Having plumped for the heavily populated household as opposed to there being no-one around, it’s difficult to afford all the bits and pieces. This character is to be inserted just short of the top of the spiral stairs and so is mostly hidden away, so I decided to go as cheap as possible and took a gamble. It’s a traditional standard model, his face is young, and looks Edwardian or 1920-40-ish, with moulded hair and moustache. I thought it worthwhile on the grounds that it will be almost impossible to view the face once the figure is installed. He’s from eBay again and needed the pipe-cleaners and wadding, but I’ve plenty of both lying around at the moment.
Why try to make him now? The siting for him won’t be easily accessible once the banister rail is in place behind him and the walls of the upper Hall are in place around him, so it was now or never. And he’s holding up the works.
He had a rough undershift added, stockings and a field workers raw edged smock, along with what looks rather like a badly made flying helmet. I attempted to ‘do something’ with the face but abandoned that as a waste and then tried him out on the spiral stairs.
At this point I changed his posture and moved him down a step or two.
And tried the figure in place, with hand on open bird caging and a bag on his back. I’m planning, at the moment to add a pigeon to his shoulder before I stick him in place. I didn’t bother making shoes or clogs as he’s sitting on his feet, but for some reason of dolly modesty, I gave him a breechclout and fixed his outer garment so that it bloused and fell in a suitable manner.
The bannister rail that has to be added is to stand at the edge of the plank flooring on the bottom left and curve to the top of the spiral stair. And that’s why pigeon boy has to go in now.
You can see from the top image that I’ve started dressing the outer edge of the tower landing with bits and bobs of scrolls, maps and instruments in leather bags and scrips. Oh, and of course the cat.