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Grave Dancer (Automaton)
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He's dancing on your grave.



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  May 22, 2014
I really don't know that I can say how much I love this one. Great work here David, the figure, the movement, and the comical expression on his face make this one a masterpiece.
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  April 30, 2014
Ha ha!! Excellent! Music fits very well the dancer. very funny!!
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  April 24, 2014
Quoting Ranger Elegost Hahaha, that just made my day watching that :D
Glad to have helped cheer things along.
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  April 24, 2014
Quoting Chris Phipson Must resist... the urge... to make... crude... joke... Must... resist...! Great build man! (phew, that was a close one) ~ Chris.
Ha! There's always a first time.
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  April 22, 2014
Hahaha, that just made my day watching that :D
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  April 21, 2014
Must resist... the urge... to make... crude... joke... Must... resist...! Great build man! (phew, that was a close one) ~ Chris.
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  April 20, 2014
Quoting Sven Jagdmann Really nice work David :)
Cheers
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  April 20, 2014
Quoting XY EZ Excellent job! 5/5
Thanks again.
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  April 20, 2014
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Brilliant. My kids love him too
As I know, kids can be the hardest to impress. Thanks!
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  April 20, 2014
Really nice work David :)
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  April 20, 2014
Excellent job! 5/5
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  April 20, 2014
Brilliant. My kids love him too
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  April 19, 2014
Quoting Stephan N I like the successful movements and the music. This little demon (as I call him) acts on me more friendly than scary. Great Job David
Run from fear - fun from rear, seems to be this MOC's motto.
  April 19, 2014
I like the successful movements and the music. This little demon (as I call him) acts on me more friendly than scary. Great Job David
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  April 19, 2014
Quoting El Barto ! Fun build! I'm with Matt on the New Orleans vibe with this guy. And Tom on the potential for 'alternate action'. I think a tomb stone would make a nice backdrop for him, and allow you to hide the mechanism. Off-set technic gears on his back, axle through the tomb stone, maybe?
I line the idea of the tombstone, gearing could be tricky but I reckon it might work.
 I like it 
  April 19, 2014
Fun build! I'm with Matt on the New Orleans vibe with this guy. And Tom on the potential for 'alternate action'. I think a tomb stone would make a nice backdrop for him, and allow you to hide the mechanism. Off-set technic gears on his back, axle through the tomb stone, maybe?
David Alexander Smith
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Kevin Yoo
  April 18, 2014
This would make an extremely creepy tombstone... Wind up the back and the gargoyle comes to life.
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny Haha best one yet! I really like the half-dumb half-smug look on his face. Brilliant!
Who knows what he's thinking?
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting Tom Remy Very good one! And the music is perfect. But with a brown rod and a slightly different title, this would require parental guidance... ;-)
You're terrible, but I do see what you mean - no I can't un-see it!
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti This is really great and I love all the different comments it has invoked from the other below. Excellent !
Thanks Clayton, it's somewhere towards where I want to get with the automata thing. The comments people left me made me happy too.
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  April 18, 2014
This is really great and I love all the different comments it has invoked from the other below. Excellent !
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 I agree with Tom Remy xd, the cramped pose and a brown stick would certainly add a funny twist to that music score, xd.
You guys!
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Wait... I'm confused? Ha, ha! How could there be anything 'grave' about this?! Certainly not with that music which, Pico, I think is a called 'reel'? So funny and ingenously yours, David! :)
I'm planning a big spooky MOC for convention time. This is baby step one.
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P Another excellent one from you. I must be getting morbid. I want to do that too. Dance on someone else's grave. And I do have a few candidates in mind.
Thanks, and check, note to self never cross Cheryl.
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting Kevin Moyer Awesome work! Just a liiitle on the creepy side, though.
He is creepy, that was the intention.
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Great one David! I would love to have him dancing on my grave, celebrate death. (Sounds a bit morbid, it's not meant to be.) Love the folky look to him, kinda has a Mexican "Day of the Dead" feel about him. Give him a trumpet and you might find him down in New Orleans. You really hit on a nerve with the subject matter and how you ambiguously yet deliberately constructed him (It's not a good thing, it's a great and wonderful thing!) Outstanding!
Thanks Matt. The "Day of the Dead" was on my mind when I built him. And you are right, he was one that was meant to be contemplated.
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting Tom Remy Very good one! And the music is perfect. But with a brown rod and a slightly different title, this would require parental guidance... ;-)
I can't un-see that now.
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  April 18, 2014
I agree with Tom Remy xd, the cramped pose and a brown stick would certainly add a funny twist to that music score, xd.
 I like it 
  April 18, 2014
Wait... I'm confused? Ha, ha! How could there be anything 'grave' about this?! Certainly not with that music which, Pico, I think is a called 'reel'? So funny and ingenously yours, David! :)
 I like it 
  April 18, 2014
Another excellent one from you. I must be getting morbid. I want to do that too. Dance on someone else's grave. And I do have a few candidates in mind.
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  April 18, 2014
Awesome work! Just a liiitle on the creepy side, though.
 I like it 
  April 18, 2014
Great one David! I would love to have him dancing on my grave, celebrate death. (Sounds a bit morbid, it's not meant to be.) Love the folky look to him, kinda has a Mexican "Day of the Dead" feel about him. Give him a trumpet and you might find him down in New Orleans. You really hit on a nerve with the subject matter and how you ambiguously yet deliberately constructed him (It's not a good thing, it's a great and wonderful thing!) Outstanding!
 I like it 
  April 18, 2014
Very good one! And the music is perfect. But with a brown rod and a slightly different title, this would require parental guidance... ;-)
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting Kevin Yoo This would make an extremely creepy tombstone... Wind up the back and the gargoyle comes to life.
I like the idea of this tombstone, animatronic style.
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Nice movement; there's a great deal of ambiguity here, leaving room for our own interpretation.
I deliberately left little more than an archetype.
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting That guy you saw earlier Spookily funny! I love the bent knees, adds a lot of character to the build. Well done!
I wanted bandy legs for my spook.
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  April 18, 2014
Haha best one yet! I really like the half-dumb half-smug look on his face. Brilliant!
  April 18, 2014
Nice movement; there's a great deal of ambiguity here, leaving room for our own interpretation.
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  April 18, 2014
Spookily funny! I love the bent knees, adds a lot of character to the build. Well done!
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting David Roberts This is great. I love the jaunty music that goes with the video. The movement looks good too, especially as it isn't just up and down. I wonder if you could have hidden the push rod somehow? Perhaps by putting a 1 stud wide plate across the box and then building a grey or white gravestone on it, in front of the push rod? I'm not sure that I've explained that very well and I suppose that it might catch on some of the moving parts. Regardless, this is fun and looks good and would be hard for me to do LDD!
I know exactly what you mean, but as you surmised the push rod's angle and range of movement makes hiding it a virtually impossible task. A complete redesign might have found a solution, but at the moment I'm happy for him to be a study.
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting Pico van Grootveld This made me smile ;) Awesome creepy fella! And with that kind of music, who would mind him dancing on your grave?!
He has that cartoon gothic feel combined with that creepy folk art aesthetic. Glad he made you smile... While dancing on your grave ;)
 I like it 
  April 18, 2014
This is great. I love the jaunty music that goes with the video. The movement looks good too, especially as it isn't just up and down. I wonder if you could have hidden the push rod somehow? Perhaps by putting a 1 stud wide plate across the box and then building a grey or white gravestone on it, in front of the push rod? I'm not sure that I've explained that very well and I suppose that it might catch on some of the moving parts. Regardless, this is fun and looks good and would be hard for me to do LDD!
 I like it 
  April 18, 2014
This made me smile ;) Awesome creepy fella! And with that kind of music, who would mind him dancing on your grave?!
 
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