Technical problems solved, now what to make?
I had started with a little guy turning a crank, a steam punk Igor perhaps?
I knew I wanted lots of movements and at least a couple of guys operating various levers etc. but I also wanted them to have a purpose.
After a few sketches I came up with the idea of a robot head which reminded me of The Wizard of Oz, where the Wizard is actually an illusion of smoke and mirrors operated by the PT Barnum like showman behind the curtain.
This presented lots of exciting challenges as I wanted the face of the robot to fairly complex: mouth, eyes, eyelids etc.
Below you can see the basic mechanisim worked out. As yet I've not added the other operator (s?) or any of the tubes, vials, boilers and pipes that will give it a real steampunk flavor.
Lots still to do as I'm spending a lot of time just working out how to get the movements to work.