Inadvisedly Applied Billiard

Summer Joust! I was asked to participate in the team category of Space Jam 2020 by one anonymous builder, and I of course agreed. Unfortunately, he couldn't take part, but I made five entries to the contest anyway - Aiden.Builds was my new team-up - and I got the Jam Master prize, USC A-Wing. Gotcha! Gosh. But that was not all. There was an additional prize for those who participate both on Space Jam and Summer Joust 2021 so... I couldn't resist! 

This is my first entry, for "High Fantasy" category. Naturally I could not resist making a Discworld build for it. And neither could I resist having it feature my favourite character (on fiction, in general, probably) Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully. You might have guessed; the latest "about miniland-scale" figure was made only few months ago, and I've also made a 1:2 scale bust, two usual-scale-figures, and a vignette featuring a minifig... Now, I'll post more details about the figures on another post, but the main point was to give him some expression (like on recent Rincewind) and made him poseable enough to go fly fishing, bang things with his staff and, indeed, play billiard.

Ridcully uses a full-lenght billiard table as his desk, and files his stuff on "first available surface" method - with logically chaotic results. There's a little scene in Going Postal where 40 % (or something) of think engine Hex's rune-time is used to create little portals that transfer the ball, upon being about to connect into additional stuff, into another pocket-dimension where it retains is speed and drag until it comes out from the other side, enabling the Archchancellor to play snooker without cleaning his table. The system was naturally created by young-ish wizard Ponder Stibbons, who holds most of the imporant posts in the Unseen University. Now you know. And that is what I built!

I've made lot of figures, but I've made scaled furniture to them only few times. Billiard table is overall quite simple item (I like playing billiard, but haven't in couple of years, due to pandemic) with rectangular overall shape, but the pocket geometry posed some challenges! I made the green baize with SNOTed bricks (didn't have enough tiles) circled with usual brick-on-brick, with again SNOT bumbers with sligh baby bow corners. I'm happy with it... but very close look reveals that the balls (original 2001 ball joints) can't fit the corner pockets. Well, they can, but only because they are not full spheres (antistud/axle hole on one side). The 22x36 module sturcture rests on lavender 16x16 and 8x16 plates, with "thick bundle of pipes" underside that would connect it into Hex.

Along the figures and the table there had to be all the stuff that has been piled up along the years. Going Postal mentions paperwork, tankard, pipe ash and a skull with dribbly candle on it; they are included (if pint counts as tankard) along with another candle, pack of hooks, some letters, an open book, a hourglass, Ridcully's pipe, potion, etc... and a fly vise, a device for holding artificial fishing fly, a familiar item from my childhood home. And some balls, of course. Enough chaos for Ridcully to practice cue sports in!

As an additional reference I added the Eater of Socks from The Hogfather. He's hiding under the table, likely preying upon some socks. Who wouldn't want to have the little elephant around, even on the expense of some soft footwear?


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