Hello faithful readers - if there's anyone left? Quite understandable if you've left me for dead since my last post was back in October and I was somewhat sporadic before then...
My excuse this time? Mainly enjoying the outdoor life working as a Field Ranger with the Lake District National Park and stressing about the impending termination of my short term contract with them this September.
Happily I've since managed to secure a permanent position with them however and what with the prolonged good weather we've had this Summer, I've not been too active on the hobby front.
Such idleness does not come without consequences and now BOYL looms large on the horizon and the various big projects I swore I'd have done in time are looming even larger!
However, I have good news - for me at any rate. I have broken the back of the biggest and probably longest running project I've embarked upon!
Yes - the Shrine of Rigg is complete!
This is quite an achievement as I seem to remember bringing the completed ground floor sections to the first ever BOYL all the way back in 2013 - I think it was just in case Padre didn't have enough scenery for the epic Lustrian game he laid on which was a joy to spectate. I needn't have worried as he and his gamers laid on a lavish table! I also seem to remember leaving the flipping thing at Foundry and retrieving it later in the year at a Blogcon event - good job really as Foundry then moved to their current excellent premises at Stoke Hall.
Here's a few pics from over the years that chart the construction of the shrine - now I just need to paint the damn thing and get the interior decorators in!
|Original Plans and approximate measurements|
|The casting of blocks begins...|
|Early progress on the ground floor with a few prospective buyers casting a critical eye on the work so far...|
|More work on the ground floor.|
|Ground floor walls completed and a test paint job applied - interior walls and stair cases being added.|
|More detail of the internal walls.|
|Ground floor done!|
|Work commences on the first floor...|
|Test shot of how it'll all turn out hopefully!|
|Ground and first floor completed with work started on the 2nd floor.|
|First floor interiors.|
|Progress on 2nd and 3rd floors.|
|View of 3rd floor interior|
|Now time to get the decorators in...|
The timer on the Bring Out Your Lead website tells me I have 17 days, 15 hours, 48 minutes, and 42 seconds to be ready for BOYL - best get a shift on!