- Military and fantasy diorama building/painting, especially of cavalry (25mm, 28mm, 1/35th scale)
Never got into dioramas, but I thought about it once--my husband threatened to divorce me--said we didn't have room in the house for large boards full of tiny people. So instead, Chamberlain meets Jackson on my mantlepiece:
That's right Lew! I forgot about that because Point Pleasant tends to stick in my mind (and I almost called that West Point just now, I'm a big fumbler with that sort of thing).
Its really great to be speaking to someone who was around these things. Its puts a real face on it. I have a lot of faith in the possibility of Mothman, and Keel was a breath of fresh air (so far I mostly listen to his interviews and I've only had brief excerpts of his writing).
I hope we can get more people like Keel in the future, because a lot of the paranormal subjects have been highjacked by an assortment of bums and fruitcakes. There are also the well meaning people who do a lot of reading, but they fail us on the investigative front. Real Journalism is about getting in there and up front with the things that are happening, rather than reading about it from somewhere else. Of coarse, thats what I do now, as a mere fan of these things.
PS (Melani) Great work on the tiny statues! I also love your little dog behind them. Would that be a Mastiff? Bulldog?
I would be interested in anything you post regarding horses. Most of what I know about horses I have gotten from Clair and Steve, along with a bit of a helping from a gal who called herself "alfuso." She was as sharp as a tack, but unfortunately we did not get along too well. That didn't change the value of her information, however.
Fred, you, an ex-Army man don't know Rocket Propelled Grenade? Oh, wait, it actually stands for Role Playing Game; a type of video game that yours and my generation have no clue about. I prefer a good Custeriana book any old day...
Melani, I recognize those Chamberlain/Jackson figs; Imrie/Risley, no? Nice job. I'm a miniaturist myself and have been working on a Last Stand diorama for seemingly an eternity; since the early 90s. Began collecting then, followed by painting; then another set of Custer figs would come out, more collecting more painting and re-painting. I may never finish. The most enjoyable part is doing conversions and such to make the figures appear more like the troopers and warriors actually looked. One tip I learned is on 54mm do NOT paint whites of the eyes or eyebrows. You get that cartoonish pop-eyed look. Soldiers' eyes outdoors especially in sunlight appear as slits, not rounded dots.
But your post prompted a banner above from Sierra Toy Soldier Co. They actually have a Grattan Massacre set in 54mm!
I can't believe someone other than me recognizes "Imrie/Risley"! I used to love their work. When I lived on Long Island I went to see their place and spent several hours talking with... Risley, I guess it was. Shortly after that, they moved their operation to Saratoga, New York, and I lost contact with him. There used to be a place in Manhattan-- Madison Avenue (very high rent district), in the 80's, I think-- called the Soldier Shop. I bought a lot of stuff from them, though never a finished figure. Those I did myself and I became pretty adept at it.
I remember the old "white-eye" trick, and figured out how to solve it, though "how" now escapes me. I probably painted a couple dozen figures-- all 54mm, I/R's and others, all WWII German-- then decided to branch out to Civil War stuff. I even bought some of the plastic tank and vehicle models of a similar scale (actually, if memory serves me correctly, 1/32 scale, which is slightly smaller than 54mm). Then, my ex-wife stole every one of them, including my collection of Britains from when I was a kind in the 40s and 50s; stole some 70-80 military Dinkey Toy vehicles; more than 100 Elastolin(e)(?), German-made Indians and cowboys; hundreds of German-made WWII flats that I had framed; and hundreds of SAE miniatures; as well as more than 100 tiny, lead model vehicles of WWII.
RPG... you got it, Steven... I'd like to have one... I would know just where to use it.