As they say in criminal circles sometimes,"The Jig is Up!". In this case it means both the jail cell and the storyline of the automata I've been working on. It seems in the County Sheepshire the ovine community are a rowdy lot. It happens that a pasture rave gathering got out of hand and the attendees were rounded up and thrown in the brig. Charges range from drunk and disorderly, disturbing the peace, solicitation, serving alcohol to minors, public indecency, and noise levels that exceed County guidelines. For most of us this news is a little disturbing because we view sheep as rather docile critters - somewhat sheepish in fact. Well this ovine group seems an exception. Even during their short incarceration they have managed to plan and execute a breakout. There will be chaos when the Sheriff returns to the station in the morning!
I am still in the throws of planning. I have already rearranged the characters several times to allow for mechanism spacing and the allocation of space for the "breakout" since this prototype layout photo was taken. Now it's lots of CAD time designing the lower works. Keep watching.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.