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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.

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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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arkindal Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
You like Pratchett.
50 points to whatever your house is.
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you kidding? The guy is a hero and an inspiration; when I'm out in the shop I listen to audiobooks under my earmuffs to drown out the machine noise, and always cycle back to Pratchett when I'm out of new books. I must have listened to every book 5-10 by now, as well as reading them. :D
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arkindal Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
You're awesome^^
I was reading the first discworld book but then me and my ex broke up so I was depressed and stopped, I had a reading block, I couldnt read anything, book or comic books because I used to share reading with her, and I just got over because I had some fan fiction I really wanted to read so I decided I just HAD to get over it. As soon as I'm done with it I'll read Pratchett :)
I have a kindle too now so I got the ebooks in English, I've been told his books aren't as good translated, I dont know why but being able to read in English I thought I was just goin to :P It might improve my grammar too maybe! :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand that. I still can't enjoy Star Trek like I used to after my fiancee and I used to watch it together. :| It's a shame.
Try some of his later works, though, if you do read into him; his stories improve over time. Thud! and Going Postal are a couple of my favorites. :D
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arkindal Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I'm goin to read his books in order :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ambition! Have fun with it :)
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arkindal Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Will do :)
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candyexorcist Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
This is truly impressive! It's nice to see people produce non-drawing work inspired by Discworld, and the model cosplaying Vimes is just perfection.
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks, glad you like the baton. As for the cosplay; it's starting to get amusing hearing people say that, since that was just what I happened to be wearing that day, with a cigar stuck in my mouth. =P
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candyexorcist Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
... People mistake your ordinary clothing for cosplay too? :B
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha; the dangers of enjoying waistcoats in a world where steampunk has become popular. :D
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candyexorcist Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, yes... although I personally am a big steampunk fan, so it's always nice to run into other aficionados. :D
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Ryusukanku Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
NICE.

Very well done.

Although if you want authenticity you may want to roll that in soem grime and beat it against a hard object or two so it has that "Doing it's Job" look that Vimes likes all Copper gear to have.
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks glad you like it. :D
Yeah, it'd need a round or two against an angry troll for that bona fide used-by-vimes look.
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Netikras01 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Wow, I would certainly try to avoid having my head smashed in with that if I were to commit a crime at that old time. Vary good details and nice touch with the cigar.
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Back when getting beaten with the law meant what it said. :D
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EarlofChutney Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Looks great!
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks; glad you like it. :)
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EarlofChutney Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome.
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99bink Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Very nice truncheon.
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it.
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sparrowcrazy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome! Love the Cosplay!:D
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
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