Category Archives: Populating projects

Any item be it old puppets or any non-crocheted figure or animal as well as 1:12, 1:24 or other scale figure

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.

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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.

 

One man and his dog

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No sheep involved

Slept badly and filled in down-time by looking for something from year’s ago on own site (how sad can one get?) and came across this piece from five year’s ago.

My first dressed figure, butchered from a bought in standard chap for whom I’ve still got a soft spot and thought I’d share him with you once again.

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Anyone at home 1 – the build of a Falstaffian figure, perhaps

I hope you enjoy him – and his dog 🙂

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Bit more awake

Now I think I know what day it is and have, more or less, got myself together, here are a few of the original photos that didn’t make the first cut and which might explain better the description of his clothes and face alterations.  I’d had the doll for some time, partially messed about by me (changing the body shape, giving him hair) and hadn’t had the nerve to finish him.  But having done one or two others that had been less drastically altered, I finally jumped in and sorted this one out.

 

Pottering in all directions

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(potteringmeaning)

The Trombone Clip

(if you’ve clicked the trombone link above, tell me that doesn’t look just like a giant paperclip)

Been having some glorious sunshine (though horribly windy) and spent loads of time ‘autumnising’ the garden and thinking big thoughts around mini-ing.

Just got back to working with the players in the band and roughing up a trombone for the other part of the brass section.  Then I realised the second figure (for whom it was intended) couldn’t possibly play it as his cheeks stick out too far and he’d never get it over his shoulder.  He’s Mr Oval and he’ll have to go with the hose pipe horn instead which is all in front as it were, whilst Mr P has the trombone.  Such as it is.

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I do love paperclips.   This ones pretty big.  The miniature funnel for the bell of the trombone needs building up a little towards the back and is generally not fully attached  yet so if you blink it may well fall off, but his hands are not too bad for holding the paperclip in place.

And the big thoughts?

I’ve said I’d not build another house but there’s this ‘thing’ that’s a-growing-of and won’t go away, so I might, just might end up doing it anyway.  Sort of UK 1930s styling, but as it’s still festering away in my head I’ll let it grow a little more before I blab too much 😉

 

Character one: a horn player

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The hands and feet get attached

This is the try-out pair of hands (in white gloves) and booted feet going into action.

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What big hands you’ve got

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and short trousers over meat pie shaped bootees

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and a rather startled look – ah yes, I failed to say that we’re improvising with all the instruments

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Nice bit of fingering going on there but no keys to finger at the moment

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Full figure: no shirt sleeves and horribly bulky cummerbund but both will be covered by yet to be made tail coat – note to self any other cummerbunds needed to be produced with thin fabric not ribbon.  He also needs some buttons down the front of his shirt, don’t you think?  I wonder if I can stick something on the cuffs too.

Well it looks like one tail coat to be made and it’s probably worthwhile having a go at four more sets of hands and feet for the other fellas.  Wish me luck 😉

ps:  Our friend here is built up and joined together with pipe cleaners, wadding and lengths of scrap fabric wrapped around his shape.  His hair is boucle yarn with the core thread that holds it together removed and the ‘wool’ bit combed out with an old toothbrush, his braces are 1:12 furniture or curtain trim and, of course the horn is a hose pipe and funnel.