This cottage is coming out so wonderfully that I want to bite the purchase bullet and get a little digi camera to get back to showing the daily progress here. So much has been going on that I've not been able to share.
The eave painting took two tries, but the second attempt really worked. I'll detail what materials made the difference. There have been pea-sized terra cotta flower pots filled with red geraniums to hang outside the successfully-scaled tiny Tudor window. I bought a set of micro lights that I'll be attaching to the cottage interior to make for cozy night time illumination. So heartwarming, that image. Peels of light coming from underneath the front door, with it's handmade moulded glass doorknob! Oh yeah, lots to show!
I've also worked out the shot sequence for the Halfland reveal. We follow the maus up the hilly trail to his house, all the details come into focus as we approach. At the door about to turn the iron key, we notice Rana's giant hand encouraging the mouse to come closer to her. The camera/our POV swings around slowly, uncovering the fact that Rana is not a woman as we assume. As the full composition of the set comes into frame we see from her crouched position that her legs are that of a goat's and that her cottage is dramatically larger than the maus'.
I've also been picturing the Time Frog's micro scene too.
Image story boards, using the sculpts, to follow.