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’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 19)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


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!


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.


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.


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!


Until next time.




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’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 18)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


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.

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.

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 …



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!


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.


Until next time.




“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.


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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 17)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.




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’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 16)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.




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.

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.


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.


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.

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 …

… 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.


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.


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’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 15)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

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



Flow Aid

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

… 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.


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.


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!



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.


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.




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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