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Diary X: December 2017 v. Dad's Army

Posted by Bluefalchion on 10 Jun 2019, 19:31

The identity of most of the monthly duelists are hidden, but a tradition has begun in the Mr. X series that Remco aka Dad's Army will supply a unique figure and duel each December. Perhaps December of 2019 will break from this pattern? Who can say.

But for the December 2017 duel, I was supplied with a 28mm white metal drummer. I did not know for certain who my opponent would be, although I had a good idea. I asked Remco to find out anything he could about this figure, but I think he got busy and forgot to write back with an extensive historical study.

Here is the link to the original duel:

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After the duel was over and my entry turned in, I learned that this guy was from North Star Military Figures. He is a 17th Century Dutch Drummer, set number GS05. But before that I had to search through as many images as could be found. In the end, it seemed a black hat with a red jacket would be a likely combination. Then I decided to add the green cuffs and collar to make it a Christmas theme. And for some odd reason I thought it would be fun to give him bright yellow drumsticks.

During the photography process, I dropped the heavy miniature on the ground. I did not notice at the time, since when a plastic figure is dropped, it does not strike with much force. But the paint on his stocking above the shoe is cracked! Luckily the voters did not penalize me to greatly for this problem, and Christmas Drummer was eventually the winner of the duel.

The dueling of 2017 was over, final record six wins, three losses, and three ties. I was excited to reveal my identity to the world, but Remco announced that the 2017 Mr. X would be repeating his duties in 2018, so the world would just have to wait another year for the big reveal.

Speaking of which, I just reread the thread where our forum members tried to guess who was Mr. X in 2017 and 2018. I was extremely flattered to recall that some top notch painters were thrown out as possibilities! One year complete, and it was on to 2018.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 12 Jun 2019, 18:13

And don't forget to check out the May 2019 Duel, currently in progress:

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=22676
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 16 Jun 2019, 03:31

And now there is a second duel here in June:

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Posted by Dad's Army on 16 Jun 2019, 06:49

Nice post Aaron, and you did great 2 years as Mr. X.
I am a slow painter and 1 duel a year, and 12 blogpost a year is my personal goal.
And asking about historical info to me won't work at all, I know nothing.
I see a figure, like it or not, and uniforms and so on, no not my kind of thing.
So the december duel is just a thank you from me to you!
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 16 Jun 2019, 11:57

Dad's Army wrote:Nice post Aaron, and you did great 2 years as Mr. X.
I am a slow painter and 1 duel a year, and 12 blogpost a year is my personal goal.
And asking about historical info to me won't work at all, I know nothing.
I see a figure, like it or not, and uniforms and so on, no not my kind of thing.
So the december duel is just a thank you from me to you!


One of the best things about being Mr. X for two years was the frequent email exchanges with Remco. I had a little jolt of happiness each time I see there is an email from you. You really are a very special person with a great deal of wisdom. And I have come to appreciate all of your qualities more and more as the time has gone on.

And even with all my research into the figure, we both ended up with a red coat and a black hat!
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Posted by Graeme on 16 Jun 2019, 18:54

Bluefalchion wrote:And even with all my research into the figure, we both ended up with a red coat and a black hat!


Both of these entries were really well painted but personally, every time I see this figure I think it should have a black coat as well as a black hat.

I can't tell you why I think that, it's "Top Secret"

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Posted by Bluefalchion on 17 Jun 2019, 05:11

Black coats with black hats is a sharp look. So why are they called "Top Secret?"
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Posted by Graeme on 17 Jun 2019, 12:33

I assume that's a rhetorical question. ;-)
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 25 Jun 2019, 20:56

Here was one of the images I found during my search:

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Posted by Bluefalchion on 25 Jun 2019, 21:00

And I looked at one that was similar to this, as well. I thought it would be cool to paint the drummer as French, in case my opponent portrayed him as Dutch:

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Posted by Bluefalchion on 25 Jun 2019, 21:07

And then after the duel was over I discovered the make and model of the miniature, so I searched for some more images to see how I should have painted it.

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Posted by Bluefalchion on 25 Jun 2019, 21:08

And don't forget to check out the duel that is currently running. It's the third duel of June 2019! What fun...

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=22709
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