Category Archives: Great Hall growth

covering the expansion of the Great Hall area

Never put off … what you’ve already forgotten to do


meanwhile “quack”

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Thought you might like this egg cup ‘scene’ – looking a bit put upon?

Back to the point

Forgot: 1

NB:  if you turn on the lights in the ‘house’ always fully check at the end that you’ve turned them off – really off.

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Many hours later …


Forgot: 2

It would be good if the added blocks of the house – great hall extension, or porch, street or storerooms block – could be linked by action or activity of the figures using them.  Most are in place and the great hall ones are already chosen but still not done and dusted and I couldn’t figure out why — until today when I started on them.

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View of all four of the workmen in action so far. There’s still a load of tree bits to go on some of that roof.
One day.

I do find the very lovely Heidi Ott dolls are far better at millipede impressions than other dolls when it comes to stitching and gluing clothes on.

Whatever am I on about!?

Have you ever added permanent clothing to a small doll?  I don’t know how you go about it but I use a mix of pre-stitching or gluing of items or parts without the doll and building other parts of the clothes on the doll directly.

One doll hopefully has two arms, two legs and one head.  That makes five appendages that you can get your thread wrapped around or can glue to the wrong bits of cloth.  Pipe cleaner limbed dolls can do this and occasionally the limbs can fall off but overall they are generally more willing to be moved out of the field of needle and glue fire than the Ott strongly made ladies and gents.

The two figures from the roof that need attention should have been done today but I only got the one done and in place.  Very stubborn article that he was.

Any mini-ing tomorrow will involve wrestling his friend into some clothes, I suspect.  So far he’s got pants.  Well, it’s a start.


Continuing the same recipe


Holding bits up with one hand
whilst making good with the other

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Running repairs before more make-over

I’m always surprised that any of Hogepotche Hall has lasted this long.  And yet, and yet … am now miffed as I gently remodel the women’s sleep area into something else, causing as little disturbance as possible, when a chunk of wood (which I never touched, Your Honour, honestly) falls off the wall.

It would seem that the, recommended, ‘proper wood glue’ though it was when applied five years ago is now giving up on its gluey-ness where its been asked to hold a mock beam to the walls.


Following day

The bed cubby hole looks a bit modern looking but I’m sure someone would have come up with it then too.  Should have been one bed for the two girls but didn’t like the look of it so fiddled about and managed to get a chest tucked in under the top bed which is useful.

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It’s a small soft wood domed chest from eBay from which the dome has been hacked off (didn’t like the “dominess” after all) and replaced by mock planking, holes drilled for rope handles and the brassy clasp colour taken down with a little pewter paint.  Also scored some plank marks round the body of it – now it looks like a crate with a lid.

Doesn’t look like anything to write home about but it quite nicely and quietly sits there under the back bed hinting at being more than it is.

That battery light

What’s the colour scheme?

I have a colour scheme?  Well let’s see.  What have we got?

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Stepping back again to view adjoining spaces – hard to judge, should have put the other lights on.

OK, decision time followed by a bit of action:  what combo of colours, size of pieces, finish to edges, what else?  Clothes hanging off pegs in both room spaces, more hanging herbs, the odd pair of clogs and an apron perhaps …




1. Very little fuss

If any at all

We got the house out of the Potting Shed.  Oh yes we did.  Room door off the hinges, both table top extensions removed from the model, all interference fit walls safely housed elsewhere, and with a little navigating, it slid out, manoeuvred round the corners, through two other doorways and all with no obvious damage done.  Not even to the personnel.  Can you believe it?!

Standing like an eye-sore

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More elbow room and the dining table readied for the many paints and glues needed for the touching up and finishing off. There are lots of little corners left to dry that never saw the return of the finisher.  Got to get a lower table under this, sooner rather than later.  It does look incredibly top heavy.

Now that I can see the dratted thing more clearly and can climb a little higher, there’s work going on behind the scenes, over and under the whole monster model to finish it off, just a miniature touch-up a little bit at a time. One must ration one’s ladder climbing – well this one must.

2. Circling Round

This whole project thing started with its front door with a wood frame/brick building and great hall with plasterwork.  It very quickly moved on to an ‘older’ stone built great hall extension at the back.   It is in the shadow of this oldie that the last piece yet to be built has to go.

Thinking about

making the new build of the last big bit match the very first big bit done 5 years ago.  The new kitchen addition probably needs a little stonework adding to bring it in line with the older side, but also brickwork and timber for a nod towards the newer as the eye travels up and down the sides of the building.

How much stonework

Well, as little as possible as it takes longer to do than the brickwork panels and the chosen colouring from 5 years ago is very, very drear and uninspiring.

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The space left for the height of the kitchen walls is limited by the overhang on the great hall extension. You can see what I mean about the drear stonework colour

Worriting at it I started to think about Blackfriars in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the way the remains of the buildings there have been used over the centuries since the dissolution of the monasteries.  Started in the C13, there are still standing buildings that have many features of the period which during the 1550s were given over to trades guilds.  Various sections have been kept in use one way or another with restoration here and there.

There are also bases of long gone buildings on the site as well as modern construction added around and about in a C20 idea of a nod to the old.

I recall standing there in the rain thinking about continuing with my invented mishmash of a model which by then had been going for about a year, and thinking that perhaps it might partially be a guild building.  I could have some in stone as though this guild was using the original monastic buildings and possibly using some of the stone elsewhere mixed in with later materials and fashions as in Blackfriars.  I could imagine the stubs of stone walls being used as the ground plan for outbuildings perhaps.

Well it’s been a right mix and match since then and there doesn’t seem any good reason to continue with it.  I’ll try a little stone scavenged from ‘the site’ and used at the base of the kitchen walls.  But only a very little.

3.  Beginning again


Blackfriars, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Joining up the bits of the saga so far


A long time ago – at Hogepotche Hall’s beginnings

Not an elegant title but the heading serves its purpose very well today as this is where a three to four and a half year-old roof finally gets its last tiles.

Why only now?

Because I can’t run away from it any longer?

Sometime between autumn 2011 and summer 2013 the great hall extension block was built and brought up to today’s appearance, more or less.  (The next question is how could I leave it that long, I know, I know.)

At that time I hadn’t got a clear picture of how it would look (and join) the main block at roof-level.  I only knew where it had to go geographically as it were.

I’d like to be able to say I’m a little wiser with the passing of time and all the intervening fiddling about but really it’s more a case of a solution had to be found – now or never and the main block had achieved its finished height at last.  So roofing and ridge tiles, and missing roof bits it is then.

What’s been left unfinished

Lots of edges, lots of horrible gaps needed sorting and working on too before the tiling could be done plus, round the other side there was a removable section of roofing not yet made to cover the separate electrics for the extension.

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Here’s a longer view of the back roof of the great hall extension and guild meeting room now the roofing is finally on.  The ridge tiles on the removable roof on the left are bits of tiling rolled and glued so that they overhang the join to the rest of the roof slope when the section is in place.

Better check that those electrics are still operating – last checked about two months ago, I think.  Then back to the main block’s bits and pieces.