To The Earths Core – A 28mm Diorama

Every now and then I happen across a figure which is a little bit different and inspires a basing idea for me to get my teeth into.  Such was the case here with this figure by Crooked Dice.  To be fare the figure isn’t that special but it took my fancy and the base is a simple affair too.

The figure conjured up a Jules Verne image in my head which in turn made me think of “Journey To The Centre Of The Earth” which led to a base a long the lines volcanic lava and hot coals.  I decided not to get to carried away and kept it simple using just a few granite chippings from the garden.  Milliput was used to secure the chippings and create the base which once dried was painted with yellow, orange and red blobs and allowed to dry.  Citadel textured paint was then applied reasonably thickly on top and allowed to dry and crack revealing the colour below.

Images of the end result below.

TIM

 

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 52)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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This weeks miniature is from Reaper and goes by the rather odd title of “Mad Scientist (Female).    She needs a name so I have decided to call her “Marie” after a girl I had a crush on at school back in the 70’s, not that she looks anything like her other than the red hair (I love red heads) and the blue eye shadow, very much a thing for UK girls back in the day.

A nice little figure (Marie had one too!) which I based using some bricks and a few old watch parts to add a little emphasis to the steampunk image.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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A Hard Days Knight

Yesterday evening I took the plunge and ordered some knights from Footsore Miniatures along with a couple of other figures too.  It has been quite a while since I embraced this genre and decided for better or worse that it was time to do so once again.

I’m hardly short of figures to paint but I was motivated by the encouragement I recieved following a couple of recent Memory Monday posts which featured two mounted knights I had done sometime ago. Another consideration was that, aside from the one outstanding order I’m still waiting on, I have no deliveries pending. Receiving something in the post offers much excitement during my confinement and therefore there was a need to addess the matter.  I have a feeling I may have to address this need again next week too.  Probably the week after as well.  And the week after that.  And the week after that, and the week after that … !!!

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Coronavirus – Self Isolation Week 11

Day 71 – Today I found myself thinking about 2015 and wondering how many people predicted lying on a sofa for weeks on end when asked “And where do you see yourself in 5 years time?”

Day 72 – The finger pointing has begun and questions are being asked about why certain things were done and why others were not.   The world is full of people who are happy to criticise but unwilling to actually get off their arse and do anything, it’s the easiest job in the world.  Have the various governments got it all right?  Certainly not.  Could they have done better?  Probably.  Have any of them had experience of this sort of thing before?  No.  Hindsight is twenty twenty vision.  Rather ironic given the year is 2020.

Day 73 – My dating days have long passed but I do worry for today’s teens.  With everyone wearing face masks the odds of getting an ugly bird/bloke have significantly increased.  Still I guess it has levelled the playing field somewhat.  As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder which is just as well as that’s about all you now get to see.

Day 74 –  Haven’t entirely figured out why yet but for some reason I seem to be able to get ready for bed much quicker these days.

Day 75 –  The more time I spend thinking about it the more I think we have missed a trick when it comes to making the world a better place.  I have long known the world has its fare share of idiots and morons, those who swim in the shallow end of the gene pool, I just never knew there were quite so many.  The pandemic has allowed these people to float to the top like a form of vile green algae.  We should have skimmed them off the surface and disposed of them while we had the chance.

Day 76 – At about this time last year I was in Amsterdam with She Who Must Be Obeyed and She Who Thinks She Must Be Obeyed 2 visiting the Anne Frank museum.  A very moving experience.  If you didn’t know Anne, before she was found, spent over two years in isolation hiding from the Nazi’s to save her life and the lives of her family.  I haven’t read her diary but I am guessing there isn’t an entry at about the eleven week point where she says “fuck this, I’m off to the beach”.

Day 77 – At the start of the UK lockdown the most vulnerable were told to self isolate for 12 weeks.  Next week will be the twelfth for my family and I.  Whilst a lot has changed it would seem our fate for now has not.  Some lockdown measures have been relaxed by the UK Government but we await the latest safe guarding advice of the Cystic Fibrosis doctors and nurses.  We anticipate no change but better safe than sorry.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel.  One of my all time favourite records, not so much for the song itself but for the memories it conjures up.  An absolute classic in my book.

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This week TIM has been watching…

Innocent, a four part ITV series.  Well worth a watch in my opjnion.

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Remember…

Your wife wont start an argument with you if you’re cleaning!

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TIM

TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 20)

I have only ever done two boxed dioramas.  My second was “The Wizard’s Library” which some of you will be familiar with.

My first was an old western saloon.  As with most things you learn from experience and I gained a great deal from this build.  If I can find some more boxes then another diorama will be a must.  Both were so much fun.  Just not very easy to photohraph though!

TIM

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28mm Old West Saloon – Boxed Diorama

This week has been a planning week with little being done in the way of actual modelling.  The simple reason for this is that I’m waiting on a number of things to arrive in the post.  When they do arrive my time will be dedicated to WW1 and RAF figures.

In the meanwhile I’ve started to look at how to go about constructing my Old West Town diorama.  I wont be starting it for a while but there is a lot to think about and a lot of figures to identify and purchase.  It’s also intended as a project which will last a long time.  One of the things I would like to do is install lighting to some of the buildings and with this in mind I revisited a boxed diorama that I put together a while ago.

The idea of a boxed diorama appealed to me when I saw one at a show I went to.  Keeping with my Old West theme I knew I wanted to do a western saloon scene but the first stumbling block was finding a suitable box.  Eventually I managed to find one on Ebay (see below).  An inexpensive purchase with windows at the top and front of the box.

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Having acquired  a suitable box it soon occurred to me that I had a few obstacles to overcome.  Firstly, I didn’t need a window in the top of the box.  Secondly, although finding figures proved straight forward (Dixon Miniatures once again came up trumps) many of them came on bases which needed to be removed without damaging the figures feet otherwise they wouldn’t look right standing on a wooden floor.  Thirdly, I needed to get my head around how to make the lighting work and finally an issue I had originally completely overlooked, composition.  It’s not that I don’t normally give composition a lot of consideration because I do, it’s just that I soon realised with a box diorama you only have one view.  The figures therefore needed to be placed in such a way that they can all been seen.  Essentially it’s like looking at a stage theatre.

A very fine saw enabled me to remove the figures quite easily in the end and the lid of the box proved more than sufficient to conceal the lighting and associated battery and wires.  Composition was a matter or trial and error and the window on the box lid was filled with a stiff piece of card of an appropriate thickness to which was added a poem.  Yes, a poem.  In a moment of inspiration I came up with a few choice words which essentially tell the story of the people in the saloon.  If you cannot read it from the images below then it reads as follows:

When The Sun Goes Down

When the sun goes down and the day is over

Enter the town folk, sheriff and drover

A pianist playing and a barman pouring

A lady singing and saloon girls whoring

Whiskey and poker late into the night

A winner, a loser, a probable fight

Another day in another town

More of the same when the sun goes down

No prizes for finding all the characters in the box!

What follows are a few pictures of the making of the box diorama with the lights on and off.  Apologies for the quality of some of the photo’s but try as I might I seem unable to eliminate some of the reflective light .  Overall it presented quite a challenge but it should stand me in good stead as I look ahead to my Old West Town diorama.

TIM

 

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“Amon” – 28mm Reaper Viking Warrior

Reaper always seem to be able to produce some great looking figures with a high degree of detail and such is the case with this figure called “Amon”.  I don’t know if IPMS Norway will have a trophy to present at Telford later this year or whether the show will even be on but I thought I’d like to go for it again if they do so hence this purchase and paint job.  With so much upper flesh on show I decided to give him a few basic tattoo’s.  No doubt IRO will approve!

The wall was a part of the sculpture so I only felt a need to add a litte ground work and vegitation to the base.

A couple a WIP images to kick off with followed by the completed figure.

TIM

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Dixon Miniatures – A Review By TIM

In my Miniatures and Musings No: 47 I made reference to doing a mini series of short  “Site Reviews”.  This is the first.  I thought it appropriate to start with Dixon’s as it was this site that really introduced me to the world of 28mm figures.

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Dixon Miniatures is a very small company run by Trevor Dixon which began life in 1976.  I first discovered the site –

https://www.dixon-minis.com/

– back in 2017 when I decided to drop down in scale from 54mm to 28mm.  Still very much hooked on the Old West genre various google searches pointed me in their direction.  At the time I could not find anyone to rival their range of figures and to some extent this still holds true.  Whilst the  Knuckleduster Gunfighters Ball range –

https://knuckleduster.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=1_70

– make excellent figures, albeit a little larger at 32mm, they have yet to match Dixon’s for accessories such as wagons and stagecoaches.

At this point I should point out that Dixon’s offer so much more than the Old West.  Their range is extensive with well over 20 different categories including Napoleonics, English Civil War, Pirates and Gangsters to name but a few.  Although I have only purchased Old West figures to date I do have my eye on several other figures.  The Gangster range has caught my eye, specifically a very nice bootlegger truck (I’m thinking Lawless starring Tom Hardy) and an SAS Willy’s Jeep desert conversion.  Both are on my buy list.

Like a great many miniature figure companies you can usually find pros and cons.  In the case of Dixon’s I like the fact that their figures are all metal including their range of wagons, trucks and cars.  I’m not a lover of resin and plastic (just a personal old school preference and not an opening for a heated debate) so this suits me just fine.  Figure composition is excellent too in my opinion as evidenced by the American Civil War range which is huge.  I also like the fact that the figures can be purchased individually, are relatively inexpensive and horse and riders can be mixed and matched.  I really have a dislike for companies which group figures together where one or two are great and the rest are rubbish (these figures make up the majority of my unwanted lead pile).  It is also possible to download a PDF of the larger ranges on offer.  When it comes to selecting which figures to buy this I find really useful and wish other sellers would do the same.

On the downside some figures I have bought seem a little out of proportion with heads being bigger than they ought to be.  It certainly isn’t a show stopper and doesn’t apply to every figure by any means.  It is only a guess but having been going since 1976 and with the Old West most likely to be one of the older ranges I do wonder if this might have a bearing with the sculptor naturally improving as time goes by?

If you are looking for 25mm/28mm figures (they do a very limited range of 15mm, 20mm and 54mm figures too) in the categories Dixon’s have to offer then this site is well worth taking a look at.  The figures arrive well packaged and postage costs are reasonable.  At the time of writing they are still operational during the coronavirus lockdown.

I have done several models featuring Dixon’s figures, below are links to two of them.

TIM

 

https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/28mm-building-project-no-6-wells-fargo-way-station/

https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/off-the-work-bench-american-civil-war-28mm-diorama/

 

 

 

 

TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 51)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!   According to WordPress this is my 300th post!

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This figure by Hasslefree Miniatures is titled “Wierd West Boudi”.  I thought I would try a different background for the photo shoot.  The first couple were taken using a white background while the others were done using my usual black one.  Have yet to decide which I prefer so will use both backgrounds again on another figure or two and see how they turn out.

I have also found a supplier who sells 25mm oak cubes, ideal plinths for elevating figures and making them stand out a bit more.  I really like these so going forward I think I will use these for the figures I think are more deserving of a better base and where, in my opinion, I’ve done a decent paint job too.

Pinning a figure direct to the oak is very difficult given how hard the wood is and I didn’t want to use anything like Milliput so I then bought some 25mm square MDF bases to put the figure on before adding it to the cube which explains the dark brown band which runs round the top of the base.  I added wooden coffee stirrers to the MDF base to create floor boards and Boudi was then pinned in place.  All very simple but I didn’t want to detract from the figure.

Although I am pleased with the figure looking at the images I might need to tone down the nose and chin highlights.  I thought they looked fine to the naked eye but I will take another look.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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Back In Business

Having removed the figures I had up for sale on Ebay I have now put them back up again!  My biggest concern was how to post items that I might manage to sell given my personal family lockdown circumstances.  Pre Covid-19 I never needed to look for alternatives as I simply had items weighed at the post office and off they jolly well went.  Well it turns out I can pay online, download a label and simply pop the little chaps into the post box without so much as seeing anyone or touching anything!

What will they think of next?

I can also report that the sytem works as a very nice chap based in Germany kindly bought one of my Hasslefree figures.

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Coronavirus – Self Isolation Week 10

Day 64 – For obvious reasons apps such as Zoom have become increasingly popular and with it a new form of vanity has grown.  I saw today that people have been working on their background images.  Not wanting the world to see that they live in a shit hole some people have been going to great lengths to portray a better image of themselves to impress others.  I can’t be having with it.  I’m content to simply sit outside in the back garden and people can make of it what they want.

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Day 65 – Much to my surprise my kids continue to handle the lockdown situation well.  The reality of our lives is a simple one.  For She Who Must Be Obeyed and I 80% of our life style remains unchanged.  Of the other 20% I would at a guess say the changes forced upon us have produced positive results.  Cancelled holidays and not being able to go to the pub have been the biggest disappointment, neither of which is a really big deal.  For the kids though the figures are reversed with 80% of their world having been turned upside down.  By now I would have thought we would have killed one another but currently the wounds are superficial.

Day 66 –  Notwithstanding that some lockdown restrictions have been eased little appears to have changed in our world.  My best efforts to try to obtain materials for jobs I have the time to do but not the stuff continue to fail.  Well that’s what I have been telling SWMBO.  Fortunately model suppliers remain largely unaffected.  Such is life.

Day 67 – The press continue to pour out nonsense.  Why is the UK behind France when it comes to getting back on track some have asked?  Well as I understand it Covid-19 is highly contagious which leads me to think more densely populated places will find it harder to come out of lockdown.  Having spent all of 30 seconds on Google I can tell you that the UK and France as at 2019 both have a population of 67m people.  France however is 2.3 times bigger.  Now I’m no expert but maybe, just fucking maybe that has something to do with it!

Day 68 – Came across this today.  As far as I can determine it isn’t fake news.  If it is correct then it tells me two things.  Another one will follow.  Something has to be done about China.  Not sure which one worries me more.

1957-1958: H2N2 – originated in China.
1968-1969: H3N2 – China.
1997-2004: H5N1 – China.
2003: Sars –  China.
2006: Bird Flu –  China.
2013: Porcine Pestivirus – China.
2020: Covid-19 – China.
2009: Swine Flu – some say  it originated in America. But most agree it was probably China.

Day 69 – My growing concern is that more and more emphasis is being placed on using common sense as a means to combat coronavirus.  When I look at the people in my area and consider they are the result of the winning sperm I don’t hold out much hope.

Day 70 – Today I had two things I needed to do.  Twenty minutes would have gotten both tasks done.  I managed neither.  Worse than that they were carried over from the day before.  It may have taken 11 weeks to achieve it but I think I have finally unwound and learnt to chill.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Lola” by the Kinks.  This song came out in 1970.  It’s a classic.  Whilst the theme does nothing for me the track and lyrics are excellent in my opinion and just goes to show that some people were just as sexually “confused” back then as they are now.  The subject matter, popular in todays society it seems, isn’t therefore new, just more fashionable it strikes me.

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This week TIM has been watching…

The BBC series “Clique”.

Having watched “Normal People” a couple of weeks ago BBCi Player suggested among others that I might like to give this a try.  There are two 6 part series.  I enjoyed the first, it was a bit different.  The second series was OK but I might have done better to have left a gap rather than watching one after the other.  Worth a watch though given the current circumstances.

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Remember…

Sometimes understanding what a woman wants is very difficult.  It’s like trying to figure out what colour the letter seven smells like.

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TIM

TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 19)

When it comes to this old post I called it right when I said it would be a while before I did another knight – I haven’t done one since.  The western diorama I mention did get started but subsequently died a death.  I think I will do some more knights in the near future but I cannot see the western diorama being resurrected anytime soon.

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A Second 28mm Knight in Shining Armour

I mentioned in my last post that I had a second knight to paint and put together and over the last week I’ve managed to get it completed.  The figure came from 1st Corps and I have to say that the quality of their castings are fantastic.  Their figures are mostly for historical periods which have little or no interest to me but they do have some WW1 figures which I will look at more closely.

Overall I’m pleased with the way this one worked out too but I have a number of model ideas going around in my head so I think it may be a while before I do something with knights again.  If I do then I think I’ll most likely check out the Norman period.  My view on decals hasn’t changed, they feel too much like a cheat, but I enjoyed dabbling all the same.  I was a kid back in the 60’s (anybody else remember seeing Ivanhoe with Robert Taylor?) and I can recall using decals on Airfix planes but until now hadn’t used them since.  Applying them to flat surfaces was easy as best I can recall but these knights proved more of a challenge due to the various folds on the castings.  It was made easier when I discovered Micro Set and Micro Sol decal softeners.

Images of the completed figure appear below.

So what next?

Figures for a second 28mm WW1 diorama have arrived and I expect to start on that shortly.  A 54mm RAF Pilot has also arrived in the post so I’ll get underway on that one too although at a first it looks like I’m going to have a lot of trouble with that one.  It’s not cast in the way I had anticipated so assembling and painting it will be awkward I think.  Both these models are needed for next years Plymouth show which is remembering 100 years of both WW1 and the RAF.  Hopefully they will come together OK.   I’ll need to do a few others as well so plenty or research needed as well.

I’m also pining for the Old West and have decided to build a town scene consisting of about a dozen buildings or so.  I was pleased with my last foray (Wells Fargo Way Station – Building Project No: 6) as it was entirely scratch built and my aim is to self build all of the buildings this time around.  I’m also keen to construct the insides for several of the buildings too and add lighting to some as well.  It all needs a great deal of thinking and planning at this stage and I need to find figures as well and avoid using them more than once unless I can adapt them of course.  Should keep me going through the English winter which started early this year, stopped for one day in May, another day in June and continued every day until now.  Crap weather for outside chores but great for modelling!

TIM

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Purple Dame, Purple Dame

What we have this week is an experiment.  Being honest it didn’t work out as I had anticipated.  There is I think a simple reason for this.   It was a tougher assignment than I thought.

The figure is a “Diabolist”, a Reaper Pathfinder Miniature.  The idea was to paint the figure and any base work using as much as possible a single colour and shades there of.  I got the idea from a model I had seen during a google search.  I thought it looked very cool and very different.  Inspired I gave it a go.  I can’t fault the quality of the figure, I rate Reaper as most of you know.

I decided on purple as the single dominant colour and I think that was my biggest mistake.  I chose a colour I liked and that I felt provided a good gothic style mood but I struggled with subtle variation.  I think this says more about me as an artist and my understanding of things like colour wheels  than of the colour itself but on reflection I think purple feels like an advanced colour to work with.  Had I chosen to go with green as the dominant colour I think I might have achieved a better contrast.

If I do another experiment along these lines (which I wont be any time soon) I will go with green.  In the meanwhile I will leave you to make up your own minds and if you have any constructive criticism fire away as I’d be pleased to hear what you have to say.

TIM

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TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 50)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!

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Hasslefree Miniatures have produced three figures of “Ray” the character played by Simon Pegg in the now classic movie “Shaun of the Dead”.  This version is listed by Hasslefree as “Dynamic Ray”.  I did “Ray” several months ago and he featured in Miniatures & Musings No: 39.

https://theimperfectmodeller.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/tims-miniatures-musings-no-39/

The third version is “Zombie Ray”.  I have him on on order and at some point in the future I will get him done too.

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Well It Made Me Laugh …

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OCD and Figures and Bases

When it comes to my hobby I think I have OCD.  In fact I’m sure I do.  I actually think as modellers we probably all have OCD in some form or another even if we don’t relise it.  For me it takes two forms, figures and bases.

At the very start I had two aims.  The first was to collect every figure by a certain manufacturer and the other was to have uniformity in how they are based.   Both have been compromised but I still continue to mentally insist on maintaining these aims to a level that sits comfortably.  Let me try to explain both a little further.

I could pick a number of manufactures but it it is easier for me to explain my figure OCD if I use Knuckleduster and their Gunfighters Ball figures as an example.  When I first discovered this site and its figure range my immediate reaction was to buy, paint and collect every figure.  I reckon I have approximately 70 of them now.  All was going well but as things in life do it then went tits up.  Firstly, Knuckleduster started expanding the range, producing more and more figures to the point where I couldn’t keep up.  Secondly, they started producing some figures I didn’t like the look of and then thirdly, as if the other two weren’t enough, they included some figures which would need larger bases!  I had to rethink my approach to Knuckleduster and so I broke things down.

Firstly I decided I would only do figures on foot.  Then I decided I would only do certain figures, then I decided if figures made little sets I would collect these.  So, for example, I wouldn’t just have Wyatt Earp, I would have Virgil, Morgan and Doc Holliday (both versions of him) as well.  Thus far this is all working out well and similar mental rules exist in my mind with other manufactures too.

Basing has presented a similar problem.  When I first started modelling my bases were quite random because I struggled to find a supplier.  Then I found one and got some uniformity going.  All was fine until my supplier went out of business and then things went tits up again.  Then my modelling diversified and different scales and single figures versus vignettes and dioramas meant identical basing had to be ditched.  What could be done?  Well, as with collecting the figures, basing had to be done in sets.  Certain bases for different types of figures and models.

Single figures which I do not want to place in a vignette or diorama and which I think are good but not exceptional get fixed to 25mm MDF round bases (see this weeks Miniature above).   Everything else gets based on solid oak bases (cubes or flat bases) as appropriate which I source from a couple of Ebay suppliers.  The only exception being whatever my next door neighbours produces for me on his wood turning lathe.

Despite my OCD I still currently have a great many figures and models on random bases.  Years ago I would have got rid of these but I have managed to stop myself from doing this even though whenever I look at them they don’t look right and drive me mad.  Those that bug me the most are now all boxed up and stored!

Does this all make any sense?  No of course it doesn’t.  It’s completely fucking mental but in my head and in the world of TIM it all works a treat … for now!

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Coronavirus – Self Isolation Week 9

Day 57 – I know newspapers need to fill column inches but if anything has annoyed me during this crisis so far it is them and the media at large.  Once upon a time reporting was largely confined to what had factually happened locally or in the world at large.  These days more than ever it is all speculation based on little more than gossip and it can be damaging.  I’m all for free speach but I have no desire to listen to people who speak out of their arse.  Here’s an idea.  Instead of trying to guess all week what you think Boris will say in his press briefing at the weekend why not wait until the weekend when he will fucking tell us!  Journalists should take up modelling to gain some patience.

Day 58 – I like “To do Lists” but they have to be manageable.  So far I’m over achieving but then again the list is relatively small.

  1. Get Up
  2. Survive
  3. Go back to bed

Day 59 – Tonight we logged into Zoom and participated in a village quiz run by Andy our vicar.  It was great fun and we will do it again.  It’s  been a while since I have seen quite so many people pissed.

Day 60 – Some would argue that what is happening right now is the direct result of devine interventon.  I think I am of that view.  Today I found this which struck a cord.

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Day 61 – While the world is closed for renovation I’m sure I am not alone in contemplating how things might look after we get through this.  The image I have is a positive one of a greatly changed world.  I just have this feeling that between the politicians, the do gooders and the “you can’t do that brigade” they are going to screw up the grand reopening.

Day 62 – It dawned on me to day that all those times when I said to the wife and kids “I don’t have the time” I was lying.  I just didn’t want to do it.

Day 63 – Another week over.  At the outset the most vulnerable were told 12 weeks of isolation.  To be fare they had no idea what lay ahead and were dealing with the unknown.  Right now it is looking like being a lot longer than envisaged.  Still, chin up and all that.  Week 10 beckons.

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This week TIM has been listening to …

“Young Girl” by Gary Pucket and the Union Gap.

A YouTube random play list chucked this out at me.   I was 10 I think when this came out and going on a week long school trip to a place called St Mary’s Bay.  We all sang along as the battered old bus took us away.  Happy days.  Not sure about the lyrics in today’s world though!

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This week TIM has been watching…

“Gladiator” starring Russel Crowe.  Thought I’d unleash hell and watch this again.

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Remember…

If you eat cake quick enough your FitBit will think you’re walking.

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TIM

TIM’s Memory Monday (No: 18)

I had forgotten all about this figure.  It was the first of two Knights, the second will appear in next weeks post.  Seeing it again makes me think this is a genre I really ought to visit once again even if it is just briefly.

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A 28mm Knight in Shining Armour

I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago that having returned from holiday I wanted to diversify a little from modelling Old West figures and dioramas, my genre of choice.  To this end I identified the medieval period as an area in which to have a brief dabble.  I was partly inspired by a fellow blogger Souls In Miniature.  Ironically SIM is based in the good old US of A modelling knights of the realm while I am based in the UK modelling the Old West. Clearly we were both born on the wrong continent.

I digress.

Painting figures of knights has long had an appeal for me but my modelling skills are simply not up to painting coats of arms.  However  I recently discovered some fantastic 28mm figures by 1st Corps which come with decals and transfers so thought I’d give it a go. I bought two mounted knights and below are the images of The first one duly completed.  The second is under construction.

I have mixed feelings regarding the end result. On the one hand I think the model looks ok but on the other hand I can’t help but feel that using decals is a cheat on the painting.  Having said that, hand painting the lance proved a challenge and finally came good.  I will  complete the second model and post details in due course but the jury is out as to whether or not I will do some more.

My experiment on diversifying is not proving too successful. I need to do a few more WW1 figures and a couple of RAF figures for my model club which I am looking forward to doing but I’m missing the Old West. A new building diorama is being planned.  I don’t normally have projects running side by side but I think that will have to change.  In the meanwhile images of The First Knight!

TIM

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