A decision made
Giving the large canvas of next door a rest for a while and, instead have taken the plunge and chosen which materials to use for the roofing.
Originally I’d gone for cladding sheets, ordered from Jennifer’s of Walsall great item and such a change from all those individual tiles used in Hogepotche Hall plus the fibreglass sheets would match the brickwork. Then I came across card tiling strips on Bromley craft products site and was much taken with them. Not a one sheet solution but again much better than individual tiles. They also have something else going for them as far as this house is concerned.
- I had some concerns about using the bulkier card tile strips, wondering if they were too 3D in comparison with the fibreglass sheet brickwork already in place.
- I had concerns about trying to use the already bought roofing sheets as to whether I could apply them straight enough, could match up the courses of tiles easily enough and whether time up a ladder leaning forward wallpapering was really what I should be doing when I’m doing this house for fun.
Grey card tile strips painted first with burnt sienna and dragging in some blue (ultramarine)
Grey board, sienna and first run at colouring up
They are available with different shaped edges (though I don’t seem to be able to find the rounded ones I bought on their site at the moment). This design of house has a fancy (and annoying) bay piece of roofing which has decoration provided by rows of scalloped tiles, so a strip of those would certainly save me from trying to cut enough equally shaped round edge tiles.
Wanted strips mostly painted before putting in place so as to limit the climbing and leaning needed to entirely paint over later on
Will touch up everything when roof is more or less complete and then varnish, possibly in gloss. Must be a rainy day in dolls’ house land
The strips come in bundles of 12 and, the triangle has used up 4 and a few odd tiles because of the angled shaping need, plus a single strip of ready round edge tiles, . They’re set out with a larger overlap than seems to be indicated on Bromley’s website as I preferred the look. May have set self a problem there, both for quantities of strip bundles going to be needed and for the way card of this thickness may alter the roof angle by the time it gets further up the slope. I did set a 1.5 mm strip of wood under the edge of the bottom course of tiles to give them a little upwards tip at the roof edge.
Am wondering if the flatter brickwork sheets will continue to look OK to me tomorrow alongside the bulkier tiling 🙂
Round the other side
Not really touched this side much other than to strew some branches hither and thither creating damage on the roof and perch a worker up there.
Built a pile of wood and tile debris on card base including broken ‘sweepings’ from the bottom of the sea-foam box
and glu-spot fixed it in place on the flat roof. It seems this guy is satisfied with his work and is now taking a break out of sight of the boss
Bread, cheese and a leather flask of something interesting
It’s hard to get a shot against the light and of more than three figures up there at a time. Here we have sandwich man, heave-ho man and ridge sitting man
Bulking up a little
Trees and things
Until now there’s been twigs of various sizes strewn across the back and side roof of the main block. They were balancing there giving a general look.
The time has come for a little more detailing and some fixing I think.
Sea foam, twigs and a bradawl
Not looking for green leaves
but would like branch bits
wrapping around roof boy
and along the ridges
leading to debris in the valleys
and joining front to back
Whilst at the back the tarpaulin hogs the view
The modellers sea foam is very brittle and I believe is usually used with leafage added.
Back up the ladder to find all the bits not yet touched up.
Hanging on looking decrepit cantilevered forward to find the missed bits – well at least some of them. Anything I still miss stays that way 😉
Can just make out some of the greening from here.
That table is to ‘go’ and a sturdier, wooden one will take its place
Wet and dark
Like many back extensions on big buildings …
randomly shaped and in shadow
giving many a green thing the opportunity
to sprout on ledge and roof
where it’s always damp
but mostly on the inner face, where there would be less air movement and it would always be dark and damp.
Thankfully this bird is still here this morning
The greenery dust is model railway ground cover (three shades mixed) and the tufts are from model war-games suppliers. One coat of dust was added pre matt sealant and a second shaken in a few placed here and there whilst that coating was very wet, hopefully giving the greenery a little more added depth(?)
Onwards and upwards – literally
Now clearing up (a little) and working on the replacement table. We bought a second-hand modern trestle and Steve has sanded it down and is extending it a little to take the Hogepotche monster. Oh yes he’s adding castors too. I’m staining and sealing it as and when and we hope to get it done in the next week or so. Then it’s all hands to the pump again for lift off and refit.
Meantime lots of surfaces need a sealing coat, some folk need glu dotting into place, and the roof scene needs to be brought to completion. I’m just going to get that ladder.