I am also preparing like a madwoman for my first show in July. I am not looking for a large turn out but at least I'd like to find out if I should continue to bother. I enjoy making so many different things...it's hard to know what people will like or want. In the States, it seems, July is a very popular month for Halloween and Christmas minis...so we'll see.
I thought I'd post a picture of what started me down my current path of "wizardy" minis.
It's called the "Great Hall" and I have turned it into Merlin's retreat. Below is the chandelier which will go in when I figure out how to get it all connected together at the top and flickering appropriately.
The box itself is modular...and all the insides are made from a foamcore board framework; nothing glued in, really, and all can be removed for any purpose such as additions or corrections I guess. The electrical workings are cleverly hidden just above the ceiling and accessed from the back. All the stonework is Paperclay. It was a new medium for me and very interesting. The teacher was a fellow, now disabled in a w/c, who formerly worked with real stone and found a way to continue doing so. What an amazing man!
Tabitha (aka Susan)