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Completed The rare shot

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Jazz, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi all.
    I would like to show you my recently completed diorama which I have entitled "A rare shot" which is a play on words considering that a photographer is shooting a photograph of a group of mean looking desperado's from the wild west who look like they want to shoot him right back.

    The figures are mainly 54mm Andrea pieces with a couple of Pegaso's thrown in and a heavily altered photographer. The whole scene has taken me several months to complete and I constantly have added to the scene in the last few weeks to get the look that I was trying to achieve. It is without doubt the largest scene I have ever created.

    I based the scene very loosely on an old photograph called Hot Hunters Spring which falsely claimed to show a group of the best known characters from the wild west all together in one place in Montana.

    My scene is a little different as I have set it in the wintertime possibly in North Dakota where it gets colder. I originally set it in the summer but felt that a winter scene looks more interesting and I do like to include snow. It contains real life legends such as Wild Bill Hickock and Billy the Kid together with screen legends such as Jack Palance from Shane and Lee Marvin from The man who shot Liberty Valance. As you can see it is more a bit of fun than a genuine historical scene.

    I used the Andrea saloon as a backdrop which has been embellished somewhat. The wooden base is completely homemade by myself which rather than being square looks a little like a coffin which I thought was suitable for this scene given that there is an undertaker in it. Please note also the tape measure that the undertaker is hiding behind his back to measure the bodies in case anyone gets trigger happy. I had a great deal of fun making this scene as you all out there know how much I like the wild west. I welcome any comments and hope you like it.

    John

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  2. arxo Active Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Quite an assembly! Well done!!
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  3. swralph A Fixture

    absolutely fantastic(y)
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  4. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Nice concept, nice execution.

    Colin
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  5. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Great idea, well excecuted.

    Marc
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  6. Babelfish A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great job John. I like it a lot. The undertaker with his tape measure waiting for "customers" is a nice touch.

    - Steve
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  7. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    Great work John
    Fantastic diorama with unbelievable fine detail.
    Very well done Mate, love it.
    Keith
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  8. Nicolaos Well-Known Member

    A really good job, amazing scene!
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  9. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Takes a lot of imagination and patience to create something like this, congratulations on both counts superb piece of work.

    Keith
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  10. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thank you all for your great comments. I feel honoured to get such praise from such great painters.
  11. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Quality work John very nice idea and execution (if you'll pardon the pun)
    Steve
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  12. Joe55 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    This is a nice piece of work John (y)! A who's who of old west characters :D!

    Joe
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  13. Fokionas Active Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Great scene, rare subject for a diorama.
    My congratulations!
    Fokion(y)
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  14. Mirofsoft A Fixture

    Country:
    Belgium
    Like very much the diorama
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  15. Eludia A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    That is amazing John :notworthy:

    Cowboys are not really my bag but you can't argue with the workmanship, imagination and artistic flair presented in this piece. I doff my hat to you sir...

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    Many thanks for sharing this amazing piece with us.

    Billy :)
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  16. Eludia A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    p.s. especially love the bandito type chap....looks like he's wearing hipsters and showing off his stripy pants (apparently its all the rage these days, they do say everything comes back into fashion some day ;))

    Billy
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  17. tomifune A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Being a big Western fan, I have had these figs or entertained the idea of doing them at one time or another. Then you come and do them all at once!! The quality is very consistent also which is hard to do sometimes on a big project like this.

    Bob
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  18. Marco22 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    astonishing work !
    well done
    love it
    Marc
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  19. marco55 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    A beautiful piece,truly a work of love.
    Mark
  20. Slowpainter Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Excellent piece and I enjoy that it has a dash of fun included in the story. It was a good move to put the photographer off to the far side. - Marty
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