job complete.

For me this is a little nostalgia piece and as cool as it comes.  I was only seven in 1964 but I remember my dad talking to my mum in the kitchen and showing her the front page of the Daily Mirror and saying “Whatever next!”.

Images of the model below.

TIM

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The Crooked Dice images of the original figure
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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 59)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks figure is from Crooked Dice and goes by the name of “Talia Torino”.  A nice little paint job but I got stuck with how to make the base a little more interesting.   A rather dull basic tarmac was the order of the day but I really wanted to inject a little colour.  A look at a few race track images gave me the idea for a small piece of red and white edging.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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Model Shows

It will soon be time for IPMS to decide what, if anything, is going to happen in respect of this years Telford show.  Whilst the event doesn’t take place until November the level of organisation is huge.  If it does go ahead in any shape or form I suspect it will be a very diluted affair.  It is hard to see how international participants and visitors will be able to travel and social distancing for such a large and popular event will be challenging to say the least.

Model shows are one of few things I have missed since the Coronavirus took its deathly grip and I went into self isolation.  In some ways that feels like an odd thing to say because it was only 3 years ago that I really started attending them.  I didn’t appreciate at the time how important these events would become to me.  They are a great source of inspiration, motivation and banter and I miss it.  Insignificant in the bigger scheme of things I know but I do hope this aspect of my life can return sooner rather than later.  Meanwhile thank goodness for the blog.

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Coronavirus Update

After nearly 5 months  of self isolation I ventured down to the town for the first time.  Boy had it changed.  Outside there were cones everywhere to ensure pedestrian safe distancing and people wearing masks or crossing the road to avoid each other.  Inside 2 metre signage covers the floors, perspex screens are everywhere, you cannot browse easily and offering cash to pay is unacceptable.  I get it and I understand it but I don’t like it.

These changes will be with us for some time, they may even become permanent but I don’t think I want to adapt to living with them.  These steps, as necessary as they are, have moved the world on and I don’t like the way the world looks at the moment.  I am sure I will go into town again but it will be for emergencies only and when I cannot get what I want online.  I was quite happy in lockdown and self isolation so I shall return to it until the world returns, if it ever does, to something I want to be a part of.

As someone who loves the Old West period living as a Homesteader and occasionally saddling my horse or hitching the team to the wagon to venture into town once a month or so works for me.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers.  Great track.

 

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This week TIM has been watching…

“Uncle Buck” starring the late John Candy.  Continuing to work my way through my John Hughes collection.

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Remember…

If you don’t pay your exorcist you will get repossessed.

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TIM

TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 27)

This model turned out to be a personal favourite when it came to the WW1 timeline that I ended up putting togther.  One of those rare occassions when every thing seemed to come together with out too much of a hitch.  The completed model will feature next week.

TIM

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“It Will All Be Over By Christmas” – WW1 28mm Diorama (Part 1)

“It will all be over by Christmas” – well at least that’s what many of those brave men thought when they enlisted following Britain declaring war on Germany.  The truth was far different of course.

In my last post I mentioned my aim of trying to put together a modelling timeline of significant WW1 moments with the intention of creating a few depicting less obvious images of the time.  Life in the trenches is the image most people think of when reflecting upon the Great War and rightly so but there are others too which I (and perhaps it is ony me!) think are relevant.

The idea behind this latest model is the enlistment and recruitment of the civilian men into the armed forces of the day.  Only when I looked into this a bit more did it get me thinking about how significant I felt this was.  There was the obvious bravado of young (and old) men thinking it truly would be over by Christmas and that all they had to do was give the “bosh” a bash on the nose.  What I hadn’t appreciated until I googled images of recruitment posters was the level of propaganda. No punches were pulled in implying you were a coward if you didn’t sign up!

All in all it certainly made me wonder just what would happen in this day and age.  Would the people of today sign up quite so readily to be lambs to the slaughter?  Hopefully we will never know.  Nevertheless this is definitely a topic for a deep and meaningful conversation to have after consuming large quantities of alcohol!  I digress, back to the modelling.

So, having decided on the subject for the model I set about trying to find appropriate figures.  Civilian figures as I think I may have mentioned before present a challenge, too few out there on the market.  That said I came up trumps having found some great figures by Footsore miniatures.  Military figures proved easier to find and so before too long I was getting started.

Painting the figures is well underway and a rough outline of the diorama is floating around in my head (I never work to plans or drawings – perhaps I should?).  All things being well the diorama will be finished next week but in the meanwhile a few figure images to be going on with along with sneak preview of the base work.

TIM

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Knights Hospitaller – 28mm Diorama (No: 2)

Just recently my modelling has mostly been all about knights and to be fair I have enjoyed it.  The Baron’s War figures from Footsore Miniatures are excellent and I will be keeping a close eye on the range as it continues to expand.  Included in the range are some mounted knights and I decided to buy one and feature it in another little diroama.  You might recognise the figure as a foot knight I have shown in a previous post.

Since I completed and posted my previous diorama I discovered some interesting information on Hospitaller Knights.  Long story short it seems that black tunics and shields both with white crosses owes more to artistic licence than fact.  It would seem that black tunics with white crosses are fine but the shields were in fact red with white crosses.  Based on this discovery I felt compelled to do another diroama sporting the correct colour scheme.

The model provided another opportunity for plenty of freehand, albeit only crosses, but getting size and spacing consistency proved a challange.  The flag was another one made using Japanese writing paper and the method described in my other diorama post.  Overall a simple affair, just a few knights standing around together really.  That said it’s probably my best bet for an entry into Azazel’s Jewel of July.

Images below.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 26)

I never started out with the intention of producing a timeline of WW1 miniatures but once the idea entered my head I became fully absorbed by it.  One thing I learnt early on was that if the timeline was to work a stating piece and an end piece were crucial.  Whilst this model is a very simple affair it was for me extremely significant.

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War Declared! – WW1 28mm Figure

Work on the Great War project continues and at the moment I reckon I’m about a third of the way there. The only problem is ideas for other models and dioramas keep popping into my head and the project keeps growing. In truth I really haven’t got a clue how many more are in the pipe line. This is partly fuelled by my idea to create a timeline of models, the aim being to reflect the start, the very big middle bit and the end of the war.

So as far as the timeline goes the first model in the sequence is this one. I needed something to kick-start the war in figure terms and although I had other ideas I couldn’t find the figures. Civilian figures are hard to find in 28mm scale (is that a niche in the market?) but then I got lucky and found this newspaper man figure from Black Pyramid Gaming. The figure is one of a four piece set which goes under the name of Jack the Ripper. It’s an excellent figure, well cast and perfect for my needs. Definitely a site I will use again.

The figure itself painted up nicely and I managed to find a Post Box to provide a bit of street furniture. The newspaper images were made from downloaded images of real newspapers scaled down and made into small bundles.

A small contribution but in the sequence of the timeline a crucial one and one that overall I was pleased with. Next in the sequence will be a model reflecting the enlistment programme that was put into place immediately following the announcement of war. I’ve managed to find the figures and all being well I hope to provide a progress update on my next post.

Thanks for looking.

TIM

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