Category Archives: Single figure scenes

What once was clear now is not

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Was going to call this piece “Bandstand and bodies” but it made me think of the film The Gazebo and thought I’d better not.  No bodies hidden under this one.

It was clear, really

A tale of biggish pictures and little work

Am thinking on the lines of painting the bandstand a pale sky blue with green here and there.  Not fixed on it but will try out a patch or two.

Not ‘cooked’ till at least Sunday

The clay heads won’t be sand-able till after the weekend so have prepped five neck/shoulder shapes and they’ll be ready for sanding by Wednesday.

Then I can use pipe-cleaners, wadding and fabric to build up the arms, legs and bodies.  I’m talking here as though I firmly know what I’m doing which is not so.  But am hopeful that I might get one or two figures out of this first collection.  Starting out on a new project I’d forgotten just how long it takes to get to the interesting bits 😉

Meanwhile there are hands to make

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Fish fingers anyone? First run at a pair of hands that have to hold a triangle and stick. Must try harder eh?

Ms Lear’s refreshed surrounding pool

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It had become dusty and scratty and I’ve topped it up with a bit of this and that

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A doll with a mood of her own

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Scene hijacked by the 40th doll

but that’s OK

At the last count there were 39 dolls in various scenes around and about Hogepotche Hall and I fancied rounding it up if it could be done without making it look too forced.

I returned to the dairy back doorway.  It has struck me from the beginning of this room that it was inviting something to be happening there but I couldn’t work out what.  So that’s where I’ve sat the last doll, a less than 3″ little girl, sitting playing with her doll and a hunk of bread.

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Peep show

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Points of view

The thing that has always fascinated me about dolls houses and miniatures is the opportunity to view different perspectives, peep around corners and through doorways and generally get down and observe from the small scale level.  Just what is hidden in there?  Perhaps I’m a miniature peeping Thomasina in the making but viewing closed rooms through windows does appeal I must admit.

Progress on the last thing to be built

This is all coming on and there’ll be a report when I’ve accumulated enough completed items.  Mostly the working is about a bit of this and then that, whilst each dries:  the usual.

In the meantime I’ve been peeping.

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Answering a query re size of gallery photos

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Gallery view with “View full size” link on lower right

To get a peep at a larger version of an image go to gallery view by clicking on any photo in the block and shimmy down to click on “View full size” link on lower right (as shown above).  It will open in a fresh window – most will give you a magnifying glass mouse icon which should enlarge at least a little further too 🙂

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Get a life, kid, get a life

Did you know that there are about 39 mini figures in, on and around this structure?  I say ‘about’ because I’ve still not dressed the two old builders on the back roof and there’s a couple of figures I’m working on for the kitchen – (once I’d prepped the bread maker the kitchen looked lopsided so another small one is to be added I think.)

I couldn’t believe it was so many, but I did a roll call and there they were, or almost.

The idea was to make some sort of chart of which folk are connected; which ones live in the Hall and where they sleep and who the other others are and what they’re doing there.  And 39 it was.

A busy household at a festive time

There’s the main family, the Riddinglys and two others, the Padgets and the deVanders, with family groupings amongst the workers too.

The current Master of the guild is Thomas Riddingly and his uncle Matthew was Master before him.  Thomas’s parents also live in Hogepotche, and Matthew is visiting at the moment.  Thomas has one daughter, Catherine who is widowed and she and her three children live here with the parents and grandparents.

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(for John and Jane see The 1616 inhabitants  and From mirror to room
for Thomas and Mary and also Faith see The jobs that time forgot and
A life of their own
for Catherine and Susannah see Woman and child
and for Catherine’s daughters and mother-in-law see The red-headed sisters and
Posh caller from the Low Countries

For many of the other featured folk they can be found in The ins and outs, and postings under the Great Hall and Great Hall extension menus on the ground floor of Hogepotche Hall

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Visitors

Other visitors are Thomas’s sister, Faith and a gossiping neighbour (Philippa Butler) and Catherine’s mother-in-law, Isobel, who has brought her other grandchildren, Will and Susannah with her.

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The daily workers in Hogepotche Hall

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The clerks can each been found either in the committee rooms of the upper Great Hall or the reception office of the Hall just off the Porch, whilst the other men and the first skivvy are in the Great Hall or the Porch, the middle girl is in the girl’s bedroom and the bucket chucker can be found at
Picking up the box lid wall

Missing from the gallery

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The unclothed bread maker in the kitchen and a fireside skivvy yet to be assembled, let alone dressed.

On the roof

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The builders can be found mostly at Using the roof as a room setting

And on the street

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And the street scenes can be found in and around
Just a little more drying time

More stats for you:  there are eight dogs and, at the moment, seven cats but there’s another on the way possibly.  There are numerous birds in and on the building and a few hens with chicks near the kitchen.  A small village in and of itself?

I think I’ve been consistent in naming throughout and I’ve tested the links.  Hope it works for you 😉

Ah, reality, where art thou?  Oh, there you are.  Not so good eh?  Back to the little people possibly?