Fembruary 2021 challenge WIP # 2

More work on my Fembruary submission this evening. I had a big day of work so I had to dig deep to muster up the motivation but, as always, once I started I really got stuck in.

So a few Gin and Tonics and two hours of fun later I ended building more than I expected.

I’m thinking I should have painted all the timber (lollipop sticks) prior to cutting and glueing. However, I tend to work better making it up as I go along. Painting will be painstaking haha.

The front. I’ll be adding a door.
Left side. The window is actually from a very old dolls house that I bought my mum twenty years ago. She then gifted it back for my daughters. Each of my three daughters played with it when they were little and then it sat in the shed for a couple of years before I started to pick bits from it haha. I plan on dirtying up the windows as I don’t want to be able to see into the house.
This side, the right side, was a spur of the moment thing where I decided to go for a partially opened awning. In all honesty I think I’m designing and building the treehouse I always wanted as a kid haha.
A bird’s eye view. I finished off the floor of the external decking/veranda. Only three sides have a veranda. If you look close you can see that part of the tree is coming up through the floor. That’s cool to me.

So in actual fact the house is quite small compared to the decking but I kind of like that. I’m very much an outdoors person, which is ironic because this hobby of mine is mostly an indoor kinda thing. A big decking is excellent and I’m fortunate to have a big one attached to my real house. I sit out there with the dogs, or chatting to the family. We’ve had family and friends gathered out there and even a party for the little one. So a big decking works for me for this diorama. There’s lots to add to the decking, which you’ll see in due course.

One more photo to show the back framework of the annex which will also act as a lookout tower/crows nest type thing.

As mentioned before I don’t want to be able to see into the house. I did consider that and was thinking to make internal furniture and even add an actual working light. Honestly, it’d be too much detail because the rest of the diorama is already going to have a lot to look at.

As you can probably tell I’m having a lot of fun with this but there is soooo much more to do. I’m keeping the project on the kitchen table so I am forced to look at it and therefore tinker with it each day hehe.

Next I’ll be building the walls of the annex and the lookout tower.



31 thoughts on “Fembruary 2021 challenge WIP # 2”

  1. Am loving this one mainly because I do really like WIP posts, especially diorama ones. I like to see the thought process as it really helps me to understand the modellers thinking (tough in your case 😉) and why they choose to do certain things. My only frustration is wanting to shout out ideas on what you could do and then I remember its your work and not mine! 😂

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  2. Excellent looking progress IRO. When you say you don’t want to be able to see into the house is this for security or so you don’t have to paint the interior ? If it’s so the light inside wouldn’t attract Zeds you could cut up a black plastic bin bag and stick that to the inside of the windows so it looked like blackout screens, this would be a relatively quick process and you wouldn’t have to paint them as there already the right colour

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    1. Haha I’m like that with so many other hobby projects too. I never paint on the sprue, I never paint parts in sections before glueing them. However, I’m hoping to get stuck into some Ork vehicle this year and I’ve heard that you literally can’t paint them after completely building them.

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  3. Making excellent progress and what I like most is watching the building and learning processes – which we all go through usually alone. So I think of this as a masterpiece upon which you will build even greater ones in the future. Win now and win later! And I would have loved this treehouse!

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  4. This is really coming along nicely! I never had a treehouse growing up but this one looks like it’d pretty fun to me. Painting it might be tricky but I bet you can get away with drybrushing much of it and still getting a pretty nice effect. I’ll be looking forward to seeing more progress on this one 🙂

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  5. Amazing work. People who can build things, even with lollipop sticks always amaze me.

    And is it Fembruary already? Struggling to find time to do much lately, but I’ll have a think.

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