Monday, 9 July 2018

Adding more pieces to the Parlour in The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn

Hello everyone,

Hope you all had a great weekend. Here it's getting hotter just like every year. Have been busy like always with new miniatures at my etsy shop and also with The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn. Before I start, I want to welcome the new followers to my blog and also those at Google +; WELCOME!

As the Master Swordsman is at it's final stages, it's time to start adding those extra details. There is still a lot that I want to add.

The Parlour

The new additions that I added were three pieces of furniture to my favorite room the parlour. These were kits by Melissa Miniatures from The Netherlands. I have built and painted them to match with the other pieces.

I always enjoy building these kits and they do look authentic.

I used the largest one as a hall table. This one turned out quite a nice, piece especially using a marble top for it. I have also painted a pewter miniature Stallion in bronze effect to put on top of it.

The next piece was a very small side table which I placed close to the fire place. I have painted it in dark brown and used lighter shades of brown for the top and drawers.  This will be holding the detailed phonograph that my father built and painted.

Among the other items that I added to the room was another picture printed on canvas of my father, which was placed on the fire place mantel. 

The miniature framed picture of my father

The final piece was the tiny coffee table, painted to match with the other furniture. It's quite small and I decided to put it between the two armchairs. 

As this was the parlor, I wanted to add the chess board game. A few years ago my father had painted the tiny chess pieces but I never got to use them for any of my other projects. I thought that this would be ideal and I got myself busy and made a chess board just for the set.

The chess pieces are very tiny and very patiently I have placed the pieces in their rightful place.

I love the tiny chess set especially now that it had it's board and it looked just right in it's place on the small table. 

Here are a few photos of the whole room so far.

This is all for today. Hope you like what I have done so far to this room. Keep tuned for the next update on this project.

Take Care and See You Soon.


Rebecca xxx

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Making Acquaintances at The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn

Hello everyone,

Here I am once again! Hope you had a nice weekend. Today I spent some time getting to know the persons who frequent The Master Swordsman Pub and Inn. Most of them are regulars and live very close by to Regent Street.

Today I got out my note book and wrote down a few of the characters that will be part of The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn. I enjoy giving my projects a story-line behind them especially to Regent Street.

Since the beginning of the project, I have been collecting dolls just for it. Some I already had and they were waiting for the right time to appear. Maybe a few of you have already met them through Miss Leah. I am keeping my favorite doll maker Beverley Senatore busy with all the dolls. They are beautiful. She still has a few more to make for this project but I am in no rush. Thanks Beverly for giving life to my projects.

First of all I would like to introduce to you the landlady; the proprietor of the Master Swordsman Pub & Inn. Ladies and Gents meet Madam Arabella Barrett.

Madam Arabella Barrett
Madam Arabella Barrett is the owner of the Pub & Inn and she has been widowed for quite sometime. After her husband has passed away she has moved to Regent Street with her son and there she spent most of her fortune to open the Pub & Inn. She called it The Master Swordsman after a promise she made to her late husband as he indeed was one of the best Master Swordsman of  the time. 

The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn turned into quite a popular meeting place especially for the elite in society and nobles. 

Then we have the handsome son of Madam Arabella; Sir Edwin Barrett. 

Sir Edwin Barrett

Sir Edwin Barrett an eligible bachelor in his early forties. For those who have a good memory. Remember the handsome stranger who had visited Miss Leah in her boutique? Remember how taken he was with the young lady? Well finally we got to know who he is. A fine gentleman, who takes care of his loving mother and takes care of the business.  Like the saying goes like father, like son; we shouldn't forget that he is a skilled sword fighter.

Then we have Mr. Larkin Royston the bar tender. 

Mr. Larkin Royston The Bar Tender

Dark haired, quite built and handsome. Larkin has been employed almost immediately after Madam Barrett took the pub and inn into her hands. At first he used to help out as a handy man and helped to restore the abandoned place. We don't know much about Larkin, he tends to keep to himself.

So far we have two regulars that come to the pub almost on daily basis. Mr. John Corbett; an elderly gentleman that always welcomes you with a smile. Mr. Corbett is a very outgoing person who likes to make new acquaintances and enjoys to tell stories of when he was young during the war especially when he is light headed and had an extra drop of wine. 

Mr. John Corbett

The other gentleman is Mr. Edgar Hervey. Edgar is a good friend of Edwin. They have grown up together. Even if Edgar comes from a middle class family, he has worked hard to reach his goals in society. For those who remember, this gentleman has also made acquaintances by accident with Ms. Quelina.   

Mr. Edgar Hervey

Within the building there is a guest room for those clients who have traveled for quite some distance and need to spend the night. At the moment we have Mrs. Charlotte Perkins who is waiting patiently for her husband to return, while he is visiting Regent Street for business.

Mrs. Charlotte Perkins

Here are a few more pictures.

There will be more guests who will visit the Master Swordsman Pub & Inn in the near future, so do keep an eye out for them. 

Take Care and See You Soon.


Rebecca xxx

Friday, 29 June 2018

The Stair Well in The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all doing well and that you are enjoying the beginning of Summer! The kids are now off from school for their summer break which will allow me to enjoy their company more and I will get to do more miniature work.

Finally the staircase in the Master Swordsman Pub & Inn are all ready. They did take quite a while to finish but it's definitely worth it. 

Today being a public holiday in Malta, I got to spend most of the day in my workshop, finishing the staircases. 

I still had to do three set of stairs with stair rods and holders to fit the carpeting in the stairs. 

I started off by fixing the stair posts which I have stained. Then I drilled the lower part of each step where the holders of the stair rods would be placed.

Once the stair rods and the holders were in place, I have placed the carpet and continued working with the stair railing and posts. 

When finally the three sets of stair were done I placed them one by one in their place. 

I was so happy seeing the staircases in place with the carpet and all. The next step was adding more decoration to the stairwell. I have added wall lights at the back wall but still it could afford more.

I decided to do a few paintings. The paintings had to be sword related. Just like I have done in the J.R. Art Gallery, I printed the paintings on canvas then framed them. 

Two of the frames are actually photos. The images have been edited to look more like paintings. After all this project is called The Master Swordsman Pub & Inn and I couldn't have any less but the pictures of a real Master Swordsman. I'm lucky enough to know how to handle a sword and use it but I'm luckier that I am a daughter of Master Swordsman. I'm very proud that my father indeed is a "Maestro" in the art and this is quite a tribute to him. Sword fighting runs through me. I have known the sword from a very young age. I would say I grew up with the same discipline, dedication and love for the sword and it's all thanks to him.  Besides that we still have our miniatures in common. So this goes to you Paps! Thanks for being a wonderful father and for always being there for me.

A miniature printed painting of my father Maestro Daniel Sammut
So most of the paintings will go around the whole project which also include the stairwell. In front of the guest room on the first landing I added a piece of furniture and added a few accessories. 

So here are a few more pictures of the stairwell in the project.

This is all for today. Hope you have like what I have done so far.  Can't wait to add more to this project. Actually I will start introducing a few new guests that will be part of the project so keep tuned for the next update.

Take Care and See You Soon.


Rebecca xxx