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Nativities are primarily about figures. But they
commonly feature a model of the stable. A completely
unrealistic stylisied quasi-medieval version of a stable.
This is mine. With figures from
Santons Fouque of Aix-en-Provence, who we visited last summer.
Both the Provence and Italy have long traditions
of nativity villages. The Provence tradition began
during the French Revolution. The holy family and the shepherds
are of course central but the village scene goes much
wider than this with a range of charecters
from everyday life. The 'santons' are the clay figurines
made in Provence. Some explanation can be found in the
Notre Provence site.
A long tradition but very different
from the German and US style of
The roofing was a plastic sheet which (I think) came
many years ago from Model Builders Supply of Ontario.
I suspect it was sold as 1/24 scale, so a little bit
big for the (nominally 40 mm) figures which are around
1/43 scale). But I'm reasonably happy with the effect.
Looking at the photo I think I should have detailed
the front edge of the tiles a bit more. And weathered
it. Maybe I will modify it once it comes off the Christmas
display table - or when it comes out of the box next
December. Or maybe not!
The walls are two different downloaded Scalescenes textures
printed onto canvas photo-paper. I like the fact that
it is not a completely smooth surface. The floor is sawdust.
The paint is nothing fancy - tester pots of emulsion.
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David, 3 January 2020