In his previous missive – Opening the Goodies bag – von Peter himself showed images of the latest six packs of later Napoleonic Saxons from Calpe Miniatures. This time it’s the turn of the French with the latest four packs of 1813-15 French.
To repeat the few words on the photographs first …
- The figures are presented as they arrived excepting that the larger runners consequential to the casting progress have been removed with the fingers of von Peter himself. The same fingers straightened any bent muskets etc
- the figures have been cunningly rearranged between the front and back photographs so that the figures in the matching front and back photographs match left to right. Ahh … that is to say for example that the figure second on the left is the same figure in the front and back photos. If this has not been adequately explained then don’t worry about it as it probably doesn’t matter. Just be aware that von Peter himself went that extra step in the service of the dear reader
- normally von Peter himself would ‘wash’ the figures with a dilute black paint / ink / wash to bring out the detail. This has not occurred for these figures. Apologies
- While marvelling at the figures please remember that they are presented in larger than life size … depending on the dear readers device!
- The english descriptor with each pack may yet change, though the pack number is unlikely to alter.
Above: F50 – Mounted chefs in bicorns
Above: F51 – Mounted headquarters staff – mix and match pack
Above: F52 – Flight of fancy pack one – Tete pack – Drum major, drum corporal, Sapper NCO, Adjutant NCO
Above: F53 – Flight of fancy pack two – Tete pack – 6 man, Grenadier drummer. Voltigeur bugler bugling, two sappers, two centre co. drummers
Sadly not the most illustrative images of the voltigeur bugler but the dear reader gets the idea.
The two sappers of F53 are similar though different. Their posing matches the sapper NCO from F52 and one wonders whether Mr Calpe has thoughts of having them posed together as a group / gaggle / flock of sappers. Of course the posing also fits in with the March attack and Route March infantry poses so perhaps von Peter himself is over thinking things.
And there are now so many French infantry musicians available in the range that the appearance of the drum major and drum corporal were a given! 😃
Hound of Neu Schloss von Peter delays Calpe package and appropriates pizza
To the shame of New Zealand Post the hands of von Peter himself did not clasp the package of new Saxons and French from Calpe Miniatures for a full two days after the day that they should have. What?! … and why?!! To understate the situation such a delay is obviously serious. The arrival of a package from Calpe Towers is not an everyday event and to have that day delayed by two days needs understanding. Painstaking investigations reveal that …
- the package was despatched from Calpe Towers as an International Tracked & Signed package
- New Zealand Post have seen fit to add another sticker to the package saying “Your mail has been held for the following reasons:” and then they have ticked the option of “Dog loose on property”.
Presumably the postal worker was intending to enter the property of Neu Schloss von Peter to obtain the required signature in exchange for the far travelled packaged when he spied the hound of Neu Schloss von Peter.
The hound of interest would have been the venerable canine Laelaps – a 12 year old Curly Coated Retriever. Despite many coaching sessions and inducements he has never shown any inclination to sink his admittedly impressive chompers into anyone. Much more likely is a vicious slobbering which while a little distasteful has yet to harm anyone.
A bad month for the dog. The Son & heir had decided to prepare for himself a breakfast of pizza. He had consumed half of said pizza when Fraulien von Peter herself “persuaded” him to paint a portion of the hall ceiling. Leaving Mr Pizza on the sofa The son & heir went off to paint some ceiling fully intending to return to his now half round meal. The photo taken by a somewhat put out The Son & heir illustrates what happened next. The blurry thing at the left (as the dear reader views it) rear of Laelaps is a very happy but a little worried tip of a tail swaying side to side! The dog got to keep his prize and The son & heir reminded for the millionth time not to leave food unattended on the sofa. What is one to do with young conscripts?!
Battlegroup Kursk available as a pdf
von Peter himself knows of several gamers who he greatly respects that seem to enjoy their WWII gaming with the Battlegroup Kursk ruleset from Iron Fist Publishing. This has aroused an intermittent interest in the ruleset from von Peter himself but nothing ever came of it as the rules had been out of print. That situation has changed. The rules can now be had as pdf versions …
- Battlegroup Kursk campaign supplement PDF for £10.00
- Battlegroup ruleset PDF ENGLISH for £5.00
The Kursk and other campaign supplements are available from The Plastic Soldier Company.
Until we meet again …