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25 April 2015 – ANZAC Day – 100 Years
ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is New Zealand’s – and Australia’s! – Remembrance Day. ANZAC Day 2015 was particularly poignant as it marked 100 years since the Gallipoli landings. Gallipoli was not the site of New Zealand’s greatest loss in WWI and certainly was not a campaign that reaped overall military success but it is revered locally as the battle where New Zealand came of age and achieved a sense of its own identity.
So called Dawn Parades are all the rage … except with The family! An ANZAC Day Commemorative Service in Paekakariki at 8:15 by the Paekakariki War Memorial Hall was more The family’s style it was felt. A warm sunny windless event was enjoyed by all of The Family. The similarity between the venue and ANZAC Cove in Turkey was noted – a gently lapping sea onto the beach with the hills steeply rising in the background not that far away.
Afterwards Fraulien von Peter herself and her subordinate von Peter himself took themselves off to the local delicatessen for a coffee and a bite to eat. The aforementioned deli is situated adjacent to the railway line and just down the line from where the Passchendaele memorial locomotive was building up steam and then departing on her ANZAC Day run. Quite exhilarating to see her moving off and choo choo’ing her way past us in close proximity. But we were seated outside and the resultant billowing steam and smoke quickly made us appreciative of the fact that the local commuter trains are electrified! 😃
And Paekakariki’s contribution to the Great War – according to one speaker at the service Paekakariki was inhabited by 300 souls during WWI. Forty of these went off to fight and of these eleven never returned.
Above: The family on the Turkey portion of their world tour in 2009. The son and heir in the photo now physically looks down on his betters. We really should have restricted his nutritional intake at an earlier age!
A box from Calpe Towers
A great house warming gift appeared not long after the shift to Neu Schloss von Peter. The arrival of a box emblazoned with a Calpe Miniatures sticker is always a most welcome event. Contained within were an example of each of the new packs from the latest release …
- F21, French mounted light infantry officers (four distinct officers with four distinct horses)
- F46, French battalion command in uncovered shakos (Battalion command in uncovered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff)
- F47, French battalion command in covered shakos (Battalion command in covered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff)
The two battalion command packs do indeed contain separate ‘spear points’. The standard bearer in each pack carry a shouldered musket as well as the standard. Lucky devils! When I mentioned this to Mr Calpe Miniatures the response received was …
“Yes, the fanion bearers were common NCO’s and all the Rigo plates show them carrying their muskets.”
- S6, Four Saxon musketeers with uncovered shakos in advancing poses (Four Saxon musketeers with uncovered shakos in advancing poses. Two are ‘head turns,’ two have blanket rolls)
- S7, Six advancing musketeers, muskets held at high porte. Covered shakos (Six advancing musketeers, muskets held at high porte. Covered shakos).
Worthy additions to the Calpe catalogue … but I am a self confessed Calpe zealot. 😃
More Front Rank Reinforcement Packs
The goodness from Front Rank Figurines that is their Napoleonic Russian Reinforcement Packs keeps rolling. The latest releases bring infantry in the 1809 shako to those gamers that need them ….
- RNRPK5 Russian Infantry in 1809 shako, marching
- RNRPK6 Russian Infantry Command in 1809 shako, advancing
- RNRPK7 Russian Grenadiers / Carabiniers in 1809 shako with busch plume, marching (above)
- RNRPK8 Russian Grenadier / Carabinier Command in 1809 shako with busch plume, advancing (above).
And there’s more to come in the form of Russian Reinforcement packs …
Lots more Russians, including the long awaited Russian Guard, PLUS Pavlov Grenadiers and Infantry and Command in greatcoats ~lookout for more releases over the next couple of months!
Pictures care of the Front Rank website.
Warlord Games hard plastic Chasseurs a Cheval?
von Peter himself listens to several Podcasts most of which are hobby related though not all are directly related to what von Peter himself practises in the hobby. One such example was listened to the other day and it featured John Stallard – owner of Warlord Games – and Rick Priestly as guests. Normally this would not be worthy of bringing to the attention of The dear readers but in this case there was a little snippet or two of information that may be of interest. When invited to announce any news John Satllard mentioned two up coming hard plastic Napoleonic releases …
- Portugese Infantry.
- A box set of Napoleonic cavalry which is secret for now but planned to be unveiled for Salute.
The first is of no great interest to von Peter himself as his Napoleonic roots are firmly planted in Central Europe circa 1813. And to be honest the second is not of much interest either since Warlord are unlikely to supply many figures to von Peter’s Napoleonic forces … but there is the intrigue of what that mystery cavalry might be.
A little digging uncovered the following photograph in a post on The Miniatures Page – don’t forget to click on the photo for a larger and clearer view.
“Napoleonic Portugese Line Infantry – Plastic 3 ups”.
This fits the look of the figures as well as Napoleonic news item 1. above from John Stallard.
The cavalry in the front left of the photograph look like Napoleonic French Chasseur a Cheval figures and the sprues front right seem to match the same cavalry. And by way of confirmation the label says …
“Napoleonic Chasseur a Cheval – Plastic set”.
So is this photograph old news; has von Peter himself shown himself up as a shonky detective; does anybody care?! 😃
As is the way of these things time will tell. And Salute 2015 can’t be that far away for the big reveal. If it is hard plastic French Chasseurs a Cheval then this should make many people happy as these were a very common cavalry type for the French and certainly would have been doing much of the dog’s work as the cavalry attached to the infantry corps. These will presumably provide a cheaper way to collect these utilitarian cavalrymen for those so inclined.
And a thank you to whoever took and posted the photograph.
It appears that von Peter himself has not been keeping up with world events. It transpires that Salute 2015 was held on 25 April 2015. Yep, ANZAC Day! It also transpires that when one slowly builds the contents of a post on their blog over a few days/weeks events in the world can overtake one. This is a case in point. Apparently the secret plastic cavalry are 1812 Chasseurs a Cheval. So much for all that intelligence work. Some would say that von Peter himself is not cut out for it anyway. Cruel words them!! 😃
Anyways, von Peter himself can now looks forward to the post Salute 2015 outpourings.
Until we meet again …