Celebrate your hobby’s contribution to World Mental Health Day 10 October 2019

Huzzah for the Tiny Men who keep us all healthy! Painted this one way back in the 1980s.

Huzzah! Let us celebrate today – World Mental Health Day – all that our wonderful relaxing craft or hobby of toy soldiers, gaming and modelling do for our relaxation, positive mental health and also the open and supportive community of bloggers, war-games opponents and gaming clubs.

It’s World Mental Health Day today 10th October 2019 https://wfmh.global/world-mental-health-day-2019/

Veterans’ charities now focus more and more on this aspect of service and post service health. This year I have posted about the well-being value of modelling and the fine people at Models for Heroes: https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/02/models-for-heroes-and-the-well-being-aspects-of-hobbies/

You can find out more about Models for Heroes at:


Models for Heroes are exhibiting this week at an innovative Wellbeing event at the Tank Museum 11 and 12 October 2019


Last Christmas / Advent I included ‘dancing with the black dog’ in my advent calendar of blog posts: https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/05/man-of-tin-advent-calendar-day-5-dancing-with-the-black-dog/

I am fortunate to have been blessed with good mental health so far in life, having been born with quite a ‘happy-go-lucky’ kind of temperament (and a mild Airfix addiction that is easily pleased …)

This is not the case for everybody as life changes. Fortunately mental health is now more widely and openly discussed and social prescribing now takes into account the benefits of hobbies and clubs:

You might be fortunate enough to have a Wargames, gaming or modelling club nea4 you, full of ‘like minds’ or even a Men’s Shed nearby: https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/uk-mens-sheds-association/

Huzzah! A salute from the Man of TIN 

Huzzah! Thank you today for all the kind, challenging and interested comments that readers and blogging buddies leave on the Man of TIN blog, Pound Store Plastic Warriors, Sidetracked and Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blogs. They really are appreciated.

Huzzah from the Boy Scouts!

Huzzah! Thank you also to many of my readers for the interesting, inspiring and downright distracting blogs that many of you write as well.

Three cheers for the tiny tin men that keep us all busy and mentally healthy.

Huzzah! Esci Colonial British Infantry given the Click2Comic treatment …

Have a happy and healthy day.

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 10 October 2019

8 thoughts on “Celebrate your hobby’s contribution to World Mental Health Day 10 October 2019”

  1. It’s truly remarkable what these little figures can do, isn’t it? I work for a mental health NHS trust and I’ve had a difficult year myself, so I am well aware of the importance that hobbies and activities such as ours can play. I’m posting a little pointer on SM blog to this excellent post. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the pointer / link. Hopefully the blogpost will find the readers who need it.

      I thought the Models for Heroes interviews were really interesting and revealing. I enjoy even the short calm of the shortest focussed times that I have at the gaming or painting table.
      Especially with the new roll top desk you have, this is perfect for short little painting sessions.
      It doesn’t really matter how much you get done.
      The “lead mountain” of figures and many accumulating gaming projects (we’ve all been distracted again and again by the shiny latest figures / period) could become a mild pressure, as could maintaining a regular blog, but being a hobby not a job, who really cares what you finish? The world won’t stop if the figures don’t get painted this year. I believe putting unpainted figures on the gaming table is fine too (such heresy!) 🙂

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      1. Being a figure painter, I can readily appreciate that the act of painting rather than any end result that provides the real pleasure. The bottom of my figure mountain is not where I ever want to get to!
        For a long time I felt that painting miniatures wasn’t somehow ‘important’ enough to ever justify doing, but as your post identifies, hobbies can have as crucial a role to play as much as any other part of life.


      2. I think that is a good result for my blog post if you view your hobby in a new and positive light.
        I’m not sure I’ll ever have to worry about seeing the bottom of my lead and plastic mountain …

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  2. I fret if l don’t get as much as l planned done, I know it is daft but like do. I compare myself to those whose output is consistent and large. I sometimes allow the lead mountain to loom large over me. I am going to try really,really hard to stop this.


    1. I have a lead mountain and a plastic mountain. I have a mild storage problem. Outsiders would say stop buying more and sell some. Sell some? Once painted, you sort of bond with the figures. It’s the time and effort you have invested in them.

      I think through your wellregarded blog your recent approach of surplusing rules, figures out etc is very sensible. They go to a place where they are valued, not skipped.

      It is hard to stop adding to this lead mountain, especially with the problem of erratic supply. Buy now! At the end of the day, like many people, I find buying new or old cheap figures exciting and interesting from the “what can I turn them into” point of view or rejuvenating and rebasing old figures.
      The fact I steadily have an Airfix and Broken Britain’s hoard is neither here nor there. I have stock in hand. In my mind and future plans they all sort of complement each other. In tha grand garden game I have yet to get round to Before my knees give out!

      However I too do find it a little frustrating not to be able to sit down over consecutive days etc and get something completed. Then I let this wash away …
      Finding time for gaming is harder for me than impromptu painting sessions.
      Even if you have the time and want to do more than default undercoating, I think you have to have to be in the right mood and have a clear table ready stocked.
      Miniature Wargames magazine / Peter Gilder Holiday Centre glossy colour page shots were a mixed blessing, setting standards that the average gamer could not achieve. Featherstone games were a bit more basic and improvised. You have to learn to like what you can now do. I find 15 and 20 mm increasingly small for the detailed paint work that I see from others. I content myself witha lick of paint and some flock basing does the trick.
      Other people’s consistent outputs can be off putting but thankfully many do vary their pace over time. (A lost Mojo is not so uncommon.)

      I think this is why I like a (solo) Skirmish game – comparatively few figures, two boxes of painted or unpainted Airfix and you can dip your toe into a period and then no more is needed. Result: Happiness.


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