November is well and truly under way so what else should one be thinking of but what one should one get oneself for Christmas! So what items have placed their bids for selection in the consciousness of von Peter himself? Here’s one for a starter …
Cröbern 1813 The Battle of the Nations in Miniature
Given the well read nature of this blog’s readership it is fairly safe to assume that many of you will be aware of the Cröbern 1813 website and the mind bogglingly impressive diorama that was being constructed. The brain cells of von Peter himself are telling him that this site has been well and truly trimmed back and has now been replaced by the club website Geschichte in Miniaturen e.V. This site details two huge 1/72 dioramas modelled on episodes from the Battle of the Nations, Leipzig, October 14‒19, 1813. The dioramas are named Cröbern 1813 and Möckern 1813. There is to be a third – the fighting around the sheep farm of Auenhain.
“These three dioramas will cover a surface of ca. 130 square metres (ca. 1,400 square feet) in all. As opposed to most dioramas, they will present all dimensions of landscapes and buildings exactly to scale, and they will show military troops and civilian populations involved in the exact numbers known for the particular locale and time frame.”
It is a bit of a reality check and an eye opener to see battalions of many MANY more men/figures then the 24 or 32 (or whatever number) some of us have got used to with our wargames armies.
Do yourself a favour and spend a happy few minutes perusing the Geschichte in Miniaturen e.V. site and marvel at the skill and perseverance of this group of modellers.
But best of all for the Christmas present shopper there is a webstore … even if there’s not a webstore in English yet! Besides various cd/dvds there is the book Cröbern 1813 The Battle of the Nations in Miniature. Fortunately von Peter himself believes that the book has been printed in English as well as German.
In words and images, this book documents the history of October 16th, 1813, gives an account of how the diorama was built from first idea to finish and shares the materials and techniques used. The book, with its multitude of pictures of the completed work, invites the reader on a journey to the past, as only a diorama of this size and accuracy can offer. At the same time, the ‘Cröbern 1813’ project provides a monument to one of the many ‘lost villages’ that once existed in the area to the south of Leipzig.
For von Peter himself this book makes the grade as a potential (self) Christmas present.
Renegade Miniatures goes into hibernation
In many ways this is probably a golden age of wargaming but we should not take the current access to a vast array of figures for granted. Take the sad case of Renegade Miniatures. From the Renegade Miniatures website …
Due to other work commitments we have had to close our website for a time. As of now, no orders can be fulfilled.
We shall re-open for business, as soon as we can give Renegade the time it deserves.
Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused during this time.
Glenn and Eliot
Hardly a reason for celebration. Is this a case of use them or loose them? No one should take their favourite wargaming suppliers for granted. Get your thinking caps on and start planning for you own Christmas present purchase … NOW! 8O)
Until we meet again …