A bit on the NZ bit of ANZAC

We are now well past the halfway point of January 2015. Yikes! von Peter himself remembers being told as a young boy by his maternal grandmother that the older you are the faster time passes. A very sage observation but she never warned the awkward youngster of the sheer brutal speed that time could attain!! So quickly on with this the second post of 2015 before the first half of 2015 passes!  😃

Thankfully Christmas 2014 keeps on giving. A box of newly minted Calpe French has been receipted into stock and a second of new French and Saxons is looked for in the coming weeks. Despite the best attempts of The family life is good!  😃

An ANZAC endeavour

Some of the dear readers may have heard of Sir Peter Jackson the movie guy. Said Sir Peter Jackson has quite an interest in militaria and has a business relationship with the Perrys going back several years. All of which helps to account for his and their involvement in a project to create a Gallipoli diorama constituted of 4000 x 54mm figures as created by those Perry twins.

Packing figures for NZ

The Perry twins and helper packing the first consignment of figures

Sir Peter will provide the figures and diorama but the whole show would look much better if the figures were painted. This is where the assistance of the humble Kiwi wargamer has been requested.

See Sir Peter Jackson needs Kiwi war gamers for more details of the project and the call to arms paint brushes. Also keep an eye on Roly’s Dressing the Lines blog for the announcement of the dedicated support site for the project. Even the Perrys have come clean on the project.

Prepare to man your guns brushes.

Turk and NZ 1st batch

Some of the Kiwi and Turkish models comprising the first consignment


Perry Miniatures Heroes of Waterloo vignette

Speaking of the Perrys …

A hard contest


A Perry Miniatures newsletter included the above image and proudly proclaimed that …

This is the first of series of vignettes depicting episodes during the Waterloo campaign for this anniversary year.

Sergeant Ewart and his associated French victims are a very nice set but perhaps of limited use on the gaming table. Then again the set is advertised as a vignette and a diorama so scratch that observation.

Any thoughts on what the other sets could be? Perhaps Wellington meeting with Blücher?

Front Rank Russian Reinforcement Pack update

Speaking of Perry Miniatures one of their competitors Front Rank Figurines has added a little more detail to their upcoming Russian Reinforcement Pack release(s) via there newsletter …

Alec is now working on Napoleonic Russian Reinforcement Packs to add to our Russian 1812 range. These new figures will include more Line Infantry variants, plus infantry in 1809 style shakos, PLUS the long awaited Russian Guard!
They should be available late Feb/early March 2015 – look out for our newsletter!

von Peter himself will be watching for these with interest. At some stage he may very well be needing those two extra Russian grenadier battalions to complete his reserve brigade of Colonel Acht.


New AB Figures website

Speaking of miniatures manufacturing companies … well here’s some news on another one …

AB Figures graphic

AB Figures – makers of …

  • a large and expanding selection of 18mm Napoleonic
  • a select selection of 18mm Ancients
  • 15mm American Civil War
  • 20mm WWI – one pack of British Tank crew
  • 20mm WWII

figures has a new website.

The Napoleonics and WWII are best known to von Peter himself. Truly great figures that put some larger sized figure manufacturers in the shade.

AB Figs French dragoons

AB Figures French dragoons. Remember that these guys are 18mm in size. Nice painting Nigel Fun-nell. Wonderful composition and basing von Peter himself!!


A third Russian building

Another Russian Hovels building has dropped out of the bottom of the production line. A little larger than the proceeding two. Yes – von Peter himself is still on the job sloshing around paint, glue, flock etc.

Russian buildings 1 thru 3

Father Disputin – wild ancestor of a certain Rasputin – looks for the faithful with one eye while looking very closely for heathen invaders to bless with his pistol. The latest addition to the village is the middle building which is a little larger than the other two. The headman’s house until something better comes along.


Game at Greg’s

Not only is von Peter himself still painting but he has even indulged in a game. So … Roly’s wife was talking to Matt’s wife when it was discovered that their husbands were both children at heart and played with toy soldiers. Roly then met Matt and discovered that Matt basically lived across the road from wargaming Greg … and had done so for many years. So much for that friendly neighbourhood then!

Matt plays 40k and Fantasy and was interested in some historical wargaming. So a game of Napoleonic Black Powder was played at Greg’s in the throes of being renovated house. Greg & von Peter himself provided the leadership for some of Greg’s Russians vs. Roly with von Peter’s Bavarians and Matt with some of Roly’s French.

The game involved much looking up of the rules – it had been a while! – and the forces grinding each other to a standstill. von Peter himself had cunningly got a battalion on the Bavarians flank as a game winning masterstroke but the battalion repeatedly ignored the pleas of their commander to charge the open flanks presented to them. The only reason that they eventually got involved in the game at all was that a Bavarian battalion turned to face and charged them!!! Needless to say this would never have happened had von Peter himself taken along his own Russians. Much more reliable troops!!

von Peter himself snapped a few photos of the game in progress but they were all rubbish and not worthy of this here blog or the dear readers so no picture(s) . Sorry.

More of Matt’s hobby activities in a future post.


The Army of the Kingdom of Italy 1805-1814

Speaking of the game at Greg’s there were no Italians on the table but that could soon change. What a perfectly desperate linking sentence!

The The History Book Man have released their latest e-book – The Army of the Kingdom of Italy 1805-1814. From the announcement email …

THE ARMY OF THE KINGDOM OF ITALY 1805-1814 The original paperback edition of this title was published in 1977 with a revised edition in 1982 and was reprinted 13 times finally going out of print in 1984. The new e-book edition has been completely rewritten with all new colour illustrations, many from contemporary or well known sources and finally uses the original colour illustrations never used in the original editions.

Now 389 pages with almost 800 colour illustrations

As he has ranted before regarding this series at £3.99 plus postage von Peter himself considers the value for money equation is hard to beat for this cd.

von Peter himself has a copy on order for the benefit of The son & heir who has a battalion that he wishes to paint up as Italians. Yes he has extracted yet more money from the old man’s coffers. Well done The son & heir!

The Army of the Kingdom of Italy 1805-1814



This post started with a reference to New Zealand’s involvement in WWI so what better way to end it? And certainly this section should not be construed as a naked grab for the model railway market … though should they have the good sense to pay a visit or two who is von Peter himself to turn them away?!  😃

AB 608, Passchendaele

On a hot summers day shortly after Christmas The family piled into the car to visit some friends in the back roads of the Wairarapa – a province to the north of Wellington, New Zealand. On the return journey The family ended up driving alongside AB 608, the Passchendaele memorial locomotive as it pulled an excursion train around the countryside. Many were the cars that had stopped so that there occupants could cast admiring glances and take photographs of the locomotive from an era past. There seemed to be a level of general excitement and appreciation amongst the human onlookers … unlike the cattle in paddocks adjacent to the rail tracks who were high tailing it away from the snorting belching monster just as fast as they could. The problem with your modern day bovine is that it has no sense of history!!

AB 608, Passchendaele nameplate


That’s all for now dear readers. Don’t forget to click on the images for larger and clearer views.

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

6 thoughts on “A bit on the NZ bit of ANZAC

  1. Gosh. It must have taken the whole year so far to compile this post, Your Vonship! The Perry vignette is looking good and, as you say, what might be the next one? I’m sure something else will spring to mind later but what crossed my mind was Blucher being pinned by his horse after Ligny. Another might be the Guards’ struggle to close the gate at Hougoumont (probably a tad too ambitious!).
    The new AB Figures website is also intriguing – no Eureka connection anymore, I presume? Exquisite miniatures but not without their idiosyncrasies (mainly related to proportions – e.g., bayonets as long as the miniature’s legs – that’s a sword’s length! – small horses, oddly wide artillery axles and scale creep). Lovely faces but too relaxed as if in the park trying to attract the ladies – need more a grim countenance. I know, I sound over critical – its just that ….. they’re so near perfection!
    Good to see you got that first game in also – one more than me so far this year!
    Regards, Davy.

    • Dearest Davy

      I can’t hang around with this … I’ve got to hurry as my life is flashing by! 8O)

      Some other ideas for the vignettes …

      – the death of the Duke of Brunswick (though I’m not sure that they’d stretch to a minor power, especially one that they haven’t touched for a while)
      – the “Merde” scene from the end of the battle … even if it didn’t happen (did it?)
      – something from the Scotland Forever painting … perhaps with the occasional highlander hanging on to the reins.

      There is still quite a strong connection between Eureka & AB Figures and the AB Figures website. From the FAQ on the site …

      “What is this site?
      This is the AB Figures website. This site sells high quality miniature figures for the tabletop wargaming or collecting hobbies. The site is owned and administered by Eureka Miniatures.”

      There are more Napoleonics coming apparently and even a new trotting light horse.

      FWIW the biggest issue I have with the AB Napoleonics is the scale creep.

      von Peter himself

  2. Informative post as ever your Vonship – however, I feel a short and gentle chiding is in order…
    Whilst its great to hear you got a wargame in, remember that no photo of a wargame is to unfocussed, grainy or embarrassing to be included in a blog! We’re wargamers – we just need a small amount of input to set our imaginations running riot!

    • Ah greetings my dear Sparkler.

      We do our best to be informative … even if (some of) the news may be a little stale for some of the dear readers.

      On the second matter it is of course bloggers such as yourself that have raised the bar for in game photos. I cannot recall an unfocussed, grainy or embarrassing photo on http://sparkerswargames.blogspot.com.au. Conversely I have seen many sumptuous grand visages of … errr … umm …. sumptuous and grand games.

      And finally we’ll have no “rioting” please. Controlled euphoria will be perfectly adequate thank you very much!


      von Peter himself

  3. Wow, so much info here!

    I have to say, I am a bit sad at some parts of the news though.

    Well I love the Anzac project and would love to take part, but not being a Kiwi I am not allowed to. I can understand the reasoning, that it should be a chance for the Kiwis to honor the military efforts of their troops in WWI, but then they should give the Turkish minis to Turkish painters to paint, so they could honor their troops as well. That is unless they say that the turks do not deserve such honor (which some could argue might diminish the honor of the New Zealanders as well). But alas, that is the way it is! 😦

    Front Rank saddens me a bit, too. Not that it is bad news, only that it comes a few weeks too late. I recently traded all my unpainted ACW minis for Foundry Napoleonic Russians. Between those, the Foundries I already had and the Perry and Warlord Russians I have, this will probably give me more Russians than I will ever need (around 30 Regiments). So no Front Rank regiments for me it seems!

    On the other hand I like the Perry vignette announcement. I love the vignettes they have done around characters like Napoleon or Ney, but this one is even better an more dynamic it seems. I can even even see use for it in a unit. Could imagine it as both a larger base within the units ranks or a vignette to be placed besides the unit once contact with French infantry is made.
    Anyway… really looking forward to what else they will offer this year!

    • Hello Burkhard

      Re the ANZAC project: I think that a big issue with non Kiwis being involved is the limited time available to get the figures distributed, painted and incorporated into the diorama. The last I heard it is not totally impossible that you may get to apply some paint to some of the figures but it is a very very VERY slim chance.

      30 Regiments of figures! Wow, that’s some collection of Russians you’ve got there. I too have most of the figures I need for my (current) plans … though my collection pales in comparison to yours. I do need a few more battalions at some stage. With some manufacturers I would get some of the new figures soon after they were released and before the moulds get a bit suspect but with Front Rank this has never been a problem in my experience. So no rush required.

      Yes it will be interesting to see what other vignettes the Perrys come up with. The anniversary of the battle is approaching so perhaps we won’t have to wait too long to see what they have in mind.

      von Peter himself

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