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Commander Vimes' Truncheon: Rosewood and Silver by xofox Commander Vimes' Truncheon: Rosewood and Silver by xofox
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A formal copper's truncheon for a commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, this baton is a replica/interpretation on Sam Vimes' own weapon. I did my best to stay true to the source material, although I had to take some creative liberties here and there since the design is never solidly nailed down. But it is, per the books, turned in rosewood and decorated in silver with the accurately inaccurate maxim "PROTECTER OF THEE KINGE'S PIECE" engraved and leafed on the shaft, although we still don't know which piece of the king Vimes is protecting. I probably would have designed the shaft differently if I could take a do over to include a formal hippo, but who knows, maybe I'll have a second try some day.
The silver crown device on the tip of the truncheon is never mentioned in the books, but I based the club design on the original tipstaves carried by Bow Street Runners and Peelers of old London, which include a crown. That, and the motif of the enduring crown/predisposition of Ankh-Morpork citizens to hang on to royal emblems convinced me to try it out. (And, of course, because it would annoy the crap out of Vimes.) I think it turned out all right; certainly I like how the ankh motif looks on it. I originally thought about topping it with a morpork, like other crowns are topped with an orb, but I decided against because this might be a formal truncheon, but it's not that formal.
All in all it certainly has enough weight to function as a duty-baton, and I'm satisfied with it as the first of (I am sure) many upcoming Discworld pieces.

Want to see more of this and other woodwork pieces? Check out a work in progress gallery and an expanded gallery offsite.

Discworld and all characters therein belong to Terry Pratchett.
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LCrepsley47 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
now I always imagined his truncheon like the US Police ones, the super thin ones (think police academy movies), but this in interesting and, I think, more Vimes - heavier, less likely to splinter over a criminal's head :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm, you know, I've never thought of it as a more modern baon, but I suppose I could see the AMCW with some thinner, bronzey batons.
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LCrepsley47 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
And yet, thanks to you, I now cannot see Vimes with anything lighter than this. This is far more Policey and heavy enough to chuck, hehheh. Most of all I love that you turned the little silver ball into a crown, bloody fantastic
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Jordanis Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
...it is extremely satisfying to heft. I am having a hard time leaving it alone. I keep picking it up and swinging it vaguely and poking things with it and flipping it around in my hand.
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xofox Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, yeah I really thought about adding a lanyard; I messed around with it too, afraid I'd lose grip and send it flipping through a vase. =P
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Jordanis Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been feeling pretty secure in my grip of it. And if it had a lanyard, it would be harder to deliberately hit someone in the forehead with it like a thrown spear. :D
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Jordanis Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Received this piece today, as a belated Christmas gift. Delightful! Good LORD is it heavy and hard.
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stacieyates Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Beautiful piece of work!
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it. :)
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Faehl Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I guess you can pass for a young Vimes in that photo. Fun pose. :) When I saw this I was excited! It's really nice to see some Discworld themed creations.
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