Welcome to this weeks Musings!
The Christmas decorations are up and I’m looking forward to Christmas, I always do.
Obviously Christmas has evolved over the years, partly because the world moves on both positively and negatively and partly due to the aging process. These days days I find myself overwhelmed by the feeling of deja vu and the desire for Christmases past.
On the negative side, and contrary to TV advertising, I will once again not experience a Dickensian white Christmas, the mild weather will negate the need to sit around our open fire and the TV schedule will once again break all records for program repeats.
On the positive side She Who Must Be Obeyed will serve up another wonderful Christmas meal (well we will tell her she did!), Rob the landlord at the local village pub will provide the first round of drinks free on Christmas day and the wine rack has been topped up sufficiently to see us through the festive period and well beyond the New Year too!
Our family gathering will be small, there aren’t many of us, one less in fact as for the first time my son will spend Christmas at his girlfriends home. Mum and Dad (87 and 92 respectively) were due to go and stay at my brothers which would have been nice but alas the old fella can’t cope with the upheaval involved and so instead they will once again remain locally with us. I’m sure it will be fun. If not I have a nice single malt to fall back on!
I’m also excited at the prospect of opening my presents for one good reason, I bought them and yes, they are all models.
Can I tell you what they are? No, it will spoil the surprise.
A Recent Purchase
Since I embarked on painting 28mm figures only rarely have I purchased the type of figures which have been cast specifically for a slot style base. I haven’t avoided buying them, it’s just simply been the case that the figures I have bought have all pretty much come on their own base.
Painting the pre-based figures by mounting them on bottle tops and then using a hand clamp has served me well but the same system hasn’t worked quite so well for these other figures. I can’t say it’s been a major problem but when I found this style of clamp (see image below – old clamp on the left, new one on the right) on sale at Telford (yes I’m sure they have been around for years and years) it became a must have item, particularly as I’ve just gotten into a series of figures all of which come on slot style bases.
Needless to say I am delighted with my acquisition and thought I’d share it with you.
This week TIM has been listening to …
Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers.
This compilation sprung up randomly during another model painting evening with YouTube on in the background. I love all the tracks and followed it up with a few more compilations afterwards. However, the key to this particular link is the start and end featuring the sound track to “Hawai Five O”. Not so much for the TV series but for the track itself.
When I was in my late teens my mates and I spent most Friday and Saturday nights in Richmond, Surrey where we went to “Cheeky Pete’s” and “Brollies”, two disco’s (Clubs to those of a younger age!) which were linked. We had fantastic nights, good nights, bad nights and some nights truly best forgotten. At the end of the evening the club DJ of “Brollies” played out with “Hawai Five O”. Why I have no idea but every time I hear it played it brings back some (mostly) great memories.
Ah nostalgia, it ain’t what it used to be! The days when “Models” meant something very different.
This week TIM has been watching …
I love this film for a variety of reasons. The gunfight, some might call it a murder, is of course an iconic moment in the history of the Wild West and Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday are legends of the period too. I also like the movie portrayal of Holliday by Val Kilmer who has some classic lines in the film. The same can be said for Russell as well. In addition, many years ago on a trip to the States I drove 500 miles to actually visit the place and absolutely loved it. But none of these are the reasons for watching the film.
The primary reason for digging it out was research. I recently discovered a UK distributor for Knuckleduster miniatures, a company specializing in Old West figures. Although I have a few projects planned now that my most recent diorama “Operation Overlord” is behind me, the time is also right for me to return to some figure painting and in particular a return to the western genre. I’m sure this will please my brother!
More on these figures and the painted results in future posts.
Until Next time.