And so 2017 begins

The year 2017 is about a week old and von Peter himself has not yet posted a post. Such idleness is unforgivably outrageous!! The following should correct that outrage. If only all outrages were so easily mended.

At the beginning of 2017 it seems only fitting to complete that which was initiated in 2016. The newly released Saxon grenadiers and French light infantry command referred to in the last post of 2016 have now all safely arrived on the Calpe Miniatures website. Hurrah!


Above: image kindly provided by Richard Knötel

Further there is news on the recent past and future plans from Calpe Towers. To plagiarise part of that news …

Towards the end of the year, I decided to push on with the Saxons. I am keen to get them finished so that I can move on to something else. Over the next year the Saxons will be the main thrust of my work with occasional new additions to the French line (advancing French infantry in greatcoats will be next).

You will see from the new additions that the Saxon Grenadiers have been completed and that three sets of command figures have been added for the Saxon high command. I am currently working on the re-sculpted Saxon musketeers in march-attack poses to replace the figures that were damaged when my mould-making machine failed some years ago. I have explained in the past that I cannot re-make the production moulds for the existing Saxons in march-attack poses (SM codes found in the Veterans section of the website) due to the damage caused to the master mould. I have had to accept that remaking the figures was the easier option. Once the march-attack musketeers are complete I plan to add some skirmishing musketeers. The Saxons trained their third rank as skirmishers. Some Saxon divisions had no light infantry component, so you will need the skirmishing musketeers to provide a skirmish screen. Saxon light infantry in advancing, march-attack and skirmish poses will follow. I have decided to deal with the artillery and cavalry once I am happy with the infantry.

Finishing the Saxons and moving on to something else. Intoxicating stuff!

Another bit of news from the post is one of those inevitabilities of modern life …

I am also announcing a price increase of 5pence per figure, 10pence per horse and 50pence per cannon, effective as from the 1st of January. I have held my prices for two years now. I was able to do this as the price of tin fell in 2014 and I was able to absorb the price rises in just about everything else, particularly electricity. In the last year, tin prices have risen sharply again and my profit margins have plummeted. In January I will be ordering my first consignment of metal of 2017 and I am expecting it to be eye-wateringly expensive!

And if The dear reader is interested in the recently released three new packs of Saxon high command from Calpe Miniatures there is a YouTube unpacking and then visions of the painted articles at 28mm Calpe Saxon Napoleonic High Command 1813.

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From the “my gawd … he’s finished some figures” file

Once upon a time von Peter himself finished the two yellow faced battalions required for his 1813 24th (Saxon) Division of Generallieutenant Lecoq. The next Saxon battalion on the painting schedule was the first battalion of the green faced – and brassed buttoned – Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. But which green to use? An official test figure was duly ordered … partly as a delaying tactic some insightful yet cruel commentators might assert. Ignore them!  😇

But painting a single figure is a little fraught as it can easily fall prey to the vagaries of chance. So a second figure joined the first. Now those paying close attention to the battalions of von Peter himself will have noted that his line infantry are presented to the world four to a base. Why not paint a complete base of four figures then? So the two figures became four. Somehow during the initial painting the four figures became eight. von Peter himself cannot offer a satisfactory explanation as to why this occurred!!

The green chosen for the green facings changed several times during the extended pigmentation of the trial figures so job completed and the trial figures performed their task admirably. And as a bonus two stands of the required six for the battalion are now complete.


Above:  the aforementioned eight trial figures of the Saxon 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment. The figures are from the Calpe Veterans range, ie. the original Saxon marching musketeers, not the remodelled Saxons. Caveats: The light has conspired with the white to removed much of the shading of the white … and the close up does the figure painters skills no favours!  😂 They look much better on the tabletop. Honest! 😎

But there’s more!

Ok … not a lot more. To provide overall command for the Bavarian troops based at Neu Schloss von Peter a base representing Generallieutenant Raglovich leading the 29th (Bavarian) Division of 1813 was commissioned from Nigel Fun-nel – pigmenter of figures Bavarian for von Peter himself. Shamefully the pigmented figures have been lying in wait for horses to be procured via the paint brush of von Peter himself. More on Generallieutenant Raglovich in the future. But in reviewing the figures procured it was decided that there was one dismounted figure too many.

von Peter himself is proud to present this figure in the image below. No longer will he be one of the dandys at the Bavarian HQ. Rather he will be a dashing Leader in Sharp Practice games or potential eye candy in the higher level games.

The figure is from Front Rank Figurines, pigmented by Nigel Fun-nel and based by von Peter himself.


Above: Bavarian Kapitän Franz practises his voice of command back in Bavaria prior to joining his regiment. One must be firm with the “other ranks”!

Unit of the day: Long suffering Austrian Hessen-Homburg Hussars

A blast from the past. The Austrian Hessen-Homburg Hussars have been on the payroll of von Peter himself for literally decades. They have fought bravely, suffered casualties – sometimes needlessly – without complaint and on occasion rapidly manoeuvred to the rear  of their own accord with aplomb.

Again the figures are provided by Front Rank Figurines, pigments applied by Nigel Fun-nel and horses and basing by von Peter himself. The bases were quickly upgraded a couple of years back with the addition of the static grass. The long suffering hussars are surely overdue some war honours … perhaps in the form of some tufts added to their bases! Never let it be said that von Peter himself does not reward exemplary and extended service!  😀


Until we meet again …

von Peter himself


For Napoleonic Austrian modellers, painters and appreciators

The Bavarian battalion is finished … has been for a while … but it hasn’t been photographed. Bad von Peter himself. The following public service announcement has been patiently waiting for those blasted Bavarians for quite a while.  It has been decided to release it on its own to a world that probably knows all about it by now. Mutter mutter.


Above: brave Austrian infantry setting the scene by holding a village in a game from February 2007! The stacked orange chairs give a burning glow to the scene. Front Rank figures from von Peter’s private collection, painted by Nigel Funnell. Buildings created by Rhys.

The History Book Man have released another e-book in their ARMIES AND UNIFORMS of the Napoleonic Wars series. And this time the country of focus is one of the heavy weights of the Napoleonic Wars. Their latest e-book is titled The Austro-Hungarian Army 1792-1814.

At over 440 pages and containing many colour images this is a far cry from an earlier monochrome well worn version that von Peter himself purchased many decades ago. That earlier version remained a treasured resource and this one is so much more. For von Peter himself truly are these e-books wonderful references in of themselves but for a measly £3.99 they are one of life’s genuine bargains.

The release blurb …

The Austro-Hungarian Army was engaged continually against the armies of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire from 1792 until after the Battle of Waterloo and Bonaparte’s final defeat and exile in 1815. For twenty years the Austrian army shouldered the greater part of the war on land against France being actively at war for some 108 months more than twice the war commitment against France of either Prussia or Russia.

The first edition of this small work was originally published in 1977 which was a compilation of a number of earlier booklets and privately commissioned research papers first published in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The 2nd Edition published in 1980 expanded the scope to encompass the Revolutionary Wars and the 3rd edition of 1984 corrected many of the earlier errors and omissions and was the only book in the original series to have a coloured facings chart, and included several of the Ottenfeld pencil drawings, but only saw one very brief print run at the end of that year. The Army of the Austro-Hungarian Army 1798-1814 was always the most popular title of the series, the 1980 edition was reprinted over 40 times.

448 pages

Available on DVD-ROM or as a Digital Download.



Until we meet again …

von Peter himself

Oh no, not more figure comparisons! Perry visitation and a new blog

Cossack and Hussar outpost

The Perry twins are, or at least were, back in Wellington on one of their pilgrimages. But they do keep themselves busy with the local film in-crowd of Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop etc. They even managed a spot of acting during some Hobbit filming. Apparently they played a couple of humans … which just goes to show how far prosthetics have come if they can make the Perry twins look human! Ha ha ha. von Peter himself was overly proud of this rather clever quip. The twins smiled politely and drunk their beer!  8O)

Despite their busy schedule the twins found time for a couple of meetings with some of the gaming locals. von Peter himself and The son & heir went along on the Friday night of the 5th July. Much enjoyment and anecdotes were shared along with several beers in the noisy environment of the Mac’s Brewbar on the Wellington waterfront. Not a lot of the future for Perry Miniatures was gleaned despite several cunning and frankly underhand attempts to divine such! And what was divined would probably be a betrayal of trust for von Peter himself to splurge here. Sorry.

But von Peter himself did have the presence of mind to ask about the comparative figure sizes of their first and last Napoleonic sculpts for Wargames Foundry. And yes, as postulated in the prior An illustrated comparison of Napoleonic Russians – Front Rank vs. Foundry post, the figure size did increase from the start of their Napoleonic sculpting (Austrians, Bavarians and French) for Wargames Foundry to the end (Russians).

So a couple more illustrative pictures of Napoleonic figures from Wargames Foundry (early sculpt and late), Front Rank Figurines and Perry Miniatures. As usual a few disclaimers first.

  1. The figures are, with the exception of one undercoated by someone Austrian grenadier, as they come from the manufacturer. Usually von Peter himself would ink or wash the figures prior to photography to enhance the definition of the figures. But in this case von Peter himself was just too idle and the point is not the fineness of the sculpting but the size of the sculpting.
  2. The Wargames Foundry Russian samples are taken from the unused remnants of the RN43 Musketeer/Jager in Greatcoat Marching pack. It was with some surprise, some delight and because of the context some annoyance that von Peter himself discovered that one of the surviving / unused figures from that pack is shorter than the others! And shorty was used in both pictures below. Damnation. For the record the other unused figures from the pack are all of the taller stature.
  3. The Perry Miniatures Russians are represented by standing figures from their RN16 Two horse apothecary wagon with wounded and surgeons and orderlies (militia and non-combatants) pack. I have no ‘fighting’ Russian infantry from the Perrys so hopefully these are representative of the Perrys size wise.
  4. Likewise von Peter himself has limited figures to choose from as representatives of the early sculpted Napoleonics from Foundry. Most of what he does have are casualties which are lying or sitting down and so not that useful for our purposes. von Peter himself does also have a solitary early sculpt Frenchman … somewhere!!! But the little critter is eluding all attempts to discover his where-abouts. Undoubtedly he’ll turn up tomorrow. <Grrrrr>

With all that said typed … on with the show …

Perry, Front Rank and Foundry Napoleonic Russian foot figures

First up are Russian infantry from the three companies. Please pay close attention to the photograph above. From left to right are presented …

  1. Perry Miniatures from RN16 Two horse apothecary wagon with wounded and surgeons and orderlies (militia and non-combatants)
  2. Front Rank Figurines RN43 Musketeer/Jager in Greatcoat Marching
  3. Foundry Miniatures from pack RN1/4 Pavlov Grenadiers in Winter Dress Marching
  4. Foundry Miniatures from pack RN2/3 Infantry, Oilskin Covered 1812 Shako Marching. This figure is the aforementioned shorty from the pack
  5. (Both joined figures) Perry Miniatures from RN16 Two horse apothecary wagon with wounded and surgeons and orderlies (militia and non-combatants)
  6. Foundry Miniatures from pack RN1/4 Pavlov Grenadiers in Winter Dress Marching
  7. Perry Miniatures from RN16 Two horse apothecary wagon with wounded and surgeons and orderlies (militia and non-combatants)
  8. Foundry Miniatures from pack RN2/3 Infantry, Oilskin Covered 1812 Shako Marching
  9. Front Rank Figurines RN3 Musketeer/Jager Marching

The most surprising revelation is the difference between the Foundry generic Russian infantry and the Pavlov Grenadier figures. Perhaps it’s just that the Pavlovs only selected big strapping lads!

Early vs later Napoleonic sculpts by the Perry's for Foundry

Next up are early sculpted (Austrians) vs late sculpted (Russians) Perry handiwork for Foundry Miniatures.

  1. RN2/3 Infantry, Oilskin Covered 1812 Shako Marching. This is the shorter figure from the pack
  2. Austrian Grenadier from an unknown pack – von Peter suspects that he was from an Austrian captives pack
  3. RN1/4 Pavlov Grenadiers in Winter Dress Marching
  4. AN72 Austrian Hussars Mounting Up
  5. RN2/3 Infantry, Oilskin Covered 1812 Shako Marching
  6. AN72 Austrian Hussars Mounting Up
  7. AN72 Austrian Hussars Mounting Up
  8. RN2/3 Infantry, Oilskin Covered 1812 Shako Marching

The short figure Russian infantryman on the far left queers the pitch a little and that Pavlov is still a standout but one can make ones own decision on the differing sizes of the earlier and later sculpts.

And here endeth the ongoing saga of figure size differences. In truth it should have started and finished in the prior post. I blame it all on those Perry twins!!  8O)

Carl Pagano starts a blog

With Pyjamas through the Desert

von Peter himself received an email from an old acquaintance Carl Pagano. Now as a point of clarification it is not that Carl is overly old of himself. It’s just that Carlo and von Peter himself made their first acquaintance many years ago. Carlo had an envious reputation as a man with a seriously fine Napoleonic collection. And if von Peter himself remembers correctly a loving wife who would buy him wargames units as presents all of her own volition. Now where is that Fraulien von Peter herself  – I have here something that she needs to read … preferably while von Peter himself is out of harms way!!  8O)

Anyway Carl has started a blog which in his own words …

This particular blog will join a host of other wonderful sites which pay homage to the Gilder Games in the Sudan.  We have spent many years playing the rules and recently I have spent a good deal of time putting it all on paper, taking out some of the ambuguities, inserting explanations and examples so that the rules can finally be available in a wargamer friendly format that hopefully will get more people playing this wonderful period with 60 man battalions and hordes of Fuzzies coming over the hill intent on carnage!  Fantastic stuff.

So if you’re into the Sudan, Peter Gilder’s rules for the Sudan, some great pictures of games based in the Sudan or just an interesting read then von Peter himself suggests that you should make the electronic move over to With Pyjamas through the Desert with haste and promptly book mark the site!

Enough said.

The heading picture – Cossack and Hussar Outpost – was found in the dusty archives of von Peter himself. Now that cossack obviously has his horse well under control. Either that or he is a very rash or brave cossack indeed!

And don’t forget to click on the images for an enhanced view.

Until we meet again …

von Peter himself