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Placing figures on your layout.
« on: January 09, 2019, 09:09:59 PM »
 :hellosign:

I was really not sure whether to post this on my layout thread or not, but am putting it separate as it is more general.

Like Port Perran and others I enjoy adding the little people to my layout, and creating little cameo scenes, but figures need very careful placing or they can just not look right.

This was particularly evident in the photos of this little scene, so I thought I would post the pictures as an example of good vs bad placing.

In this first photo, the two kids are reacting well together, as they are a bit nervous of entering the water, (and really  :censored: off the fisherman  :D ) Dad is just relaxing in his deckchair, but Mum is just standing there vaugely looking into the distance with no connection to the scene at all.



Here, with just the slightest alteration, the Mum is now watching her kids, and the whole scene is bought together ...



That tiny turn of the figure makes all the difference.  :thumbsup:

I hope you find this useful, it is something I try hard to be aware off, and noticed those photos really illustrated the point, and also how it is best to "Tacky-wax" the figures down until you are sure of their position  :D

All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 10:03:32 AM »
"A good shout" - often it is the smallest of details that lift from toy to model and model to art !

thanks for showing and expressing this so well.

Robert 

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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 02:20:47 PM »
That very slight change of position to mum has really made a difference. Great stuff and a tremendous eye for detail.

Now.....the chap with the fearsome saw. Is he heading towards that cane chair to cut t in half?
Or have I completely misread what is going on there?   :D
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 05:29:15 PM »
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Thank you Robert, and Hi Martin,

I think the flares on his trousers are more fearsome than that saw ..... but we all wore them  :D :D :D



all best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 05:41:46 PM »
Ha. Thanks Kevin, of course, I can see it now.
And yes, I had jeans with red flared inserts. Lovely.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 05:48:59 PM »
I wore bllack flares with white buttons on the outside calf of each leg. :doh:  We had style a complete lack of sense in those days. :worried:

Is see the guy to the left of the upturned boat has a very large hammerfor.
Mike

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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2019, 06:20:16 PM »
Yay .... It is you Mike  :D :D :D



You reminded me of when I worked Saturdays in a hardware shop and the boss asked me to fetch him an "amafore"..... "wot's an amafore ? " ....... " 'ittin in nails ! "

Does anyone else want to post any pics of their little cameo scenes ?  It might give people some ideas for their layouts  :thumbsup:

All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2019, 06:24:33 PM »
Yay .... It is you Mike  :D :D :D



Cripes! :goggleeyes: - but it must be just after Iíd had a hair cut. :D
Mike

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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2019, 07:23:17 PM »

Does anyone else want to post any pics of their little cameo scenes ?  It might give people some ideas for their layouts  :thumbsup:

All best wishes
Kevin

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So...hereís a little view of Trepol Bay harbour. Itís not too close because I wanted to get a few figures in.
93BE4F5F-1843-4A40-A3D5-CCC8BB6D8030 by martin scane, on Flickr
The chap with the ďropeĒ is positioning his boat prior to tying it up to the bollard.
The lady with the child is a little worried about her hat whilst elsewhere it seems to be lunchtime with a few dockworkers taking a break from their duties.

If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2019, 08:33:59 PM »
Yay .... It is you Mike  :D :D :D



You reminded me of when I worked Saturdays in a hardware shop and the boss asked me to fetch him an "amafore"..... "wot's an amafore ? " ....... " 'ittin in nails ! "

Does anyone else want to post any pics of their little cameo scenes ?  It might give people some ideas for their layouts  :thumbsup:

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:

Gordon Lightfoot used to wear trousers like that.

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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2019, 08:43:22 PM »

Does anyone else want to post any pics of their little cameo scenes ?  It might give people some ideas for their layouts  :thumbsup:

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:

So...hereís a little view of Trepol Bay harbour. Itís not too close because I wanted to get a few figures in.
93BE4F5F-1843-4A40-A3D5-CCC8BB6D8030 by martin scane, on Flickr
The chap with the ďropeĒ is positioning his boat prior to tying it up to the bollard.
The lady with the child is a little worried about her hat whilst elsewhere it seems to be lunchtime with a few dockworkers taking a break from their duties.

A perfect example of making characters looks as though they belong in a scene Martin. :thumbsup:
But the chap at the back-right: is he waving at, or remonstrating against the cameraman? :hmmm: If the latter, he could be on nefarious business! :o
Mike

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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2019, 04:51:31 PM »
Hi Daffy.
I presume you mean this chap
EA1817E9-1BD3-42A2-84D7-BB2386363877 by martin scane, on Flickr
This is a very good example of the close up not looking as good as it does to the naked eye.
Heís supposed to be very gently waving the shunter forward in order to get the wagon correctly positioned under the crane. Meanwhile he has the transportation documents for the driver of the lorry in his left hand.
In close up , I think he needs to be moved very slightly so that he is facing the locmotive a bit more. Iíd never noticed before so thank you.
I also need to paint the cable for the crane a darker colour.
Martin
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2019, 05:26:11 PM »
I can see now that itís all a trick of perspective. Your close up view looks fine, but I did get a first impression he was looking the camera in the eye.

As you and Kevin both note, taking photos of layout details always highlights even the smallest little oddity, though the crane cable looks fine to me.
Mike

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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2019, 06:01:32 PM »
Great photos Martin. :thumbsup:

So great to see how all your figures are actually doing something rather than being just randomly placed.  The harbour figures are very realisticaly placed (I know ..... I live by a harbour  :D )

That guy you have certainly is kept busy, he's checking the load here on Windmill Hill  ;)



A couple of shots from round the lake .....





And feeding time for the free-range pigs "Pork Chop" and "Bacon Buttie"  :)



Anyone else got any little cameo scenes ?

All best wishes
Kevin

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Re: Placing figures on your layout.
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2019, 06:12:48 PM »
Yes. That chap certainly gets about.
He must be moonlighting......I wonít tell the harbourmaster at Trepol Bay, I wouldnít want him to get into trouble.
I have plenty more little cameo scenes on Trepol Bay and Tregonning but Iíll wait to see if anyone else wants to get involved first.

Itís surprising how itís often the secondary characters which really make the scene such as your chap closing (or is he opening) the gate and the lad watching on in the background behind the anglers.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


 

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