Well now I can officially say the mice are finished! See the gang below. Now the challenge is fitting them into a space to make them look crowded yet far enough apart to allow space for the movements. It's hard to tell from the photo but, some can turn their heads, some can raise and lower their shields, some can raise their spears, some can wave their swords, and others can twist on the spot.
If forgot to add that the hatch has been fitted in place.
So onto the next step. It seems there is always a next step!
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