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MINIATURE...Hand from the grave...scratch built...all items are from my parts box...the cacti is real tiny cacti from the desert.

 

PROTOTYPE...The request for this very unusual and weird piece came from a writer/artist; who wanted me to do a desert piece of a hanged cowboy coming back from the grave in skeleton form...with the hand reaching up for the hangman's noose. He wanted to do some comic type drawings and needed a visual reference to work by.

This is the prototype I built and sent him...he really liked it...used it for his work...and I was nicely compensated.

 

In my years...I have had some off-the-wall requests.

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I find it interesting that you were building vignettes for commissions at one point in your life. I'm curious to hear more about that

 

How did that get started? How long were you taking commissions for?

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I find it interesting that you were building vignettes for commissions at one point in your life. I'm curious to hear more about that

 

How did that get started? How long were you taking commissions for?

It is the old story of a friend...who had a friend...who knew someone in the film/tv industry. I was at a cocktail party (before I retired) and the conversation came around to a model police car that was to sit on the desk of the police chief...it was suggested that I give it a shot at building one...it worked out. There after over the years, I have been asked to build a model warship that was displayed over a fire place...a number of sci-fi items when the movie cameras shot scenes involving miniatures...and some other stuff over the years.

 

I never did it as a true profession or to make a living at it...I did it mostly for the fun and as favors for varied people in varied industries. It was never really a big thing as far as I was concerned.

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I think it's a pretty big deal to have people in those fields recognize the quality of your work. Even if you never made a profession out of it. ::):

 

Now I'm wondering if I might have seen your work in anything.

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I think it's a pretty big deal to have people in those fields recognize the quality of your work. Even if you never made a profession out of it. ::):

 

Now I'm wondering if I might have seen your work in anything.

Thanks for the comments and your interest...but I have always been a very low key individual and have shunned the limelight in any endeavor that I undertook. I do admit that I have had a very interesting life and interesting associations. For example; I got introduced to D&D in the (70's)...I really liked it (but I did not like a lot of the rules & dice rolling)...so I wrote a set of rules and built an empire (which I still use today) on these common sense rules...Not too many DM's can state that their 1st group of young players (as individuals) went on to be (a running back for the Oakland Raiders, a sexy little blonde girl who went on to become a major porn star, a now vice-president of a major bank, a stock broker CEO, a nationally known attorney and a young man who went into the pharmaceutical business and became very successful (for which he is now doing 45 years).

 

During all those years, I collected miniature figures...but didn't take an interest in painting any till about 18 months ago...and the rest you know from my profile and past postings.

 

I have no idea if you ever saw any of my stuff...most of it was in passing shots and the camera/script never called for any focus on the given item. (Example being: the police car was featured in an episode of the TV series C.H.I.P.S....which may be before your time).

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Didn't mean to be intrusive. I'm glad you're sharing your classic newly painted minis and your vignettes with us here now.

::):

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Didn't mean to be intrusive. I'm glad you're sharing your classic newly painted minis and your vignettes with us here now.

::):

Darsc...I did not think your questions to be intrusive at all. Since I retired, I have shut off most of my outside contacts from my old professional world...like the old fighter who took off his guns and threw them into the water bucket and vanished into the sunset. So I welcome and enjoy the conversations that I have with my few new friends on this web site (you being one of these new friends). So always feel free to ask...if I can answer...I will.

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C.H.I.P.s isn't before my time, and I think it isn't before Darsc's either.

 

My brother is an actor, and some of his "roles" have been things like a quick pan of a camera over a photograph of someone's MIA husband, so I have some understanding of that sort of thing.

 

The odd little props add a lot of character and verisimilitude to stories, even if they're only on screen for a fraction of a second.

 

It's neat that you were involved in making some.

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Dumb question....what is the orange and black striped item on the grave? Is it a rolled up blanket? I love your dioramas and sounds like some fun experiences you have enjoyed.

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Dumb question....what is the orange and black striped item on the grave? Is it a rolled up blanket? I love your dioramas and sounds like some fun experiences you have enjoyed.

It is a fat tailed gila monster.

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Dumb question....what is the orange and black striped item on the grave? Is it a rolled up blanket? I love your dioramas and sounds like some fun experiences you have enjoyed.

 

It is a fat tailed gila monster.

Now i can see it...that makes more sense than a blanket or giant caterpillar!

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