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

 

 

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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 …

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… 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

 

 

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 14)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This weeks miniature is a Reaper wizard which goes by the name of Kenrik Thistlemoor.  I enjoyed doing this one, partly because I rate the quality of Reaper figures highly and partly because painting wizards provides a great opportunity to use pretty much whatever colours take your fancy.  I’ve since ordered three more Reaper wizards to do.  Hopefully they will prove to be fun as well.

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Modelling Retirement Planning  – Step 4

This week we will be looking at another task that will most likely come your way in the early days of retirement when you offer to help … grocery shopping!

Hopefully you will find this challenge far more easy to complete.  I got the distinct impression that some of you weren’t up to the idea of breaking any of your wifes treasures while dusting for fear of death.  Hopefully this task will not only prove to be less onerous but may also provide an insight to how you have been had for years.

Now I expect at this point most if not all of you think this step is all about simply taking the shopping list you have been given and fucking up by not buying half the items on it.  Well you would be wrong.  You can adopt that approach by all means but it is predictable and your other half will anticipate it.  Remember, she knows you are useless.  The key to this task is to buy everything on the list as well as lots of things not on the list.  Why?  I will explain.

If you are about to retire then you are of a certain age.  If you are of a certain age and been able to resist the pathetic urge to become a modern man then there is a good chance that you are/have been the main bread winner (get a life, this is how it used to be!) and have provided your good lady with “house keeping” money.  Now women are good at managing this financial pot, in fact they are very good, they could all be accountants. Why is this?  Well, by being frugal they get to save money and with the money they save they get their hair and nails done.  So when you buy more than was on the list you aren’t blowing the house keeping budget you are stopping them from being able to have their “cosmetic essentials”. 

Now of course they will complain that you have done the shopping badly but they will not, even at the risk of calling out the Spansih Inquisition, confess to the real reason.  By continuing on your spending spree you can be certain you wont be allowed to for very long. 

Remember.  Women always complain they don’t have enough house keeping but always manage to squeeze money out of the money they are given to get their hair and nails done.  You wont go without food but they wont go without their beauty essentials either so the likelyhood you will ever have to do this more than twice is minimal.  With them continuing to do the shopping you are free to model!

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The Positive side of Obesity

The thing with a hobby such as modelling is that a great deal of time is spent sitting around which has serious potential for unwanted weight gain.  Fortunately walking my dog ensures I remain reasonably fit and healthy,  However, should I find myself expanding my waist line I will take some consolation from the fact that the more you weigh the harder you are to kidnap!

With this in mind I am adopting the following mantra.

“Stay safe, eat cake”.

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Cars, New or Used?

My little convertible is fine but unsuitable for transporting models to shows and the family car whilst extremely practical cannot be described as a cool ride.  With this in mind I started to think about changing one or the other.  I’ve always tended to buy from new (something about being the first) but as my annual mileage is so low a quality used car would allow me to spend the equivalent amount of money but on a superior vehicle.   What to do?

I continued to deliberate until I saw the advert below.  Maybe it is the power of advertising but a used vehicle now seems quite exciting and besides who wouldn’t like an Aston Martin?

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Fake I.D.” by Big and Rich and featuring Gretchen Wilson from the remake of the film “Footloose”.

Of the two film versions I prefer the original but I do like this track and the line dancing scene from the remake but above all I like the lead lady Julianne Hough!

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This week TIM has been watching …

Top Gun starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis.

Corny for sure but still a classic as far as I am concerned and soon we will have Top Gun 2.  Will it be any good?  Well you can be sure it will be predictable and more than a little cheesy but I suspect it will have some good stunts and be fun.  Looking forward to it.

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Until next time.

TIM

 

 

 

 

 

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 13)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This weeks figure is a Jomsviking by Gripping Beasts.  They do make very nice miniatures and this one was no exception.

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Birthday Presents

Just over a week ago it was my birthday and in the lead up to it I was unsurprisingly asked by She Who Must be Obeyed what I would like by way of a present.  Naturally my first instinct was to consider asking for the services of a young women with the oral suction power of a Dyson Vacuum Cleaner but decided I might be pushing my luck.  Besides I couldn’t see SWMBO spending that much money on me.

Instead I decided on a set of Artis Opus brushes.  I remembered that back in April Alex of the Leadbaloony bought a set at for his birthday at Salute.  The sensible thing to have done would have been to ask him what he thought of them before tasking SWMBO with the purchase but then again Alex is a smart lad and if he thought they were good enough to buy then what more justification did I need?

Up to now I have been using Winsor and Newton Series 7 which are fantastic and comparable in price but by all accounts these brushes are the dogs bollocks so in due course I will let you know what I think of them.

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Modelling Retirement Planning  – Step 3

Imagine you are a raw recruit having been handed a loaded weapon and for the first time in your life you are required to shoot someone dead.  Are you ruthless enough to do so?  Remember it is you verses them.  Now Hang on to that image as I take you through the finer points of Step 3 – Dusting!

Now if you have stuck with the program so far then you will have:

  1. extended your weekend from 2 days a week to 4,
  2. only be doing jobs 3 days a week in the mornings,
  3. completed all the indoor jobs on your to do list,
  4. be ready to make good on your promise to help your other half with her household chores.

The first thing to remember when you ask your other half “what can I do to help you darling?” is that she has her own routine, her own list of regular chores and that on that list of chores are several she hates doing.  If you think you are going to get a nice job delegated to you then forget it.  You are going to get a shit job and because she probably doesn’t trust you to do anything properly you will almost certainly be given the job of dusting.  After all what could you possibly do wrong?

Phase 1

To begin with it is important to do the job in a slap dash way.  This should come easily to you because it is shit job that you do not want to do anyway, however, you must see this as an opportunity.  It is important to remember that nothing, absolutely nothing must go back in the right place.  This is also a great chance to break things she has on display which you do not like and have hated for years.  Try not to wreck the place but it is vital that things get broken.

The chances are the first thing you break will not cause a problem.  You may be called clumsy but the job of dusting is still yours.  In due course you must up your game.  Focus less on how much you break and more on the sentimental value of the object itself.  At some point you will inevitably have to break something which she holds dear.  This is where you need to try to retain the image of the raw recruit.  Are you a man or a mouse?  If you answer “squeak” then you are stuck with dusting forever.  Sad to see her cry I grant you but don’t lose sight of the end game.  Remember, life can be harsh.

Having completed your mission of breaking something she values the task of dusting will almost certainly not be given to you again.

Phase 2

If you have been making the most of your additional painting and modelling time then you have almost certainly produced more items for storage and/or display.  Now that you are no longer charged with dusting the time has arrived to start putting some of these completed items on display around the house.  I would recommend doing this once your relationship with your other half is back on an even keel or she will start to break them.

Having these models spread around the house will inevitably increase the time taken for her to properly dust.  Instinctively you will know the right time to say to her “Dearest, I have an idea on how best to make the job of dusting easier for you”.  She will bite your hand off for any forthcoming solution which leaves you free to spend money on another display case.

Simples!

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This week TIM has been listening to …

T-Rex and “Get It On”.

Not surprisingly I love the music of the 70’s, it was my teens after all.  Meaningless lyrics and dodgy fashion but brilliant none the less.  This was a great track when it first hit the charts and T-Rex and Bolan were huge at the time.  Sadly I used to drive passed the place where Bolan was killed in a car accident every time I went to watch Chelsea play.  I guess some people are destined to die young.

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This week TIM has been watching …

The Untouchables staring Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro.

In the final episode of Peak Blinders (series 4) reference was made to Al Capone which was all the inspiration I needed to dig this classic out of the cupboard!

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Until next time.

TIM

 

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 12)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

A return to Knuckleduster.  Keeping up with new releases is proving difficult with so many great figures being made available but I am trying my best.  Clearly modeled on Clint Eastwood this is in my opinion a great sculpt.

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Understanding Women

A wise man once said …

“Only when you accumulate the understanding to know why a pizza is made round, to be put in a square box and then eaten in triangles, will you then be able to understand women”.

… which leads me neatly on to …

Modelling Retirement Planning  – Step 2

Get your jobs list done and out of the way.  OK, OK this sounds like a contradiction but there is method in the madness so let me explain.

When you are newly retired you are still very much in work mode which is to say you are used to working at a certain pace and with a certain discipline.  The good news is it wares off when you realise you are not on holiday for two weeks but for the rest of your life.  So while you are waiting for reality to kick in get the jobs done but don’t work all day and only do indoor jobs to start with.

If you went about Step 1 properly then you should have 4 days a week to call your own.  Having allowed the 4 day routine to settle into normality you now need to agree that on your 3 “working” days you plan to work on the remainder of your jobs list in the morning and have time to call you own in the afternoon.  Having been a good boy and done most of the indoor jobs you were assigned this should not be a problem if you time it right.  You might also try explaining that once the list is eventually complete you will then be able to share her household jobs.  Encourage your other half to work in the same way and insist that she takes a break too.  She probably wont of course because she has her own routine but make her a cup of tea every now and then and show her your caring side.

All being well you now have 4 day and 3 afternoons for painting and modelling.  However, for at least half the year in the UK it is wet weather.  Nobody likes working outside when it is pissing down so as long as you have concentrated on doing only the indoor jobs as mentioned above then on those wet days there is nothing to do but either help your other half (as “promised” above) or spend more time painting and modelling!

You are now on track for having 4 days, 3 afternoons and 50% of the working day mornings to call your own.  Next week we will start on how to deal with “helping” your other half so that you can claw back the other 50% for yourself.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

Shotgun by Georg Ezra.

This years holiday song which I am dedicating to all you folks in Australia!

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This week TIM has been watching …

Band of Brothers.

This series completely passed me by and despite being told how great it was I still never put myself out to watch it … until now.  Two parts in with eight to go.  Great stuff.  Should have got my arse in gear and watched it sooner!

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Until next time.

TIM

 

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 11)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

Fortunately just before going away I had a nearly completed mini which I have been able to finish off quickly for this weeks Mid Week Miniature.

What we have here is 28mm Hasselfree Miniature which goes by the name of “Ulfred”.

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Back in the Saddle

After a couple of weeks absence from having been on holiday I am back in the saddle, revitalised and raring to go!  As much as I enjoyed the holiday I missed the brushes.  Needless to say there are a number of things which need doing the moment you get back from being away but hopefully I will be on top of those shortly and fully back on track by next week, fingers crossed.

Although I didn’t post anything myself I did my best to keep up with everyone else’s blogs.  Apologies if I missed any and in some instances failed to comment but it is hard to type while holding an ice cold beer in blazing temperatures while at the same time trying to convince She Who Must Be Obeyed that I was reading my book or looking at something cultural instead of checking out another scantily clad beauty which just happened to be walking by.

For reasons I am still unable to fathom she was unmoved by the sincerity of my words – “Why would I have eyes for anyone else other than you my darling, you are the love of my life?”.   Which rather neatly leads me into …

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Modelling Retirement Planning  – Step 1

The inspiration for this mini series comes from John at Just Needs Varnish.

In a recent article John flirted with the idea of finally retiring with the aim of being able to spend more time modelling and painting, a perfectly undertsandable desire.  However, John (and I suspect he is not alone) fears that his good lady wife may well have alternative plans for his time and thus he could, horror among horrors, conceivably have less time at his disposal rather than more.

As someone who has an in depth knowledge of the female mind and how it works I thought I would help John out here with a weekly step by step guide to some tried and tested techniques for ensuring he gets all the hobby time he needs.  Over the coming weeks these steps will build into a handy guide which even you younger guys might want to file away for future reference.  A word of warning though.  Do not under any circumstances allow your wife/partner to see this.

Step 1 

Reach an agreement up front that being retired allows you a certain amount of time to call your own.  As a general rule if you work 5 days out of 7 with 2 days a week to roughly call your own, do not settle for anything less than 4 days a week to call your own in retirement.  Success here is all down to your sales pitch.

Stress that your retirement is for both of you and that the other 3 days you will spend doing your jobs list and helping her with tasks such as dusting, shopping, cooking, etc. so that she too can have time to call her own.  Remember to tell her that you love her and that your retirement is about sharing time together and the best way to do that is with a mix of personal time and shared chores.  Unless you married a complete idiot she will know you are up to something but wont be able to fault the logic.

You should now have 4 days to call your own.  Over the coming weeks we will address how to go from 4 days a week to 7.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and “Red Right Hand”.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this track it has been adopted as the theme tune for the UK TV series Peaky Blinders (see below).

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This week TIM has been watching …

Peaky Blinders – Series 1.

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I have been meaning to watch this series for quite a while now but for various reasons I hadn’t gotten round to doing so.  Going on holiday provided me with the ideal opportunity to down load series 1 and watch it as we cruised from place to place.   Put simply the series was brilliant.  I had hoped to download Series 2 but unfortunately traveling on a US ship the internet address considered me outside of the UK and I was unable to do so.  Still, something to look forward to now that I am home!

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Until next time.

TIM

 

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 10)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

Another limited edition figure from Giants in Miniature, this one is number 358 of 500 and goes by the name of “Oda Nobunaga”.  For some reason, and I have no idea what, this figure was a complete pain in the arse.

The sculpt was fine so I cannot lay the blame there but nothing seemed to go well at all.  Error after error for no explainable reason nearly saw me throw the thing away but I stuck with it although quite why I am not entirely sure.  Looks OK but the end result does not reflect the hate I have for this one.  A very long time since I felt this way about a figure or any model I have done so cannot complain too much but a joy it wasn’t!

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Lesson of the Week

The above comments lead me nicely into Lesson of the Week (this stuff isn’t just thrown together you know!) –

Good painting comes from experience.

And experience comes from bad painting.

Never give up!

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Did You know that …

  • It takes 7 seconds for food to pass from mouth to stomach?
  • A human hair can hold 3kg?
  • The length of a penis is three times the length of the thumb
  • The femur is as hard as concrete?
  • A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s?
  • Women blink 2 times as much as men?
  • We use 300 muscles just to keep our balance when we stand?
  • By now a woman would have read all the text of this article?
  • A man would still be looking at his thumb?!

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This week TIM has been listening to …

Meat Loaf and Paradise By The Dashboard Light.

A classic track which lyrically is bang on the money for a good many of us chaps I suspect.

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This week TIM has been watching …

King Kong starring Jack Black.

There have been several versions of this film and to some extent each one gets better thanks to special effects.  This is my favorite, albeit that the first half is a little to long and drawn out, but the Empire State building scenes are excellent.

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Until next time.

TIM

 

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 8)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This week we have another 28mm figure from Giants In Miniature.  A limited edition of 500 this is number 305 of “Quartermain”.

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Dusting

She Who Must Be Obeyed has been on a house cleaning drive.  The place isn’t dirty but the kids are both away and she has elected to use the time to “Spring Clean” despite the fact that it is the summer and we are enjoying a heat wave down here in the South West.  It wont last, it never does, this is England after all.

It didn’t bother me that she had elected to go on this crusade until she handed me a duster and told me that my modelling desk and associated area needed cleaning.  Worse than that she had an expectation that the various cased dioramas and figures which I have about the house needed dusting too.  Anything for a quiet life I gave it a go.

So I dusted.  I dusted it all.  It took an age and then, guess what?  A few days later the dust came back.

Fucked if I’m falling for that again.

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What’s The Difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between Erotic and Kinky?  Don’t lie, of course you have.

Well if you didn’t know Erotic is using a feather …

Kinky is using the whole chicken.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

… Slade and “Mama weer All Crazee Now”.  Live version.

Now if anything is likely to give your age away it is listing a track by this 70’s group.  This decade was my teens and as I think back I loved everything about it.  No responsibilities, no accountabilities and a general couldn’t give a fuck attitude.  This track was released in 1972 when I was fourteen.  OK, so we dressed and looked ridiculous but it was fun and for me possibly a time when some of the best music ever was produced.  This track may now be a good example of that but I am in a good mood and when I am like that the music has to be played loud.  Very loud.  Very, very Fucking Loud!  Put your ear to the speaker and enjoy the experience of silence for three days afterwards.

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This week TIM has been watching …

… Into The Wild.

Based on a true story about a young man who chooses to live life off the grid and heads off on a journey to Alaska where he finds the Magic Bus.  Sounds weird but it is an interesting but very sad tale.

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The film is based on the life of Chris McCandless and if you haven’t seen it then it is, in my opinion, well worth a watch.  I have seen it several times but my son got into it and also put me on to a YouTube documentary which provided a further insight on the life of Chris as told through the lives of his family.  Fascinating stuff.  Check it out.

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Until next time.

TIM

 

 

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 7)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This week I have another pair of miniatures for you, both are figures from Artizan and can be found in the Thrilling Tales range.  The first is their take on Indianna Jones which for copyright they elected to call Kentucky Davies.  The figure doesn’t come with a whip so I decided to make one myself.  The second figure is Herr Tohdt which is a take off of Nazi agent Arnold Toht who appeared in Raiders of the lost Ark.

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Amazon Order

I needed a few modelling consumables so I placed an order with Amazon.  In an effort to resolve one of life’s conundrums I also decided to purchase a chicken and an egg.

I’ll let you know what comes first.

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Plymouth Model Show 2019

This Saturday just gone saw me attend my third show but only my second as part of the club, first time around I was simply a visitor.  An excellent day and well attended.  All being well the club will have made a reasonable amount of money which errs well going forward.

From what I was told most of the clubs from the South West area were in attendance and we also had two clubs who came over from France.  Some talented modellers from Caen in Normandy put on a great display and hopefully when I get to review my photos I will find that I have taken some of it!

I did enter a few things into the competition.  Managed a 2nd in the Diorama category, a 2nd and 3rd in Figures Under 60mm and a Highly Commended and a 1st place in the Miscellaneous category.  My Wizard Library was my 1st place winning entry which I was pleased with.   In all honesty I didn’t think it would win when I saw that I was up against an excellent scratch built model.  Generally, scratch built models done well, which they usually are, tend to score additional points giving them a head start which is difficult to make up so I was very pleased to have won.

As always met some great people, in particular a chap called Kev who does some amazing work and who I think administers a website called Planet Figure.  He invited me to join it as he thought my 28mm scale figures would add to the diversity.  He also encouraged me to attend a show called Bugle Call which is held in Bristol in November.  I said I would consider both but of the two I think I am more likely to do the show.

Next up is a trip to Cornwall and the Padstowe show on Saturday.  No competition at this one and a show I have not done before.  Still, should be fun.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

… The Killers and “All These Things That I’ve Done”.

As the Killers were at Glastonbury at the weekend I was inspired to dig out and play the Hot Fuss album.  Classic.

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This week TIM has been watching …

… Legends of the Fall, starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond and Henry Thomas (who has grown up a bit since starring in ET).

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Without a doubt this is one of my favourite films.  I do like most genre’s but I do really enjoy sagas which span time and so for me they don’t come a lot better than this.  The cinematography is, in my humble opinion, stunning too.

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Until next time.

TIM

 

 

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 6)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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TIM’s Mid Week Miniature

This weeks mini as an Artizan figure which goes by the title Group Captain Villain and features in their Thrilling Tales range.  The model has an uncanny resemblance to Dick Dastardly which made him a must do figure in my book.  Crooked Dice also do a Dick Dastardly figure along with Muttley the dog, both are on my shopping list.

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Warning Labels

I ordered some new figures the other day and they arrived safe and sound.  Although they wont jump to the top of my painting pile just yet I was nevertheless keen to open the package and check that the contents for each were all present and correct.  Needless to say included in the packaging was the usual safety disclaimer about containing small parts, that the item wasn’t a toy and it wasn’t suitable for small children as it contained choking parts.

Now in my younger days such disclaimers never existed which got me thinking why that was.  I am sure there are several reasons why we didn’t have them but one over riding conclusion came to mind.  We weren’t that fucking stupid!

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What Do Miniatures Get Up To When Your Back Is Turned?

With the release in the UK of Toy Story 4 I thought this would be a good time to show you what miniatures get up to behind our backs.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

… Safety Dance (Dance Mashup), not the original by Men With Out Hats (although I like that too).

Two things I always wanted to be was a great dancer and a pianist.  Some where along the line the dream was lost in the womb and instead I was blessed with a great penis.  That’s the way the cookie crumbles I guess.

Meanwhile I have to listen to great music and watch others gyrate.

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This week TIM has been watching …

… Gran Torino starring Clint Eastwood.  Now I must say I am a Clint fan but the guy is getting on in years now.  Not only is he looking his age but he has gone soft.  How do I know this?  A young Clint whatever the moral of the story would have killed all the little fuckers at the end.

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Until next time.

TIM