Setting out a scene


Or, in this case possibly more of an “Aaargh, where am I and what am I doing here?”

In order to arrange the stalls I’m trying to get a flowing view around this many-sided market building.

Miniatures tell stories


If you are working on a room box, you might wish to consider the perspectives.  Is there a window with a view or perhaps a doorway that takes you further than the rectangular set scene by providing a glimpse of a world beyond?  How does each piece of furniture, vegetation, figure relate to the other?  Do you want to make the room look deeper, wider, lower etc?

If this is a three-sided box, open to the viewer across one side only, these considerations probably cover what can be seen head on and from left and right corners.  If it has a window, what can be spied on from there?  However, if this room box has two sides open for viewing (or even a rooflight above) the perspectives, relationships and points of interest become more complex.

Dolls House Emporium Market Cross building

Although I’ve messed about horribly with this kit, the scene in this market space still has eight open(ish) sides.  One planned opening in the original kit is now mostly blocked by a flight of stairs and ladders.  That still leaves far too many POVs to consider and relationships between objects and figures to mess about.

I may, however, have settled on a working possibility.

After fiddling around with the two monstrously over-sized covered stalls and putting into storage one of the loose tables, I’m left with just three display counters and the hopes of a couple of fairly empty access points through which the central battery lighting can be operated.

I’ve divvied up the three remaining tables amongst different trades and will probably add a couple of itinerant sellers that carry their wares around with them to make it feel a little busier.  A few animals and birds may become essential and the homemade figures have all been allocated roles too.

What I’m reaching for is a scene through every embrasure, each with a little bit of something going on.  I suppose I’m talking about having a number of individual ‘conversation pieces’, though this market day is happening somewhere around 1616 (to match up with Hogepotche Hall) and not in the eighteenth century when ‘conversation pieces’ became the fashion.

It has meant going back to numbering and labelling everything again in order to keep track, plus taking a photo from each angle as an aide memoire.  There’s no way I will remember what’s what and where what should be.  Each time I turn the building round an eighth confusion sets in about the geography of the area and what might be needed for the view from the opposite side.

So far

Am afraid there are loose heads messily lying around in the following photos to indicate where each figure may hover.

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - setting out the stalls

Bay#1: One ‘chicken child’ (indeterminate sex of figure) sitting by first opening accompanied by livestock + view of side of each covered stall and across to at least one seated figure, that of a wool spinner

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - setting out the stalls

Bays #2, 3 & 4:
#2 is empty for access, except for chickens (and possibly the odd cat and pigeon
#3 is the leather worker’s place
#4 is probably where the pie woman is seated, chatting to the leather man (who has left his head under his stall)

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - setting out the stalls

Bay #5: Pie and general refreshment stall, sticking out into the thoroughfare to attract passing trade (and that’s a child lying under the stand)

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - setting out the stalls

Bays #6 & 7:
#6 is mostly blank but has herbs and plants for dyeing wool etc hanging across the top of the opening and being sold by the spinner and her husband the weaver who…
#7 – is manning the other covered stall that holds the woven product, plus hanks of ready-dyed wools hanging down the side of the stand

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - setting out the stalls

Bay # 8: Blocked by the stairs and now full of the boring back of the weaver’s covered stall, I’ve placed a wandering pedlar with some of his wares set out around him, possibly cheekily draped on the overseer’s steps.
I see this pedlar as rather like Autolycus from Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale“, even possibly with a monkey if I can find one 🙂

All set out, now for the work.


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