I know that like myself you like seeing figures under construction Richard, and I'm enjoying photographing them in various stages. The main purpose, (apart from enjoying a new technique) of these experiments is to make a smallish sized set.
Ultimately I'm also aiming to make my own, (full-sized) individual-looking Punch. To find his 'style' I've started a few in pm, and perhaps need to look at them and decide what features I think 'work', and then do some sketches. I may then go back to plasticene to finalise the design, before carving in wood.
The first due to be finished (though I keep getting 'sidetracked' and have just started some boxers) will be the Scary Ghost, as he is due to replace my current ghost, a Franklin Spence pm ghost, due to retire at the end of this season. Whatever finish he has will be 'tested', as he pops out of a suitcase several times each show by bashing the lid with his head!
Don't believe everything you think!