von Peter himself presents himself as back at his post and reporting for duty. He has been sailing the High Seas on a cruise which may have been a bit indulgent but to cruise or not to cruise was and is the prerogative of von Peter himself … and above all Fraulien von Peter herself! And shed not a tear for The son & heir. He was more than happy with his lot stuck at home keeping the household ticking over. Honest! Invaluable experience for the young man!! 8O)
But the Gods of War(gaming) did not totally forsake von Peter himself.
The main à la carte dining room was spread over two levels/decks and was to be found at the stern of the ship – that’s the rear end for you landlubbers. It was named the Empire Room. “Any particular empire?” the more inquisitive of the dear readers might ask while feigning a modicum of interest. Well it’s a funny thing that you should ask …
As already stated the Empire Room straddled to levels – Decks 2 and 3. Deck 2 was the full deal whilst Deck 3 was akin to a mezzanine floor with a big central hole that allowed for a view to Deck 2 below. Both levels had a main entrance door – see above – behind which was a sculpture that traversed both levels and was wrapped around by a spiral staircase …
Perhaps not the greatest example of the sculptor’s or painter’s trade but the representation of a seated male dressed in ceremonial attire aroused in von Peter himself some nagging sense of familiarity.
Descending head first down the central pole was the second character – a woman who seemingly was about to place a laurel wreath on the head of the seated male. You can see her head, arms and laurel wreath in the picture above … and one of her descending feet to the left of the pole in the picture below.
At the top of the pole and fully resident in Deck 3 was the third character – another woman. This time she is wearing a sash and written on the sash were four words – Austerlitz, Jena, Eylau and Wagram.
As a final clue to who the seated man was meant to represent there was an annex to the Empire Room on Deck 2. It was called the Napoleon Room. Here endeth todays quiz.
A bit of this and a bit of that …
According to Front Rank Figurines their website at http://www.frontrank.com has been “upgraded and improved”. Head on over to their site and see if you agree.
They’ve also released some more very campaigny looking Retreat from Moscow figures – three packs of French and Hessian light cavalry.
A bit of an eye opener this one – A Demonstration of Combat Inside a Full Suit of 15th Century Armor. von Peter himself would struggle to do some of this in his gym gear … if he had any gym gear of course! 8O)
The The History Book Man have released their latest e-book – The Foreign Regiments in French Service 1795-1814 – Swiss Regiments.
Until we meet again …