It’s nearly that Christmas Day time of the year. And here is von Peter himself is slaving away on this the first day of his Christmas & New Years holiday leave to bring you this update. I trust that you’re all excessively grateful!
The son & heir persists with his wretched rabbly rebels
Despite being trapped in ongoing intensive holidays and suffering from long sleep ins and other trials and tribulations of the idle The son & heir has spawned another unit of dirty reb’s. This time it’s the 53rd Virginia that have answered the call to the front … or more correctly this front as they look like they’ve been in the field for a while already. Points of interest include the officer who grips his rifle – by repute he’s quite the shot – and his slave who acts as the regiment’s drummer.
The son & heir’s southern horde now consists of 4 regiments, a battery and a couple of command stands. A fifth regiment is well on the way. Mr Lincoln is not amused!
Figures from the Perry’s ACW 80 American Civil War Confederate Infantry 1861-65 and the flag is from GMB Designs.
The son & heir also shows favour to his Medievals
As per their chronological order in history these skirmishing Medieval handgunners preceded the American Civil War regiment above off The son & heir’s painting desk. (Actually it’s the painting desk of von Peter himself that the Son and heir has appropriated but that’s another story.) This is just another example of how seriously the historical side of the hobby is taken at Schloss von Peter.
The son & heir was keen to paint these in a red and green livery and then repeatedly referred to them as Santa’s little helpers due to that colouration. So much for taking history seriously at Schloss von Peter then. That didn’t last long! <Sigh>
The handgunners are shown during their ill fated defence of a watch tower. Their brave red headed leader Sir Simon is being helped away having just sprained his ankle after slipping on some bird droppings. Poor Toby lies at the bottom of the tower having reached too far over the edge to shoo away a raven at the instruction of Sir Simon … that then circled the tower dropping it’s load which was to prove the downfall of the bird hating Sir Simon. Karma moved fast during the later Middle Ages.
Handgunners from the Perry’s WR20 Plastic ‘Mercenaries’, European Infantry 1450-1500 box. The casualty figures are also care of the Perry’s but are metal and are from their War of the Roses range – WR32 Dead and wounded.
Christmas comes early for those deserving – Saxon artillery pieces imported into New Zealand
Now that we have the preliminaries care of The son & heir out of the way we can get on with more pleasing topics …
A while back Calpe Miniatures released their Saxon artillery guns – a range of five pieces. As a Christmas taster von Peter himself has now accepted into stock the guns for two foot artillery batteries – one 6 pounder and one 12 pounder – at the scale of 1 model per 2 actual guns. Not only does this satiate von Peter’s need to acquire gaming paraphernalia but it also spreads the cost of purchasing the batteries. What a bargain!!
It is the understanding of von Peter himself that the crews for the pieces are in the process of being created amongst the other goodies on the sculpting table. It is also the understanding of von Peter himself that limbers, caissons and suchlike artillery gear will also be putting in an appearance.
von Peter himself may yet pour the contents of some of the packs out of their zip-lock bags, give them a little inking and then post some pictures of them here in the future.
More Calpe releases
Calpe Miniatures have released their … errr … ummm … latest releases!
French artillery pieces …
- FA1 – 6 pdr. M1808
- FA2 – M1808 7 pdr. Howitzer
- FA3 – 12 pdr. M1808
- FA4 – 12pdr. Gribeauval barrel on M1808 carriage
- FA5 – 10pdr. heavy howitzer (for use with 12pdr. batteries) on M1808 carriage
Saxon infantry …
- S1 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With covered shakos
- S2 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With hairy shako covers
- S3 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With uncovered shakos
Some of these will undoubtedly be recruited by von Peter himself and will eventually be flaunted here.
Oh yes, and others are on their way. Hurrah!
Old Glory Russian church – the final story
Just to update the story of the 1st Corps Eastern European Church, aka the Russian Church.
- It comes with two domes – in the original preview pictures there was one dome and a spot that looked suspiciously like something would be there
- The final price is £70.00. The original estimate was £70.00 so the price has come down a little.
Now all one has to do is to squint a little and pretend that the WWII Russian infantryman in the picture is really a Napoleonic Russian jager.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. von Peter himself fully expects to see everyone safe and sound post the celebrities. Take care of yourselves and your fellow comrades in ams.
As usual <click> on the images for a larger and clearer image.
Until we meet again …