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