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”.”
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.
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.
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.
Above: 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.
Above: 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.
Above: 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.
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.
Until we meet again …
von Peter himself