Andre Durand, Time Chaser – 28mm Reaper Chronoscope (Part 1)

Now I did warn you in a previous post that it would not always be possible to churn out a completed model every week and that a Work In Progress post would be required from time to time and so it has proved.  Next week I hope to post images of the completed model but for this week this is all I have to offer by way of progress.

The completed model will comprise of a single figure, in this case a Reaper figure which goes by the name of Andre Durand, Time Chaser.  The figure has been primed and work on the face has begun.  I always start with the face first because for me it is the most crucial part of any figure.  Get the face right and all being well the rest follows.  More to do but so far so good.

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Now given that good old Andre is billed as a time chaser I figured he needed some form of transport.  At this point I should point out that I am working outside of my comfort zone.  Scratch built Steampunk machines couldn’t be further away from anything I have done in the past.  How to go about it?

A trip into the garage and a rummage through my bit drawers produced a few interesting finds.  The obvious question at this point is “why have you been hording this shit TIM?”  You might well ask.  Personally I am laying the blame squarely on the shoulders of She Who Must Be Obeyed.  Is that fair?  Yep.

After some experimentation the build begun to take shape.  Holes were drilled to insert pin heads.  If there is one thing I know about Steampunk the machines have rivets, lots or rivets.  Will it look decent once it has been painted up?  Good question but hopefully next week we will know the answer one way or another.

Some build progress images below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 33)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

Knuckleduster figures continue to dominate my backlog pile for now.  There are more to be done but progress is being made in parallel with other little projects that I am working on.  In fairness I do enjoy painting them and adding them to my collection so it is hardly a chore, just a simple desire to move a quality figure from the gloom of a cupboard to the light of day.  Latest to make the move to the display case is “Lucky Lou”.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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Salute 2020

Yesterday I bought my train ticket and entrance ticket for Salute 2020.  Looking forward to it and spending money on all those “essential” items.  The 18th April will come along quickly enough but for now I have time to sew extra pockets into my coat so I can smuggle my contraband passed She Who Must Be Obeyed when I get home.  The alternative is to simply man-up but the last time I did that I found myself cooking my own dinner!

I should also point out that SWMBO also has a wart on her hand.  Not one but two or three.  She is understandably self conscious of these and has investigated many remedies but so far without success.  I too am conscious of her warts.  Conscious to the point where I am more convinced than ever that she is a witch.  It cannot be a coincidence that I haven’t seen a newt or a toad in a while.  These are dangerous times in the house of TIM.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

Paolo Nutini and “Pencil Full of Lead”.  There are plenty of jazz versions of this track but I prefer this one.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“1917”.  A trip to the cinema to see this Oscar nominated film with my mate.  Enjoyable is never the right word to describe a war film, experience is probably more appropriate in these days where nothing is left to the imagination in a graphic portrayal.  All in all an excellent film and well worthy of seeing.  Not so sure about it being a potential Best Film winner but quite different from anything I have ever seen before in the way that is was filmed as one continuous sequence.

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“Do Not Touch!”

Probably one of the scariest things to read in braille!

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Until next time.

TIM

TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 1)

Welcome to TIM’s Memory Monday.

This is the beginning of a new weekly series of posts which will appear, oddly enough, each Monday!  As this is the first I will explain what is going and why.

Below you will find unedited the very first post I published on this blog.  It first went out on the 22nd March 2017.  Not surprisingly it was viewed by almost nobody but since then my blog has grown.  However, in my experience new readers and followers tend to read current content and move forward rather than look back.  With this in mind I thought it might be a good idea to repost my older content, excluding my Musings, to a wider audience.

In addition to the above, it is only a matter of time before I will be facing a WordPress memory problem.  I could of course simply upgrade my package but to be honest my blog isn’t a business portal so what’s the point?  Instead I have set up another site which I have called “TIM Gone By”.  It is an archive site and the post you see below has also been copied in its entirety to that site.

As we all know it is photographs and images which eat up our blog memory.  The same content of course enhances our blogs too.  The need therefore is to delete this media content and free up space.  With this in mind I will in six months time (I have put a note in my diary!) delete the photographs and images associated with the original post and this repost leaving only the written content.  Anyone wishing to see the complete post will be able to do so on “TIM Gone By”.  Thereafter it will be a rolling programme every week.

The big question of course is will this work and will it have an impact on this site in anyway?  Fucked if I know, let’s find out!

TIM

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This post was first published by TIM on the 22nd March 2017.  Enjoy.

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Welcome to TIM – The Imperfect Modeller.

Most of my modelling is geared to the Old West but occasionally a figure comes along which catches my eye and I’m happy to give that a go.

In terms of scale I paint 28mm to 54mm figures although my dioramas tend to be exclusively 28mm due to size constraints.

As this is my first blog and my first post I thought it best to start with some images of my work. In future posts I will describe some of these and other models in greater detail and refer to techniques used  and also list materials and suppliers.

Please feel free to comment and ask any questions.

Thank you for looking.

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Left – Andrea Miniatures 54mm Cavalry Trooper; Right – Gringo 40s One Eyed Trail Boss

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Custer’s Last Stand – 54mm Andrea Miniatures

 

Andrea Miniatures 54mm Mountain Man

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Wargames Foundry 28mm Old West Men in the Wilderness (and below left)

 

Right – Dixon Miniatures 28mm Old West Figures

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Dixon Miniatures 28mm Old West figures and stage coach (above and below).  The building, which has been heavily modified, is by Sarissa Precision

 

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Above and below – Dixon Miniatures 28mm Old West figures featuring their Chuck Wagon.  Three of the figures have had minor conversions.

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Gunfight at the OK Coral featuring Dixon Miniatures 28mm Old West figures with two minor conversions and scratch built buildings.

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Under Attack – Diorama featuring Dixon Miniatures Old West Indians and US Army 28mm figures.

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Diorama featuring Artizan 28mm Rail Worker figures, Sarissa Precision Old West Locomotive and scratch built Freight Depot.

 

Left – a break from the Old West but same era different continent!  Beneito Minjiatures 54mm Rorke’s Drift.  Right – Dixon Miniatures Confederate Soldier, the first figure in a new diorama.

 

“Vermina” – 28mm Reaper Miniature

My next Steampunk offering.  Another figure from Reaper which goes by the name of “Vermina” on account of the fact that she likes vermin and rats in particular.  I really loved painting this figure.  So much detail and no paint colour restrictions.

Managed to find some rather nice victorian style lamps on Ebay which befitted the period and provide a little more interest in the base.  With hindsite I ought to have done a lighter colour on the base so that the rats at her feet stand out better although the photos do make it a little darker than it actually appears up close and personal.  Something to revist at some point perhaps.

Images below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 32)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

As luck would have it I managed to get a single figure done for this post.  Nothing exciting just a straight forward Knuckleduster cowboy by the name of Rowdy Joe Lowe.  I have a pile of Knuckleduster figures to work through so expect to see little else on the Mid Week Miniature post for a good few weeks.  Unless I get bored that is!

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2020 – The Plan! 

As mentioned in last weeks Miniatures & Musings, this week is mainly about my plans for 2020.  Like all plans I very much doubt it will unfold as I would like to anticipate it will but with creativity at the centre of it all perhaps it’s to be expected.

So, moving on what can you dear reader expect to be confronted with at the dawn of this new decade?  Well for starters, and as previously posted, I have acquired the urge to dable with Steampunk.  Certainly to begin with I will be focused on figures only and in this respect Reaper and an Australian company, Twisted Miniatures, are coming up trumps.  I really do fancy doing one or two little dioramas along the way as well and have a few ideas but nothing concrete.  Much rests of finding the right figures to begin with.

I am keen to participate in one or two competions again this year with the first being my club annual event to be held at the end of this month.  Retiring the models I submitted at Telford in November wiped me out so it will be very difficult to do well at the club this year as I haven’t had enough time to replace them.  After the in-house Plymouth Club event it’s the club hosted show in June followed by Cornwall in September and Telford in November.  For now time is on my side to produce a single figure under 54mm, a mounted figure under 54mm, a vignette of upto 6 figures, a fantasy figure under 54mm and two dioramas one of which will be a fantasy one.  A tall order but at least I have some ideas of what I want to do.

Somewhere along the way I would like to expand upon the Apocalypse models I have done as these were fun to do and I will need to do a few cowboy figures along the way in order to keep my brother happy!  On top of that there is the guilt pile, all the must have stuff I bought but which sits there looking at me as if to say “you bastard!”.  I’ve promised my self I will make a concentrated effort to get a lot of the stuff done but then again I promised She Who Must Be Obeyed that I would cook once a week and that’s never going to happen either so we will have to wait and see.

Painting figures for sale on Ebay will continue.  It has really helped me to practice my painting while at the same time completely self funding my hobby.  It also keeps SWMBO of my back and that alone makes the whole thing worth the while.

Two things which have become apparent though.  Firstly, given some of the models I want to do it isn’t going to be possible I think to turn out something new every week.  That said I still want to keep the blog going so expect a few more “work in progress” posts.  I’ll try to keep them as interesting as I can.

Secondly, I need to think about my WordPress memory and the need for archiving older posts.  No need for immediate action but thinking about how to deal with it has given me an idea.  It struck me that very few people who start to follow a blog look back on old posts, they simply start where they pitch in and move forward.  With this in mind I’m thinking of a new weekly post called “Memory Monday”.  I did toy with “Flashback Friday” and do prefer the name but thought posting Monday made for a more even distribution.  Then again I could call it “Flashback Friday” but post on a Monday!  In any event the idea is to re-post older articles and give them a second lease of life to a slightly wider audience before archiving them to a new site I am going to call “TIM Gone By”.  However, this all needs to be thought through and once I have gotten my head around it I will let you know.  Hopefully this coming Monday will see the first post.  The trouble is neither one of my tech savvy kids are about when I bloody need one!

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Important Question

Does refusing to go to the gym count as resistance training?  Asking for a friend.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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This week TIM has been listening to …

Erasure.

Thought I would work my way through my CD collection with the emphasis on playing stuff I haven’t listened to in years and forgot I had.  Expect more blasts from the past!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Secret in Their Eyes” a film I recorded over Christmas.  Can’t say I knew anything much about it but it was watchable and had a twist at the end which I didn’t anticipate.

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Remember …

The human body is roughly made up of 60% water … you’re not fat you’re flooded!

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Until next time.

TIM

Dr Charles Bennet – 28mm Reaper Chronoscope

This week, despite various forms of domestic chaos,  I managed to get another of my Reaper Chronoscope steampunk figures done.  This one goes by the name of Dr Charles Bennet, billed by Reaper as a Steampunk Hero.

I wasn’t entirely sure how to base him but decided to give my recently acquired Green Stuff World UV acrylic water effect a go.  The result looks better in the flesh than in the photos and overall I was pleased with how the stuff worked.  Using the UV torch the acrylic set in under a minute!  A small piece of a plastic straw was used for the water pipe.

The figure itself was a straight forward paint job but looking at the photos the stubble I added to his face appears much darker.  Not sure I am happy with that so will take a closer look at the figure again and if necessary tone it down a little.

Photo’s below.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 31)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

The observant amongst you will notice that this week there is no new miniature!  The reason for that is this week I am mainly concentrating on a review of the year that was 2019.  Next weeks Minatures and Musings will concentrate on plans for 2020 so it’s likely that I wont have a miniature to share with you that week either.  Devastated as I am sure you are by this news I have a feeling you will be able to cope!

What I do have to kick off with and so as not to leave you with no pictures whatsoever, are my favourite model posts of 2019.  These are simply the models which, for one reason or another, gave me the most pleasure during the course of the year.  In month order we have …

February – Mad Jack the Lighthouse Keeper

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https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/mad-jack-the-lighthouse-keeper-28mm-artizan-azazels-february-challenge/

April – Wasp Apocalypse: “Get Out of My Room!”

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https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2019/04/27/wasp-apocalypse-get-out-of-my-room-a-28mm-diorama/

June – The Wizard Library

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https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2019/06/01/the-wizard-library-28mm-box-diorama-part-3-final/

September – “Easy Boy!”

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https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/easy-boy-54mm-cowboy-circa-1865/

September – Apocalypse: “What the F**k Was That!”

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https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/apocalypse-what-the-fk-was-that-september-challenge-a-28mm-diorama/

November – Tom Goldentome

https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2019/11/16/tom-goldentome-a-28mm-reaper-figure/

November – The Dragon Master

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https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2019/11/23/the-dragon-master-a-28mm-diorama/

December – The Old Fiddler

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https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2019/12/21/the-old-fiddler/

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

I thought I would begin my review by taking a brief look at my WordPress statistics now that 2019 has come to end.  I don’t put to much store by these if I am being honest but as things stand my “Views” are down on last year despite the number of “Visitors” and “Likes” having increased and my “Comments” have taken a dip as well.  So what can be determined from this data?  Fucked if I know.  Make of it what you will.  In the meanwhile I will continue to envy the number of followers and views many of you get.

What has been encouraging is that my number of “Followers”, including those that follow by email, has increased to 99.  For a couple of days it stood at 100 but then someone decided to stop following me (hard to blame them) and I fell back to 99.  I have to say it’s nice having WordPress followers.  Even though I know very little if anything about most of you the concept of following is a pleasing one.  By contrast when you follow someone going for a walk in the park who you don’t know that well either it’s called stalking and is deemed a criminal offence.  It’s a complicated world to understand at times.

The one thing that does give me a buzz is seeing where in the world people have viewed my blog.  As things currently stand my blog has been seen in 65 countries and in 6 of the 7 continents and this I do find amazing.  Whilst I’m sure a great number of people have logged in by mistake it does excite me to think that something I can write in a house in a tiny little village in Devon can be viewed pretty much anywhere in the world.

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Modelling Matters.

The Plymouth Modelling Club continued to be enjoyable throughout 2019.  It can at times be a little frustrating due to most members being fixated on all things World War 2 but I guess that’s just the way it is.  To be fair to the guys (notice I said guys, for some reason the club has been unable to attract any hot women but I am hopeful this will change in 2020!) they produce some great stuff but try as I might most are reluctant to deviate from their comfort zone.  That said some progress has been made and a couple of the guys have successfully branched out into other genres.  Long may it continue.  In fairness it is each to their own and I would never tell anyone what they should or should not do but for me variety is key along with trying out new things along the way, something I will aim to continue in 2020.

As part of the club I attended a few shows last year.  More than the year before but not as many as I had hoped.  Not all of the shows the club goes to have competitions but I do like participating in those when they have them.  It’s not everyone’s cup of tea I know but personally I like the idea of bench marking my work even though I know some of the best modellers don’t chose to enter.  Still, you can only compete against those that enter and my limited success has enabled me to consider myself a “modeller”, something I would never have deemed to call myself a year or two ago.

Sticking with the show theme last year provided two huge highlights.  The first was in April when for the first time I went to “Salute” at the Excel Center in London.  A fantastic show and an opportunity to buy some very nice bits and pieces.  I also got to meet Alex of Leadbaloony blog fame and hopefully I will get to say “hi” this year too as I aim to go to the 2020 event in a few months time.  The other highlight was attending “IPMS Scale Model World” at Telford in November.  It is a fantastic event and my second only visit.  Success in the competition was an obvious highlight given the standard of models on display and I am gearing myself up for this years event.  Win or lose it will be another great event for sure.

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Figures and Dioramas

I had a couple of lost mojo moments during the year but nothing major and as a consequence I managed to get a lot of enjoyable stuff done.  Models included figures for selling on Ebay and personal bits and bobs including pieces I hoped would go down well as competition entries.  Needless to say some things turned out better than expected whilst others proved a disappointment.  Sometimes, despite my best efforts, I just cannot translate the ideas in my head into the model I am trying to create.

Ebay remains hit and miss but continues to pay for all things relating to my hobby so I have no grounds for complaint.  It’s fun and I still get a buzz for everyone I sell.  Knowing someone likes what I have done and is willing to part with their hard earnt cash is very flattering and continues ro make me chuffed.

So there you have it, a brief review of TIM’s year that was 2019.  Next week I will provide an insight to what I hope to achieve throughout 2020.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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This week TIM has been listening to …

David Bowie and “Suffragette City” from the Ziggy Stardust album.

Simply the best.

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This week TIM has been watching …

His dark Materials.  An 8 part TVseries which was being shown before Christmas but which I have only just started watching.  Two episodes in and very much enjoying it.

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Remember …

Never take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

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Until next time.

TIM

Benedict Baker – 28mm Reaper Chronoscope

I thought I would kick start the New Year with my growing interest in a new genre for me – Victorian Steampunk.  Now before anyone gets carried away, myself included, the emphasis is likely to be more on figures and small scenes rather than large dioramas featuring Jules Verne type machines.  That may come at some point in the future but not before I get my head around the genre far more and not until I have completed lots of other bits and pieces (like others I am determined to try to clear my backlog!).  In next weeks TIM’s Miniatures and Musings I will reflect upon 2019 and in the one after that I’ll do a little feature on my aims for 2020 and where Steampunk fits in.  For now though back to this post.

This figure goes by the name of Benedict Baker, a victorian genteleman produced by Reaper under their Chronoscope range.  The figure reminded me of the Paul Whitehouse charachter which featured in the Fast Show …

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… and so I decided to buy him.

The figure looks to me like he wants to tell a story and I thought this seemed like a pretty good place to start a new genre.

The figure itself is a straight forward paint job but the base is entirely scratch built.  As with the Paul Whitehouse chap I thought a fireside scene was appropriate so I made a fireplace using MDF, cardboard, a coffee stirrer and some twisted wire.  The pot plant was made from Milliput and some fern moss dipped in PVA.  I managed to find a small book to place on the mantlepiece and the small vase was made from the plastic protection pieces which come on the ends of paint brushes.  Match sticks were used for logs.  The wooden floor was made of coffee stirrers and the wallpaper and rug were prints from online images.

Welcome to Steampunk TIM!

Pictures of the completed model below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 30)

“HAPPY NEW YEAR” and welcome to my first Miniatures & Musings post of 2020!  I hope you all had an enjoyable time but more on Christmas, the year that was 2019 and the year that will be 2020 later.

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature 

I got very little done over the festive period due partly to obvious distractions and partly because I lost my mojo for a short while.  With family staying over, not feeling 100% and generally knackered I couldn’t be arsed to lift a brush.  The good news is my mojo is now back but the bad news is I need to get my finger out if I am to have more to post in the weeks ahead.

My offering for this week is a figure I painted once before for a small vignette.  This time I painted it as a stand alone.  IT is a Hasslefree figure which goes by the name of “Katie”.   She’s a tough little school girl with a lot of attitude.

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Christmas and New Year

Well both Christmas and the New Year have come and gone once again and now it is time to slip back into my familiar routine of mòdelling, blogging and, as befits my age, moaning!  Quite simply I have reached the age where I like some sort of routine.  Sad but true.

Christmas was fine but predictable.  I knew what presents I was getting because I bought them myself.  My family can be relied on to either not bother or buy complete shit so it is by far and away the best option.  I’m sure I am not alone in adopting this approach.  Annoyingly an expensive kit I ordered had a missing part which pissed me off to say the least and so now the back and forth emails begin to resolve the matter.  I sense Milliput will end up providing the answer but I live in hope.

The festive television was crap as usual but a few old films I hadn’t seen in a long while and don’t have the DVD’s of were fun to watch once again.  I suspect I will watch them again next year too!  On a more positive note I did manage to achieve my long held ambition of getting all the letters to spell out FUCK on the Scrabble board.  Unfortunatley this pissed off She Who Must Be Obeyed.  I’m still not sure if this was because my mum and dad were playing as well or if it was becasue I scored 39 points thanks to a triple word score.  In any event it remains my personal highlight.

New Years Eve proved most enjoyable.  The new owners at the Blacksmiths Arms decided to hire a band for the evening so a dozen of us got together for a meal there first and then settled down to drinking the night away.  The place was heaving and the band were excellent but the service was slow.  Well that was the excuse I gave my daughter who waitresses there for why I didn’t give her a tip.  When she leaves school and gets a real job she will encounter all kinds of people.  I figure she should come to terms with miserable bastards like me sooner rather than later.

Finally, on the subject of Christmas presents can I remind all of you that I gave books to that they are due back at the library on the 13th January!

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The Year That Was and The Year That Will Be

It had been my intention to do a little summary of 2019 and a brief look ahead to 2020.  Unfortunatley time or a lack of it got the better of me so next week and/or the week after I will reflect on both.

I can however report two pieces of good news as we enter the new decade.

Firstly, it was rumoured that dirty Derek our village flasher was going to retire at the end of the year.  It turns out he has changed his mind and plans to stick it out for another year.  Well done Derek.

Secondly, as we all know Christmas is an expensive time of the year for us all but as luck would have it I have a meeting with my bank manager tomorrow and if all goes well I will be out of debt.  I’m so excited I can barely put my ski mask on.  Wish me luck!

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This week TIM has been watching …

The Wedding Singer.  One of the many old films to appear on TV over Christmas but one I hadn’t seen in a while.  Dated in terms of fashion but a few laughs along the way together with a decent sound track.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“White Wedding” by Billy Idol.  Inspired by watching The Wedding Singer and his cameo appearance in the film.

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Remember

Viagra wont make you James Bond but it will make you Roger Moore!

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Until next time.

TIM

“The Old Fiddler”

This is my last post for 2019 so here’s wishing you all a great Christmas and a Happy New Year and I hope you get the models you bought yourself!

For my Christmas figure I decided to go with this chap – “The Old Fiddler”.

The figure is a 54mm miniature produced by Andrea.  It’s a figure I have had my eye on for a while and when I saw it several pounds cheaper at Telford I took the plunge and bought it.  I’m not sure it is but in my own mind the figure felt seasonal.

Other than adding some fallen leaves to the base it is just a paint job.  Even if I had wanted to do more it would have been difficult to see how to add or attempt to better the original composition.  Images below.

Until next year!

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 29)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This weeks figure is another Hasslefree miniature of a young lady who goes by the name of “Pulse”.

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No Interruptions!

One of the nice things about Christmas is it provides a certain amount of solitude which allows me to get some modelling done with fewer interruptions.  I find that if I shout out “You can’t come in!” the wife and kids think I am wrapping Christmas presents.

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New Year New Job?

It’s early days but I am thinking about going back to work.  For £100 an hour I will pose as a couples therapist and tell your spouse they are wrong about everything.  If you think you could benefit from this service please contact me via this blog.

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The Perfect Gift?

I asked She Who Must Be Obeyed if she had any idea what she might like for Christmas.  “Something Silk” she replied.  Knowing my luck I’m sure to have gotten the wrong colour!305666-DULUX-SILK-PBW-2-5L1.jpg

 

 

 

 

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This week TIM has been watching …

The sharp eyed amoungst you may have noticed that I have reversed the order between “watching” and “listening” this week.  There is a reason for it.

This year Marks and Spencer produced a Christmas TV advert featuring the song “Jump Around” by the “House of Pain”.  It’s a catchy tune and therefore a catchy advert and it has had me and my kids performing the moves.  Badly in their case, expertly in mine!

I then pointed out to both of them that several years ago there was a TV advert using the same track involving Monks and church bells.  If I ever put together my top ten adverts this would be one.  Thanks to YouTube I was able to show them the advert.

The links to both are below.  I will leave you to decide which one you prefer.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Jump Around” by the House of Pain.

Needless to say following on from the above it was appropriate to listen to the official version.

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As next Wednesday is Christmas Day this will be my last mid-week post for 2019 (I aim to put up a final post for the year on Saturday).  Hopefully I will put a mid-week post up on New Years Day subject to how hung over I am from the night before.  In the meanwhile have a Merry Christmas one and all and a Happy New Year.

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Until next time.

TIM

C’est Quoi Tout Ça? – (What’s All This?)

Whilst it is true to say I have some French blood (a short story for another day) I cannot claim to speak the language with any level of ability.  At a push I can read a menu, fill up the car with petrol, get by in a supermarket and order any number of beers up to ten.  Accordingly any error in translation in the title of this post is down to Google translate.

This is the second model That I have managed to complete having been laying around for far too long.  In this instance the French mechanic was painted the best part of a year ago and that is as far as I got.  The original plan had been to make a bigger garage type scene with the British Despatch Rider who appeared in last weeks post but in the end the idea just fizzled out as my mind moved on.  There it sat until I went through my bitz box and found the dog.

The facial expression on the dog seemed to say “What, me?” and from there it was just a case of how best to represent it.  A trashed workshop came to mind and thereafter it was the simple matter of making it happen.  The figure is another 1/35th scale Soverign 2000 figure, the dog I have no idea about as it was a purchase from years and years ago.  Most of the accessories are from Tamiya with a fair bit of scratch building.

Apologies for the poor images below.  At some point I might try and retake them and lose the shadows.

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 28)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

The second of my two Hasslefree miniatures from the same SiFi genre.  Following on from Lt. Thoran we have “Cpt. Nee Sun”.  Nothing much else to say other than photo’s below.

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Questions Best Left Unanswered

The other day while I was modelling away my daughter asked me out or the blue – “Dad did you ever date anyone before you met mum?”.  Not having a clue where She Who must Be Obeyed might be lurking I took the unusually safe route for me and replied – “No sweet heart your mum was the only one for me” – and with that of she went.

I returned to my painting but was left considering my checkered past.  There had been a few flirtatious episodes way back when and one in particular was quite serious until I decided to rumage through her knicker drawer while she was having a shower.  To my surprise I found a nurses outfit, a French maids outfit and a police uniform.  Needless to say I drew the same conclussion any man in my position would.  If she can’t hold down a job then this relationship is going nowhere!

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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This week TIM has been listening to …

The Pogues and “Fairytale Of New York”

With the lead up to Christmas I thought I would go with one of my favourite festive songs.  Maybe next week I will go with another one.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Last Christmas” starring Emilia Clarke who is perhaps best well known for her role in Game of Thrones.

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I always enjoy a trip to the cinema and it made a change to go with the two women in my life.  A nice little RomCom and one destined to be on the TV at Christmas for the next hundred years or so.

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Until next time.

TIM

British Despatch Rider, Monte Cassino 1944

In the past it was very unlike me to start a model and leave it unfinished.  These days it is par for the course, I have so much unfinished stuff it is hard to know where to start.  I’m not entirely sure what brought this change about but I think a huge turning point was retirement.  More time to model and browse for new stuff has tested my patience to a higher level and the desire to move on to other projects has simply gotten the better of me.  With the lead up to Christmas and the excitement of lots more goodies due to arrive I thought I ought to at least make an effort to finish one or two things which have been around for far too long.

One such model was a 1/35th scale Soverign 2000 figure I had of a British Despatch Rider.  The Figure was painted getting on for a year ago and the motorbike, a Tamiya BMW as I recall, was built and painted around the same time.  There they both sat while I wondered what to do with them and then I completely forgot about them altogether.  Until now.

To get it done I went for a simple base in the end.  A bit of old plaster board for the back wall, a few plants for colour and a heap of rubble.   All basic stuff.  For the image on the wall I chose a religious theme having chosen to go with the Monte Cassino idea.   The image is the one clever bit which I will share with you.

Firstly you print off a colour image and cut it out.  Next decide where you want it to go, in this case on the plasterboard wall.  Apply PVA glue to the plasterboard (it could be a stone, wood or anything you want it doesn’t have to be plasterboard) and stick the image face down and leave to dry.  Once dry wet your finger and rub slowly and carefully.  The back of the paper will be removed but the image will be stuck to the plasterboard looking like it was painted on.  The downside is the image is reversed so if you must have it the right way round, words for example, then you need to flip them first before printing.

Photo’s of the finished model (eventually) appear below.

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 27)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This weeks 28mm figure is from Hasslefree Miniatures and goes by the name of “Lt. Thoran”.  Despite the fact I could have painted this pretty much how I wanted to I decided on a quick and rather dull grey.  In my mind it felt more like a realistic colour to go for and besides I have so much to do right now that it seemed the best option at the time.  That said it is a great little figure and one I will probably do again at some point and when I do I will go for a far more interesting finish.

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Steampunk

As mentioned above I have got a lot to do right now, not just from a modelling point of view but because of the time of the year as well.  Christmas is a time for giving as we all know and this year I decided to push the boat out and give more to myself!

Now I am not entirely sure where the inspiration came from, my guess would be from images found on the “Pinterest” site, but I have been bitten by the “Steampunk” bug.  This is very much a new genre for me but I love the Victorian era and a bit of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” is right up my street.  Some further online searching threw up a variety of figures and images which got my juices flowing and I promptly ordered a number of “Reaper”, “Dark Sword” and “Twisted” miniatures.

I think the appeal is in the detail of the figures, so much to pick out and paint and complete freedom of colour choice too.  If I have a dilemma at all it will be how best to base them in terms of a setting.  A small base will be easier but a little diorama offers more of a challenge.  More research is needed I expect but no doubt I will get my head around it in due course.  For now the orders need to arrive and as the “Twisted” figures are coming all the way from Australia I wont be starting anything this side of Christmas I expect.

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Tea In Bed

Now if there is one thing She Who Must Be Obeyed is good at it is sleeping.  If it were an Olympic sport she could sleep for England and a Gold Medal would be as good as in the bag.  I am always the first up in the morning and come the weekend when our daughter, She Who Thinks She Should Be Obeyed Also, doesn’t have school to go to I will always go down stairs, let the dog out and bring SWMBO a nice cup of tea in bed.  Imagine my surprise therefore when Sunday just gone she was up earlier than me and brought me a cup of tea instead.

In an ideal world it would have been a moment to treasure but when she put the mug down on my bedside cupboard she caught my eye and winked.  Only a small thing I know but I’ve never been more scared of a drink in all my life!

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Atomic” by Blondie.  Back in the day Debbie Harry was directly responsible for the huge increase in Kleenex sales to teenage boys.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Blues Brothers” starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.  A classic movie with a great sound track.  Based on a true story!

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Until next time.

TIM

The Dragon Master – “The Making Of”

This weeks post is the background to how “The Dragon Master” was built.  Here is a little reminder of the finished Diorama.

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For the most part it was a straight forward diorama, the key element being the textured wings.  To start with though I will deal with the basics.

Both the dragon and the figure are both white metal items from Reaper.  The figure goes by the name of “Trathus Varr”, a nice little wizard and an ideal choice for the model given the baby dragon perched like a parrot on his shoulder.  The dragon is a “Temple Dragon” mounted on a pillar.

As the dragon was already on a pillar I decided on a sort of “Game of Thrones” type setting and so I cast a few pillars and arches using a “Hurst” mold which I had purchased a while ago but rarely used.  The plaster absorbs watered down acrylics nicely and for the most part produced natural shading and highlights.  The wizard was a straight forward paint job but he has a fair bit of detail and was fun to do.  He was painted entirely in acrylics.

On to the dragon wings.  This was not something I had ever done before so it was always going to be a bit of a risk but I had done a couple of small samples using Citadel Textured paints and could see no reason why it wouldn’t work.  Alas it didn’t prove to be quite as straight forward as I had hoped.

Attempt No: 1

For my first attempt I painted the upper wings yellow, allowed it to dry and then applied a coat of “Citadel Mordant Earth” textured paint which was then left to fully dry over night.  Come the following morning it was clear under a magnifying glass that the textured paint had shrunk but the lines revealing the yellow paint underneath were so fine they were barley visible with the naked eye.  Nothing for it but to strip it down and start again!

Attempt No: 2

I concluded that I needed to put the textured paint on much thicker.  After re-priming I once again undercoated with yellow and set about putting a thicker coat of “Mordant Earth” on a section of the wing rather than the whole lot.  This time if it didn’t work out I would have less to clean up.  We live and learn!

Left overnight to dry once again the result was an improvement but only in places.  I wasn’t entirely sure why it hadn’t worked but concluded that the level of thickness might have been uneven and hence the patchy result.  Nothing for it but to strip it down again and try something else.

Attempt No: 3

Third time lucky?

Not sure where I was going to go after this attempt but I decided to have one more shot at it.

Once again I undercoated in yellow only this time I put down a textured coat of “Citadel Martian Ironearth” first.  I followed this immediately by putting “Mordant Earth” directly on top.  This way I could be more certain mthat I had built up a decent and even thickness.  Once again it was left to dry overnight.

Come the morning it was looking pretty good and I was pleased with the result.  There was, however, a problem.  As part of the shrinking some of the newly formed dragon scales had started to lift.  Bollocks!  I quickly mixed some diluted PVA and washed it over the top and much to my amazement it all settled down.

All in all I felt I had cracked it (please excuse the deliberate pun!).  Here on it it was a case of repeating the process on the reminder of the upper wings and then again below.  Relatively plane sailing after that.  Finish painting the dragon, assemble the base, fill any gaps and apply highlights etc, etc. and then good to go.

Below are a few work in progress images taken in relation to Attempt No: 3 followed by a few more images of the completed diorama.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 26)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This week we have another Knuckleduster figure, Buffalo Bill Cody.

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Green Stuff World

This company make some great tools and various modelling bits and bobs and I have been pleased with things I have bought from them in the past.  Having said that I had pretty much forgotten about their site until I was prompted to take another look at it the other day.

I am keen to try and do a few things with clear resin and was trying to check out products along with how best to work with the stuff.  One internet search led to another and before I knew it I was on the Green Stuff World site.  Seems they do some interesting UV resin which dries within a few seconds using a torch and appears simple enough to use as it is a one part product and not a two part one which cures after 24 hours or more.

Long story short I checked out a few YouTube video’s and decide to take the plunge and buy various bits.  I am exited about using it but it will be a few weeks before the stuff arrives as it comes from Spain.  Once I get a chance to check it out and experiment with it I will let you know how it goes.

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You know when you are getting old when …

… you are lying in bed and the wife says “make me scream with one finger” and the best you can come up with is to to poke her in the eye!

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Every 1’s A Winner” by Hot Chocolate.  Prompted by a TV advert I decided to get my Greatest Hits CD out and give it a dust and a play.  Glad I did, it made for a nice change of mood.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Nowhere Boy”, a great little film about the early days of John Lennon.  Unrelated to the film “Backbeat” but a great prequel nonetheless.

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TIM

The Dragon Master – A 28mm Diorama

You may recall that I mentioned in a previous post that I had an idea of how I might use my recently acquired Citadel Textured paints.  Some interesting ideas were received in response to my invite to guess what I might be up to and they have given me some ideas for other things I might do further down the line.  However, what you see here, which hopefully has come out OK in the images, is the use of these paints on the wings of the Dragon.

This week I will leave you with the end result and next week or the week after I will post a “Making Of” article for those of you who might be interested.  For now though some photo’s of the completed diorama.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 25)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This week we have another Knuckleduster figure.  The range is being added to all the time but sadly at a rate I cannot keep up with.  Some of the latest figures are based on the spaghetti westerns with figures from the Clint Eastwood “Dollar” series and of course the “Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.  They also have figures from the film “Once Upon A Time In the West” starring Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson, possibly the best film of the genre.

The figure we have here is based on the character Ramon Rojo from the film “A Fist Full of Dollars”

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Telford 2019

It was my intention to post a load of photo’s of Telford but as expected a week on and there are plenty of YouTube and Facebook posts now out there.  The presentation of these is far better than I can deliver so if your interest extends beyond this post then just search under “IPMS Telford 2019” and a whole lot of goodies should come your way.

My personal favourite is linked below.  The guys voice is a little irritating but 1 minute and 35 seconds in and you’ll understand why!

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Telford 2020

Telford 2019 has been and gone and it has already hit me that I must plan for next year.  More than that I need to plan quickly for January 2020 and the Plymouth Club annual competition.  Having entered what I consider some of my best work into the Telford competition these models must now be retired leaving me … bugger all for January!  Quite how I am going to achieve this with so many others things going on right now I do not know but I will will revisit my retirement strategy to see what can be done!

The good news is I have identified figures/models for four of the six categories I am planning to enter and have an idea for the fifth.  As some of these will result in Christmas presents I am going to have to wait a little longer before I can get started.  It is too early to say for sure but I suspect these builds will be a key feature of my 2020 blog posts.

The good thing about next year is I will be able to look forward rather than backwards, something about 2020 vision!

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This Weeks Top Tip

Most women need a little reassurance so when she says “Oh, you want to see crazy?”  Reassure her that you do not!

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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This week TIM has been listening to …

The Rolling Stones and Brown Sugar.  Hard to resist a bit of Mick and the boys.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Taxi Driver” starring Robert De Niro.

A journey back in time when De Niro was cool and appeared in films like Godfather 2, Raging Bull, The Deer Hunter and Goodfellas.  Sadly now he’s just a Focker.

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TIM

Tom Goldentome – A 28mm Reaper Figure

In Wednesdays’s post I made reference to a bronze medal I won at Telford for a figure I had yet to post on my blog as I only just got it done in time for the show.  To put matters right here is the figure along with a couple of photos.

The figure is a 28mm Reaper Dark Legends wizard that goes by the name of Tom Goldentome.  A reasonable amount of freehand on this one which is why I thought I would stick my neck out and enter it in the “Fantasy Figure Under 60mm” category.  Not much else to say other than it was painted entirely in acrylics

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 24)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This weeks miniature is a 28mm figure from Gripping Beast and goes by the title of Ragnar Lothbrok, King of Norway and Sweden.  I have done this figure a couple of times before but this time decided to do a winter version as the plan was to enter him at Telford.  One of the trophies up for grabs was from IPMS Norway for the best model with a Norwegian theme so I figured why not?

More on Telford below but in the meanwhile a few snaps of good old Ragnar.

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Telford

I had hoped to put out a “live” post over the weekend direct from the Telford show.  Those of you who are kind enough to follow this blog regularly, if for no other reason than you have nothing better to do, will know that I failed completely!

So why did you fail TIM?  Well for starters another one of the guys dropped out at the last minute which left me and another Plymouth Club member Tim (yes really his name is Tim), with more to do than we had bargained for.  No only did we have to pick up the surplus work of the third person between the two of us but we also felt it was incumbent upon us to drink for three people too.  Sadly that is where all plans to post to the blog largely went out of the window!

I am still in catch up mode following the weekend so next week I will try to put a post together with a few photos and hopefully some links to sites which will have far better images than I have.  Usually someone puts something up on YouTube and I am sure in a few days something will appear.  Not putting too many photos up on the blog will also save me from using up my WordPress storage allowance which would be drained considerably by hundreds of photographs.

So what can I tell you now?

Well, for those of you not in the know Telford is the UK National Modelling Show and proudly claims to be the biggest show of its kind anywhere in the world.  Is that true? Well in total there were 218 clubs present, 27 of which were from overseas and on top of that there were 168 Traders there too.  If it isn’t the biggest then it would take some beating I reckon.

For only two of us we put on a decent display in support of our club and attracted a nice load of comments and general interest.  The pair of us also managed to spend a small fortune but with a combination of Christmas coming up and the fact that neither of us gave a toss anyway meant this was not much of a problem.  Besides, we had already come with a few raffle tickets to explain to our other halves that we hadn’t actually bought anything, we just got lucky in the raffle!  How we expected to get away with that this year when we didn’t last time is anyone’s guess but women generally like a tryer so we were feeling confident.  One of the reasons I like figures rather than big kits is at least I can smuggle most of my purchases in doors in my pockets.

Now as some of you know I have taken to entering a few things in show competitions.  A degree of success, albeit confined to the South West region of England  gave me a little confidence to enter the national competition.  All in all I decided to enter eight models.  Three in the Fantasy Figure category, two in Fantasy Diorama, one in Mounted Figures below 60mm, one in Vignette (up to six figures, no vehicles etc) and one in Single Figure below 60mm.  To be honest I wasn’t expecting to achieve anything other than to learn what I needed to do to up my game.  It came as a pleasant surprise to learn that I had done far better than I could possibly have dreamed of.

I’m not sure how I managed it but I got to walk away with three Bronze Medals, one Silver and one Gold!  As an added bonus the Norwegian Model Club decided to award me a trophy for good old Ragnar (see above).  I reckon they got wind of the fact that we are booked on a cruise to Norway next year for our holiday.

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So what won what?

Bronze Medal

“What Was That?” came third (I decided to edit the title for the show!)

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A Reaper Wizard I only finished just before the show came third and he will feature in Saturday’s post.

“Custer’s Last Stand” – A six figure vignette which I had done a very long time ago and have never put up on the blog as a post.  The figures are 54mm and come from Andrea Miniatures.

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Silver Medal

“Easy Boy” romped home in second place.

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Gold Medal

“The Wizard Library”, my boxed diorama proved to be magic!

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IPMS Norway Trophy

See above.

National modelling competition etiquette dictates that all these models are now retired.  This leaves me with quite a whole to fill.  Alternatively I cannot see myself topping what I achieved this weekend so I might simply decide to retire myself too.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

Bruce Springsteen and “Born in the USA”.  Not a major fan of Bruce but how can you not like this?

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This week TIM has been watching …

The End Of The F***king World (Series 1)

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For those of you who do not know this is an 8 part Channel 4 TV series which originally aired a while ago but with the second series having just finished I finally latched on to it!  Decided to binge watch it during the week and while I was away at Telford.  I think it is one of those love it or hate it programs.  Personally I absolutely loved it but my son hated it so clearly opinion is divided.  I will start to binge the second series as soon as I can.

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Until next time.

TIM

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 23)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This week we have another 28mm miniature from Gripping Beast.  This one goes by the name of “Gunnar” and is only available as a single figure by mail order, otherwise I think he is part of a pair.  He comes with a couple of weapon options but as you can see from the images below I decided to go with a sword and a spear.

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Telford

The start of this week and the rest of it is essentially dedicated to me getting ready for Telford.  We have four members of the Plymouth club attending and we have been allocated a total of 12 foot of space to display our models.  One of the guys isn’t taking any models with him as he has onward plans after the two day event which leaves three of us four feet each to fill.

On the one hand it is nice to have a decent amount of space to call your own but on the other it is a lot of items to transport.  This is particularly true for me where so much of my work these days is in 28mm scale.  One way or another I have a lot to pack and to pack well if I want to avoid damaging anything.  In fairness I don’t mind, for me at least it is the last show of the season.

One thing is for sure, very little else will get done on the modelling front so not quite sure how I will get a post ready for Saturday or for the following week when I get back.  If time allows and I have sufficient WiFi access at the show and my hotel I might get out a couple of Telford progress posts over the weekend.  So if you see a post on Saturday all well and good but if not I will try to pull my finger out for a mid-week one when I get back.

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I’m On The Case!

Now those of you who follow this blog will know that from time to time She Who Must Be Obeyed and I do not always see eye to eye.  It will not surprise you that another old chestnut arose last week which became emotive.  On this particular occasion I was, in no uncertain terms, being reminded that the thermostat in the guest bedroom was no longer working and needed to be replaced.  Needless to say I wasn’t having any of it.

“When I say I will fix it I will fix it.  I don’t need to be reminded every 3 months that it hasn’t been done!”

There are times when she can be so unreasonable.

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 A Brush With Death

I saw this which was mildly amusing so I thought I would share it given our common interest in painting.

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Rermember

With Christmas rapidly coming up I am sure a great many of us will have an extensive wish list of must have items to add to our existing and outstanding essential items from previous years.  With this in mind it is worth reminding yourself that it cannot be classed as “hoarding” if your shit is cool!

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“The Jean Genie” by David Bowie.  One of my favourite artists who alas is no longer with us.

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This week TIM has been watching …

Monty Python’s “The Life of Brian”.

It has been a good many years since I last watched this so I anticipated it being more than a little dated.  To my pleasant surprise much of the humour remained just as funny to me now as it did back in the day.  Just goes to show I haven’t matured!

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Until next time.

TIM

Brian Boru – Irish Warlord (A 28mm Figure)

Here we have a little vignette I put together of Brian Boru, First High King of The Irish, a legendary Irish Warlord – so says Gripping Beast who produced the miniature.  Just a little figure I was rather taken with and for which I felt the pose warranted a little more attention than a simple 25mm round base.

As with all the Gripping Beast figures I have found to date they are nicely made and enjoyable to paint.  Not a great deal to say on this one.  Simple paint job on the figure and an opportunity to make another wire tree as I hadn’t done one in a little while.

Images below.

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 22)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

Another Knuckleduster miniature and another one for Ebay.  One of the downsides of selling on Ebay is the need to replace the figures you sell if you want to sell more.  I already have this figure in my own collection but certain real old west characters such as this one, Jesse James, can sometimes attract a little more interest.  I suspect I have now jinxed any future sale having said that so it will probably sit there for a good few months!

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Modelling Frustration

I feel certain I am not the only one ever to have gotten frustrated from modelling or painting.  Sometimes when things aren’t going well for me my anger grows to the point where I could quite happily throw the bloody figure out of the window.  Fortunately I have never allowed myself to let things go quite that far.  This is partly due I think to the wisdom Confucius.

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To Bee or not to Bee

Sticking with the insect theme it is that time of the year where the wasps are getting drowsy and dangerous.  Unfortunately She Who Must Be Obeyed got stung by one on the forehead the other day.  I stopped what I was doing out in the garden and immediately rushed her to the Accident and Emergency department at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.  Her face was all swollen and bruised and she was in a terrible state.

I dread to think how much worse it might have been if I hadn’t been on hand to hit the wasp with the shovel I was holding.  Sometimes you do get the feeling that someone is watching over you.

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TIM’s Revenge

Now before you all start feeling sorry for She Who Must Be Obeyed you might wish to note the following conversation which preceded the above incident a day or two earlier.

Me – “Darling, love of my life, am I the only one you have ever been with?”

SWMBO – “Yes my love, all the others were nines and tens!”

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long”.

Best played loud and after a few beers!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“A Confession”, a six part TV series starring Martin Freeman.

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This series has only just finished but I confess to being unaware of it until a good friend of mine pointed it out to me.  Turns out it is a true story which I was equally unaware of too.  A fantastic series and if you have got access to watching it I would recommend that you do.  I doubt any legal system is flawless and this series certainly highlights some shortcomings with the British one.

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Until next time.

TIM

Dad’s Army – Part 9 – Final (28mm Figures)

Welcome to the final installment of my Dad’s Army posts.  Nothing really to say that hasn’t been said already.  What we have here is the two final characters, the Vicar and the Verger.  Nicely cast figures and equally nice to paint.  Images of them both below along with a couple of group shots of the whole set.

With these complete I am reminded of the words of Monty Python “… and now for something completely different”.  Not entirely sure what that will be but I can safely say it wont be anything to do with WW2!

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 21)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

Following a few more sales on EBay (yes I am still trying to sell some!) I needed to paint a few more figures for listing.  Having not tested the market so to speak with SAGA figures I bought a few from Gripping Beast.  This is one of four Anglo-Danish Huscarl’s.  He doesn’t have a name of his own so I am calling him Brian.

Images of Brian below.

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New Paints – Experiment No: 3 – Citadel Textured Paint

After the disappointment of my Crackle Paint and Metallic Medium experiments I am pleased to report that my view on Citadel Textured paints is far more positive.  I purchased two pots – Mordant Earth (left) and Martian Iron Earth (right).

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Applied thinly I didn’t think it did much but applied thickly and allowed to dry it shrank and cracked providing a very nice finish.  I then decided to cover a couple of old round bases in some coloured paint which I then left to fully dry.  Next I applied a nice thick coat of the textured paint and was pleased at seeing the paint show through after it had all dried and cracked.  Definitely better with the Mordant Earth in this instance.

This has already given me a few ideas for future uses and I will let you know how I get on with it.  I already have one little diorama in mind for using this effect on and I will leave you to guess what it might be.  If you are guessing on volcanic lava then great idea but not what I have planned!

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Stash Review

With Christmas not that far away I thought I would review the various items I have waiting to be done.  I figured it would also allow me to compile a list of items for Santa.

The bad news is I have more than enough to do without buying anything new.  The good news is I couldn’t give a fuck about the bad news and have an extensive list of things I want to have.

Applying some basic maths I reckon I will have enough to last me until the year 2077 by which time I will be 120 years of age.  Here’s hoping for further breakthroughs in medical science.

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Worthy Causes

Begging on the streets of Plymouth is on the increase in the lead up to Christmas with everyone it would seem trying to get in on the act.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who.  Classic 60’s Mod band and a classic song with some great lyrics such as “new boss just like the old boss”.  So true and I’m sure we have all experienced that at some point!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Sully” starring Tom Hanks.

My brother recommend this one for me and as we generally share similar tastes in film and TV I thought I would give it a go.  I was familiar with the true story of the crash but not of the hearing which followed.  An excellent film.

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Until next time.

TIM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Temptress – A 28mm Diorama (October Challenge)

I needed a change from painting Dad’s Army figures (I reckon you all did too!) even though there is only one more post to go.  I knew I would rush it so I decided instead to take a short break to do something else.  Besides I also needed to complete something for the October Challenge.

For October Orc’s were never going to be an option with the time available to me even if I had wanted to go down that route.  Completing a neglected model on the other hand left me in with a realistic shout.

So what we have here is a model I am calling the Temptress.  Both the guard figure and female temptress were painted months ago and sat on the side far a part from each other as I had no idea quite what to do with them.  At the point where I had given up on ever having an idea and was about to settle for simply basing them it occurred to me for the first time that they looked quite good together!  After that it was reasonably easy to come up with an acceptable setting and the rest as they say is history.

The “Temptress” goes by the name of “Lenore” and is a figure produced by Hasslefree Miniatures.  The guard is a figure from Other World Miniatures.  The base comprises of an MDF window and frame with cat litter and slate chippings for the ground and masonry work.

The images below look dreadful on my laptop but acceptable on my phone and tablet.  Quite why that is I am not entirely sure although my laptop, a self winding one, could be showing its age!

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 20)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

My attention is back on the Old West and Knuckleduster miniatures.  As my collection so far consists only of male figures it was high time I added a token female to the collection.  This little lady goes by the name of Dicey Lee.

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New Paints – Experiment No: 2 – Vallejo Crackle Medium

On the face of it Crackle Medium seemed like a good idea so I took the plunge and bought a bottle not quite knowing what I would ever use it for (ideas welcome!).  The instructions were clear and simple.  Do not shake the bottle as bubbles will form.  Paint over a base coat.  Allow to dry and then go over with a contrasting colour.  Simples.  Well yes it was simple but the effect was essentially non existent.

Naturally I had another go but the outcome was no better than the first time around.  Wearing my magnifying head visor I could just about see some cracks but nothing was visible to my naked eye.  Hence no images to post either.

Mark Morin, picking up on last weeks post commented that he found Vallejo Crackle Medium disappointing but that AK Crackle was much better.  I might experiment a bit more, not least of all because I have a bottle of the stuff, but it rather looks like I need a better alternative.  Hopefully it’s me but given Mark’s review I think I am being optimistic.

Hopefully I will have greater luck trying out my Citadel textured paints this week.

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Has anyone seen IRO?

What with it being Orktober I thought IRO would have been back blogging by now but alas he is either busy working or still setting up his super duper new modelling room in the new house.  He did reappear briefly but all has gone quiet once again.  Has anyone heard from him?  If not I shall drop him an email to see if all is well.

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Parenting

As a kid I was always told by my parents never to talk to strangers and never, never get in a car with one.  Sage advice which I in turn passed on to my kids.  However, due to an ever changing world, it was also incumbent upon me to advise both my kids that they should also never meet people they may get to know on the Internet alone.  You just do not know what weirdos are out there.

Now I hear there is a thing called Uber where you get in touch with a complete stranger on the internet who you then meet alone and get in a car with.  Every day the world becomes more and more fucking stupid.  Either that or I am just getting old.

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If like me you ever wondered …

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Rock and Roll” – Led Zeppelin.

Best played loud!

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This week TIM has been watching …

Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

It’s always nice to sit down and watch a modern classic.  Stands the test of time as far as I am concerned but was simply mind blowing when first released.

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Until next time.

TIM

 

 

Dad’s Army – Part 8 (28mm Figures)

All things being well this is the penultimate Dad’s Army post.  I’ve enjoyed doing the figures but I am itching to get on with other things now.  I have deviated a couple of times during this project due to the need to do one or two other things and post accordingly but I am now close to the finishing line and trying hard to maintain some discipline.

This week we have Frank Pike and Hodges the Grocer.  Hodges is the better sculpt in my opinion.  I am happy with the way I painted Pike but the resemblance isn’t there and if it was possible to achieve then it  needed a far better painter than me.

Only the Vicar and the Verger to go.  Hopefully I can get them done by next week and take some group shots too.

Images below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 19)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This week we have a Christian Priest from Gripping Beast.  I don’t typically do a lot of SAGA based figures so this represented a nice little change and I may well do a few more in due course.

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New Paints – Experiment No: 1 – Metalic Medium

Now don’t get to excited by the title.  Firstly what is new to me will I suspect not be new to you.  Secondly this is a mini series of only three experiments and my first impressions, therefore a brief review if you like.

A quick introduction.

I needed to replace a couple of paints so I went online and deposited the relevant items into my shopping basket only for the invoice cost to be doubled due to the cost of postage.  With free postage if you spent over £20.00 I decided to do some more shopping and found myself buying Vallejo Metalic Medium, Vallejo Crackle Medium and a couple of Citadel Texture paints.

So, Metalic Medium.  Simple to use, just a 50/50 mix of the medium and whatever acrylic paint you want to turn metalic.  The only thing to note is the original colour is diluted by the medium and so the end result will be a lighter colour.

How did I rate it?  Pointless to be honest.  Firstly, I could have achieved the same result by mixing a colour 50/50 with the metalic silver I already had.  Secondly, I consider it to be inferior to my preferred method of making metalics which is – Humbro or Revel silver enamel mixed with whatever other colour enamel or oil paint you chose and thinned with a little white spirit if the mix is to thick.  It’s all about personal opinion but this mix I find produces a far better metalic finish.

Try to contain your excitement for next week when I will deliver my verdict on Crackle Paint!

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Matrimonial Top Tips 

Time spent alone modelling often provides time for personal reflection.  Today I found myself mulling over the nearly 40 years of my life spent with  She Who Must Be Obeyed.   Now I am no expert when it comes to marriage but I do feel qualified to pass on a couple of pieces of advice to those of you with less matrimonial experience.

Top Tip No:1

If your wife says “Do what you want” do not under any circumstances do what you want.  Stand still.  Do not blink.  Do not even breathe.  Play dead.

Top Tip No: 2

No man has ever won a game of “Do you notice anything different about me?”.  Never ever play this game.  Feign a heart attack.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

Thriller by Michael Jackson.

Well when I say listening I also mean watching too as this is the full length official video which was ground breaking at the time and has been seen over 618 million times.  Stunning in its day but still OK now.  Even Michael himself looks normal!  I’m contemplating doing a zombie based model.  No idea what to do yet but thought this was a good place start some research.

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This week TIM has been watching …

“Shaun of the Dead” starring Simon Pegg.

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Sticking with the Zombie genre and the need for further research this was an obvious source.  A classic and one of my all time favorites!

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Until next time.

TIM

 

 

Dad’s Army – Part 7 (28mm Figures)

Back to Dad’s Army civilian figures this week.

Today we have Joe Walker and Arthur Wilson.  Of the two figures Walker was the harder paint job and my first go at ever doing a striped suit.  Up to now I have either painted a jacket or trousers but never both on the same figure.  Time consuming for sure but I got there in the end and overall I am happy with the way the figure turned out.

Nothing else to say except images appear below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 18)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This week we have another Reaper wizard.  This little chap goes by the name of Anuminar Winterbeard.  I have no idea what the owl is called to I have decided to name it Eric.

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The Cornwall Model Show – A further Update 

Last week I mentioned that I attended the Cornwall Model Show in Penzance.  Since then a few things relating to the show have been posted on the clubs Facebook page including an article which was put together by a chap called Greg Martin.  I had a nice chat with Greg who took some interesting photo’s but at the time I had no idea who he was.  Post the event and thanks to the Facebook post I learnt that Greg is a photojournalist and was at the show to do a write up.

The write up can be seen via the link below.  I am featured along with a few other modellers.

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A slightly edited version of the same article also made its way to the Online tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail.

While I was talking with Greg and he was taking some photo’s of my models I asked him if he would be able to take a photo of my boxed diorama “The Wizard Library”.  As you know my own photo’s, which you can see again via the link to the original post below, were far from ideal.

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My skill level for taking photographs isn’t great at the best of times but through glass and close up it is non existent!  Greg kindly obliged and then emailed me the result.  I think you will agree that his photo below is far better than mine!

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Modelling Retirement Planning  – Step 10 “The Domestic”

This week sees the conclusion of this series and how to achieve more time for modelling when retired.  If you have followed steps 1 through to 9 then all things being equal you will have no need for this one.  If, however, you have failed miserably then this really is the last port of call!

In essence Step 10 is an easy one.  The problem is that it could have either far greater consequences or much higher rewards pending your point of view.  The aim is to pick a domestic dispute which will allow both of you to go off and sulk with each other for few days thus leaving you to paint and model uninterrupted for at least 48 hours.  Much depends on the strength of your relationship.  Ideally you will be talking and “making up” in a few days and after a suitable period of time you will be ready to have another go if you have still not made progress in any of the other previous steps.  There are, however, some downsides.

Almost certainly during a period of sulking you may end up having to cook your own meals.  That said baked beans on toast doesn’t take long and if you get your timing right any issues around clothes washing shouldn’t present a problem.  The bigger issue is that prolonged use of this step could lead to divorce.  But is that a bad thing?

In all honesty most women in their 60’s are past their best.  If SWMBO is anything to go by she could do with a good ironing to smooth out a few of those wrinkles.  As a general rule they complain endlessly of being tired and under appreciated, something I just cannot get my head around.  Hardly a day goes by when I do not encourage SWMBO to sit down and take a break because she can always get on with whatever chore she is doing later.  Might as well be talking to the wall.  Only the other week I was away for the weekend only to return to a torrent of abuse because she hadn’t stopped working, walking the dog and looking after the kids.  Quite how I got the blame when I wasn’t even there is beyond me!  Still, at least I got a lot of modelling done that week.

So there you have it, TIM’s 10 Steps to a modelling retirement heaven, a series inspired by none other than John over at Just Needs Varnish.  Whether you are retired, planning to retire or just feel the urge to try these tips out please keep me posted.  I have listed the laptop in my part of the divorce settlement so I should be able to maintain contact with you all.

Meanwhile please remember …

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“I Predict A Riot” by the Kaiser Chiefs.

It’s been one of those weeks and this sums up my mode!

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This week TIM has been watching …

“The Victim”, a four part TV series set in Scotland.

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Trawling through my BT player I discovered this series which I had recorded back in April but for whatever reason simply had not watched.  An excellent four hour  binge over two nights even if I did struggle with the Scottish brogue at times!  I have no idea if it is available to watch still but if you missed it at the time then well worth giving it a chance.

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Until next time.

TIM

 

 

“Easy Boy!” – 54mm Cowboy (Circa 1865)

There was a time a long while ago when 54mm figures and cowboys in particular were pretty much all I painted.  These days as followers of this blog are aware I have dropped down to 28mm/32mm figures almost exclusively.  Occasionally I will venture into a bigger scale but it takes something special to wet my appetite and get my juices flowing.  Something like this chap for instance.

What we have here is a white metal figure by Romeo Miniatures comprising of approximately 30 parts.  It was a bugger to put together.  Partly because the figures I now paint rarely have very many pieces and partly because the gradient of the figure whilst making for excellent composition worked against me for holding, assembling and finally painting.  It’s very heavy too.  In fairness the accuracy of the fit was very good and only a minimal amount of filler was required.

On a personal level I love the composition and overall it didn’t come out too bad.  It warranted a bit of a scenic base but I chose to keep it relatively minimal so as not to distract from the figure itself.  Painting for this one was a combination of acrylics and oils with some dry brushing, ink and weathering powders thrown in for good measure.

Images below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 17)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This week I have a Reaper Wizard to show you, a Dark Heaven Legends figure by the name of Arakus Landarzad to be precise.  A couple of things to point out in respect of this little chap.

Firstly, a shout out to my next door neighbour Kerry.  Having seen my Dad’s Army figures based on wooden cotton reels Kerry mentioned that his hobby is wood turning and that if I wanted him to he could make me some bases.  If I wanted him to?  I nearly bit his arm off and a few days later he called in with half a dozen for me.  The images below don’t really show the base off but I will do a better job for next weeks post.

Secondly, Flow Aid.  I mentioned last week that I had bought some and now I have managed to use it.  It gets a big thumbs up from me.  Now I am not saying I am using it properly but I gave it a go and was pleased with the result.  The acrylic paint did flow better in my opinion and gave me a confidence boost in terms of free hand experimentation.  The photo of the back of the wizard shows what I came up with.

Nothing more to add.  Hope you like the little chap.

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Modelling Retirement Planning  – Step 9

This week we have reached the penultimate Step in what I am sure has so far proved to be a valuable and informative guide to young and old a like!  Key to success of course is down to your understanding of women and your own wife/partner in particular.  I have done my best to summarize the information into 10 easy to follow steps but feel free to undertake your own research in light of the publication below.

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Step 9.

It is impossible for the women of the house to take time off completely.  In reality washing and ironing are best kept on top of and meals need to be prepared and cooked three time a day.  It can be quite tiring work and let’s face it, if she doesn’t do it who else is going to?  Well not newly retired you that’s for sure, those models wont paint themselves will they?

With this in mind it is a good habit to at least twice a day make her a cup of tea and tell her to take time out while you both go and sit down to drink it.  This move displays your caring side and earns brownie points.  It might even pay you to provide her with a slice of cake as well.

All being well she will nod off in her arm chair or get engrossed in a magazine article or whatever book she is reading.  Quietly slip away to your modelling desk and if she does nod off then under no circumstance wake her up until it’s time for her to cook the dinner.  As a general rule there is at least an hour or two of hobby time to be gained from this one.

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IPMS Cornwall

Last Saturday I attended the IPMS Cornwall model show with a few of the guys from the Plymouth Model Club.  The Penzance venue was very nice and attendance on the day appeared to be very good.  It isn’t the biggest show by any means but they hold a competition and I wanted to enter a couple of items to gauge some feedback.  I should explain that they run their competition a little differently in Cornwall which is why I was interested.

Other competitions I have entered generally have the same class categories and within each a first, second and third place (or Gold, Silver and Bronze) is awarded.  Some also award a “Highly Commended” and elect an overall show winner.  At the Cornwall show your entry is judged on its merit.  The judges look at the model and assess it under 5 categories – Workmanship, Finishing, Presentation, Attention to Detail and Creativity.  The number of points in each of the 5 categories varies slightly due to the entry class but overall they all add up to 100 points.  If the model scores between 90 and 100 points a Gold is awarded.  Between 80 and 89 Silver, 70 to 79 Bronze and 60 to 69 is commended.

Under this scheme it is possible to have more than one Gold (or Silver or Bronze) awarded in a class or none at all.  A different system but what I liked about it was being able to gauge how highly the judges who are fellow modellers rated your work.

For my part I entered 3 pieces – “The Wizard Library”, “What The Fuck Was That?” and “Easy Boy!”.  The first two have appeared as posts on this blog but the third hasn’t yet.  It is my intended post for this weekend so I will say no more about it for now.

I was chuffed to be awarded a Gold Medal (not real Gold!) and accompanying certificate for all three of my entries and am now need giving serious consideration to Telford.  I’m not under any illusions, the standard of that show is very, very high and I have no desire to make a tit of myself but a part of me is saying you will never know if you do not give it a try.  I still have time to make up my mind so I shall deliberate for a little while longer.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

Jethro Tull and Living in the Past.

A nice little oldie for you kids out there.  I was 12 at the time but I remember my oleer brother buying the album “Aqualung” and like a lot of the stuff he bought it rubbed off on me.  As for the title it pretty much sums up where I’m at these days.

Nostalgia rocks!

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This week TIM has been watching …

500 Days of summer starring Joseph Gordon-Levit and Zooey Deschanel.

A quirky little film which I have watched several times and did so again the other day.  Several people I know didn’t like it but personally I really enjoyed it and particularly liked the way it was edited together with the counted days going backwards and forwards rather than consecutively.

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Until next time.

TIM

 

 

Dad’s Army – Part 6 (28mm Figures)

This week we return to my Dad’s Army civilian figures.  Compared to the uniformed set these present a much greater painting challenge with an opportunity to apply a significant amount of freehand.  This time around we have Charles Godfrey and Jack Jones.

Not a great deal to add that hasn’t been said previously except that these days I am using less and less oil paints.  Why?  Simply because I have been trying to improve my blending work with acrylics and am reaching a point where I am happier with it.  So, is that the end of oils?  Definitely not.

Images below.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 16)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This week we have one of the Hasselfree figures I chose not to use in my recent “Rats” diorama.  A young lady who goes by the name Dakota.

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Modelling Retirement Planning  – Step 8

So this week we move to Step 8 and with only two more steps to follow we are nearing the end of what I hope you are finding a valuable resource either for now or at some point in the future.  The image below provides an ideal introduction to this weeks step – Coffee Mornings.

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As we can see from the above illustration, taken I am reliably informed from an original Paleolithic painting which is over 40,000 years old and can be found in the Franco-Cantabrian region of Western Europe, women have been talking for a very long time.  In truth some never stop and it is this weakness that Step 8 aims to exploit to the modeller’s advantage.

Quite simply always encourage the wife to meet up with family and friends at every opportunity.  Promote as much as possible the idea of Coffee Mornings.  It really doesn’t matter whether these take place in or away from your home but the latter will add travel time which is clearly a bonus.  Once you get a gaggle (collective noun?) of women together they will never stop but you can.  You can stop whatever you were doing and simply start modelling or painting instead.  Why should you work when they are not?

By my reckoning you should aim for two Coffee Mornings a week which potentially will give you anywhere between 2 and 16 hours of hobby time.  Happy days!

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Movie Special Effects

Maybe it’s because I consider myself a modeller but I can always tell when they use fake Dinosaurs in the movies.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye.

Having recently been to the cinema (see below) I saw a trailer for Documentary/Movie about Motown.  It inspired me to dig out a few classics and I decided there was nowhere better to start than here.

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This week TIM has been watching …

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt and the extremely hot Margot Robbie.

A midweek trip to the cinema with my son who was on a weeks holiday to see the 9th Tarantino movie.  Probably not everyone’s cup of tea but we loved it and the 2 hours and 40 minutes flew by.  Hopefully the DVD will be out for Christmas, my 93 year old father and 88 year old mother will enjoy it, they love a happy ending!

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Until next time.

TIM

 

 

Apocalypse: “What the f**k was that?” – The Making Of (A 28mm Diorama)

Originally it had been my intention to put up a “Work In Progress” post before publishing the final diorama but after some deliberation I decided against it.  If there was a “wow” factor to be had then it would be lost by a WIP post so I decided to go for a “Making of …” post instead!  The original post and final photo’s can be found here.

https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/apocalypse-what-the-fk-was-that-september-challenge-a-28mm-diorama/

The Inspiration

Like most of the things I do the initial inspiration comes from finding some figures that I would like to buy and paint.  The challenge then becomes how to fit them into a diorama.  In some cases an idea alludes me for some time, occasionally completely but sometimes ideas come thick and fast as was the case with this one.

It all started with some internet browsing and discovering a site called “Other World Miniatures”, not a site I was aware of.  Various searches led to me finding a set of 5 Giant Rats which I rather liked the look of and thought would be fun.  Instantly I was reminded of the horror author James Herbert and his trilogy – The Rats, Lair and Domain.  All books I have and read on more than one occasion.  The seed was sown.  The fact that “Backtothehammer” and “Pete S/SP” both picked up on this was great to see.

The Concept

A while ago I made a conscious decision to try and limit my dioramas to small bases.  There were two reasons for this.  One was space, dioramas take up a lot of it and I have a lot of them now.  The other was aimed at stretching my imagination.  How to get as much detail as possible onto a small area?  The only way is up!

In the book “The Rats” the furry little bastards appear all over the place but the “London Underground” and the more obvious “London Sewer System” were already set in my mind but what was the story line and how to represent it?

Clearly for the rats to appear as “Giants” some humans would have to feature for scale otherwise the idea would be lost.  From there is was an easy leap to the rats being mutated as a result of some form of nuclear fallout.  Now all I needed was a contrived situation which would bring the humans and the rats together and the search for food by both groups seemed natural enough.

How to depict the search in a diorama format required some thought and of course I needed to find suitable figures too.   Hasselfree Miniatures is one of my go to sites these days and once again they came up trumps.  I bought four figures all of which I thought would be suitable but in the end settled on the two I used as being the most appropriate.  To my mind they both look like they are acting cautiously in their search and that was most appropriate.

With the only way being up it seemed like a good idea to have the diorama on three levels – basement/sewer, stairs, building/room.  Now all I had to do was build it!

The Build

It made sense to start building bottom up so first of all I laid down some bricks.  The bricks are 28mm scale and come from “Juweela” who produce scenic materials.  These bricks are simply brilliant.  I went with bricks to reflect the London Sewer system built by the Victorians.

I small circular section of plastic piping found in the garage was used to produce the “tunnel” effect which was then clad with bricks before being positioned on the base.

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The next job was to build the stairs.  This was done by casting some pieces from a “Hirst” mold and trimming as applicable.  I also needed to create a floor (using coffee stirrers and match sticks) to connect to the stairs which would in due course have a brick wall and door added to it as well as one of the figures.  The other figure would be positioned at the top of the stairs and in the image below you can see that the stairs have been prepared to take the slotter base of the figure.

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Now it was all about building up the walls and adding more details.  The door is an MDF purchase which was made to make the Gothic windows in my “Wizard Library” boxed diorama.

https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2019/06/01/the-wizard-library-28mm-box-diorama-part-3-final/

I had some over and they were ideal for a door entrance.

The walls alone felt a little plain so I decided to add some pipe work.  For this I simply used some plastic sprue.  I had a small steering wheel from an army jeep model in my bits box which made for a nice addition and the pipe joints were made using the protective plastic tubes which come with paint brushes.

The light was a spare one from my WW2 Diorama …

https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/operation-overlord-a-28mm-ww2-diorama-part-6-the-completed-diorama/

… which was broken down and attached using some twisted wire.

Another spare wheel was used as a drain cover at the base of the sewer and to which later a ladder would go under.

It was then time to start using some filler with PVA to fill the various gaps.

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In between these various stages I conducted a few dummy runs in terms of figure fit and positioning.  I also played around with the various components.

I wanted this to be a piece that had interest from various angles and was chuffed with “Wudugast” who picked up on this point and kindly commented accordingly.  Having set myself a bar to reach it will be interesting to see if I can replicate the concept in future dioramas.  Clearly some ideas will lend themselves more readily than others.  Time will tell.

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So the build complete it was then just a matter of painting things up.

Completed Diorama

Job done.

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The Narrative

An accompanying narrative is not something I normally do, in fact I think this is a first.  It was fun to do and I felt the diorama needed an explanation.  Something to consider again perhaps?  For anyone wondering, the words are my own and not a quote from a book.

Until next time.  Don’t let the bed bugs bite … or the rats!

TIM

 

 

 

 

 

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 15)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This week we have a Reaper Pathfinder figure which goes by the name of “Kaer Maga Dusk Warden”.

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Flow Aid

I was asked by Mark Morin following my most recent Dad’s Army post …

https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2019/08/31/dads-army-part-5-28mm-figures/

… if there was any secret to how I painted pin stripes.  The simple answer was “No”.  A steady hand, practice and a willingness to go over the lines time and time again until they look straight is pretty much all I do.  A good brush and appropriately thinned paint are also essential.

Now having said all that the other day I learnt about a product called “Flow Aid”.  This was knew to me although the product isn’t and I suspect most of you have heard of it either under that name or something similar.  In theory it thins the paint and improves the flow without diluting the pigment and is ideal for detailed work such as thin lines.  It also reduces the drying time and should aid colour blending too.

I have ordered a bottle and will let you know what I think of it in due course.  In the meanwhile I would be interested to know what experience any of you might have of using it.

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A Friend In Need

My painting and modelling plans were disrupted earlier in the week when the lady next door asked if I could help her bury a rolled up carpet in the woods.  Apparently her husband would have done it but he’s had to go away for a few days.

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Modelling Retirement Planning  – Steps 5, 6 and 7

Well hopefully by now you are all either well underway with steps 1 through to 4 or you have printed them out and kept them somewhere safe until you reach your time for retirement.  As these next steps are all “Kitchen” related I thought I would bunch them together as they rather neatly lead from one to the other.

Step 5

Another task which will almost certainly come your way in retirement is an expectation that you will take your turn at cooking the evening meal.  Now I know that in this modern world some men actually enjoy cooking but just try to remember that it takes time.  Pending what you choose to cook it can take a lot of time and that is all time lost which could have been spent painting and modelling.  You must stay focused on the objective!

If you are coerced into cooking a meal, any meal, constantly ask where things are kept.  Patience is needed for this one but as modellers we have it in abundance and it will only be a matter of time before the little lady will tire of it and realise it is quicker to do it herself.  When this happens you must always, repeat always answer with “Well OK darling as long as you are sure” and follow that up by making a very quick exit before there is the remotest chance she might change her mind.

Step 6

Now if step 5 went according to plan then this step might prove unnecessary.  Assuming your other half has the measure of you, and let’s be honest she probably has, then you should undertake this step.

To the average women the kitchen is on a par with the man cave/garage/modelling desk.  If the little lady entered your space and didn’t put things back properly (see Step 3 – “Dusting”) you wouldn’t like it would you?  Well neither would she so if you find yourself still doing some cooking you must, repeat must put things back in the wrong place.  With luck you will never have to see the inside of the kitchen again.  If you still find yourself up against a brick wall then it is time for Step 7!

Step 7

Now step 7 follows the same basic principles as step 6 in that it is geared to invading their space.  If you have failed with steps 5 and 6 then this one is for you.  You could of course jump straight to this step but I would encourage you to resist the urge to do so.  Women are persistent creatures and you can be sure they will come back to the idea of you doing some cooking at a future date.  With this in mind it is far better to adopt a staged approach based upon my experience.  Don’t play all your cards at once unless you absolutely have to.

Timing is the key to this step.  Open every single kitchen cupboard door and wait for the little lady to enter the room.  Looking thoughtful declare that the contents are all over the place and that no wonder you cannot find anything (notwithstanding the fact that you have put things back in the wrong place under step 6!) and thus you are planning to completely reorganise the place now that you are at home and have the time.  It goes without saying that your proposed ideas on how to do this must be absurd!  If that doesn’t do it then to put it bluntly you’re fucked.  Always remember with this one that the bruising will go eventually and the eye you can still open should be firmly fixed on the end game which will be in sight once the double vision has cleared.

One reason for potential failure could be your knife rack.  If you have one like this then you are dealing with quite a difficult creature and I would suggest you tread carefully!

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This week TIM has been listening to …

… Roxy Music. Very much a 70’s group and one which I expect divided opinion but personally I loved this arty stuff and there earlier albums still take some beating as far as I am concerned, especially with head phones on.  The album covers were classics too and well worth checking out.

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This week TIM has been watching …

… Blazing Saddles.

Going through the Knuckleduster website I noticed some new additions – “Sheriff Blazer”, “Mangus” and “The Chaco Kid”.  All three figures clearly based on the film.  This prompted me to dig out the DVD and give it a watch, something I haven’t done for donkey years.

I expected it to be politically incorrect and doubted some of the humor would have stood the test of time.  I was right on both accounts but it was fun too.

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Until next time.

TIM

 

 

Apocalypse: “What the f**k was that?” – September Challenge (A 28mm Diorama)

When the bombs fell the rats new instinctively to head underground to the sewers.  There they made their lair and every three weeks they bred and  then they bred again.  As they bred they mutated and with each new litter they grew bigger and stronger and when the bombs could be heard no more they would be ready, ready to return to the surface.

Above ground the survivors continued their daily search for anything and everything of value.  Food and water were priceless commodities in the dawning of this new age but the dangers were many and nobody worked alone or unarmed as every building was systematically explored.

As the two women progressed through the Gothic ruin Jenny thought she heard something.  Closely followed by her partner she nervously entered the arched doorway and onto the first of several stone steps which led to the blackness below.  Then she heard the sound again, they both did.

“What the fuck was that?” she said before starting to take her next tentative step into the unknown.

Below the rats had heard something too.  They weren’t nervous and they weren’t scared but the lead rat was curious.  His nose twitched at the smell he sensed from above.   He didn’t know what it was but it stirred his stomach like nothing had done before.  Then he realised what it was.  It was food and he was hungry, very hungry.

It was time to return to the surface.

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TIM

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