Too much umming and ahhing


(umming and ahhing” meaning)

Compromise, compromise,
it’s always compromise

It takes thinking time to match the realities to the imagination.  Sometimes, as things stand, there is no workable fix.  Alterations have to be made to the one side (shallow skill pool plus existing reality of the structure) or the other (the big dream) so that a little give might be achieved.  Sometimes a lot of give:  but eventually a match is fought for and won.

The learning process in action?

It happened with the large card lead roof and now it’s the turn of the smaller area on the other side.

The resistance here is half in the mind.  There are known jobs to be done and some decisions to be made.  The mind of the worker has disappeared whimpering and needs teasing out of its hidey hole with little titbits of fun stuff that might just be related to the jobs at hand.

Tempting treats or a swift kick-start

So instead of really working out how to complete a good match between the main building block and the great hall addition, I’ve taken a side step and turned to yet more figures.   It’s the problem I’ve had since I started Hogepotche Hall – what does a space look like with its inhabitants.  Well, totally different from without them.

I do like to clarify the end of the story, at least in my head and at this point my mind is full of what ifs regarding physical space solutions and I can’t see the ending clearly enough.  Hence the grumping around.

Using the Heidi Ott older gents

Anyone who has handled these dolls will have found that they are bendy and firm.  I bought five very cheaply a number of years ago to use around the building and because they have older faces, hands and feet. It seemed highly likely that they could be placed in various bendy positions.  The downside is that they are peas in a pod, looking like a family song and dance troupe.

As a regular visitor may have noticed I’ve become less comfy with them, finding them a little resistant to my bullying fingers.  I’ve used two before, one man and one woman, in the Clock-Book and enjoyed doing it, getting (to my mind) the best compromise I could out of their bendiness with extreme postures, particularly for the woman.

Steampunk Grandma

 Overall it’s the length of their bodies and legs that I’m having difficulty with because of the limitations of my skills and the way I work.  The body is quite long and the legs relatively short so that their bottoms seem a little low hung when dressing them.  Not that some of us aren’t like that (including me) but I find it a difficulty when adding leg laggings to miniatures.  Skirts are fine (see above) because you can choose where the waist could be and make the legs seem longer in relation to the body.  The fellows are another matter (unless they’re wearing a kilt, I suppose).

Today’s task is to shorten the torso in order to add a little variety to the topsy-twins.  One I shall give my usual hacking about and the other shall keep its existing shape and I’ll use his bendiness as is.

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Strolling just strolling – for those who remember Flanagan and Allen.
Sorry, couldn’t find a YouTube of it at all

 The plumper gent is to stand on the roof slope of the great hall bit and assist with the tarpaulin that’s being hoisted above his head, whilst the other is probably kneeling or bending over the balustrade on the small lead roofed area that I should be working on.  The idea is that their activity will help balance off and assist the first group of workers on the other side of the back attic (see previous posting).

The thought is that if I know what these guys are doing and where, then I know what the set dressing needs to be to go with them and thus I might just get round to finishing the set of the small flat roof.  As I said – sweeties to entice the mind.

Empty headed

I know why the mind has gone AWOL.  I’ve let it split between the plans and design of the kitchen premises needed to finish Hogepotche Hall and future ideas that are floating around for a project further down the line and which has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with 1616 and the Hall at all.  Back to the subject at hand you lazy bones and stop researching the twentieth century – this minute.

Rise and shine it’s snowing


Sneaking off

Oh guk!  Poddled on with this and that for too long last night and can’t quite shake of the cobwebs and wrap my mind around today’s doings.  And yes, it is now snowing, no, raining, no snowing.

However, I snuck off from the vacuuming etc and managed to solve the problem of where the broken bricks and tiles are , well some of them anyway.

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Away in the corner there’s a discreet pile of sweepings

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containing broken tile, bricks and some of the tree bits

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and one small besom broom

The little pile of sweepings is stuck to a piece of lead coloured (black and pewter paint) thick paper and then glu dot stuck to the removable roof, so hopefully most if not all of it should come off if the roof area has to come off (carefully).

No more lollygagging and on with the domestics, though I’m still thinking about what else did I say was missing?

Telling the tale via thumbnail


Using the roof as a ‘room’ setting

A bit of a ramble

‘Cos there’s lots of elements

Adding the props

Did I ever talk about making a couple of block and tackle type bits for the builders on the roof?  Can’t recall nor find a page to match but here is a not quite engineering-ly workable construction wrapped around and through one of the double chimney stacks so that I can hang the two single blocks and ropes.  One rope will be to the man on the ridge and the other is being hauled by the big boss.

 Getting in some practice😉

So I went up my little ladder to collect the pulleys, having tried them out in place, and dropped one on the floor.  Yes it was inevitable – I stepped on it as I got down.  Goal!

It’s good to practice what you’re good at.

Smashed it top and bottom and have just reconstructed the sadly shattered thing, unfortunately making it bulkier in the process so now it hangs a little too low on the roof slope.  Hey-ho.

I was bringing them down again in order to stitch the ersatz rope into position as it has no real weight and flops all over the place, looking limp and aimless hanging there.

They’re made out of balsa pieces, very light-weight but it’s about the only wood I can work into shapes.

Things have been added:

  • broken bricks and brick pillar
  • little hut shape as cover to wiring down wall with door giving imaginary access to ruined attic room
  • tree and branches and leaves
  • saw horse with logs and piles of detritus
    • ah the saw horse – Steve made it for me!  It’s very steady and ideal size for the job too, I’ve just got to distress it and re-stain the wood
  • item on pulleys
  • three workers working
  • lots of tree bits etc

There, that’s my weeks-worth.

To do:

Seem to be missing any evidence of broken wall (ie loose bricks) and also loose tiles.  Perhaps I should do something about those and give the guys the odd handyman equipment in their belts and the odd broom should be lying around too.

Meanwhile I rather like this photo

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And oh, must do something about that gable end just behind this guys bum.




Well, a couple of foot wraps a-piece

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Three in a mushroom box – all ready to climb back on the roof

I’ve been resistant to doing the footwear for these three characters.  Laziness and they either work for me or they don’t.  But they had to be done, so today I drew out a shape that may or may not work as a general foot wrap, depending on size and applied it to the three shoeless ones.  I’m ashamed to say you can certainly tell that I was very resistant to doing them!  Though it’s just possible that I might get a workable pattern out of this experiment😉

Using the try-out pattern on all three but in two different sizes

Using the same pattern on the boss I’ve wrapped the front pieces over the top of the toe piece.  The toe piece and the sides of the foot that it makes were fixed down before the ankle side pieces and the edges were tucked under the foot and then the ankle bits came over the top.  Added to that is a little detail bar of leather and some thread ties.  Looks better than the pull on bootee slippers.

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Looking a little more footwear-like than the others perhaps?  Well, at least his right foot does – his left foot not so much.

There’s a pattern in there somewhere, I just need to do some more on other unsuspecting dolls.

Have a good weekend and all the very best this lovely mixed up spring.