Honey the harpist now has paint and ready to play. The newest and maybe the last addition is another violinist. This one, Vivian, is actually playing the violin running the bow back and forth across the strings. I think that my workspace for the scene maybe be full enough now. I wanted the orchestra to look crowded; they usually do! With adding chairs and music stands it will certainly start to look very busy.
I also have to consider the space requirements for the mechanism below. I will now have to start designing the moving bits below and try to fit them into the space I have chosen for the scene. This can be an iterative process until I land on something I'm comfortable with.
I chose rats for the symphony because many people have a common perception that they are about as far away from the classy and sophisticated image of a symphony orchestra. They are not the most attractive members of the animal kingdom and give the "willies" to many, all the more reason to have them in this scenario.
Anyway it's the old "back to the drawing board" for a little design work, and a break to vacuum the shop.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.