The fate of Der Feldmarschall was causing von Peter himself a little concern as his blog remained unusually dormant for w-a-y too long. Thankfully it has sprung back to life for us to all enjoy.
The only complaint has to do with the heading pictureS. The site places a random piece of military art as a heading picture. Many are wonderful works and one can quite happily sit in front of ones computer screen repeatedly tapping the refresh key to see what picture will be displayed next. Some are familiar but many are not and though one could use one’s impressively extensive <cough cough> historical knowledge to place many some sort of explanation for each would be nice <hint hint> though perhaps a little techinically challenging.
Another blog that had been dormant – sorry, in hibernation – for far too long was Martin Kelly’s Befreiungskriege 1813-14. Happily the northern winter has broken and with it the hibernation is at an end. Amongst the topics von Peter himself looks forward to are further infiltrations of Calpe Towers and the publication of the to’ings, fro’ings and general machinations of that establishment.
Martin has reported in his blog on Salute 2014 that was held held on the 12th April 2014 at airport hangar like venue that is ExCel London. Normally the internet would be all abuzz with reports and photographs of a Salute show but this year it seems to von Peter himself that the response has been more muted than usual. Hmmm. Fortunately von Peter himself knows of someone local that he sees not nearly enough who was present at Salute 2014 flaunting his co-authored Skirmish Sangin modern skirmish rules. Apparently the participation game was a great success as were the sales and this is all good. But not nearly enough wandering around the convention was undertaken and this is a sin. Craig you poor soul. Many are the questions yet to come your way on Salute 2014 and your overseas shenanigans!! 8O)
The Northern Hemisphere spring has had all sorts internet sites slowly coming back to life. The Calpe Miniatures website has been updated with some long awaited news. There is the sad news of the cessation of a moulding rubber business and the consequential ill affects on Calpe Towers and the scrying of the Calpe Towers crystal ball to ascertain what the next releases may consist of. von Peter himself feels a strong need for some more Calpe metal.
While on the topic of what manufacturers are up to one or two of the dear readers may not have seen the recently published image purloined and presented below for your edification. The Perry’s announced a while back that Bavarians were on their future Napoleonic menu and here’s the proof of the activity that will bring their pronouncement to fruition. von Peter himself has all the Bavarians that he needs courtesy of Front Rank so once again a Perry Miniatures range is not of any particular interest … … … except maybe a limber … or two … or a wagon or two … and there’s always that thought of some uhlans.
The son & heir finally managed to get his hands on the Wolves of the North the fifth book in the Warrior of Rome series by Harry Sidebottom from the library fro von Peter himself. An easy enough read based in AD 263 on the steppes with lots of those mad horse archer types
running cantering around. And there were even two surprises for von Peter himself at the end. Most disturbing. There is at least one more book in the series to come.
For himself The son & heir has been busily reading through the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell in chronological order. There are 21 books – not including several short stories – that chronicle the adventures of Richard Sharpe during the Napoleonic era. Sharpe’s Eagle – book 8 chronologically – has recently been completed and it is perhaps from this book that the scenario for our latest Sharp Practice game is derived. [Correction: the inspiration for the scenario is sourced from Sharpe’s Havoc.] This game has only just commenced and is work in progress but the local Napoleonic collections do not contain any British. So in place of British vs. French we have Prussians vs. French allies. Captain Sharpe is no where to be found but there is a Hauptmann von Scharf! It is yet to be seen if he lives up to his British twins’ high standards.
Until we meet again …