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.


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