Painting the Town… Update (5/2/17)


I think I’ve reached a point where too many more maybe too many to work with for the moment. I’ve made a further 5 pieces today in the studio increasing my total to 15. I might have to return to some old sketches or photographs for more including a general store then I think it’s time to stop, add more detail and paint them all white.

So onto today’s model miniatures, first a very simple livery stables, followed by an expanded jail. I then made two smaller models, both very similar apart from their roofs, one flat, the other traditionally raised. I finished off with a more complex hotel/saloon.

I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made in such a short time, It will slow down now as I add detail which is always a slow process before I paint and see what overall effect they have.

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6 responses

  1. Looking good…

    February 5, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    • Cheers, Its nice to see my town shrunk in scale, giving me new ideas.

      February 5, 2017 at 11:40 pm

  2. I worked on that Eastwood film Unforgiven as a set painter. They built that whole town down by Longview, Alberta. When the movie ended they said anybody could have it. They would have to disassemble it and cart it out and rebuild it somewhere. The buildings were just shells – no insulation, wiring, plumbing. But such a venture to move them would have taken a lot of money and effort. So it was junked. Ripped down an piled. Free wood. What a waste. Such is modern movie making.
    Extravagance? The short train scenes – a whole railway station / platform was built in Calgary, then disassembled – shipped to California (that’s where the locomotive was) then reassembled and the scenes were shot.
    But Clint gets a blank cheque. Because his movies generally make money.
    I’d like to say the experience was pleasant … but it wasn’t.

    February 9, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    • As much as I am jealous of you, I can see where your coming from, all that money thrown about like water. Did you get to meet Clint?

      February 10, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      • That was rather amazing. I never even saw these guys. Some of the biggest Stars ever: Hackman, Freeman, Harris, Eastwood … !!! I was always working at another location. The set was very strict though. We were ordered not to approach or talk to any of the Actors unless they invited us. You would otherwise be fired on the spot and escorted out. I witnessed this once. Some sets are strict – others are loose. It depends on who’s running things. I the set of Cool Runnings I walked right up to John Candy and talked to him for several minutes. Hell of a guy – no pretensions. (My only claim to fame.) Candy could Act if permitted and I believe his best work was ahead of him. Alas. The movie trade is not really a fun place – it’s business and working to schedule/deadlines. And everybody has to be on board. ‘Ride for the brand’ or you won’t be around. And extras and flunkies like me are working for next to nothing. Just the so-called glory. You can be working right along side of people that are raking big bucks …

        February 12, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      • You make me more jealous with every post at the moment haha. You got as close as you could then (which wasn’t very close). Takes the sheen of the dream that the films create. End of the day, its a business and you’ve got a job to do I guess.

        February 12, 2017 at 6:39 pm

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