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zondag 28 december 2014

Mr X Montly duels on Benno's

It time to put my statistics of painted figures a bit higher as they are now. As the title says I've been doing some duels at the Benno's Figures Forum. The challenge was to do one duel every month against another member of the forum. The challenger didn't knew who they were duelling and me neither.

The rules were kept very simple:
- One standing or riding figure out of the box
- Neutral background (white, black, blue,...)
- No base
- Two pictures, front and back
- Period or figure chosen by the challenger

To fix and arrange all these duels I needed some help from my good friend Remco, who is the moderator of the duel section on Benno's. He took care of all contacts between me and the challengers. And it must be said, he did a fantastic job. There wasn't a moment that someone realised that I was Mr X.

This will be a rather long post, but I'm to lazy to split them all up. If you want to see what my challenger made, just klick on the link I'll be adding with each month duel. So let's start!

January duel

- Challenger asked for a medieval figure, free choice.
- Scale is 1/72
- I took a figure from Caesar H086 Dismounted Crusader set.
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- Result: Lost

Hardest part of this figure was to paint the white of the uniform. As I always use a white basecoat, I covered it with some grey wash from vallejo. Them I painted the upper parts white again. I'm also not pleased with the sword. Next time I will try to straighten it in hot boiling water.




February duel

- Challenger asked for a Roman Imperial figure. Same figure.
- Scale 1/72
- Figure is from the Esci 224 Roman Legion set.
Link
- Result: Won

This was a very nice figure to paint. Lots of flesh parts, gold, silver and red. Easy to paint, only a few difficulties with the helmet, because hard to reach in some angles.




March Duel

- Challenger asked for a Barbarian figure. Same figure.
- Scale 1/72
- Figure is from the Esci 225 Barbarian Warriors set.
Link
- Result: Lost

It was strange, that after that Roman I had to paint an opponent of him. My first thought was easy, but when I saw the figure of my challenger, I knew it was lost. He added some blue tattoos on him, so he looked much better as mine.




April duel

- The challenger asked for a Napoleonic Wars theme. We agreed on the Scottisch infantry figure.
- Scale 1/72
- Figure is from the Italeri 6136 Scots Infantry set
- Link
- Result: Lost

Never been a great fan of painting tartan, but now I didn't have a choice. I did all I could to find the right paint for this figure, but I couldn't find it. So the tartan is freehand painted, don't be to hard on me for this one.

The paint I was trying to find:


And this is what I made of it:




May duel

- Challenger asked for a Celt figure on foot. We agreed on the same figure.
- Scale 1/72
- Figure is from the Italeri 6029 Celtic Cavalry set
Link
- Result: Won

Again a figure of the Imperial Roman period. This time I took myself a bit more time and added some small things to let him look better. Like the stripes on his trousers.





June duel

- Challenger asked for a Napoleonic Mounted Officer. Free choice.
- Scale 1/72
- I took a figure from the Hat 8279 Napoleonic Mounted Officers set.
Link
- Result: Lost

This is the only mounted figure I had to paint in the challenge. Loved it. Okay, it was a white uniform again, but I think it turned out very well. I didn't have luck with it, my opponent was far to strong. For your information, this is a Spanish officer.




July duel

- Challenger asked for a WW2 British Soldier. Free choice
- Scale 1/72
- I took a figure from the Caesar H055 British Infantry set
Link
- Result: Won

This one I had to paint very fast. It had to be done before I went on holliday. So I was pleased that it was a WW2 figure, and free choice, so I could take one with not to many details and cammo. Just for fun, I called him Tommy!




August duel

- Challenger asked for a WW2 single figure with cammo uniform. Free choice.
- Scale 1/72
- I took a figure from the Esci 244 German Paratroopers Green Devils
Link
- Result: Lost

Painting cammo is not my strongest thing, so I wasn't surprised by the result. But I was pleased to paint something different. Always a good practice.




September duel

- Challenger asked for the same figure of Russian Heavy Artillery
- Scale 1/72
- Figure is from the Zvezda 8045 Russian Guard Heavy Artillery set
Link
- Result: Won

Zvezda has some of the best sculpted figures, so I was pleased that we had a duel with one of them.




October duel

- Challenger asked for a WW2 British Para. Free choice.
- Scale 1/72
- I took a figure of the Revell 2509 WW2 British Paratroopers set
Link
- Result: Lost

Cammo again. Not my cup of tea, so the result was expected.




November duel

- Challenger asked for the same US GI
- Scale 1/72
- Figure is from the Caesar H054 WW2 US Army (Set 1)
Link
- Result: Lost

I was a bit surprised I lost this one. I was very pleased with how I painted this one. I tested a bit of a new technique for me. First painted the figure, added a wash and then some heavy drybrushing. Thought it should be good enough for the win. Nope.




December duel

- For this duel the challenger bought the figures on CRISIS, and gave one to me. The challenger in this case was Remco. He wanted to give me this figure for all the efforts I have done in the duelling section for the past months. Thank you Remco!
- Scale 28mm
- Figure is from Otherworld Miniatures, called Serving Wench 1
Link
- Result: Won

I have not painted many 28mm figures, so it is always something new for me to paint one. And as this isn't a fighting figure, I even loved it more to paint. Well dinner is served!




So these were the duels we had. As a final result, I lost 7 and won 5. I would like to thank to all challengers to make it possible. Without them I wouldn't have painted so much different period and figures! Thanks guys!

Next year again? Who knows?

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- Peter (and that is what I call a strong name!) from (be seated!) "Well, this isn't a reasonable use of my time and resources, but I'm going to do it anyway"
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32 opmerkingen:

  1. Lost or won, it does not matter, because you painted the great figures!
    Ha, ha, ha, tartan paint ... funny, if it were true, you would do a lot of money!
    See you soon
    Simmy

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    1. Thanks Simmy! I'm pleased you like the little joke I put in the post!

      Greetings
      Peter

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  2. Peter, a big respect on this mister X dueling period.
    It was fun, even to loose the last duel against me.
    So from me again a big thank you for these awesome duels.
    And looking at all these 12 entries, well done my friend.
    Lets hope another mister Y will follow your excample!

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    1. Thanks Remco! But as said I have to thank you for all the work you have done to make this a succes! And for the nice figure of course!
      A Mister Y? Now you're giving me an idea! :-D

      Greetings
      Peter

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  3. Wonderful work on all of these - 1/72nd sure is a treasure trove for figures.

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    1. Thanks Dean! But looking at your blog the 28 mm range is just the same! Great painted knights you have there!

      Greetings
      Peter

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  4. great ones, love the Roman best and I'm guessing you didn't find tartan paint :)

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    1. Thanks DEZ! Nope! I couldn't find it :-(

      Greetings
      Peter

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  5. Nice post. My favorites are the WW II US infantry and the Napoleonic Russian artillery officer. Well done, and good luck if you compete next year.

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    1. Thanks Mike! I'm considering it to give it another try next year! That GI is one of the best I've painted for this challenge!

      Greetings
      Peter

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  6. All excellent job !
    It was very nice and courageous to do that challenge !
    I would not like to have to paint Napoleonics figures and soldiers with camos ...
    Many thanks and congrats for all the job you and the other moderators do for Benno's forum !

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    1. Thanks Pascal! We do what we have to do at Benno's! And the challenge was fun! What did you say? A duel with a monk in January? I'm your man!

      Greetings
      Peter

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    2. hum... do a monk a duel ? I'm not sure that's allowed !

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    3. From who this isn't allowed? The Bisshop? :-D

      Greetings
      Peter

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  7. All wonderful looking figures Peter! Great work sir!

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  8. Great miniatures ! A pleasure to see more work of you Peter ! My favorites are the knight of January & the Napoleonic ones ... Well done Mr X !
    I wish you a Happy New Year !
    Greetings

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    1. Thanks Mario! Happy New Year to you to!

      Greetings
      Peter

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  9. Outstanding work Peter!

    Whether you one or lost is not the subject here! Fantastic effort all around. Well done to both you and Remco.

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    1. Thank you Paul, also from Remco!

      Greetings
      Peter

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  10. All nicely painted, Peter. May the Brush be with you this year!

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  11. Some excellent figures Peter, and a 7-5 score isn't bad at all!!! Where can I buy a pot of that Tartan paint? Wonder if they sell it in Government Tartan as well???

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    1. Thanks Ray! Have a look at Google (Tartan Paint) and you will find a shop who sells it! *lol*

      Greetings
      Peter

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  12. Hola
    Muy buenos trabajos si señor
    un saludo y feliz 2015

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  13. What a great post Peter and some good wins, even the wins you 'lost' were still a great standard - very impressive Sir.

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    1. Thanks Michael! Ah in fact I didn't lose, I had fun!

      Greetings
      Peter

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  14. A nice collection, I tjink my favourite is "Dinner is served!"...great tartan and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Phil! Dinner is served is one of my favorites to!

      Greetings
      Peter

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