What can I say? Wrenwood Hall won out in the competition for which diorama I should work on next (I promise the cafe will be after this–or maybe the apartment) 😉
I had to do some research for the best place for me to buy my MDF from since buying it from Home Despot was just too expensive for what I need (it’s about 6$ per 4×2 piece and I found a place I can get an 8×4 sheet for 15$(plus tax) which gives me more wall for money — always a good thing IMO.)That’s turned out well because with the amount of alternative walls I want it has managed to save me about 100$.
We spent my days off this week going to get it (a trip in and of itself) and trying to get it cut to size to fit in the car (difficult to say the best). Yesterday, Mark was kindly cutting it to the real sizes I need and not the weird sizes the lumber yard did.
Here are the cut sheets: (if you look closely you can see Mark’s cutting list with my commentary on how many of each walls/floors I need minimum) 🙂
and here you can see where he had to glue another piece onto the main piece to get it to be the necessary size…
Which means that later this week/next week I get to work on the dioramas for Wrenwood Hall! Yay! WoooWoooWooo!!! 😀
Ok, so here’s the plan:
1 diorama set which measures approximately 36X26 (this requires a new frame/base be built for it.)
1 diorama set which measures approximately 26×22 — this is my current diorama/roomset base size (the one you see all my furniture and Friday monologues in). I’m going to start with that one for this project since base-making takes more time than I can have at the moment and it requires Mark helping me with it–and he has a lot on his plate right now with the house repairs (me poking him to make things for etsy, and for me ) etc.
Now, this post is pretty much me “thinking outloud” so I do apologize if none of it makes sense…
Out of the 26×22 diorama base & walls I want to be able to do/get the following:
A garden set/diorama.
While eventually I’d like to be able to build a real 1:6 garden outdoors (raised for ease of photography and creaky bones) I need to be more practical if I want something to use this year! This is me, being practical. I’ll take the 26×22 base, and dedicate 3 or 4 walls for it(meaning that they will be bespoke to that diorama only). And then set about populating it with greenery etc. I’m hoping to pull off a feel similar to a medieval cloistered garden, but since this is a smaller garden (more like a pocket garden) I’m … well…I’m hoping it will work. I have some vague ideas in mind and I’ll have to run with it as I go.
This is going to be a smaller room which could be: a lesser bedroom/study/stillroom or general “background shots” room. This will be what I’m using until I get the larger (36×26) base and walls done.
I plan to work on both simultaneously, since I am really feeling the urge to get working on this project and the more that I can get done then the closer I will be to shooting photos. Being realistic I probably won’t get to work on the Cafe set until October or November (if I stay on track with this one).
So how do I feel?
A little overwhelmed, a lot excited! And of course I’m suffering from commitment issues!
Do I give the walls dressed stone treatment? Do I make them look like rocks? A hybrid? Do I do paneling? How do I want to treat it?
I decided that for now, on the small set I’d take a leaf out of the history books. See the photos below? Those are from a castle in Yorkshire, called Skipton Castle.
You can see how some of the walls are stone, and some are stone which has been covered over with plaster (lime). In the photo below you can see a room where the walls are all stone. It’s possible that they were coated with plaster, but they could also have been left plain. Since I am going for hollywood accuracy (which is to say minimal) I’m probably going to leave most of them looking like stone. I may make one or two to look like rendered plaster. Maybe.
In the photo below you can see a nice example of stonework as well as a small fireplace in a circular tower room.
So you can guess I’m probably going to be pretty busy working on this stuff, eh? And this doesn’t even start to cover my ideas for the medieval garden diorama. Heh. So many ideas.
That’s true. I also have to work on a set for Giselle & Taylor’s temporary living room. And costumes for the Wrenwood actresses (Giselle & co). And of course there’s that whole making things for Etsy thing…
But this is where I am at right now. Thought I’d share some of the process. 😉