Operation Overlord – A 28mm WW2 Diorama (Part 6 – The Completed Diorama)

The Road To Carentan – US 101st Airbourne (02:00 D-Day 6th June 1944)

The various bits I needed to finish don’t really require an explanation.  They were either paint jobs or basic ground work, nothing I haven’t covered before in the previous posts on this diorama.  With this in mind and before I share with you the photo’s I have taken I thought I ought to give you the background to the diorama to set the scene so to speak.

The original interest in doing this period piece was driven by the Plymouth Model Club, of which I am a member, and their 2019 show which will have a D-Day display.  I fancied a diorama with a couple of buildings and decided in the end to go with what you have seen unfold during the previous 5 posts.

The 101st Airborne parachuted into Normandy France in the very early hours of D-Day, the 6th June 1944.  Their mission was to secure the eastern half of a town called Carentan from German reinforcements.  Doubtless they had other objectives along the way.  I figured their journey would have taken them through outlying villages en-route and this is essentially what this diorama sets out to portray.

The way I see the diorama is this.  France, although occupied was running as business as usual.  Street lights might or might not have been on in the small hours of the morning but a business such as a Baker would quite possibly have been baking at that time.  Noise and explosions would get people to put their bedroom lights on and of course some destruction would be inevitable.

An accurate portrayal?  Probably not, it’s a representation and intended to be nothing more.

Various images appear below, with and without lights on.  I hope you like the end result.

I wan’t able to submit anything mechanical for the November challenge, to committed to this project.  However, the December challenge set by Azazel lends itself to this model so with Christmas coming up and various time constraints with it this will be my submission.




The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 37)

Welcome to this weeks Musings!


Modelling Pretensions

Having been to a few model shows now it’s clear to me that accuracy is very, very important to a great many show attendees and participants.  In fact some people I’ve encountered seem to take great delight in highlighting inaccuracies.  It’s one thing to take constructive comments from peers and respected experts, it’s another matter entirely when the critique is from pretentious twats who can’t model to save their lives and just want to put people down.  From my point of view it takes great deal of will power not to give them a smack!

Now don’t get me wrong, as far as I am concerned I try to be as accurate as I can be or on occasions want to be.  I wouldn’t paint a WW2 British Uniform blue for example but if the colour I have painted is not quite the right pan tone of khaki then to put it bluntly I couldn’t give a toss, I’m not about to go to bed worrying about it.  In any event weathering plays havoc with colours anyway so who’s to say exactly what shade of khaki it should be at any given time in the life of the uniform?  Sadly though this matters a great deal to some people, I just don’t happen to be one of them.

To be fare the highest level of accuracy possible is key for some people and for them this is what modelling is all about.  I do get that and respect it, each to their own.  Personally I don’t have that level of knowledge or desire to replicate microscopic detail to the lengths some people will go to.  For example, as long as a vehicle has a registration plate number then that’s good enough for me, if it’s the wrong one for a particular regiment then I figure 99.9% of people aren’t going to notice anyway.  Overall what matters to me is does the piece look good?

Now while I can at least comprehend the level of detail some people will go to for historical pieces I do however draw the line when dealing with non-historical models.  There is a new wave of critic out there which is rather disturbing.

When I was at Telford I was asked if one of the wizards I was displaying would really have a cloak the colour I had painted it?  This wasn’t a wizard figure which featured in a movie or anything, just a one off model unrelated to anything.


It’s a fantasy figure I told him, it can be any colour I, you or anybody else wants it to be, it’s not fucking real!

I didn’t make a dent.


Autumn (or Fall) and it can only mean one thing …

… yep you guessed it, time to get the leaf cutter out!

The leaves gathered during their various colour changes are nicely drying and when I’ve grown bored of watching paint dry I shall start to build up my stock for the New Year.

Exciting times people, exciting times.


What do you plan to do with your new display case TIM?

For those of you who were kind enough to wonder what I might have planned for my recent acquisition the answer is a western town scene.  Not sure how many buildings I will be able to fit on it but at a guess I’d say four or five.  It’s something which I’ve always wanted to do so now is the time to actually begin to make it happen.  Don’t expect to see anything soon though.  There is much to plan and buy.

In the meantime there are a lot of other things to do.


This week TIM has been listening to …

John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett

Who?  You may well ask.  To be honest if you’ve heard of them I’d be very impressed but nowhere near as impressed if you like them too.  To be fare I did say my music taste was random!

I was introduced to these guys by my brother many, many years ago and for reasons which are hard to explain I absolutely love their first album.  The first album was simply called “John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett” and is full of great tracks as far as I am concerned.  Their follow up album entitled “Deep and Meaningless” is made up of the tracks which were not considered good enough for the first album but the two albums were put on a combined CD which is the cover that appears below.

The two of them never really made it to the big time although they did appear once on Top of the Pops and the Old Grey Whistle Test, two UK music shows of yesteryear.  They tour constantly and have done for years, playing at small venues up and down the country.  Often Otway is on his own because he and Wild Willy often fall out with each other.  I can see why they would because Otway is a complete nutter.

In Tavistock which is a couple of miles from where I live we have a small venue and Otway visits every few years or so.  I saw him on his own in 2007 and the whole performance is available on YouTube in two parts, just search John Otway Tavistock and both should appear. I’ve also saw him with Wild Willy a couple of years back and that was another great evening as well.  Very different live and highly entertaining.  I even had a nice chat and a beer with Otway at the 2007 gig, he’s that kind of guy.  In fact at one point, believe it or not, you could even pay to have a place on his tour bus and go on tour with him.  For all I know you still can, I’ll have to check it out.  Anyway the guys are legends are as far as I am concerned.

Below are a couple of links.

First up is a video from one of the live shows where he does his take on “House of the Rising Sun”.  Unique audience participation in my opinion.  Worth a quick read of some of the comments too.

Next we have “Bluey Green” a nice little song and one of my all time favorites for reasons I wont go into but I love the tune and the lyrics.  Gets me every time.


This week Tim has been watching …


Not the recent TV serious but the classic original starring Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis to name but two of an amazing cast list.  I’ve been toying with the idea of delving into SAGA and Gangs of Rome, not to play but to paint a few figures of the period.  Not top of my “To Do List” right now but on the list that’s for sure.

As for the film?  Simply awesome.


Until next time.




Operation Overlord – A 28mm WW2 Diorama (Part 5 – Base & Figures)

Patchy progress this week due to being told domestic projects take president!

Hopefully next week will see me almost there and I would like to get the whole thing completed before Christmas if possible.  I’m anticipating (like all of us I’m sure) that Santa will be bringing me lots of goodies that I will want to get on with instead!

I mentioned in Part 4 that the positioning of the buildings would require more work than I had originally planned to do in respect of rear gardens.  I decided each of the three buildings would require as a minimum a patio and some grass so I laid down some Milliput and rolled it with one of my textured Greenstuff rollers.  My next task was to fix the building in place but before I could do that I needed to pre-drill the base with the holes for the street lighting which would be installed.

Both the two undamaged buildings have lights in them so holes were also made for those light wires too.  I checked to see that they were working OK and then fixed the buildings into place.  Work then began on the rear gardens.

A textured finish using ground up plaster board was used to cover all the ground work not covered by the Milliput patio area.  Once dried the patio and ground work was given its first coat of paint.  I figured the two buildings adjoining would need a dividing line so I went for a wire fence made using twisted 0.5mm wire and drilled match sticks.  To draw attention to the rear of the buildings I thought I would need a center piece, something tall and decided on the obvious, a tree.  A couple of walls were also needed to close the rear gardens off at the sides where applicable.  These were done using plaster board which I carved to provide a weathered effect.


You may have also noticed in the pictures above that the chip board base has also been given an edged finish which I will stain in due course.

The next task was to lay down some static grass and to put the smaller branches on the tree using Sea Foam.  Once the glued Sea Foam had dried the tree was covered in a mix of general filler and water/PVA and allowed to dry.  It was then painted and the leaves applied in various colours using a strong hold hair spray.

I also added a small flower trough to the patio area.  In my bitz box I had some old Tamiya 1/32nd scale sand bags.  Painted and used upside down they worked just fine as a trough.


Sea  Foam also works very well for making shrubs and climbing plants so I added a creeper to the outside wall of the Brasserie.


Next up was adding the street lighting.  Each light was tested to check that it worked but the proper wiring would be done later.

Finding lights on Ebay was easy enough but getting the right height and style was a little more difficult.  Getting English Victorian street lamps wasn’t a problem but I wanted something which I felt had a little more of a French feel and in the end I managed to find the ones you see in the photo’s below.  I reckon they look OK but just need to keep my fingers crossed that they all work once wired up.  They came from China and only costs a couple of pounds so I’m not getting carried away with the quality of them but as long as they look the part.


Next up was the fountain.  I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of the finish you get with MDF even when painted, owes more to my ability to paint it as much as anything else but I didn’t have many options in this instance.  For colour I added some red plants to break up the dull ground work.

Something still didn’t quite look right and I figured it was that the fountain wasn’t working.  In an effort to improve things I used some wire and water effects to try to simulate the fountain in use.  I’m not entirely sure that it looks that great but it might look a bit better once its fully dried and highlighted.  We will have to wait and see but for now its what it is.


The next job was to start adding the debris from the damaged building.  Now before I assembled the original building I made an outline of the damaged sections so I could get a feel for how much actual debris there would be.  It didn’t need to be precise but I didn’t want to go completely overboard either.  The debris needed to be added a reasonable amount at a time and allowed to dry.

It isn’t clear from the photo’s I’ve taken but some of the debris had wall paper added to it to match that inside the building to help keep the thing looking reasonably authentic.  Wood was also needed in the debris and of course a fare few roof tile as well!


During the piece meal process I got a couple more figures painted although the photo’s below leave a lot to be desired.  In too much of a hurry to get this post out, sorry!


Not entirely sure where I go from here, need to sit down and reflect fully on where I am.  Off the top of my head I need to complete the remaining couple of figures, wire up the lighting, finish off the rear gardens, get the figures in situ, stain the edge and take some decent photo’s if I can.  Doesn’t sound quite so bad now I come to think about it.  Never know I might even get it finished for next week!


The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 36)

Welcome to this weeks Musings!


The Unforeseen Implications of Being Impulsive

One of the many traders at the recent Telford show was Paul, a chap I know who runs a company called “Just Bases”.  We got talking as I was browsing his stand and he mentioned that he was looking to gradually wind down his business over the next year as he was aiming to retire.  How quickly he would realize this was to some extent dependent upon how soon he shifted his stock, especially the larger items which didn’t sell as well but which he was willing to part with at a knock down price.

By a nice coincidence something I’d been checking out recently was the idea of buying a large perspex display case for a project I have in mind and the one thing I learnt straight away was they don’t come cheap.  In fact for the bespoke size I was looking at (100cm x 30cm x 26cm approximately) I could expect to see little change out of £150.00 or more. So, out of idle curiosity I asked Paul how much a particular base was which had caught my eye and he told me I could have it for £50.00!

Without further ado the deal was struck, the case was bought and I was a happy bunny.

Happy that is until I realized I had no room in the car to bring it home!  Had I taken the estate car then I would have been fine but I drove up to Telford in my beloved two seater and coming all the way home at night, in November with the top down and it pissing down with rain wasn’t going to happen.

Fortunately Paul came to my rescue and agreed to drive it back for me and on the Saturday just gone I collected it from him.


Not surprisingly She Who Must be Obeyed was curious to know where I thought it was going to go and needless to say all my well considered ideas were given the thumbs down so for now it sits across an armchair in our upstairs conservatory!

Still at a loss as to where to put the thing until I get to use it, divine intervention and an “idea” from SWMBO provided a solution.

The divine intervention came on Sunday, the day after I collected the case from Paul, in the form of the garage fridge/freezer breaking.  Now we only had this fridge/freezer because a few years back we used to have our own pigs which we kept on a nearby farm and reared for pork and bacon.  It was great fun until they went for slaughter and then the kids got upset like kids do and eating there pets no matter how nice they were didn’t seem to console them very much either.  After the pigs went SWMBO took over the fridge/freezer and expanded her empire beyond the kitchen and utility room and into “my” garage.

Now the way I saw it the broken fridge/freezer would go to the dump and the vacant space would be mine and serve as an ideal temporary home for the newly acquired perspex case.  As luck would have it SWMBO saw it that way too.   Unfortunately she also saw the need for a replacement fridge/freezer and a revamp of the utility room where she wanted it to go!

What The f**k!

It seems SWMBO had it all thought out.

“The dog (Buddy) and his bed can move to the hall, one of the work tops can be shortened, the notice board can move to another wall, the electrics can be “jiggled” with, the shelf unit can go and it can all be decorated”.

“Oh, and the new fridge/freezer is being delivered by John Lewis on Wednesday (that’s actually this morning by the way!)”.

What the f**k!

“… and just when am I going to get any modelling done?”


This week TIM has been …

F*****g decorating!

This week TIM has been listening to …

The sodding radio while he’s been bloody decorating!

I don’t like the radio much, the repetitive adverts drive me up the wall and the playlists seem to be the same show after show too.  One catchy little number seemed to get played a fare bit and as a consequence grew on me.  It sounds like it belongs to the 80s but apparently it’s new(ish), well to me anyway.  I found it on YouTube and the link is below.  The guy looks a little odd, the dodgy haircut doesn’t help but the girl is rather hot.

This week TIM has been watching …

Men Behaving Badly

This seemed rather apt given the week I’ve been having.  Fortunately, while waiting for paint to dry in the utility room, I have found some time to do some modelling this week but it’s been bits here and there so far.  As a consequence I thought half hour episodes would be better than trying to watch a feature length film.

It’s best to ignore series one which featured a miscast Harry Enfield and jump strait to series two and beyond which starred Neil Morrissey instead.

Another timeless classic where the comedy is as good now as it was when first aired.


Until next time.


Operation Overlord – A 28mm WW2 Diorama (Part 4 – Base & Figures)

With the three buildings almost complete it was time over the last week to start thinking and working on the base and to begin painting some of the figures.  To be honest it made a welcome change.  Don’t get me wrong I’ve enjoyed the buildings but it was nice to focus on something else for a while.

Let’s start with the base as there is a lot more to comment on.

Originally my plan was to have the three buildings positioned in a straight line, face on and square to the base.  However, when I positioned them and considered the figures it looked shit.  I then considered putting a road between the buildings whereby two were positioned either to the right or the left with one on the other side.  Although it looked much better it still just didn’t look right.  I then remembered one the of the rules of photography, the rule of thirds.  By splitting the buildings, two one side and one on the other, and placing them at right angles it was possible to position the buildings closer to the sweet spots.  You may not agree when looking at the images below but to my mind this looked much better and thus I made the decision to go with it.  The downside was that there was now much more space behind each building which meant I would have to make back gardens for all three buildings as well.

Another decision I made was to go with the two undamaged buildings on the left with the damaged building on the right.  Why?  You may well ask!

Now I’m no WW2 expert and don’t claim to be.  When completed this model is intended to be a representation and not an accurate depiction of a true scene or event so the way I see it is this.  France, despite being occupied, was for all intent and purposes operating as “business as usual”.  Putting the French Resistance to one side, the shops were open and the people generally went about their business.  All hell of course broke lose when out of the blue the Allies invaded on the 6th June 1944.  My idea therefore was to show business as usual with the two intact buildings on the left and the beginning of the end with the ruined building on the right.  Does it work?  Well I guess that’s for you to decide.

The next step was to draw around the buildings and glue a border of coffee stirrers lightly to the base.  This was to serve two purposes.  Firstly, it provided a clearer boundary line when it came to laying down ground work as pencil or ink would most likely get covered up.  Secondly, when removed the buildings would sit nicely into the recess leaving less ground work to be touched up later.

I mentioned in previous posts that my aim was to include some lighting.  It remains to be seen if this is going to work out but one of the things I needed to overcome was where and how to house the battery and the on off switch.  If I simply stuck it under the base then the base would have to be raised.  Not a problem if it only needed to be raised slightly but but as this was not going to be the case I thought it would look ridiculous.  I therefore decided to drill a FGH (Fucking Great Hole!) through the base so the two parts could be hidden away.  I also needed to make sure that the hole was central so that the wires from two buildings and from street lights which I planned to install would all reach.  All I had to do now was decided how best to cover up the FGH which neatly sat in the middle of the bloody board!

Fortunately I had a eureka moment.  The angles of the buildings gave me the impression of walking through the gap between the buildings and into a village square.  This being the case a lot of village squares have at there center either a statue, a fountain or both.  Fortunately I was able to find a 28mm MDF fountain which I could use, the outline of which was added to the base before starting on the ground work.

For the ground work I decided to go with a cobbled pathway in front of the buildings and a light gravel finish to the center and around the fountain and that’s where I am to date with the the base.  In the photo’s below the buildings have just been placed in situ to provide a first glimpse of how the layout will look.  There is still along way to go!

Now to the figures.

Currently I plan to have eight figures, seven US 101st Airborne and one German.  So far I’ve made good progress on four of the US figures.  Not a great deal to say.  The figures are all ironically from a German site I discovered called “Stoessis Heroes” and are excellent castings in my opinion.  Painted using a combination of Vallejo acrylics and Winton and Newton oils.

Photo’s of base progress and figures below.  The pictures of the figures are poor as I had little time to mess about with the focus which seemed hell bent on placing the focal emphasis on the clamp!








The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 35)

Welcome to this weeks Musings!


Making the right choice! 

As modellers we are used to making decisions when confronted with choices.  What colour scheme?  What to paint next?  What to buy next?  You get the idea.

Life however isn’t just about modelling and occasionally life throws us some tough choices which, like it or lump it, we have to make decisions on.  Some people bury there head in the sand, others take a lead role and others do as instructed by others.  One way or another we’ve all had to make difficult choices and they don’t get much tougher than this one.




Sticking with difficult choices …

This is, believe it or not, first and foremost a modelling blog but if you live in the UK it’s been pretty difficult to avoid the subject of Brexit just lately.  If you listen to either camp it would appear Armageddon is just around the corner.  Put simply we are heading for disaster and our media can’t get enough of it, or so it appears to me.  Now it won’t surprise you to know that I have a view on the subject.  Without getting to technical I would best describe the whole process, irrespective of which way anyone voted, as complete and utter bollocks.

There has been much talk about the impact on Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the customs union, defense and the free movement of people, etc, etc, and last week a 585 page document was published outlining the deal on the table.  Now I doubt many of you have taken the trouble to read this tome but I have and I was disturbed to learn that there is not a single mention about the implications for modellers and modelling!  The government claims to have the interest of everybody at the heart of what they do but clearly this is not the case.

Modellers have been totally overlooked and quite frankly that’s not good enough!


Politicians and Hobbits 

Continuing with the political theme and making choices …

I’m sorry to say that I wouldn’t trust a politician further than I could throw one.  This of course begs the question “what politicians, if any, can you trust?”.  Well, if we base our trust on the basis of how far a politician can be thrown then we can immediately rule out all the heavy ones.  With all the will in the world we ain’t about to pick those mothers up.  Any attempt to do so would almost certainly put our backs out.

I think it is also safe to rule out ethnic minority politicians and female politicians too.  In a world gone mad the risk of picking up a politician from either group would almost certainly result in claims of either racism, sexual harassment or both.  I think it is also reasonable to assume that attempting to throw a politician with a disability would be described as both inappropriate and insensitive regardless of how good the intention for doing so was.

Although by no means certain, by my reckoning the only politicians with the potential to be trusted based on how far they can be thrown are non disabled white male dwarfs.

Personally I think JRR Tolkein reached a similar conclusion.  It cannot be a coincidence that he trusted the Hobbits to go in search of the ring can it?


This week TIM has been listening to …

ZZ Top.

Hard to find fault with these guys in regard to their taste in cars and women.  Facial hair on the other hand …

Two of my favourites – “Gimme All Your Lovin'” and “Sharpe Dressed Man”.  Play LOUD!


This week TIM has been watching …

The Inbetweeners.

Not sure how available this series is across the globe but if you haven’t seen it, aren’t offend by foul language and are willing to reflect honestly on you own miss spent youth it’s almost impossible not to relate to these guys.  Watching the series from start to finish along with the two films for the umpteenth time and it gets better or worse every time.

Personally it feels like a biography as far as I am concerned.  Impossible to watch without fond memories, uncomfortable squirming and pissing myself with laughter.  Perhaps it’s just me!


Until next time.


Operation Overlord – A 28mm WW2 Diorama (Part 3 – Building No: 3)

Finally managed to make enough progress to post an update!  OK so it’s not the most interesting one but it is as far as I’ve got for now.

If you have been following my progress you will be aware that this is the third building in my planned diorama.  If you haven’t the the title of this post is a bit of a give away too!  It’s also the last building as I’ve decided there will only be three.  As you can see from the images below this building represents a bakery.

The building itself differs in a few ways from the other two.  Firstly, being a shop it has a large front window which can easily been seen into.  Secondly, bakers are up very early so I figure if this diorama is to be set around the early hours of the morning then the lights would be on.  Thirdly, it has a balcony with french doors which means it may be possible to see inside.  With these three points in mind I felt I needed to do a proper interior in some places.

Externally and internally I set about doing things in same way that I built the first two buildings.  Chinchilla dust was used for the external render and a colour printer was used to produce floor and wall tile images which I literally cut and pasted to the MDF interior floor and walls.  The counter with bread loaves and rolls was a very basic scratch build from Milliput.  Far from perfect but hopefully sufficient given the final angle of view.

For consistency I once again went for individual roof tiles, about 1200 of them to be a little more precise!  An LED light was fixed into place to illuminate the shop.  It’s been tested and works and will hopefully continue to do so when the time comes to assemble the building on the base and configure the wiring!  These things are so delicate.

Most of the painting has been done but there are still a few things to be done before I can call it completed (weathering, chimney, balcony and external brick flooring judging from a quick glance).

The time has now arrived to start thinking about painting some figures and getting my head around the base.  The figures will hopefully be straight forward, there are eight in total if I decide to use them all.  The base on the other hand requires a lot of thought.  The positioning of the buildings will be key, there is a need to conceal wiring and I’m toying with the idea of a fountain and street lights.  Some walls will also need to be constructed and each of the three houses will need a back garden.  All in all a long way to go.  Still, everything in good time.

Various progress photo’s below beginning with the basic MDF shell tnrough to where the build is currently.



The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 34)

Welcome to this weeks Musings!

Pessimist, Realist or Optimist? Post Telford Update

… and the winner was … The Realist!

Well not really a surprise but as predicted the audience and participants pretty much comprised of ageing men and fathers and their sons.  To be fare there were women about but they were very few and far between, either that or they were simply avoiding me at all costs.  As a consequence I never got to discuss the finer points of “how far do you think I  should dip my brush” , “do you have a favorite tool?” and “the best way to strip a lovely figure”. 

I shall retain my optimism and hope that next year I will meet the young lady featured in The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 33) but suspect by then that the following may well be more applicable!



Post Telford Review

As mentioned in previous posts this was my first visit to Telford and hopefully it will prove to be the first of many.  I was told prior to attending that it was the biggest event of its kind in Europe.  I don’t know for sure if that’s true but it is without a doubt a very sizeable event.  I appreciate such events aren’t every ones cup of tea but as a participant and as a visitor I did thoroughly enjoy it.

To help those of you who have never been a photo below to provide some perspective.  The photo is of one of three equally sized exhibition halls.  There is also a very large space dedicated to competition entries.  The photo was taken before the doors were opened to the general public which is why it looks sparse.


Over the course of the two days I managed to talk to a great many people both in respect of my own models, those of the Plymouth club and of course their own modelling interest.  All very nerdy I grant you but its my hobby and it’s nice to spend time with like minded people rather than have the piss taken out of me by my son and daughter even though I love them both dearly.

If I’m honest the event favors those who are more into kit building, be that planes, tanks, cars or whatever, rather than figures.  The traders pretty much mirrored this too.  That said there were plenty of figures being exhibited and several traders had figures to sell so I was kept more than happy.

On the down side, or the up side pending your take on it, it was very easy to spend a lot of money.  I went with a budget and am pleased to say that I spent far more than I intended to!  Initially I wasn’t concerned until I realized I had to get everything passed SWMBO when I got home.  Fortunately I conceived a cunning plan on the way home.  By stopping at the motorway services a couple of times to grab a burger and shake I was able to return home late enough for her to be in bed given that Monday was a school day and she had to be up for our daughter!  From talking to other modellers this kind of clandestine approach is not uncommon which leads me to think modellers would make great drug smugglers.

I was tempted to provide you guys with lots of photo’s but since arriving home several video’s have sprung up on YouTube which will provide a far better insight than I can.  If you’re interested simply search under “IPMS Telford 2018”.


This week TIM has been listening to …

Edwin Starr.

The nice thing about a 4 hour car journey to Telford (and back again) is I get to play music as loud as I like and without being moaned at by either SWMBO or the kids.  As a consequence I got to listen to a lot this week, far to much to mention really so I picked out one track which was relevant to the journey home.

I should perhaps point out that I was about 100 miles away at the time and driving!

Best played very loud.


This week TIM has been watching …

The above track always reminds of a film called “Adventures In Baby Sitting”.  It’s a film my kids both enjoyed when they were both a bit younger.  But for one “F” bomb it’s a great family film if your kids are of a suitable age and it also has a great soundtrack which includes Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones and Real Wild Child by Iggy Pop.  Anyway, nostalgia got the better of me so I’ve been watching it while trying to make progress with my current diorama.

The 1987 film stars a rather hot Elizabeth Shue and arguably worth a watch for that alone.


Until next time!






28mm Reaper Dark Heaven Legends Mini – Aravir, Elf Ranger

My intended post this weekend was a further update on my “Operation Overlord” diorama but progress was hampered by preparing for and going to the Telford IPMS show (where I am now!).  Fortunately I was able to finish the final Reaper figure I bought a while ago (I will be buying some more!) and arrange for this post to be scheduled for publishing.

So here we have Aravir an Elf Ranger.

I rather liked this little lady, she provided a nice lot of detail to paint.  Being an elf it seemed appropriate to go for fauna and flora base work.  I saw an image on-line of someone who had applied heavy make up to the eyes which I rather liked and thought it would be different so I gave it a go.  I also chose to go with metallic green for her armour, mixed using silver enamel with sap green oil paint and blended with a small amount of white spirit.

Images of the completed figure below.


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The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 33)

Welcome to this weeks Musings!


This weekend is the Telford International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) show.  I can’t speak with any authority on the event as it will be my first visit.  I’m told it’s a huge event and that I should take a lot of money with me!  I’m not sure how tempted I will be, plastic kits aren’t generally my thing, but I’m attending with an open mind and will provide an update in next weeks Musings.

Getting ready for the event as well as being away for four days has resulted in not being able to model as much as I would like since last week.  Hopefully I will be able to complete a figure for my Saturday post but my planned update on my “Operation Overlord” diorama will have to wait for at least another week as I simply haven’t done enough on the third building.

Pessimist, Realist or Optimist?

Pending who you speak to some people would describe me as a Pessimist.  Of course there are times when this would be accurate.  In reality there are times when I would argue that the glass isn’t so much half empty but actually it has fuck all in it.  Fortunately such dark days are in the minority.

Now personally I would argue I am a Realist who on occasions is extremely optimistic.  In an attempt to prove this let’s consider Telford this coming weekend.

If I put my Pessimist hat on then I would envisage an event which is not as good as I have been led to believe and with very few people in attendance.  I don’t see that happening.  I’m not a Pessimist.

Wearing my Realistic hat I foresee a huge event, well attended by an audience made up almost entirely of old men and dads and their sons.  Would anybody bet against this being the case?  Probably not.  I am a Realist.

Now if I put my Optimistic hat on top of my Realist hat, which I’m inclined to do every once in a while, then I anticipate the following …


I’ll let you know what transpires.

This week TIM has been watching …

Bohemian Rhapsody.


Yes, I’ve been off to the cinema once again, this time to see Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek who is simply stunning in his performance of Freddie Mercury.  If you like Queen I can’t imagine you not loving this film, it is simply superb and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it isn’t the biggest box office film of the year in the UK, it certainly deserves to be.

This week TIM has been listening to …


Given how much I enjoyed the film it was almost impossible not to come home and get my Queen CDs out.  I love this group so picking a couple of tracks for this post was quite a challenge.  In the end I settled for posting the link to their iconic performance at the Live Aid concert.  If you watch this and get to see the film the comparison (all be it with a couple of track omissions in the film) is stunning.

Live performances don’t get better than this!


Until next time.