A touch of homemade

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Rationalisation of resources

Been sorting through possible character figures for this adapted modelling of the Dolls House Emporium’s old Market Cross kit.  It has a very much “thrown together from an idea look about it” now, with the main structure in place.

Market Traders

On the one hand I’ve got the bought in, beautifully smoothly moulded figures and on the other there is a small pile of homemade heads left over from my experimentation with different modelling media a few years back.  When made I felt these wee folk weren’t up to much because they are so rough and quirky but, with the passing of time, they have become old friends.  If I can manage to get homemade bodies and most probably bought in spare legs and arms to fit together I may well let them ‘live’ here at the market.

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - homemade figures

Six remaining homemades plus one 1:24 little character bought from Nicky Bott quite some years ago.

Just being practical

My working out is as follows:  how many more mini-ing years lie ahead and what else would I do with these homemades other than throw them away as they’re not up to much for passing on to someone else?  And I wouldn’t feel too good about that possibility.  Whereas the bought ones still lying around here can be passed on/sold at some time if I don’t get around to using them in scenes yet to be built.

Leaving practicality aside

With a few images of medieval to Jacobean markets to hand, I’ve been building various styles of table for these possible traders.  Wasn’t sure how many stalls could be squeezed into so small and low a space and still leave room for the sellers.

Using wood strip of various sizes and thicknesses I’ve so far come up with these.  They may do the job, but we’ll have to see.

It was interesting looking at a wide range of art across the period just how many show market stalls draped in white or off-white.  As there are so many of them I’m going to assume that some should possibly have the odd drape in this model too, giving contrast to dark leather goods for instance and to protect woven lengths of cloth.  Possibly a fold of light coloured cloth here and there on all of them, depending on what goods end up being offered.  At least it will hide some of the table 🙂

Otherwise, the biggest problem that comes to mind is being able to get one hand in to the market space to retrieve, turn on and replace the three LED ‘torches’ without knocking various figures and goods flying!

Hmmm, need to think about that some more.

The first possibility is making sure that at least one stall comes away nicely (with its personnel probably attached) so that one human paw can be inserted and the lighting can be used.  Plenty of museum wax may be called for to keep re-fixing in place each time and glue will need buttering discreetly between a stall holder and their table of wares, cloth and all.

 

4 responses »

  1. You should write to small theatre companies about loaning dolls for productions and making some into puppets, it’s a big thing now in theatre. Looking at Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow they hang their spare heads from the ceiling 😂

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