Thursday, July 9, 2015

CC 2015 and Progress on the Citadel

I haven't been doing much in the world of miniatures recently.  Summer is my busy time at work in my RL.  Between work, running the kids around and all the other stuff, I just haven't had time in weeks.  I finally got to steal a little time yesterday!

Some time ago I mentioned that I was going to build a drawer to house the pool that will go with the HBS Creatin' Contest kit.  I did get the drawer built, however I didn't realize it until I was putting it together that the plywood that I used was warped from sitting around in our garage. You can see the gap at the bottom and the whole thing wobbles.  I may be able to even it our by adding some kind of feet underneath.  I'll figure something out.

 Here's the drawer open with the 2" construction foam.  I will carve the pool out of this.  I made the drawer a little bigger than the kit so that I can landscape.

#HBSCreatinContest 2015

I started on the flooring in the biggest room in the Citadel.  This is where the kitchen will be.
I cut some laminate samples from Abet Laminati into 2" x 2" pieces.  It took me six sheets of laminate.

 Once they were laid down, I wasn't happy with how they lined up.  I had hoped that they would fit together more tightly and the seams wouldn't be so obvious.

 I ended up using a little white craft paint to fill in any lines, then wiped it off just like when you grout real tile.

 Much better!

 Here is the sputnik light I made.  I made it a couple of years ago and waited for the perfect spot to put it.

This is a miniature Heywood Wakefield inspired dogbone dining set made by Jack Chastain.  Unfortunately, it only has three chairs.  I have no idea where or how to contact him to see if he can make a fourth.  Overall I think it's coming along...slowly!


  1. Me gusta como ha quedado el suelo.Y me parece buena idea la de sacar el cajón aunque no se que profundidad de uso te puede permitir. La lampara te ha quedado fantástica.

  2. It's all coming together beautifully! I'm blown away by the floor and light.

  3. The drawer idea is cool - especially for limited space reasons. It all looks great! I also like the plant on the wall divider.

  4. Looking good (both of them). I haven't even opened my HBS kit yet: I have to work out where I'm going to put it (I can't use ALL of the dining table for miniatures, can I? ;-) )

    1. Yes, you can. Just use those folding TV tables for guests.

  5. Oh yes, I forgot to add:
    Have you considered using a bench seat along the window and the three chairs on the other three sides of the table?

  6. This is brilliant Cyd. I love the drawer pool - what a clever way to add detail and size and then be able to store it away. I know what you mean about the tiles. Exact thing happened with my bathroom tiles and I had to fill the gaps. The light is fab too. Really love where you're going with the kit =0)

  7. Oooh! This is going to be really cool. Definitely outside the box thinking with the drawer pool. I can't wait to see the results of both.

  8. I think the hideaway pool is a marvelous idea. Saves space but allows you to add a fun feature! The floor looks awesome. The grout was the perfect touch. :D

  9. So many great things going on here! I really like the way the floor turned out with the white craft paint, the overall effect really brightens up and enlarges the look of the space. The Sputnik light is so cool! Looks like you found a perfect spot for it. I'm looking forward to seeing the pool completed, I think the drawer is a fantastic idea :) There is never enough real house space for all these mini houses I tell you!

  10. What a difference that floor!!!! The paint made it look super clean! The drawer idea for the pool is fantastic! Great job!

  11. The pool drawer idea is genius. I'm grinning.

    The floor turned out great, and I love the light.

  12. You Very Clever Girl!! I think that you should patten this idea because it certainly is a space saving solution with little added weight but adds TONS of interest and detail! 100% Innovative! I Love it!!! :D