Figure and more Calpe figures

Apiata patrols down a street

Above: Willie Apiata on patrol … care of two Good Samaritans. Click for a larger and clearer image

Many moons ago Empress Miniatures had a kick starter or some such similar ‘thing’. As an enticement they offered a special figure available only as part of that kick starterish ‘thing’. That special figure looked remarkably like Willie Apiata as seen in a controversial photograph after an action in Kabul. Apiata was a member of the NZSAS and had already won his Victoria Cross of New Zealand.

“Responding in the aftermath of the January 2010 attacks in Kabul Apiata was photographed by French photojournalist Philip Poupin. Poupin, who did not know Apiata, photographed Apiata and two companions as they were leaving the “thick of the fight” because “They looked like foreign troops and they were tall and had a specific face, they looked tough and strong”.”

Willie Apiata VC in Kabul

Good Samaritan 1: von Peter himself has had a long time long distance electronic relationship with Burkhard of the dhcwargamesblog blog. We comment on each others blogs and have even been known to exchange the occasional email. Somehow Burkhard discovered the admiration von Peter himself had for both Apiata himself and the Empress Miniatures figure of him. In a fit of generosity Burkhard posted his Apiata figure to a most surprised and grateful von Peter himself. This was many many MANY years ago. Burkhard must really have wondered what was going on as a painted Apiata never appeared. Sorry Burkhard … von Peter himself works at a very ‘considered’ pace!  😀

Good Samaritan 2: von Peter himself has never painted anything like modern camouflage and scaling the real thing down to a 28mm figure so that it looked right appeared a little daunting. Fortunately von Peter himself has a good friend who has quite some experience scaling down camouflage to 28mm figures. And so the long suffering Craig undertook to paint the Apiata. In the end Craig painted and based the Apiata at the same time as he did one for himself and von Peter himself could not be more happy.

von Peter himself has no (current!) plans to collect a ‘Modern’ force. WWII is the closest to ‘Moderns’ that is planned. But this does not mean that this trophy figure is not cherished. A huge thank you to both Burkhard and Craig for their generosity. It is well appreciated.

Apiata front Apiata back

Above: Apiata front and back. And don’t forget that this is a 28mm figure

 

More Calpe packs

Calpe Miniatures have some new figure packs. Hurrah! Five new packs for the French and seven for the Saxons. Below are the new French packs. The new Saxons will follow shortly.

The French packs contain Light Infantry command / leader figures for the March Attack French though there is no real reason that they could not also be utilised with the Route March figures.

  • F54 – Light infantry regimental command in uncovered shakos. Pack includes Officer, standard bearer (eagle included), sapper, drummer and two eagle guards.
  • F55 – Light infantry regimental command in covered shakos. Pack includes Officer, standard bearer (eagle included … and it’s a different one to that in F54!), sapper, drummer and two eagle guards.
  • F57 – Light infantry battalion command in covered shakos. Battalion command in uncovered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff.
  • F58 – Light infantry foot officers in uncovered shakos. Two centre company figures and two flank company officers.
  • F60 – Light infantry foot officers in bicorne. Two centre company figures and two flank company officers.

The less von Peter himself says about these figures the less he is likely to get wrong so it’s time for the pictures. First to repeat the normal caveats regarding these photographs …

  • The figures are presented as they arrived excepting that the larger runners inherent in the casting progress have been removed with a craft knife and the fingers of von Peter himself. The same fingers straightened any bent muskets etc
  • the figures have been cunningly rearranged between the front and back photographs so that the figures in the matching front and back photographs match left to right. Ahh … that is to say for example that the figure second on the left is the same figure in the front and back photos. If this has not been adequately explained then don’t worry about it as it probably doesn’t matter. Just be aware that von Peter himself went that extra step in the service of The dear reader
  • von Peter himself has ‘washed’ the figures with ‘Shader Black’ from Coat d’arms to bring out the details a little
  • While marvelling at the figures please remember that they are presented in larger than life size … depending on the dear readers device of course!
  • The english descriptor with each pack has been ‘devised’ by von Peter himself on examining each pack. The pack code identifier is as set by Calpe Miniatures
  • ‘Click’ the photos for a larger and clearer image.

Calpe French F54 front

Calpe French F54 back

Above: F54 – Light infantry regimental command in uncovered shakos. Pack includes Officer, standard bearer (eagle included), sapper, drummer and two eagle guards.The photo does not do justice to the eagle.

Calpe French F55 front

Calpe French F55 backAbove: F55 – Light infantry regimental command in covered shakos. Pack includes Officer, standard bearer (eagle included … and it’s a different one to that in F54!), sapper, drummer and two eagle guards.

Calpe French F57 front

Calpe French F57 backAbove: F57 – Light infantry battalion command in covered shakos. Battalion command in uncovered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff. Excuse the blob of metal still attached to the spear point – von Peter himself considers that he is far less likely to loose it if it remains so attached.

Calpe French F58 front

Calpe French F58 backAbove: F58 – Light infantry foot officers in uncovered shakos. Two centre company figures and two flank company officers. The officer on the right as The dear reader observes the screen is holding a pistol.

Calpe French F60 front

Calpe French F60 backAbove: F60 – Light infantry foot officers in bicorne. Two centre company figures and two flank company officers. Once again the officer on the right brandishes a pistol though in one hand this time.

An unforgivable oversight

A couple of posts back in Birthday Bounty von Peter himself was boastfully(!) recapitulating the birthday books that he had accumulated for his birthday. As usual there was a rush to get the post written, checked and out the door. Sadly in that rush two books of a historic bent that also came in the birthday haul were inexcusably missed! And those two books were actually a present from another party and not self organised by the library expanding von Peter himself!

Time to make amends. The son & heir provisioned von Peter’s library with two volumes by C.V. Wedgwood on the English Civil War …

  • The King’s Peace 1637 – 1641
  • The King’s war 1641 – 1647.

Word has it that The son & heir risked life and limb to obtain the books by climbing a rickety ladder in an old style disorganised bookshop to get the books.

So many thanks to The son & heir for the presents — it seems that you can be trusted to shop on the behalf of von Peter himself. And most humble apologies for leaving them off the original post.

The Kig's Peace cover    The King's War cover

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Silvery French and dastardly muttlies

In his previous missive – Opening the Goodies bag – von Peter himself showed images of the latest six packs of later Napoleonic Saxons from Calpe Miniatures. This time it’s the turn of the French with the latest four packs of 1813-15 French.

To repeat the few words on the photographs first …

  • The figures are presented as they arrived excepting that the larger runners consequential to the casting progress have been removed with the fingers of von Peter himself. The same fingers straightened any bent muskets etc
  • the figures have been cunningly rearranged between the front and back photographs so that the figures in the matching front and back photographs match left to right. Ahh … that is to say for example that the figure second on the left is the same figure in the front and back photos. If this has not been adequately explained then don’t worry about it as it probably doesn’t matter. Just be aware that von Peter himself went that extra step in the service of the dear reader
  • normally von Peter himself would ‘wash’ the figures with a dilute black paint / ink / wash to bring out the detail. This has not occurred for these figures. Apologies
  • While marvelling at the figures please remember that they are presented in larger than life size … depending on the dear readers device!
  • The english descriptor with each pack may yet change, though the pack number is unlikely to alter.

Calpe French F50 front

Calpe French F50 back

Above: F50 – Mounted chefs in bicorns

Calpe French F51 front

Calpe French F51 back

Above: F51 – Mounted headquarters staff – mix and match pack

Calpe French F52 front

Calpe French F52 back

Above: F52 – Flight of fancy pack one – Tete pack – Drum major, drum corporal, Sapper NCO, Adjutant NCO

Calpe French F53 front

Calpe French F53 back

Above: F53 – Flight of fancy pack two – Tete pack – 6 man, Grenadier drummer. Voltigeur bugler bugling, two sappers, two centre co. drummers

Sadly not the most illustrative images of the voltigeur bugler but the dear reader gets the idea.

The two sappers of F53 are similar though different. Their posing matches the sapper NCO from F52 and one wonders whether Mr Calpe has thoughts of having them posed together as a group / gaggle / flock of sappers. Of course the posing also fits in with the March attack and Route March infantry poses so perhaps von Peter himself is over thinking things.

And there are now so many French infantry musicians available in the range that the appearance of the drum major and drum corporal were a given! 😃

Hound of Neu Schloss von Peter delays Calpe package and appropriates pizza

To the shame of New Zealand Post the hands of von Peter himself did not clasp the package of new Saxons and French from Calpe Miniatures for a full two days after the day that they should have. What?! … and why?!! To understate the situation such a delay is obviously serious. The arrival of a package from Calpe Towers is not an everyday event and to have that day delayed by two days needs understanding. Painstaking investigations reveal that …

  • the package was despatched from Calpe Towers as an International Tracked & Signed package
  • New Zealand Post have seen fit to add another sticker to the package saying “Your mail has been held for the following reasons:” and then they have ticked the option of “Dog loose on property”.

Presumably the postal worker was intending to enter the property of Neu Schloss von Peter to obtain the required signature in exchange for the far travelled packaged when he spied the hound of Neu Schloss von Peter.

The hound of interest would have been the venerable canine Laelaps – a 12 year old Curly Coated Retriever. Despite many coaching sessions and inducements he has never shown any inclination to sink his admittedly impressive chompers into anyone. Much more likely is a vicious slobbering which while a little distasteful has yet to harm anyone.

A bad month for the dog. The Son & heir had decided to prepare for himself a breakfast of pizza. He had consumed half of said pizza when Fraulien von Peter herself “persuaded” him to paint a portion of the hall ceiling. Leaving Mr Pizza on the sofa The son & heir went off to paint some ceiling fully intending to return to his now half round meal. The photo taken by a somewhat put out The Son & heir illustrates what happened next. The blurry thing at the left (as the dear reader views it) rear of Laelaps is a very happy but a little worried tip of a tail swaying side to side! The dog got to keep his prize and The son & heir reminded for the millionth time not to leave food unattended on the sofa. What is one to do with young conscripts?!

Laelaps - pizza thief

 

Battlegroup Kursk available as a pdf

von Peter himself knows of several gamers who he greatly respects that seem to enjoy their WWII gaming with the Battlegroup Kursk ruleset from Iron Fist Publishing. This has aroused an intermittent interest in the ruleset from von Peter himself but nothing ever came of it as the rules had been out of print. That situation has changed. The rules can now be had as pdf versions …

  • Battlegroup Kursk campaign supplement PDF for £10.00
  • Battlegroup ruleset PDF ENGLISH for £5.00

The Kursk and other campaign supplements are available from The Plastic Soldier Company.

Battlegroup Kusk cover

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself … still that self confessed Calpe zealot

Opening the Goodies bag

von Peter's Saxon army -  2/ von Rechten and 1/Prinz Maximilian. The next line infantry will be faced with green

Above: von Peter’s 1813 Saxons to date – 2/von Rechten and 1/Prinz Maximilian. Must do better! Click for a larger and clearer view.

Calpe Miniatures celebrate the birthday of von Peter himself with some new packs

Yes it’s all true … well sort of true! Yes the birthday of von Peter himself was recently celebrated. And yes Calpe Miniatures have recently put several new packs of Saxons and French into production moulds. But it is perhaps a little bit of a stretch to claim a cause and effect relationship here. Perhaps correlation is the more accurate term … maybe!  😃

Whatever the truth of the matter von Peter himself has managed to arrange for the delivery of the new packs to himself as a birthday treat. Not that it was overly difficult – the figures are in production moulds and available to order. They do not yet appear on the website as they await painting and photographing before appearing on the Calpe website.

The new releases are as follows …

Saxons (all 4 man packs)

  • S8 – Advancing rear rank (porte arms) hairy shako covers
  • S9 – Advancing rear rank (porte arms) uncovered shakos
  • S10 – Head variants for advancing set. (forage caps and bare heads)
  • S11 – Head turn/blanket roll variants for advancing porte arms, covered shakos
  • S12 – Head turn/blanket roll variants for advancing porte arms, Hairy shako covers
  • S13 – Head turn/blanket roll variants for advancing porte arms, uncovered shakos.

French (all 4 man – and horse where applicable – packs except where noted)

  • F50 – Mounted chefs in bicorns
  • F51 – Mounted headquarters staff – mix and match pack
  • F52 – Flight of fancy pack one – Tete pack – Drum major, drum corporal, Sapper NCO, Adjutant NCO
  • F53 – Flight of fancy pack two – Tete pack – 6 man, Grenadier drummer. Voltigeur bugler bugling, two sappers, two centre co. drummers

As with all of Calpe Miniature figures these figures are all portrayed in campaign attire.

In homage to the new figures – and as an ego inflating world premier perhaps – von Peter himself is proud to present some cheap and nasty cheerful images of the new Saxon packs. A similar treatment will be meted out to the new French packs in the next post.

A few words on the photographs first.

  • The figures are presented as they arrived excepting that the larger runners consequential to the casting progress have been removed with the fingers of von Peter himself. The same fingers straightened any bent muskets
  • the figures have been cunningly rearranged between the front and back photographs so that the figures in the matching front and back photographs match left to right. Ahh … that is to say for example that the figure second on the left is the same figure in the front and back photos. If this has not been adequately explained then don’t worry about it as it probably doesn’t matter. Just be aware that von Peter himself went that extra step in the service of the dear reader
  • normally von Peter himself would ‘wash’ the figures with a dilute black paint / ink / wash to bring out the detail. This has not occurred for these figures. Apologies
  • While marvelling at the figures please remember that they are presented in larger than life size … depending on the dear readers device!
  • The english descriptor with each pack may yet change, though the pack number is unlikely to alter
  • If you are wondering what happened to the advancing rear rank covered shakos (non hairy variety) pack fear not. It has already been released as the six figure S7 – Six advancing musketeers, muskets held at high porte. Covered shakos pack.
  • There are twelve photos provided below. If they are of no interest then scroll down the page for further topics.

Calpe Saxon S8 front

Calpe Saxon S8 back

Above: S8 – Advancing rear rank (porte arms) hairy shako covers (front and back)

Calpe Saxon S9 front

Calpe Saxon S9 back

Above: S9 – Advancing rear rank (porte arms) uncovered shakos (front and back)

Calpe Saxon S10 front

Calpe Saxon S10 back

Above: S10 – Head variants for advancing set. (forage caps and bare heads) (front and back)

Calpe Saxon S11 front

Calpe Saxon S11 back

Above: S11 – Head turn/blanket roll variants for advancing porte arms, covered shakos (front and back)

Calpe Saxon S12 front

Calpe Saxon S12 back

Above: S12 – Head turn/blanket roll variants for advancing porte arms, Hairy shako covers (front and back)

Calpe Saxon S13 front

Calpe Saxon S13 back

Above: S13 – Head turn/blanket roll variants for advancing porte arms, uncovered shakos (front and back)

Calpe logo1

That’s enough visual feasting for the time being. Next topic please …

 

Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany – The Franco-Prussian War of 1813. Volume 1. The War of Liberation, Spring 1813

Quite a mouthful of a book title. It does come with two built in redeeming features however …

  1. It’s written by Michael v. Leggier who has become one of the favoured Napoleonic non fiction authors for von Peter himself,
  2. It’s topic is the Napoleonic struggle in Central Europe during 1813. A favourite topic of von Peter himself.

It is published by The Cambridge University Press whose website at says …

This is the first comprehensive history of the campaign that determined control of Germany following Napoleon’s catastrophic defeat in Russia. Michael V. Leggiere reveals how, in the spring of 1813, Prussia, the weakest of the great powers, led the struggle against Napoleon as a war of national liberation. Using German, French, British, Russian, Austrian and Swedish sources, he provides a panoramic history that covers the full sweep of the battle for Germany from the mobilization of the belligerents, strategy, and operations to coalition warfare, diplomacy, and civil-military relations. He shows how Russian war weariness conflicted with Prussian impetuosity, resulting in the crisis that almost ended the Sixth Coalition in early June. In a single campaign, Napoleon drove the Russo–Prussian army from the banks of the Saale to the banks of the Oder. The Russo–Prussian alliance was perilously close to imploding, only to be saved at the eleventh-hour by an armistice.

  • The first comprehensive account of Prussia’s war of liberation against Napoleon in spring 1813
  • Provides a follow-up to the well-known subject of Napoleon’s defeat in Russia by examining a less well-known, but equally catastrophic, segment of Napoleonic history
  • Combines analysis of military operations, diplomacy and the experience of battle

The same website also lists some positive reviews.

All of the above explains why von Peter himself has added a copy of this tome to his library under the pretence of a birthday celebratory present.

Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany vol 1

 

The Great Wargaming Survey 2015 Edition

They – Karwansaray Publishers publishers of several magazines including Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy – did it for the first time last year with the 2014 Edition. Now it’s time for The Great Wargaming Survey 2015 edition.

After last year’s resounding success with the Great Wargaming Survey 2014, we decided to provide a follow-up. After all, some questions can only be answered by running a survey over and over (such as “Is the hobby greying” – a snapshot can answer if it’s grey, but it’ll require several to determine whether there’s a trend). So we’ve tightened up some questions, added a few new ones in, removed a few (that might return in a year or two) and we proudly present the Great Wargaming Survey 2015. Like last year, it should be doable in 5-10 minutes and, as before, if you leave your email address you’ll have a chance to win some very nice prizes. And again, there’s a 10% discount coupon for everyone who completes the survey.

We fervently hope it’ll be at least as great a success as in 2014!

Go to The Great Wargaming Survey 2015 Edition for details and a link to the survey. The 2014 Edition came out with some interesting data and this 2015 one will be interesting not only of itself but also as a comparison to the 2104 Edition.

wargaming survey 2015

 

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself … self confessed Calpe zealot

 

 

Life after Waterloo 200

After the excitement of the Waterloo 200 refight it’s back to a more normal outing this time around. Sorry!

Waterloo 200 – the ongoing story

For better or worse we can’t yet leave Waterloo. von Peter himself presents for the dear readers education and entertainment bits and pieces from around the web on that Waterloo anniversary.

The Waterloo Waterloo reenactment

There was of course the big reenactment on the actual field of Waterloo with reenactors firing lots of blanks – of the gun power variety thank you! Some professional quality photos of the event can be seen here.

Of course there are not nearly enough Prussians represented in the photographs. Where Is Peter Hofschröer when you need him?!  😃 The size of the busby’s worn by some of the cavalry never ceases to amaze von Peter himself due to their large size!

In an attempt to bring some class to the proceedings a New Zealander was given a prominent role … and some Austrian Kuirassieres seem to have got lost and found themselves at Waterloo. The Austrians weren’t the only misplaced unit present. But they are Napoleonic of nature AND they would have added mass to the spectacle AND many people would not have had a clue that they were even looking at Austrians OR that any Austrian units at Waterloo are geographically challenged and living in a fantasy land. But then these latter thoughts perhaps lead too far down the button counter path. No real harm done.

18mm Waterloo 200

Falkirk and District Wargaming Club refought the Waterloo scenario in 18mm. von Peter himself mentions this one because not only was it a spectacle in itself but they really did crack on when playing the game. By comparison the Wellington refighters were a slow pedestrian bunch. See the following video clip for dedicated men hard at work …

The wonders of time lapse photography. Why was this not implemented for the Wellington game? Time for a witch hunt! 😃 For more details on the 18mm game including pretty pictures and more video see Waterloo 200 Anniversary in the General de Brigade forum forum.

Post Waterloo …

Even before the Wellington Waterloo game had started there was worrying word of a Wagram refight for 2016. With all those white uniforms reflecting the light at least photography may be a little easier.  😃

Victrix French Napoleonic Foot Artillery 1804 to 1812

Now if von Peter himself is honest he is not 100% sure if this new Victrix Ltd set is still on pre-order or if they are now available to order. But if it is the former then it won’t be long until they move into the latter category. For £24.95 you get 3 cannon of various denominations and 15 crewmen once again of various potential denominations all in 28mm hard plastic. As they say – you pay your money and you take your chances.

Victrix French Foot Artillery1

Yet more plastic goings on

And just in case there is a dear reader out there who is unaware Perry Miniatures have their plastic Napoleonic British Light Dragoons available for pre-order. A little late for all those Waterloo refights unfortunately. Apparently …

The box covers the Peninsula war as well as the Waterloo campaign uniforms 1808-15. However with a simple paint job (or modelling job) you can add a queue and take the date back to 1800.

The image below shows some of the options available based on the trooper frame.

Perry plastic British light dragoons

The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813 Volume 2

The History Book Man have released their latest e-book “The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813 Volume 2” covering Anhalt, Lippe, Reuss, Schwarzburg, Waldeck, Mecklenburg, Oldenburg & Frankfurt. From the release notification email …

This new edition brings together three earlier volumes which were published in 1979 and 1980 and an unpublished manuscript from 1984. The original work has subsequently been substantially revised is now illustrated with the original colour artwork which was not used in the earlier monotone publications and selected illustrations many of which are drawn from the work of authoritive established or contemporary artists. This volume looks at the 5 – 7 Regimenter der Rheinbund during the era of the Confederation of the Rhine and the War of Liberation 1813-1814 plus the Armies of Oldenburg and Frankfurt.

270 PAGES

At £3.99 these e-books are great value to the mind of von Peter himself. Sadly another topic which is not really of much interest to von Peter himself. Eventually an e-book of interest will come along and another will be added the collection of von Peter himself.

The Rheinbund Contingents 1806-1813 Volume 2

For those Modern types out there

There are some new rules – three of them if the picture is to be believed – on the horizon for the modern gaming period.

See the Greater Queeg’s Blog for details … and some pretty pictures of trial games.

hoq-modern-rules

 

And lastly a Waterloo themed freebie – you did get it didn’t you?

Those kind folks over at Karwansaray Publishers publishers of several magazines including Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy ran a wonderful promotion for a few days or at least a short period of time around the anniversary date of Waterloo. In short …

You can download these three issues about Quatre Bras, Ligny, and Waterloo at our website for the magnificent price of GBP/EUR/USD 0.

To translate you could download three pdf versions of magazines … for free. See “Can’t Make It to Waterloo?” Have Some on Us! for some details.

von Peter himself managed to cash in – hurrah!! He passed on the information to others … who missed out – hurrah! oh dear.

So smart moves to those of the dear readers who managed to get their free magazines. Life sucks to the other dear readers who didn’t …. or have only just now found out that they missed out! Brew-ha-ha! 😃

WSandS Waterloo mags

That’s just about it for this time around. Next time around there will perhaps be news on what the birthday fairy delivered for a certain distinguished gentleman. Hopefully a book on matters military in 1813 and some new Calpe Miniatures products. It’s all in the hands of the international postal service. HELP!!

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Still settling in … but …

… the wargaming world keeps turning.

25 April 2015 – ANZAC Day – 100 Years

ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is New Zealand’s  – and Australia’s! – Remembrance Day. ANZAC Day 2015 was particularly poignant as it marked 100 years since the Gallipoli landings. Gallipoli was not the site of New Zealand’s greatest loss in WWI and certainly was not a campaign that reaped overall military success but it is revered locally as the battle where New Zealand came of age and achieved a sense of its own identity.

Lest we forget

So called Dawn Parades are all the rage … except with The family! An ANZAC Day Commemorative Service in Paekakariki at 8:15 by the Paekakariki War Memorial Hall was more The family’s style it was felt. A warm sunny windless event was enjoyed by all of The Family. The similarity between the venue and ANZAC Cove in Turkey was noted – a gently lapping sea onto the beach with the hills steeply rising in the background not that far away.

Afterwards Fraulien von Peter herself and her subordinate von Peter himself took themselves off to the local delicatessen for a coffee and a bite to eat. The aforementioned deli is situated adjacent to the railway line and just down the line from where the Passchendaele memorial locomotive was building up steam and then departing on her ANZAC Day run. Quite exhilarating to see her moving off and choo choo’ing her way past us in close proximity. But we were seated outside and the resultant billowing steam and smoke quickly made us appreciative of the fact that the local commuter trains are electrified!  😃

And Paekakariki’s contribution to the Great War – according to one speaker at the service Paekakariki was inhabited by 300 souls during WWI. Forty of these went off to fight and of these eleven never returned.

The Family at ANZAC Cove 19 Sept 2009

Above: The family on the Turkey portion of their world tour in 2009. The son and heir in the photo now physically looks down on his betters. We really should have restricted his nutritional intake at an earlier age!

 

A  box from Calpe Towers

A great house warming gift appeared not long after the shift to Neu Schloss von Peter. The arrival of a box emblazoned with a Calpe Miniatures sticker is always a most welcome event. Contained within were an example of each of the new packs from the latest release …

  • F21, French mounted light infantry officers (four distinct officers with four distinct horses)
  • F46, French battalion command in uncovered shakos (Battalion command in uncovered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff)
  • F47, French battalion command in covered shakos (Battalion command in covered shakos. Officer, drummer, standard, 2 Fourier fanion guards, one senior NCO. Spear point included but not the flag or the flag staff)

The two battalion command packs do indeed contain separate ‘spear points’. The standard bearer in each pack carry a shouldered musket as well as the standard. Lucky devils! When I mentioned this to Mr Calpe Miniatures the response received was …

“Yes, the fanion bearers were common NCO’s and all the Rigo plates show them carrying their muskets.”

  • S6, Four Saxon musketeers with uncovered shakos in advancing poses (Four Saxon musketeers with uncovered shakos in advancing poses. Two are ‘head turns,’ two have blanket rolls)
  • S7, Six advancing musketeers, muskets held at high porte. Covered shakos (Six advancing musketeers, muskets held at high porte. Covered shakos).

Worthy additions to the Calpe catalogue … but I am a self confessed Calpe zealot.  😃

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Image from the Calpe Miniatures website

 

More Front Rank Reinforcement Packs

The goodness from Front Rank Figurines that is their Napoleonic Russian Reinforcement Packs keeps rolling. The latest releases bring infantry in the 1809 shako to those gamers that need them ….

  • RNRPK5 Russian Infantry in 1809 shako, marching
  • RNRPK6 Russian Infantry Command in 1809 shako, advancing

RNRPK7

  • RNRPK7 Russian Grenadiers / Carabiniers in 1809 shako with busch plume, marching (above)

RNRPK8

  • RNRPK8 Russian Grenadier / Carabinier Command in 1809 shako with busch plume, advancing (above).

And there’s more to come in the form of Russian Reinforcement packs …

Lots more Russians, including the long awaited Russian Guard, PLUS Pavlov Grenadiers and Infantry and Command in greatcoats ~lookout for more releases over the next couple of months!

Pictures care of the Front Rank website.

Warlord Games hard plastic Chasseurs a Cheval?

von Peter himself listens to several Podcasts most of which are hobby related though not all are directly related to what von Peter himself practises in the hobby. One such example was listened to the other day and it featured John Stallard – owner of Warlord Games – and Rick Priestly as guests. Normally this would not be worthy of bringing to the attention of The dear readers but in this case there was a little snippet or two of information that may be of interest. When invited to announce any news John Satllard mentioned two up coming hard plastic Napoleonic releases …

  1. Portugese Infantry.
  2. A box set of Napoleonic cavalry which is secret for now but planned to be unveiled for Salute.

The first is of no great interest to von Peter himself as his Napoleonic roots are firmly planted in Central Europe circa 1813. And to be honest the second is not of much interest either since Warlord are unlikely to supply many figures to von Peter’s Napoleonic forces … but there is the intrigue of what that mystery cavalry might be.

A little digging uncovered the following photograph in a post on The Miniatures Page – don’t forget to click on the photo for a larger and clearer view.

warlord cavalry The big grey figures at the back right are labelled …

“Napoleonic Portugese Line Infantry – Plastic 3 ups”.

This fits the look of the figures as well as Napoleonic news item 1. above from John Stallard.

The cavalry in the front left of the photograph look like Napoleonic French Chasseur a Cheval figures and the sprues front right seem to match the same cavalry. And by way of confirmation the label says …

“Napoleonic Chasseur a Cheval – Plastic set”.

So is this photograph old news; has von Peter himself shown himself up as a shonky detective; does anybody care?!  😃

As is the way of these things time will tell. And Salute 2015 can’t be that far away for the big reveal. If it is hard plastic French Chasseurs a Cheval then this should make many people happy as these were a very common cavalry type for the French and certainly would have been doing much of the dog’s work as the cavalry attached to the infantry corps. These will presumably provide a cheaper way to collect these utilitarian cavalrymen for those so inclined.

And a thank you to whoever took and posted the photograph.

STOP PRESS: 

It appears that von Peter himself has not been keeping up with world events. It transpires that Salute 2015 was held on 25 April 2015. Yep, ANZAC Day! It also transpires that when one slowly builds the contents of a post on their blog over a few days/weeks events in the world can overtake one. This is a case in point. Apparently the secret plastic cavalry are 1812 Chasseurs a Cheval. So much for all that intelligence work. Some would say that von Peter himself is not cut out for it anyway. Cruel words them!!  😃

Anyways, von Peter himself can now looks forward to the post Salute 2015 outpourings.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Ready, steady … go!

The Gallipoli diorama project has had its official starting gun fired (see what von Peter himself did there with the firing gun thing?) with the launch of the supporting website/blog/forum – Mustering the Troops. Head on over there to register as a painter, see the painting instructions, read about the project & the FAQ, and visit the associated forum.

Mustering the troops

 

Another Vignette and more

The Twins of Perry Miniatures fame have unveiled the greens of another vignette for Waterloo – Secure the Colour! …

Secure_the_colour

… and some other figures following the Waterloo theme but they will obviously work fine elsewhere as well …

Ponsonby and co

… and they have not forgotten their Retreat from Moscow range …

FN 193

FN 193 Camp followers and cuirassier (Retreat from Moscow)

FN 194

FN 194 Scavengers (Retreat from Moscow)

Waterloo waffle

While on the topic of Waterloo – and this is probably a storm in a teacup – but what is one to make of the article French rewrite Battle of Waterloo to cast Napoleon as the victor?

As far as von Peter himself is aware the result on the day was Allies United 1 – Napoleon’s French 0 in what was in the end a rather convincing victory despite some concerning moments part way through the match.

While on Waterloo …

Edinburgh Eagle

Eagle, flag and cravat brought back by Sgt Ewart as a momento of his trip to Europe in 1815.

The Son & heir and von Peter himself were fortunate enough to visit Edinburgh Castle in May 2009 and were able to view the eagle, tricolour and scarf / tassel /cravat that were “obtained” from the French 45th Infantry Regiment by Sgt Ewart of the Scots Greys. The poorly photographed image above shows the trophies. Sadly time has had its way with any colouring on the material but the eagle is as proud as ever … if a little put out with its current housing location!

Below is a slightly better photograph of the Eagle itself.

Edinburgh Eagle closeup

Modelling books

There is a gamer and modeller named Tony Harwood – aka Dampf, Dampfpanzerwagon – who has a couple of interesting blogs …

It is Dampf’s terrain modelling skills that von Peter himself wishes to focus on at this juncture. Dampf seems to have a considerable amount of skill creating wargames terrain as is illustrated by some the masters he has created for GrandManner like the Prussian Church …

Prussian church

Image ‘borrowed’ from http://dampfwerks.blogspot.co.nz

One strongly suspects that GrandManner don’t use just anyone for their masters!

Apparently being of a rather magnanimous bent Dampf has recorded some of his tricks of the trade in two books ..

  1. Building Wargame Terrain and
  2. More Wargame Terrain.

There are reviews linked in the above … ah … links! … and apparently Miniature Wargames with Battlegames magazine have awarded the books a Battlegames Award For Excellence.

One day von Peter himself may attempt to build some terrain for himself in which case these books may be invaluable. Fortunately the “may be” bit will become a bit clearer as Rhys has the books on order and it is to be hoped that soon he will be able to pass on his thoughts on their contents. Excellent.

Locally work progresses in a dignified and deliberate manner on more Russian buildings. Coincidentally some Napoleonic Russian command types have arrived and reported in for duty. Once these are based they shall be flaunted here for the dear reader’s delectification. 😃

And as per normal don’t be forgetting to click on the images for larger and clearer views.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

Public service announcements

Polish lancers vs Russian artillery

It is with the greatest pride and sense of civic duty that von Peter himself provides this post for the readerships edification. You’re welcome and carry on.  8O)

The Great Wargaming Survey

Karwansaray Publishers – the good people who bring us the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine as well as the Ancient Warfare and Medieval Warfare magazines – are after information on the current state of wargaming and wargamers. From their website …

We are very curious people (probably in more senses of the word, but that doesn’t matter now). Mostly, we are curious about this hobby and the people in it. There is always much debate about the health of the hobby, the age of the average wargamer, which scale or size of miniature is better and endless other questions. Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy, being a team of intrepid people, decided to solve at least some of these debates by way of the Great Wargaming Survey. And YOU are cordially invited to take part.

Joking aside, this won’t take long (5-10 minutes), it’s entirely anonymous, it’s nothing every attempted on this scale and best of all, you’ll have a chance at winning some great prizes. What’s not to like? Just click here and spend a few happy minutes contemplating your favorite pastime.

So if you feel so disposed as to feed your situation and viewpoint into the data collecting apparatus then click on one of the links above in the promotional splurge and go for your life. Alternatively you can take the slightly more scenic and one click longer root by clicking here.

von Peter himself has partaken of the survey thereby consigning 5 minutes of his ever decreasing life to the data collecting apparatus and perhaps some usefulness to the hobby. In the interest of full disclosure there was the occasional question that caused some mild irritation whereby none of the available answers truly stated the position of von Peter himself on the topic at hand. These things are sent to try us and one must face such moments with a degree of philosophical fortitude and make the best of the situation!  8O)

The electronic book arrives

Rawkins-The Army of the Duchy of Warsaw 1807-1814

In the immediately preceding post von Peter himself got all forgetful! von Peter himself had reason to reveal the publishers The History Book Man. So thrilled was von Peter himself to hear that the old W. J. Rawkins booklets were back in a revised and expanded form that he ordered The Army of the Duchy of Warsaw 1807-1814 for the princely sum of £3.99 plus postage to discover what was what. The statistics and results of said order …

  • order placed the evening (New Zealand) of 9th June 2014. Postage was charged at £3.68.
  • von Peter himself falls out of bed the next morning and an email is discovered explaining that the order has been shipped.
  • A scant few days later (Thursday 12 June? – it’s dreadful becoming aged!) a package arrives containing the dvd and a printed round sticker to attach to it. It’s been a while since von Peter himself has suffered such levels of service. The book is immedialtey loaded onto the computer for ease of future reference.
  • The electronic book is 132 pages long and is packed full of information on the Poles including organisational details; uniform descriptions including the inevitable changes over time and much kudos for putting some of the information in tables for ease of discovery; flag details; line drawings and colour illustrations. All that will be required to appropriately colour the figures for the Poles that von Peter himself plans to have – Dombrowski’s Independent 27th (Polish) Division from around the time of Leipzig … though the label “Division” is a little misleading – appears to be present.

von Peter himself would award high marks to this book just as a book but when the price is factored in it is a true marvel. Do yourself a big favour if you are looking for information on the painting of your Duchy of Warsaw troops and get your grasping hands on a copy of this electronic book. Truly you are risking very little and just as truly you are unlikely to be disappointed. When the Bavarian book becomes available an order will be placed for it …. and perhaps one or two others from the series.

Perry news

From the Perry Facebook page

We are aware that there are rumours flying around that we have left Games Workshop! Thought we should set the record straight and let you all know that…we have! After 36 years, man and boy, working on Warhammer, 40K and of course, for the last 15 years LotR and the Hobbit we are now able to focus our energy on our historical ranges.This means more time to dedicate to Perry Miniatures, and of course Mr Jackson who we continue to make 54mm WW1 figures for. We had an excellent evening on Friday at The Trip to Jerusalem with GW, and ex-GW, colleagues and friends who got us very, very drunk – cheers!

Now von Peter himself knows that this news has terrified some gamers out there. The output of Perry Miniatures was astounding when the famed twins were sculpting for themselves in their spare time outside of their day job with GW. The potential quantity of releases if they sculpt for themselves full time worries many who foresee their bank accounts being stripped, childen going unfed etc etc etc.

von Peter himself awaits developments with interest.

Meanwhile new packs keep appearing from Perry Miniatures such as the 4 new packs of French Pontooniers and gear.

Perry French Pontoons

Perhaps they could be used to create …

French bridging 1809?

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself