Trial, error, and sloppy work

Work today was nice and fast, and I spent about a half hour afterward shopping. I bought some materials for Eric to make some new wash for our miniatures, and I also picked up a few possible TARDIS supplies.

I had thought about buying a flat, square jewelry box, along with some pine planks to extend the height of the box. I even made peace with the fact that, if I went the jewelry box idea, I might not get a very convincing replica. Still, I didn’t want to buy all of these supplies, bring them home, build the thing, and find that something didn’t work. My main fear was that the paint would not look authentic, or at least not enough for me. So today I just bought a pine plank and the blue paint.

When I got home, I set myself up to paint two fake doors on the plank, this way I would have one door for the jewelry box that would look like the two-panel front of the TARDIS. The base coat looked promising. I like the blue that I picked out because it’s reminiscent of the classic police box look, so that was definitely a success.

Alas, as I was looking at the plank, I realized that painting two panels on it would not work; the panels would be too tall and narrow. And the plank itself is not tall enough, not to mention that if I used two planks per side, I would have a hilariously large jewelry box. I need to rethink this plan now – either I need to build a TARDIS, or I need to build a jewelry box. One must come before the other.

I am calling this a partial success. I like the blue (yay!) and I didn’t pay $20ish just to find that my idea wouldn’t work out to my absurdly high standards. Obviously, since I am not sharing a heart-warming story of TARDIS building and clever pictures of a blue police/jewelry box, it was not a complete success. I’ll take it, though.

So back to the drawing board. I found a great picture of a TARDIS in the process of being built, which showed the frame. That is super helpful. What I’m thinking is I’ll just make the police box, not worry about jewelry, and then maybe make a jewelry box another time.

With a blue plank of wood, I just fiddled around with it. One side was an attempt at one of the panels of the TARDIS, but when it turned sour, I did some very shoddy Galifreyan symbol on it. On the other side, I just wrote “Allons-y” with a Sharpie, also fairly shoddy, all things considered.

Regardless, this blog is not just about showing off my successes. I also have to show the work that I’m not proud of, so here you are.