Today – Sunday 2 September – is the day that New Zealand celebrates that most venerable of institutions … “Fathers Day”. Not that von Peter himself is biased at all! 😊 Most importantly the day provides an opportunity to amass treasures for the hobby. von Peter himself can happily pronounce himself pleased with this years efforts.
Firstly some very recently available Calpe Saxon Foot Artillery to complete some Saxon Foot Batteries
With the impending arrival of Fathers Day Calpe Miniatures were contacted. And great was the news received. The remainder of the Saxon Foot Artillery gun crews were available**. For the record the new packs were / are …
- SA15 – NCOs (gun captains) covered shakos
- SA16 – NCOs (gun captains) uncovered shakos
- SA17 – “Others” pack. Three ammunition runners and three trail spike holders, covered shakos
- SA18 – “Others” pack. Three ammunition runners and three trail spike holders, uncovered shakos
- SA19 – Battery command – mounted officer, two foot officers, sapper, drummer, Feldwebel. (only available in covered shakos).
Three packs (SA15, SA17 & SA19) were immediately requisitioned. When put alongside the artillerymen already collected – see SA stands for Saxon Artillery – and the Saxon artillery pieces already purchased these packs will allow for the organising of a Saxon foot battery … or two. Perhaps a 6 pdr Saxon Foot Battery will be the next unit von Peter himself paints!
The figures have been despatched. More will not doubt appear in these august(!) pages once the figures are in hand.
** Limbers etc are expected in the future.
WARNING – Gossip: von Peter himself has reason to believe that work on the firing line Saxon Light Infantry is underway deep in the foundries of Calpe Towers. This is gossip of a most excellent nature as two battalions of them are required at Neu Schloss von Peter.
Secondly a few Front Rank Austrians and Poles
Whilst documenting the Napoleonic Austrians under arms on his website von Peter himself realised that there was a deficit of a command stand to fit the historic organisation that was being recreated. This had come about because the metal had been collected without thought to represent 1st Amy Corps commander FZM Graf H. Colloredo. With the CinC stand being documented as FZM Graf H. Colloredo a command stand was required to represent Generalmajor Raigencourt who commanded a brigade in the 1st Division. No problem as it was nearly Fathers Day!
An order to Front Rank Figurines – provisioner of articles Austrian to von Peter himself – was concocted. But it was a terribly skimpy order of only a few figures. For a package to be sent all the way from the UK to NZ surely it is only responsible to make it worthwhile? Therefore figures for ADCs – Austrian & Polish – were added. Oh and the figures for a Polish Foot Battery.
Done. Order placed and apparently it has been despatched by Front Rank. Package impending.
Thirdly some reading material
Naval & Military Press are constantly tempting von Peter himself with their books. And then they go and up the temptation with sales. It was all too much!
The two books “Lobositz to Leuthen : Horace St Paul and the Seven Years War, 1756-1757” and “OlmuTz to Torgau : Horace St Paul and the Campaigns of the Austrian Army in the Seven Years War 1758-60” were on sale as a pair and caught the eye of von Peter himself.
Whilst placing the order it was noticed that the book “The Battle of Minden 1759 : The Miraculous Victory of the Seven Years War” was available for a mere £4.79 so that was added to the ordering cart. Why not?!
Unintentionally all three books focus on the Seven Years War in Europe. An omen?
They arrived on the Friday prior to Fathers Day. They were in a box inside a Royal Mail bag that had been placed under the table on the back deck. Keela – that most notorious & dastardly French sympathising Irish Terrier – took an instant dislike to the bag and was growling and sneaking up on it in a most feral manner. Most amusing.
No doubt the books will spend some time in the library before being read. And as an observation the two Horace St Paul books must be the heaviest books for their size that von Peter himself has ever happened across.
So three “scores” for Fathers Day 2018. And who knows what hobby rich articles are yet to come care of The son & heir. A-ha-ha! 😃
Fathers Day – what a great idea. How long until Christmas?
Until we meet again …
von Peter himself