A little bribery seals the deal

The son & heir's BFK Limited Edition figuresThey’d been painted for a few months. Well … three of them had been. The drummer had been stubbornly stuck at the 83% – as verified by von Peter himself – complete stage. But now they are complete and based thanks to some good old fashioned graft and corruption. The son & heir wanted something and von Peter himself saw an opportunity to get the figures completed. And now … <drum roll> … von Peter himself is proud to present The son & heir’s Italian rendition of Martin Kelly’s Befreiungskriege 2012 Limited Edition Figures.

As a quick reminder or explanation Martin Kelly of the Befreiungskriege 1813-14 blog wanted to celebrate the five years of his blog. After tossing around various schemes Martin settled on commissioning four custom figures to be created by Mr Calpe Miniatures. Who better?! The figures were/are …

  • a bare-headed solider of the artillery train taking a drink and holding his shako in his other hand.
  • a second soldier of the artillery train, this time wearing a covered shako, smoking a pipe and carrying an item of equipment – probably something like a horsewhip, a coil of rope or a trailspike.
  • a foot artillery drummer wearing the Bardin Imperial livery and standing with a foot resting behind his drum on the ground in front of him. He may be doing something interesting like pointing into the distance with his drumsticks.
  • a “Marie-Louise” infantryman wearing a greatcoat and pokalem. This casually posed figure will be based on a fusilier shown in Knotel Band XII, Plate 24.

All the figures are from the later Napoleonic French army. Which is exactly why The son & heir was determined to paint his pack as anything but members of the later Napoleonic French Army! This is absolutely typical of what von Peter himself must live with on a daily basis!! After much scouring of reference books and the variable commodity that is the internet it was finally decreed by The son & heir that the figures would be painted as Italians.

Simons BFK ltd edition figures - Italian Artillery train

The artillery train figures (above) translated quite easily from Francais to Italiano care of careful selection of the paint colours.

Simons BFK ltd edition figs - Italian Infantryman and drummer

The “Marie-Louise” infantryman was similarly converted via the paint brush into a member of the Italian 2nd Line Infantry Regiment … though the pokalem may be an unofficial creation by this particular infantryman.

The foot artillery drummer was painted into a drummer of the same Italian 2nd Line Regiment. The source for the drummer is an image from the site http://www.histunif.com/ … or more precisely http://www.histunif.com/italie/publications/ligne/ligne27.htm. A little bit out of the ordinary perhaps but more than good enough for The son & heir to paint the drummer up as an Italian.

Italian 2nd Line Infantry Drummer

And what of von Peter’s BFK 2012 Limited Edition figures? Shamefully a set sits atop their paint bottles all undercoated but in a paint queue that expands and contracts and swirls around them inexplicably. One day Martin … von Peter himself promises it!  8O)

Oh, and finally what was the ‘thing’ that The son & heir wanted so badly that he was prepared to bestir himself and complete these figures so as to get his hands on it? All von Peter himself will disclose is that eventually it/they will be displayed on these pages. But it would probably not be a wise thing to hold ones breath waiting for the photographs!  8O))

A Calpe Miniatures update

All the current March-Attack French have been added to the French portion of the Shop on the Calpe website.

June 2013 Photoshoot with GrandManner

While at the Calpe website the Gallery is worth a visit. A bunch of images have been added entitled ‘June 2013 Photoshoot with GrandManner’ which are well worth an extended investigation. No one paints a Calpe figure quite like Mr Calpe himself. The above image – shamelessly nicked – is one such.

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

10 thoughts on “A little bribery seals the deal

    • Thank you Carlo

      I’d really like to say that ‘that young man’ got all of his talent from me or that I taught him everything he knows but both are only a little bit true.

      You could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw your big approval of the Italian choice! 8O))

      von Peter himself

  1. Well done to young Simon, he’s put his father and benefactor to shame. It gives me a great sense of pride to see the results of my little project coming to fruition and people getting enjoyment from painting and basing them up. The son and heir’s Italian units should benefit from increased morale when these four chaps are on the table beside them!

    • A hearty hello Martin

      Your project has given us a great four figure set. The son & heir enjoyed painting them … apart form all that lacing down the arms of the drummer!

      Of course what I didn’t mention was the fire and cooking container that also came with the set … and which sit not quite completed on the shared painting desk.

      You’ll note further down the comment chain that Ralph is of extremely dubious character as he hasn’t painted his set yet. von Peter himself, by comparison, is of a merely dubious character as he has undercoated a set. And you yourself Martin are of a mildly dubious character as you have a set that is partially painted – at least according to your blog! 8O)

      von Peter himself

  2. Yes I’m very impressed, and not a little jealous, of Simon’s skill demonstrated here…My vignette figures remain unpainted. But not unloved – they’ve been picked up and given a damn good staring at a few times!

    • Thanks Ralph.

      What you don’t see is the speed with which The son & heir can turn out the figures when he desires to. Well, that is that he is speedy compared to me! 8O)

      So I’m ahead of you in the painting of the BFK 2012 Limited Edition figures in that mine are at least undercoated. Martin, please take note. 8O))

      Though to be fair you do seem to have launched several new units into your armies over the last few months.

      von Peter himself

  3. Hi Peter

    I failed to say how much I like young Simon’s rendition of these figures – very imaginative to paint them up as Italians. I’ve linked this page to my own post about these lovely figures. Hope all is well and you didn’t suffer any damage from the recent quakes down in Wellington.

    Best wishes


    • Hello Giles

      On behalf of The son & heir – thank you. An imaginative decision to paint them as Italians – yes. But also a little bit of youth rebellion with a refusal to tow the line! 8O)

      And I note that you’ve painted these same figures with a somewhat successful result (he says with a huge serving of understatement). For those that don’t know click on the blue “Giles” in the heading of Giles’s comment to link to Giles’s blog and his post where he shows off his Befreiungskriege 2012 Limited Edition Figures.

      Re the earthquakes – the damage we suffered was limited to a single electric toothbrush falling over (we keep them standing on their ends); a glass block ornament sliding over; and a little box falling off my bedside table. We can’t complain!! 8O))

      von Peter himself

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