|Dr Hedwith's laboratory work table, all told the table and contents are about 3" tall.|
Until this piece, it was all about the titular Dr Alexander Potter. This is all about the diabolical and Certified POS, Dr Morrison Hedwith, the creator of the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic... and the other tonic. I bring you a mini diorama of Dr Hedwith's basement laboratory circa 1878 in Portland, Oregon.
Alchemical ingredients and books on shelves, lab equipment on a sturdy and well-worn work table. Lab equipment, rats, horror - all housed underground.
|There is a scene in which a frustrated and enraged Dr Hedwith throws a bottle against the wall and it breaks. The light stain and the broken "glass" represent that.|
The bookend is made from a vintage celluloid charm that I painted with brass metallic paint and then mounted on a tiny bit of wood stained ebony. The books are made from leather-like papers over foam core board.
|Best not to think about what or who was chained to the wall in that basement, let alone what that red stain is.|
For some reason I felt compelled to make this diorama a 360 degree affair. So the exterior is supposed to represent a view from the sidewalk.
I did a tiny bit of research and found that the sidewalks of the day in Portland were raised wooden boardwalks. This gave me a place for mud and discarded rubbish.
|I found scans old Oregon newspapers online and printed up a period-ish front page of The Oregonian and of course, had to use this Potter's Whiskey bottle I picked up last autumn.|
|I also found a late 1870s front page of the Hillsboro Argus - a fun shout out to my hometown which is only about 20 miles west of Portland. Then I made a crushed tin can to go with.|
Dr Hedwith also operates a small shop where he sells the standard Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic above his lab, so I added this sign which is made from a scaled-down version of the label I made for the Sagwa bottles for the photo shoot last December.
I worked on this off and on for about 2 months. Fandom doesn't really come naturally to me and I only have a tiny bit of experience with miniatures. Hence, I took quite a few photos and I am going to show them to whoever will look. You lucky so-and-sos!
|This shows how light comes in through the basement window.|
|This shows the light from the window casting on the work table - before I made and installed the candlestick.|
|I made the table top scarred with burns and water damage, but most of it is covered by the lab equipment and notes.|
|With a ruler to help show scale.|
|Before adding the base, I "signed" and "titled" it under the boardwalk. I did this back when I thought I'd finish in February. What a rube!|
|The mortar and pestle I made with a penny for scale. After the photo, I painted in the inside of it to look well-used and stained.|
|The glass (yes, real glass) brandy snifter that I did not make. I did dig around for over an hour trying to find something to make one with, but ended up buying this online. My friend, Janet, helped me hunt it down!|
I am not sure how many more DPMS projects I will take on, but I have started collecting images and inspirations for The Trials of Solomon Parker which is due out in October 2017!