Minimus was first seen out in public in his Saturnalia hat, with a wine cup.
As Minimus is religiously tolerant, he also celebrated Christmas with a set of antlers and some tinsel. He spent the festive season surveying the world from the top of my Christmas tree. The antlers are felt and wire, and the bells tiny gold beads. The tinsel is a pipe cleaner from a craft kit.
Obviously, Minimus has been very excited at the publication of the third set of MiniBooks. He has his own copies. I made them by printing the cover designs very small and wrapping them round mount card rectangles.
The cold weather hasn't bothered Minimus at all, as he is wrapped in his British cloak (cucullus, or birrus Britannicus). This is felt, with a hood, and pulls over the head. It must have been a lot warmer in the wind than a simple cloak.
Minimus is ready to go on parade. His armour is made from aluminium ready-meal trays (the posh kind!), and his helmet from a Nespresso capsule. I used little beads as rivets, and sewed the pieces together. The sandals, belt and laces on the armour are made from an offcut of really soft leather that has been in my sewing box forever. I dithered for a long time about the shoes. In the book, I always drew the soldiers in caligae, but I understand that most of the boots from Vindolanda are the more practical closed type. Minimus is sticking to the drawings rather than the archaeology this time. The sandals did take ages, but I think it was worth it.
There are a few more little artefacts in the pipeline, including some "samian ware" and a glass cup - watch out for more developments!
If you want to know any more about how I made the model or the various bits and pieces, drop me an email.