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The idea for this little diorama was born when I saw the Rackham miniature of “The Bogeyman”. He looks as if he wants to sell someone something out of his coat. But he needed help, so he got the two little darkness familiars as companions.
Now we need a dark surrounding… hmmm.. what about a lantern… yes I saw one at a hobby store. So I went to buy one but it needed a 12 Volt battery!!!! So what could I do? A big battery under the diorama wouldn’t look nice!
My Mum gave a little storm lamp to me some time ago. A close look and a measuring tape were enough! This could work!!!
First we modified the storm lamp: the greenish glass was removed and replaced by clear glass, the crosses in the windows where removed (this brought a lot more light into the inside), the holes for the switch and the lamp cable were drilled. Unfortunately the storm lamp was now dented and scarred. So it was bulged, smoothed and covered with new black varnish. Then three glasses were glued to the frame (one is just loosely adjusted so it can be removed to change a little bulb)! Ready!
The floor tiles and the wall were build from Hirst Arts parts.
After a little fight with my friend we decided to take the alternative with the sidewalk, curb and pavement. Nearly all of the stones were wrought with a edge cutter so everything looks older. The wall is twisted and bent and has holes in it and a little bit of smoothing cement was used as earth. What does a merchant also need? A storage, so we placed a few loose bones behind the wall. Now everything was painted separately and then glued together.
As you can see on the last picture we decided to use eight AAA batteries, they fit under the storm lamp! The holders were soldered and then everything was glued under the lamp. We covered the whole holders with tape to make it safer, the switch was linked to the lamp cable and the circuit was closed. A little socket made of cardboard blocks the view under the storm lamp and makes sure that the batteries never touch the table.
Oh I have to tell you why this is named Yorick Ldt.:
Yorick was the name of the skull, or better the dead jester which Hamlet and Horatio found at the cemetery. There Hamlet philosophised about the mortality (this is not the scene with “to be or not to be”!!). Ldt. means that this is a real little company! So buy something!! :)

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