Snippets of a digital nature

Another digital edition …

Sir Peter Jackson has – or at least his people have! – been reviving old WWI movie footage using the wonders of modern day computers reviving WWI footage from which they are making a film …

 

Spike Milligan and his toy soldiers are to be seen …

 

And because Spike mentions Peter Cushing as a great collector of lead soldiers …

 

As rare look at the Sasanian military

Some of The dear readership may be aware that von Peter himself has a Sassanid / Sassanian / Sasanian army mostly composed of Gripping Beast figures.

Above: Sassanian Infantry of a non elite type. The globe hats have been pretty much discredited but it’s not like von Peter himself can tell them to go and get proper hats on! Gripping Beast figures painted by Craig W. in time for a convention game several years – plus the rest! – ago.

When recruiting the army von Peter himself recalls the frustrations of trying to source information on the army. Well perhaps the situation has improved in a form easily accessible to those able to read this here blog. A Synopsis of Sasanian Military Organization and Combat Units by Kaveh Farrokh, Gholamreza Karamian & Katarzyna Maksymiuk is available online for the worlds education. von Peter himself has to admit that he has only read the first few pages to date but they seemed quite acceptable. One can’t complain about the price. Any complaints as comments please!  😃

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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Accounts of international co-operation from the archives

Look what happens when one blows off the dust and one looks back through the ancient records. What was meant to be a quick paragraph has turned into a full blown post. Sacre bleu!

From the archives

This delve into the archives drags The dear reader back ten years to February 2007 which is when von Peter himself sent his locally recruited fusiliers off to be amalgamated into the Kapiti Fusiliers … … …

The Friday Night Fusiliers was – and still is albeit currently hibernating – a forum based in Yahoo Groups – all the rage back then – and by 2007 had been humming along successfully for several years. Initially based around a few gamers in the Wellington region of New Zealand it had morphed into a happy and vibrant grouping of international wargamers with actively contributing members in the UK, US, Australia, continental Europe and who knows where else. Non competitive, aesthetically pleasing and comradely collecting and gaming were the guiding principles. Horse & musket gaming predominated. Members were referred to as The Fusiliers.

Somewhat contemporaneously there was a “Kapiti Fusiliers” website which Roly maintained with some input from various Fusiliers but mostly generated by Roly himself.

 

In May 2004 one of The Fusiliers – Fusilier Mike MacGillivray from the US – came up with the highly suspect idea of creating a group painted wargames unit. Fortunately nothing concrete came of it. On the 4 August 2006 a second attempt on the Friday Night Fusiliers  …

Mon General,

The following proposal is being submitted on behalf of your fusiliers, who wish to create our battalion/regiment in miniature.

As we have both the esprit de corps and painting skills to produce a fine replication, it is proposed that the Fusiliers will create a miniature battalion/regiment of themselves – to be used in Napoleonic wargames, and designated as “The Kapiti Fusiliers” (replacing an historical battalion/regiment).

– Several members have already indicated their willingness to paint. It is suggested that each purchase 5-6 of the new Perry French to re-create a company, and paint them to depict the French army during “The 100 Days”.

– It is suggested that each painter have liberty in style, to show unique authorship for each company.

– A company shall consist of 100-120 men (5-6 figs on a 1:20 scale).

– All figures should be completed by the end of October, and for the outposts, mailed to a TBD depot.

– The staff in New Zealand will be responsible for mounting them,
creating terrain, and providing a permanent display setting.

– Our general shall assign who will paint the officers and/or casualties.

Various lunatics now thought this to be a grand idea and before any sane person could intervene further refinements to the build had been made – the companies were reduced to around four figures each in line with the common build amongst the New Zealand Fusiliers – and figures were being bought and painted. In the end Front Rank Figurines were the most used figure manufacturer. Subscriptions to the idea were so popular that two battalions were eventually created though it should be noted that a few particularly “ill” Fusiliers contributed two companies. Completed companies were sent to Roly who based them and is the guardian of the creation to this day. The 28mm Kapiti Fusiliers even get out to fight occasionally.

Above: the 1/Kapiti Fusiliers. Photo care of Roly

Contributors to the first battalion left to right are (hopefully!) …

  • grenadiers – Roly Hermans (New Zealand)
  • von Peter himself (New Zealand)
  • command – Roly Hermans (still New Zealand!)
  • Mark Case (USA)
  • Chris Kendrick (Australia)
  • voltigeurs – Scott Bowman (New Zealand)

Above: 2/Kapiti Fusiliers. Photo care of Roly

With any luck the contributors to the second battalion left to right are …

  • grenadiers – Michael McGillivray (USA)
  • Phil Roberts (USA)
  • Scott Bowman (New Zealand)
  • Mark Temple (Australia)
  • Chris Kendrick (Australia)
  • voltigeurs – Eric Veitl (France)

It was an immense surprise to von Peter himself when he found himself contributing a company to the build. von Peter himself can hardly paint any of his own figures let alone paint figures to just give away! The contribution was the second fusilier company for the first battalion thereby sporting striking sky blue pompons. A less regimented look was desired showing something a little different so a fusilier in greatcoat, a fusilier with covered shako, a fusilier taking a sip from his canteen and a fusilier advancing head turned to look at the aforementioned drinking fusilier were ordered. All were in campaign dress as opposed to full or parade dress. A little surprisingly they were the first Napoleonic French infantry that von Peter himself had painted. Ever!

Above: The four fusiliers and Fusilier ADC Peter immediately before being despatched on the 25 February 2007 to Roly for basing

 

But two battalions will be in need of command

Being the mature, sensible and fun loving hobbyists that we were the The Fusiliers went through a stage of allocating military ranks or positions to some of The Fusiliers. The group’s founder Roly became The Fusilier General or as von Peter himself preferred The Fusilier General Sir!. Along with Eric Veilt (from France) von Peter himself had become a moderator to help Roly administer The Fusiliers. For this we both became Fusilier ADCs – and for von Peter himself in particular Fusilier ADC Peter. While chatting about the group painting project with Roly – The Fusilier General Sir! himself – von Peter himself jokingly raised the idea of creating a Fusilier ADC Peter figure. Davout’s head – modelled by Front Rank bareheaded with male pattern baldness & glasses – would be attached to a hussar type figure to create a miniature me – a distinguished looking chap with male pattern baldness and glasses! The idea took hold so Front Rank were contracted to supply the Davout figure and a dismounted French horse artillery officer who is dressed in the hussar style with pelisse etc. Fusilier Greg was commissioned to perform the head swap – he enjoys this sort of thing and is rather good at it – and all von Peter himself had to do was create a uniform. In the end it was quite a conservative uniform with only several kilograms of gold thread to show that the figure represents a particularly important ADC to a particularly important Fusilier General Sir! Some may opine that the glasses have a rather heavy steam punk look to them. von Peter himself would spin the line that they authentic for the time and provide a rather fetching look. von Peter himself would of course be wrong!  😊

Above: The Fusilier ADC Peter figure was based as part of the International Kapiti Fusiliers command base along with the mounted Fusilier General Sir! and the falling – hopefully just slipped in a cow pat! – Fusilier ADC Eric figure. Photo care of Roly.

 

Finally Roly created a tricolour standard for the Kapiti Fusiliers personalised with their war record

Above: The standard of the International / Kapiti Fusiliers with two honours. Both honours were won in battles fought in a campaign played in 2007. “Segensburg” was earned for victory over a Russian battalion and “Biburg” for taking and holding the town of Biburg in the battle of the same name. Nice artwork Roly.

 

Epilogue

The Friday Night Fusiliers Yahoo Group still exists but has been dormant for several years now. RIP. Although it is effectively consigned to the annals of history von Peter himself owes it a debt of gratitude as he has made several good friends around the world due to the bonds forged when we were The Fusiliers.

The Kapiti Fusiliers website has long since ceased to be. Roly posted a notification on The Miniatures Page in October 2011 along the lines of …

The increased popularity of personal blogs over the last year or two has resulted in the Kapiti Fusiliers website not being updated for some time.

As we’re paying for a domain name for a site that we no longer keep up, we’ve decided to let it lapse. This means that from a week or two’s time, any links to the Fusiliers website will no longer work.

The site itself will still continue exist, but not under this domain name (I’ll find out what the actual host name is, and post it here soon).

Even though it will no longer maintained, the site is still a valuable repository of many inspiring articles and photos.

And although it was given another year or two of life thanks to various Fusiliers – including the normally parsimonious von Peter himself – donating the required money the end eventually came.

 

Many thanks to Roly for supplying photos and other details that needed dredging up from the archives and our poor old human memory banks!

The above has mostly been generated by a steadily degenerating brain. If it needs any correcting then please let the author know.

 

And in other news

Just in case you’re interested the TooFatLardies have released Episode Five of the TwoFatLardies Oddcast. Get it here or if you’re a YouTuber here.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A belated “hello 2018”

Great galloping warhorses. The month of January of the year 2018 is nearly a done deal and von Peter himself has yet to submit a post to this here blog. The blame is officially being laid at the feet of the holiday season, the continued warmer than normal temperatures here in Godzone – New Zealand to the uneducated, the pixies at the bottom of the garden and any and everything but von Peter himself! Better post something – anything! – to confirm von Peter’s continued presence on planet Earth before the end of January 2018.

 

Notorious French agent Mademoiselle Keela misdeeds undone

In the prior post von Peter himself alerted the world to the ongoing destructive activities of that most notorious & dastardly French sympathising Keela* and her latest act of espionage – a savage unprovoked and wanton attack on a 28mm scale outhouse.

* The local – for now anyway!! – Irish Terrier.

With the pleasure akin to that derived from spitting in your enemies eyes von Peter himself is pleased to report that the outhouse is once more fully functional … to the relief of many a 28mm figurine! The old partially consumed plasticard base has been replaced with one of plywood; the ground work restored; and the paint job touched up. The outhouse is once more open for business.

It must be said that the grass has grown quite luxuriantly about the outhouse. von Peter himself has no idea why!  😃

 

A rather shoddy state of affairs

The latest view of the paint desk. And it presents a fairly shameful visage. The pendulum that produced a surge of activity pre the Wagram games has swung remorselessly back to a subsequent period of umm … errr … “reduced activity”.  Sob!

Click the image for a larger and clearer view of von Peter’s shame!

So let’s examine what is currently in process left to right and row by row.

The back row …

  • four Prussian limber horses that are – apart from a layer of dust! – unchanged since the painting desk was last publicly placed on display
  • two almost completed horses for two Prussian mounted Feldjaegers
  • just in front of the horses are the ever hopeful Feldjaegers
  • three white undercoated horses destined to provide the horsey transportation for the 18th Light Cavalry Brigade: General de brigade Krukowiecki Polish command stand

Middle row …

  • The commanding colonel and adjoint from the Calpe Miniatures Saxon pack SC3 along with their horsey mode of transportation. Despite an attempted fix the blue is still a little light for von Peter himself so the paint bottle will one day receive a damned good stirring for another attempt or perhaps a remedial dark blue wash applied
  • four French infantrymen to complete the 4/132nd Ligne. The three fusiliers have been undercoated black but the standard bearer remains pristine silver. The thought was to create the flag staff and glue it on as a precursor to the painting process but a rummage through the unpigmented French figure box reveals the absence of Calpe’s F48 pack: “3 Battalion standard spear points pre-1812 reforms. These were used almost exclusively until Napoleons abdication in 1814”. As a result the figure will soon get blackened minus a flag staff.

Front row …

  • A Prussian casualty figure. The poor chap has been like this for years. Medic!!!
  • four Saxon musketeers to complete the 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment
  • a Saxon musketeer casualty figure destined to be a Saxon musketeer casualty figure/marker. Surprise. 😊

Shelf below …

  •  1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment awaiting the final stand of figures

Shelf below the shelf below …

  • the mounted adc from Calpe Miniatures Saxon pack SC3. By way of a repeat explanation von Peter himself provided a small Saxon brigade for the Wagram games. The thought occurred that it would probably be nice to supply a commanding officer of a Saxon disposition for the brigade. This figure on his temporary one man and his horse base is the result of that thinking. If the commanding colonel and adjoint – see the Middle row above – ever get completed all three figures will be grouped together on a single base. No change here either unsurprisingly.

 

From the archives

In a desperate attempt to provide some meaningful content von Peter himself has raided his archives for an image that may be of interest to The dear readers. All the way back to the 30th September 2006 and the Call to Arms convention of that year.

Four of us played a Napoleonic game for a day using the Field of Battle rules from Piquet Inc. The game saw a Prussian-Russian force tangling with a somewhat unusual alliance of French, Spanish & Portuguese. Such are the exigencies of war … and gamers available figure collections. According to a write-up of the game it had suitable highs and lows for both sides but in the end the highs were more with the French and their bed fellows. Darn!

Above: From the safety of the rear areas – is that him doffing his bicorne in the distance upper right – Murray bravely orders some Russian hussars to frontally charge a French ligne / line battalion who are coincidently formed in line! The results of the charge are lost in those mists of time. Click for a larger and improved image.

Above: My co-gamers as they appeared in September 2006. Murray (fellow Allied commander) mingling with Rhys and Roly (French hooligans both). Very deliberately there is no clicking through to a larger image for this picture. von Peter himself has a humanitarian side after all!! Absolutely no one benefits from the inclusion of this image but it tickles von Peter’s fancy to include it   😃

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

PS. phew … got it posted before the end of January 2018

Christmas 2017 news

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Christmas 2017 is looming larger and larger day by day. Hurrah! In the spirit of seasonal festivities von Peter himself brings a little joyous news for fans of Calpe Miniatures. What follows is part of an email responsive from Calpe Towers received on Sunday 10 December 2017 …

The Saxon firing line figures are indeed complete with the exception of the last pack which is waiting for the grenadiers to be completed so that I have enough new figures to make a master mould. The following figures are available at the moment –
S52 – Headquarters pack. Two mounted staff officers and two standing figures.
S53 – Firing line. Three figures firing, three loading.
S54 – Four musketeers holding fire.
S55 – Variants pack. Two head turn figures and two with greatcoat rolls.

The following figures should be ready by the end of next week.
F56 – Variants pack. Four figures, two with forage caps and two with bare heads.
F57 – Command pack. Drummer, standard bearer etc. 6 fig. pack
S58 – Grenadier firing line, two figures firing, two loading two holding fire.
S59 – Grenadier variants pack. Head turns, forage and greatcoat roll variants of figures in pack S58.

S60 is almost complete but will not be available until Jan. of next year. This will be the first of the light infantry packs and will be the Jaegers, a 6 fig. pack in skirmish poses. The light infantry is set to go but has been stalled by conflicting bits of info. Not sure currently of bugle horns on turn-backs, sidearms, officer’s shabraques, pompons or officer’s surtout. Thought I had made all decisions necessary but new info. has surfaced from J. Titze (booklets only available in German) which has thrown a spanner in the works. Will discuss this via email with Peter Bunde over Christmas and get going with the sculpting in Jan.

The firing line figures were expected. The pack S52 – Headquarters pack. Two mounted staff officers and two standing figures was not. The description of this pack has Peter himself thinking of the French F18 Regimental headquarters pack which also contains two mounted and two standing figures. Even in von Peter’s ham fisted hands F18 gave a pleasing result – see below for a recycled picture – so S52 will be looked for with interest.

Further information gleaned that may be of interest to The Dear readers was that …

  • the website will be updated with pictures when the website guy gets some time to do so
  • Calpe Towers will be taking a break over Christmas.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Now about those Austrian reinforcements mentioned a while back

As has been well documented in this here blog that Garage Gaming Terry and his mad schemes for bigger and bigger battles resulted in the Wagram and Wagram II games earlier this year. The need for figures seemed all but insatiable and paint brushes were flying both locally and in off-shore paint shops.

The efforts of von Peter himself amounted to …

  • rearranging the paint queue for Nigel F. – the official painter of figures Napoleonic Austrian to von Peter himself
  • painting any required horses for any mounted Austrians that Nigel F. might paint
  • basing the newly recruited Austrians.

Please see below for a photographic record of those Austrian troops newly raised for the game. And please remember that you can click the images for a larger and clearer view.

The figures for the Austrian Commander in Chief base have been in the unpigmented pile for literally decades. But no longer!

As has been mentioned in a prior post the trooper in blue behind his betters is from the Stabs-Dragoner. They along with the dismounted Stabs-Infanterie constituted the Stabs-Truppen. Their duties included protection and escort details for the general headquarters & staff and acting as headquarters gendarmes in the field. A disinterested greener walks by in the background.

The two single figures are for use as ADCs should there ever be a need. Otherwise they can stand in as commanders or just look pretty amongst the carnage on the simulated battlefield. One is an Adjutant, the other an officer from the Hessen-Homburg Hussars.

 

The additional units mean that the infantry portion of the reserve troops for von Peter’s Austrians is now in existence. Two battalions of grenadiers, a 12pdr position battery and of course their dashing and hopefully brave commander  …

The reserve infantry commander looks the part trying to urge on the men. He has with him …

  • his trusty adjutant
  • a dismounted grenadier officer to aid the 1 to 1 scale humans in understanding that this commander commands the grenadiers
  • a blue coated member of the Stabs-Infanterie. See the Army commander stand above for a description of their role. Even in 1813 he get to wear one of the old helmets.

 

Only one of the grenadier battalions is new. The first pictured has been around a while but since it was photographed along with the rest of the infantry of the reserve it seemed a shame not to include it. This battalion has a mounted general leading it.

The second battalion of grenadiers was new for the Wagram games. There is plenty of information available on the parent line units for each grenadier battalion and therefore what colour facings should be present. Somehow von Peter himself totally got the facings wrong for this battalion in his instructions to Nigel F. Mind boggling really. Fifty lashes for that man! What’s done is done. Sob! Not that it shows very well in the photograph but there are two different greens for the facings in the battalion.

 

Never go anywhere without your 12 pounder artillery … and now von Peter’s Austrians don’t need to. Like von Peter’s Prussian 12pdr battery a mounted officer overseas the workings of the heavy metal.

All figures from Front Rank Figurines and flags from GMB Designs.

 

The efforts of von Peter himself in increasing his Napoleonic Austrian collection were very modest compared to some. But there was more. Nearly all of the in situ Austrian units were tidied up and refurbished. Thankfully little painting of figures was required but replacement flags were ordered and raised and the basing brought up to current standards.

Additionally additional Saxons were painted though not all were required in the end. They may have been in the later uniform but they were actual Saxons!  😃

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #7

A few disassociated bits and pieces …

The History Book Man offer up another e-book

“The Army of Portugal 1793-1814” is the latest e-book release from the The History Book Man.

This popular title was originally published in 1974 and has been out of print since 1982.  

This new revised and enlarged e-book edition now includes the Portuguese army from 1793-1807 and is illustrated with all new colour artwork and illustrations by well known authoritive and contemporary artists.

235 pages of historical background, organisational detail and the all important uniform information backed up with many colour illustrations. And all for a measly £3.99. What could possibly go wrong for Peninsular gamers? Yes von Peter himself is a History Bookman fan.

 

In a distant future

The official pigmenter of Napoleonic things Austrian and Bavarian for von Peter himself Nigel F. is nearing the end of his current Bavarian assignment. This will mean that Nigel will  soon add pigmenter of Napoleonic things Polish for von Peter himself to his acclamation. Truly a proud moment!  😃

Front Rank Figurines will provide the Poles as to the eyes of von Peter himself their figures fit in best with his stocks of mostly Front Rank (surprise!) and Calpe Miniatures. The Poles are a later creation in the Front Rank Catalogue so they come with some variants within the more common product codes and suffer less from the portly figure syndrome of their early ranges.

Normally the beginnings of a new nation would be marked with a stock standard bread and butter line infantry battalion. But a survey of the local forces of the petite Emperor reveals a distinct lack off cavalry so it is the 2nd Uhlan Regiment that will lead off for the Polish contingent.

Multi pose lance arms have been attached to uhlan bodies. Lances have been created from brass rod and attached in hands and where possible at least one other point on the uhlan for that extra strength. A Polish Eagle has even been presented.

Troops need a commander and so General de Brigade Krukowiecki – commander of the 18th Light Cavalry Brigade – his appropriated trumpeter and his trusty Aide de camp have also been prepared for pigmenting.

The lot of them minus the horses will soon be winging their way to Nigel.

Above: The Polish 2nd Uhlans preceded by their brigade command all in their silvery glory. The men ready themselves for transportation and subsequent pigmentation. The poor horses are to remain at Neu Schloss von Peter for their pigmentation.

 

Roly fighting in the library – sssh!

Fraulien von Peter herself happened to be reading the Saturday morning paper while supping her hello morning cup of tea when she spied a picture with Roly staring back at her from the pages of said Saturday morning paper. And there were pictures of toy soldiers and a spiel about how he would be running a demonstration Maori Wars wargame in the library based on an almost local skirmish grandly entitled the Battle of Boulcotts Farm from May 1846. The good Fraulien decreed that we should pay a visit to Roly and his game. And von Peter himself knowing what was good for him promptly agreed!  😊

von Peter himself would bang on with further details but fortunately there is no need as Roly has provided a perfectly good description of his day of high adventure in the library on his Dressing the Lines blog.  😇

Above: an overview of what is thought to be the second game of the day. The chaps in red seem to be getting the worst of it! Much more to be seen over on Roly’s blog.

 

1 to 1 modelling – Leipzig reenactment 2017

Some interesting pictures from the 2017 reenactment of the 1813 Leipzig battle can be found here. A plethora of photos and short videos. And fun aplenty playing spot – or guess! – the units represented by the reenactors.

Above: a nice photo of a reenactor’s Saxon Grenadier shako. Image “borrowed” from http://thrifles.blogspot.co.nz/2017/10/leipzig-1813-in-2017-reenactment-zum.html

 

Quickfire Lardy’s shenanigans

The TooFatLardies have released episode two off their TooFatLardies Oddcast.

The not very tightly held secret project of an impending fantasy skirmish game based on a TooFatLardies set of rules has been partially outed in the Meeples and Miniatures podcast episode 233 – Oppy Wood.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Hear ye, hear ye … Calpe October update

It was with the greatest of pleasures that von Peter himself spotted an update to the listings for the Saxons on the website of his favourite manufacturer Calpe Miniatures. And then on the following day joy of joys his pleasures were multiplied with the discovery of an update in the News section providing some information concerning the future of Calpe Miniatures. The world needs to know.

Saxon listings updates

  • New March Attack Saxon have been released. These have been re-sculpted due to damage to the original masters. There are quite a few figures spread across the various packs. The recreation of this part of the range must have been a somewhat galling exercise!
  • pack S51 – Four Saxon musketeers, prone casualties. These are the first prone Saxon casualties and von Peter himself will be needing several packs of them as they get used as casualty markers during games.

  • while not new listings many of the current listings have had their associated images updated with painted figures – front & back. If nothing else these provide a wonderful painting guide.
  • there are new images of painted units sprinkled through the figure listings and also repeated in the gallery. See the …. errr … “borrowed” image of the Grenadier Battalion Spiegel 1813 at the bottom of this post.

Above: additional painted images – front & back – have been added to Saxon listings

 

Calpe News

And then there was the new News item “October Update” which von Peter himself will fully recreate here for the education, entertainment and pure excitation of The dear readers

October Update

I have finally managed to finish the new march attack Saxon Musketeers as you can see from the updated website. I must admit that the multiple head variations – covered, uncovered and calfskin covers – make the Saxons a bit of a pain but the end result is worth it. I have been asked many times now why these new march-attack figures were necessary when the old SM codes were such nice figures. I’ll explain one last time. The original master mould for the SM codes was damaged by a defective vulcaniser (mould making machine), making new production moulds a tricky proposition. I decided some time ago that the best option was to remake the figures – and here they are! Hopefully I can now turn my back on this and move on with the Saxon range. The next set of releases will be the Saxon musketeer skirmish line or firing line figures. The ‘dressed dollies’ for these are complete and I hope to have the first pack of completed figures ready by the end of next week. I will not release these until the set is complete – probably before Christmas at some point. If things go well, I also hope to have some skirmishing Grenadiers and the light infantry firing line ready for release at that point. 

New to the website is the ‘Items For Sale’ section. Some of the items in this section will be painted battalions of my figures that I no longer require in my collection. Others are higher value items such as the SM moulds together with a variety of master moulds made for this set of figures.  At the time of writing, I am not sure what form this new section will take as it is still in the hands of my website designer.  The important thing is that it will be a new feature of the website. 

I am now in my 60s and quite keen to pass on some of the skills in the trade that I have acquired in the last 25 years. I am looking for figure designers who want to ‘learn the trade’ or update their skills.

Although my intention is to continue producing figures in metal, recent ‘experiments’ in digital design have convinced me that a tie in between traditional sculpting and digital sculpting is the way forward. I do not have the time to properly develop my digital sculpting skills – I recently found a large part of my day disappearing  (pleasurably but unproductively) while dabbling in this medium (zbrush). I need to find competent digital designers to work with to develop this side of the production process. Particularly the hard surface design work necessary for the production of guns and field equipment. I am fluent in Spanish and am reliably informed that over 60% of the world’s population have a working knowledge of either English or Spanish.  This gives me a fairly substantial catchment area for finding new sculptors, traditional or digital.

If you are a traditional figure sculptor or a digital figure designer send me an email to peter@calpeminiatures.co.uk  – in English or Spanish, and I’ll take it from there. Please don’t phone as I am frequently in my workshops where no phones are allowed. If you have absolutely no sculpting talent but know someone who does, please pass on the message!

Finally, thank you all for your continued support.

Peter

The news of the approaching firing line figures is great, especially of the light infantry for von Peter himself who has developed the habit of portraying his high infantry battalions as firing lines.

The revelations re digital sculpting will warrant keeping an eye on the happenings in that direction … though it is the end result that von Peter himself is really interested in. It is hoped that any digital sculpting will not remove the Calpiness of the end result. Then again perhaps digital sculpting may remove the problem of defective vulcanisers destroying masters and necessitating the resculpting of figures!

And finally such a shame that von Peter himself is so totally devoid of any sculpting talent and is so far from Harpenden in Hertfordshire. It seems that a trainee Calpe artisan he is not set to be!  👀

Above: Grenadier Battalion von Spiegel 1813 as painted within the walls of Calpe Towers. This unit is on the ‘to paint’ list for von Peter himself. There will be no comparison images ever presented on this here blog!!  😃  Click for a larger image.

 

It’s all too much excitement for a self confessed Calpe zealot.  😇

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself