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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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?

Also welcome to some new followers:
- 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"
- Hightower from Hightower's Mini's

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vrijdag 21 november 2014

Caesar H048 The Sea People

Well it is going quite good this month on posting. These figures are the first four of this set I've painted. They are not based but will be just as my other figures of the Ancient World I'v made before.

These are figures who are very good sculpted. Not to many little details so they could be painted fast.

I took red as main colour for these four. Later on I will paint them with other colours like blue, green, orange and many other colourfull ones. The white is done like this: white paint, grey wash and drybrushed with white. Thank you Vallejo for the grey wash!

I hope you like them!

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woensdag 19 november 2014

ACTA AWI British Grenadier 1

The figure I present today is a test painted 1/32 figure from A Call To Arms. He will be used as opponent for my two, so far, Revell American Militia men ( one and two ). The figure is very nice sculpted and painted up very well. Lots of little details, that could be seen good.

I hope you like him!

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zondag 16 november 2014

French Girl Power!

Gentlemen, in this post I present you some nice ladies, who stood their man in the Napoleonic Wars. The scene contains six infantry figures and four artillery ones. The figures are produced by 3D Model Studios. They are metal figures and very well sculpted. The size of the figures is a bit big for 1/72 scale, but we can say that to from a company like Zvezda. And as they are all used here in this diorama, there isn't any problem.

I made this little diorama for the painting competition at the FIGZ in Arhnem this year. I didn't win a prize with it but I had a lot of fun painting these figures and making the diorama. The redoubt, cannonballs and barrel is from Italeri. The little campfire is from Art Miniaturen.

The whole scene.

The infantry.

Three marching/standing figures.

Command figures.

The artillery.

Lifting cannonballs is heavy work.

What do we see?

Now, what was I supposed to do?

If I'm only good for cleaning, I could have stayed home!

She's still looking for the enemy.

A couple more random pictures!

I hope you like it!

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