Light is at the end of the tunnel at last! My classes for the university semester have concluded, and the term ends today. While there is still a committee project to complete, a paper to write, and a conference to attend where I'll present it, life is returning to some small semblance of normality here at Totliegh-in-the-Wold. By this time next month, I hope to be back up to my elbows in soldiers (finishing those replacement Minden standard bearers with new flags) and the next side project, which will involve. . . You guessed it! town buildings.
In connection to a planned article, I have agreed to produce a small series of six or seven underscale town buildings. So, I have spent the few occasional spare moments in the last month or two combing the internet for photographs of suitably 17th-18th century looking town buildings to provide inspiration. The buildings envisioned include: 1) a modest town hall (Rathaus), 2) a customs house (Zollhaus), 3) a small barracks (Kaserne), 4) a school (Lateinschule), 5) a hospital (Hospital. . . more commonly Krankenhaus), 6) a half-timbered house (Wohnhaus), or two with interesting roof lines to masquerade as inns, taverns, or what have you.
These should be some of the most ambitious undertakings yet given the variety of half-hipped and mansard roofs with their odd angles. . . especially since I was no good at all with geometric proofs and the like way back in high school. I still wake up screaming in a cold sweat from time to time much to the neighbors' collective chagrin. Naturally, I'll simplify a few things here and there to make the planned town buildings a bit less fiddly during the construction phase, and more durable once on the table, but those shown here will serve as guides for the planned scratch-built structures. Details will be added in my usual way with a few bits and pieces of balsa wood plus some more careful painting once everything has been assembled and given a basic coat of paint.
Finally, I managed to find some small model-maker's clamps -- from Micro Mark -- The Small Tool Specialists -- designed to hold thin wall pieces tightly at precise right angles while the glue to cement the two pieces together is applied and dries. There is also a small model maker's square coming from Amazon to help cut walls and roofs at more precise 90 degree angles. Eager to see how both help with the forthcoming buildings.
On a different, yet related note, Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus and his man Hives are currently expecting the arrival of Freiherr Woldemar-Francois de Changement, along with his wife Lady Solange, who brings diplomatic tidings from distant Franconia to discuss, among other things, a possible loan that might help fund the Grand Duke's plan to supply every Stollenian gentleman with three new pairs of English-made calfskin dress shoes, a pair each in black, brown, and oxblood.
Ok, time to take a deep breath and dive beneath the waves of work yet again. We're not quite there yet.