Presenting General de brigade Zoltowski

Polish General de brigade Zoltowski has arrived to take command of the infantry component of the 27th (Polish) Division and immediately his staff are keen to draw a pressing point to his attention …

The figures are all from Front Rank Figurines Polish range. The “General of Division in bicorn” figure is used for Zoltowski with the mounted “Aide de Camp, pointing” and the “Officer standing pointing” on foot providing his assistants.

The more knowledgable of The dear readers will have noticed that General de brigade Zoltowski has a fine set of white feathers adorning his bicorne … and that a general de brigade should have black feathers leaving the white feathers to the superior General de division. von Peter himself has decide to allow Zoltowski to keep his flashy white feathers. At least for now.

Pigmentation of the men actioned Nigel Fun-nell. Horse painting, figure selection, choreography and basing by von Peter himself. The latter gentleman(?) is to blame for the mould line on the ADC’s horses from left leg. Irritating but apparently that’s what you get when modelling in short bursts with a lack of concentration.

Click on the above three images for a larger and clearer view.

Or perhaps the staff have just spotted Wally hiding out behind a building and are pointing him out!!

And as a final unveiling the Oak Tree trying to intrude in the photographs is the latest addition to the vegetation stocks from the plant nursery of von Peter himself.

More Poles to come. Hopefully soonish.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #16

There are more figure unveilings of a Polish nature planned but life is a little hectic right now. A little is presented right here and right now to keep The dear readers “warm” as the marketers would say …

 

Yet more Brunswickers

Front Rank Figurines have released another tranche of their Napoleonic Brunswickers. This time it’s the turn of the …

  • Light Infantry – marching and firing packs and command packs for each
  • Avantgarde Light Infantry – a firing pack and a command pack
  • Avantgarde Jagers – a skirmishing pack and a command pack.

All packs are £7.80 inclusive of VAT.

Above: Code BWNRPK9 – Brunswick Light Infantry, marching

Above: Code BWNRPK13 – Brunswick Avantgarde Light Infantry, Command standing

Above: Code BWNRPK15 – Brunswick Avantgarde Jagers, skirmishing

And there are apparently more releases for the Brunswickers over the coming weeks.

Pictures borrowed from the Front Rank website.

 

Yet more plastic Napoleonics

Victrix Ltd are working on some more plastic Napoleonics. This time it’s the turn of the Bavarians …

Our sculptors have been working hard to produce this splendid Bavarian line infantry figure.
At present the plan is to create a 36 man march attack set including 4 dynamic command figures. The command element will comprise officer, standard bearer, sergeant and drummer””. There will be a number of options such as extra arms, back packs with cooking pots and even an arm option smoking a large Bavarian pipe. This is very much work in progress and other variations may be added as we develop this set.
The figure represents the Bavarian infantry from 1809, when they adopted more of a French style kit instead of the slung backpack. We went for the gaiters as they look great, although both gaiter and trousers were worn in the field.
There will be head options with plumes and facial hair for Grenadiers and sharp shooters. It will probably take up to a couple of months to get all this sculpted but we will be posting regular progress updates.

Above: a work in progress view of the Bavarian infantry. click for a larger and clearer view

 

Yet more gardening

The latest gardening has resulted in a 4Ground  TSM-101 1 x Mature Willow & Base being available to fight around and over.

Above: some Front Rank Figurines Poles of the 1/2 Line Infantry Regiment are shanghaied into providing a size reference. Notice that the grenadiers are a little fuzzy having found a stash of Russian vodka the previous evening! 🤣 Click for a larger view.

 

Website woes

The website of von Peter himself – as opposed to the blog currently being read – is undergoing some woes which reveal themselves mostly as missing images. When life allows this will be “corrected”. It is also due some updates. D’oh!

 

A new way to fight ancient skirmishers

The TooFatLardies Infamy, Infamy! rules are available for preorder in the form of various bundles.

Infamy, Infamy! is a game that will, ultimately, be divided into three parts. This is the first rule book which covers Rome’s conflicts with the western barbarian between 60 BC and AD 100. Covered in the rules are lists for Late Republican forces that can be used for Caesar and his campaigns in Gaul and Britannia and against the German tribes raiding across the Rhine. The Early Imperial Roman lists are perfect for the conquest of Britannia under Claudius and the continuing campaigns through to Agricola’s conquest of the North and beyond. The British lists cover the period from Caesar’s invasions through to Mons Graupius, including lists for Boudicca’s revolt. Gallic lists cover the classic period of conquest of the Gallic Wars with the Belgea and Aquitani represented and make every effort to reflect the more advanced culture of the Gauls. The Germans, on the other hand, are the ultimate Barbarians, with lists for the tribes of the Rhineland and those of the dark forests of Germania Magna and for the Batavian Revolt.

The rules are scheduled for release on Monday 29th June.

See “Infamy, Infamy! Advanced Order Now Available” for details on the bundles. At the time of “going to press” they can be purchased here.

As is their way TooFatLardies have embraced modern technology with videos of setup and game play …

By the time The dear readers consume digest this there will probably be more. Perhaps a “Infamy, Infamy! The Movie Part Four”?!

Stop Press 25 June 2020: Infamy, Infamy! The Movie, Part Four has been released.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Snippets #15

A few odds and ends.

Front Rank Brunswickers

Front Rank Figurines have released their first Napoleonic Brunswickers. They come as six mixed figure Reinforcement Packs or as multiple pack Reinforcement Sets of 36 figures.

Above: Code BWNRPK2 – Brunswick Oels Jagers/Leib Battalion, Command advancing

The initial release provides for the Oels Jagers/Leib Battalion and the Line Infantry. Both types get …

  • marching other ranks
  • marching command
  • firing line other ranks
  • command standing.

All packs £7.80 (incl. VAT).

Above: Code BWNRPK3 – Brunswick Oels Jagers/Leib Battalion, Firing line

The two images above “borrowed” from Front Rank Figurines.

 

Victrix French Imperial Guard Lancers

Victrix Ltd have released their plastic French Napoleonic Imperial Guard Lancers

This fabulous set represents Napoleons lancers of the Guard, The Polish (Blue) and Dutch (Red) regiments. They fought in Spain, Europe and Russia and finally at Waterloo with great distinction.

You can also use these for numerous other nations lancers with a little conversion work you can make Prussians, Polish Line Lancers, Lancers De Berg and Russian lancers to name but a few!

We think this is one of our greatest sets to date, the detail is superb and the figures are packed with animation and character.

For your £26.95 you get 12 multipart and possibly multi posable(?) figures which can create some impressively dynamic figures …

Both images above “borrowed” from Victrix Ltd.

These are far from a surprise as their creation has been widely signalled on the web for a while now. von Peter himself has a need for two regiments of Polish lancers which these figures could potentially have provisioned but figures for those regiments have already been secured. And miraculously one of those regiments has even been pigmented. And von Peter himself is quite happy with the metal figures he has.

 

Possibly of some help with figure photography

von Peter himself stumbled across Photography for Wargamers from Henry Hydes publishing arm Gladius Publications

Photography for Wargamers by Henry Hyde

A compilation of articles on digital photography which, as editor, I originally wrote for Miniature Wargames with Battlegames.

The first article, “Digital Photography for Wargamers”, was published in issue 361 – the very first of the new, combined magazine – in May 2013. The series of three “Wargames Photography” pieces appeared in issues 377, 378 and 379 (October, November and December 2014) after numerous appeals from readers for more in depth information on the subject.

These guides contain a great deal of information that is timeless: the principles of taking a good photograph of any kind, including those of our miniature soldiery arrayed on beautiful terrain, remain exactly the same as they were when my father, as a professional photographer back in the 1960s, pointed his lens at a captivating view or an interesting face. I hope, therefore, that you will find this collection of value for some time to come, regardless of the equipment you use and where and when you use it.

All profits from the sale of this guide will go to the Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal.

And don’t some of us need all the help we can get with our figure photography! For the princely sum of 1.99USD for a pdf with all profits going to the Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal what could go wrong?

Well of course there is always something that could go wrong. When trying to purchase said pdf von Peter himself could not seem do so without the payment system wanting further details so that it could set up a PayPal account. von Peter himself does not want to create a PayPal account. A message has been sent to Henry Hyde asking for directives &/or assistance. Henry is investigating. It seems like a lot effort for a 1.99USD pdf but if all purchases from Henry’s Gladius Publications behave the same way he may be missing out on sales. Or perhaps von Peter himself is just doing something wrong.

STOP PRESS: Henry has sorted von Peters PayPal problem. You can pay either using PayPal or Stripe now. von Peter himself successfully used Stripe to pay.

 

Hobby gardening

A brace of TSM-103 Mature Oak Trees from 4Ground have joined the miniature shrubbery at Neu Schloss von Peter. Their lot will be to be hidden behind, shot at etc etc. Why the little plastic acorns bothered is a moot point!  😃

von Peter himself took the clickable quick photo above of said Oak Trees and though he may complain of the sun not playing the game etc etc it is a fine illustration of why the Photography for Wargamers book may prove to be of considerable benefit!  🤣

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Welcome to the 4/132 Ligne

On the 24 September 2013 at 11:16pm von Peter himself took a photo of the 4th battalion of the 132 Ligne as it then stood. Five companies were present which left one to paint to complete the battalion. The four figures of the second fusilier company were all that stood in the way of a complete 4/132 Ligne battalion.

On 6 May 2020 von Peter himself was finally able to take a photo of the completed 4/132 Ligne battalion. As the actress said to the bishop – “OMG!”.

The second fusilier company with their rather pleasing sky blue tufts atop their shakos and incidentally carrying the battalions fanion – flag for those not in the know – have been waiting quite a while for their pigmentation to be complete. von Peter himself is nothing if not the master of under statement! They got caught up in the current clean-up of the painting desk to their amazement. Part of the problem was that the battalion played in many games quite happily – if not always successfully – without its second fusilier company. So other seemingly more pressing painting tasks were undertaken as the poor fusiliers of the second company watched on. But no longer.

Click the image for a larger and clearer view.

Perhaps surprisingly the 4/132 Ligne is the first French battalion that von Peter himself has ever pigmented. And perhaps even more surprisingly the first French battalion von Peter himself has ever owned – at least in 28mm. Call himself a Napoleonic gamer! Bah!! More battalions are to follow. The local forces of that Corsican emperor chap are comprised of Bavarians, Saxons & Poles and they sure would appreciate more actual French support in fighting the emperor’s battles.

On a more esoteric level the local basing standard works well for the French. Six bases of four figures neatly accommodates the six companies of a French Ligne or Légère battalion on a one to one basis. Each stand represents a complete company with it’s company distinctives. Absolutely wonderful if one is anal about such things.

Of course the figures are sourced from Calpe Miniatures. The self confessed zealotry continues. The fanion – not that the photo reveals much of it – is from GMB Designs.

For a little more detail on where this battalion fits into greater French designs head on over to the Napoleonic French Army Inspections page on von Peter’s website.

Now … what else lurks pushed to the back on the painting desk?

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

The woods for the trees

In a fit of enthusiasm some hobby gardening has been undertaken with the results below excluding the middle base which was already in stock. They are all 4Ground Trees and von Peter himself likes them. Unfortunately since their restructuring 4Ground no longer sell them. An email back in August 2019 elicited the response …

Thank you for your enquiry. We are not currently selling the trees, but hope to be selling them again in the near future.

A further enquiring email was sent a couple of days ago and elicited the following response.

Thank you for your enquiry. We are not currently selling the trees, but we have been looking back into getting more we are hoping for mid summer but it depends on the lockdown and supplies.

So there is hope that more will be be available to be procured in the future. Fortunately local distributer MightyApe were able to provide some of the trees below from their ever decreasing stock and there are a couple of Mature Oak Trees making their way to Neu Schloss von Peter at this very moment.

The trees are supplied as simple kits. A set/kit comprises several mdf pieces – a base plate, a plate for gluing on top of the base plate with holes for the tree bases and the round tree bases themselves to which one must glue the one piece tree. Perhaps the following image “borrowed” from 4Ground gives The dear reader some insights …

Ground filling/texturing, painting and flocking completes the deal. The smallest trees come in sets of five, larger in sets of three, larger yet in sets of two and the largest as singles. The trees can be placed individually on the table or in their multi tree base.

From left to right in the image above …

  • TSM-107: 5 Young Ash Trees
  • TSM-104: 4 Oak/Beech Trees
  • TSM-???: 3 Young Chestnut Trees. These were completed September 2017!
  • TSM-106: 2 Mature Ash Trees
  • TSM-112: 2 Mature Chestnut Trees

All up … very pleasing.

 

 

Another Austrian AD

This poor ADC has been awaiting his horse for a while. One hopes that much wining, dining and general carousing were had while he waited impatiently on the painting desk for his ride to come to fruition. And now it has. And now he can be shown amongst some very topical trees

The man painted by Napoleonic Austrian painter to von Peter himself – Nigel Fun-nell. Horse and basing locally arranged at Neu Schloss von Peter.

 

Bavarian upgrades

Whilst taking photos of trees, an Austrian ADC etc the opportunity to replace a couple of fairly rubbish photos of a couple of Bavarian battalions for vonpeterhimself.com was taken. And here they be to save The dear Readers from having to travel over to that other place to see them.

First up is 2/3rd Prinz Carl Infantry Regiment …

Next up von Peter himself presents the reimaged 2/8th Herzog Pius Infantry Regiment …

All images are clickable for a larger clearer view.

 

Podcast corner

Finally this COVID-19 thing and associated lockdown really is a bit of utter rubbish, albeit necessary rubbish. Amongst the coping strategies of von Peter himself is listening to podcasts. Two new finds that may be of interest …

History From Home Archive

Dan Hill is a military historian who is currently hosting a weekly historical chat – History From Home. Upcoming topics include …

  • Dr Phil Weir on The Battle Of The Atlantic
  • Alex Owen on The Battle Of Waterloo
  • James Holland On Normandy 1944
  • Ben Mayne On The Battle Of Bosworth

But you don’t have to listen to them live as there is an Archive of them. von Peter himself has consumed the Kate Jamieson on The Battle of Trafalgar and there are several others on the to-do list.

Note that while von Peter himself happily listened to the Trafalgar episode relevant images are displayed on the screen.

Napoleon: The Man and the Myths

Self explanatory really. Five 15 minute episodes from the BBC on Napoleon: The Man and the Myths. von Peter himself would take exception with some of the statements but isn’t that true for everyone on anything when it comes to Napoleon?!

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Saxon Lights march attack from Calpe Towers

Yet another public service announcement from the electronic pen of von Peter himself. Just a quickie … and you’re welcome!

Calpe Miniatures have done us all an inestimable service by releasing the march attack Saxon Light Infantry to go along with those firing line / skirmishing packs already released …

  • S67 – Six Saxon light infantry figures in march-attack poses. All wear the black shako cover
  • S68 – Four Saxon Light Infantry figures in march-attack poses. All wear calfskin shako covers
  • S69 – Four Saxon light infantry in march-attack poses. Two head turn variants and two with greatcoat rolls
  • S70 – Four Saxon light infantry figures in march-attack poses. Two figures in forage caps, one bareheaded and one with a bandaged head.

As a bonus pack there is also …

  • S71 – Four Saxon Light Infantry figures in march-attack poses. Two enthusuastic figures and two falling casualties.

which von Peter himself suspects will work equally well with both march attack and firing line / skirmisher units.

Any / all of The dear readership should feel free to place an order for any / all of these new packs with zero guilt. von Peter himself has already placed his order so you shouldn’t impede the processing of that rather important order. A-ha-ha!

 

With any luck von Peter himself will be back in several days with a more normal broadcast.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Lock down – what good is it anyway?

It’s been nearly two weeks of the official Covid-19 lock down here in New Zealand. Though he is working from home surely von Peter himself has managed to bestir himself and use some of that time to progress things of a wargaming hobby nature. “Hell yeah” is the answer to that particular question though not in ways expected.

 

Dealing to Slingshot

The stack of unread Slingshot magazines – the Journal of the Society of Ancients – has been whittled down to one almost completely read issue. When the time came to sign up for another year of society membership a little humming and ha’ing was undertaken but ultimately the money was spent for the year’s membership. Like all magazines the articles in Slingshot may not always be of direct interest but they are usually satisfying reading and having paid for them von Peter himself makes sure to read every word! To be honest much of the whittling down of unread issues occurred pre lock down but not all so diminishing the pile of unread goes into the lock down hobby achievement pile.

 

Magnets

von Peter himself has long been a proponent of magnetising his figure bases. It makes transporting figures so much simpler. Unconscionably the practice of actually magnetising the 28mm Napoleonic collection had slipped somewhat due to a shortage of magnetic material that remained un-remedied for a period of time. Outrageous. Magnetic material was duly acquired only to be placed mostly unused in the bag with the plywood base supply. Cue more righteous outrage.

Finally a move was made to magnetise a unit. Then another. Then a casualty base. And then more units, casualties and command stands were called up for the “treatment”. From the lowliest casualty to the highest ranked local Austrian – FZM Graf H. Colloredo and his staff – many have been dealt too. To date 68 bases have been dealt to. Phew. But the unglamorous work is never done and there’s more to do. Mostly the bigger bases – at least one artillery battery and a few command stands – which require more substantial magnetic substrate.

 

18mm delights from the past

When Nigel Fun-New returned the latest tranch of his 28mm Napoleonic pigmentation efforts on behalf of von Peter himself– the 1/4th Polish Infantry Regiment and a few Austrian command types – he included three battalions of 18mm AB Figures. These were somewhat of a surprise.

Way back in time a few Wellington based gamers dreamt up a scheme to play Napoleonic games in 10mm. But those far sighted gamers were ahead of their time. Several 10mm manufacturers were discovered. Some of them were contacted but to no avail. Pendraken Miniatures and their like did not then exist … or at least we didn’t find them. While searching for a suitable 10mm manufacturer the wonderful 18mm AB Figures hove into view and suddenly we were starting an 18mm project.

Unfortunately the project quickly ended up being of the stillborn variety. von Peter himself had purchased some figures and distributed a portion of them to the aforementioned Nigel F. for pigmentation. And numerous figures had been returned very nicely painted. When The family went to the UK for a year more figures were sent to Nigel. There was never pressure to get them back as there was always a 28mm unit that was required. Finally Nigel got fed up being a holding pen for 18mm figures and he painted those three battalions of 18mm AB Figures that arrived like a long lost memory …

Above: the three battalions of long lost soldiery. Two battalions of Saxon Light Infantry and some spares plus a battalion of Bavarian Light Infantry

The idea of the smaller scale – 10mm then 18mm figures – was to play a higher level game with a base representing a battalion of infantry, a cavalry regiment or half for those double sized cavalry regiments, or a battery. The figures could be mounted however one wanted on the base. It was foreseen that the level of rules would not be too concerned with individual unit formation.

Having received those three battalions and being incarcerated under the lock down von Peter himself came over all curious and dug out (all?) of the previously pigmented 18mm soldiery. The two boxes of them discovered are on display below. The figures are all either Saxons or French. They are all blue tacked to temporary bases and the bases stuck to the box for the move to Neu Schloss von Peter. As can be seen only one base has been completed – a yellow faced regiment of French dragoons.

Above: a closer up look at the yellow faced French dragoons preparing to move out from a Russian village having thoroughly “searched” it. The photo dates from November 2006. Yikes!

Besides the 18mm figures von Peter himself procured a “bunch” of 18mm real estate both Western/Central European and Russian. Even better Craig W. pigmented them with his usual aplomb …

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that von Peter himself may complete the basing of these even littler soldiers. Or at least start the completion of the basing. Nigel F. still has some unpigmented 18mm figures and there are certainly more unpigmented ones here at Neu Schloss von Peter. Hmmm. I wondered what the future holds.

 

The next locally pigmented unit

There are several outstanding pigmentation projects on the painting desk of von Peter himself. But they are all small bananas. What is needed is the next unit that needs bringing to life. There were many temptations. A battalion of the newly released Saxon Light Infantry? Or perhaps a battalion of Saxon Grenadiers? But the Saxons have been spoilt lately. What about the Prussians. They have lingered unloved for too long. The second battalion of musketeers or a regiment of cavalry? In the end the second battalion of the 4th Reserve Infantry in their British supplied Portuguese styled uniform got the pick. With all that damned lace and piping they will no doubt wrench a curse or two from von Peter himself as they get pigmented. But all that lace and piping won’t go away and the unit is needed for the hard pressed men of the 3rd Prussian Brigade of 1813.

It is to be hoped that the appropriate blue can be identified. You know – the same one as on the first battalion. Gulp.

Above: The 1/4th Reserve Infantry Regiment behind what is hoped will transform into the 2/4th Reserve Infantry Regiment. The muskets – and accompanying hands! – are for the six Trail Arms figures in the second battalion

 

What needs to move off the painting desk?

So what is currently residing on the painting desk? Errr …ummm, please excuse the dust!

Back row left to right …

  • a fantasy mounted knight. His chances of further pigmentation the near future are tending towards zero but there he sits forlornly waiting
  • the next four horses are bound for a Prussian limber
  • next up are two Prussian mounted Feldjager and their horses (to eventually make them mounted … please keep up! 😃). The figure lying on the ground in front of them is another mounted Feldjager with the plan being to paint the three at once. These figures are for use as individual ADCs or on command stands.

Middle row left to right …

  • two horses for the two senior Saxons officers to their immediate front
  • a Napoleonic civilian of the female persuasion
  • a Prussian casualty
  • a Saxon casualty.

Front row left to right …

  • a horse for the Austrian mounted officer (coming along shortly)
  • a horse for a future Austrian general. The cunning plan was to paint it at the same time and in the same colours as the prior horse. Cunning or what?
  • the figure lying in a bed of paper tissue is the mounted Austrian officer for the first horse on the row.
  • a Saxon colonel and adjoint who along with a previously painted ADC will comprise a Brigade command stand
  • Four Frenchmen to complete a French battalion.

Nothing too intimidating. So why are they all still there?! Most of them have been idling on the desk for quite a while having suffered the indignity of watching other figures – even whole units! – come and go. They’ll all have to get a move on. The 2/4th Reserve Infantry Regiment will be wanting that real estate on the painting desk.

 

And of course there is always the internet

Ah yes. It must be admitted that by using time as a measure the internet has consumed most of von Peter’s hobby time. By quite a margin. So has it been for many moons now and most likely will for many moons to come. Both a blessing and a curse.

 

All the photos are clickable for a larger and clearer view.

Take the greatest care out there.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

A corrective statement and Covid-19 – you git

As with many in the world the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has had an impact on the life of von Peter himself. Along with the rest of New Zealand he is in a four week – possibly longer – lockdown at Neu Schloss von Peter from which both himself and the good Fraulien von Peter herself are working from home.

But that is the least of it. Today – Sunday 29 March 2020 – von Peter himself and the good Fraulien von Peter herself are flying out of New Zealand for six and a bit weeks of travel through Europe. Included are a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest and a few days at the L ‘Hotel de Hercé – with a wargame of course – in Mayenne, France. Except of course we are not flying out today as international travel is now a very difficult – spot the understatement – and dangerous undertaking. Merde!!  😩

The current position is that this is more of a postponement than a cancellation. Time – as they say – will tell.

Above: such visions on the Rhine River are cancelled … at least for now

Of course being stuck at home for four plus weeks may facilitate some creative hobby activities with paint brushes and associated “things”. Then again living AND working in close confines with no visitors to break any tension the survival of von Peter himself and / or the good Fraulien von Peter herself must be the first consideration lest some form of mutual destruction take form!  😃

Smug bit: The residents of Neu Schloss von Peter have it a little easier than some whilst under lockdown. Living at the northern end of Paekakariki they are a mere block away from Queen Elizabeth II Park so have easy access to said park to walk the dog – the nefarious French sympathising (see Wagram II and 2017 – the last word?) Keela – and themselves. For evidence see the following two photos snapped the day before lockdown kicked in. And even better – such strolls are fully compliant with the lockdown regulations.

As a public service to fellow Kiwis looking for information on the NZ government response to Covid-19 all can be found here.

 

A correction

In his last post in this here august journal von Peter himself may have chided himself for not ordering a horse for his Saxon Light Infantry officers pack thereby leaving the mounted dignitary without a mode of transport. von Peter himself was of course wrong.

The pack comes with a horse. It’s just that in a packing error von Peter’s particular pack did not. Mr Calpe Miniatures will put this right when the next Calpe order is ordered so no harm done. Apologies if the doddering old fool von Peter himself has led anyone astray.

 

Toys, toys … where art thou toys? *

* With apologies to the great bard.

Planning way ahead von Peter himself has ensured he has piles of unpigmented figures etc to keep him busy during any lockdown period. Perhaps The dear reader has not been so careful in their warehousing and will need to get in some fresh supplies. As far as von Peter himself is aware at the time of typing the following manufacturers are still working and sending out their precious wares …

… and having temporarily shut up shop …

Admittedly not much of a list but then this is a free read so what do you expect?!  😇

And who knows. Even if those precious figures get despatched how long they will take to “get through” is an open question.

Of course even though von Peter himself has a truly praiseworthy stock of unpigmented figures and even a stock of backups of his most used paints he is bound to run out of something. Something critical that he won’t be able to replace under the current strictures. One can feel the oppressive inevitability of it all!

 

Take care of yourselves out there. The dear readership is small enough without putting any of them at risk!  😃

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

My kingdom for a horse

The raw recruits for the 1st battalion of the 1st Light Infantry Regiment of the 1813 Saxon Army have been conscripted. They arrived with little fanfare in the mail several weeks ago from Calpe Miniatures. This event caused an immediate increase in local morale only slightly dampened by a slight error in the work of the local military requisitions team. More of that soonish.

The figures will allow for the modelling of the battalion as a firing line  with a  casualty or two – these things seem to be unavoidable in war – included from the S74 Four light infantry prone casualties pack. This is mentioned simply as so as to draw attention to the crawling figure from that pack. von Peter himself is somewhat taken with this figure. Expect to see the poor infantryman crawling out of the back of the battalion’s firing line … whenever the battalion gets painted!

Now to the failings of the local military requisitions team. The pack S66 Four Light Infantry officers in firing line and skirmish poses provides a single mounted officer and three officers on foot. A great pack but if ordering please remember that this pack does not come with a horse included. So if you want your mounted officer to be actually mounted please order him a mount. Now just in case any of The dear readership is concerned by this unfortunate turn of events you can rest easy. von Peter himself more than likely has a suitable horse available in his unpigmented figure pile that he can “borrow” should one be urgently required.

Let this be a salutary lesson that one that all of The dear readership profit from.

C-O-R-R-E-C-T-I-O-N-: the pack S66 should have come with a horse included and Mr Calpe will provision the missing item. This is good. What isn’t so good is that this ruins the rantings and ravings above not to mention the title “My kingdom for a horse”. Oh well. What can one do?!  😃

Above: oi … where is my bleedin’ horse?!

Note that both figures shown above have been given a black wash to hopefully enhance the details for the The dear reader’s enhanced discernment.

 

Pretty as a picture … of death and mayhem

The TooFatLardies have released the artwork for their to be released in the future rules Infamy, Infamy! Artwork by Chris Collingwood it is believed.

 

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

We interrupt your ‘net viewing for a most exciting announcement

von Peter himself has been watching with keen interest from his little piece of the world for a certain auspicious “thing” to pass … and that “thing” has now come to pass. Ot at least to partially pass. A clue …

For those Dear readers still a little in the dark Calpe Miniatures have released the first of their Saxon Light Infantry. This lot are posed for firing line and skirmishing duties. More poses are reportedly yet to come.

Available packs are …

  • S61 – Light infantry firing line and skirmish figures – 3 loading, 3 firing
  • S62 – Four Light infantry figures holding fire
  • S63 – Four light infantry figures. Head turn and greatcoat roll variants
  • S64 – Four Saxon Light Infantry figures. Forage and bareheaded pack
  • S65 – Four Light infantry figures. Command pack – abugler, a drummer a pioneer and an NCO
  • S66 – Four Light Infantry officers in firing line and skirmish poses – 3 on foot and 1 mounted
  • S74 – Four light infantry prone casualties

Note that gap between S66 and S74. On might think that further Light Infantry packs may be destined to plug that gap might one not? Happy days.  😎

von Peter himself requires two battalions of these gentlemen for the first brigade of his 24th (Saxon) Division of 1813. Locally at Neu Schloss von Peter it has become the custom to model light battalions as firing lines so this release is rather fortuitous. One battalion has been ordered but the second will be delayed as von Peter himself will peruse the later releases for any packs that may usefully be added into a firing line. In particular a second differing mounted officer will be sought.

Count the self confessed Calpe Miniatures zealot von Peter himself as most content with his lot.

The pictures are “borrowed” from the Calpe website and as usual Mr Calpe has done a wonderful job pigmenting his creations. They are clickable for a larger and clearer view. All of the new packs are likewise shown in their painted states front and back on that same Calpe Miniature website.

And while on Calpe Saxons von Peter himself suspects that more of the Saxon Foot Artillery now have pigmented pictures on the website to inspire, aid in the interpretation of the figures and just act inspirationally.

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself