Some potentially sad news to start with. Hopefully von Peter himself has the wrong end of the stick on this one. He often does.
The website for The History Book Man has ceased to operate as a website, i.e. it cannot be found. A search led to a rather sad topic on The Miniatures Page. von Peter himself sincerely hopes that the reports on the death of W.J. (Bill) Rawkins are in error.
For those not in the know Bill was author and proprietor of The History Book Man which produced fine organisational and uniform e-books on Napoleonic armies which were outstandingly great value for money. He had a number of e-books available with several more under development.
von Peter himself has had several email dealings with Bill and can only report that he seemed to be from the line of the finest of gentleman. The world is most certainly not a better place if he has indeed passed. He will be missed. Go well Bill.
von Peter himself certainly hopes that he has his wires well and truly crossed on this one.
STOP PRESS: see the comments – Bill’s passing has been confirmed by a family member. Very sad news indeed.
Miniature Wargaming The Movie
von Peter himself vaguely recalls a kickstarter raising funds for Miniature Wargaming The Movie. It seems that the movie is now slowly being released to non backers. “Slowly” because as at the time of typing it has been released to residents of North American and is to be released to UK residents sometime in 2021. What about the rest of the world – especially New Zealand – guys?
Any ways the pirating of websites reveals the synopsis of the film to be …
Multi-Award-Winning documentary Miniature Wargaming The Movie dives into the heart of the wargaming industry and reveals the impact it has on people’s lives. The film follows four individuals as they unveil how wargaming affects their lives in different ways: Andy Bryant, a British war veteran who turns to wargaming as an escape; Chris Nicholls, owner of a small business fighting to secure his family’s future; and two young gamers Matt and Adam who travel across Europe in a bid to fulfil their dream of competing in an international tournament.
Finally, uncover the true story behind this incredible hobby with best-selling author Henry Hyde who reveals the origins and history of the hobby. It includes never-before-seen footage with Sir Peter Jackson (director of The Lord of The Rings) and interviews with Rick Priestley (creator of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000), legendary sculptors Alan and Michael Perry, Warlord Games co-founders Paul Sawyer and John Stallard, plus many more.
For those with a passion for plastic figures but who – for a variety of reasons – may not want to purchase a complete box The Sprue Shop may be of service. More raiding of websites reveals …
Thank you for taking the time to visit my shop,
I hope you will find something of interest within its pages. In time I aim to stock sprues for most of the plastic figure sets available together with some of the vehicles produced. Please if you have any requests or just a question get in contact. Many Thanks Steve.
Some manufacturers – e.g. Perry Miniatures – sell individual sprues but if your favourite manufacturer does not then perhaps The Sprue Shop can help. Sprues are currently available from …
WW2 Bolt Action
Pike & Shotte
And as another act of piracy …
January 2021 sale
To celebrate the launch of this site 15% sale on most sprues.
Postage caught the eye …
UK – free shipping (any quantity
EU – £6.00 (any quantity)
ROW – £15.00 (any quantity)
Great if you live in the UK but eye watering if you live in the Rest of the World. Let’s say New Zealand. Any guesses on who might live in New Zealand? The “any quantity” bit is good but the £15.00 is … eye watering. Especially if a mere one or two sprues are required.
Another Wargamer’s Site has been added to the Links page over at that other place … vonpeterhimself.com. This time its is Goat Major’s GÖATERDÄMMERUNG blog. It’s just about enough to make one throw down one’s paint brush and give it up as a bad joke! 🤣
Until we meet again …
von Peter himself