La boulangerie iz zeece way mon général

von Peter himself is the owner of several bad habits. One of them is that he persists in working on multiple painting projects at once. And none of them that quickly. A psychologist would no doubt put it down to a short attention span, a traumatised up bringing, dropped on his head too many times etc etc. Currently on the pigmenting table are …

  • seven assorted horses for various personalities and mounted officers of battalions. These will all get painted with the same colours using the tried and true oil paint horse painting technique. This has a long elapsed time – at least a day between steps – but a short actual painting time. Once these are complete another set of horses will take their place to be painted in another colour.
  • two horses for a limber team. These are covered in too much gear for the tried and true oil paint horse painting technique so will be dealt with separately. They will get painted a colour and then replaced with the next 2 limber horses who will be painted a different colour.
  • some more Saxon musketeers for 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment.
  • a Napoleonic civilian from Front Rank.
  • the cannons for an Austrian 12 pounder battery. As is standard procedure for Napoleonic Austrians at Neu Schloss von Peter the crew have been sent off site for training … errr … painting. The men may be “trained” off site but any horses or artillery pieces are pigmented locally. von Peter himself wants to have their ordnance in hand when the fully trained crew come marching from their “training” camp.
  • The ongoing refurbishment of much of the existing Napoleonic Austrian army. This is mostly replacing tired flags and updating the basing to be closer to current specification. Much of this army is literally decades old and is in need of some love. Thankfully the actual figures are in fairly good shape. The Austrians need to look their best for an event later in the year.
  • a start of Calpe Miniatures Saxons SC3 – Brigade command. Commanding colonel, adjoint, ADC. The Saxons are agitating for their own commander now that Calpe  Miniatures supply them.

Based on recent behaviour these little projects will all get worked on sporadically until one will suddenly be granted most favoured status and driven to completion. Not necessarily the most efficient arrangement but it is keeping von Peter himself happy for now.

As an example of this conduct von Peter himself presents the French pack F18 Regimental headquarters as created and supplied by Calpe Miniatures. The official descriptor for the pack is …

Four figure pack. Regimental headquarters. Mounted colonel, mounted major, adjutant NCO and fusilier standing to attention.

Work on this pack has been slowly progressing or not(!) for “quite a while”. One of the foot figures was completed prior to the shift to Neu Schloss von Peter and the second not long after the shift. The two mounted figures have been sitting incomplete and unloved for … “quite a while”. Scandalous and quite shameful really. But their time finally came and in a rush of enthusiasm and an outpouring of activity they have now finally been completed. Huzzah!!

By way of background The Dear reader should be aware that von Peter himself has a (very slowly) growing French and allied Napoleonic army circa 1813. Bavarians and Saxons support the current small French presence in said army. Obviously command of such an army can’t be left to chance … or an allied general. A French commander was required and now they are in place. Eventually the Petite Emperor will no doubt send a higher ranked commander but for now this French regimental command set will be perfectly acceptable for arranging the Emperor’s affairs.

As is usual for a Calpe command set the figures comprise a natural vignette. The mounted major is pointing out the direction of the local boulangerie to the mounted colonel who is thinking that the mounted major has had too much sun out here in the steppes of the thrice accursed Russia of 1812. The adjutant NCO and fusilier watch on with interest not dreaming that the land that is currently so hot will soon be very very cold.

There is plenty of piping to paint on these models but as is the Calpe way the detail is all sculpted in a raised fashion so it can be picked out with a steady and patient hand. As is his way von Peter himself has used metallic paints for the silver and gold on these figures. Thoughts of non metallic metallic painting have been swirling around in von Peter’s head. The thoughts will probably escape out an ear or two and never come to much. And final thought – the two of gold bands on the colonel’s shako versus the gold and silver bands on the major’s shako are nice a combination.

Helpful hint of the day … don’t forget to ‘click’ on a picture for a larger and clearer view.

Next off the production line? Who knows! And if it’s the Austrian 12 pounder cannon then you probably won’t be seeing them until the crewmen appear from their “training”.  😊

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself



10 thoughts on “La boulangerie iz zeece way mon général

    • Thank you Paul. While nothing is perfect I am happy with them.

      I am now feeling a bit light in the area of Saxon command, i.e. there is none! Fortunately the newish Calpe Saxon command packs arrived early last week.

      von Peter himself

  1. Gorgeous models of which you can be rightfully proud!
    Personally, and I admit to a vested interest here, I think having lots of disparate painting projects on the go at the same time is the sign of an advanced, imaginative, high capacity mind, capable of rising above petty self discipline and pettifogging organisation, open to all the wonderful opportunities our hobby presents us!

    • My Dearest Sparkles.

      You were ever the clever and erudite one. Just between you and me my list of current projects was possibly not a 100% revelation of the actuality of the situation.

      We are men and long may our multiple projects hold sway! 😀

      von Peter himself

  2. What an amazing paint job, I myself just bought the set from Calpe, I was wondering if you could tell me what blue you used on the French, it looks great.

    • Hello and thank you Dylan. You make me blush with egotistical pleasure! 😀

      I struggled for quite some time to find a blue for my French that I was happy with. I certainly wanted something different and lighter than the blue I use on my Prussians. I ended up going with …. drum roll please … ….

      … Regal Blue which is/was from the Citadel Colour, i.e. Games Workshop, paint range. I paint it over a black under coat which I assume darkens it a little!

      Of course being the Evil Empire GW continually reinvents their paint range. Over the decades my experience is that sometimes the paints are renamed but stay the same. Sometimes they are not renamed but the colour changes slightly. Regal Blue is no more but it’s replacement is (currently!) called Kantor Blue.

      I have pottles of both Regal Blue and an as yet unused Kantor Blue. Staring into the pottles they look slightly different but I will more than likely run with Kantor Blue once my Regal Blue runs out.

      Luckily my French will be provisioned by Calpe Miniatures which are mostly wearing over coats etc covering much of what would be blue. My Regal Blue should last a while which is lucky for me … and of no use to you what so ever! 😎

      I hope this helps.

      von Peter himself

  3. Great Stuff your enemanence, good to hear that the brush is in your hand again but please don’t forget that you must also move it up and down and sideways a bit to finish those horses

    • Oh my Gawd Valleyboyo. That’s so much easier. I’ve been holding the brush still and moving the horse! Your way is much easier. Thank you. You’re a genius. No wonder all your figures come out so nicely! 😀

      von Peter himself

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