I’d see some ground pits made with full sized pallets and Besser (cinder) blocks.
This one was made with pallet wood but is around 800mm x 800mm to match the house bricks.
The hands (both left – oh well) were from an eBay seller and are about $4.75 each including postage.
I bashed a couple of rough holes for the hands to emerge from.
I’ll be adding some LED lighting under it to show through the gaps.
A separate LED light will illuminate the scene.
The original 1 litre of solution was topped up with 1 litre of water to thin it out.
I brushed the solution on once or twice depending on how light the raw timber was.
Some old red automotive touch up paint (two different shades) was added around the arm holes.
A bit of left over (sample pot) paint came in handy for the DANGER! text. Gotta love free stuff !
A single piece skewered each one.
The ends were trapped under screw heads.
Notice how the pivot angle is roughly 90° to the motor wire.
The fake arm end is bent a little over 90° to stop it dropping out.
The motor end of the wire went into a new hole drilled in the blue arm.
Some fiddling was required to stop it binding against the underside.
Testing with a small motor (details here):
Night shot of it running with the RGB LED strip and audio track:
The used piece I had in there had a few dead sections.
I also fitted a new DMX decoder module.
It cycles through colours when no DMX is present.
The DMX input was wired to the 4 pin power cable
so I have the option of DMX control at a later stage.
New LED strip and DMX decoder in action (hands already removed for easier storage):