The times, they are a changing

The changings keep coming. The old guard are being removed from the hobby at a remorseless rate. By way of examples …

Duncan Macfarlane 1948 – 2021 is a name that apparently means many things to many people in the wargaming world but for von Peter himself he is Mr Wargames Illustrated. Many moons ago a much younger von Peter himself wandered into a local retail establishment and spied issue #1 of a new magazine – Wargames Illustrated. And it was a beautiful thing. Pretty pictures, nothing but wargames content and amazingly it was readily available in New Zealand.

Issue #1 was the first of many MANY years of purchases which did not cease until around the time that Battlefront Miniatures bought the magazine. The intervening years left a stack of magazines which eventually were replaced by official cds of the first 225 issues of the magazine plus a few issues of the associated Wargames World.

So much time spent pouring over the “war-games porn” pictures, the wargaming articles, and in those far off days pre the saturated internet age the advertisements. von Peter’s introduction to Calpe Miniatures resulted from an advertisement in a Wargames Illustrated. He remembers being on holiday in the Marlborough Sounds and sitting on the shores of the Sounds staring at the Prussian Landwehr battalion that graced the advertisement. Every figured seemed different and each was a marvel. Contact was soon made with Calpe Miniatures.

So though we never met von Peter himself is glad to have been a sort of associate of Duncan Macfarlane. May you rest in peace Duncan.

For a proper obituary see Duncan Macfarlane 1948 – 2021 on The Partizan Show Blog.

The above photo “borrowed” from The Partizan Show Blog referenced above.

But there’s more

Although von Peter himself has never dealt with East Riding Miniatures the name seems to have been around forever for von Peter himself. So it was sad to stumble across this …

As some customers will know, I have been suffering increasing health issues related to my diabetes, psoriatic arthritis and age . With the passing away of my wife in April it has only got worse (stress related, but it shows no sign of easing) to the point where I can no longer manage basic casting operations and maintenance, let alone mould making, due to the state of my hands, knees and hips. With my 65th birthday only weeks away I have reluctantly concluded that full retirement is now my own way forwards

The various parts of the business, figure ranges and equipment will shortly be up for sale. Interested parties are invited to contact me. Full details to follow.

I do apologise for the inconvenience this will cause customers but I can see no other way around this problem.

It just remains to thank all my customers of the last 22 years. I couldn’t have done any of it without you.

In time I will be restarting the second-hand section of the site and clear out some more of my own collection of books and miniatures. Watch this space.

– Tony

The times – and the guard – are a changing.


Until we meet again …

von Peter himself 

2 thoughts on “The times, they are a changing

  1. Lovely post Peter and certainly aligns with my thoughts as well. The influence of WI and early Miniature Wargames on me was profound.

    • Hello Carlo & thank you.

      I never saw many Miniature Wargames magazines as I don’t think that they were easily obtained locally whereas Wargames Illustrated was. WI certainly had an effect. All those Peter Gilder type photos were – and still are! – truly something to behold.

      My current magazine of choice is Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy. Once again easily procured locally unlike WI now. Part of my reason for purchasing locally is that I like too think that every sale is a reason for the importer to keep importing them which keeps them on the shelves here. My little pay back to the hobby! 😇 They may come a little later than the published date but that doesn’t bother me as there is no time sensitive “stuff” in them that I wouldn’t have been aware of care of the inter web thingy.

      von Peter himself

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