Accounts of international co-operation from the archives

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

From the archives

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

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

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

 

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

Mon General,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Above: 2/Kapiti Fusiliers. Photo care of Roly

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

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

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

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

 

But two battalions will be in need of command

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

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

 

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

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

 

Epilogue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

And in other news

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

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

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Christmas 2017 news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enough.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

La boulangerie iz zeece way mon général

von Peter himself is the owner of several bad habits. One of them is that he persists in working on multiple painting projects at once. And none of them that quickly. A psychologist would no doubt put it down to a short attention span, a traumatised up bringing, dropped on his head too many times etc etc. Currently on the pigmenting table are …

  • seven assorted horses for various personalities and mounted officers of battalions. These will all get painted with the same colours using the tried and true oil paint horse painting technique. This has a long elapsed time – at least a day between steps – but a short actual painting time. Once these are complete another set of horses will take their place to be painted in another colour.
  • two horses for a limber team. These are covered in too much gear for the tried and true oil paint horse painting technique so will be dealt with separately. They will get painted a colour and then replaced with the next 2 limber horses who will be painted a different colour.
  • some more Saxon musketeers for 1/Prinz Frederich August Infantry Regiment.
  • a Napoleonic civilian from Front Rank.
  • the cannons for an Austrian 12 pounder battery. As is standard procedure for Napoleonic Austrians at Neu Schloss von Peter the crew have been sent off site for training … errr … painting. The men may be “trained” off site but any horses or artillery pieces are pigmented locally. von Peter himself wants to have their ordnance in hand when the fully trained crew come marching from their “training” camp.
  • The ongoing refurbishment of much of the existing Napoleonic Austrian army. This is mostly replacing tired flags and updating the basing to be closer to current specification. Much of this army is literally decades old and is in need of some love. Thankfully the actual figures are in fairly good shape. The Austrians need to look their best for an event later in the year.
  • a start of Calpe Miniatures Saxons SC3 – Brigade command. Commanding colonel, adjoint, ADC. The Saxons are agitating for their own commander now that Calpe  Miniatures supply them.

Based on recent behaviour these little projects will all get worked on sporadically until one will suddenly be granted most favoured status and driven to completion. Not necessarily the most efficient arrangement but it is keeping von Peter himself happy for now.

As an example of this conduct von Peter himself presents the French pack F18 Regimental headquarters as created and supplied by Calpe Miniatures. The official descriptor for the pack is …

Four figure pack. Regimental headquarters. Mounted colonel, mounted major, adjutant NCO and fusilier standing to attention.

Work on this pack has been slowly progressing or not(!) for “quite a while”. One of the foot figures was completed prior to the shift to Neu Schloss von Peter and the second not long after the shift. The two mounted figures have been sitting incomplete and unloved for … “quite a while”. Scandalous and quite shameful really. But their time finally came and in a rush of enthusiasm and an outpouring of activity they have now finally been completed. Huzzah!!

By way of background The Dear reader should be aware that von Peter himself has a (very slowly) growing French and allied Napoleonic army circa 1813. Bavarians and Saxons support the current small French presence in said army. Obviously command of such an army can’t be left to chance … or an allied general. A French commander was required and now they are in place. Eventually the Petite Emperor will no doubt send a higher ranked commander but for now this French regimental command set will be perfectly acceptable for arranging the Emperor’s affairs.

As is usual for a Calpe command set the figures comprise a natural vignette. The mounted major is pointing out the direction of the local boulangerie to the mounted colonel who is thinking that the mounted major has had too much sun out here in the steppes of the thrice accursed Russia of 1812. The adjutant NCO and fusilier watch on with interest not dreaming that the land that is currently so hot will soon be very very cold.

There is plenty of piping to paint on these models but as is the Calpe way the detail is all sculpted in a raised fashion so it can be picked out with a steady and patient hand. As is his way von Peter himself has used metallic paints for the silver and gold on these figures. Thoughts of non metallic metallic painting have been swirling around in von Peter’s head. The thoughts will probably escape out an ear or two and never come to much. And final thought – the two of gold bands on the colonel’s shako versus the gold and silver bands on the major’s shako are nice a combination.

Helpful hint of the day … don’t forget to ‘click’ on a picture for a larger and clearer view.

Next off the production line? Who knows! And if it’s the Austrian 12 pounder cannon then you probably won’t be seeing them until the crewmen appear from their “training”.  😊

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself

 

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)

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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