A few weeks ago Fraulien von Peter herself accompanied von Peter himself on a visit to The Great War Exhibition in the old Dominion Museum Building, Wellington, New Zealand. From the Exhibition Guide …
“Designed by Sir Peter Jackson and his team at WingNut Films, assisted by Sir Richard Taylor and Weta Workshop, this exhibition also showcases variety of First World War artefacts from museum and heritage organisations in New Zealand and from Sir Peter Jackson’s private collection”
To the above list of celebrities we should also add Rhys Jones – sometimes to be found hovering over a war-games table – who assisted Peter Jackson et al by being the exhibition’s Executive Director.
The exhibition will be continually developed as the one hundred years anniversary of the First World War rolls on.
The good Fraulien von Peter herself and von Peter himself both went a little camera crazy – albeit with their phones! What follows is a few of the photos resultant of the electronic shutter madness.
Despite the maniacal photographic activity only the more photogenic exhibits got any attention. There were many other exhibits of uniforms, weapons, equipment and coloured photographs that are not represented here. von Peter himself has no qualms about blaming the good Fraulien for such oversights!
Many of the exhibits were behind glass with bright lights and other glassed in exhibits across sometimes narrow walkways. As such reflections were often a problem, especially as photos sometimes had to be snapped rapidly in between other visitors – selfish gits! 😎 – with little time to prepare. So some of the photos actually showcase two exhibits – the prime target of the photograph and a reflected unintentional secondary exhibit reflected in the glass. Such are the results of war time photography.
There was a rather busy 1914 scene with a plane flying overhead, a limbered 18 pounder and a London bus. Several photos are presented covering the action.
Moving on to 1915 and a trench scene …
We’re now in 1916 …
The stalemate of the trenches inspired the British to invent the tank. And that Dear reader is a clue as to what the next set of photographs will be focussed upon. Their unveiling will need to wait a little longer as von Peter himself is strongly of the opinion that we have had more than enough WWI imagery for one session. But before we leave …
The Great War Exhibition is not the only First World War game on in Wellington. New Zealand’s National Museum – Te Papa – has also got in on the act with their Gallipoli The Scale of our War exhibition. Once again Weta Workshop are involved and this time many of the exhibits are much larger than life. This offering has yet to be annointed by an official visit from von Peter himself. But it will be.
Paints – the final frontier
Many are the advantages offered up to those lucky enough to call New Zealand home but easy access to decent hobby paint ranges is not to be counted as one of them. Getting back into more regular painting von Peter himself discovered that a not insignificant influx of replacement paints was required. And of course The son & heir has been tottering on the edge of paint oblivion for a while. Time to purchase some more pigmentation liquids. But which ones?
Games Workshop / Citadel paints are not as common as they once were but they are still around for the getting … however … the company insists on continually changing their colour ranges; the paints bottles have a distressing tendency not too keep their contents in a liquid state; and the accountants &/or marketers have lost the plot with their pricing. They have for many years been the mainstay of the paint stocks of von Peter himself but those days look to be coming to an end. Verdict – time to find an alternative.
Vallejo are also easy enough to purchase locally and there are certainly plenty of adherence to their products but their dropper bottle packaging really does not sit well with the painting habits of von Peter himself. Verdict – possibility but hopefully can do better.
Coat d’arms paints. These are apparently the old (first?) range of Citadel paints now expanded in several directions. There is a fantasy range, a military range and a WWII range. There are metallics, ink washes and super washes. They can be bought singly or as Triads – think the Foundry’s base, shade and highlight matched colours – as well as in paint sets – e.g. Ancient Set or Horse Tone set – which provide 10 bottles at a discount. They also have an Army Painter equivalent with their Super Shader range and Brushscape which are textured paints. They generally come in a larger 18mm bottle for £2 that seal well albeit that experience has taught that one must be careful not to break the little tab off the tops else the opening process becomes somewhat more of a challenge. The Super Shaders come in a larger – 60cc? – screw top bottle for £5. von Peter himself has been happy with the few that he has used in the past. By repute some of the colours may be a little thinner but apparently you shouldn’t slop on thick paints anyway … though von Peter himself will sometimes do so as an expedient! They are distributed by Black Hat Miniatures out of the UK but are also available from other vendors. Verdict – to cut a long and getting longer story short 31 paints were ordered form Black Hat Miniatures and have arrived at Neu Schloss von Peter in good time. They have yet to be used. [sigh]
Napoleonic civilians from Front Rank
As von Peter himself forecast a couple of posts back Front Rank Figurines have released some Napoleonic civilians – 2 packs of Napoleonic civilians to be precise …
- CNPK1 Napoleonic Civilian pack, 4 gentlemen figures and a dog. (figs sold only as a pack)
- CNPK2 Napoleonic Civilian pack, mounted gentleman figure and horse + 2 ladies (figs sold only as a pack).
To the eye of von Peter himself these are reasonable well off Napoleonic civilians and not necessarily the riff-raff of society. In more ways than one The dear reader can rest assured that they will be getting quality should they purchase them. So convinced of this was von Peter himself that he has acquired the two packs through the kind offices of Garage gaming Terry who was conveniently sending an order off to Front Rank. It is strongly suspected that the figures in their ones or twos will inveigle their way into the painting schedule fairly quickly. Someone needs to cheer von Peter himself on as he seeks a modicum of military glory. 😀
Of course should The dear reader require some of the lower classes to enliven their terrain or provide fodder for their scenarios then Front Rank Figurines do provide several packs of civilians in their 18th Century & General Purpose Speciality Packs range …
- GP1 Civilian wagon drivers x 4 figures (1 walking, 1 standing, 1 seated, 1 mounted pose) suit EH2 horse
- GP2 Civilians x 4 figures (1 in smock with shovel, 1 walking with pick, 1 carrying sack, 1 walking)
- GP3 Aristocrats x 4 figures (1 gentleman of quality, 1 lady of quality, 1 dandy, 1 portly gentleman)
- GP4 Civilians x 4 figures (1 soldier on crutch, 1 maid with basket, 1 old hag, 1 clergyman preaching)
There are a fair few tricornes in these packs but von Peter himself can happily live with this.
Also a few weekends back Ray, Craig and Michael were hosted by The son & heir and von Peter himself at Neu Schloss von Peter for a little Sharp Practice – the …
War-games rules for large skirmishes in the Black Powder era
from the Too Fat Lardies. None of us had played for a while except for Craig. He had never played! In the end we got through two games of large Napoleonic skirmish gaming and were so encouraged as to schedule another day of Sharp Practice gaming at the end of the month. Those new Front Rank civilians could be very useful for future Sharp Practice gaming. Oh, and sorry … no photographic evidence of the gaming was taken.
And it looks like a Sharp Practice version 2 is in the works. See …
… for evidence.
That’s it. There is no more until the next time.
Until we meet again …
von Peter himself