Thursday, 5 March 2015

My own dollhouse (Pt. 1)

OK, this got out of my hands, I must confess...

(You can expect anything when I'm starting this way...)

You can see that I got a bar for my board; I got a shop, a warehouse, even a police station... But what's missing on this city? Houses, of course!! People's gotta live somewhere!

I fell in love with the Sarissa Precision Centre Point as soon as I saw it for the first time. I believe that Colin from The Leadpile used it for his Ferrograd project, it's a beautiful piece. So I needed it for Besenval!

Ground floor and access to the building
I guess it's hard to tell from a pic, but the set is really big! It consists of this ground floor, another floor with rooms and the rooftop. I got an additional floor, so it gave the impression of an apartment building or similar. After some rough priming, this was the result:

Cozy two storey place!
Well. Then I got into problems. If these were supposed to be apartments actually inhabited by real people, then they needed some stuff to give that impression! What kind of furniture would I need? What's the minimum needed for this to look for the deal? (Leaving the apartments empty was totally out of the question, just in case you are wondering...)

OK. A bathroom. A bathroom and a bed was the least I thought I had to add. Hmm, easier to say than to do. I've seen some pretty nice furniture, both WC and bedrooms, but I didn't have the patience to place an order and wait (bad planification on my part!). I thought I could improvise something; by now I have tons of MDF rubbish from all these buildings, for sure I could give an use for all those tiny pieces (you see, having painted the A-Team encouraged my lateral thinking...).

These are gonna be shower heads. Yeah, I know Have a little faith...
Beds. A little bit tight, but they give the right-ish impression :P
Wardrobes? Fold-away beds?
Miscellaneous stuff
But I realized I was building houses, not homes. You see, this is what I was talking about when I said this got out of my hands, the moment I begun to think that way... A real home would need a touch, something personal, something that says 'hey, there is an actual person living here'

Pics of your beloved ones!
For sure this must make the difference! :D

I'm still on it, I hope I can show you the rest in a few days... :)

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    1. Hmmm, cool! Not sure if I have the raw materials (and skills!) for those, but they are absolutely worth a try! Thanks!

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  2. Cooking area would also be useful: maybe just a hotplate or a "heating cube" and a small refrigerator. The East Asian/land is at a premium answer seems to be something rather like a camp stove. You might also consider a small washing machine and a clothes line, depending on climate. A few clothes hanging on a line on the balcony would make it feel quite homey.

    Very sweet work. I truly do love the pictures. Inspired touch.

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    1. Thank you very much! My idea is having just a couple of microwave ovens (or whatever) and wahing machine in the central rooms, those being the common areas. Believe me or not, I already thought of the clothes line, but the sight of myself sculpting 28mm green stuff undies was way too disturbing :D
      For the moment I'll be OK with the mere illusion of a home, but for sure I don't discard making that in a future!

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  3. Que buena pinta tienem los inicios. Creo que te pasa como a mi, que no es creíble una casa completamente vacía. Si algún día me compro algo de Sarissa tendrñas que pedirles una comisión.

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    1. ¡Gracias! Claro, no consideraba la opción de dejar las habitaciones vacías. De momento me basta con la apariencia de que estén ocupadas, probablemente con el tiempo depure la técnica :D
      De Sarissa sólo tengo buenas palabras, como puedes ver :). Tienen unos kits realmente buenos y sus precios están al mismo nivel que el resto de la competencia. Para mí ha sido todo un acierto y recomiento totalmente la marca.

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  4. Wow; looking good so far :)

    Warburton

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    1. Thank you! I'm afraid I won't be able to achieve a real functional place, but I hope it will look enough to make the deal. Let's see, let's see...

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  5. With your own dollhouse comes the responsibility to paint a Ken and Barbie miniature look alike. ;)
    By the way, that 'dollhouse' looks huge!

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    1. Hahaha!! :D :D :D
      The kit is huge indeed! I'm on the final details right now, I'll be able to show overall pics in a couple of days :)

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