Going for a little atmosphere
All the walls of the gallery are held up with clothes pegs at the moment upon a fixed balsa framework, so all walls are shift-able to some extent within the limitations of the balsa. I put the phrasing that loosely because, being balsa, at least it can be cut back easily or even cut out and replaced if necessary and is still extremely strong once the card or foam-board walls are up. It’s also very easy to cut further holes in the framework for any wiring/lights not running in the spaces provided for them in the ‘master plan’. The floor is a floating sheet added for the long plank perspective.
Having decided against a ceiling light in the Long Gallery, which, one way or another, was going to have a ‘fussy’ ceiling anyway, I’ve settled on a little daylight from the windows with the odd floor standing lamp along the length of the room to provide extra pools of light.
There’s already a hidden light outside a downstairs window but I didn’t take to the look of it either inside or out. This time I thought I’d try to conceal it internally within the depth of the window embrasure.
- LED from Micro Miniatures 1x white + 1 x warm white
- A little white paint to reduce the brightness of the white strip
- (You can always scratch off a little to bring back some brightness – I think I’ve scratched too much off one of the LEDs before setting it in place but I’ll have to live with it)
- A wedge-shaped piece of wood or card to angle the lighting strips to shine inwards a little
- A wood strip cut like an angled very wide toothed comb
- As much distance from the light as possible in the confined space
At this height in the model my chin just reaches over the floor level (a bit of a “Kilroy was here” sensation). So it’s tippy-toe work and booster step operations. One day there’s gonna be a tumble!
Growing – The Long Gallery
The idea for this long and narrow room is to have it in a ‘T’ shape, with the longer piece (which isn’t the stick of the ‘T’ but the hat!) running right across the back of the model and the other piece going from approximately the centre to the front.
Am making valiant attempts at building the Long Gallery as though it had existed in mid Tudor period and has had a make-over internally to latest Jacobean styling. So, perhaps the Tudor gallery had a coombed ceiling with exposed beams and with only a small, long area reaching any height. Now, with new fashions coming in, they’ve upgraded part of it to have a flat ceiling, leaving part of the ‘T’ section with coombing. (Link to photo example of on Flickr) Don’t laugh, but that’s the working theory to-date.
- A taste of the more ‘contemporary’ (theinfill.wordpress.com)
- Yours for £5m: A Elizabethan Gothic-style castle with its own slice of Tudor history (walesonline.co.uk)
I’ve still not worked out how to make the standard three-piece pack paneling pieces look as though they really are continuous. To-date it’s probable that I’ll stick another piece of wood across the top and bottom splats.
The wood stain is a mix of Jacobean and Georgian to add some warmth. There’s going to be enough very dark furniture in the Long Gallery it’s hoped that this will help give a little contrast.
This section of outer wall is providing the seal/closing to the upper, upper room of the Great Hall extension. (See the top lean-to room in “Clockwise once around the block “ a couple of postings ago to help make more sense of that last sentence). It’s planned to hold portraits etc and has a plaster and beam outer face. The plan is that the remaining outer walls will hold windows of various sizes.
Onwards and upwards
Views of a three layer cake made up of the Great Hall extension with Guild Committee Room and upper viewing gallery.
It fits against the main model structure adding a second half to the Great Hall, so that they part like breaking an egg (sort of) and the extension’s lower Hall and upper Committee Room overlap the double height main Great Hall section.
The overlap sections
This leaves the upper viewing area taller than this combo Great Hall – it’s sort of a lean-to add-on against what is hopefully, one day, going to be a Long Gallery wall on the main part of the model.
The middle of the three layer cake needs a removable screen/wall for looking down on the main half of Great Hall – a job I keep putting it off. And, of course, the rest of the roof of the whole shebang needs tiling. All the inner edges where it meets the main block need finishing and there’s a wire still needs housing. Then it’ll be time for a little further dressing of the three areas with this and that.
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The definitely ‘blasted’ but not quite oakStill to go: ferns (as mentioned), possibly the odd bird/nest,some further dressing of tree stumps a-lying around.
- not quite the ‘Faraway Tree’
Taking a break from roofing am now splodging and painting and building a rather large, hopefully old-looking tree, using the essential cardboard inners from this, that and the other paper product and building up texture with paper, glue and wood filler on cardboard and florist’s wiring.
Well there’s the mains wire from the lighting hidden throughout the inner sections of this part of the model but it eventually drops from the top floor through the corner woodwork of the middle floor jetting and out from the floor over open air. I rather fancied controlling its decent and appearance if possible.
How’s this tree and wire supposed to work?
at where that tower roof fits in.
Not to mention the kitchen offices to be added, much in the style of the Great Hall extension section, so that it they can be removed and inspected separately. This is always assuming I last that long. Should keep me steadily quite for some time to come, don’t you think?
The tower is not symmetrical which poses a ‘nice’ problem when building its roof, filling in the beams and laying the tiling. I’ve used Richard Stacey Versi-Tiles, a reversible cardboard tile covered in a clay slip so that it has texture. I chose these rather than full clay for various reasons: much, much easier to trim, lightweight and less cost.
The tiles come with yellow spotting on the darker side, giving some look of lichen etc, but I’ve rubbed in various colours of soft pastels to add a further blending.
The images have a wet look as they were taken when a coat of matte varnish had just been added. Have varnished to give a harder finish to the tiling so that they might withstand the various knocks and bangs I’m bound to administer as the work goes along.
If the so-called matte finish dries too shiny I might take a fine piece of sandpaper to it at some point. Will probably wait till have more of the tiling in place before making that judgement. Somewhere between 280 and 300 tiles used.
or in this case sticking in the planned figure of a clerk before area is closed off by the roof above.